By KayLynn Roberts-McMurray

The weekend will kick off a series of holiday events. The annual Christ- mas Crafters Festival will kick off Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Bristlecone Convention Center located at 150 6th St.

Masks will be required to enter the Convention Center, and a tempera- ture check will be taken at the door. Six foot social distancing will need to be maintained as well.

Vendors will have their items on  display and for sale until 4 p,m. During the festival, Santa Claus will be available to visit with the children.
Alana Wise will be taking pictures with Santa but there will be few modifications to this years event. Santa will be available from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

If parents would rather have their children sit on a tricycle or wagon in- stead of Santa’s lap, that will be avail-able. Sanitizing in between each child will also take place, to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Once you’ve had your fill at the crafter’s festival, head on over to the
Annual Craft and Bake Sale at the Ely Senior Center at 1000 Campton St. The event runs from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., face masks are required.

Get your hot cocoa ready, put those scarfs and gloves on and head back downtown for the Christmas Parade at 4 p.m. The theme is A Toyland Christmas with the tree lighting im-mediately following at Sculpture Park.
There is still time to participate in the parade, contact Linda McIntosh 702-858-3864 or Carol Carr at 702- 219-0146.