See our Article listing Christmas events/activities in (1) Lyons (2) Front Range, and (3) Denver… from craft shows, to parks with thousands of lights, to singalongs, and more! — See also our Church Directory for services.
==Parade of Lights WINNING FLOATS: Congrats go to the winning float entries: ==Best Representation of Theme “Small Town; Big Heart”: DandeLyons Brigade // Best Use of Lights: Lyons Portable Welding // Overall Parade Winner: Mayama and Laura Levy Group(Coldwell Banker).
==Just a reminder, if you’re reading this on time – today, Thursday, December 21 == at the LYONS Library: CHRISTMAS PARTY: They’ll have a photo booth, sugar cookie decorating, a make-and-take gift station, card making, reindeer antler ring toss and more. —4pm: Screening of Frosty’s Winter Wonderland —4:30-5:30pm: Crafts, Games and Snacks —5:30pm: Screening of Elf – See their web page for more details. Register and then come and go as you please.
==LES SUPPORTED SMALL BUSINESSES: A group of Lyons Elementary School moms had a Christmas Exchange. They had to buy their gift at a local Lyons store. What fun! Thanks for supporting our stores.
==Seven “art and craft markets” took place in December, either in downtown Lyons, or within a 15 mile radius of Lyons! Thanks to all who supported our local artisans and artists.
CHRISTMAS, December 25, Monday: All federal and government offices will be closed on Monday, December 25. – LYONS Town Hall will be closed on Monday and Tuesday next week, December 25 and 26 , for Christmas and the next day so staff can share the holidays with friends and family. – The Library will be closed Monday. The post office will be closed Monday.
NEW YEAR’S DAY, January 1, Monday: All the above will be closed Monday Jan. 1st === All federal offices will be closed on both Mondays. == call before you go. For instance Estes Park Town offices will be closed on Friday and Monday. The Board of Trustees bi-monthly meeting will be delayed till Tuesday, January 2.
==Free tree: this may be old news, but there was a little farm spot next to the Home Depot in Longmont that had a sign saying “free trees”. Check it out, if you’re in town anyway for other things. – and Home Depot did have some trees. — The pop up tree market in Estes Park sold out in two days! They hope to bring more trees next year.
==FRAMING: Don’t forget that Valerie Pellegrin does farming at The Corner Store on Main Street. Did you take a family photo this Holiday season and want it framed? Call or write for an appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org
==CAROLING & HOT DRINKS: Shauna Lee, Ranch House West shop at the corner of Main Street and 2nd Avenue, has brought new Holiday socializing traditions to the town. She gave a party with Ian Brighton playing the piano, and everyone singing along a couple weeks ago; and, on Christmas Eve, she will have another informal gathering. Hot drinks and snacks served. She says that when she lived in England, everyone would go out to the local pub in the village on Christmas Eve and gather for a cheers, and she wants to bring that to Lyons.
==DOGS: It’s best to keep your dogs at home this holiday. Do not expose them to travel or homes that might expose them to other dogs, because of the bad virus going around.
==CHRISTMAS MEAL: FOOD FOR THE HOLIDAYS for those Less Fortunate:
….OUR CENTER, 2200 Collyer, Longmont, is open for free lunch on December 25 (office closed). ….LEAF Food Pantry is open the Wednesday before Christmas, and closed the following Wednesday December 27th. (See separate article about LEAF’s Super Duper holiday pantry).
==Remember, CDOT has fee bus rides New Year’s Eve! Don’t drive drunk, please! == Last year, the Sawaya Law Firm offered free cab and rideshare rides from Dec. 31 through Jan. 1. We have sent them a message to see if they will do it in 2023. We will update this page when we get the information.
==LYONS COMMUNITY THEATER PLAY was well received and perfect for the Holidays. Patty McNichols, one of the co-founders, said: “On behalf of Lyons Community Theater I want to thank this amazing community for the warm embrace the cast and crew received from you individually and collectively. You bought tickets, sponsored us, came out to Wildflower Pavilion, and you applauded and cheered. You warmed our hearts and made us feel welcome once again. We are so fortunate to be part of this unique, loving extended family we call Lyons.”
==CHRISTMAS FOR ALL! – those less fortunate, were treated to a Holiday gift this December. LEAF “Giving Tree” coordinator Pam Browning said: “Thank you to the people of Lyons and Pinewood Springs and LEAF, Lyons Emergency & Assistance Fund for another successful Giving Tree project this year. —- 102 gifts were distributed this morning in quiet sweet ways. Big thank you to everyone who pulled a wish from a tree and shopped, wrapped, and returned the gifts, thank you to the volunteers who organized the before, during, and delivering, thank you to the drivers who went out this morning to get items to their owners. About 100 people participated on the giving end and 102 folks participated on the receiving end! What a fantastic holiday spirit we have! — Big thanks to those OG people who started this about 8 or 9 years ago and to LEAF for keeping the project going!”
==PET PIX: Many happy pet owners were glad to see Santa stop by Gateway Realty on Saturday so they could get their traditional photo.
==CHRISTMAS TREE disposal, recycling – both Lyons and Estes Park offer this service. They indicate that it is for residents, and have not responded if it’s ok for small areas like Pinewood Springs to participate. ====LYONS: This will be a Lyons Fire/Boulder County event and is still being fully confirmed. Sat. Jan 6th from 8am-noon was being discussed to be held at the Parks and Public Works facility, but Lyons Fire still needs to confirm with county. *UPDATE* This day and time has been confirmed. At 4687 Ute Hwy. (also known as Hwy 36; located east of the 36/66 intersection) ====ESTES PARK Drop off Christmas trees Dec. 26 – Jan. 19 at the Fairgrounds
++++++++ In both cases Trees must be stripped of ornaments, tinsel and other decorations. No wreaths, garland, artificial trees or tree stands will be accepted. Trees must be dropped during the specified hours in the identified area. Dropping trees after hours or in other locations will be considered illegal dumping and may be subject to a fine. The Town offers this free service as a convenience and cost-saving measure for residents, with the added benefit of keeping discarded trees/slash out of the landscape. In Estes Park, the trees are chipped and discarded in the Larimer County landfill. Larimer County says the high acidity of the chipped product makes it unsuitable for mulch or compost. === For more information, please contact the Town of Estes Park Public Works Department at 970-577-3587, or Town of Lyons303-823-6622.