Every December, Colorado Springs holiday tradition gathers crowds of spectators. About 60,000 people flock into the streets to watch 3,000 participants in the parade, a stunning display of lights, music and performances. Also, 200,000 viewers watch the parade on TV.
Bands, floats, horses, cultural and artistic programs, and festivities make this event so special. The Festival of Lights Parade is a nonprofit organization that has been producing the parade since 1984.
Colorado Springs Festival of Light Parade starts at 5:50 pm at the intersection of Tejon St and St. Vrain St in Downtown Colorado Springs and ends at the intersection of Tejon St and Vermijo Ave.
In addition to the parade, the festival includes cultural and artistic programs, performances, and other festivities that are meant to educate and entertain the general public. Special events include the Colorado College Choir and Chamber Chorus Concert and Colorado Springs Conservatory and Chamber Orchestra of Colorado Springs annual concert, the Festival of Trees at Meridian Ranch Recreation Center showcases decorated trees, and the annual holiday celebration at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. The annual Crèche Exhibit and Live Nativity Performance take place at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 8710 Lexington Drive featuring over 500 nativity scenes from around the world.