First-time ‘Christmas Stroll’ in Old Town Nov. 30

       Signs of Christmas are already visible with the decorations in Old Colorado City. The season will take fuller shape Friday, Nov. 29 (the day after Thanksgiving) with the arrival of Santa Claus in the historic Bancroft Park cabin, followed Saturday, Nov. 30 by a free first-time event, the Christmas Stroll, featuring numerous performers on the street or in shops from 5 to 8 p.m.
       Santa will continue his cabin appearances Nov. 30, as well as other weekend days leading up to Christmas. The times are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visits will also require a fee of $10 this year, which includes a photo.
       Pam Gressett, who is organizing the Christmas promotion for the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group, described the Christmas Stroll as a “perfect kickoff and family ending to the weekend. I hope it will start a tradition.”
       Performances scheduled for the Nov. 30 event (from 5 to 8 p.m., except where noted) are the following:
       - Colorado Springs Victorian Society Singers (strolling, starting at 2 p.m.).
       - Colorado Springs Conserva-tory Band (strolling, afternoon).
       - Original Dickens Carolers (strolling).
       - Don Moon, historical impersonator (strolling).
       - Jeff Stinson, Elvis impersonator (strolling).
       - Pikes Peak Youth Ringers (southeast corner, 25th and Colorado).
       - Jocelyn Yuen, Harpist (Squash Blossom Gallery).
       - Foothills Guitar Duo (Michael Garman's Museum and Gallery).
       - Gioscia & Groothof, classical guitar and flutist (45 Degrees Gallery).
       - Heather Romero, acoustic guitarist and singer (Moondog Music Shop).
       - Institute for Cultural Com-municators Chapters from the Mountain Area acting and drama team (Jives Coffee Lounge).
       Gressett also lists entertainment - on the street or in stores - that's been lined up for the following weekends. Those scheduled dates are Dec. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 21.

Westside Pioneer/press release