Holly Festival returns to Oak Creek

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— Holiday season cheer returns with the fourth annual Oak Creek Holly Festival beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The South Routt community will be treated to premium deals at local shops, holiday events such as visiting Santa and caroling and even a chance to have coffee with the mayor.

Nikki Knoebel, mayor of Oak Creek, said the Holly Festival is as much a time for the community to come together during the holidays as it is a boon for local businesses.

"We organized it to make a fun family day in Oak Creek," Knoebel said, "and to support the local businesses."

Many businesses participate in the festival, making it a fun day for all.

Kate's Cafe will host the mayor's coffee hour, the Ice Rink and Bonfiglio Drug will welcome Santa and the New Victoria Stained Glass store will let customers create their very own stained glass ornaments.

Restaurants and coffee shops, such as Rachel's Smoking Cafe and The Colorado Bar and Grill, will offer discounted prices on various purchases. And the local museum will provide a chance to have pictures taken with Santa's horse, as well as the chance to win the "Holiday Cookie Jar" contest.

Community members are encouraged to participate in a Christmas lighting contest, a scavenger hunt, several other decorative holiday contests, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. and the showing of "The Grinch" at the community center at 7 p.m.

In order to ensure a calm start to the day of festivities, the Let's Dance Studio in Oak Creek is offering yoga at 9 a.m. Saturday. All those who attend the class can pay for the session with a donation to the LIFT-UP of Routt County food bank.

Madison Ruppel, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, is working as a fall intern for the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

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