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Elves are busily working behind the scenes for the 2016 Holiday Fair!

The 42nd Annual Holiday Fair is a magical community event for everyone. Enjoy crafts, merchants, organic food, hand-made wreaths, musical performances, and much more all in one place on Saturday, December 3rd from 9 am to 3 pm! Enjoy a sneak preview sale of the Merchant Market on Friday, December 2nd from 6 to 8 pm.

Merchants – please fill out our 2016 Merchant Application.

If you have any questions please contact:

Matt Woodhull community@denverwaldorf.org

Kimberly Martin at holidayfair@denverwaldorf.org

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Over 45 artisan merchants
  • Free wagon and train rides
  • Christmas trees and wreaths
  • Traditional children’s crafts
  • Diner and grille
  • Free admission

Plan Your Visit

SHOPPING

Our merchants feature everything from unique and holistic children’s items to handmade goods, books and food. Get a sneak peak of the sale without the hustle and bustle of a full fair on Friday, December 2nd from 6 to 8 pm.

Let us introduce you to the Best Christmas Tree You’ve Ever Had. We’ve had the same Christmas Tree supplier for years, and they will be back for you next year!

Also, Denver Waldorf School hand-made Wreaths have a reputation…for being stunning!

ENTERTAINMENT

Music is one of the cornerstones of a Denver Waldorf School education, and so it is with our Holiday Fair. Whether it’s enjoying roving accordions at the Holiday Fair entrance or violin and piano solos in Rudolf’s Diner, you will enjoy a variety of live holiday music performed by our talented students, faculty and friends of our school. You can enjoy the following performances in the Festival Hall on Saturday, December 3rd.

Performance Schedule

  • Shakespeare Unabridged (Short Excerpt):  10:30 to 10:45 am
  • Christmas Carols with Sara Fierer:  11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Christmas Carols by Maisa, Lily and Megan:  12:00 to 12:30 pm
  • High School Ensemble:  1:00 to 1:30 pm
  • High School Choir:  1:30 to 1:50 pm

FOOD

Organic, fragrant, delicious – these are words that come to mind when describing our Holiday Fair culinary delights.

Every year, our Rudolf’s Diner features breakfast and lunch in the form of baked goods, breakfast burritos, sandwiches, soups and salad. Have a seat, relax and enjoy the music as our 8th Grade students take your order and serve you gourmet fare.

Or head towards the sizzle of our High School Potato Bar & Grill  as High School parents, students and Alumni prepare a menu of all-natural, free-range burgers, nitrate-free hot dogs, baked potatoes, roasted vegetables and baked beans – served with chips and organic sodas.

DWS TOY AND BOOK SALE

Visit our Toy & Book Sale before the Holiday Fair rush, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 2nd. Ideal for parents who will be busy with activities during the Fair, this is a great opportunity to shop sans little ones, beat the crowds and to get a first look at all the Book & Toy Sale has to offer.

What makes this book sale great?

For one, books and toys are Waldorf recommended and approved.

Our Book & Toy Sale team work tirelessly throughout the year to find unique and high-quality toys and books recommended by our very own DWS faculty and staff. Featuring everything from finger puppets and premium beeswax crayons to lovely handcrafted wooden trucks and doll carriages, from beloved children’s board books to parenting guides and cookbooks, the Book & Toy Sale has something to offer every holiday shopping budget. And it’s not just about Toys and Books – the sale features ornaments, craft kits, art supplies, candles and more.

Parking

There is ample street parking alongside the school on Pennsylvania Street, Pearl Street and Warren Avenue. Please do NOT block neighbors’ driveways! There is public parking in the lot near the playing fields off of Iliff and Clarkson.

When You Get Here

Navigate your way among the activities, performances and merchants with the maps below. Click on each map to view a larger version or to print.

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Activities

Puppet Shows – Be sure to catch a performance of a silk marionette puppet show, “The Snow Maiden,” performed by our very own and much loved Kindergarten teachers. Shows at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Rainbow Votives/Cinnamon Stars – The first grade classroom has two wonderful activities for kids of all ages. Using tissue paper and a little Mod Podge magic, children transform simple votive candles into colorful, glowing art. Bring some beauty, warmth and light into your home through this simple craft. Another craft available for the children is creating a Cinnamon Star ornament to bring fragrance to your home. Cinnamon Stars will already be created, but it is up to the children to make them their own with decorations and creativity.

Candle Dipping – Dip, Drip, Dunk and Dry! Children create beeswax candles (with supervision by our 2nd Grade parents) by dipping wicks into crock pots of melted wax and then into cool water to harden. Our younger Fair-goers can create candles out of sheets of rolling wax.

Royalty Room – Using Waldorf’s curriculum basic of handwork, children sew together two felt pieces and then decorate them to create a playful tomten hat or a glittered adorned crown.

Balance Challenge – Enjoyed by children of all ages – but especially by our older students – this room features a course of equipment to challenge your child’s balance and agility. Course-goers are guided and assisted by 4th Grade parents. Children 2nd Grade and younger need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian, please.

Elf Land – Children are given a wooden disk and set loose with their imaginations to create a home or village for their favorite woodland creatures using moss, colored pebbles and glass, jewels, pine cones, twigs, seed pods, dried flowers and other material from our gardens. Fifth Grade parents guide students and supervise the use of hot glue – this activity can be enjoyed by pre-schoolers with the help of a parent.

Cookie Heaven – 6th Grade students dressed in angelic gowns lead children individually through a lovely illuminated maze to pick out one delicious cookie (gluten-free and vegan cookies available). This activity has the most repeat visitors!

Children’s Shoppe – Our 7th Graders will help your child select and wrap lovely gifts for family members. You give your child a little bit to spend (most gifts range between $1 and $3) and hand them off to one of our students (supervised by teachers and parents). The children can then embark on a their own shopping excursion in this no-parents-allowed activity. Children get to experience the spirit of giving, and they love to surprise you!

Holiday Train – The Holiday Train is a must for children ages 1 through 12. Toot Toot! All Aboard! Meet the train and conductor adored throughout Denver – it’s the same train you enjoy at the Children’s Museum! Enjoy our free holiday gift to you.

Horse & Carriage Ride – The Horse & Carriage Ride takes you around our neighborhood. Children love the clip clop clip clop and jingle jingle jingle! Pickup is just outside of the main entrance. The ride is free, our holiday gift to you.

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Volunteer

Sign Up to Volunteer & Learn About Class Volunteer Activities by Grade

Please click on the links below to sign-up for a volunteer opportunity and for detailed instructions about what volunteers will need to do for each class activity.

Baking for Rudolf’s Diner – Buttercup, Starflower, Woodrose, Larkspur & Morning Glory parents

Rainbow Votives & Cinnamon Stars – 1st Grade Parents

Candle Dipping – 2nd Grade Parents

Royalty Room – 3rd Grade Parents

Balance Challenge – 4th Grade Parents

Elf Land – 5th Grade Parents

Cookie Heaven – 6th Grade Students & Parents

Children’s Shoppe – 7th Grade Students & Parents

Rudolf’s Diner – 8th Grade Students & Parents

Christmas Tree Sales, Potato Bar & Grill, King Winter and Snow Queen – High School Students & Parents

Wreath Making – Everyone

DWS Toy & Book Sale – Everyone

Set up, clean up, decorations – Everyone


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Questions about how to best get involved? Contact Woody via email or phone at 303-777-0531, ext.128, or just catch me in the hallway!

Thank you! — Matt “Woody” Woodhull