83rd Castle Rock Starlighting Ceremony Saturday, November 23rd
Even though we’re creeping up on Halloween. We can’t help but get excited that the holiday season is almost here! Well, it depends on who you talk to and your opinion of when the holidays officially start. But in this town, the holidays start with the Starlighting! Saturday, November 23rd marks the 83rd Castle Rock Starlighting Celebration in downtown Castle Rock. Since 1936, thousands have gathered downtown to kick off the holiday season with the lighting of the town’s famous star that sits atop The Rock and the tradition continues with a day full of events.
A Day Full of Holiday Cheer!
The Castle Rock Starlighting festivities start with the season-opening of Rink at The Rock at 11am. After a day of skating, enjoy music, hot chocolate, stroll downtown and visit vendor booths and local shops, you can even take your kids to see Santa. The holiday celebration is from 2-7 pm with entertainment on just about every street corner throughout downtown. Then, of course, the entire day culminates with a fireworks show and the lighting of the star on top of The Rock at 5 pm. Click here for a complete list of entertainment and schedules.
Take A Shuttle To and From The Meadows
This event gets a little crazy downtown; literally the entire town shows up and most streets leading into downtown will be blocked off from 1:30 PM – 8:30 PM for the celebration making parking a challenge. Meadows residents can avoid the hassle of driving/parking downtown and instead take a shuttle from the Alexander and Briscoe Building’s South Parking Lot by the hospital. This year’s shuttle will be the RED shuttle from The Meadows. When leaving the event, please look for the buses labeled RED as other shuttles will be transporting people to various locations. If you want to try to park downtown there is limited space in the parking garage on Jerry and 3rd street. Also, handicap parking is available on a first come/first served basis in the north side parking lot of the Douglas County Building. However, it’s highly recommended that you take a shuttle from The Meadows. Your car will be towed at your expense if you’re busted parking on one of the closed sections. View the road closures here.
There’s something special about Castle Rock during the holiday season. It’s as if the town slows down and the small town atmosphere shines during the holiday season. Mark it on your calendar to spend the day downtown and get into the holiday spirit with the 83rd Castle Rock Starlighting ceremony in downtown Castle Rock. Get the entire events schedule and learn more about the history of this tradition here.