October 27, 2020

9NEWS Parade of Lights to be multi-week celebration in 2020

Although the 2020 holiday season may look different this year, the Downtown Denver Partnership (DDP) hopes to keep the magic alive in downtown Denver. DDP announced its “Winter in the City” in place of the annual Parade of Lights.

“Winter in the City” will be “a collection of sights and experiences that put a new spin on old traditions; introduce new, socially-safe ways to celebrate the holiday season; and enliven downtown with magical things to do and see at every turn November through January.”

The traditional two-night 9NEWS Parade of Lights will not take place this December. The public will instead be able to view some of the floats from the 9NEWS Parade of Lights at locations throughout downtown Denver. These floats will be available for viewing for five weeks from Friday, Nov. 27 through Thursday, Dec. 31 at locations including Denver Pavilions and Denver Union Station. Though the IECRM Sparkling Ice Castle of the Future float will not be displayed this year, we anticipate participating in the parade next year. 

“This will create a downtown-wide experience that will light our city up like never before,” says Marilyn Stansbury, IECRM CEO. “We are hopeful to once again have our spectacular float in the parade in 2021.”

9NEWS Parade of Lights mascot Major Waddles will also be ready to celebrate the season at these downtown locations with hot cocoa and treats. Santa Claus will park his sleigh at Larimer Square this holiday season as well.

The 16th Street Mall, Denver Union Station, Larimer Square, and the Dairy Block will be decorated with holiday lights throughout the 2020 season. Downtown Denver’s major landmarks will light up during a Grand Illumination ceremony on Friday, Nov. 27.