Downtown Denver gets its holiday switch flipped tonight as the City and County Building, Union Station, the 16th Street Mall and various other spots light up for the city's Grand Illumination ceremony. We"re talking big bulb numbers: Nearly 900,000 lights will be strung from rooftop to lamppost in this annual celebration, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. at Skyline Park, where the Southwest Rink is now open for public skating.
Union Station's massive light show begins at 6 p.m., with a hand-bell choir, carolers and a Children's Museum craft table to keep the kids busy, plus a visit from the festively dressed Rockies mascot Dinger Claus. At the City and County Building, which sports brand-new energy-efficient LED bulbs, a countdown to light-up will take place at 6:45 p.m. In addition, local business owners have gone all out for LoDo Aglow, a design contest encouraging over-the-top window displays to add to the holiday bling.
All viewings are free and open to the public. Ice-skate rental at Skyline is just $2, or BYO skates; the rink will be open through Valentine's Day 2012. For a full schedule of the evening's events, visit www.downtowndenver.com or call 303-534-6161.
Fri., Nov. 25, 5:30 p.m., 2011