‘Holiday Magic’ – new event by Old Town merchants

       The Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving are two of the busiest retail days of the year, and the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group hopes to use “Holiday Magic” this year to attract more of that shopping to this side of town.
       A new OCCA promotion (called “Holiday Magic”) will be Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28-29, with attractions including a tree-lighting ceremony Nov. 28 in Old Town Plaza and (both days) vendors in Bancroft Park, live music on Colorado Avenue and Santa setting up shop in Bancroft's Garvin Cabin.
       “The main thing is that we're going to kind of spotlight this area of the city for what normally is a big mall day ['Black Friday'],” said OCCA President Jim Heikes. “People look for good deals that day, and there are going to be a lot of good deals in Old Colorado City.”
       The event will culminate “Fall Harvest Days” - a newly titled series of otherwise-traditional Old Town merchant promotions that started with Scarecrow Days in September and also included the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off, Taste of Old Colorado City and Halloween Safe Treats. December will see the annual “It's Christmas in Old Colorado City,” featuring Santa every weekend in Bancroft from noon to 5 p.m. and the Breakfast with Santa event Saturday morning, Dec. 6, at Thunder & Buttons.
       Holiday Magic “ties us together and gets us into Christmas,” Heikes said. “I think it's going to be great - a tremendous push for the area.”
       With Christmas decorations in Old Colorado City planned for installation before Thanksgiving, the tree-lighting is scheduled at Nov. 28 at 4 p.m. in the Old Town Plaza at 25th Street and Colorado Avenue. The lighting will feature the Westside's Fire Station 5, plus live music, according to Seiko Tran, an OCCA marketing consultant. The plaza will be closed off for the occasion.
       The following Holiday Magic entertainment has been scheduled at press time:
  • Floyd Frame's brass band, playing for the tree-lighting and along the avenue.
  • Skyy-High (Jan Dixon's one-woman band), playing in front of the Chocolate Factory.
  • Pat Dempsey of Red Herring Productions, Nov. 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. and Nov. 29 from noon to 5 p.m.
  • Singing groups (to be announced)
  • A martial arts presentation by Universal Kempo Karate Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 29 at 1 p.m.
           The Bancroft vendors will consist of statewide sellers whose products don't compete with Old Colorado City's, Tran explained. He expects about 16 vendors to set up inside a large tent that will be provided for them in the park Nov. 28-29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
           Santa is slated to be in the cabin Nov. 28-29 from noon to 5 p.m. There is no charge to meet Santa, but a photo taken by an “elf” can be purchased.

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