The 22nd Annual Tommyknocker Holidays

Coming Soon in Central City

By Barbara Thielemann

The Tommyknocker Holiday tradition began for the City of Central in 1998 as a Winter Festival sponsored by Celebrate Central City. It followed the tradition of the former Wintershire Festivals held in Central City previous years prior to gaming. The Tommyknocker Holiday festivities are now sponsored by Main Street Central City,City of Central, and a group of residents, businesses and Casinos that bring Holiday activities to the area to promote Heritage Tourism for the District.

This year sees the 22nd Annual Tommyknocker Holiday Week Festivities begin with the Gilpin School Children’s Parade and Party. On Thursday, December 5th about 220+ elementary children and their teachers and sponsors with their handmade ornaments gather at the City Tree about 1:45 p.m. and proudly place their handmade treasures on the City’s Live Tree. The tree which is located across from City Hall on Nevada Street will be adorned with festive colored lights and the delightful decorations made by the school and county children.

Victorian dressed, Father Christmas, will lead the children down Main Street toward the Famous Teller House, 120 Eureka Street, where they will gather for a party of professional storytelling by Diane Whitman of Idaho Springs, entertainment and refreshments. This year the Gilpin Middle School Music Department will offer holiday melodies. As the children leave, they each will receive a gift, cookies and candies from their hostesses, the Central City Lady Elk Auxiliary and members of Main Street Central City. Other sponsors include Ermel’s Emporium, Gilpin County Education Foundation, Peak 2 Peak Rotary Club, and Ron Engels and Zane Laubhan.

On Friday, December 6th, community citizens, town leaders and guests will gather at the City Tree for Mayor Jeremy Fey to official light the City Tree at 6:30 p.m. A candle walk with carol singing lead by the Peak to Peak Chorale will follow down Main Street to the Teller House. A fabulous community pot-luck dinner will begin about 6:45 p.m. Gilpin County is well known for the “best cooks in the Richest Square Mile on Earth.” There will be an Ugly Sweater Contest and The Peak to Peak Chorale will give its first performance of the holiday season about 7:30 p.m. “Why the Evergreen Trees Lose Their Leaves.”

Saturday, December 7th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday December 8th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., crafters, vendors and entertainers will present their wares and talents during the Bazaar, which will be decorated in Victorian motif. There will be a Children’s Coloring Contest and a Cookie Decorating activity for the young ones. A Victorian and Western Costume Contest will take place during the Bazaar as well as a Gingerbread House Contest. Local Girl Scouts and musicians will perform during the Bazaar hours.

Many well-known vendors will return and the Central City Opera Boutique and the Gilpin Historical Society will have a wide selection of books and resources of area authors, Central City and Black Hawk history and general Colorado Historical photos and books. Opera memorabilia is abundant.

Holiday music will be heard throughout the Victorian Decorated Teller House. Come join us for a weekend of fun and nostalgia.

For more information, call Lisa at 303-582-5251 extension 306.

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