Celebrate the season with the Town of Parker's popular annual holiday events, including the Christmas Carriage Parade on Dec. 13 and free Holiday Carriage Rides each Saturday night between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Christmas Carriage Parade
Continue the holiday tradition in downtown Parker at the Christmas Carriage Parade on Saturday, Dec. 13 at noon! The Christmas Carriage Parade has become a well-known tradition across Colorado. On this special afternoon, the streets of downtown Parker fill with people ready to see marching bands, equestrian entries and catch a glimpse of Mr. and Mrs. Claus! Spectators will also enjoy a petting zoo and pony rides, holiday ice sculpting, winter markets and even pictures with Santa!
The 2014 parade, brought to you by Rocky Vista University with the theme “Let it Snow,” will begin heading west on Mainstreet at noon. Photos with Santa will be available after the parade for $5, cash only, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the O’Brien Park Gazebo. O’Brien Park will be full of holiday excitement as event-goers enjoy ice sculpting, courtesy of Crown Crest of Parker, Swingle Lawn, Tree and Landscaping and Xfinity, and a petting zoo and pony rides from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Home for the Holidays Winter Market will be held in O’Brien Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thanks to the sponsors who help make the Christmas Carriage Parade possible: Rocky Vista University; Crown Crest of Parker; Swingle Lawn, Tree and Landscaping; Xfinity; Parker Station Professional Offices; United Country JTS Realty and Property Management; Camp Bow Wow; David W. Moritz and Associates; Ameriprise Financial; Spradlin Printing; Panera Bread; and State Farm.
Parade spectators are asked to remember that Mainstreet and Victorian Roads will be closed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and those parked within those limits will not be able to exit until the roads are reopened. Alternative parking outside of these limits is advised. Visit www.ParkerOnline.org/carriageparade for maps and more information or call 303.805.3253.
Free Holiday Carriage Rides
Enjoy the beauty of downtown Parker during the holidays! The Town provides free carriage rides every Saturday night between Thanksgiving and Christmas, with a special opening night at the Mayor’s Holiday Lighting on Friday, Nov. 28. Rides will run from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. (will start after the event the evening of the Mayor’s Holiday Lighting). Pick-up will occur in O’Brien Park and at the PACE Center. All riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Free visits with Santa will be available at the PACE Center from 5 to 8 p.m. Carriage rides and Santa visits are generously sponsored in part by the Foerster Realtor Team and Lion’s Gate Real Estate.
For more information on the Town's free holiday carriage rides, visit www.ParkerOnline.org/CarriageRides or call 303.805.3253.