Happy Monday Yuma! I hope you all had an incredible Thanksgiving day with the people j as you care about the most. I’d like to applaud our local businesses for providing our town with an incredible Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. These individuals work so hard and it does not go unnoticed. As of Sunday, it’s officially December! My tree is up, the stockings are hung, and Christmas music is most certainly playing. Now, grab yourself a glass of eggnog or hot chocolate – pick your preference – and get a glimpse of what’s going on this week. 

Festival of Trees Fundraiser

It’s that time of year where our local businesses get competitive and show off their creative and festive streaks. As of December 1st, the trees are on display for all to see. Stop by the following local businesses and vote for their tree as your favorite. If you find one you simply can’t live without, make sure to come by the Yuma Community Center during Winterfest (December 14th) and bid on your favorite. We appreciate you supporting your local chamber!

Participating businesses include:

  • Yuma Chamber of Commerce
  • City of Yuma
  • Bank of Colorado
  • Wags and Whiskers
  • Yuma District Hospital
  • Shop – All Inc.
  • Hoch Real Estate/ Viaero on Main
  • TBK Bank
  • ACE Quality Farm & Ranch
  • First Farm Bank

Winterfest Business Bingo

With Winterfest and Christmas right around the corner, it’s time to get out to some of our local businesses and start shopping for the holidays. This year, get to know a bit more about your local businesses while running errands or crossing items of your holiday shopping list. Stop by any of the participating businesses and pick up your card. When you stop in to visit a business, have them mark your card. Each bingo counts as as an entry to our grand prize which will be announced later on this week.

Let us reward you for shopping local and participating in a community event. Trust me, this is a game that you don’t want to miss! Participating businesses include:

  • Yuma Chamber of Commerce (Free Spot)
  • Wags and Whiskers
  • Lu Ella Women’s Boutique
  • Shop-All Inc.
  • The Orphanage
  • Community Cupboard
  • Wildlee
  • Flowers Express
  • Viaero Wireless
  • Seedlings
  • Hoch Lumber
  • The Home Place
  • The Broken Vase
  • Yuma Theater
  • City Hall of Yuma

You can also get stamps on your card by:

  • Writing letters to Santa and dropping them off at Lu Ella Women’s Boutique
  • Going to the Pajamas and Pancakes Breakfast at the Library on the morning of Winterfest
  • Checking out the various performances at Red Willow during Winterfest (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m)
  • Donating a non-perishable food item or a jacket/piece of winter clothing to the Rural Communities Resource Center
  • Sipping on hot chocolate with the EMS & Fire Fighters at Winterfest
  • Donating a non-parishable item or winter item to the Rural Communities Resource Center

Giving Christmas Trees

The Giving Hands of Yuma County is gearing up for their annual Giving Christmas Trees to benefit children in Yuma County. Trees will be placed in Shop All, Hardware Hank, and ACE Hardware. These trees will go up just before Thanksgiving. All gifts that are purchased for this tree can be dropped off at the businesses above as well as Basically Business, Wray Clinic, and Wray Hospital in Wray. Gifts must be turned in no later than December 12th.

This is a fantastic way to give back to those in need during the holiday season.

Shop Local Prime Rib Giveaway

Have you ever wanted to be rewarded for shopping? Well the Yuma Chamber of Commerce wants to do just that! For the first two weeks of December, hold onto your receipts from local businesses for a chance to win a prime rib! Write your name and phone number on the back of your receipt and drop it off at: Shop-All, City Hall, Lu Ella Women’s Boutique, Flower’s Express, Wildlee, Wags and Whiskers, Ace Hardware, and Farm House Market.

We will announce a new winner each Wednesday! What are you waiting for? Get shopping!

Gingerbread House Competition

The Yuma Chamber of Commerce is pairing up with Yuma’s Kookie Fairy to bring you a festive gingerbread house competition! Kits are $30.00 and include everything needed to create a house. There will be two age groups: 10 and under and 11 to 17. The most creative house of each age group will win an eight inch Onn tablet! To register and get your kit ordered. Email director@yumacochamber.com to order your kit.

Hometown Christmas with Reggie Reindeer

First Farm Bank will be hosting Reggie the Reindeer for the second year in a row! Stop by the Yuma Fairgrounds on Tuesday, December 3rd from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. for tons of fun activities. Stop by and meet Reggie, the real-life reindeer and Santa Clause! There will also be hay rides, cookies, and refreshments. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Open Houses in Yuma

Businesses throughout Yuma are going to be hosting open houses in December.

