Downtown Scottsbluff and Gering are the places to be this weekend and there is something for everyone! The festivities begin in Gering Saturday afternoon, November 17th at 4:00 p.m. in the Civic Center parking lot with a ribbon cutting ceremony of the new bank building addition to Santa’s Village. The Gering Christmas Holiday Parade will start at 5:00 p.m. with the route staring at 10th and T Streets, followed by the opening of Santa’s Village. Free hot chocolate and cookies will be available for all and candy goodie bags for children visiting Santa.
On Sunday, November 18th the family fun moves across the river to Scottsbluff with the First Annual Art Walk. A variety of local artists will have their work displayed at twelve different locations throughout Scottsbluff. The event will run from 2:00 -5:00 p.m. on Sunday and patrons can begin picking up their maps at the West Nebraska Arts Center Wednesday. The Tri-City Road Runner will be available for those who do not want to walk or drive the route and will be running throughout the event.
The ice skating rink in the 18th Street Plaza will open at 3:00 p.m. and there will be fire pits set up in the plaza area for families to bring fixings for s’mores. Smokey Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog as well as The Grinch will be in the plaza for pictures and interaction with children. Food and vendor booths will be opening at 2:00 p.m.
The Downtown Scottsbluff Christmas Parade will begin at 6:00 p.m. and travel down Broadway from north to south with the U. S. Capitol Christmas Tree being the final exhibit. The tree will stop in front of the Midwest Theater and there will be a brief ceremony including a Mayor’s Proclamation, remarks from local and visiting dignitaries followed by music. To watch the progress to the U.S. Capitol Tree on its route to Scottsbluff visit www.trackthetree.com.
To celebrate Friends of the Midwest Theater’s 20th Anniversary, the theater will be showing the movie that started it all, Home Alone with show time at 7:00 p.m. and the event is free to the public.
Wednesday, November 14th is the last day to order the red, long-sleeve Capitol Tree T-shirts – commemorative hand-thrown mugs and short-sleeve t-shirts will be available for sale the day of the parade at Scottsbluff Screenprinting from 3:00-6:00 p.m.