Winterfest celebration returns to Edwards | VailDaily.com

Winterfest celebration returns to Edwards

Daily Staff Report

VAIL – With over 200 shops, boutiques and restaurants, Edwards has grown into a busy destination for shopping and dining. Starting on Friday, Dec. 10, the Edwards business community rolls out their holiday spirit at the second annual Winterfest at Riverwalk, a holiday celebration for the whole family complete with Santa Claus, sleigh rides, carolers and the Festival of Trees, a fund-raiser for local nonprofits.”Last year’s Winterfest was a huge success. We had a great turnout of both local residents and visitors,” said Colleen McCarthy, owner of the Baggage Cheque and president of the Edwards Business Association. “Edwards has such a variety of unique stores now, there’s no need to go to Denver for your holiday shopping.”Throughout the weekend at Riverwalk, children can meet Santa, take a sleigh ride, listen to a storyteller or enjoy the singing of carolers while parents shop.The Festival of Trees is one of the highlights of Winterfest. Local charities such as the Hospital Volunteers, the Girl Scouts and the Colorado Ski Museum have decorated Christmas trees in a variety of holiday themes. All of the trees will be displayed under one tent, and shoppers can bid to take home their favorite tree in a silent auction with proceeds going directly to the charities who decorated the trees. Trees will be delivered to the winners’ homes Monday.Tree lighting kicks off winterfest Friday at 6 p.m. The Dickens Carolers will be singing holiday favorites, and free hot chocolate will be served. Winterfest continues on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.For more information, contact Colleen McCarthy at (970) 569-3650.Vail Colorado