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Christmas Stroll Nov. 26 kicks off holiday season in Old Colorado City

A sparkling horse and carriage carried riders around during a previous Christmas Stroll. This photo was shot at Colorado Avenue and 26th Street, with Bon Ton's colorful seasonal light display in the background.
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The fourth annual Christmas Stroll will celebrate the start of Christmas season in Old Colorado City Saturday, Nov. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m.
       Organized by the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group, the event will combine free, live entertainment with commerce along the streets of the historic shopping district on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving.
       OCCA activities will start that day at 11 a.m., with the opening of Bancroft Park's Garvin Cabin for Santa Claus. Saint Nick will continue his cabin appearances on other weekend days leading up to Christmas. The times are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visits cost $10, including a photo.
       Supporting the merchants, from 3 to 6 p.m., will be the Old Colorado City Library, with its annual “Cookies and Caroling.” Participants in the free activity will decorate cookies in the library and then go out into Old Colorado City to sing Christmas carols during the first hour of the Stroll.
       Other scheduled street acts between 5 and 8 p.m. will be the Dickens Carolers, Pikes Peak Youth Ringers and singers from the Victorian Society. The entertainment will be along West Colorado Avenue - mainly between 24th and 27th streets.
       On the following weekends, leading up to Christmas, the OCCA plans to provide street entertainment for shoppers at various times during the day.
       For the OCCA, the entire shopping day has been dubbed “Small Business Saturday.” Free “shop small” tote bags will be available to people dropping by the OCCA's Welcome Center at 2324 W. Colorado Ave. between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
       For more information, e-mail OCCA Executive Director Dave Van Ness at dave@shopoldcoloradocity.com.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 11/17/16; Business: Events)

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