2019 Holiday celebrations

Holiday Happenings in Basalt

Get ready for the 2019 holiday season!

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Small Business Saturday – November 30

Small is beautiful. November 30th 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.
The Chamber is looking for retail, food & beverage, heath & wellness and any other businesses who want to participate in the day. DEADLINE: Tuesday, November 19, 2019. We have lots of items to help our businesses promote shopping small: pens, reusable tote bags, welcome mats, posters and more.

Small Business Saturday participants:

Interested in participating? Email us for details and to pick up some #ShopSmall swag!

2019 Holiday Tree Lightings

A visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus • S’mores • Horse Drawn Hayrides
Carolers • Chili, Cookies, Hot Chocolate & Cider – Basalt Lions Club
Ornament Making (12/13 only) hosted by The Art Base
Sponsored by The Town of Basalt, Willits Town Center, the Basalt Chamber of Commerce & Alpine Bank.


Light Up Willits

Friday, December 6 • 4-6 p.m. | Triangle Park
It is highly recommended that you park farther away and walk to the park, as traffic and parking may be challenging.
Participating businesses:
  • Coming soon

Merry on Midland

Friday, December 13 • 4-6 p.m. | Lions Park
Participating businesses:
  • Coming soon

Community Menorah Lighting

The Aspen Jewish Congregation will once again be celebrating the Festival of Lights by lighting our community menorah in Willits near the fountain at Triangle Park. Details.

Sunday, December 22, 2019, 5–5:30 p.m. | Triangle Park

Holiday decorating contest

Registration AND Decorations Deadline: December 6 | Registration Form
(night of the first tree lighting)

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)

Second Place (a $1,100+ value)

  • Two full-color, eighth-page ads in The Aspen Times and 20,000 views on aspentimes.com
  • $250 from Alpine Bank

Holiday Decorating Contest Rules

  1. Businesses must register for the contest in order to be eligible. Register here.
  2. Only outdoor lighting/decorating and window displays will be considered for the contest. Decorations must be visible from the outside.
  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.
  5. All decorations must be up no later than December 6. 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 and prizes awarded on December 12 at the Basalt Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at Alpine Bank in Downtown, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Advertising opportunities for Chamber members

In addition to our holiday advertising, Basalt Chamber members can take advantage of special rates in The Aspen Times’s forthcoming shopping section – Details [PDF]

During the holiday season, the Chamber will be advertising different major events in Basalt in print, online, and on the radio. We have the ability to include details about different member specials and events during that time. Members must contact the Chamber with details by Tuesday, November 19, 2019 in order to be included in print ads, which will appear: 

  • Friday, November 29 (day before Small Business Saturday)
  • Friday, December 6 (Light Up Willits)
  • Friday, December 13 (Merry Midland)

Looking for inspiration? Last year included late night shopping hours, special sales, open houses, and holiday receptions tied to the above events.

Details provided after November 19 will be added to this page and Facebook events as time allows, so get details to us ASAP.