Santa in cabin, entertainers planned for holiday weekends in Old Colorado City

       Anchored by the return of Santa Claus to Bancroft Park's Garvin Cabin, the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group will provide a variety of seasonal weekend entertainment from the end of November up to Christmas.
       Santa's first scheduled day is Friday, Nov. 25. After that the Big Bearded One will be in the cabin Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 18, then daily from Wednesday, Dec. 21 to Saturday, Dec. 24. Times will be noon to 5 p.m. each day except Christmas Eve (noon to 4).
       Kids can visit Santa for free, with an opportunity for a photo at a cost of $5.
       According to event planner Pam Gressett, entertainment in Old Colorado City (all free, and mainly in the area of the avenue between 24th and 27th streets) will be as follows:
       Nov. 26 - noon to 5 p.m., Pikes Peak Youth Ringers in Bancroft Park; noon, Colorado Springs Children's Chorale in Old Town Plaza.
       Nov. 27 - noon, Original Dickens Carolers, strolling from Old Town Plaza.
       Dec. 10 - noon to 5 p.m., magician Bret Blackthorn, strolling; a Colorado Springs Conservatory bluegrass group, strolling; noon to 5 p.m., the Vagabond Misfits (steampunk-inspired variety dance ensemble), strolling; 1 p.m., Velvet Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines, strolling; 4:30 p.m., Neo Victorian Fashion Show, at Thunder and Buttons, 2415 W. Colorado Ave.
       Dec. 17 - 10:30 a.m. to noon, Pikes Peak Ringers, in Old Town Plaza; noon to 5 p.m., Jeff Stinson as Elvis, strolling; noon to 5 p.m., Steve Andrews as John Wayne, strolling.
       Also, each Saturday will promote charitable donations - Nov. 26, to the Pikes Peak Youth Ringers (nonprofit, handbell ensemble); Dec. 3, to the Terra Firma Charitable Foundation for Humanities (aiding autistic children); Dec. 10, to Greccio Housing (providing low-income housing); and Dec. 17, to help provide scholarships for disabled children.
       Not included on the OCCA holiday schedule this year are a couple of previously traditional events - Breakfast with Santa and the ceremonial lighting of the tall “Christmas tree” in Old Town Plaza.

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