Nov 23, 2012 1:24 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Small Business Saturday kicks off with downtown events

If Black Friday isn't your style, local businesses are planning events all day tomorrow for Small Business Saturday.

The Holiday kick-off takes place tomorrow in downtown Colorado Springs.

Among the events, carolers will perform starting at 2:30 p.m. There will also be a tree lighting celebration at 5:30 p.m. with Santa Claus walking around Acacia Park taking requests. Hot drinks and treats will be available from a food truck in the park as well.

Here is a list of events planned for the Holidays:

Holiday kick-off
Saturday, Nov. 24
Small-business Saturday, a national day to shop local
Carolers, Colorado Springs Conservatory and other musicians beginning at 2:30
Tree lighting with the Colorado Springs Conservatory and Parks Director Karen Palus, 5:30 p.m.
Santa Claus will walk around Acacia Park taking requests
COPPeR, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak region, will decorate storefronts

28th annual Festival of Lights parade, 5:50 p.m.
Ice rink opens in Acacia Park
Saturday, Dec. 1
Skate on a special ice rink in the park 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturdays and Noon to 8 p.m. all other days.
Skate loan is available in the police substation. Skating is FREE, although a contribution to the Empty Stocking Fund is encouraged.
Food trucks will provide hot beverages and a variety of sweet and savory cuisine
Skating demonstrations by USA Figure Skating
Tuba Christmas, 4 p.m.
Events for kids at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

Holiday Stroll, 5-8 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 5
More than 40 downtown restaurants and shops have paired up to let you shop and snack in a unique holiday atmosphere
Live entertainment, including carolers, music, face painters, balloon artists, magic and characters
Enter a prize drawing for custom martini picks from Jack Miller Jewelry Designers, a two-night stay in Breckenridge, and a $100 Downtown Gift Card at participating shops
For more information on all these events, please visit or call the Downtown Partnership at 719-886-0088.



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