Catch the Glow Christmas Parade & Celebration

November 23,2018

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 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 family hay rides and visit with Santa Claus in Bond Park from noon to 4pm.  The lighted Christmas parade begins at 5:30 pm and runs the length of Elkhorn Ave. All activities are free.

The Estes Park Trolley will be making the rounds starting at the Estes Park Visitor Center to stops along Elkhorn Avenue (Bond Park, The Ore Cart Rock Shop, West Park Center, The Grubsteak Restaurant, The Trading Post, and Barlow Plaza) from 12-8pm. This loop takes about 25 minutes.

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!

Click here for parade entry and float sponsorship forms.