Don’t Miss the Annual Tradition: Castle Rock Starlighting 2022

The holiday season kicks off in Castle Rock with the year’s biggest event. It’s the annual Starlighting Ceremony Saturday, November 19th, from 2–6 pm 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!

Spend the afternoon enjoying live music, adult beverages, and hot chocolate for the kids as you stroll downtown, visiting vendor booths and local shops. You can even take your kids to see Santa. This year’s holiday celebration will be from 2–6 pm, with entertainment on just about every street corner 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 with Gary Schapiro and Corey Rose from 9 News as your emcees. Click here for a complete list of entertainment and schedules. Map out your afternoon here.

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 – 8:00 pm for the celebration making parking a challenge. However, Meadows residents can avoid the hassle of driving/parking downtown and instead take a shuttle from the Alexander Building Parking Lot by the hospital. You’ll be dropped off at fifth and Wilcox in the middle of the action.

If you want to park downtown, there is limited space in the parking garage on Jerry and 3rd street and the Encore Parking Garage on Perry and Wilcox. Also, handicapped parking is available on a first-come/first-served basis throughout town. However, taking a shuttle from The Meadows is highly recommended. Your car will be towed at your expense if you’re busted parking on one of the closed sections. View the road closures here.

The small-town atmosphere shines during the Season of the Star. Jump into the holiday spirit Saturday, November 19th, with the Castle Rock Starlighting ceremony in downtown Castle Rock. Get the entire event schedule and learn more about the history of this tradition here.

Photo Credit: Town of Castle Rock