As dusk falls the day after Thanksgiving, the magic begins to unfold! Bands come down the street playing favorite Christmas songs with tiny white twinkly lights reflecting in the bright polished brash. Dancers sway to music. Floats loom from the night, huge and ethereal, with more and more lights that add to the mysteries and magic of Christmas legends and solstice dreams.
The annual "Catch the Glow" parade the day on November 27 caps a day of full activity in downtown Estes Park. With holiday music broadcast outdoors throughout the town helping set the scene, visitors can interact with strolling animal characters, enjoy free hayrides and visit with Santa Claus throughout the day. Daytime activities begin at noon; parade begins at 5:30 pm. All activities are free.
On Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28 & 29, don't miss Santa's Workshop being held at the new Estes Park Events Complex! Santa will be at his workshop to entertain kids with many fun hands-on holiday themed activities! Kids can see the Catch the Glow Parade floats up-close, decorate kid-friendly trees, create their own gingerbread house from the candy construction station, ride in the barrel train, get creative at Santa's construction work station, and much more!
With all of this activity, you'll want to be sure to stay for the entire Catch the Glow Weekend celebration! Browse Estes Park lodging to find your perfect place to stay. Create new Thanksgiving traditions and weekend memories with your mountain getaway in Estes Park!