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Dec 04, 2019

LOVELAND COLORADO: A REAL-LIFE WINTER WONDERLAND

The winter season is officially upon us, which means the holidays are just around the corner. Looking for something to do to get in the holly jolly spirit? Loveland is chock full of special holiday events that are bound to make your winter season feel especially warm.  

Chapungu Winter WonderlightsLoveland Winter Wonderlights:  

Loveland’s biggest holiday event returns for the 2019 season from November 15 through January 1. The display is located at Centerra’s Chapungu Sculpture Park in the Promenade Shops at Centerra. Each night, visitors can experience 80,000 lights and 30-minute music light show each night. This year’s show features special programming, the largest inflatable igloo in Colorado and several local vendors onsite during Winter Wonderlights Live! The best part? This event is free and open to the public! However, visitors are encouraged to donate canned food to benefit the Larimer County Food Bank or unwrapped toys to benefit Santa Cops to ensure everyone in our community has a happy holiday. There’s still a chance to check out the Winter Wonderlights Live! Shows on December 13 and 14.  

Lovely Light Displays:  

One of Loveland’s favorite light displays returns this year at the Foote Lagoon. Explore traditional light displays created by local Loveland artists and path lights and trees transformed into a magical holiday scene. This event will include some of Loveland’s holiday displays that have historically been featured at Dwayne Webster Park along with unique, brand-new displays made by local artists.  

The Savage Woods transforms into the holiday spirit with their Christmas Walk in the Woods display. Travel over the river and through the woods to hear carolers and enjoy the light display. Even better, get some quality time with the man himself, Saint Nick! Santa, carolers and the holiday light display will be available December 14 & 15, and the 21-23 from 5 – 8 p.m.  

Winter WonderLAKES: 

This month marks The Lakes newest signature event series, Winter WonderLAKES! Lakes residents can participate in a heartwarming tradition filled month with holiday cheer by bringing family and friends to help ring in the season of joy. The Lakes can’t wait to spend time with neighbors while spreading holiday cheer. List of resident events below:  

  • November 20-December 15: Giving Tree Community Outreach. Help provide a holiday experience to a local Loveland family in need. Stop by the Lake Club to pick up a gift tag (or two) to sponsor a family this holiday season.  
  • December 7: PJs & Pancakes with Santa ($5/person). Bring the kiddos in their PJs for a delicious pancake breakfast and some quality one-on-one time with Santa! Mrs. Claus will also be making an appearance at the club to help kids make ornaments to put on display during the holiday season. RSVP by December 4. 
  • December 10: Hot Chocolate and Holiday Lights Party. Drop by the Lake Club for a warm cup of hot cocoa before exploring the neighborhood to judge The Lakes’ Holiday Lights & Decorating Contest. Interested in entering? Enter for a chance to win gift cards and bragging rights through your resident portal.  
  • December 12: Sweet! A Holiday Cookie Exchange. The only thing better than spending time with neighbors is spending time with neighbors while enjoying a sweet treat! Bring two dozen cookies to share, and you’ll leave with two dozen new cookies to try! 
  • December 13: Ugly Holiday Sweater Cocktail Party & Reindeer Games (adults only). Rock your ugliest holiday sweater and join The Lakes for an adults-only jolly good time. We will be playing reindeer games, awarding prizes for uglies swag, and pouring holiday cheer!   

Beat Cabin Fever:  

With so many new homes in Loveland, Colorado there isn’t a better time to think of relocating. Plus, some of our favorite winter activities take place outside, might as well choose a city you love spending time in! If you’re looking to beat cabin fever this winter, The Lakes has you covered. Spend a snowy day outside at one of the best sledding hills in Loveland at Kroh Park. The hill is east of the park’s pond and just west of N Monroe Ave. It promises to provide a funfilled day of powder. If sledding isn’t your thing, stop by The Ice Rink at the Promenade Shops at Centerra. Skating hours are 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday. Break out those skates and practice your double axel! Looking to stay close to home? Take a walk around Equalizer Lake or join a resident club that meets weekly at The Lake Club.  

Centerra NYE

Centerra’s New Year’s Eve Bash: 

Ring in the new year with family-friendly activities, ice skating, and fireworks! Stop by the Promenade Shops at Centerra Main Plaza for their annual New Year’s Eve bash on December 31 from 6-9 p.m. The firework show is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. which allows time to get home before the ball drops! 

No matter what activity you choose, this winter is bound to be filled with joy. We sincerely hope you enjoy this chilly season with friends, family and neighbors. Happy Holidays from all of us here at The Lakes! 

 

 

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