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The popularity of holiday lights is undeniable. In fact, satellite imagery from NASA recently reported that certain cities shine between 20 to 30 percent brighter during the holiday season(1) – and the Front Range of Colorado is no exception.
With many families often driving around aimlessly in search of that magical holiday lighting display, Swingle has compiled a list of their own in order to make this holiday tradition as easy and rewarding as possible.
So pack up the car, get out your scarfs and gloves and prepare to be amazed by some of the most inspiring holiday lighting designs – guaranteed to make your days merry and bright!
A Hudson Christmas
When: November 25 – December 31
Where: Hudson Gardens
Hudson Gardens festive holiday light show will inspire you and your family with twinkling lights and glowing displays throughout the one-mile outdoor walkway. Stroll along the pathway while you sip on hot chocolate and experience a dazzling display of color and sound.
Trail of Lights
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens – Chatfield Farms
When: November 25 – January 1
The foothills provide a stunning backdrop as colorful lights illuminate the countryside of the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms. There’s a synchronized light-show for the children, as well as hot drinks and other treats, and antique and model tractors decorated for the season. This year the trail will be longer with more lights, an enchanted forest, and even craft nights on select evenings.
Blossoms of Light
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens
When: November 25 – January 1
Blossoms of Light has become a family-friendly tradition in the Denver-Metro area. Be amazed by the grand illuminated O’Fallon Perennial Walk and the Romantic Gardens, along with thousands of twinkling lights draped elegantly amongst the property for a truly one-of-a-kind holiday display.
Christmas Carriage Parade
When: December 10
Where: Downtown Parker
Want to spend a whole day enjoying the holidays? Start your day off in Parker at The Town of Parker’s Christmas Carriage Parade. Enjoy local marching bands and even get a glimpse at Mr. and Mrs. Claus. After the show, make sure to stop by Parker’s free holiday carriage and wagon rides, which travel through the decorated downtown area.
Garden of Lights
When: December 2 – January 8
Where: The Gardens on Spring Creek
Take a stroll throughout The Gardens on Spring Creek and enjoy thousands of twinkling lights throughout the garden. During the weekends, make sure you visit Santa, sip on warm holiday drinks, and listen to holiday tunes as you explore the entire garden.
Olde Golden Christmas Parade
When: December 3, 10 & 17
Where: Downtown Golden
Dazzling holiday lights line the streets throughout downtown Golden. Start off by watching the free Olde Golden Christmas Parade that starts at 10:30AM and includes floats, horses, and marching bands. After the parade, sip on hot cider, watch victorian carolers and let your kids enjoy the Newfoundland Dog cart rides that take place at Clear Creek History Park parking lot. At 7PM, make sure you join the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra as they play festive holiday music for all.
Support local towns in our area during the holiday season this year. Many create a winter wonderland for residents and visitors alike. Enjoy the sights and sounds while meandering down Main Street to your favorite eateries and shops.
(1)Taken from the article Christmas Lights Can Be Seen From Space By NASA Satellites: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ 2014/12/17/christmas-lights-seen-from-space_n_6338578.html