Parades ready to light up western Colorado

Scenes during the 36th annual Grand Junction Parade of Lights on Saturday, December 1, 2018. This years theme was A Who-Christmas in Junction-Ville.

Holiday light parades are set to dazzle in a number of communities on the Western Slope.

Here are some to choose from:

■ The Palisade Olde Fashioned Christmas will include a Parade of Lights that will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, on Main Street.


■ The Cedaredge Parade of Lights will start at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in Cedaredge. The "O' Christmas Tree"-themed parade will start at Fifth and Main streets, traveling to Colorado Highway 65.

After the parade, head to the Grand Mesa Arts Center to meet Santa.


■ Grand Junction's Parade of Lights with the theme "Comic Book Christmas," will be 5–7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, on Main Street.

Nonprofit vendors will be on Main Street selling baked good, drinks and more. Thousands are expected to line Main Street to view the more than 100 lighted entries.

Parking will not be allowed along the parade route. Park on a side street or in the downtown parking garage at Fourth Street and Rood Avenue.


■ Montrose's Parade of Lights with the theme "A Very Vintage Christmas" will start at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. The route will travel west on Main Street from Stough Avenue to Rio Grand Avenue.


■ The Rifle Parade of Lights will start after the fireworks at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in Rifle. The parade will begin at the Garfield County Fairgrounds and travel toward U.S. Highway 6.


■ Fruita's Parade of Lights and Tree Lighting will be at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, beginning at the Civic Center Park.

The parade route will follow Aspen Avenue, circle around Circle Park, go to East Pabor Avenue and end on North Cherry Street.

The deadline for entry applications for the "Holiday Traditions"-themed parade is Wednesday, Dec. 11.


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