One of the most enjoyable, not-to-be-missed annual events in Castle Rock!
No matter if you are a resident of one of the many Castle Rock CO neighborhoods, or if you are visitor to the area, the annual Castle Rock Lighting of the Star is an event not to miss.
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 19, 2016 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 2016 Lighting of the Star is presented by the Chamber of Commerce. Many local businesses will be open during the event, and will offer discounts and stay open late for shoppers. See the schedule of events.
2016’s Star Lighting Ceremony will include strolling entertainers, live entertainment, booths from several no-profits and of course, lots of hot chocolate. Don’t forget to come ready to get in the first skate of the season at the Rink at the Rock!
Festivities will begin at 2pm with visits with Santa, Santa’s Workshop and Puppet Show at the County Building and Philip S. Miller Library. Hot Chocolate and Starlighting Ornament sales will open at the County Lawn. The Star Lighting Ceremony will start promptly at 5pm, culminating with the Star being lit at approximately 5:30pm.
Video of Last Year’s Outstanding Event
Friends of Starlighting Fund
If you own a local business and would like to support this annual event, consider becoming a Starlighting Friend by making a donation to the Friends of Starlighting Fund. When you make a donation of $100 or more to the Fund, you will be featured in a slide presentation along with the Fund’s other sponsors. Additionally, the Fund will provide you with commemorative Thank You letter that you can display with pride at your place of business.
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. Call to reserve your spot.
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: