Want a little holiday cheer for you and your family? Here’s the scoop on what’s happening this weekend. Dress warm!!
The air outside is bone-chilling, but events in Boulder County and Broomfield this weekend aim to deliver the warmth of the holiday season.
Santa’s House is open to the public from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, at 890 11th Street in Boulder, the first weekend of December, December 7th and 8th. Families can come and visit Santa and Mrs. Claus in the festively decorated house, play carnival games, attend a show by a professional children’s entertainer, and enjoy stories from Mother Goose.
Beginning Friday night, cities and towns will hold parades, choir concerts and other holiday-themed events despite the Arctic cold snap expected to hang around into next week.
Among the celebrations Friday night is Louisville’s Parade of Lights, which will begin at 7 p.m. on Main Street. Related festivities — including a petting zoo, kids activities and a chance to visit with Santa — start at 6 p.m.
With temperatures expected to barely break into double digits Friday, Louisville Chamber of Commerce executive director Shelley Angell is encouraging spectators to dress in layers and hopes they’ll “be warmed by the holiday spirit.”
“There was one other time that it was so cold that the bands couldn’t play because they couldn’t use their instruments. That was about 10 years ago, and I think that year temperatures were in the low single digits,” Angell said. “Hopefully, the bands will be there this year but we don’t want their lips to stick to their horns.”
Last year the parade attracted about 9,000 people, and Angell said, based on early registration, this year’s event could be even bigger, despite the fact that Main Street will be warmed mainly by body heat.
The annual Broomfield community tree lighting celebration will be at 6 p.m. Friday. While Santa’s arrival via helicopter will take place in the parking lot, and the tree will be lit in front of the city and county building, snacks, caroling by area schoolchildren and other activities have been moved inside because of the cold.
The town of Erie’s Country Christmas and Parade of Lights was one event that could not withstand the cold. It was scheduled for Friday night but town officials, responding to community concerns, canceled the festivities earlier this week.
Lafayette’s Home for the Holidays celebration will help get the holiday spirit flowing again Saturday, when high temperatures may climb into the teens in Boulder County. The event will run from noon to 4:30 p.m. at Festival Plaza.
Santa’s arrival gets things started. Families are asked to bring their own cameras to take pictures with Old St. Nick. Eats and Sweets will provide free hot chocolate and cider.