Favorite Boulder Holiday Traditions

Article from BoulderColoradoUSA.com

Boulder was named in this list of the  20 Best Places to Spend Christmas in the USAAs your local leaders here at Colorado Landmark, we know just why! 

 

Downtown Boulder  twinkles with lights, the  Flatirons  often have a powered-sugar-cookie dusting of snow, and a lighted star glows above Boulder from  Flagstaff Mountain  every evening. There’s no question that the holiday season is special in Boulder, no matter how you celebrate. Here are a few favorite local traditions.

 

❄️Flagstaff Star

Veteran’s Day Through Second Sunday in January

Boulder’s holiday star has shone from atop  Flagstaff Mountain  every year for over seven decades. Its 365 bulbs are energy-saving LED lights that can be seen from anywhere in Boulder. Over the years, pranksters have changed the shape of the star to form letters representing rival teams or towns, or to make political statements, but the star has been lit every year since 1947. The  Boulder Chamber  is the proud steward of the star, and each year they sell holiday cards featuring a rendition of the star, painted by a local artist.

Photo: University of Colorado Boulder

 

❄️Snow Much Fun Light Displays

Nov. 22, 2020Jan. 10, 2021

During  Snow Much Fun hundreds of thousands of colorful LED lights illuminate Boulder’s Civic Area, next to the  Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse  and the  Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and throughout downtown Boulder, including all along historic  Pearl Street . This year will feature fun, themed light displays (like a candy cane forest and gumdrop lane) and a map to guide you through downtown and Central Park. Grab a hot cup of cocoa and enjoy a wonder-filled stroll outside.  Check here for updates.

Photo courtesy of Downtown Boulder

 

❄️Holiday Hike

Ask any local, and chances are good that their Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Days start with a refreshing  winter hike Try it and see what it’s like! There’s no better feeling than enjoying the crisp air on the trails in the morning and later sitting down to dinner knowing you’ve earned a feast. Each year, there’s a guided hike, led by a  City of Boulder naturalist on Christmas Day.  Many of Colorado’s State Parks host free, guided  First Day Hikes  on Jan. 1, too.

 

❄️Hotel Boulderado Christmas Tree

Stop in for a gander at this massive tree that towers two stories under the  Hotel Boulderado’s  famous stained-glass mezzanine.

Photo: Historic Boulderado Blog, Circa 1930

 

Check out more ideas for this holiday season in the full article, here.

 

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