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Frisco celebrates the holidays with Wassail Days

The nine days of Christmas celebration commences in Frisco this weekend with the town's annual Wassail Days. A multitude of events will be held Dec. 4-13, including 600 luminaries on Main Street, an Ugly Sweater competition, Santa calls and visits, tubing and a soup competition. The Frisco Nordic Center is also offering free group lessons on Dec. 7.

Wassail Days is one of the town's signature events during the holidays, and it is jam-packed with activities to celebrate the winter season. More than 60 businesses will be cooking up their own recipes of the hot spiced cider to be handed out, and guests have a chance to vote for their favorite recipe and fill up a "12 Sips of Wassail" card. The town created the cards in 2013 and gives away commemorative mugs with completed cards, featuring Frisco buildings and scenes. Last year, the mugs spotlighted holiday lights at the Moose Jaw, a long-standing bar and restaurant in the county. This year, the mugs will feature the iconic Frisco sign at Triangle Park on the corner of Summit Boulevard and Main Street, said Vanessa Agee, marketing and communications director with the town of Frisco.

Last year, the wassail recipe winners included Lost Cajun in first, with Rivers Clothing Company taking second, Flying Crane in third, then Prost and finally Next Page Books & Nosh. There is some fierce competition between Rivers and Lost Cajun, Agee said, but there are plenty of businesses that get in the Wassail Days spirit.

"I think one of the most unique parts of this is that the merchants really rally to make it happen," she said.

QUINTESSENTIAL HOLIDAY EVENTS

The celebration begins with carolers making their way up and down Main Street on Friday, Dec. 4 from 5–7 p.m. At 6 p.m., the town will host the holiday tree lighting at the Frisco Historic Park gazebo. Almost 600 luminaries will be set out by Frisco businesses to line the street during the event.

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"It's magical — it's really cool," Agee said. "We watched people last year, and one couple — I don't think they had any idea we were doing a lighting that night — they were walking down Main Street and they were holding hands, and I remember the woman said to her boyfriend or husband, 'This is just so cool, I cant believe how magic this is.'"

Some of the highlights of the days include the classic Christmas activities such as the Santa visits and calls, Agee said.

"We don't do anything cheesy like making people pay for photographs, we encourage parents to bring their own cameras," she said. "And that's the stuff you should be doing this time of year."

Santa will visit with children at the Frisco Historic Park & Museum on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon and Saturday, Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For the kiddos who don't have the chance to visit Santa while he's in Frisco, there will be another chance to speak with the nig guy over the phone on Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 6–8 p.m. From now until Dec. 8 at noon, Frisco Town Hall, Frisco Adventure Park, Frisco Historic Park, Summit County Public Library, Summit County Preschool, Frisco/Copper Information Center and Stork and Bear Clothing Company will all be accepting call requests from boys and girls who want to talk to Santa about their holiday wishes.

EAT SOUP THEN DON AN UGLY SWEATER

The Soup Cup Classic is another highlight event of the week, held at the Frisco Adventure Park Day Lodge. What started as a chili cookoff three years ago has now transformed into local restaurants and amateur chefs competing for the title of best professional and best amateur soup. Attendees get to be the judges for this competition, and it also includes unlimited tubing during the event from 4–6 p.m. The $30 for adults, $15 for kids, includes all-you-can-eat soup tastings as well as bread, dessert, and two drink tickets — including New Belgium beer for those over 21.

"It's super fun and every year we have a really good time with it," Agee said. "It's usually pretty mellow — it's usually only about 140-150 people so it doesn't get too big — you have the tubing hill to yourself."

Tickets are available online at WassailDays.com until noon on Sunday, Dec. 6 and then they will be available starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Frisco Adventure Park Day Lodge.

The Ugly Sweater Challenge is an event that was new to Wassail Days last year. Taking the place of the Running of the Santas, the challenge is "not a race, it is really a challenge," Agee said, and one that matches the town's character.

On Saturday, Dec. 12 at 4 p.m., participants will don their ugliest sweaters to take on a variety of holiday challenges starting at 7th Avenue and finishing at the Frisco Historic Park. Although the challenges will be a surprise, last year's activities included a fruitcake toss, non-alcoholic egg nog shooters and some obstacles. Participants can even dress up and bring the dog. Prizes will be awarded for best ugly holiday sweater, best team of ugly holiday sweaters and best dog ugly holiday sweater. Registration is $15 per person. Dogs and children under 5 are free. Registration is at http://www.wassaildays.com. Online registration will be available through Dec. 11. Day of registration and bib pick up will be at the Frisco/Copper Visitor Information Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12 and start line registration and bib pick up will be at 3 p.m. on Main Street at 7th Avenue.

