COTTONWOOD -- Everyone loves a parade. The 61st annual Cottonwood Christmas Parade Dec. 5 will be especially fun for kids with its Dr. Seuss Christmas theme. Co-organizer Coleen Gilboy says she hopes that all kids will dress in their favorite Dr. Seuss outfit.
"I hope people take it and run with it," she said.
The theme is "Cindy Lou Who says Merry Christmas to You."
The parade offers $100 prizes in each of these categories: Judge's Choice, Best Display of Theme, Most Creative Non-profit or School, Clubs or Organization, and Commercial.
Check in time is 9 a.m. at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds parking lot. Be in place by 10:30 a.m. and the parade steps off at 11 a.m.
This year's Grand Marshal is the Yavapai Apache Nation. Tribal spokeman Don Decker said there is a flurry of activity to prepare the float. He expects that Chairman Thomas Beauty, Vice-chair Darlene Rubio, members of the council and community will take part.
Decker says he was pleased that the Nation was honored as Grand Marshal.
"The Nation has always been part of the community and wants to remain active and in communication," he said.
The parade runs from the Fairgrounds into Old Town Cottonwood, ending at Main and Cactus, near the Hippie Emporium.
Gilboy said in recent years that the parade has attracted 80 to 90 entries, and she expects this running should also be popular.
As usual, the judge's stand will be at the corner of Mingus and Main.
Remember, the parade runs, rain or shine but the forecast for Saturday call for mostly sunny conditions with temperatures in the mid to upper 50s.
22nd Annual Chocolate Walk, Saturday, Dec. 5, 3-8 p.m.
Starting at 3 p.m., collect your special chocolate bag, map and ticket at the Old Town Civic Center, 805 N. Main Street. Use your ticket to cast your vote for best decorated store.
Collect a variety of homemade or gourmet chocolates at more than 30 Old Town shops up and down Main Street. Hot beverages including cocoa and cider will be offered at some of the stops.
Enjoy the Old Town Light Show accompanied with holiday music, starting at 5:30 p.m.
4th Annual VIP Wine & Chocolate Pairing, Friday, Dec. 4, 4-8 p.m.
Adults only event, ages 21 and up, alcohol will be served
Tickets-$30 at www.oldtown.org/chocolate.html
This special event includes a commemorative wine glass, as well as a 2 oz. wine pour and chocolate pairing at each of the tasting rooms:
Pillsbury Wine Company
Fire Mountain Wines
Burning Tree Cellars
Small Batch Wine & Spirits
Enjoy a Seasonal Craft Chocolate Beer sampling and chocolate pairing at Bootlegger's Saloon
Enjoy a vodka or rum tasting accompanied by a chocolate at Desert Diamond Distillery
Beginning at 4 p.m. Friday afternoon, collect your ticket and wine glass at Burning Tree Cellars, 1040 N Main Street.