Why does the Christmas season seem so magical? Perhaps it’s the falling snow and the way it softens the landscape or the spirit of giving and the gathering of friends. Maybe Christmas’s magic is simply in the lights that drape trees, hang from roofs, and dip over main streets. For children, Santa is magical. Who else can travel the globe in a sled pulled by reindeer and still be home in time for a mug of hot cocoa? Whatever holiday traditions or beliefs inspire your Christmas magic, you’ll find them at Estes Park’s Catch the Glow Parade, the city’s most anticipated event of the year.
At dusk on the day after Thanksgiving, when the lights and sounds of the Catch the Glow Parade come down Elkhorn Avenue, the holiday season in Estes Park officially begins. Spectators enjoy an awesome celebration that includes floats, marching bands, entertainers, wildlife characters, angels, snowmen, and more. During the day, as holiday music is broadcast outdoors, children can visit Santa, take a hay ride, ride a pony, or indulge themselves at a s’mores bar.
The parade route will begin at 5:30 at the West Park Center and travel east on Elkhorn Avenue. The parade will then turn right at the U.S. 36/U.S. 34 intersection, traveling to Colorado Highway 7 and ending at the Rocky Mountain Park Inn. At that point, the floats will continue to the Fourth Street entrance of the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park.
Guests and local residents are encouraged to use the free parking at the Fairgrounds Park-n-Ride on Manford Avenue or the Estes Park Visitor Center and catch the shuttle to avoid parking difficulties downtown during these events.