GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Fitting for the first day of December, Paliade kicked off the holiday season and its Olde Fashioned Christmas weekend Friday night by lighting the town's Christmas tree and a parade of lights.
News Channel 5's Greg Rule counted down the Taylor Elementary Serenades for the lighting of the Christmas Tree off of 3rd & Main St. in town.
Afterwards, a Palisade Police cruiser led the parade down 3rd then Main. Families and Friends looked on as the Palisade Fire Department, Girl Scounts, the Palisade Marching Band, Santa, and even a smiling Scrooge rode by waiving and throwing candy.
"Well there's always been an Olde fashioned Christmas here in Palisade," Dixie Burmeister, one of the event's organizers, said, "About 14 years ago, a number of us got together and we said we need to share this with the whole Valley because everyone is hungry i think for the traditions that make an Olde fashioned Christmas."
The festivities continue tomorrow with an Olde Town Marketplace at 11:00 a.m. and Ginger Bread Contest. You can submit a Gingerbread House from 7:30-9:30 a.m. with the winner announced at 1:00 p.m.