‘Magic’ leads to Christmas

       Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants President Jim Heikes stood at the southwest corner of 25th Street and Colorado Avenue at twilight Nov. 28 and engaged several dozen onlookers in counting down from 10 to dramatize turning on the recently hung Christmas lights in the tall spruce tree in Old Town Plaza. Jan Dixon performs outside the Garvin Cabin (decked out for Santa during the Christmas season), as part of the 
“Holiday Magic” festivities Nov. 28.
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       The ceremonial lighting, which was aided by a crew and truck from the Westside's Fire Station 5, highlighted the merchants' new "Holiday Magic" promotion that sought to attract shoppers to Old Colorado City during the two days after Thanksgiving (Nov. 27). Other activities both afternoons included live music, a vendors' tent in Bancroft Park and roaming historical reenactors.
       Seiko Tran, of the OCCA marketing group, said the promotion went well for a first-time effort. "Many of the people that we spoke with during the two-day event informed us that it had been a long time since they have ventured down here and they were glad to get away from the malls and large box stores to enjoy the beautiful scenery of OCC and the eclectic stores that are only found here on the avenue," he said.
       For December, the OCCA has started the "It's Christmas in Old Colorado City" promotion, featuring the annual Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 6 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Thunder & Buttons restaurant, 2415 W. Colorado Ave. ($3 for kids and $5 for adults). Activities will include live music, a karate presentation and children's arts and crafts. Santa will also be in Bancroft Park's Garvin Cabin from noon to 5 p.m. on weekends through Christmas.

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