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Windsor Wonderland will blend tradition, history and new events

Mary-Kate Newton
mnewton@mywindsornow.com

Santa Claus is coming to Windsor from the North Pole via the Great Western Railway in time for Windsor Wonderland Dec. 3 at Boardwalk Park.

Windsor Recreation Supervisor Luke Bollinger said this year's Windsor Wonderland event will be a blend of tradition and new activities for Windsor families.

"People come for the tradition, but people are wanting to do different and new activities as well," he said.

Bollinger said one of the new activities that will be offered at this year's Windsor Wonderland, and perhaps what he is most looking forward to is a snowball fight arena. The "snow balls" are cotton covered balls, and Bollinger said he is excited to see the communities response to it.

“People come for the tradition, but people are wanting to do different and new activities as well. Luke BollingerWindsor Recreation Supervisor

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Another exciting part of Windsor Wonderland, he said is the connection with Windsor's history. One part of the evening will involve Clearview Library reading holiday stories from inside the historic school house at Pioneer Village.

"It will be cool connecting those kids with a classroom that actually was used in the early 1900s," he said.

The celebration will include many holiday activities, including hayrack rides a petting zoo, carolers and dance demonstrations.

Downtown businesses will also be open for holiday shopping during the celebration.

Santa's arrival at noon at the 5th Street and Ash Street crossing will usher in the event, and it will end with a tree lighting by Mayor Kristie Melendez in front of the Train Depot Museum at 4:45 p.m. The event is public and free to attend.

"This year we will keep the core of the event, seeing the tree get lit up, drinking hot cocoa and taking hay rides, but we will also tie in the new activities and tie in the connection of Windsor history," Bollinger said.

Event Schedule

» Noon — Santa’s arrival by train at the 5th Street and Ash Street crossing

» Noon – 1 p.m. — Paul Maley holiday music in front of the Art & Heritage Center

» Noon – 4 p.m. — Pictures with Santa inside the Art & Heritage Center

» Noon – 4:45 p.m.:

Hayrack rides around Boardwalk Park

Coffee, cocoa and cookies at Pikes Auto Care Center

Holiday photo booth at Pikes Auto Care Center

S’mores by the Boardwalk Park bell

Snowball fight on the Train Depot Museum lawn at Boardwalk Park

Storytime with the Clearview Library District at Boardwalk Park (12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30)

Petting zoo, corn box and teeter totter at Boardwalk Park

Fire truck, REA bucket truck, bookmobile and vendors along north 5th Street

Holiday crafts and letters to Santa in the Train Depot Museum at Boardwalk Park

» 1-2 p.m. — Windsor Cheer and Dance Teamfa presentations at Boardwalk Park

» 2-4 p.m. — Choice City Singers Caroling Group caroling around Boardwalk Park

» 4:30-5 p.m. — Charity Pike holiday music at the Train Depot Museum tree

» 4:45 p.m. — Tree lighting by Mayor Kristie Melendez in front of the Train Depot Museum

Event Sponsors

Windsor Wonderland is sponsored by the Town of Windsor, Windsor Chamber of Commerce, Pikes Auto Care Center, Elevate Chiropractic, Poudre Valley REA, Dunkin Donuts, Traverse Church, Colorado Christian University, Enviropest, Downtown Development Authority, All State Insurance, Kaiser Permanente, United Site Services, and CRCRS.