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Centennial Village Feliz Navidad Events December 1-2

Ella Marie Hayes
Saratoga, Wyo.

Greeley Museums, Ann Schmidt, Special Events CoordThis wintery close-up view of Selma's Store sign helps set the holiday atmosphere for Christmas shoppers during Selma's Store Holiday Sale.

The fourth annual holiday progressive dinner tour featuring a cultural or ethnic group represented at Centennial Village has a Spanish theme this year. Feliz Navidad takes place on December 1-2, with three tours each evening. Advance tickets are required and are on sale now at the Greeley History Museum store at 714 8th Street.

Each evening includes a tamale dinner in Hall House and tours of the Spanish Colony House and “colonia” model in the Hispanic Heritage House. In the church, some Greeley residents will share memories of Christmas in the Spanish Colony.

Then participants will enjoy a shortened Las Posadas procession that ends with dessert in the Shaw House. Selma’s Store, a cozy 1870 “cottage,” will also be open both evenings for shoppers.

Feliz Navidad tickets are $15 and often sell out early. Tours begin at 5:00, 5:45, and 6:30 p.m., each evening with a limited number of seats available. The event is most suitable for adults or youth 12 and over. Participants are encouraged to dress warmly, since groups will walk between several locations at Centennial Village.

“This is a fun-filled evening of history and tradition, food and music, holiday decorations, and lots more,” said Acting Museums Manager Nancy Lynch. “And it is a rare chance to visit Centennial Village at night.”

Selma’s Store gift shop will not only be open both evenings for the Feliz Navadad event, but will be open for the Annual Holiday Sale that runs from Nov. 23 through Dec. 12. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Many volunteers work to make the holiday events a success.

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The store will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but open the following day. Visitors may put their name in a drawing for a museum tote bag of items valued at $50. No purchase is necessary to enter the drawing which will be held at the end of the day on Dec. 12.

“We try to carry many hand-made gifts and holiday decorations from local artisans and crafts people,” according to Jody Lopez, store manager. “Plus we have some favorite home accessories, ethnic cookbooks, toys and kitchen items that customers have requested over the last year.”

There are soaps and lotions, embroidered tea towels and pillowcases, aprons, baby blankets, hand-painted porcelain, woodworking, pottery, and pieces of Scandinavian rosemaling. In addition, the shelves display jewelry, ornaments of all kinds, tea sets, baby gifts and a selection of toys and games for children.

The food area includes holiday wassail mix, caramel corn, an assortment of Hammonds’ candies, Colorado organic jellies, nuts, and themed coffees, such as the Greeley Grind and Utopian Blend.

Greeley Museums will also be having a drawing for a goodie bag at the Greeley History Museum gift shop at 714 8th Street. The store there will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with no purchase necessary.” The winning name will be drawn at the end of the day on December 19.

For the children, “Prairie KidsFest,” on Saturday, December 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., recreates some of the holiday traditions brought to the High Plains area by early settlers. Kids (and kids-at-heart) are invited to enjoy this winter festival packed with old-fashioned crafts and activities, holiday decorations and food. Admission is $6 for ages 12 and over; and $4 for children 3 to 11, with all activities included in the price.

The century-old Stevens House is decked out in traditional Victorian Christmas decor. Other homes and buildings also showcase ethnic and cultural holiday decorations. Selma’s Store gift shop will be open, and Prairie KidsFest shoppers will receive a 10 percent discount. Hot foods and beverages may be purchased for lunch in the Hall House.

Kids can try their hand at dipping candles, print a greeting card on a vintage Line-O-Scribe proof press, and make an ornament at the craft tables. Pinata breaking takes place at 11 a.m., 12 Noon, and 1 p.m., in Hanna Square.

A blacksmith will be at the forge, and children can take home a tiny horseshoe as a momento of their visit. A storyteller will be at Lone Valley School, and a volunteer will be baking cookies to sample in the Stone House.

And perhaps the most exciting event is seeing Santa. Children may send a Santa-gram to the North Pole from the Depot telegraph office, but can also visit Cowboy Santa in person in the Log Courthouse to give Santa their wish list and have a photo taken. Parents may bring a camera or purchase a printed-on-the spot photo for $2.00.

Joining in these festive events is sure to enhance your holiday spirit! For more information, please call (970) 350-9220 or visit http://www.GreeleyMuseums.com.