The Festival of Lights parade in Colorado Springs is a beloved Christmas tradition that brings thousands of spectators to the Pikes Peak region every year. Wrapped in coats, hats and gloves, they gather to watch nearly 100 illuminated floats, vintage cars and marching bands pass by. But the parade is just one part of the festival, which also includes cultural and artistic programs, performances, and other festivities intended to educate and entertain the public. The parade takes place in the center of Tejon Street on the first Saturday of December.
To get the best view, it's recommended to arrive early and take advantage of your corner. You'll be able to see impressive floats, festive marching bands, diverse dance groups and local celebrities taking over the streets of the city center. In cases where the weather forces us to cancel an event on Friday or Saturday, the first possible date to regain strength will be Sunday of that same weekend. The festival also includes special events such as the Colorado College Chamber Choir and Choir concert and the annual Colorado Springs Conservatory and Chamber Orchestra concert. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosts an annual nursery exhibition and live Nativity show at 8710 Lexington Drive, featuring more than 500 nativity scenes from around the world.
The location of the gardens at Chatfield Farms is transformed into a magical town filled with light displays and other festive activities. The Denver Parade of Lights is another popular event during this time of year. Standing 110 feet tall and surrounded by oversized Christmas ornaments, this dazzling tree-like giant is magically multicolored and covered in lights. Some 60,000 people take to the streets to see 3,000 participants take part in the parade, which consists of an impressive show of lights, music and performances. Lighting festivals are also held across the state during this time. The centrally located Denver Botanic Garden celebrates the holiday season with an ever-changing display of light and color, including an immersive 360-degree lighting experience.
Telluride Resort employees glide elegantly down a dark mountain with torches in hand, lighting up the hillsides. We don't approve of private launches of light blue lanterns outside events organized by professionals such as ours. So come join us for a magical experience at this year's Festival of Lights parade in Colorado Springs!.