‘Tis the season for fun holiday events

November 2

Light the LIghts, Oak Street Plaza, Fort Collins, 5:30pm
It’s time once again to “flip the switch” at the annual Downtown Holiday Lighting Ceremony! Thousands of strands of brilliant white lights will illuminate the alleyways, sidewalks and tree-tops of historic Old Town Fort Collins. The dazzling display of low energy and sustainable LED lights stretches through seven blocks and will remain lit for the holiday season through Valentine’s Day. For childless crowd, head over to Washington’s after the ceremony for a the KRFC 88.9 FM Revival with Musketeer Gripweed and Last Call Romance.

November 9

Artisan Fair and Bazaar, St John’s Lutheran Church, Fort Collins, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Start your holiday shopping by browsing at the work of thirty artists and craftspeople, including woodcrafts, pottery, jewelry, textiles and fine cuisine. It will all be available for sale, along with crafts our teams have collected from Haiti, Peru and eastern Africa. The money raised—including booth fees and the proceeds from the Heseder’s booth, silent auction, bake sale and kraut burger sale—will go to the Heseder fund to support future mission work. Visitors will enjoy live music, door prizes, a bake sale and a silent auction. Concessions (breakfast and lunch) will be available all day.

November 15 – December 30

Brewery Lights, Budweiser, Wellington, Thursday – Sunday, 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Join the Budweiser Brewery experience for the kickoff of Brewery Lights in the Fort Collins Brewery and Biergarten. It’s a free and family friendly event with a kids craft area, Thursday Night Theme Nights and Family Night Sunday.

November 17 – 18

40th Annual Christmas in Windsor Craft Show, Windsor
Get an early start on your shopping at the Windsor Recreation Center over this mid-November weekend. There will be over 100 artisan vendors selling thousands of products (sponsored by the non-profit Quality Crafters). A $3.00 admission donation supports community needs. The show hours are 9am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday.

November 24 – 25

Rocky Mountain Train Show, Larimer County Fairgrounds, Sat 9a-5p, Sun 9a-3p
For the hobbyist, it is an all scales show. There will be more than 50 vendors including Choo Choo are US and Rock House Toy Train Station. They will be selling trains in scales ranging from N to G. For the family, it is fun for everyone. The show is appropriate for all ages. There will be Story Time, Trains that kids can run, Face Painting, and more than 12 operating layouts. Be sure to bring a camera and take a picture with Santa!

November 30 – December 9

11th Annual Wassail Days and Tree Lighting, Frisco
The Frisco Holiday Tree Lighting will be at the Frisco Historic Park Gazebo starting at 5:30pm on November 30. There will be handcrafted fire pits created by Fire on Demand; and hot cider and hot mulled wine will be for sale benefiting the Family & Intercultural Resource Center. Six Hundred luminaries will line Main Street for an extra dose of mountain magic. Carol singing will be encouraged. Throughout the week, the town celebrates Wassail. It’s a hot spiced cider with a local twist. The event is a celebration of all things winter and the holidays. Local businesses serve up their own secret version of wassail. Taste at least 12 types at 12 locations, fill the Wassail Card and exchange it for a Frisco Wassail Days mug.

November 23 – December 31

Scrooge!, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, Johnstown
A favorite Candlelight Holiday tradition returns! This festive musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel is a tale that has charmed generations with its tribute to the magic of the Christmas spirit. When miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by ghosts of the past, present and future on Christmas Eve, he is threatened with a bitter and lonely future or offered redemption if he changes his selfish ways. The ghosts take Scrooge on a journey through his life and teach him the real meaning of Christmas along the way. Featuring hit songs such as “Thank You Very Much” and “I Hate People.”

November 29

9News Parade of Lights Preview, University Center for the Arts (and the streets around the UCA Fort Collins), 6:00pm
The CSU Marching Band returns to the 2018 9NEWS Parade of Lights, leading the annual event through the streets of downtown Denver (Friday, Nov. 30). Support the band during this hometown parade preview on the streets around the University Center for the Arts.

November 30

Downtown Loveland Festival of Lights and tree lighting ceremony, Loveland, 6:00pm
The Xfinity Festival of Lights kicks off the Holiday Season Downtown all along Fourth Street from Railroad to Washington. Santa Claus will arrive to count down the lighting of a twenty-five-foot tree in the center of 4th Street. Stages filled with entertainment and music will be spread throughout the festival. A “holiday spirits” beer garden will feature local breweries and wine, carriage and wagon rides, hot chocolate, smores and a little bit of something for everyone.

43rd Annual 9News Parade of Lights, Downtown Denver Civic Center Park, 8:00pm
Floats, Balloons, Music and OH MY THE LIGHTS! The Downtown Denver Partnership organizes the parade every year and it brings thousands of people from around the state to the Downtown Denver area. Parade watchers line the streets along the parade route, which winds through the streets of downtown Denver.

December 1 – January 31

Fort Collins Garden of Lights, The Gardens on Spring Creek, Fort Collins, 6pm nightly
Stroll through the whimsically decorated and twinkling Gardens lit by hundreds of thousands of LED lights. See 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! $5 suggested donation per adult, $2 per child.

December 5

Student Art Holiday Sale, Colorado State University Center for the Arts Gregory Allicar Museum, 10:00am – 7:00pm
The Fiber, Metalsmithing, Pottery & Printmaking Guild of CSU will be hosting a holiday sale in the Gregory Allicar Museum! Now is your chance to pick up some beautifully crafted and locally made ceramics, prints, jewelry, t-shirts and other beautiful gifts.

December 2

Winter Song Gala, Fort Collins Hilton, Fort Collins, 6:00pm
It’s a sparkling gala to ring in the holiday season. The evening will feature fine hors d’oeuvres, festive wines, fanciful auction items and a live performance of opera arias and holiday favorites. Tickets are $60 each or $55 when purchasing two or more tickets.

December 12 – 15th

Berthoud Snowfest and State Snow Sculpting Championship, Berthoud (Fickel Park)
These three days are packed full of festive events in Berthoud. There’s nothing more fun and exciting during the holidays than Christmas carols, lighted parades, and SNOW. The annual Berthoud Snowfest is a championship between some of the area’s most creative snow artists. It’s a fun and beautiful weekend.


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