Once again people will make their way to downtown Monument to enjoy an old fashioned Small Town Christmas.
Small Town Christmas is a tradition that takes place one Saturday in December in downtown but instead of happening just one Saturday this year the event will take place on three Saturdays.
“Since there was a blizzard last year we decided to spread it out over three Saturdays this year,” Tom Wisdom, owner of Wisdom Tea House, said.
The first Saturday of the event was the Annual Small Business Saturday and took place on Nov. 24. Started by American Express it's a day for shoppers to support small businesses in their communities all across the country and occurs the day after Black Friday and two days before Cyber Monday.
On Dec. 1 will be the traditional Small Town Christmas that Tri-Lakes residents and visitors have come to enjoy over the years. There will be kid's crafts at the Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District. Hot chocolate, miniature donkeys and reindeer will at various merchants and Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet children at La Casa Fiesta.
There will be a Kid's Shopping Day on Dec. 8. Merchants will have specially priced gifts for children to purchase for the loved ones on their shopping list. Parents can sit and relax and enjoy refreshments. Cinderella's carriage will be at the Secret Window Fine Art Gallery and Floral Studio.
“It will be a real life-size Cinderella carriage. Kids can have their pictures taken with it,” Wisdom said.
Santa Clause and hayrides will be available all three Saturdays. All activities take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Elves will be on hand to pass out a list of activities. Small Town Christmas is sponsored by the Historic Monument Merchant's Association.
The annual Christmas Tree Lighting will take place at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 30 in Limbach Park as well.