It’s the time of year when we begin to think about preparing the Thanksgiving meal, shopping for Christmas gifts, and finding the perfect New Year’s get-together. As we spend our days in a rush, it’s nice to think of the things that make the holidays special. Towns and communities throughout Douglas County are hosting events that celebrate the nostalgia and traditions of this time of the year. Here’s what’s going on in Castle Rock.
The Starlighting has been a tradition in Castle Rock since 1935. A star was placed and lit on top of the “Rock” to boost morale during the Great Depression. With the exception of a few years during WWII, the star has been lit annually on the week before Thanksgiving to ring in the holiday season. At this year’s celebration, there will be carriage rides, hot chocolate, non-profit booths, live entertainment, and a visit from Santa. The Starlighting will take place in downtown Castle Rock on November 21st, and the festivities will last from 2pm-7pm. At 5pm, the ceremony will officially begin, and the star will be lit at 5:30pm (followed by a firework display). This is a free, family-friendly event that embodies the small-town Christmas spirit.
More information: http://www.castlerockculture.com/starlighting/
For walkers and runners alike, the Turkey Trot is the perfect event for those who want to be involved in the community this Thanksgiving. This 5K family run/walk/stroll begins at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Thanksgiving Day (November 26th). Participants can visit venders and do fun crafts at the expo before they hit the trail. The entry fee for adults is $40, and the fee for children (who are 12 or under) is $15. (The price for each age group increases by $5 if you sign up the day of the Trot.) All of the proceeds from the Turkey Trot go to aiding the Douglas/Elbert Task Force. At 8am, Participants will meet at the Fairgrounds, and the first wave of runners will begin at 9:30am. The rest of the runners/walkers will go in 2-minute increments (which depends on their pace).
More information: http://www.turkeyrocktrot.com
As a part of the the Castle Rock Season of the Star, residents can visit a few of the shops in downtown Castle Rock for the 12 Shops of Christmas. Visitors, who come on either Small Business Saturday (November 28th) or December 12th from 4pm-7pm, can help promote these independently-owned businesses. The sales tax from purchases will help the town pay for road improvements and local services. Also, participants can get a Season of the Star Passport and have it stamped once they visit each of these 12 stores. Those who have a full passport have the opportunity to win great prizes from the Town and the Chamber of Commerce.
More information: http://www.crgov.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=3675&month=11&year=2015&day=16&calType=02
Another annual Castle Rock event is the Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival at the Outlet Mall. On November 14th, the Outlet’s giant Christmas tree was lit, and kids had the opportunity to tell Santa what they’d like for Christmas. There was also a free concert from Denver’s Breanna Rubio and free hot chocolate. This event ran from 3pm-5pm and was the perfect way to experience holiday magic while doing some Christmas shopping.
Fun events like these help residents of Douglas County slow down and enjoy the holiday season. They also remind us of the importance of being connected to our community and giving back to others. Make sure you check out all of our post about what’s going on in the different towns in Douglas County at scottfutahometeam.com and the posts on this blog!