Derek Franz
Eagle Valley Enterprise
Vail, CO Colorado

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November 30, 2012
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Downvalley holiday festivities start today

Eagle merchants, crafters and shoppers will haul out the holly this week as the community launches the holiday season with a series of special events.

There's no need to venture very far. Here's the lowdown on what's happening in Eagle as the Christmas season comes to town:

Winter Market and Holiday Fair: Today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Eagle River Center at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.

This event is the biggest craft and gift fair downvalley.

"This event supports locals and you can find almost everything. We have more than 60 vendors," said Holli Snyder, NRC 360 general manager. "People are really excited about the fair this year."

Snyder said the event features a great variety of holiday collectibles, wearables and edibles in a festive atmosphere.

Carolers will be performing throughout the day, and a number of children's activities are planned on site. Santa will be on site to hear gift requests and poise for photos.

"This will be a great kickoff for the holiday season, and to continue to bring events like this to the town of Eagle, people need to show up and support them," said Snyder. "Hopefully, this weekend will be great time in Eagle."

Christmas on Broadway: Today; the parade down Broadway is set for 6 p.m. in downtown Eagle.

For more than 20 years, Eagle has launched the holiday season with this special evening shopping and nighttime parade event. The parade will get underway at 6 p.m., concluding with the arrival of Santa.

According to Taylor Slaugh, of the Eagle Chamber, downtown businesses will serve special treats and offer special shopping deals during the event.

The Edward Jones office will have cookie decorating set up for kids, and Sandra Houghton, author of the children's book "Sleep Comes to You," will have a book-signing outside The Nearly Everything Store.

Additionally, her book will be offered for $12.95, rather than its online price of $19.99.

"Santa will be on the porch of Studio Be Hair Saloon to visit after the parade," Slaugh said.

As for the parade, it is always a big hit for the Christmas on Broadway event.

According to organizer Michelle Morgan, entries will be accepted up until lineup, which begins at 5:15 p.m. along Fifth Street. The entry fee is $10. Call 970-471-2294.

Eagle Ranch Tree Lighting: Tuesday, 6 p.m. at Eagle Ranch Village

Eagle Ranch's traditional tree lighting ceremony and shopping event continues the holiday happenings in town next week.

The official Eagle Ranch tree is located east of the James Lee School of Champions studio, along Sylvan Lake Road. During the tree-lighting festivities, Eagle Ranch Village merchants will offer special discounts and activities.

Dickensville Village and Train Display: On display Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 6-22, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the commercial space next to Eagle Family Dentistry.

Eagle resident Sig Bjornson will again assemble his elaborate miniature Christmas village and train display to delight and benefit local kids.

Bjornson is an architect, model train enthusiast and the creator of "Dickensville," an elaborate miniature world of perpetual Christmas, where six model trains run through four levels of a town that has grown bigger every year for nearly two decades.

Kids are admitted for free; adults are asked to bring an unwrapped toy or a $5 donation to benefit the Salvation Army's toy drive.


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