Holiday Season Kicks Off in Saguache
Shopping, Sweets & Other Treats
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! And there’s plenty of merriment coming up to get you into the spirit of Christmas. So break out the jingle bells and round up the children, because the Holiday Season is underway in Saguache Today!
Christmas shoppers won’t be concerned about the local supply chain of great gifts at this Saturday’s Annual Holiday Bazaar in Saguache. Come, shop until you drop at the Community Building (adjacent to Community Park) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on December 4. Sponsored this year by HEART of Saguache, Mountain Valley School, and Saguache County, the bazaar offers a variety of beautiful handmade wares from local and regional craftspeople for sale. There’s nothing like a homemade wreath or Christmas tree ornament to get you into the holiday spirit!
Mountain Valley School will be serving lunch to satisfy the appetites that festive holiday shopping brings about. The good folks from the Saguache County & Hazard Museums will be selling their famous homemade candy, and have some cool new books to show and sell. And be sure to check out the museum’s new apparel line – hoodies – just in time or the cooler weather! Word on the curb is that the jolly guy himself will be making an appearance. So grab those wish lists and get the kiddos dressed in their Christmas finery for pictures. Santa Claus is coming to town!
Another way that readers can support a Saguache business is by buying a homemade pie or other baked delights from the 4th Street Diner & Bakery. And from the sounds of it, you’d better bring by your ow pie tin because Ester and the crew already saw a lively Thanksgiving pie season. Be sure that your holiday table includes a delicious homemade pie or cheesecake from the 4th Street Diner & Bakery. From chocolate and vanilla cheesecake to a wide variety of fruit pies, Ester is ready for your holiday requests, all made to order! Stop by 411 4th Street (with your pie tin!) or call to place your order (719) 655-6411.
The recently opened Breads and Botanicals offers farm-to-table baked goods featuring a seasonal and plant-centric taste of Southern Colorado. Located at 319 San Juan Avenue, the new eatery offers coffees, teas, and a wide variety of plant-based tasty treats, like gluten-free mini banana cream pies – yummy! Check out their offerings via their Facebook Page or stop in -they are open Thursday – Sunday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
On Monday, Dec. 6, friends and neighbors are invited to join the Historic Ute Theater for A Seussified Christmas Carol! The online event offers a fun online reading of a whimsical reinvention of Dickens’s most beloved Christmas story in wacky rhymed couplets. Bring a puppet and/or wear a costume to this free online reading designed for us to nudge each other into the holiday spirit.
The Historic Ute Theatre offers a variety of online workshops that aspire to “Uplift, Transform and Engage our community!” On Saturday, Dec. 11 it’s “Writer’s Block and Other Lies: Reclaiming Your Creative Spirit.” A digital, online event, Instructor Marcia Zina Mager will take participants through the limitations, restrictions, and challenges that offer unique portals to hidden treasures. Grab some paper and your favorite writing tools (all levels of experience welcome), bring all your questions, worries, and creative concerns, and “let’s go exploring a different (way more fun) kind of PENdemic!” In this workshop, you’ll learn secrets and strategies to breaking through any type of creative obstacle and discover the source of all inspiration!
If you are interested, please pre-register by emailing us at email@example.com and you will be sent a zoom link! Marcia Zina Mager is an international best-selling author, award-winning playwright and poet, writing coach, and founder of the original national seminar series: Write from the Heart.
O Tannenbaum! O Tannenbaum!
It’s the season for giving, so here’s a great opportunity to do so right here in Saguache Today! Residents are encouraged to visit the Giving Christmas Tree at Mountain Valley School! Give a child in the Saguache community a Christmas gift! Make a Mountain Valley student’s wish come true by participating in the Giving Tree program this holiday season.
If you would like to support this amazing effort, please use one of the following methods to receive a child’s wish list and make their dreams come true!
- Call Mountain Valley School at 719-655-2578.
- Email Patty Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Stop by the school between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
Monetary donations are also accepted. Santa’s elves will do your shopping! Gifts need to be delivered to Mountain Valley School by Thursday, Dec. 9. Each student has been issued a number. Gifts need to be clearly labeled with the number provided. Thank you and Happy Holidays!
Know Your ABCs, Get a FREE Christmas Tree!
The Rio Grande National Forest (RGNF) is, once again offering the harvesting of personal use Christmas trees from November 15 through December 31, 2021. A special Christmas tree permit is required. These “Tannenbaum” permits are available at the Saguache Ranger District Office (more locations and details below). The Christmas tree permits cost $8 each, with a limit of five permits per household.
Christmas tree permits are valid only for trees growing on land managed by the Rio Grande National Forest. All trees must be at least 100 feet away from any campground, picnic area or road and can be up to five inches in diameter at shoulder height. Cutting trees within designated wilderness areas or the Conejos Canyon is prohibited. For more information concerning Christmas tree cutting permits, contact the Saguache Ranger District at 719 655-2547 or see the information below:
How to obtain a RGNF Christmas Tree permit
You must have a valid Christmas tree permit with you when you harvest your tree(s). To get a permit, please use ONE of three methods below:
- Visit one of our participating vendors listed below. These vendors make it convenient due to their extended business hours.
- Purchase a permit from one of our forest offices in Del Norte, La Jara, Monte Vista and Saguache. The offices have varied hours and we recommend calling before your visit.
- Purchase a permit online from Recreation.gov
Rio Grande NF Christmas Tree vendors.
- Kristi Mountain Sports – 3223 Main St. – Alamosa
- South Fork Visitor Center – 28 Silver Thread Ln. – South Fork
For online permits from recreation.gov:
You will need to create an account if you do not already have one. If you have made campground reservations at federal campgrounds in the past, you may already have an account. Things needed to creat a new account:
- Full name
- Phone #
- E-mail address (you will get a confirmation message at this address)