Downtown Santa Shopping Quest promotes local holiday shopping

Maddie Wright

Made possible by the Fort Collins Business Administration, the Downtown Santas Shopping Quest is an annual event focused on shopping local. It is a simple event to bring business to Fort Collins shops as well as fun to those who participate. It is a way to explore downtown, shop and go on a quest for Santa statues. Plus, it is completely free to participate.

Once all of the Santas are found, you are entered to win a $1,000 Downtown Gift Card that can be used at over 150 businesses in Old Town.


With the holidays rapidly approaching, many are searching for gifts for loved ones or gifts for professors who need some extra buttering up for you to get an A, you may want to turn to the unique gifts that can be found all over downtown Fort Collins and take it a step further to try to earn a good gift card.

This is an activity that happens in cities throughout the country and throughout the year with different variations. The intent is to create a fun activity for the community to participate in as well as promote shopping at local retailers. This is an activity with a few sponsors, including Colorado State University. It is a great activity to shop, have fun, participate in a scavenger hunt and see all the cute holiday decorations everywhere in downtown.

The first step is to explore all 28 downtown businesses participating. These stores include Akinz, Alpine Arts, The Colorado Showcase, Al’s Newsstand, Clothes Pony & Dandelion Toys, The Cupboard, Downtown Ace Hardware, The Eyes Have It, Fish, Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary, The Group Inc. Real Estate, Happy Lucky’s Teahouse & Treasures, Kilwins Chocolates & Ice Cream, Metal Forest, Old Town Spice Shop, Paul Wood Florist, Ram Zone, The Right Card, Rocket Fizz, Rocky Mountain Olive Oil, SALUS Bath & Body, Santa Fe Craftsman, Savory Spice Shop, Specialities, St. Peter’s Fly Shop, Ten Thousand Villages, Wagz Pet Market, White, Balcony and Visit Fort Collins.

At each of these stores there will be a personalized Santa figurine. He will will have a distinguishing gold star name tag. Once you find him, write his name on a Santa Quest Sheet which will be provided to you by the store.

Once you find all 28, you can just drop your sheet off at any of the participating businesses and you will be entered to win the aforementioned $1,000 gift card.
This event goes until Dec.11, and the gift card drawing will take place on Dec.14, so the winner will still have plenty of time to spend it on holiday gifts.
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