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Dillon, CO Festival of Lights is perfect for the holidays

The Festival of Lights is a Dillon tradition that started six years ago with a lighting competition between Dillon businesses — sponsored by the Dillon Business Association — as a way for restaurants, shops and local attractions to get into the holiday spirit and to showcase Dillon's many offerings.

The festivities kick-off with the annual Lighting of Dillon on Thursday, December 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Dillon Community Church on LaBonte Street. The evening includes Santa and Mrs. Claus, with Len Rhodes, the Summit Middle School Choir and director, Donna Clark.

At the lighting, enjoy a free hotdog courtesy of Pug Ryan's, a slice of pizza from the Lake Dillon Tavern, homemade cookies, hot cider, coffee and free Santa hats or reindeer antlers.

"This is the second year that the Lighting of Dillon will be held in the Dillon Community Church," said event manager Matt Miano. "The church provides the perfect space for this type of community event."

Dillon's Festival of Lights has evolved into a multi-week event, and activities include free family entertainment, like holiday puppet shows, at the Lake Dillon Theater company, and bonfires at Town Park featuring Santa, hot chocolate, marshmallows and carolers. These events run on designated days through early January, beginning on Friday, December 4.

"It is an effort by all of our community businesses to get in the holiday spirit, create a welcoming, festive atmosphere and an opportunity for community to gather in Dillon," explained Kerstin Anderson, Dillon communications director.

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The family programming at Lake Dillon Theater makes it so that families can park at Town Hall, enjoy a show at the theater company, and then walk back past Town Hall to enjoy the bonfire at Town Park on Buffalo Street, accompanied by the Summit Chorale Society. The rec path in Town Park will be lit with luminaries guiding the way to the bonfire, and also to the School House Museum.

"We are really excited to include the School House Museum this year," Anderson shared. "It and the surrounding historic buildings are one of those special community treasure that we'd like more people to experience."

Refreshments will be available at the School House Museum, with proceeds benefitting the Summit Historical Society.

Schedule of Events:

Lighting of Dillon

Thursday, December 4 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Dillon Community Church, 371 LaBonte Street

Bonfires with Santa

Fridays, Dec. 4, 11, 18 and Jan. 8 from 5:30 — 7 p.m.

Dillon Town Park on Buffalo Street

Sponsored by the Dillon Business Association

Arts & Crafts at The School House Museum

Fridays, Dec. 4, 11, 18 and Jan. 8 from 5:30 — 7:30 p.m.

403 E. LaBonte Street

Sponsored by the Town of Dillon and the Summit Historical Society

Holiday Puppet Shows

Fridays, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m.; Dec. 11 at 5 p.m..; Saturday Dec.12 at 4 p.m.

Lake Dillon Theater, 122 Lake Dillon Drive

Sponsored by the Dillon Business Association

Holiday Magic Shows

Fridays, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 10 a.m.

Lake Dillon Theater, 122 Lake Dillon Drive

Sponsored by the Dillon Business Association

Puppets & Things on Strings

Friday Jan. 8 at 5 p.m.

Lake Dillon Theatre, 122 Lake Dillon Drive

Sponsored by the Dillon Business Association