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Posted on: October 16, 2018

23rd Annual Festival of Lights ready to sparkle


The City of Brighton will present the 23rd Annual Festival of Lights Parade and Winter Festival on Saturday, Dec. 8. The family-favorite event will kick-off at 10 a.m. with a free movie and continue throughout the day with a variety of historic downtown and winter festival activities until the tree lighting ceremony and parade.The parade will feature local organizations, businesses and families who have come together to spread holiday spirit with the Brighton community.

Winter Festival activities will include:

10 a.m. - AMC Theaters, Pavilions 

FREE Children’s matinee sponsored by AMC Brighton 12

*seating is limited

11 a.m. – Business Open House – Historic Downtown

Multiple businesses will open their doors to the citizens of Brighton with special sales, holiday activities and refreshments.

2 p.m. – Winter Festival - Historic City Hall, 22 S. 4th Ave.

  • Santa Comes To Town, sponsored by First National Bank
  • Face painting, sponsored by IBEW Local 111
  • Hay Rides, sponsored by Platte Valley Medical Center
  • Petting Zoo, sponsored by Power Home Remodeling
  • Teddy Bear and Friends Tree

4:15 p.m. – 10th Annual Paw & Pal 1.5k Run/Walk – Longspeak Street & North 4th Avenue

Let your dog get in on the holiday fun! Prizes will be awarded to the first and second place winners in each weight category. There is a $15 entry fee. Proceeds will benefit Platte River Track Club.

5 p.m. - 
Festival of Lights Parade and the United Power Tree Lighting Ceremony - Historic City Hall, 22 S. 4th Ave.

Mayor Kreutzer and City Council members will count down the United Power lighting of the three-story evergreen tree illuminated by more than 6,000 lights. The parade will include more than 75 fully-illuminated entries and floats that highlight the theme of "A Hometown Holiday Tradition."

To become an entry in the parade, please visit to download the required forms and view deadlines.

All activities are free and open to the publicThis event will take place snow or shine. For more information, contact 303-655-2218 or visit

The City of Brighton wants to thank all of the following sponsors who contributed to make this event possible:



United Power


AMC Brighton 12

Brighton Urban Renewal Authority

Downtown Partnership Committee

IBEW Local 111

Platte Valley Medical Center

Brighton Fire Rescue District



Barr Lake State Park

First National Bank

Power Home Remodeling



Amalgamated Sugar

Blackjack Pizza & Salads

Brighton Blade-MetroWest Newspapers

Brighton Buzz

Colorado Barricade Company

Community Reach Center

DJ TidalWave

Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce

High Country Cleaners

Petrocco Farms, Inc.


Best Cleaner Disposal, Inc.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Chick-fil-A of Brighton

Freedom Mortgage

Goodwill Industries of Denver

Papa Murphy’s of Brighton

The Home Depot

Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom


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