It's Christmas Eve, you haven't finished your shopping, and now you're in full-blown panic mode. Stop running around like a reindeer with its head cut off, take a deep breath -- and head to Larimer Square between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. today for the second annual Christmas Eve Celebration, where you'll find complimentary carriage rides, Santa himself ready and willing to take down your wish list, holiday carolers and free parking.
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"It's just a very authentic and real holiday experience," says Larimer Square's Erika Sauerwein. "Why rush to the malls and try to find a parking spot and last-minute gift when you can come out here, park for free and enjoy the unique gifts?"
Why, indeed -- especially when you can get an advance look at what the stores are offering by visiting http://larimersquaregiftguide.com. Each Larimer Square tenant is celebrating in a slightly different way, whether through trunk shows or wine-and-cheese tastings, but there's free gift-wrapping all day long, as well as plenty of holiday hoopla. For more information, call 303-534-2367 or go to www.larimersquare.com.
Thu., Dec. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2009