2020 Holiday celebrations

Holiday Happenings in Basalt

New traditions and events to creatively and safely celebrate the 2020 holiday season!

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Small Business Saturday – November 28

Small is beautiful. November 28th is Small Business Saturday®. Help us celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for our community. The day is an opportunity to encourage others to #ShopSmall at all the local businesses we love. With the holiday season fast approaching, this is a great chance to support our neighbors, while keeping money in Basalt, instead of shopping at big box stores and online.

2020 Hometown Holidays in Basalt

Presented by the Town of Basalt. These events are in lieu of the traditional tree lightings in Historic Downtown and Willits. Contact the Town of Basalt with questions.
Talk to Santa (Zoom) • Write to Santa (mail and email) • Selfie with Santa and Mrs. Claus
Residential Holiday Lighting Contest • Ornament Making Kit from by The Art Base
Fire Engine Parade with Santa and Mrs. Claus
This year, the Town of Basalt created several safe ways to celebrate the holidays. Both residents and businesses are encouraged to brighten up this holiday season with decorations and lights to make Basalt festive. 

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Holiday decorating contest

Registration AND Decorations Deadline: December 11 | Registration Form

Grand Prize (a $2,500+ value)

  • 50 radio commercials on either KSPN or KNFO and the winning display will appear on Always Mountain Time‘s (KSPN/KNFO) social media platforms and station websites (Value: $1,000 + PR).
  • Two full-color, quarter-page ads in The Aspen Times and 25,000 views on aspentimes.com (Value – $1,499).
  • Guest appearance on the David Bach show, with the opportunity to promoting the winning business on air (Priceless PR).

Second Place (a $1,100+ value)

Holiday Decorating Contest Rules

  1. Businesses must register for the contest in order to be eligible. There is no cost to enter Register here.
  2. Only outdoor lighting/decorating and window displays will be considered for the contest. Decorations must be visible from the outside. Judging will be based on “curb appeal.”
  3. Displays should be full, colorful, and have a lot of holiday lights. Be creative!
  4. The Town of Basalt requires that sidewalks remain clear and free of stray light cords that could pose a tripping hazard to pedestrians. If you have cords outside on the ground, they must be properly covered with a cord speed bump/protector. All local rules must be followed.
  5. All decorations must be up no later than December 11. If decorations are not up by the deadline, you are not eligible for the contest.
  6. Photographs will be taken at dark, after hours. The photographer will be taking photos on his/her own schedule, no specific times will be scheduled.
  7. Contest winners to be announced via email, on the Chamber’s website and on social media. Winners will be announced on December 21.

NOTE: Businesses that leverage holiday decorations as a product or service of the business (i.e. the decorations themselves are a paid attraction and/or revenue generating) are ineligible for the contest. To put it another way, if there is a direct connection between the decorations and income (the business makes money off the decorations), the business is ineligible to participate.

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GivingTuesday and Colorado Gives Day

There are two days focused on giving back this holiday season – GivingTuesday and Colorado Gives Day. Both offer opportunities to contribute to our community, whether by giving of your time, or making a financial contribution to a local non-profit.

GivingTuesday – December 1

Giving Tuesday logo

GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good.
GivingTuesday is now an independent nonprofit and a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts, and everyone has something to give.
In an era of global crisis and disconnection, we need new rituals to connect us. As the world’s largest giving movement, we believe we can go further, faster when we unleash generosity together.
GivingTuesday strives to build a world in which the catalytic power of generosity is at the heart of the society we build together, unlocking dignity, opportunity and equity around the globe. We believe that generosity leads to greater civic participation and other pro-social behaviors.

Colorado Gives Day – December 8

Colorado Gives Day 2020 logo

Join one of the largest one-day giving movements in the country.

Each December Coloradans come together with the common goal to strengthen the community by helping to power nonprofits. Community First Foundation and FirstBank partner to make this day rewarding for givers, nonprofits and the community as a whole.

Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday, December 8, and features a $1 million Incentive Fund. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the fund, increasing impact and the value of every dollar donated. Colorado Gives Day has grown to be Colorado’s largest one-day online giving event, raising more than $257 million since it began in 2010. 

Visit the Colorado Gives Day website.