December 4-6 will be busy in Pagosa Springs: Shopping, activities, concerts, gallery showings and other events are on board for the Christmas in Pagosa weekend.
Here is a rundown of the holiday events:
• Friday, Dec. 4 — The Festival of Trees will be held 6-8:30 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center. This soiree includes fabulous hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, music, a silent auction and the live auction of over 25 beautifully decorated trees.
Proceeds from the sale of the trees benefit participating non-profit and community agencies and will support the work they do throughout the year. Buy a tree, beautify your home or donate your tree to a needy family while helping one of our many worthwhile community organizations. Tickets can be purchased at the community center or the Chamber for only $10.
• Saturday, Dec. 5 — Santa and Mrs. Claus make their yearly appearance at the Visitor Center. This tradition begins at 3 p.m. and continues to 5:30, as Santa patiently listens to all the children’s wishes. Enjoy cookies, hot and cold drinks, gifts and music. This is also a great time to take a photo of the children for your holiday greeting card or to have a professional photograph taken by Pagosa Photography. At 5:30, Santa helps flip the switch to light up the Visitor Center — a photographic landmark in the community this time of year. The Springs Resort and the Town of Pagosa Springs will also flip on the lights, making it a special ceremony. All businesses are welcome to turn on their holiday lights at this time. Dress warm and come out to see this enlightening event.
Shy Rabbit Gallery holds the opening of their latest exhibit, “DISPARATE COLORS.” Eight artists bring their talents to light in different mediums as they use color in varied compositions. The exhibit open house will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the studio at 333 Bastille Drive.
Another gallery special will be held at Artisans of the Southwest. Throughout the month you can meet the artists and also enjoy the wine tasting bar. On Dec. 5, from 1-5 p.m., meet landscape photographer Guy Schmickle. Then, for the remainder of the month, you will be able to view different artists as they show their works. Artisans of the Southwest is located at 175 Pagosa St., next to Farrago Market Café.
Also on Saturday, Dec. 5, the Bar D Wranglers from Durango will hold their annual Christmas performance. These talented Grand Ole Opry performers will keep you entertained with holiday favorites and some clever original songs. The concert will be held at the community center beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the center or the Chamber of Commerce — $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under.
• All weekend — On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4-6, the Music Boosters will present their annual Christmas performance. This year’s production is “The Beat Goes On,” a synopsis of 20 years of musical productions. Some of the best Music Boosters performances will be revived, involving a cast and crew of more than 75 people. All concerts will be held at the high school auditorium. Friday and Saturday night performances begin at 7 p.m. and there is a Sunday matinee that begins at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com, at the Chamber, or at the door prior to a performance.
All day Friday and Saturday, the Parade of Stores will be in full swing. The two special programs this year are the frequent stamp card and the Super Pagosa Package.
With more than 40 stores participating in this “No Tax” shopping weekend, shoppers can visit 20 stores, with no purchase necessary, get their card stamped and be entered to win some great prizes. Cards can be picked up at the Chamber or at participating stores. When you finish getting your card stamped, you can leave your card off at any of the stores or at the Chamber.
If you purchase something on either of these two days, you can bring your receipts to the Chamber and exchange them for chances in a drawing. For every $10 you spend, you can obtain a ticket for the drawing — the more you spend, the more chances you have. With Wolf Creek lift tickets, a two-night stay at the Springs Resort, restaurant certificates, massages, facials, a gift basket and more, this opportunity is a great enticement, whether you are a resident or visitor.
This is a great weekend to stay in town or visit Pagosa ... and shop.
In addition to the fact participating stores offer a no-tax shopping experience, many merchants will hold open houses and offer additional specials or discounts.
Mountain Express Transport will run a special shopping shuttle to help get people around town. Park your car and let Mountain Express do the driving for you. Enjoy the open houses and don’t worry about driving or finding parking. Look for the big red bows on the van denoting the special shuttle. Take advantage of this transportation opportunity on Friday and Saturday.
This first weekend in December is the weekend to be in Pagosa — to shop, take advantage of great savings and enjoy all the community activities.
For more information, contact the Chamber at 264-2360.
We welcome back our renewals this week: Dr. Jim Pruitt and Pagosa Springs Family Medicine Center; The Overlook Mineral Springs Spa; Riverside Health Practices; Howlin’ Wolf Music; Wind Wrangler Balloon Company; Pagosa Experience Rentals; and the Archuleta County Extension Office.
Don’t forget to enjoy this month’s Chamber newsletter. There are a number of very important inserts, including Volunteer and Citizen of the Year nomination forms, Chamber board nominees, our calendar of events and important business flyers. There is a lot of information packed into this newsletter.