Santa and his sleigh — or more accurately, his carriage — will roll down Main Street in Windsor Saturday, kicking off the annual Windsor Wonderland festivities and the start of a festive holiday season in northern Colorado.
The event is free and will include wagon rides, hot drinks served by the Army National Guard, downtown shopping, a clogging demonstration and, of course, photos with Santa at the Windsor Depot.
Festivities begin at 2:15 p.m. and will wrap up with a tree lighting and caroling at Boardwalk Park around 4:45 p.m.
“There was a great turnout (last year) and there really is more interest,” said Amy Porter, special event coordinator for Windsor. Last year’s event drew about 1,000 people, according to the towns’s website, something Porter said she hopes will continue to increase as more residents and organizations learn about the festivities.
This is the second year the town, chamber of commerce and Downtown Development Authority have combined forces to organize the event, though Santa has always swung by Windsor around this time of year for pictures with young and old alike.
She said community interest and partnerships continue to rise, but hurdles still exist in growing the event. Groups had hoped to bring an ice rink — either natural or synthetic — to Windsor this year, but financial support simply didn’t come through from area businesses — something Porter hopes can change for next year as new options are explored.
“It’s just kind of a tough time for everyone to get those extras,” she said. A $4,000 sponsorship package with naming rights for the rink was offered, but no businesses stepped up to shoulder the cost. “It still is developing,” Porter added.
This year, a series of donors including Pike’s Auto Care Center, Manweiler Appliance and Tekton Energy, among others, helped to make the festivities financially possible.
“As a partnership-based event, one of main goals is to get people in the downtown area,” Porter said. “I think it’s important to support our own businesses.”
For a complete listing of events, visit www.windsorgov.com and search for Windsor Wonderland. Fliers are also posted throughout town.