Festival of Lights Parade Reimagined due to COVID-19


For more than three decades, the Festival of Lights Parade in Colorado Springs has been the official kick-off to the holiday season. The Festival of Lights is a nonprofit organization and has developed into a generational tradition for families of the Pikes Peak Region. Due to the current pandemic, major safety changes have been made to ensure the Colorado Springs event continues on as it approaches its 36th year.


New Protocols Enforced

The Festival of Lights Parade committee has partnered with The Broadmoor World Arena, and the Parade will follow social distancing measures by reversing the roles of the floats and the spectators. Parade-goers will now be driving through the illuminated floats from the safety and warmth of their own car, as opposed to previous years of staking out a spot along downtown to watch the floats drive past.


“We are really excited to have come up with a workable solution to continue our annual celebration of the holidays,” says Jeff Wilson, Festival of Lights board chair. “We believe people are hungry for celebration and connection and will be ready to view the Parade in this new format.”


“The Broadmoor World Arena has come through for us, helping us map out a safe and functional route and plan for the Parade,” executive director Terry Collinson stated in a recent news release. “We are excited to begin accepting entries for the 2020 event.”

Event Information

The event is FREE, but time-reserved tickets are required to avoid congestion and will be available to purchase through the arena. Winter beverages and fun holiday snacks will also be available for purchase.


Parade entrants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications early and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis due to the new Festival of Lights Parade format. To participate in the parade, visit www.coloradospringsfestivaloflights.com.


To those new to the area, this is truly an event that shows our strong sense of community in Colorado Springs. The devotion to refrain from canceling this iconic tradition is why Colorado has proved to be an irresistible area to live.


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