The Gold Camp Christmas Celebration in southern Teller County is right around the corner, with a bevy of festivities planned from Dec.12-15.
As in past years, the celebration features activities in both Cripple Creek and Victor with holiday happenings held at a variety of facilities and outdoor areas. The festival is one of the biggest several-day events of the year and has been a popular Yuletide tradition in the CC/V district for about 15 years. The theme of the 2013 festival hinges around “The Gift.” Some of the new additions to the schedule include the Rudolph Dash and the Gingerbread Ornament Decorating. For more information, call 719-659-3599.
Here are a few highlights:
Winter Wonderland Reception. The festival kick-off will occur at the Aspen Mine Center in Cripple Creek from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Soup for the Soul. This event will be held at the Aspen Mine Center in Cripple Creek from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Tour of Lighted Headframes in the CC/V District. The shuttle departs from the Aspen Mine Center in Cripple Creek at 5:15 p.m. with a return scheduled around 7:30.
Parade of Lights. To be held in Victor, with the parade lineup scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at 4th St. and Victor Ave. The festivities also include a Party in the Plaza on 3rd Ave. across from the Claim Jumper, with cookies, cocoa and a DREAM cocktail fundraiser, along with a lighting contest and parade prizes.
Christmas Bazaar. This event will be held at the Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation/June Hack Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Aspen Mine Center Festivities. A variety of events are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., including the Sugar Plum Gift Shop and Silent Auction, Silent Auction on Trees, Woodland Park Community Singers (11:30 a.m.), Fundraiser Luncheon (11:30 to 2 p.m.) Santa Claus greeting and Gingerbread Ornament Decorating (12:30 p.m. to 2:30) and Award Ceremonies.
Bennett Avenue Celebration. Rudolph Dash, a short running race for kids, will begin at 1st Ave. and Bennett Ave., with the race kicking off at 10 a.m. The Christmas Parade, one of the big highlights of the festival, is scheduled for noon. Cripple Creek District Museum will host activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Colorado Springs Chorale Christmas Concert. This popular concert will be held at the Cripple Creek Baptist Church at 3 p.m.
The Church in the Wildwood Bell Choir. The choir is scheduled to appear at the Butte Opera House in Cripple Creek at 11 a.m.
Elf Emporium. This shopping opportunity is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Antlers Building at 310 Victor Ave. in Victor.
Brian’s Park Hockey Rink Grand Opening. The ribbon cutting is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the festivities will include skating around the Christmas tree and pictures with Santa at 2:30 p.m.
Local church services and museum festivities. Services will be held in the morning at a variety of local churches to celebrate the Christmas holiday.
Activities are scheduled at the Cripple Creek District Museum from noon to 4 p.m.