Buena Vista’s Christmas Opening December 2, 2017

The Buena Vista Christmas Opening is a wonderful holiday tradition that unites small businesses, visitors and residents who want to share in the holiday spirit and celebrate the true essence of community. Celebrate with us by joining in the: Chocolate Walk, Festival of Trees, Free Polar Express Movie, Chili Cook Off, Equine Parade, Free Santa visits and photos, Crafts and Caroling throughout town, The Polar Plunge in the Arkansas River, S’mores & Hot Drinks, Live Music at the Beach, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort Punch Pass Sale, Lighting of the South Main St., West Main St. and Community Trees, Parade of Lights and much more.  Please take a look at our schedule of events below and visit us often for new event updates as we approach this joyous holiday season.  Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy Holidays to you and yours.


Equine Parade 2:00 pm

Offers children of all ages a wonderful experience of days gone by . . . of horse carriages and horseman of the Western Days of our Buena Vista Heritage.  The parade brings SANTA to the Community Center!

Visit Santa 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Visit Santa & Get Free Photos for your family.  Sponsored by Coldwell Banker/Collegiate Peaks Realty.  Santa looks real from Harmony Workshops. Photos will be emailed or texted to your phone.  Also FREE crafts, music, festival of trees and much more at the BV Community Center.

Parade of Lights 5:15 pm

Parade of Lights – New this year attendees become part of the parade:  We are encouraging residents from each nearby neighborhood and town section (South Main St., East Main St., and West Main St.) to join the end of the Parade of Lights and/or meet /merge the parade at the Community Tree for lighting (Optimist Park /Splash Park).

Chocolate Walk
10:00 am to 4:30 pm. 
Pick up your playing card for $1.00 at the BV Community Center Dec. 2.  Enjoy visiting participating local businesses.  Savor their chocolate treats.  WIN many prizes for completing your playing card.  This year we have a $75.00 Golden Ticket sponsored by Mary Kale of Re/Max, a $70.00 Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Pass, $50.00 a gift certificate from Jan’s Restaurant and Rustic Woods $25.00 gift certificate and more!

Festival of Trees
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tour local business and non-profit sponsored trees, get coupons & celebrate the holiday spirit.  Held at the BV Community Center 715 E. Main St.

Busy Bees Toy Swap
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Gently used toys at affordable prices and for a great cause.  Held at Busy Bees 605 South San Juan Street.

Christmas Tree Permits
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Forest Service will be selling Christmas Tree Permits at the BV Community Center 715 E. Main St. 

Chime Time Shows
10:00 am  and 10:30 am
Start your holiday season with the delightful sound of the 9 talented kids of this youth chime time.  Held at BV Community Center 715 East Main Street.

Buffy’s Flower Display
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
View & Order Your Holiday Arrangements from Buffy’s Flowers shown at the Community Center.

Mrs. Claus Christmas Sock Knitting
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Join Mrs. Claus as she makes Christmas socks on her knitting machine at Serendipity Yarn & Gifts.  She will share tips and tricks and give one and all a heartwarming welcome.  321 West Main St.

Artisian Demos, Sale & Music
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
 View demonstrations of glass blowing by Artist Barry Stevens of Vulcan Glass Art Studio.  Enjoy local arts and music.  Held at first Colorado Land Office 316 West Main St.

Boys & Girls Club Decorating Event
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Enjoy ornament decorating, graham cracker houses, cookie decorating and game room activities with host Boys & Girls Club. 

Pop-Up Shop
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Come by Watershed to peruse incredible kids’ books and to paint some pottery!  Usborne Books & More and WildStone Ceramics are teaming up for an interactive pop-up bookshop and ceramics studio – fun for the whole family!  410 E. Main St.

FREE Hayrides Shuttles
12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Complimentary Hayride Shuttles will transport your party from West Main Street to East Main Street and South Main Street to enable your participation in all of the JOLLY town events.  All aboard!

