Olde Fashioned Christmas festival.
The tree lighting ceremony coincided with the first ever Art & Chocolate Walk, where Twisted Brick Studios, The Blue Pig Gallery, Tim Wedel Studio and Mumzel's Art & Antiques all hosted special, free art receptions complete with chocolate treats.
In addition, The Palisade Cafe & Bar, Slice O' Life Bakery and The Red Rose Café featured a special chocolate epicurean treat for customers to enjoy. Visitors traveled from gallery to gallery on the Absolute Prestige Limo, 12-person covered surrey, complete with Percheron horses.
Guests who rode in the surrey were encouraged to begin at Twisted Brick Studios, head to Tim Wedel's and round out the trip with a stop at The Blue Pig Gallery. Hot cider and chocolate and blankets were available to warm people on their ride along streets lined with holiday decorations and lights.
"This festive event is the perfect kick-off for the Palisade Olde Fashioned Christmas weekend," said Leif Johnson, Executive Director, Palisade Chamber of Commerce. "Palisade is really becoming an art destination for the valley and the Art & Chocolate Walk is a fabulous way to celebrate the holidays with art lovers."
The Twisted Brick Studios showcases the work of seven local fine artists including Barbara Churchley, Tish Collins, Dianna Fritzler, Rachel Kilgore, Mary Mansfield, Stephanie Reynolds and Amber Streweler. It is open to the public every Friday from 9 - 5, by appointment and during special events such as The Art & Chocolate Walk.
The Blue Pig Gallery highlights the work of more than 30 area artists and is open Tuesday - Sunday from 10 - 6.