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Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Minturn Winter Market returns on Saturday

If you're looking to knock out your holiday shopping in one day, you won't want to miss the annual Minturn Winter Market. Gifts found in this quaint atmosphere are unique, affordable and with so much variety, there is something for everyone on your list.

A summer favorite, the Minturn Market is the original market in Eagle County, dating back to 1998. The winter version lets you explore the charm of downtown Minturn during the holiday season. Crackling bonfires, s'mores and holiday decor will get you into a festive spirit in no time.

In addition to finding gifts, prepare to be entertained by the Dickens Carolers who will perform from 12 to 1 p.m. There will be visits and photos with Santa from 11 to 2 p.m.

Beyond the vendors selling wares, there's also a booth that is giving back. Riley Dunn and Tania Molina Mercado aren't selling anything, but are showing their holiday spirit by trying to raise money for the kids in Minturn who are in need of items like coats, hats and shoes. This is an anonymous list that indicates age, gender and the items needed.

"There's an 11-month-old baby who needs a coat and warm shoes and hearing that just made me want to cry," said Dunn, who is in the 6th grade. "We want expensive things like phones and all these kids want are things that we take for granted," said Mercado. Look for them this Saturday and help them meet their goal of providing clothing for these kids. "We live in Colorado and believe that every kid should be prepared for winter," added Mercado.

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Many vendors are local or from the region, so it's a great way to support the area's economy. Break away from the department store doldrums or the cyber shopping and show your support by heading to the Minturn Winter Market.

If you go …

Minturn Winter Market – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dickens Carolers -12 to 1 p.m.

Visits with Santa – 11 to 2 p.m.