COLORADO SPRINGS – Come downtown this Saturday for the 34th annual Colorado Springs Festival of Lights, including a day of family fun culminating with the parade on Tejon St. after sundown.
Organizers expect close to 60,000 people to attend the festivities based on prior year turnouts.
This year’s theme is ‘Songs of the Season’ with all parade entries required to have “an abundance of lights and sounds” and all vehicles used for towing “decorated to the hilt.”
On Saturday, December 1 performances and activities begin at 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
- 10:00 am – 10:20 am – Taylor Elementary Choir (Main Lobby)
- 10:30 am – 11:15 am – Professor Higgins Magic Show (Division 1 Courtroom)
- 11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Almagre Saxophone Quartet (Main Lobby)
- 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm – Children’s Chorale (South Stairs)
- 12:45 pm – 1:15 pm – Palmer High School Orchestra (Division 1 Courtroom)
- 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm – Four Winds Recorder Ensemble (Main Lobby)
- Write and send your letters to Santa with the United States Postal Service
- Spread holiday cheer with festive face painting
- Marvel at the incredible Slim Rails Model Train display
- Learn about local wildlife with Colorado Springs Trails, Open Space, & Parks
- Learn about local history at Hands on History stations
- Activities and demonstrations presented by the Pikes Peak Weavers Guild and the Rocky Mountain Lace Guild
- High-five your favorite local sports mascots
- Create holiday ornaments and crafts throughout the two levels of the museum!
- CSPM holiday ornament
- Story of Us, “Y” is for “You!” ornament
- Tree ornament
The Parade gets underway at 5:50 p.m. on Tejon St at St. Vrain St. continuing on south to Vermijo Ave.
This year’s Grand Marshall is the family of fallen El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy Micah Flick. The community has rallied around his widow, Rachael, and their two small children since he was killed in the line of duty in February.
Rather than driving in circles looking for an open spot downtown, use one of the five available parking garages in the area. LIST – downtowncs.com/parking/parking/
Visitors who require parking for handicapped or disabled person can find designated spots on Bijou St. and Kiowa St. near Tejon St.
Be careful not to park on meters with hoods labelled as “no parking” because tow trucks will be out and about hauling off parking offenders. You should also be mindful to keep an eye out for any lots marked as private parking to avoid any problems.
Remember “Skate in the Park” is still an option at Acacia Park.
Admission, including a pair of skates, is $10 per person, but children under the age of 4 get in for free with a paid adult. A military ID will get you $1 off your admission.
Skating will continue daily through Jan. 21.