by nathan oster
There’s no need to leave town this weekend if you’re looking for dazzling deals and small-town holiday charm.
Greybull’s Holidazzle celebration on Saturday afternoon and evening has all that in spades, thanks to a lineup of events put together by community organization and backed by local merchants.
In the past, the Holidazzle has coincided with the holiday craft bazaar. But this year, it was pushed back a week, so that it could stand on its own.
The fun starts at 1 p.m., when the Grand Theater will open its doors. Shoppers can get in the holiday spirit by checking out the nativity and winter scenes while Christmas movies play on the big screen. The theater will remain open until 4 p.m.
Santa will arrive in town at 2 p.m., as his reindeer will guide him to the Herb Asp Community Center, which for one day only will serve as his “North Pole.”
The Greybull Recreation District is coordinating the operations at the North Pole from 2 to 4 p.m. Kids can get their photos taken with Santa, with all proceeds benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters.
In addition, they can play in the Bounce House, enjoy pony rides and other fun and games. Free hot chocolate, cider and cookies will be served and gift bags will be given to all the kids who attend.
Greybull merchants are doing their part to get in on the fun. Several will be holding open houses and/or offering “Holi-dandy” specials, drawings and discounts. Hours vary but in general stores will be open from at least 2 to 5 p.m.
Among the businesses who are participating are: Big Horn Quilts, Sugar Shack, Bighorn Basin Geoscience Center, Mylo’s/Speakeasy, Dollar Plus, H&R Block, Greybull Fitness, Chamber of Commerce, Trapper Travel and Tours, Lisa’s, Probst Western and Outdoor Clothing, Community Outreach Thrift Store, CC’s Pizza, Beijing Gardens, and Moonstar Trading. Kitchen Nook, a new store at the corner of Sixth and Greybull Avenue, will also be open.
The Holidazzle parade will start at 4:15 p.m. in front of the library. It will proceed to the west, ending at the planter, where from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. there will be carolers and campfires.
“Joy to the World” is the theme of the parade and the celebration, and as of Tuesday, there was still plenty of room for individuals or groups wishing to enter a float. The deadline to do so is today (Thursday, Dec. 6). Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place, as well as to the best lighted entry.
The Greybull Elks Lodge will host a free chili supper from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Once again, attendees are invited to bring canned goods for donations to Community Outreach thrift store.
Mayor Frank Houk will greet revelers and light the holiday music and light show in the planter at 5:30 p.m.
“A Joyful Celebration” featuring live music, carol singing, holiday readings and more will serve as the finale, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Theater.
Sue Anderson, director of the Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce, said, “Everything is looking good, although I hear they could still use some more volunteers for the North Pole event.
“Otherwise, though, everything is coming together well. I invite everyone to come down and join in the fun.”