The holiday season kicks off in Bergen Park on Nov. 18 when the merchants in Bergen Village host what they are calling Fifth Avenue Evergreen.
Area schools have been invited to decorate the windows of the center’s businesses, reminiscent of a tradition years ago when shop windows were painted to welcome the holiday season.
“Members of our merchant association were getting nostalgic about (how) when we were little, we would be allowed to go into retail shops and paint their windows,” said Kappy Kling, owner of HearthFire Books. “We started thinking about how we could do something similar and have it be fun for the whole family.”
So Fifth Avenue Evergreen was born, with the event on Friday, Nov. 18, running from 5 to 8 p.m. The decorated windows will be unveiled, plus there will be holiday crafts for children, a bounce house, a tree-lighting ceremony, music, hot cider and treats.
The event is also a benefit for the art programs at the area schools. The windows will be judged by Center for the Arts Evergreen based on elementary, middle and high school age groups, with first-, second- and third-place winners getting $100, $50 and $25, respectively.
Also, each school that participates will be eligible to receive a portion of participating merchant sales for the week of Nov. 18-26.
Evergreen High School, Evergreen Middle School, Evergreen Country Day School, Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen, and the Bergens, Ralston and Wilmot elementary schools are participating. Each will decorate the windows of one store, which means two to three window panels.
“We gave them ‘holiday’ as the theme,” said Kling, who is one of the event’s organizers. “It is broad, but we wanted to honor their creativity.”
Kid-friendly activities are planned the entire week of Nov. 18-26.