Steamboat Springs For holiday shoppers, watching the calendar turn to December means the beginning of the countdown to find Christmas gifts.
This weekend, there will be a one-stop shopping spot to check everyone off the list.
Of the craft fairs and holiday bazaars held each season in Routt County, Christmas in the Rockies is the largest.
Each year for almost 20 years, the Steamboat Springs Arts Council has filled the halls of Strawberry Park Elementary School with art, food and crafts.
In many ways, Christmas in the Rockies is the winter equivalent of Art in the Park, the Arts Council's summer arts and crafts festival.
More than 40 vendors, mostly local, will be selling fine art, jewelry, fiber art and ceramics. Food items, including coffee, locally made barbecue sauces and jams, also will be for sale, along with a variety of locally made soaps and body products.
The shopping is paired with food, live music and a chance to have your photo taken with Santa.
Everything at Christmas in the Rockies is one-of-a-kind and handmade. Although the fair continues until 4 p.m., vendors tend to sell out early.
Each vendor pays a booth fee, which goes to the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. The fees are used to fund the council's year-round visual art shows and children's programs and as seed money for events such as the Beaux Arts Festival.
Last year, Christmas in the Rockies attracted 1,500 shoppers.
The 19th annual Christmas in the Rockies holiday craft fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Strawberry Park Elementary School. Call 879-9008, ext. 104, for more information.
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