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Photo by Max Bender on Unsplash
Photo by Max Bender on Unsplash

With Thanksgiving and Christmas approaching fast, get ready for some fun Colorado holiday traditions. One of the oldest traditions that we share across the centennial state is lighting up the night with wonderful light displays. For many towns this has been a tradition for nearly a century! Continue reading for two of the most popular light displays in Colorado that are sure to light up your holiday spirit.


Colorado Light Displays


One of the most popular light displays in Colorado is the Lighting of the Star event in Castle Rock. The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce has been participating in this tradition since 1936. The castle-shaped butte near the center of town that puts the "castle" in Castle Rock has a large star at the top which is illuminated every year for the holiday season. The event is usually met with caroling, dancing, Santa Claus, hot chocolate, and a delicious chili supper. This year the star will be lit on November 20th. Festivities will be held at the Historic Wilcox Square in Downtown Castle Rock and Festival Park from 2 PM to 7 PM.


Another popular light display this year is The Mile High Tree. This is a rather new event that only started last year, in which a large "tree" installation is erected in Denver. The Mile High Tree is the largest installation of its kind in North America—it is a 110-foot tall light installation and immersive art piece that you can step inside of and completely illuminates the area. This year the Mile High Tree will be erected on the 16th Street Mall at Welton Street in Denver on November 19th. If you are unable to attend the first celebration of this new Denver tradition, don't fret because the Mile High Tree will be up throughout the holidays until January 1st!

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