Spreading holiday cheer

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By Kirsten Laskey

Get ready to see Los Alamos twinkle with holiday lights and cheer during WinterFest, which will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday. MainStreet’s annual program garners participation from many different organizations, ensuring no matter where in town people go this coming weekend, they will find an abundance of  the holiday spirit.


The festivities kick off with the 16th annual “Créches from around the world,” which will be held from 1-7:30 p.m. Friday at the Los Alamos ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The crèche show will continue from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. There is no fee to attend the exhibit.

Also on Friday, Dance Arts Los Alamos will kick off its production of “The Nutcracker.” The ballet will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Additional performances will be at                                                              2 p.m. Saturday and                    2 p.m. Sunday at the auditorium. Admission is $8 for children age 12 and younger, $10 for students and seniors and $12 for adults.

To purchase tickets, go to the DALA studio, CB Fox, Smith’s Food and Drug in White Rock or at the box office.

Saturday, Santa will make an appearance from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at CB Fox. He will continue to collect children’s holiday wishes Dec. 12 and 19. Also, children can fulfill others’ gift wishes by attending the Children’s Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m.-noon at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

Los Alamos Geological Society will host its Earth Treasure Show from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Masonic Temple as well as from 10 a.m.-                4 p.m. Sunday. More shopping opportunities will be available during the Knights of Columbus Arts and Crafts Fair from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Karen McLaughlin Hall at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

A Holiday Crafts workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Mesa Public Library.

Fuller Lodge will open its doors to the community during an open house from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

New this year is free wagon sleigh rides, which will be from 10 a.m.-                  2 p.m. and will start at the chamber of commerce.

The Art Center at Fuller Lodge’s Affordable Art sale will have its grand opening from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The artistic creativity will continue with a puppet show from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Mesa Public Library.

The climax of the festivities will be the Holiday Lights Parade, which will feature the theme, “Holidays Begin at Home.” The parade will begin at 6 p.m.  Saturday and go down Central Avenue.

The evening will be completed with a special Gordons’ Concert at 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. The Los Alamos Big Band will perform and free hot chocolate will be served.

Sunday, the North Pole Workshop will be set up from 5-7 p.m. at the Posse Lodge and a Luminaria Walk will also be held from 5-7 p.m. at the Posse Lodge.

No matter a person’s age or interests, there will be something for everyone.

“When I think of the holidays, I think of going home (and) spending time with close friends and loved ones,” Claire Roybal, community project coordinator, said.

Therefore, it seems fitting that the theme for this year’s WinterFest is “Holiday’s Begin at Home.”

“No matter how you spend the holidays … I really think the holidays are about family and home and getting close friends together and spending time with them,” Roybal said.

There is a multitude of activities do with the family, too.

“You have very different things … (we have) such a diverse community (that) can come together and support family,” she said. It gives family a lot of choices, Roybal explained. There are so many organizations in town that offers a variety of things to see and do.

Additional sponsors for the event include Los Alamos National Bank, Del Norte Credit Union and The Coffee House Café. To get a schedule of events, stop by the chamber or visit www.LAmainstreet.com.