Come out to the annual Winter Walk in Loveland, Colorado

Rialto Theater at 228 East 4th Street in Loveland, Colorado. Theater tickets make great presents! Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer

Lit up with holiday lights, downtowns across the country are charming places to shop and dine. As we head into the holiday season, I want to encourage all my readers to shop local. Shopping locally not only supports your town, but you may discover some real gems right under your nose.

Loveland, Colorado has a charming downtown with a variety of shopping and dining options. My favorite is Merchant Voyage at 246 E. 4th Street. You’ll want to spend a little time poking around in this store. From jewelry to antique microscopes, from unique wall art to handmade scarves, Merchant Voyage makes shopping an adventure.

This Saturday, December 4, is Loveland’s annual Winter Walk, a downtown celebration that tempts Northern Coloradoans to come to 4th Street and enjoy a day of entertainment and shopping.

During Winter Walk stores will be offering refreshments, prizes and specials. Santa Claus will be at Mandolin Café at 210 E. 4th Street. While at the café, warm up with a bowl of homemade green chili. Stop in at Artisan You at 341 E. 4th Street and check out the gingerbread party. Grab a free hot chocolate at Cloz to Home (120 E. 4th Street) and browse their collection of newly arrived hats. Enter to win prize drawings at both Cloz to Home and Almosta (43 E. 4th Street).

In Thompson Pocket Park. at 4th and Lincoln Ave, there is an entertainment lineup starting with the Light Up Dancers at 10:30 a.m., caroling by Loveland Opera Theater at 11:30 a.m., Santa’s Trombone Band at 1 p.m. and ice sculpting starting at 2 p.m. Mrs. Claus will be telling stories at Anthology Book Co. from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tour Loveland in style by catching a ride on the horse drawn carriage in Anthology’s parking lot.

Before leaving downtown be sure to stop and get your gifts wrapped at Alternatives to Violence at 313 E. 4th Street.

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