The other day I was driving through Old Town and noticed a man strewing a tree with Christmas lights. I was elated. “It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas” lyrics popped into my head and for good reason. I’ve lived in Fort Collins for several years and these lights have marked the beginning of the holiday season without fail. The lights remind me Thanksgiving is coming up and Christmas and NYE are both around the corner.
If you have never been to the annual Downtown Holiday Lighting Ceremony I encourage you to check it out! The lights are displayed over seven blocks of Downtown Fort Collins and will be up until Valentine’s Day.
The ceremony is tonight and begins at 5:30 pm at Oak Street Plaza, located at the intersection of Oak St. and College Ave. There will be live musical performances from CSU’s University Center for the Arts including the Brass Quartet, Saxophone Quartet and CSU Choir. There will be complimentary hot cocoa and sweet treats.
Here are some more details:
When: Friday, November 6, 2015
Times: 5:30pm – 7:00pm Total event times (6:30pm exactly- the lights go on!)
At 6:30pm, District 1 Police Officers, will “throw the switch” to activate the multi-block light display. Apparently it takes over 1,000 labor-hours to hang the LED lights in downtown each year.
I appreciate the work put in to make our city feel so romantic during the holidays. Seriously, last year I even painted the lights with Vino & VanCo, a traveling painting and wine business, because I love the holiday lights so much.
This year’s Downtown Holiday Lights are sponsored by some pretty awesome businesses and without their support things like this wouldn’t happen in the Fort. I think it’s wonderful local businesses are able to help the tradition live on…now if we could only bring back the ice skating rink.
Hope to see you at the Downtown Holiday Lightning Ceremony, bundle up and stay warm!