Small-town celebrations are a Big Deal

OK, so Colorado Springs may not be considered a small town by some people anymore, but I think it is. The traffic is usually minimal and there are distinct historic areas and it takes a whopping 20 minutes to get from the North end of it to the South end. That’s small by my standards.

Now, I know that some of you who read this blog will say, what about all that stuff out east of the center of town? Not my problem, I say. I never need to go out there … it looks like Kansas, the houses are all packed together, and you can’t see the mountains, so I don’t go out there. Everything I need and want is right here in the Western portion of my town. Besides, this is where all the cultural events of the town happen.

Like the Colorado Springs holiday parade called the Festival of Lights. It starts as usual with our local law enforcement:

Local law enforcement in Colorado Springs Festival of Lights parade

… and then the military folks come next:

Local military march in Colorado Springs Festival of Lights parade

No, it’s not the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, but it is our town’s Christmas parade and we try to be there every year. This year, as most years, we nearly froze to death in proper Colorado December temperatures but the streets were packed with merry-go’ers!

Colorado Springs Festival of Lights parade

Colorado Springs Festival of Lights parade

Colorado Springs Festival of Lights parade

Colorado Springs Festival of Lights parade

Colorado Springs Festival of Lights parade

Colorado Springs Festival of Lights parade

Hey Dad, look at everyone in front of Jack Quinn’s!

Folks in front of Jack Quinn's Colorado Springs Festival of Lights parade

We didn’t stay for the end of the parade as we were cold and wanted to beat everyone to dinner at Sonterra Grill. Yum! If you visit the Springs or live here, you must have dinner or lunch here – the ceviche is perfection, as is all the food and the drinks are great too.

We came home to warm up completely and got to enjoy our own Christmas decorations.

Our Colorado lodge

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