Lighter Side of Christmas Parade



Welcome to the 2016 Lighter Side of Christmas Parade (LSOC)! The 28th annual parade will be held this year on Saturday, December 3rd at 6 pm in downtown Woodland Park.

The parade theme this year celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service and the 125th Anniversary of Woodland Park by “Rockin’ Around Your Favorite Park”

The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Following the establishment of iconic parks such as Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain National Park, Congress established The National Park Service to preserve and protect these special places. The Fossil Beds National Monument, established in 1969, has engaged community and visitors from around the world through research, education, recreation, conservation and historic preservation for 47 years. The Centennial Celebration is the kick-off for increasing citizen participation, enjoyment, and support of our National Parks for today’s citizens and the citizens of the future. Every Kid in a Park provides annual park passes to every fourth grader and their families in the U.S. The National Park Service is celebrating this year with Find Your Park!

The City of Woodland Park is also celebrating a milestone anniversary in 2016 – 125th Anniversary!  One hundred twenty one residents officially incorporated Woodland Park on January 28, 1891.Homesteaders, miners, loggers, health seekers and entrepreneurs were attracted to Woodland Park. The main four things that attributed to this influx was the Gold Rush of the 1857 – 1919, the Midland Railway 1883 – 1949, lumbering and timber mills 1873 – 1936, and resorts and tourism 1887 – 1955.  Woodland Park began to develop hotels, restaurants, livery stables, mercantile general stores and homes along with churches, schools, and recreational activities including rodeo events, dances and baseball games.  In only eight years, the population had more than doubled to 269 persons. Now, in 2016, the 8,000-plus residents who make Woodland Park their home are celebrating the City’s “quasquicentennial.”


Each year, the LSOC Committee chooses a recipient for the parade fundraising effort.  The Friends of the Florissant Fossil Beds have been selected to be the recipient for 2016!

The Friends of the Florissant Fossil Beds came together in 1987 to assist Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument to meet its goals to preserve, protect, and research our local world-renowned 34 million year old fossils. They work to advance the understanding of these treasured natural and cultural resources that belong to all American citizens. Fundraising promotes educational and outdoor recreational programs for children, adults, and service men and women for their appreciation of our natural world. The Friends network with local nonprofits that share a similar vision and are a resource for people of the Pikes Peak region with contacts that stretch worldwide.


Additional Activities

The “Fill the Vehicle” campaign is going to take place again this year, with parade attendees being asked to bring nonperishable food items to fill the Community Cupboard van following the parade during tree lighting and awards ceremony at the Ute Pass Cultural Center.

The Holiday Crazy Hat Contest, sponsored by Williams Furniture is taking place the night of the parade. Get your crazy on and wear a crazy hat to the parade and tree lighting ceremony this year.

The committee is again organizing the annual city wide “Holiday Treasure Hunt” that will kick off in November with the first clue. The individual that finds the LSOC treasure symbol, based on weekly clues provided each Friday at sponsor businesses, will win a gift basket full of goodies from local businesses, valued in the past at over $1000.

The WP Library district is hosting the annual Gingerbread Contest, sure to be a tasteful event.  Entries are to be dropped off at the library on Friday afternoon for judging.  Entries will be on exhibit at the WP Library throughout the holiday season.

Details for all events and activities are available on this web site, where you can also explore sponsorship and participation opportunities for the 2016 Lighter Side of Christmas Activities and Parade.

The LSOC Committee was thrilled to present a check for $9600 to the Ute Pass Kiwanis Club, the 2015 parade beneficiary. We hope sponsors and parade participants will join us once again for the 2016 LSOC parade and events!

kiwanis check presentation

Please contact these Friends committee members if you are interested in being a sponsor:
Linda Laverty – moc.l1493604725iamg@1493604725adniL1493604725reppe1493604725pilih1493604725c1493604725 – 719.964.6222
Patricia Glatfelter – moc.e1493604725vil@g1493604725psj1493604725 – 719.689-3174

Additional questions may be directed to Tracie Bennitt at moc.s1493604725rekor1493604725bruas1493604725onid@1493604725eicar1493604725t1493604725 719-687-7375 or Doreen Ward at moc.l1493604725iamg@1493604725iwcyb1493604725mf1493604725 719-687-2972.

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