It's the most wonderful time of the year - and I'm not talking about Christmas... yet.

Now that Halloween came and went, all focus is on the real holiday season, which happens to be making its grand return to Fort Collins later this week.

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On Friday, November 4, Old Town Square in Fort Collins will once again shimmer thanks to the city's stunning holiday light display.

Downtown Fort Collins Holiday Lights
City of Fort Collins

About The City Of Fort Collins Holiday Lights

Illuminating the city with bright, holiday lights is 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, the City of Fort Collins says.

"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."

Jenny Harding, For TSM
Jenny Harding, For TSM

The city's annual light display truly brings so much joy and light (literally) to Fort Collins and city residents every year.

“The activation of the holiday lights is one of my favorite activities to be involved in every year,” says City 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.”

The City of Fort Collins invites community members to visit the Old Town area this Friday night to join in the free festivities.

In addition to lighting up FoCo, live music will be playing 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 illuminated.


For more information about Fort Collins' holiday lights, visit 

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