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Oak Creek Holly Festival set for Saturday

Jim Patterson
Curtis Canfield and Ryden Thomas skate with Santa Claus during the 2014 Oak Creek Holly Festival. This year's festival is slated for Dec. 10 in Oak Creek.
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Schedule of events

8 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Letters to Santa: Oak Creek Post Office

9 a.m. — Yoga with Amy — Let's Dance Studio; fee is a donation to LiftUp of Routt County Food Bank

10 a.m. — Coffee with the Mayor — Kate's Cafe

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Santa at Bonfiglio Drug: Photos with Santa

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Scavenger hunt: Begins at Kate's Cafe

2 to 3:30 p.m. — Skate with Santa: Oak Creek Ice Rink

5 p.m. — Tree-lighting ceremony: Corner of Main and Sharp streets, followed by caroling

— Riding the tails of winter’s return to the Yampa Valley, the town of Oak Creek will host its annual Oak Creek Holly festival Saturday in downtown.

Schedule of events

8 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Letters to Santa: Oak Creek Post Office

9 a.m. — Yoga with Amy — Let’s Dance Studio; fee is a donation to LiftUp of Routt County Food Bank

10 a.m. — Coffee with the Mayor — Kate’s Cafe

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Santa at Bonfiglio Drug: Photos with Santa

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Scavenger hunt: Begins at Kate’s Cafe

2 to 3:30 p.m. — Skate with Santa: Oak Creek Ice Rink

5 p.m. — Tree-lighting ceremony: Corner of Main and Sharp streets, followed by caroling

The festival will include a number of events throughout the day, including Yoga with Amy, Coffee with the Mayor, Santa at Bonfiglio Drug, skate with Santa, a scavenger hunt, letters to Santa, bingo at the Ladies Aid Hall in Yampa, a Christmas lighting contest, the tree-lighting ceremony and caroling.

In addition, a number of local businesses will offer holiday specials during the event. Participating businesses include Bonfiglio Drug, Last Call Floral and Events, Brand Spankin’ Used, Rachel’s Smokin’ Café, Select Super Market, Colorado Bar and Grill, Spiro’s Trading Post and Liquor, Tracks and Trails Museum, Kate’s Café, Flat Tops Ranch Supply and Space Station.

According to Oak Creek Mayor Nikki Knoebel, the event began as a way to open the holiday season and has since grown into a means of encouraging local commerce.

“We thought of it as something to do for the kids, something for the community, and that turned into a way to promote local businesses and encourage people to shop locally,” Knoebel said. “It’s turned into a really fun community event.”

In addition to the specials offered by Oak Creek merchants, Knoebel said shoppers can also register to win a number of prizes by spending their holiday dollars locally.

Those who spend at least $100 at a local business can bring their receipt to the Oak Creek or Yampa town halls or to Flat Tops Ranch Supply in Phippsburg to enter the contest.

Grand prizes — which will be drawn Dec. 30 at Oak Creek Town Hall — include two Winter WonderGrass weekend passes, two one-day ski rentals from Ski Haus, a one-night stay in Blackhawk with two buffet tickets and a Colorado State Parks pass.

Runners up may receive gift certificates for South Routt businesses, libations and more.

Knoebel said the festivities will get underway at 9 a.m. with Yoga with Amy at Let’s Dance Studio, and the fee for the class will be a donation to LiftUp of Routt County food bank.

The day’s activities will conclude with the tree-lighting ceremony, set for 5 p.m. at the Corner of Main and Sharp streets, followed by the traditional Christmas caroling throughout the town.

Knoebel stressed that the skate with Santa event — set for 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the ice rink — will mark the first time the rink has been open this year.

“I really hope everyone will come out and help us celebrate,” she said.

To reach Jim Patterson, call 970-871-4208, email jpatterson@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JimPatterson15


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