Holiday Delights Light Up Friday Night In Salida – by Merrell Bergin

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The holiday traditions enjoyed by generations of Salidans return this Friday, November 25, culminating in a parade and fireworks over Salida’s famous Christmas Mountain.

Parade of Lights

Santa clings to the back of the Salida T-1 ladder truck, ready to light up Christmas Mountain. Merrell Bergin’s photo

The 2022 light parade opens the evening festivities with the theme ‘Night of the Nutcracker’. The parade, co-sponsored by High Country Bank and the Salida Business Alliance (SBA), begins at 6 p.m. from Alpine Park at 5th Street and F Street and continues down F Street to Riverside Park.

Parade watchers will enjoy seeing floats, costumed demonstrators, local merchants and service groups, and possibly horse relatives (or other well-behaved animals).

While Christmas Carols are played and streamed live, hot chocolate and cider are served by the High Country Bank and Salida Rotary at the corner of 2nd and F Streets.

Judges will award first place in each category $50 and a trophy. Santa Claus arrives to perform the magical lighting of Christmas Mountain as the 600-foot Tenderfoot Mountain is transformed once again for the holiday season.

Firework

Fireworks over Christmas Mountain USA during Christmas Parade 2021. Merrell Bergin photo

The City of Salida Fire Department has scheduled a full fireworks display on Christmas Mountain immediately after the parade. Each year, the illuminations of the mountain are looked forward to, which can be seen from many vantage points in and around downtown.

Holiday Park and Holiday Open House

Holiday Park is open for everyone to enjoy the decorated trees, as well as a visit to Santa Claus at the Rotary Bandshell, all in Riverside Park. Locals and visitors are also welcome to stroll along the riverside promenade after the parade, a short distance from the Salida SteamPlant.

Holiday Park features 95 fully decorated and lighted trees, on the banks of the Arkansas River in Salida. Merrell Bergin’s photo

To cool off at the SteamPlant, enjoy hot chocolate and apple cider, complimentary cookies and popcorn.

The Salida High School Choir will be performing there that evening, and to make it a full evening, the restaurants in downtown Salida will also be open to feed the hungry.

Safety Notes

Safety is a priority for everyone involved in this family-friendly event. Accordingly, as Friday progresses, Spiral Drive on Tenderfoot Mountain will be closed at the gate to ALL traffic – vehicles, bicycles, walking, etc. The Salida Fire Department asks that you be aware that bike paths connecting Spiral Drive on Tenderfoot crossings will be closed as well to ensure the safety of all involved.

Finally, during the parade itself, keep in mind that the SBA and High Country Bank (with the support of the City of Salida) are reminding all attendees that no candy or trinkets will be handed out during the parade to keep everyone safe. The weather for Friday is expected to be sunny at this point, but cools down to the mid-twenties during the parade, so multiple layers and (warm and silly) beanies are encouraged.

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