Free Polar Express at Pinon
12:00 pm
Join sponsor Pinon Real Estate BV for a FREE viewing of the movie Polar Express.  FREE child drop-off available. While the kids enjoy the movie, you can do your Christmas shopping!  Held on the second floor at 306 E. Main St. 

Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Punch Pass Sale
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Stop by the Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort canopy located in the Community Center after sitting on Santa’s lap for a special rate on punch passes. 715 E. Main St.

Decorate South Main Street Christmas Tree
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Join in decorating the South Main St. Christmas Tree at the BEACH!  Bring your own ornaments to contribute to the tree or use some of the ones provided.  Then you can come back during the season and see the ornaments that your family hung!

Middle & High School Band Performances
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Celebrate with McGinnis Middle School and Buena Vista High School bands musicians playing at the Re/Max Annex. Sponsored by Re/Max 429 East Main St.

Chili Cook Off
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Vote for your favorite chili created with some of the best recipes from local restaurants and residents.  The winner takes home the traveling “Golden Ladle.” A fundraiser for Buena Vista Heritage Museum.  Held at the lot between CKS and Antero Treasures on East Main St. Enjoy music from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm by Julie Sebastian & Sarah Kites.

Strolling Carolers on East Main
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Faith Lutheran Church Carolers are strolling along East Main Street offering holiday cheer and peace on earth and good will to all. 

Equine Parade
2:00 pm to 2:30 ish
The Equine Parade travels down East Main St. to bring SANTA to the Community Center.  Que’s at the American Legion. 

Visit Santa & Free Photos
2:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Visit Santa – Kelly Kringle Beek  – for free along with a free photo sent to you via email or text to your phone.  Sponsored by Coldwell Banker/Collegiate Peaks Realty.  Held at BV Community Center.

Free Craft Creation & Music
2:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Children can create their own unique crafts while waiting for their ticket to be called to see Santa.  Sponsored by Pinon Court Cabins.  Music and carols will be offered throughout the day.  Held at the BV Community Center 715 East Main St.. 

Christmas Vocals & Guitar
2:45 pm to 3:15 pm
Two talented kids, Finn & Sully, form the base of this guitar, vocal group that shares holiday tunes, carols and more. Held at BV Community Center.

The Polar Plunge Annual River Dip!
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Join South Main Street’s annual Arkansas River dip.  An Invigorating and Fun event if you dare!  Held at the Beach in South Main St.

S’mores & Hot Drinks
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Join South Main Street at the Beach for heartwarming hot drinks and S’mores.  A great way to warm up after the Polar Plunge or before the Parade of Lights which is starting in South Main. 

Hot Chocolate & Gathering
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
First Colorado Land Office on 316 West Main St. is hosting a chance to warm up on your Christmas Opening tour and enjoy holiday cheer.  It is also the staging area for the West Main Street group to join the Parade of Lights.  

Live Music at the Beach
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Kicking off the festivities to the South Main Christmas Tree lighting meet at the Beach bringing in live music and good Christmas cheer.  

Christmas Sing-Along with
BV Creates

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Celebrate your holiday cheer with a community sing-along.  Hosted by BV Creates held at 308 East Main St. 

Lighting of South Main Street Christmas Tree
5:00 pm
Share in the lighting of the South Main St. tree and then join the Parade of Lights starting at 5:15 pm at South Main St. heading towards East Main St. 

Parade of Lights
5:00 ish
A home town tradition which is open to one and all; businesses, non-profits, churches, schools and neighborhoods are all welcome to enter the parade with a float, bike or illuminated idea.  NEW THIS YEAR – We are encouraging YOU to join or merge with the Parade of Lights.  Organize your neighborhood, business, street center, church or school to join the celebration with your illuminated group. 

