THORNTON, CO…Kick-off the holiday season at Thornton’s WinterFest, presented by Bellco Credit Union. This annual event covers nearly five acres with 460 holiday trees, 125,000 lights, a skating ‘pond’, four fire pits, ice sculpting, food court and eight custom-built holiday buildings, and is a unique and fun experience for the whole family. The festivities take place at Carpenter Park Fields, at 108th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard on:
• Friday, December 9, from 6:30-9 p.m.
• Saturday, December 10, from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
• Sunday, December 11, from 5-9 p.m.
On Friday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m., Thornton’s Mayor and Thornton City Council will help Santa turn on the lights of Santa’s Village. Throughout the festival, there will be performances by local choirs, professional ice sculpting demonstrations, skating on the Village Pond, the North Pole Nibbles Food Court, the Community Tree Decorating Contest, various walk-around entertainers, and puppet shows at the North Pole Puppet Theatre.
On Saturday at 9 a.m., the WinterFest 5K begins in the lower parking lot of Carpenter Park. Sign up at www.eventbrite.com or at the starting line on December 10. Enjoy holiday shopping opportunities from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Holiday Marketplace in the large event tent, and children can enjoy a craft activity the Children’s Craft Shoppe. Saturday night includes carnival games for the kids from 5-8 p.m.), and a holiday concert by the Thornton Community Band from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Santa’s Village Event Tent. The night will end with a spectacular fireworks show starting at 8:30 p.m.; one of the few December fireworks displays in Colorado.
Come back on Sunday evening for more holiday fun including ice skating, kids carnival games from 5-8 p.m. and a free concert by the Thornton Community Chorus at 6:30 p.m. in the Santa’s Village Event Tent with some of the most talented voices in the area and performances by local musicians.
Go to www.cityofthornton.net/Festivals for a complete schedule of events or for more information.