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December Events

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December 3, 2022

CHRISTMAS OPENING

Buena Vista’s annual holiday "Grand Opening" is a long-standing tradition when our community comes together to celebrate Buena Vista's unique mountain lifestyle with a day bursting with fun, festivities, caroling and much more!

Early on, many are beginning the “Sweet Stroll” through town as they shop & visit our local restaurants and stores, gathering Chocolate Walk stamps, enjoying our artisan coffee shops & finding fun and unique gifts along the way.   You can also enjoy the Ugly Sweater 5k & Family Fun run starting on S. Main, then “cool off” at the Polar Plunge and head over  to the BV Heritage Museum.

As the Heritage Museum fills with the aroma of perfectly seasoned meat and beans, hundreds of hungry chili fans arrive to shop the array of artisan vendors, snap a photo with Santa, visit Santa’s Favorite Workshop, stop into the local bars for a brew, and sample all the chili they can eat and cast their vote for the winning recipe.

As the day draws to a close the Parade of Lights will begin at South Main, traveling jolly & bright through East Main, ending at Railroad & E Main with Santa reciting ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas and the lighting of our Community Tree.

The BV Chocolate Walk 10a – 4p
Dec 3 & 4

This “sweet” event takes you on a stroll through beautiful Buena Vista. Collect a special chocolate treat as you step inside each participating store, gallery, and restaurant. Once you’ve visited all the stores you can return your playing card for a chance to win prizes donated local businesses.

* CASH PRIZES UP TO $500 *

Participants must purchase a card through BV Chamber of Commerce. Pick up your playing cards 11/29-12/2 at the BV Chamber. Cards also available at The Heritage Museum on 12/3. Participants of the Ugly Sweater 5k will receive a card with registration.

Photos With Santa | Dec 3 | Heritage Museum| 10a - 4p

We are excited to continue the tradition of Photos with Santa with an exciting change! Santa has partnered with BVHS Yearbook Club & they will be accepting recommended donations of $5 for a digital image. The sessions are appx 3 minutes per family (not child). After your session, please allow time as BVHS Yearbook Club will also be offering prints for $5. Sponsored by First Colorado Land Office.

Chili Cook-Off | Dec 3 | Heritage Museum | 10a-4p

As the room fills with the aroma of perfectly seasoned meat and beans, you'll be sure to find unique Christmas gifts at the BV Heritage Gift Shop. Most importantly, everyone can sample all the chili they can eat and cast their vote for the winning recipe. As the day draws to a close and the votes are counted, one lucky person is crowned the winner for ALL bragging rights!

Santa's Favorite Workshop

Cloud City Toy Store will have holiday shopping available at The Heritage Museum.

Be sure to visit to find many unique gifts for those special "kiddos" in your life!

Ugly Sweater 5k & Fun Run

Come out in your ugliest holiday sweater as you tour the town on foot. When you finish, why not jump in the Arkansas River for the Polar Plunge? All 5K runners will receive a Chocolate Walk card! ​​Fun Run: Our young kids (ages 0-5) are welcome to galavant around South Main for the Fun Run which will take place before the 5K. All the young participants will be rewarded with a special holiday prize.​Online registration will STAY OPEN to race day!  Register at:  https://www.oneloveendurance.com/ugly-sweater-5k.html

Polar Plunge in The Arkansas River | Dec 3 | S Main River Park | 12p

Why settle for silver when you can go for the cold? Test your mettle big-time with an ice-cold plunge in support of BVHS Student Council's Toys For Tikes. No training necessary.

Parade of Lights | Start @ S. Main to Railroad &

E. Main for lighting of our Community Tree | 5:15p

Be sure to grab your coat & hot cocoa (or other libation) as we LIGHT UP our town

and close this fun day out with Santa reciting 'Twas The Night Before Christmas just before he is raised up to light our community tree.

Local Author Fair | Dec 3 | BV Library | | 12-3p

Discover and celebrate local authors! Bring your holiday shopping list

and meet published writers, purchase signed copies. At noon workshop,

Twenty Questions to Strengthen Your Book

Holiday Artisan Craft Fair | Dec 3 | Heritage Museum | 10a-4p

Browse our local artisans to find unique holiday gifts & maybe even for yourself!

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A Winter's Eve with David Arkenstone & Friends  Dec.6th

Join 5-time Grammy® Nominee

David Arkenstone and his talented friends for an enchanting candlelit evening of holiday music.

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The Loft Orpheum Theater 

413 East Main Street

Buena Vista, CO.

Tickets are: $30 – $45

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