Community Christmas Tree Lighting & Santa Recital
5:45 pm – 6:00 pm
The Parade of Lights will merge to the Community Tree at Optimist Park/Splash Park on East Main St., and Railroad St. for the Lighting of the Community Tree Celebration.  Sponsored by the Buena Vista Beautification Board.  After the lighting of the community tree SANTA will recite “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

Buena Vista High School Choir Concert Fund-Raiser
6:30 pm –
Help the BVHS Choir FUND their Carnegie Hall Invitation/Trip.  Hear how truly amazing they are.  Directed by Tanner Oharah.  Sponsored by The Loft Orpheum Theater & Elizabeth Gobble, CPA.  Pre-ticket sales will be available soon!  Tickets also available at the door.  Donations are also welcome to fund the Choir to New York.   

Collegiate Peaks Chorale
7:00 pm –
Our home town chorale group has become a Buena Vista Christmas Tradition.  A wonderful way to end Christmas Opening Day.  Held at Mountain Heights Baptist Church 28390 CR 317.  Accept donations at the door.       

Evening Affairs
Enjoy visiting South Main St. and East Main St. businesses for dinner, adult beverages, entertainment and festive events.  The Hayride Shuttles will transport you to your destination until 7:00 pm. 
Happy Holidays!

A Community Affair

The Christmas Opening unites small businesses, residents and visitors to share in the holiday spirit and celebrate the true essence of community.  Join us for this small town holiday tradition and experience for yourself why Buena Vista is truly special. 

Parade of Lights Details & Sign Up

Please sign up if you would like to join in Parade of Lights . . . we are looking for one and all with their illuminated display to join in the celebration.  Call David at 719.480.9554 or email dbillesbach51@gmail.com with your registration.  Each parade participant will need to turn in a release form prior to joining the parade.  You can download the registration and waiver form here or get it from David above.   Those planning on joining as a group in the walking parade are not required to sign a registration form.  Call David with any questions!

Equine Parade Details

If you are interested in joining the Equine Parade contact Erin at 847.951.6441.  Download the registration & waiver form here. 

Chocolate Walk Details

The Chocolate Walk is a really fun way to see all of the products and offerings that local businesses bring to our town AND sample chocolates WITH the chance to WIN great prizes!  It is simple to do:  Pick up your Chocolate Walk playing card at the BV Community Center on December 2 from 10:00 am on.  The card will outline the simple rules, share maps to participating businesses and have areas for each business to stamp your card.  Next, you return the filled out card to the BV Community Center by 4:30 pm on Dec. 2 for drawings to win one of these prizes – $75.00 Golden Ticket sponsored by Mary Kale of ReMax, a $70.00 Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Pass, $50.00 gift certificate from Jan’s Restaurant, $25.00 gift certificate from Rustic Woods and more!  Please join in the town festivities and Parade of Lights. 

Chocolate Walk Participating Businesses:
South Main Street Area:
Midland Stop, Sundance & Friends, H & CO A Luxe Salon, South Main, & Rock Run.
East Main Street Area:
Mary Kale/ReMax Annex, Simple Eatery, Mount Antero Treasures, CKS Main Street, Sisters Remembered/Aspen Leaf Printing, Midland Station, Jeweler’s Bench, Christian Science Reading Room, & Rustic Woods.
West Main Street Area:
First Colorado Land Office, Lake House, The Book Nook, Serendipity Yarn & Gifts & the Essential Store.
Highway 24 Area:
The View Cafe/Best Western, Little Daisy, Stedman’s Sweet Shop/BV Shell, Jan’s Restaurant, El Paraiso, Cool Beans, Souled Out Tees, Shear Elegance, Buena Vista Drug, The Jealous Neighbor, Brown Dog Coffee, Pawn All, Missing Sock, & Buffy’s Flowers & Gifts.

The Buena Vista Christmas Opening is coordinated, advertised and implemented by the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center as a community service to our businesses and residents in the true spirit of cultivating our welcoming community.  This opening is not a Chamber fund-raising event.  We thank our Chamber members, volunteers and supporting businesses for enabling this town-wide celebration.

A Very Special Thank You to the Sponsors of Christmas Opening 2017