VAIL - KZYR Radio announced Wednesday the inaugural Old-Fashioned Christmas to be held on three Friday afternoons in December, sparking the holiday spirit leading up to the Christmas season. The special holiday events will begin at 4 p.m. and will be held at the Riverwalk at Edwards. Each Friday will feature unique traditions sure to inspire holiday cheer for all ages.
"The Vail Valley is such a magical place to spend the holidays," said Tony Mauro, KZYR station director. "People from around the world come to our community to celebrate, and with the diversity of restaurants and merchants right here in Riverwalk, it's the perfect place to get everyone involved in a fun way."
On Friday, 10 holiday windows will be revealed, kicking off the event. The windows are designed and painted by local artists vying for prize money donated by Riverwalk merchants. "One of the most popular attractions in New York City are the holiday windows and we wanted to bring a little slice of that Big Apple tradition here," Mauro said.
Also on Friday, the Kitchen Collage will host its annual Cookie Contest where people are asked to drop off a dozen of their best holiday delectables from noon to 5 p.m. to be entered in the judging.
The first Fruit Cake Open will be held on Dec. 14 and members of the entire community are encouraged to participate in the contest. "The idea of the Fruit Cake Open is to debunk the myth that fruit cake is bad," said Riverwalk community manager Todd Williams. "We know there are some delicious secret family recipes - or maybe even new creations - out there and we're aiming to put a new name on fruit cake by pitting them against each other and having a panel of judges vote on their favorite."
The final Friday of the event, Dec. 21, will include a visit from the big guy himself, Santa Claus and the Riverwalk Community tree lighting, along with holiday book reading at The Bookworm. Christmas carolers and holiday treats will abound for all three weeks of the Old-Fashioned Christmas.
For more information call 970-926-7625 or visit www.kzyr.com.