Monday, November 21, 2011

@Denver's Holiday Lights Kickoff Nov. 25

Photo courtesy of Visit Denver

In December of 1975, fresh off the train from Chicago, I made my first visit to downtown Denver, and you can imagine my total amazement at unexpectedly stumbling into the Parade of Lights. I've lived in a lot of cities, some big and some small, and I feel fairly confident that nowhere is as magical as downtown Denver during the holiday season. So let's get down to it, shall we? At  6PM on Nov. 25 the city's Grand Illumination event will light up downtown, from Denver Union Station to the City and County Building as part of the Winter in the City. And best of all, watching is FREE!

The highlight of the event will be at 6:45PM, when the city "Lights the Lights" at the City and County Building across from Civic Center Park. A bit earlier, at around 6:30PM, Denver Union Station will be ablaze with brightly colored floodlights illuminating the historic structure in the heart of Lower Downtown and its lighted tree in front. A special viewing of the model railroad will take place after the lighting in the basement of Denver Union Station. Thousands of lights at Skyline Park, D&F Tower and all along the 16th Street Mall will add even more magic to this special evening.

And, keep in mind that the Parade of Lights will be held at 8PM Friday, December 2, with an encore on Saturday, December 3 at 6PM. Also FREE. The parade winds through downtown Denver, starting in front of Civic Center Park and the City and County Building on Bannock Street at 14th Avenue.Can't make it? 9News will air the parade live at 8PM on Friday, Dec.2.

Also, Keep in mind that Denver's spectacular New Year's Eve fireworks shows are scheduled at 9PM and Midnight on Denver's 16th Street Mall. It is recommended that viewers stand along the 16th Street Mall for optimal viewing. Take an RTD bus, because the trains are a zoo.

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