Parade of Lights makes Granby holiday festivities sparkle |

Parade of Lights makes Granby holiday festivities sparkle

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

With the holiday season in full swing, the streets and businesses of Granby have begun to show that seasonal sparkle.

The Greater Granby Area Chamber of Commerce and the town of Granby are hosting several holiday events Saturday, Nov. 24, to kick off the season including a parade, Christmas tree lighting, visits from Santa Claus, a new Snowball drop, and chili supper. This year’s theme is “An Old West Christmas.”

Until Saturday, locals will be displaying their entries for the chamber’s Spirit of the Trees Christmas Tree Contest. Final ballots for your favorite decorated tree are to be turned in by noon Friday, Nov. 23, at the chamber office on U.S. 40. Winners will be announced at a tree awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Saturday.

There’s also a shopping promotion as part of the Spirit of the Trees festival. Shoppers can pick up punch cards at participating businesses and once they’ve visited three different businesses which have punched their card, they are eligible for a prize drawing.

You don’t have to be present to win, but the first drawing will be held at the Community Chili Supper on Saturday, with subsequent drawings held Nov. 30, and Dec. 7, 14 and 21. The supper, put together by chefs Tom Sifers and Gary Salberg, is a fundraiser for the town’s building fund.

After a one-year hiatus, the holiday parade returns to the streets of Granby. Parade entries include local schools, businesses, nonprofits and individual citizens and visitors; and entries continue to be accepted and encouraged.

The chamber is specifically looking for musicians, bands, and carolers who are willing to volunteer some time to lift up the holiday spirit with the sounds of Christmas.

The Parade of Lights starts at 5 p.m. Saturday, traveling westbound from 6th Street, turning right onto Zero Street, past Town Hall and ending at Mesa Street. Those interested in putting something together for the parade are encouraged to call Pat Vigil at (970) 887-2311.

After the parade, Santa Claus is scheduled to make a special appearance and will help the town light a Christmas tree near Town Hall. Meanwhile, town staff and volunteers will have decorated all the trees, façade and landscaping beforehand, and they will use one of the trees in front of Town Hall to be the centerpiece of the lighting ceremony.

Mountain Parks Electric is also set to light a designated Christmas tree on Agate Avenue (or U.S. 40).

The Snowball Drop, a new event making its debut this year and the brainchild of Downtown Enhancement Director Betsy Cook, comes next. Elevated above the crowd in a bucket truck, Mayor Ted Wang will drop about 300 snowballs into the crowd good for generous discounts at local businesses. Participating businesses include The Paper Clip, Grand River Coffee, PowerWorld, Ace Hardware, Country Home Outfitters and many more. There will also be a golden snowball worth $100 cash.

Festivities then move indoors for caroling, the chili supper benefit, photos with Santa by Sandy White for purchase, as well as drawings and prizes.

Carolers and musicians are still being sought for the festive event, to perform in Town Hall during the chili supper.

For more information on the chili supper menu, call Tom Sifers at (970) 887-7020.

For more information about Granby’s Old West Christmas festivities, call (970) 887-2858.

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