The Town of Windsor’s holiday celebrations kick off with the Ugly Sweater Dash and Windsor Wonderland on Saturday, Dec. 1.
The Ugly Sweater Dash begins at 9 a.m. at Boardwalk Park. The dash is a 2.25 mile loop around Windsor Lake with prizes for top finishers and the ugliest holiday sweater, as well as a beanie for each participant. To register, visit windsorgov.com/recreg or call 970-674-3500. Boardwalk Park is located at 100 N. 5th St.
After the race, Windsor Wonderland will kick off at noon with the arrival of Santa. After his arrival, Santa will be available for professional pictures, free of charge, at his tent at Boardwalk Park.The celebration is free and open to the public, and includes a host of holiday activities such as hay rides, live holiday performances at the Market Pavilion, kids activities, free hot chocolate and s’mores, and much more at Boardwalk Park.
At sunset, the community is invited to gather in front of the historic Boardwalk Park Museum’s Train Depot to enjoy a tree lighting ceremony and caroling.
The schedule of events includes:
Noon — Santa’s arrival by train at Boardwalk Park
Noon – 4:30 p.m. — Pictures with Santa in Santa’s tent, Hay rides, S’mores, Snowball fight, story time and other kids’ activities on the Train Depot lawn, Holiday crafts in the School House, and the Windsor Food Pantry holiday food drive final drop off
Noon - 1 p.m. — Windsor Youth Cheer and Dance Team presentations at Boardwalk Park
1:15 - 2 p.m. — Danni Dance presentations at Boardwalk Park
2:15 – 3 p.m. — Paul Maley holiday music performance at Boardwalk Park
3 - 5 p.m. — Greeley Stampede Mascots meet & greet around Boardwalk Park
3:30– 4:30 p.m. — Piano & Guitar Institute performance at Train Depot
4:45 p.m. — Tree lighting and holiday proclamation by Mayor Kristie Melendez
Donations of packaged, non-perishable items to the Windsor Faith United Food Pantry can be dropped off at the Windsor Community Recreation Center the week leading up to the event, Nov. 27 through noon on Nov. 30. Drawings for the VIP experience will be made that afternoon and winners will be called that evening.
During the Windsor Wonderland event, donations will also be accepted for the Windsor Faith United Food Pantry and the Weld County Santa Cops program. Attendees are encouraged to bring a packaged, non-perishable item for the food bank and/or a gift — new, unwrapped, and in original packaging — for the respective programs.
Windsor Wonderland is sponsored in part by iHeart Media, Great Western Railway Co., Fransen Pittman General Contracting, and Colorado State University Online.
For more information, visit windsorgov.com/PRC.