One of the Most Enjoyable, Not-to-be-Missed Annual Events in Castle Rock!
The Starlighting Ceremony is a tradition that locals have been enjoying on a yearly basis since 1936. It’s an event that many people anticipate each year with great excitement! The Lighting of the Star signifies the beginning of the year’s holiday season. It’s an event that celebrates a sense of community, enjoyment and tradition.
Originally, the “larger than life” star’s purpose was to draw visitors and commerce to Castle Rock. Over the years, the star has been a symbol of hope, strength and unity. Today, the Lighting of the Star remains one of the most enjoyable, not-to-be-missed annual events in Castle Rock. Read more about George P. Stewart, “The Rock” and how this tradition came to be in The Story of the Starlighting.
Photo of the Castle Rock Lighting of the Star Taken in 1940
Castle Rock Lighting of the Star:
Who: All are Welcome to Attend the Lighting of the Star
What: Starlighting Ceremony and Community Event
When: Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 2:00 pm through 7:00 pm
Where: Celebration will take place in Downtown Castle Rock, and the Lighting of the Star ceremony will take place at Historic Wilcox Square at 5:00 pm
The 2017 Lighting of the Star is presented by the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce. Many local businesses will be open during the event, and will offer discounts and stay open late for shoppers.
2017’s Star Lighting Ceremony will include strolling entertainers, live entertainment, booths from several non-profits and of course, lots of hot chocolate. Don’t forget to come ready for your first skate of the season at the Rink at the Rock! Festivities will begin at 2:00 pm with visits and photos with Santa. Hot Chocolate and Starlighting Ornament sales will be available. The Star Lighting Ceremony will start promptly at 5:00 pm, culminating with the Star being lit at approximately 5:30 pm.
Before and After the Starlighting, Enjoy Live Music at The Emporium:
2:00 pm – Shauna Chanda and Darren Rahn
3:00 pm – Biff Gore “The Ambassador of Soul” (as seen on NBC’s The Voice!)
4:00 pm & Immediately Following the Star Being Lit- Hazel & The Hazel Miller Band
Video of this Outstanding Event in a Previous Year
Friends of Starlighting Fund
If you own a local business and would like to support this annual event, consider becoming a Starlighting sponsor. There are various sponsorship levels and opportunities. Contact the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce at (303) 688-4597 for more information.
Jazz Under the Star
If you want to avoid the crowds and the hassle of parking, considering watching the Starlighting from the Plum Creek Golf Club’s Jazz Under the Star event, which will include Hor’s D’oeuvres, live music and a cash bar. The event will take place from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Call (303) 660-2200 ext. 110 to reserve your spot. Must be 21 to attend.
Road Closures and Shuttle Rides
Please remember that the Lighting of the Star is expected to draw a very large crowd. Each year the event gains more and more visitors. There will be road closures, but there will also be recommended parking areas along with free shuttle rides that will take visitors to the event area. Carpooling is recommended and remember to not park in areas designated as NO PARKING. Cars will be towed!
Parking lots and complimentary shuttle rides will be available at the following three locations: