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Downtown Holiday Lighting Ceremony ~ Fort Collins
Fun ThingsNovember 2, 2018
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: Oak Street Plaza
It’s time once again to “flip the switch” at the annual Downtown Holiday Lighting Ceremony! On Friday, November 2nd, thousands of strands of brilliant white lights will illuminate the alleyways, sidewalks and tree-tops of historic Old Town Fort Collins. The dazzling display of low energy and sustainable LED lights stretches through seven blocks and will remain lit for the holiday season through Valentine’s Day.

The Downtown Holiday Lighting Ceremony will be held in Oak Street Plaza located on the corner of College Ave. and Oak St. beginning at 5:30 p.m. Before the official unveiling of the lights, families and community members are invited to gather in Oak Street Plaza. At 6:30 p.m, staff members of the Downtown Business Association, Downtown Development Authority and City of Fort Collins Parks and Recreation department will invite the community to join in the dramatic countdown to the illumination!

Thanksgiving Day Run ~ Fort Collins
November 22, 2018
Time: 8:45 AM
Location: Downtown Fort Collins
This is an outdoor Artisan Market open to the public. Hosted by Walnut Creek Foco, Happy Lucky Teahouse and Firehouse books and located in the parking lot at 222 Walnut Street in Old Town.

Parade of Lights Preview ~ Fort Collins
November 29, 2018
Location: Colorado State University Center for the Arts

The CSU Marching Band returns to the 2018 9NEWS Parade of Lights, leading the annual event through the streets of downtown Denver (Friday, Nov. 30). Support the band during this hometown parade preview on the streets around the University Center for the Arts.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration ~ Loveland
Fun ThingsNovember 3, 2018
Location: Rialto

Celebrate Día de los Muertos with two exciting performances. Listen to the sounds of traditional Mexican mariachi music and contemporary Latin music.

Winter Wonderlights ~ Loveland
November 16, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Location: Downtown
Winter Wonderlights will take place from Nov. 16, 2018 through Jan. 1, 2019 at the Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra, just east of the Promenade Shops retail center at U.S. Highway 34 and Interstate 25. Special programming, the largest inflatable igloo in Colorado and local vendors will be onsite during Friday and Saturday nights from Nov. 16 through Dec. 15.

The magical light show will run each night Nov. 16 – Jan. 1, every 30 minutes from 5:00 – 9:00 PM except on performance nights. Performance nights are Fridays and Saturdays Nov. 16 to Dec. 15. On those nights, the light show will run at 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 8:30 PM.

Each night, enjoy holiday string lights, twinkling bulbs, LED mappable snowflakes, illuminated African stone sculptures and 30-minute music and light shows every night. The light and music show features six total songs and moving lights on the 20 foot tall LED mappable Christmas Tree.

The event is free and open to the public. Canned food donations are suggested to benefit the Larimer County Food Bank.

Festival of Lights ~ Loveland
November 30, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Downtown Loveland

Come out to the free family friendly festival with a tree lighting ceremony in front of the Rialto at 7pm, hosted by Ebenezer Scrooge. The event includes: Traditional Hometown Holiday Festival- music, candle light caroling walk from the Museum to the Main Stage/ Tree for the tree lighting, Holiday music and activities
Santa and Mrs. Claus; Kids Area and performance stage with Princess Shows, and Holiday Characters; Holiday Spirits Beer Garden; Horse drawn Carriage rides; Local Food Vendors; Local Shops and Restaurants.

Linen Sky Open-Air Market ~ Greeley
Fun ThingsNovember 3, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Zoe’s Café & Events
Live music, local food, artisans, photo booth, and more. Brought to you by Free Leaf and the Greeley’s Farmers’ Market.
The eighth annual Winter Farmers’ Market in Greeley opens on November 3. Come to Winter Market at Zoe’s Café and Events located at 715 10th Street. Shop in a fun atmosphere and support local farmers and vendors.

The Winter Farmers’ Market is open November through April during first and third Saturdays of the month.

This season features a great lineup of vendors. Enjoy hardy root crops, winter squash, greenhouse-grown produce, locally raised meat, fresh bread, coffee, honey, savory spices, and more! In addition, special performances, activities and events occur during the season.

Skate Your Turkey Off ~ Greeley
November 23, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Too much turkey on Thanksgiving? Join us at the Ice Haus and skate off those extra pounds!