  • Farm House Market Holiday Open House
    • December 7th
    • 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Variety of gift items, gift cards, and fantastic items to prepare for your holiday meal. Come in and enjoy a medium coffee courtesy of PFS Insurance and enter to win the drawings for gift cards and a gift basket!
  • Flowers Express
    • December 6th & 7th
    • 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m on Friday
    • 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday
    • 20% off Storewide
    • Snacks and cider will be served!
  • Y.U.M.A
    • December 5th
    • 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    • Please join us for our holiday open house!
  • Bank of Colorado
    • December 11th
    • 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.
    • Enjoy food, drinks, and giveaways!

Winterfest – December 14th

There are so many fun things that are going to be happening this year at Winterfest. We are excited to start Business Bingo where participants will be able to enter each completed bingo for the chance to win our grand prize. There will also be the parade of lights, pajamas and pancakes at the library, performances at Red Willow, the gingerbread house contest, pictures with Santa, fun crafts for kids, popcorn, hot cocoa, and so much more. Make sure that you mark your calendars, because this year’s Winterfest will be a day you don’t want to miss!

Craft Night – December 12th

Bring your closest friends and family to the Yuma Community Center for craft night on December 12th. This month, there will be a fun mason jar craft that just so happens to make the most adorable holiday decoration. Whether you choose to use it for some extra holiday spirit at the office or you give it as a gift, you can guarantee this is a class that you’ll enjoy. The class is $20 for 4 mason jars for your choice of design. All supplies will be included and the class will be taught by Sarah Edwards.
To sign up, contact Candy Gilliland at 970-848-3878 ext 2110 or by email at c.gilliland@yumacolo.org.

Census 2020

The Census is going to be taking place from March through August of 2020. The information collected during this time contributes to the amount of funding that our county receives. The postcards will be sent to individual households to inform people where they can fill out their information. All information collected is completely confidential and can be answered in over 13 different languages. If you have any questions about the census, feel free to ask!

Book the Orphanage for Events

If you haven’t been to The Orphanage yet, you’re missing out on an incredibly beautiful place with so much to look at. With the holidays coming up and parties being organized, make sure to book The Orphanage for your large groups. They’d love to have you.

Frozen 2 at the Yuma Theater

The beloved Elsa and Anna are going to be at the Yuma theater for the next three weeks! The popular movie has been a hit, and while there will be plenty of time to go and watch the movie, we anticipate it being SO popular that you’ll need plenty of time

The show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $5.00 for children (0-11), $7.00 for adults (12-64), and $6.00 for seniors (65+). 

Tumbleweed Brewery

There are always so many fun things happening at Tumbleweed Brewery. If you’re looking for the perfect gift to give the beer-enthusiast in your life, you can’t go wrong with a growler from our local brewery. Get your order in to make sure that it’s here in time for the holidays.

Here is there window into the week. 

Wednesday —  Happy Hour from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. – $3.00 and $4.00 wine! It’s National Cookie Day! Enjoy $1.00 off skillet cookies.

Thursday — Uncork & Unwind with live music at 6:30

Friday —  Featured Beer: Juicy Blonde

Saturday —  Ugly Sweater Contest & Cornhole Tournament starting at 7:00 p.m.

Yuma Middle School Activities


  • December 3rd (Tuesday) vs. Wray at Wray Elementary and High School @ 4:00
    • WES: D/C
    • WHS: B/A
  • December 5th (Thursday) C/D Basketball Tournament @ Burlington
    • D at Burlington MS
    • C at Burlington HS
    • 4:30 vs. Burlington, 5:30 vs. Wray

Yuma High School Activities

Boys Wrestling

  • December 7th (Saturday) at Akron
    • 7:00 weigh-in, 9:00 first round

Boys Basketball

  • December 7th (Saturday) vs. Wray @ 1:00 in Yuma
    • C-Team (YMS)
    • JV (YMS)
    • Varsity (YHS)
  • December 7th (Saturday) vs. Akron @ Yuma High School
    • D-Team @ 9:00 a.m.


  • December 6th (Friday)
    • YHS Cheer @ State Competition – Denver Coliseum starting at 8:50
  • December 7th (Saturday)
    • YHS Cheer @ State Competition – Denver Coliseum starting at 5:00

Girls Basketball

  • December 7th (Saturday) vs. Wray @ 1:00 in Yuma
    • C-Team (YMS)
    • JV (YHS)
    • Varsity (YHS)

Girls Wrestling

  • December 7th (Saturday) at Arapahoe
    • 10:07 Weigh-In, 11:17 First Round

Robotics Team

  • December 6th (Friday)
    • State Robotics/Marketing Competition Crown Plaza Airport
  • December 7th (Saturday)
    • State Robotics Competition at Crown Plaza Airport
    • Marketing Saturday
    • Robotics Sunday

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