Chocolate Lovers' Walk a sweet touch for Old Town

COTTONWOOD - December in Old Town Cottonwood rings in one of the favorite events of the year, the annual Chocolate Lovers' Walk, joyously unwrapped Saturday, Dec. 4, from 4-8 p.m.

Join the Old Town gang after Cottonwood's hometown parade for this special evening of holiday lights and a sumptuous bag full of homemade chocolates, presented by the Cottonwood Old Town Association.

What is not to love? Locals and visitors have been filling bags with chocolates for 15 years. Main Street merchants' decorated shops are aglow in holiday lights, and the scents of hot cocoa, mint and holiday cheer abound.

Old Town's newly illuminated Christmas tree will be lit as carolers sing. Stroll down Main, select your chocolates and help judge shops for the Best Chocolate Award. Even chocolate-collecting bags are hand-decorated with love and will warm your smile.

The evening is surrounded by music of the season. The Cottonwood Community Band strikes up at 5 p.m. The 45-member strong Cottonwood Elementary School band picks it up at 5:30. The new Christmas tree will be lit for the first time at 6 p.m. And the Verde Valley Voices will sing into the evening.

Sample a taste of last year's walk at http://verdenews.com/main.asp?SectionID=99&SubSectionID=1148.

For a mere $20, you will receive dozens of chocolates, homemade especially for you to indulge. The walk is limited so get your tickets early.

For details and ticket purchase, please see oldtown.org or call (877) 928-4682, or visit http://theannabelinn.com/chocolatewalk.html.

Tickets are also available in Old Town Cottonwood at the Pillsbury Wine Co., Coombs Countertops, The Manheim Gallery, Jerona Cafe and at the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce.

Other specials in Old Town

Get into the festive Old Town spirit one day earlier. The Pillsbury Wine Company North Wine Tasting Room presents Friday the 3rd Diva Club Ladies Night with Benefits.

Stay around for Saturday's Chocolate Walk in Historic Old Town, pairing wine with luscious chocolate.

The weekend is even more than chocolate and fine wine. The Manheim Gallery presents "The  Holiday Season's Glorious Crescendo." Cottonwood rings in its traditional holiday festivities on the first December Saturday starting with the traditional holiday parade winding its way down Main Street into Old Town beginning at 11 in the morning. Guests are welcome to line their chairs in front of the gallery for a bird's eye view. 

Open house at The MANHEIM is an all-day affair with great art, lovely music, mulled wine and holiday treats.

The Old Town Annual Chocolate Walk begins at 4 p.m. amid a bustle of music and merriment. And, of course, 'Chocolate Lovers Walkers' are welcomed at the gallery with a smile and a special hand-made treat between 4 and 8 p.m.

The gallery will continue the theme of gift-able art alongside our other fine pieces to please the most discriminating collectors. There may even be a few of the limited edition hand-painted tree decorations created by gallery owner Patt Manheim. 

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