Parade of Lights popular staple of Granby Christmas |

Parade of Lights popular staple of Granby Christmas

by Cyndi McCoy
Granby, Colorado

For a decade, the Greater Granby Area Chamber of Commerce has lighted main street with the popular Parade of Lights.

At least ten floats, to include Mountain Parks Electric (a favorite each time), the Grand Fire Protection Department (District One), Power World, Independent Propane, and maybe the U.S.D.A. Forest Service will be brighten up the evening sky.

Judges will choose best themed float. Last year’s winner was Grand Mountain Bank. They will have a float again this year.

Other interested participants are encouraged to line up around 4:30 p.m. to parade down Agate Avenue, starting at Xcel Energy.

About 200 people show up to watch the parade. Main street businesses are encouraged to decorate their storefronts for the occasion. Chamber volunteers have been decorating about 40 of the lampposts in town, as well as the big town tree that stands in front of the Granby Dental Clinic.

The parade usually lasts 20 to 30 minutes and a community supper at the town hall immediately follows. Dinner is a nominal fee (for supplies) and once again includes the famous chili by Gary Salberg. Salberg and other volunteers will also be serving up chips, drinks and desserts prepared by members of the chamber board.

As children of all ages witness the unveiling of the Model Railroad Club’s first run on its new display in the Granby Town Hall, those who want to share their secret Christmas wishes with Santa may do so. Santa is coming to talk to all the kids and a Granby photographer will be there to capture the visit. Keepsake photos will be available on the Web for around $10.

The chamber’s Holiday Gala is also around the bend (Dec. 5), this year at the SolVista Base Lodge. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and includes a silent auction, raffle, live music with Tim Connelly, and a buffet dinner.

This year, the chamber is teaming up with the Grand County Builders Association to put on the event, a major fundraiser for both organizations. A raffle for a variety of items will raise money toward the GCBA’s scholarship fund for area graduating seniors or college students continuing on in a construction-related field and the $40 dinner event goes toward chamber operations and events.

RSVP is greatly encouraged as soon as possible, “because we expect to fill up,” said Sharon Brenner, chamber director for almost eight years. She said the chamber is “rounding out a good year” and that this event will help them into the next.

Brenner is keeping tight-lipped about several other “exciting new events” for the upcoming year.

For now, she reminds people in the area about the Chamber Bucks program. The “bucks” act as a gift certificate and work just like cash, at the businesses of participating chamber members.

“Check local before you go to Denver to buy,” she said.

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