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Holiday lights will illuminate on Friday, November 4, in Old Town Square

Released on Monday, October 31, 2022

Contact Information

  • Ashley Ruffer, Recreation Coordinator, 970-224-6033,, Website:
  • Mike Calhoon, Director of Parks, 970-416-2079,, Website:

Join the celebration in Old Town Square on Friday, November 4, as the holiday light display illuminates for the first time this season.

An annual tradition in Fort Collins, the downtown holiday lights are installed each year as part of a collaborative effort between the City’s Parks Department, the Downtown Development Authority, and contract partner SavATree, LLC, who help to install and remove the lights from more than 334 trees in the downtown core.

A time-intensive process, the installation of the holiday lights begins in September and takes about six weeks to complete. There are more than 65,000 individual lights placed in trees throughout Old Town, which will be illuminated each evening from November 4 through early February.

“The activation of the holiday lights is one of my favorite activities to be involved in every year,” says Parks Director Mike Calhoon. “The mood is always one of celebration and excitement, and it showcases not only the beautiful downtown we all get to enjoy, but also the hard work of our staff and community partners.”

Community members are invited to visit the downtown area on November 4 to join in the free festivities. Live music will play on the stage in Old Town Square from 5:30–7 p.m., with a short ceremony taking place at 6:30 p.m. before the lights are turned on.

For more information regarding the lighting ceremony, visit