Eagle celebrates Christmas on Broadway, adds new Wassailfest
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What: Christmas on Broadway and Wassailfest.
When: Friday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 5.
Where: Downtown Eagle.
More information: Contact Mary Ann Morrison, Eagle Chamber of Commerce administrator, at 970-306-2262.
EAGLE — The town of Eagle will usher in the Christmas season with its traditional Christmas on Broadway celebration Saturday. The event will begin with Santa’s Workshop from 3:30 to 5:15 p.m., followed by the parade down Broadway at 5:30 p.m. The festivities end at the town park with a bonfire and live music.
“To keep the event fresh, we like to add a new twist each year, and this year, we’ve added the Wassailfest and the Peppermint Station,” said Michelle Friedman, with AlwaysMountainTime Media, chairperson of the 2015 event.
Wassail is an Old English word meaning “be you healthy.” Wassail became known as hot mulled cider, traditionally drunk during wassailing, a medieval ritual intended to ensure a good cider apple harvest the following year.
Various downtown Eagle businesses will serve up their signature wassail through Saturday, and shoppers can sip away at the participating locations and fill out a 12 Days of Wassail card. The first 100 people who turn in a completed card at the Christmas on Broadway parade will receive a free commemorative mug. The business that receives the most votes for its wassail will receive a trophy.
The highlight of the Christmas on Broadway event is the nighttime parade. Both parade participants and viewers are advised there will be no candy throwing or candy distribution along the parade route.
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“This restriction was necessary due to accidents at other local events, which made it mandatory to have these rules enforced for the safety of the community and our children,” said Eagle Police Chief Joey Staufer. “Failure to follow these safety rules may result in immediate dismissal from the event and/or an administrative fine of up to $250.”
Because there won’t be candy at the parade, the Peppermint Station is a new addition to Christmas on Broadway. Children of all ages are invited to fill a bag with candies of their choosing at the Peppermint Station, located near Broadway and Third and sponsored by Berkshire Hathaway Colorado Properties. Parade participants are encouraged to donate bags of candy, which they previously distributed during the event, to the Peppermint Station, and their names will be included with the other donors. Candy can be dropped off at the Eagle Chamber of Commerce office, 200 Broadway, Suite 120, by today.
John and Charity Batson, of the Eagle Pharmacy/Batsons Corner Store, have a special treat planned for Christmas on Broadway. As always, the United Methodist Women will be serving hot chicken noodle soup outside the store during the event. Anyone who stops by the store on Saturday can get a voucher for a free cup of soup.
“There’s no trick to it and no purchase necessary,” John Batson said. “It’s the best soup in the world, and we would like to support the Methodist ladies who do so much good for the community. Hopefully, we will be buying the whole valley some soup on Saturday.”
The Eagle Pharmacy/Batsons Corner and the town of Eagle are the title sponsors of Christmas on Broadway. Additional sponsors include Alpine Bank, Alpine Lumber, Alpine Party Rentals, Berkshire Hathaway Colorado Properties, Bonfire Brewing, Circle-A Auto Repair, Comerford – State Farm, Interstate, SHC Landscape Co., simpatiCOWORKING, Umbrella Roofing and Vail Valley Cares.