Planning is the best way to do something, right?

Take a look at these Christmas celebrations around the western slope and get them on your calendar.

Fruita Hometown Christmas - Fruita

December 8 is the all-important day to get your house, your car, your business or whatever you plan on decorating decorated. Starting at 10 and going til 3, it's Fruita's Holiday Craft Fair. Find your inner elf and create some great gifts. The Parade of Lights kicks off that evening as well, so it's a full day of fun and Christmas in Fruita.

Delta Kick Off to Christmas - Delta

November 24 is your day. Delta turns into Christmastown with a parade, music, vendors, food and a lot of fun.

Old Town Christmas - Montrose

Montrose does it up right for Christmas. What with the tree lighting, the carolers out singing on the street, free horse-drawn carriage rides and more, it's no wonder people head to Montrose to celebrate. Starting with the tree and town lighting on November 23, you can revel in the season all through December.

Olde Fashioned Christmas - Palisade

Shopping, soup sampling, caroling, and even a gingerbread house competition, Palisade is a lot of fun anyway, but even more so on at Christmas time. Starting Friday, November 30, you can enjoy all kinds of great seasonal fun things in Palisade.

That's a start. What do you have scheduled for Christmas?