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Community welcomes winter season with “Light Up the Night” this Friday

Dylan Johnston, 3, gets a good look at Santa Claus while delivering his Christmas wish list at the "Light Up the Night" community tree lighting ceremony Friday Routt County Courthouse lawn in Steamboat Springs.

— There are a few things that help kick off the holiday season, but none is quite like the "Light Up the Night" Community Tree Lighting in Steamboat Springs.

"When it's cold, snowing and the lights go on, it just feels like Christmas and the holiday season is here," said Dustin Lindahl, who was born and raised in Steamboat and also owns Christmas Decor. "I always love this time of year."

If You Go…

What: "Light Up the Night" Community Tree Lighting

When: 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27

Where: Routt County Courthouse Lawn

Festivities are set for 6 to 7 p.m. Friday on the Routt County Courthouse Lawn and will include samplings of local restaurant cookies and free hot chocolate and cider. The Emerald City Jewel Singers will also be on hand to lead the crowd in singing familiar Christmas carols.

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Since its inception in 2004, this Mainstreet Steamboat Springs-sponsored event has evolved into a community tradition marking the start of the holiday season, said Lisa Popovich, program manager.

"It's a real community event and is about as down home as you can get," Popovich said. "It reminds us all to be happy and gives us a minute to forget all of our troubles and to just be kids again."

The event also heralds the start of the holiday shopping season with the popular Ping Pong Ball Drop. Balls will fall like snow as they are dropped from the top of a fire truck ladder, with each ball displaying a special offer from one of the many downtown retailers and restaurants.

During the tree lighting countdown, some 200 glow sticks will be available for those in the crowd, adding to the evening’s festivities.

“Light up the Night” also marks the arrival of Santa Claus, who will be in his house across the street from Kali’s and Bank of the West from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Saturday through Christmas weekend.

"This is a tradition that gives everyone a chance to see their neighbors or friends, chat and enjoy downtown," Popovich said. "It's a really fun social event that is all about families and being together."

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

If You Go…

What: “Light Up the Night” Community Tree Lighting

When: 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27

Where: Routt County Courthouse Lawn