Merry MainStreet returns to Steamboat |

Merry MainStreet returns to Steamboat

— To think Merry MainStreet didn’t start out of some grand scheme.

“It started as a fluke,” MainStreet Steamboat manager Tracy Barnett said. “There was a second home owner here that felt we needed some sort of downtown celebration. They were planning it and bailed. We were committed to doing it. We did it, and people started to enjoy it.”

The holiday festival returns to downtown Steamboat Saturday for the sixth time. It runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Lincoln Avenue will be closed from Fifth Street to 11th Street during that time.

In addition to Santa’s Light Parade, which begins at 5:30 p.m., there are a slew of other holiday-related activities all across downtown.

Most stores downtown will have open houses and shopping deals. Multiple stores are hosting a holiday-themed store window contest.

MainStreet will again sponsor the Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt. An elf will be placed on a downtown store shelf, and those who find it can register to win $100 in downtown bucks.

There is also a gingerbread house contest featuring entries from amateurs and professionals.

Santa will also be available to visit with children after the parade.

For a full list of activities click here.

Chief Theater to host holiday gala

After seeing Santa, families should head to the Chief Theater for a night full of holiday entertainment.

With doors opening at 6 p.m. and the show starting at 7 p.m., people can get their holiday cheer from a variety of musical acts.

Christmas carolers and a brass ensemble will play in the lobby with piano music by Lee Park in the lounge.

The main stage will feature the Steamboat Springs High School Brass Ensemble, Bennett School of Irish Dance, the Jewel Singers, Christel Houston and the Chamber Singers.

Finally, John Sant’Ambrogio and the Steamboat Chamber Orchestra will play the famous Christmas Concerto by Arcangelo Corelli.

“It’s actually quite exciting,” Sant’Ambrogio said. “There are 15 of us. The interesting aspect is except for one person, it’s all local people. I love it, and I think everybody is so excited.”

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229, email or follow him on Twitter @LukeGraham

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