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Santa, along with CU’s Chip, will “Switch on the Holidays” this Sunday

Category: Press Room

The Pearl Street Mall and Boulder County Courthouse are ready for their holiday debut this Sunday evening

Boulder, Colo.  [November 16, 2017]:  This Sunday, November 19, 2017 kids of all ages are invited to the 1300 block of the Pearl Street Mall for a kick-off event celebrating the holiday season during Downtown Boulder’s annual Switch on the Holidays. 

The Boulder Children’s Chorale joined by members of the Boulder Chorale will usher in the holiday season by performing for holiday revelers.  Shortly thereafter, Santa and Mrs. Claus (along with a special appearance from CU’s Chip) will stop by to flip the switch that will have Downtown Boulder shining bright for the holiday season. 

Attendees will then be invited to join the Chorale in a rendition of We Wish You a Merry Christmas.  Immediately following the lighting, Santa and Mrs. Claus will host a brief visit & free photo op with kids at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center (1301 Pearl Street).

This season, the Downtown Boulder Partnership’s holiday decorations will cover  trees along the pedestrian mall, throughout the East and West End Districts and the 15th Street Design District with 350,000 LED lights, 300 colorful lighted ornaments and 35 large snowflakes!

Downtown Boulder’s Switch on the Holidays is a free event and open to the public. This annual event is presented by Elevations Credit Union and produced by Downtown Boulder Partnership.  Supporting sponsors include: Tebo Properties, Broadway Suites, the Daily Camera and City of Boulder Parking & Access Management.

Switch on the Holidays is Downtown Boulder’s kickoff event for a busy month of activities that include:
Small Business Saturday (November 25) –  Close to 70 downtown businesses will be celebrating with in-store specials and other exciting events.   Holiday carolers dressed in nostalgic attire will be roaming downtown and Santa (and Mrs. Claus) will be at the Visitor Information Center for visits and photo ops from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.   There will be an ice sculpture demonstration from Cool Hand Ice Carving, along with other interactive sculptures, for Boulder locals and visitors to enjoy.

St. Nick on the Bricks  (Friday, November 24 and Saturdays from November 25– December 22) – Santa and Mrs. Claus will welcome kids of all ages to visit and share wish lists at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Cameras are highly encouraged…selfies are welcome!  Visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus are FREE.

Lights of December Parade (December 2) – The best hometown holiday parade in the state – celebrating its 30th anniversary!   Enjoy 50 entries - everything from fire trucks to bicycles decked out for the holiday season - not to mention homemade floats from local community groups and non-profits.  Throw in a high school marching band, hundreds of girl and boy scouts and top it off with Santa himself! This year’s route starts at 15th and Walnut streets heading west up Walnut to Broadway and north on Broadway around to Spruce.  Viewing stands located at 14th & Walnut and Pearl & Broadway.

Information about all of these events can be found online at  The public is encouraged to park in one of the City of Boulder’s Parking Garages (every Saturday and Sunday year round, City of Boulder parking garages are free of charge).  Information about downtown parking can be found online at

About Downtown Boulder Partnership

The Downtown Boulder Partnership (DBP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of downtown as the heart of the greater Boulder community. As the umbrella organization for the Downtown Boulder Business Improvement District (BID) and the Downtown Boulder Foundation (DBF), the Partnership works tirelessly to make our downtown a national model of success. Our 400+ member businesses support the overall vitality of downtown through leadership, community celebrations and political advocacy.
Anna Salim | VP of Events and Membership | 303.449.3774 |
Terri Takata-Smith | VP of Marketing and Communications | 303.449.3774 |