Parades, Santa, Shopping, Chocolate… It’s Yule Night in Ouray!
by Gus Jarvis
Dec 09, 2009 | 2312 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
OURAY – Christmas is just two weeks away and time is running short to shop locally for those perfect holiday gifts. But the timing is perfect for Saturday’s Yule Night events in Ouray where Main Street retailers will be offering discounts and staying open late to coincide with the Yule Night parade, Santa’s arrival at the Ouray Elks and the “Celebration of Decadence” – an evening of wine and chocolate tasting hosted by the Ouray Chamber Resort Association and Morning Song B&B.

Saturday’s Yule Night celebration officially begins with the holiday movie Christmas With the Kranks at the Main Street Theater starting at 3 p.m. This PG-rated holiday movie is sure to put the entire family into the season’s spirit. Luther (Tim Allen) and Nora (Jamie Lee Curtis) Kranks’ only daughter is out of the country, so they decide to trade out Christmas for a cruise. But when their daughter calls on Christmas Eve to say she’s coming home the next day with her fiancé, the couple is left with only 12 hours to prepare. This free matinee is sponsored by Twin Peaks Insurance, Alpine Bank of Ouray, Citizens State Bank of Ouray and Morning Song B&B. (Call 325-4746.)

Yule Night festivities continue at 5 p.m. with the parade on Main Street followed closely by Santa’s arrival and a live nativity scene at the Ouray Elks Lodge. Kids will have the chance to tell Santa all about their holiday wishes and have their pictures taken. Afterward, the whole family can enjoy dinner at the lodge starting at 5:30 p.m., with spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert, and lemonade or coffee for just $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-10, and no charge for children under 5. (Call 626-4239.)

If this isn’t enough to put everyone into the holiday spirit, the great deals at many Main Street retailers will. Those who do get their holiday shopping done in Ouray that evening will also get free admission into the wine and chocolate festival. In fact, any shopper with Yule Night receipts from shops, restaurants and lodges totaling at least $100 will receive free admission to the “Celebration of Decadence” that is being held from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Historic Beaumont Hotel’s Tundra Restaurant. Event entry is otherwise $10 at the door with $1-tickets being sold for bites of chocolate decadence. (Call 325-4913.)

Complimenting the wine and chocolate tasting will be the live music of Dan Allen and DeNece Crow. Allen, the youngest of a very musical family, is a multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter originally from Washington State. He continues to find a way to connect with his audience, whether he’s singing standards, Christmas carols or playing a melody on the piano. Crowe is also from a musical family and brings a message of hope and joy that leaves audiences with a song in their heart and a smile on their face. Shoppers can also sooth their aching muscles at an open house hosted by Healing Touch Therapy Spa, located in the Beaumont Hotel. The open house will be held from 2-8 p.m. and will feature spa treatments and gift certificates.

Whether it’s movies, shopping or a powerful lust for chocolate, Ouray’s Main Street will have it all during this year’s Yule Night festivities.

But wait, there’s more. Upcoming holiday events in Ouray County include the Dec. 18-WinterSing Concert with the Telluride Choral Society at the Ouray County 4-H Events Center in Ridgway, the Dec. 18-19 performances of the Nutcracker at the Wright Opera House in Ouray, and the Festivus for the Rest of Us celebration, Dec. 20 on Sixth Avenue in Ouray. Happy holidays.
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