‘Winter in the City’; announcement on plan to safely celebrate holiday season in Denver

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DENVER (KDVR) — The Downtown Denver Partnership announced ‘Winter in the City’ on Tuesday during a news conference.

It is expected to be a collection of sights and experiences that put a new spin on old traditions. Organizers plan to introduce new, socially safe ways to celebrate the holiday season and enliven downtown with magical things to do and see at every turn November through January.

The downtown Denver Parade of Lights has been a fan favorite for decades now, but this year it’s going to look a little different.

During normal years, there are usually 40 units in the parade of lights, which include eight fan favorites that light up the night sky.

This year the Parade of Lights will be more like the parade of homes.

“We are still able to bring it live to the community it’s just going to be over a five week period and over multi block distance in downtown,” said Sharon Alton of the Downtown Denver Partnership.

The 2020 Parade of Lights starts Nov. 27 and will be featured at five non-moving stations: Denver Pavilions, Skyline Park, Larimer Square, Dairy Block Alley and Union Station.

“Each of these floats is going to be secured 24/7 by security guards,” said Alton.

If crowds start to gather at the stationary floats, volunteers called float ambassadors will be in place to keep them moving.

“People want a reason to do something, everybody’s cooped up,” said Alton.

The 2020 Parade of Lights will be finished up by Dec. 31.

There will be no ice skating this year due to social distancing requirements.

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