Nederland’s December First Friday Art Tour is a festive way to start your holiday season.
On Friday, December 6th, from 5-9 p.m., the town will shine with family-friendly activities and unique shopping.
At 5:00 p.m., outside the centrally-located Town Hall, Mayor Gierlach and his elf assistant will light the town tree. Stop by the Visitor’s Center to pick up a passport and map. For each venue visited that is displaying art, participants get a stamp on their passport. Collect 8 stamps and earn a free ride on the Carousel of Happiness. Passports and maps are also available at participating businesses.
As the holiday lights brighten the evening, there will be musicians enlivening the local restaurants and stores. Listen to live music, enjoy a variety of restaurant choices, sip on a locally-crafted draft beer, or warm up with a steaming latte while perusing original artwork. Find unique gifts to take home. Stores will be open until 9:00 p.m. for your shopping pleasure.
Don’t miss making a pine cone wreath (suggested donation for materials) or recycled gift wrapping at Wild Bear Nature Center. The bear will be there for children, and have special gifts to give away throughout the weekend.
Visit the Nederland Co-op open house and check out their newly stocked gift items.
Dandelion will be celebrating being in business for one year, so stop by to congratulate them and view fine art and gifts.
Cori Boogaard will be featuring her own photography at Wild Mountain, and hopes her images will inspire you to travel.
The Nederland Library will have refreshments and artwork to view until 7 p.m.
The Dam Liquor Store will feature wine tasting.
Updates on other artists and events will be posted at www.nederlandfirstfriday.com as we get closer to the event.
Complete your tour with a carousel ride, final holiday lighting, and singing holiday songs outside the Carousel of Happiness. Extend the celebration by visiting the Holiday Mountain Market featuring locally crafted gifts and artwork on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Nederland Community Center.
Holiday Mountain Market hosts over 40 artisans and crafters. A silent auction with a weekend getaway, gifts, certificates, and original artwork, along with a 50/50 cash split raffle on Sunday afternoon offer more gift opportunities. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Nederland Area Seniors.
Children visit Santa for wishes and photos both days from noon to 3 p.m.. Live music and hot food make the Holiday Mountain Market more than just a shopping spree. Enjoy your favorite Nederland choirs, instrumental ensembles, and dancers for two full days of family fun.