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RBC I It is the coming of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season in Meeker and Rangely, and Meeker’s holiday shopping season will kick off with the Festival of Lights, to take place Wednesday evening.
The Parade of Lights will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will run through downtown Meeker along Main Street to the Rio Blanco County Courthouse, where the courthouse tree lighting ceremony will be held.
The Meeker Community Choir will perform at the courthouse, and there will be a decorated wreath sale.
Floats are being urged by groups, organizations, individuals and businesses, and prizes and awards will be given for the “It’s a Wonderful Life” theme award, the “Clark Griswold Brightest” award and for the “Santa’s Elves’ Choice.”
For more information, call the Meeker Chamber of Commerce at 970-878-5510.
Rangely’s Christmas activities run Dec. 8 through Dec. 12 with a variety of activities.
On Dec. 8 in Rangely, hop on the sleigh at the WRBM Recreation Center and fly to Christmastown with Rudolph looking for clues on where all his misfit friends have gone. This scavenger hunt begins Tuesday morning and concludes Friday at noon.
Prizes go to the first five misfits to come back with all the clues.
On Dec. 10 will be the holiday lighting contest, called, “Light Up, Rangely.”
Judging will be Dec. 10, so leave your lights on that evening.
On Dec. 11 there will be a free gingerbread man decorating contest from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the rec center. Contestants must sign up by Dec. 7.
Also on Friday is “Shopping in Christmastown,” which runs from 6 to 8 p.m. This offers a chance to enjoy shopping at the shops and stores that stay open late for the shoppers’ convenience.
Also running from 6 to 8 p.m. will be free sleigh rides, provided by Absolute Prestige. The rides start at Rangely Town Hall, where there will be caroling.
Dec. 12 begins with Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Rangely Recreation Center, then the fun moves to the commons at Rangely Jr./Sr. High.
There will be vendors from noon to 5 p.m.; the gingerbread man judging will be at 1 p.m. (bring the gingerbread man you decorated Friday or one from home); the senior king and queen will be crowned (voting started this week for your favorite 65 or older —voting boxes are placed around town); and the Snowflake Baby Contest will be held at 2 p.m.
The Parade of Lights begins at 6 p.m. at Stanolind Ave., ending at the Rangely Fire Hall.
There is also a dance recital at 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium.
For more information on Rangely events, call the WRBM Rec Center at 675-8211.