Make Magic at Hammond’s

Sugar and spice and everything Christmas is the Santa song of today’s Candy Cane Festival, a merry, merry tradition that’s ho-ho-hosted every year by Hammond’s Candies, the iconic sweets factory that spins, twists, pulls and peddles old-fashioned candy canes, lollipops, ribbon candy and chocolates.

The fest, now in its tenth year, lights up at 9 a.m. and includes Christmas carolers, trolley rides, magic tricks, a stiltwalker whose second talent is juggling, gingerbread cookie-making, arts and crafts, animals from the Denver Zoo, St. Nick and his reindeer (bring your list) and free tours of the factory. “We’ve been doing this for ten years, and it’s just a great way to kick off the holidays and get people in the spirit of Christmas, plus it’s a nice way to spend some time with your family,” says Hammond’s project manager Kammy Stucker, adding that the tours, while shorter than usual, are still one of the primary attractions: “We need to make the tours a bit shorter because we have so many people, but everyone who takes a tour will still get to see how all of our candy is made and taste some samples.

Hammond’s is at 5735 North Washington Street; for more info, call 303-333-5588 or visit www.hammondscandies.com.
Sat., Dec. 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 2010

 
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