Did you get your fill of Christmas events last weekend? We went to the Parade of Lights and had a great time. The weather was perfect, cold enough that it felt like Christmas but not so cold it was miserable. My favorite float was Borriello Brothers Pizza: a big fire truck with pizza dough throwing jugglers on top. (None of my pictures turned out, unfortunately.) We got there at about 5:30 and found a great spot to stand behind a bunch of people that were sitting. I wouldn’t recommend showing up any later or you will probably not be able to find a place that actually allows for decent viewing.
I’m not much into urban living, but for events like this it would be super fun to have a loft downtown and be able to watch from the comfort of your own home. I was a wee bit jealous of the people that live in the lofts at Tejon and Kiowa; they could just step inside to get warm or make hot chocolate or use them bathroom. 🙂 Anyway, the parade was fun and hopefully we can make it a family tradition!
Of course, if you didn’t make it out last weekend, there’s plenty more to do again this week. Here’s some of the events that caught my eye:
- The Church at Woodmoor and The River Church are holding their first annual Night of Light this weekend, December 12-14 from 5-8 PM.
- The Snowflakes and Smiles parade in Manitou Springs is Saturday the 13th from 12 PM – 2 PM in downtown Manitou Springs (on Manitou Avenue). Meet at the town clock after the parade for free cider and cookies!
- Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will be open on Friday the 12th and Saturday the 13th from 4 PM to 8 PM for their Holiday Evenings celebration. There’s going to be a barn dance, jingle bell wagon rides, music and more. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and $2 for children 12 and under (includes all activities).
- Head up to Palmer Lake for the annual Yule Log Hunt, on Sunday, December 14. Meet at the town hall by 12:30 and then trek up the mountain in search of the Yule Log. The event is free, or you can rent the traditional red and green cape for $1. See the Gazette article or call 487-8989 for more info.
I’ll keep updating as I find more!