Yule Fest Comes to Ouray This Weekend
by Samantha Wright
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YULE FEST WEEKEND – Ouray is aglow with decorated windows and twinkling holiday lights (including this attractive display at Fellin Park) for Yule Fest this weekend.  (Photo by Samantha Wright)
YULE FEST WEEKEND – Ouray is aglow with decorated windows and twinkling holiday lights (including this attractive display at Fellin Park) for Yule Fest this weekend. (Photo by Samantha Wright)

OURAY - Ouray welcomes the holiday season with Yule Fest this Friday, Dec. 7 through Sunday, Dec. 9. The weekend features live music at two venues, the annual Wine, Chocolate & Cheese Fest, visits with Santa for the kids and the pets, and great shopping opportunities at local small businesses, many of which are featuring holiday specials and events.

Yule Fest is a community-driven event and is proudly supported by Ouray’s independent businesses and nonprofits.

A full schedule of events follows:

 Friday, Dec. 7

• Main Street Shopping and Scavenger Hunt (all day)

Ouray’s Main Street shopping district will be aglow with winter cheer during Yule Fest weekend, and its unique shops are filled with special holiday finds. Take part in the Ouray scavenger hunt by spying the special hidden ornament in participating stores, restaurants and galleries, all of which will be marked by glowing white luminarias on Main Street. Turn in a list of at least 10 locations or photos to the Ouray Visitor’s Center or to ouray@ouraycolorado.com to enter a special drawing on Dec. 12 for a gift certificate to the Ouray shop or restaurant of your choice. Get a full schedule of the local deals and events at the Ouray Visitor Center, on OurayColorado.com.

• Friday Night Movies at the Wright Opera House

Step Up to the Plate, 7:30 p.m.

French chef Michel Bras, one of the most influential chefs in the world, has decided to hand over his renowned 3-Michelin-Star restaurant to his son Sébastien. Having worked with his father for 15 years, Sébastien is ready. But it's not easy to take over the family business when your father is a master in his field. Filmed in the gorgeous Aubrac region in the South of France, home to the Bras family for generations, Step Up to the Plate offers a rare glimpse into the Bras' culinary process while capturing one of the most closely watched transitions in the world of haute cuisine.  Tickets $7/adults and $5/kids.


Saturday, Dec. 8

• Main Street Shopping and Scavenger Hunt continues all day.

• Santa Paws at the Wright Opera House, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

The Second Chance Humane Society is bringing Santa Paws to Ouray! Santa will hop off his sleigh (a.k.a. the Mobile Mutts & Meows RV) and head to the Wright Opera House for two hours of sitting for holiday keepsake photos. Bring your furry and non-furry family and friends for a photo and a chat with Santa Paws. Contact 970/626-2273 or visitadoptmountainpets.org" for more information.

• Holiday Parade at Dusk

Watch colorful community floats, singing local elementary school cherubs and local luminaries travel along Main Street to celebrate Santa and Mrs. Claus coming to town. Sponsored by the Ouray Volunteer Fire Department.

• Elks Santa Visit & Dinner, 5 p.m.

The Ouray Elks have arranged for children to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at 5 p.m. at the lodge at 421 Main Street. They can tell Santa all about their holiday wishes and have their pictures taken. Afterward, the whole family can enjoy a chili supper starting at 5:15 p.m. at the lodge, with chili, cornbread, salad, dessert and beverage for just $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-10. Kids under 5 eat for free! The Elks will also have hot dogs and chips if the kids don’t want chili.

• Wine, Chocolate & Cheese Fest, 7-10 p.m. at the Ouray Community Center

A delicious annual festival. Sample small batch Colorado wines, chocolates and cheeses from 24 local and regional vendors. New offerings this year include distilled liquors and local arts and crafts. The theme of this year’s festival is “Home for the Holidays.” There will be a costume contest for the most festive costume, and guests are  invited to vote for their favorite vendors. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, and include all tastings. Each vendor will also have products for sale. Live music this year is provided by Alternate Route, playing folk and bluegrass. Proceeds benefit the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership. Advance tickets are available in Ouray at Buckskin Booksellers, Khristopher’s Culinaire, and Mouse’s Chocolates; in Ridgway at Cimarron Books & Coffee; in Telluride at Wizard Entertainment; in Durango at Maria’s Bookshop; in Montrose at Around the Corner Gallery and the Coffee Trader; and in Grand Junction at Pro Powder Coating and Crossroads Wine and Spirits.

Visit: coloradowinefest.org more information or contact 970/325-4913.

• Mike Gwinn & The North Fork Flyers concert, 9 p.m. at O’Brien’s Pub & Grill

Enjoy these regional favorites as they rock the pub.


Sunday, December 9

• Main Street Shopping and Scavenger Hunt continues all day.

• Dolce Voce: Holiday Voices holiday concert, 2-4 p.m., at the Wright Opera House

Dolce Voce, which means “sweet voice” in Italian, is a group of eight a cappella singers from the Montrose area. They perform an eclectic blend of music, ranging from madrigals and little-known classics from the Baroque and Romantic masters to jazz, pop, and spirituals. Known for their shimmering vocal blend and exceptional musicianship, Dolce Voce has rapidly become a favorite musical fixture in the Uncompahgre Valley. Tickets, $10/adults and $5/children, are available online atocpag.org or locally at Buckskin Booksellers, Ouray; Cimarron Books & Coffee, Ridgway; Coffee Traders, Montros, and  at the door prior to the concert.

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