Greeley Lights the Night Parade ~ Greeley
November 24, 2018
Location: 9th Street Plaza
Join the Greeley Chamber of Commerce/Visit Greeley for our community’s official holiday kick-off at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 24.

The parade route on 9th Avenue, traveling north from 15th Street to Lincoln Park, will be lined with families in the holiday spirit.

Following the parade, attend the lighting ceremony in Lincoln Park, presented by the Downtown Development Authority and the City of Greeley. Stay at Lincoln Park for the lighting ceremony, tasty holiday goodies, and visits with Santa! Some entries include horses, bands, dance teams, and classic cars. The evening offers many fun-filled events, as well as lasting memories.

Heritage & Hops ~ Windsor-Severance
Fun ThingsNovember 2, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Art & Heritage Center
Heritage & Hops will be held on the first Friday of every month, September through November from 6-8 p.m. Dates and topics include: • September 7 – Beer Yoga • October 5 – Collaborative Art • November 2 – Live Folk Music Heritage & Hops features complimentary beer will be provided by High Hops Brewery. Admission is free. All ages are welcome but participants must be 21+ with a valid ID to drink beer.

Turkey Ball Coed Tournament ~ Windsor-Severance
November 10, 2018
Location: Chimney Park
Join us for the 20th Annual “Turkey Ball” Mush Ball Coed Tournament. Special rules of Turkey Ball include running the bases opposite the normal direction. Awards will be given for top three places. Door prizes and other special prizes along with some food will also be part of the fun. Teams consist of 9-12 players and are guaranteed three games. Teams can sign up for the Rec Division (competitive) or the Leisure Division. Turkey Ball will be played rain, snow, or shine. Cost is $150 per team. Register ends October 29th. All proceeds benefit the Windsor Reduced Fee Program.

Dive-in Movie ‘Flipper’ ~ Windsor-Severance
November 16, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Community Recreation Center, Pool

Join us for the movie “Flipper” in the CRC Pool! Limited space available; first come, first served. All ages welcome; children under 6 must be within arms reach of an adult.

Mary Poppins ~ Johnstown-Milliken
Fun ThingsSeptember 6 – November 11, 2018
Everyone’s favorite, practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure. One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Bedtime Reading: Being Thankful ~ Johnstown-Milliken
November 15, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Milliken Police Station Community Room
FREE – Bedtime Story, Kid Activity, Pizza, Milk & Cookies. Guest Reader: Blooming Littles Learning Center.

Small Business Saturday ~ Johnstown-Milliken
November 24, 2018
On this day, people are expected to visit the smaller brick and mortar stores-otherwise known as “mom and pop stores.”
However, while shopping is the main focus of this holiday, it is not a necessary component. People who want to acknowledge this day can do so promoting it on social media or by recommending your favorite small business to your friends and family.

Fall Back Beer Fest ~ Estes Park
Fun ThingsNovember 3, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Estes Park Events Complex

Held each year on the day we turn the clocks back, Fall Back Beer Fest is not only a celebration of beer, and beer education, held in the Estes Park Events Complex!

With over 100 different beers being poured by the brewers themselves from over 30 Colorado breweries, festival goers are sure to walk away having learned something new about their favorite beer from the people who created it.

The Rockygrass Band competition winner, The Bowties, will take the stage!

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony ~ Estes Park
November 17, 2018
Location: George Hix Riverside Plaza
Light up the season in Estes Park at the 8th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. This event has become an Estes Park tradition with its unique characteristics and community recognition.

Catch the Glow Christmas Parade & Celebration ~ Estes Park
November 23, 2018
Location: Elkhorn Avenue
Estes Park celebrates the beginning of the holiday season as whimsical characters and festive carolers entertain throughout the downtown area during the day from 11am-4pm. Get ready for the evening parade with family hayrides, strolling animal characters, and pics with Santa from 11am-2pm at Town Hall!

At 5:30 pm, floats from the Catch the Glow Parade will feature thousands of tiny twinkling lights, storybook figures, angels, snowmen, marching bands, entertainers, wildlife characters and of course, Santa ends the parade!

The Estes Park Trolley will be making the rounds starting at the Estes Park Visitor Center to stops along Elkhorn Avenue (Bond Park, The Ore Cart Rock Shop, West Park Center, The Grubsteak Restaurant, The Trading Post, and Barlow Plaza) from 12-8pm. This loop takes about 25 minutes.

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