Traditional Candlelight Walk coming

Santa Claus waves to the huge crowds attending Nov. 26’s Candlelight Walk in Littleton. Main Street was closed to traffic, there was entertainment and shopping but everything came to a stop at 6:30 p.m. when Santa made his way to the platform where, with the help of one youngster, he threw the switch to light the Christmas tree.

Now that the zombies and pumpkin poles have cleared out of downtown Littleton, it’s time to look ahead to turkeys, Santa Claus, flame and light.

Nov. 29 — the day most people think of as “Black Friday” — is known in Littleton as the much gentler Candlelight Walk and Tree Lighting. The 30th anniversary of this tradition will welcome thousands to Main Street to witness the magic.

People will start to gather at 5:15, having parked for free at Arapahoe Community College or light-railing it in. They’ll listen to music performed by Voices West and the Leawood Elementary School Choir while sipping free hot cider from Town Hall Arts Center and Bega Park. At Bradford Auto Body, children can pet Santa’s reindeer as the gentle animals await his return. In the spirit of goodwill, there will be places to donate nonperishable food for Inter-Faith Community Services and toys for the Arapahoe Santa Claus Shop.

Visitors will purchase candles for 50 cents, or furnish their own source of illumination — but none so impressive as what Colorado Fire Tribe will brandish during their fire-dance performance.

Soon, at about 6 p.m., Santa will board a fire truck — er, sleigh — at the courthouse and make his way down Main Street. As he enters each block, the sparking lights adorning its trees magically come to life to welcome him. The community follows behind, dazzling him with holiday carols.

At the end of Santa’s journey on the west end, he’ll be greeted by Anne Trujillo, Littleton resident and television news anchor. He’ll address the crowd from center stage, then invite one lucky child to join him. The child whose name is drawn gets to help throw the switch that lights up the tallest and most colorful of downtown’s trees, in Bowles Plaza next to The Melting Pot.

Santa then heads back to Town Hall Arts Center to entertain children’s wishes and pose with them for photos, and parents might be enticed into visiting local merchants by offers of goodies and seasonal bargains.

Call 303-795-3863 for more information.

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