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WINTER WONDERLAND TAKES PLACE IN GLENWOOD SPRINGS THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING THROUGH NEW YEAR’S DAY

WINTER WONDERLAND TAKES PLACE IN GLENWOOD SPRINGS THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING THROUGH NEW YEAR’S DAY

Celebration includes dazzling light displays throughout town, a series of large and small events and a holiday decorating contest for both homes and businesses

Winter Wonderland is a community celebration that will take place throughout the holiday season from the day after Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day in Glenwood Springs, CO. The celebration includes dazzling light displays throughout town, a series of large and small events and holiday decorating contest for both homes and businesses. The event is brought to the community by Bay Equity Home Loans, Bank of Colorado, Bighorn Toyota and FirstBank in partnership with the Glenwood Springs Chamber Foundation and Post Independent.

Winter Wonderland officially kicks off the Friday after Thanksgiving with the Hotel Colorado’s 31st Annual Lighting ceremony, featuring live entertainment, fireworks and visit from St. Nick. The fun continues the next day with Small Business Saturday, and the Winter Wonderland celebration concludes with the City of Glenwood Springs New Year’s Eve Celebration in downtown.

There is something happening every day throughout the celebration, and Santa Claus will be making multiple appearances throughout town. For more information and to view a full calendar of events, visit glenwoodchamber.com/winter-wonderland.

Winter Wonderland Holiday Decorating Contest

Glenwood Springs will shine brightly throughout the holiday season from the top of Iron Mountain with the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park’s Winter on the Mountain to the spectacular lighting display at the Hotel Colorado, local storefronts adorned with lights and decorations and homes decorated from simple to extravagant.

Businesses and community members are encouraged to find their inner Clark Griswold and engage in some friendly competition by participating in the Winter Wonderland Holiday Decorating Contest. There is no cost to participate, and it is open to both businesses and residences. Thanks to FirstBank, first place will receive $500 in Glenwood Gold; second place will receive $250 in Glenwood Gold and third place will receive $100 in Glenwood Gold. The community is also encouraged to meander through town to see all the displays and vote for their favorites. One lucky voting participant will receive $100 in Glenwood Gold.

Interested businesses and residents can sign up at glenwoodchamber.com/winter-wonderland. Each registrant must submit a photo of their winter display beginning December 6. All entries must be received by Sunday, December 19 at 5 p.m. Voting takes from December 20 to January 2. The winning entries will be featured in the Post Independent on Wednesday, January 5.

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday takes place on Saturday, November 27. Whether you are a small business owner or a consumer, please join us and shop small to support small business all year long! The community is invited to stop by the Glenwood Springs Visitor Center on Saturday any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to enjoy holiday treats and to get ready for a fun day of shopping. Pick up a Small Business Saturday shopping bag with a listing of Small Business Saturday happenings and other SWAG. Five random shopping bags will be filled with $100 in Glenwood Gold!

Local businesses provide an experience that simply cannot be found in an online shopping cart, and Glenwood Springs is a regional shopping hub. For the best shopping around, you will find independent small businesses as well as well-known national retailers throughout Glenwood Springs. Tag your shopping experience #ShopGlenwood. To keep up with all the fun and festivities, you’ll need your energy. Your taste buds will delight in Glenwood’s vibrant dining scene. From casual fare to fine dining, there is something for everyone. #DineGlenwood

More than ever, let's unite our community around what can happen when we shop local, eat local and support local. Visit glenwoodchamber.com/small-business-saturday to see all the specials and activities happening on Small Business Saturday.

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