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November 24, 2012
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Downtown Greeley kicks off the holidays with several events

Before Hannah Lanphear gets to be a Who in a play this coming spring, she got to become a Who on Saturday at the Union Colony Civic Center.

“I actually feel like I am a Who and I feel like I live here and I feel amazing,” said Hannah, 10.

Hannah joined hundreds of other children and families in Whoville, taken from Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” at the UCCC during the Festival of Trees. The Grinch was on hand to take pictures, people could get their own Who name, Whoville residents were walking around and kids could get their hair done just like a Who, which is what Hannah and her sister Abigail, 8, did.

“It is great,” said the girl’s mother Richelle. “I think everybody is having a lot of fun. They have done a really good job with this.”

The volunteer stylists made everybody’s hair complete with ribbons, bows and pipe cleaners.

“It’s a lot of fun,” volunteer Sophia Segal said. “It is so cute.”

The Festival of Trees, which includes more than 20 trees decorated by local businesses and organizations, will be at the UCCC through Dec. 1.

Rebecca and Shane Johnston of Windsor made a day of it in Greeley with their 4-year-old daughter Kallan heading from the festival to 9th Avenue to watch the annual Greeley Lights the Nights parade.

The 40-minute parade featured floats from several local organizations and businesses, including the Ice Haus, Dance Factory, Greeley Freight Station Museum and the Greeley Central marching band.

“This is her first Christmas parade,” Rebecca Johnston said. “We are excited to see her watch it.”

The Johnstons said this could be their new family tradition.

The Purcell family of Greeley have made the parade a family tradition, attending for at least the past 10 years, they said.

“It’s the fun, and it gets us into the Christmas season,” Christy Purcell said.

Purcell remembers bringing her now 12-year-old daughter Natalie in the stroller. Her now 21-year-old son Todd remembers seeing all the lights as a little kid.

“I enjoy coming with the family,” Todd said.

Natalie added, “I want to do this when I am married.”

Christy said it is a tradition they will continue for many more years.

“I enjoy it,” she said. “As long as the kids like it, we will keep coming.”

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