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The Nightlights Tree lights up the courtyard

The Nightlights Tree lights up the courtyard

Lily K, Academics beat writer

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With Halloween having passed, Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, and the tunes of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas” are alreading belting out of radios across the nation. This means one thing and one thing only: Christmas is just around the corner.

Objectively the best Holiday, Christmas reigns supreme, and Fort Collins certainly knows how to get the jingle bells ringing, for all ages who want to immerse themselves into the holiday season. 

The annual Nightlights Tree Lighting Ceremony lights up the First Presbyterian Church’s courtyard, which is situated on the corner of Mulberry and College. The Tree Lighting Ceremony not only illuminates the square, but also the lives of children. 

Each year, Nightlights fund raises for children in our very own community who have been in an abusive or neglective situations through a fundraising campaign called Realities for Children.  This campaign, which is the largest, raises money through November 1st to December 31st. 

This year, they hope to raise $250,000, all of which will go directly to children in need, and nothing is more synonymous with Christmas than charitable acts. At this event there will also be soup and meet and greets with Santa Claus along with live music.

Another Christmas activity for those who are more musically inclined is the Parade of Lights, in which CSU’s marching band takes to the streets of Denver and plays beautiful music in a Christmas parade on December 1st, with a free preview of their event in Fort Collins at 6:00 P.M. on November 30th at the University Center for Art. 

No matter if you’re a Christmas fanatic or just trying to pass time Fort Collins is teeming with Wintry festivals to partake in.