Christmas spirit to light up the Glenwood Springs’ Hotel Colorado |

Christmas spirit to light up the Glenwood Springs’ Hotel Colorado

Staff Report

For almost three decades, the iconic Hotel Colorado has hosted a public gathering to start the holiday season in the lower Roaring Fork Valley the day after Thanksgiving. And that won’t change with the new ownership.

Next Friday, Nov. 23, the tradition will continue with the 29th annual lighting ceremony.

According to Jeremy Gilley, director of sales for the hotel, “We are thrilled that the new owners, the Melville Family, are continuing this important Glenwood Springs holiday tradition along with lots of exciting new things to come.”

This year’s event will kick off at 1:30 p.m. with live music from Tuba Christmas with Fredrick Oaks in the hotel lobby.

Festivities will continue inside the hotel with fireside history stories from the “ghost” of the hotel founder, Walter Devereux, at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Santa will make a stop by the Devereux Room starting at 3:15 p.m.

The main stage outside will feature a welcome from hotel General Manager Christian Henny, the hotel owners and local dignitaries.

The color guard presentation, Christmas songs by the Liberty Classic School and performances from the Rocky Mountain Scots and Denver Dolls will follow.

Santa will lead the countdown at 7 p.m. for the annual fireworks and lighting ceremony.

After the outdoors spectacle, the party will continue inside with a performance by the Symphony in the Valley in the lobby, and Santa will be on hand in the Devereux Room.

The lighting and Christmas displays will continue throughout the holiday season.

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