Wintersköl adds new festivities |

Wintersköl adds new festivities

Downtown Aspen will showcase what it does best ” provide places to shop, drink and eat ” with the return of Wintersköl in January.

The town’s annual salute to winter will feature “Shop-Sköl” for the first time, as well as a “Taste of Wintersköl” event. The City Council embraced both proposals on Monday, allocating $5,000 from its contingency fund to help produce the Taste event.

The council also agreed to loosen up on city regulations for “Shop-Sköl,” allowing retailers to display and sell merchandise outside their storefronts and put up signs that normally aren’t permitted. It will be a winter version of last fall’s Aspen Goes Bazaar weekend of outdoor retailing, according to Jennifer Albright Carney, director of special events for the Aspen Chamber Resort Association.

“We want to get the whole town involved,” she said.

The ACRA is encouraging shops to stay open at least until the 8 p.m. fireworks display on Saturday, Jan. 17.

Also on that Saturday, the ACRA’s “World’s Fair,” part of Wintersköl for the past eight years, will become Winter Fest, featuring bands, clowns, face-painters and food booths on the Cooper Avenue mall.

Meanwhile, the Colorado Restaurant Association, with help from the ACRA, will produce a “Taste of Wintersköl” on that Saturday.

The ACRA has tentative approval to close off the block of Hopkins Avenue between Mill and Monarch streets. Local restaurants will offer free samples of food; a band and beer garden are planned at one end of the block.

A similar event, the ACRA Taste of Aspen, is planned during July at the same location, according to organizers.

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