Northern Colorado Holiday Events 2018

Northern Colorado Holiday EventsWhether you live in Fort Collins, Estes Park, Greeley, or Loveland there are plenty of northern Colorado Holiday events to help you get in the festive spirit this year!

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights

When: November 15th – December 30th

Where: Fort Collins Brewery & Biergarten

Brewery Lights at The Fort Collins Brewery and Biergarten is gearing up for kick-off on Thursday, November 15th. And will be open every Thursday – Sunday from 5pm – 9pm until December 30th. This is a free family friendly event, but there are paid options.

Bud Lights & Brewery Lights – Perfect for individuals wanting a piece of the everyday experiences with the joys of the holidays.

Fire Pit Fun – Great for groups up to six to reserve some private space

Brewery Express Train – $5 (No train on December 7-9).

Catch the Glow Christmas Parade and Celebration

When: November 23rd

Where: Elk Horn Avenue, Downtown Estes Park

As dusk falls the day after Thanksgiving, the magic begins to unfold! Bands come down the street playing favorite Christmas songs with tiny white twinkly lights reflecting in the bright polished brash. Dancers sway to music. Floats loom from the night, huge and ethereal, with more and more lights that add to the mysteries and magic of Christmas legends and solstice dreams.

With holiday music broadcast outdoors throughout the town helping set the scene, you can stroll the magical downtown and visit with Santa Claus at his workshop near Bond Park from noon to 2pm. The lighted Christmas parade begins at 5:30 pm and runs the length of Elkhorn Ave. All activities are free.

Festival of Lights

When: November 30th

Where: 4th Street, Downtown Loveland

Kick-off the holiday season in downtown Loveland with the Festival of Lights! See the magical twinkling lights throughout downtown and watch the tree lighting up close! Enjoy live performances on stage and sing-along with the carolers. Don’t forget to take pictures with Santa’s special guests – Snow Queen, Snow Princess, robots, and a dinosaur.

Garden of Lights

When: December 1st – January 1st

Where: The Garden on Spring Creek, Fort Collins

The Garden of Lights is one of northern Colorado’s best holiday traditions! Stroll through the whimsically decorated and twinkling Gardens lit by hundreds of thousands of LED lights. Visit your favorite perennial flower beds, huge sculptural flowers, a brilliant blue pond, grapevines, butterflies, and a Primordial Forest with dinosaurs—all created entirely from holiday lights. During the weekends, visit with Santa, listen to holiday music, make seasonal crafts, and enjoy warm drinks!

Greeley Lights the Night Parade

When: November 24th

Where: Downtown Greeley

This lighted holiday parade kicks off the Christmas season in downtown Greeley! After over 50+ lighted parade entries make their way to downtown Greeley, the City of Greeley lights up Lincoln Park.

Holiday Lighting Festival

When: December 7th

Where: Main Street, Downtown Timnath

Come one, come all to the Town of Timnath’s Holiday Lighting Festival! All of northern Colorado is invited to celebrate the most wonderful time of year in Timnath with all of your favorite holiday activities. Mayor Jill Grossman-Belisle, accompanied by Santa Claus, will kick off the event by lighting up Main Street. The celebration will continue with carriage rides, ornament craft making, a delicious soup bar for dinner, holiday desserts, hot beverages and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to take professional photos with Santa and enjoy Christmas music performed by local choirs and band.

Lights for Habitat

When: Thanksgiving Night – New Year’s Day

Where: 321 & 325 Albion Way, Fort Collins

In 2007, the Blenkers family became the 33rd family to move into a Fort Collins Habitat home. To express their gratitude, they are now hosting the “Lights for Habitat” light show and celebration at their home for the community to enjoy.The Blenkers decorate their home with more than 50,000 lights and sets them to a daily music lineup, featuring a mix of Christmas songs and other favorites. On Christmas Eve, Santa Claus will make a guest appearance to hand out hot chocolate and stuffed animals to children.

NightLights – Tree Lighting Celebration

When: December 1st

Where: 531 S. College Avenue, Fort Collins

Every holiday season the big blue NightLights tree located in the courtyard at First Presbyterian Church, on the corner of Mulberry & College in Fort Collins, lights up the night bringing awareness to the issues of child abuse and neglect and letting the children impacted know they are not alone.

Windsor Wonderland

When: December 1st

Where: Boardwalk Park, Downtown Windsor

This annual event welcomes children of all ages; Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive from the North Pole by train at noon at the intersection of 5th and Ash Street. Other event activities include wagon rides, a petting zoo, holiday carolers, holiday story time, crafts, hot chocolate, cookies and much more! Downtown merchants will also have their doors open and ready for holiday business. The event and activities are free; however, there will be several food vendors selling snacks and lunch items, and merchant tents.

Winter Wonderlights

When: November 16th – January 1st 

Where: Chapungu Sculpture Park, Centerra

Each night of Winter Wonderlights, visitors can walk through the beautiful park and enjoy holiday string lights, twinkling bulbs, LED mappable snowflakes, illuminated African stone sculptures and 30-minute music and light shows every night. The light and music show features six total songs and moving lights on the 20-foot-tall LED mappable Christmas Tree.

The event is free and open to the public. However, either canned food to benefit the Larimer County Food Bank or an unwrapped toy to benefit Santa Cops is requested.

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Mara Calomino


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