The Candlelight Walk in Downtown Littleton

The Candlelight Walk in Downtown Littleton

Amelia at the candlelight walk

Amelia at the candlelight walk.

Black Friday for people around the country mean stores, lines and shopping bags. In Littleton, the Friday after Thanksgiving means candles, Christmas lights and Santa.

The annual candlelight walk shuts down Main Street so Santa Clause can ride his sleigh through downtown  lighting up the trees on either side as he goes. As the trees light, Santa rides closer to the stage in front of the Melting Pot with the large candy cane switch.  The switch lights the large tree at the end of street before Santa Fe.  Santa pulls the name of one lucky child out of a box to help flip the large switch.

This year at the walk the crowds were limited, as the 23 degree weather scared some of the regular attendees to stay inside and warm.  But for those of us who braved the cold, it was worth the shivers.

The shops and restaurants on Main Street were open with festive window decorations and holiday colors. Bundled people shuffled in and out of the stores taking in all the small businesses have to offer.

On the stage was 7 News anchor Anne Trujillo emceeing and a choir for singing Christmas carols. As the voices carried through the cold the lights of the trees near the Melting Pot lit and Santa’s sleigh came into view from the west end of Main Street.

Just before Santa reached the stage the snow began to fall. The weather did not deter the holiday spirits as the countdown to light the large tree began. Anne Trujillo, Santa and the crowd counted from ten and the tree was illuminated by the thousands of lights. The crowds cheered, the pictures were snapped and within 20 minutes the party goers returned to the local business for warmth and food, leaving the streets almost empty.

The City of Littleton, even in the cold, can bring in the holiday season with a spark.

Written by: Amelia Martinez

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