WASSAIL DAYS SCHEDULE

Friday, Dec. 4

5–7 p.m.: Carolers will make their way up and down Main Street filling the town with good cheer and holiday music.

6 p.m.: The Frisco Holiday Tree Lighting will be at the Frisco Historic Park Gazebo. Again this year, 500 luminaries will line Main Street for an extra dose of mountain magic.

Saturday, Dec. 5

10 a.m. to noon: Santa Visits; Santa will visit with boys and girls at the Frisco Historic Park Museum to find out what their fondest wishes are for the holiday season. Santa loves it when parents bring their cameras and take pictures of Santa with the kids.

noon to 2 p.m.: Carolers will make their way up and down Main Street filling the town with good cheer and holiday music.

Sunday, Dec. 6

4–6 p.m.: The Soup Cup Classic will be held at the Frisco Adventure Park Day Lodge. $30 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under includes all-you-can-eat soup tastings, two beverages (New Belgium beer for guests over 21) and unlimited tubing during the event (a $50 combined value). Tickets are available online at WassailDays.com until noon on Sunday, Dec. 6 and then they will be available starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Frisco Adventure Park Day Lodge.

Monday, Dec. 7

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The Frisco Nordic Center will be hosting a free ski and snowshoe day for locals. Anyone displaying a Summit County ID may have a free trail pass between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and rentals will be available at a discounted rate of $15.

Beginning at 12:30 p.m., the Frisco Nordic Center will offer two free group lessons which include rentals and a trail pass. One clinic will cover classic skiing and the other skate skiing. Participants may then use the pass and skis until 4:45 p.m. if they wish. From 3:45-4:45 p.m., the Nordic Center will also offer a free classic skiing clinic for children ages 5 and over. Parents of children between ages 5-8 must remain with their children and participate with them. Reservations are required for all lessons and may be made by calling (970) 668-0866. Reservations must be made by 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4.

4–6 p.m.: The Frisco Adventure Park tubing hill will be offering free 30-minute tubing sessions. Reservations are strongly encouraged and may be made by calling (970) 668-2558.

Tuesday, Dec. 8

6–8 p.m.: Santa’s Calling- From now until Dec. 8 at noon, Frisco Town Hall, Frisco Adventure Park, Frisco Historic Park, Summit County Public Library, Summit County Preschool, Frisco/Copper Information Center and Stork and Bear Clothing Company will all be accepting call requests from boys and girls who want to talk to Santa about their holiday wishes. And on Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 6–8 p.m., Santa will be calling all the boys and girls on his call list.

Thursday, Dec. 10

2:30–3 p.m.: Two Below Zero Sleigh Rides at the Frisco Nordic Center will be offering free 30 minute horse drawn sleigh rides. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (970) 453-1520.

Friday, Dec. 11

5–8 p.m.: Wassail Night at the Museum; Guests are invited to experience a cozy winter evening at the Frisco Historic Museum with an afterhours celebration. This free event features wassail, cookies, stories and music to be enjoyed in the Museum which will be decked out for the holidays.

Saturday, Dec. 12

8:30–11 a.m.: Breakfast with Santa; This breakfast at the Backcountry Brewery with the holiday’s favorite big guy benefits the Summit County Preschool. It is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. Reservations are required and may be made at http://www.FriscoBreakfastWithSanta.com or by calling (970) 668-5508.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Santa Visits; Santa will visit with boys and girls at the Frisco Historic Park Museum to find out what their fondest wishes are for the holiday season. Santa loves it when parents bring their cameras and take pictures of Santa with the kids.

4 p.m.: 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Challenge; Awards will be followed by an Ugly Sweater After Party at Greco’s Pastaria.

4–6 p.m.: Carolers will make their way up and down Main Street filling the town with good cheer and holiday music.

Sunday, Dec. 13

This is the last day fill up the “12 Sips of Wassail” card at participating shops and restaurants.

Visit http://www.wassaildays.com for more information. For more information about the Town of Frisco, visit http://www.townoffrisco.com or contact the Frisco-Copper Information Center at 800-424-1554.