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Tribune’s Christmas Open House festive beginning for holidays

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The horse-drawn carriage rides are always a popular activity at the Christmas Open House. Passengers riding down Broadway were happily waving at passers-by on the sidewalks last Friday night.

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The horse-drawn carriage rides are always a popular activity at the Christmas Open House. Passengers riding down Broadway were happily waving at passers-by on the sidewalks last Friday night.

It was an all-around good night to be out and about at Tribune’s Christmas Open House. The weather was fine – a little chilly but not cold – and not much wind last Friday evening, November 16th, and lots of community members were out taking participating in this annual event. “We couldn’t have asked for a better night for this year’s Christmas Open House!” said Community Development Director Christy Hopkins. “The weather cooperated beautifully and downtown was busy late into the evening as families and shoppers took in the wide range of activities offered. Thanks to all the participating businesses and organizations - this night is a great way to kick off the holiday season.” Some of the highlights…. Santa and Mrs. Claus were in their places at the library, reading Christmas lists and posing for pictures with children of all ages. In addition, visitors could check out the annual book sale and visit with two local authors, Mary Wright and Ashley Gooden. The VFW Soup and Pie supper offered many kinds of soup, as well as a craft sale. Another local vendor sale, a new event called Holiday Shopping Among Friends, was held in the First FarmBank Community Room. Always popular, the free horse-drawn carriage rides started from DJ’s on south Broadway and clip-clops were heard throughout the evening as the carriage made its way through town. TBK Bank offered drawings throughout the day Friday, as well as housing the Community Angel Tree -- a related student essay contest has been in progress. Face-painting was available at the Senior Center by Greeley County Health Services staff, make-and-take crafts at the CYAT Center, and cookie decorating at the Community Development office. Retail stores had price discounts and refreshments for shoppers throughout the evening, and there was a free children’s movie at the Star Theater. Now that the Open House is over, continue to watch for the weekly Christmas Medallion clues, and remember to get your tickets for the “Shop Greeley County” program when you shop locally. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the open house successful, and to all who came and joined in the fun.
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