One of the first signs of the holidays is annual tree lighting ceremonies! Check out this list to find one near you, often with free activities and visits from you know who!
Christmas Tree Lightings in Denver
Christmas Tree Lighting and Concerts at Outlets at Castle Rock (4 p.m., Nov. 11)
Experience the enchantment of the holiday season as we illuminate Colorado’s biggest Christmas tree, turning Outlets at Castle Rock into a winter wonderland. Activities include live music, the Grand Illumination, Santa’s arrival, holiday shopping, and the fireworks spectacular.
The Mile High Tree in Denver (5:15 p.m., Nov. 17)
“The Mile High Tree Presented by Xfinity,” a seven-story 110-foot-tall immersive art, 39-foot diameter conical structure, is 10 feet higher than the tallest Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in history and contains 60,000 LED lights to create its signature programming. The tree features nightly free public light shows choreographed to multi-cultural holiday music and accommodating up to 140 guests at a time for an immersive viewing experience within the tree. The Mile High Tree was created by ILMEX Illumination, a globally renowned decorative lighting production company in Spain. The tree will be lit at 5:15 p.m. on November 17.
Switch on the Holidays in Boulder (5 p.m., Nov. 19)
Kicking off the holiday season, join Downtown Boulder, Freezie the Snowman and Santa to countdown to the grand illumination of the Boulder County Courthouse and the Pearl Street Mall. Event starts at 5 p.m. Grand illumination will be at approximately 5:20 p.m. Visits with Santa until 7 p.m.
Mayor’s Holiday Lighting (5:30 p.m. Nov. 24)
O’Brien Park comes alive for the holidays! Join the Town of Parker for an enchanted evening in O’Brien Park at 5:30 p.m. Gather around the Town Tree and join the Mayor and the Parker Chorale in a Sing-Along to Silent Night to kick off the event. Following Silent Night, the Mayor and Town Council will count down to the Town Tree and Grand Park Lighting. You will love the look and feel as our Town Tree lights up and the park sparkles in white elegance!
Once the park is lit up, it’s time for the fun to begin! Follow the path and take in the sights of the “cool” holiday ice sculpture displays. You may even spot an Elf in a tree or run into some holiday characters all of whom will have a story to tell or an activity to show you. Listen to the holiday sounds while enjoying tasty food from the various food vendors.
Olde Town Arvada Annual Tree Lighting (4 p.m., Nov. 25)
Festivities kick off at 4:00 pm with a lively pop-up makers’ market, bars, and skating in the square. The evening’s musical enchantment begins with a festive march led by the talented brass band, Guerrilla Fanfare, winding through the charming streets of Olde Town. Watch as local businesses illuminate their spaces with holiday lights, starting at 5 p.m. at Carly’s Boutique (7401 Grandview Ave). Guerrilla Fanfare will guide us back to the square, where delightful holiday activities will commence before the grand tree lighting at 6 p.m!
Tree Lighting Ceremony in Westminster (Dec. 4)
Traditionally held the first Monday evening in December, in the Civic Center Sunken Garden for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. We will light the tree, sing carols, restock the “food closets” for the needy, and of course… be visited by Santa Claus himself.
Holiday Tree Lighting – Aurora (5-7 p.m., Dec. 5)
Witness the illumination of thousands of strands of lights. This event will have holiday-themed activities, treats, live entertainment and a visit from a special guest. Free onsite parking will be available on the premises on a first come, first served basis. Event parking will be available on the east side parking lot in front of the Aurora Municipal Center building, on the west side parking lot in front of the Aurora courthouse building and in the lower south parking lot in front of the Great Lawn.