Pagosa’s Holiday Shopping Kicks Off Nov. 30

Get your calendars out for a busy kick-off to the holiday season.

Pagosa’s shop local program — the 12th Annual Parade of Stores — will be held from November 30 to December 3. Enjoy great deals and discounts at over 25 stores throughout the community.

New this year to the program is the “Selfie” Contest. Check out Facebook or #PSParadeofStores to find out which stores are offering special deals. This hash-tag is also where you will be posting your “selfie” pictures to be entered into the shopping spree prize giveaway. In addition, for every $10 you spend you will be entered into several shopping spree giveaways.

Also, for every purchase you make (one per store), you will also be given a restaurant coupon page with discounts to participating eateries throughout most of December. So shopping local has numerous benefits, the best being the unique gifts and great deals that will be offered that weekend.

Shoppers can pick up their shopping pamphlets that will give a list of the participating stores and directions for the “selfie” contest at any of the participating stores or the Visitor Center. Look for the tinsel trees with “Parade of Stores Participant” and the red and green balloons outside participating stores. Enjoy time with your friends or family, post through the “selfies” the items you are wishing for, and reap the rewards of shopping local.

For more information, contact the Chamber at 264-2360 or visit our website at www.pagosachamber.com.

Art for the Animals
The Art for the Animals event benefitting the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs kicks off the Parade of Stores event on Thursday evening, November 30 at Two Old Crows on Lewis St. This free event will be held from 5 – 8pm with attendees enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beverages and local talented artists. Start the shop local program in style!

Festival of Trees
The Festival of Trees will be held on Friday, December 1 at the Ross Aragon Community Center. The doors open at 5:30pm with the tree auction beginning at 7pm. Tickets are $25 and can ONLY be purchased in advance from the Community Center. Enjoy live music, hors d’oeuvres and beverages in a fun and engaging atmosphere while helping 20 non-profit agencies.

The public tree viewing will be held on November 30 from noon – 6pm. You can vote for your favorite tree at $1 per vote. The top vote-getting trees will be entered into the live auction on Friday.

For more information contact the Community Center at 264-4152.

Mary Jo Coulehan

Mary Jo Coulehan is Executive Director of the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce, and also serves on a number of local and state boards.