Dolores is gearing up for holiday season with multiple events, contests and shopping opportunities.
Get your gifts and help spur the local economy with 12 Days of Christmas, a promotional event from the Dolores Chamber of Commerce and local businesses.
Grab a Dolores Christmas Map from one of 14 participating businesses for a chance to win Dolores Dollars valid for local goods and services.
Visit at least 10 businesses to receive a stamp on the map between Nov. 24 and Dec. 19. No purchase is necessary. Turn in the completed map entry form to the Dolores State Bank, 101 S. Sixth St., by noon Dec. 19 to be included in the Dolores Dollars drawings. The drop box is in the lobby.
The drawings will be announced Dec. 20 to Dec. 30 on KKDC D’Crow 93.3 during drive time from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Daily drawings are random and will be up to $50 per day.
The grand prize drawing for $500 Dolores Dollars will be Dec. 31 at the Dolores Community Center’s New Year’s Eve party.
Map stops are the Ponderosa Restaurant, Dolores Outfitters, GST Liquors, West Fork Gallery, The Ginger Jar, Terri’s Hair and Nails, Montezuma Mexican Restaurant, Traditional Charm Antique Mall, Dolores Public Library, Wild Roots Yoga and Wellness, Dolores General Store, Dolores River Brewery, Second Chance Thrift Store and Dolores Food Market.
The Dolores Public Library will host a holiday gift sale from Dec. 7-9. There will be affordable, gently-used books, stuffed toys, frameable prints and holiday cards. Proceeds go toward updating and expanding the library’s collection of local history DVDs. On Dec. 7, the member’s presale will be from 3 to 5 p.m., and the public sale is from 5 to 7 p.m. On Dec. 8, the public sale goes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Dec. 9 the clearance sale is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Holiday events calendarNov. 24: The kickoff for “Light Up Dolores!” a community and business lighting contest. Judging will be on Dec. 20 at sundown. For more information, go to doloreschamber.com.Nov. 27: Dolores Rotary Club Holiday Social from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Dolores Community Center. The entry fee is $10 for adults and $5 for students. There will be hors d’oeuvres and a dinner, dessert, cash bar and dessert auction. The event is a fundraiser for the Dolores Rotary Club to pay for lighting decorations, including the “Peace on Earth” lighted sign on the hill.Dec. 1: The Dolores Community Center Christmas Bazaar will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 400 Riverside Ave. The holiday arts and crafts sale will take place at the Dolores River Brewery, 100 S. Fourth St., and will include live music from members of the bluegrass band Last Nickel. Also, the Fourth Street Girls will host their annual holiday open house at the Ginger Jar and Terri’s Hair and Nails.Dec. 7-9: Friends of Dolores Library Holiday Gift Sale.Dec. 8: Dolores Outfitter One-Year Celebration from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., 341 Railroad Ave. There will be chili, homemade dog treats, sales and a chance to win a gift card. Meet Mrs. Claus at the United Methodist Church Gingerbread House, 105 N. Eighth St., from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Santa will be at the Galloping Goose from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be cookies, hot cocoa and a community bonfire.Dec. 12: The Dolores Schools Holiday Soiree will be held at the Commons Building from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.. Story Time with Santa will be at the Dolores Public library at 6 p.m.Dec. 14: The West Fork Gallery Christmas Open House Champagne Shopping Spree will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., with sales throughout the store at 105 S. Fifth St.Dec. 17: Dolores Schools Preschool Christmas Program will be held at the auxiliary gym at 7 p.m.Dec. 18: The Dolores Elementary Christmas Concert will be held at the auxiliary gym at 7 p.m. The classic Christmas movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” will show at the Dolores Public Library meeting room at noon.Dec. 22: Santa Claus will be at the Second Hand Thrift Store at 11 a.m., 96 Central Ave.Dec. 19: Dolores middle school and high school band and choir winter concert will be at 7 p.m. at the auxiliary gym.Dec. 20: 12 Days of Dolores Christmas Dolores Dollar giveaway drawings begin. Tune into 93.3 FM D’Crow in the morning between 7:30 and 9 a.m.Dec. 31: Dolores Community Center’s New Year’s Eve Wild Wild West Casino Party. The event is for adults only. Libations and food will be served, and tickets are $30 at the door.For more information, visit the Dolores Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.