Christmas 2019 will officially get underway in Laramie on Friday, December 6, 2019, with the annual Downtown Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting.

This year's theme is "Downtown Laramie Loves Gingerbread Houses."

The celebration will begin with Mayor Shumway lighting the Christmas tree on the First Street Plaza at 1st and Grand Avenue at 5:30 PM (map).

The parade will follow at 6:00 PM along First and Second Streets, between University and Custer. The parade is sponsored by Johnson Auto of Laramie. Prizes will be awarded for best use of theme, lights, and best overall.

This year’s Grand Marshal will be Rowan Shea, #rowanstrong, son of Jodi and Alec Shea, owners of the Curiosity Shoppe and Sweet Pickles. Laramie will also be honoring Jerry and Jeanetta Schmidt, owners of Back of the Wagon Antiques, for their 14 years of volunteer service to Laramie Main Street.

Following the tree lighting, Beitel Elementary Bulldog Choir will perform at 5:45 pm on the plaza. This choir is made up of 3rd through 5th-graders and is directed by music teacher Ivalene Dean. You can stay warm with hot chocolate and cider provided by the Laramie Soup Kitchen and Lasso Events, and sit around the outdoor fire pit.

Donation boxes will be available for Operation Laramie Toybox, the local American Legion post's program in place of Albany County Toys for Tots. Unwrapped toys and donations are welcomed. Bond’s Brewing Company will also be accepting donations for their winter clothing donation drive to benefit children of the Albany County School District.

Before the parade, families are invited to take photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and other favorite holiday characters at Corthell and King Law Offices (221 South 2nd Street) from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.

After the parade, visit Laramie Dance and Arts Center (170 N 2nd Street, Suite C) to watch a Holiday Showcase from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available at both of these additional events.

For more information and event updates, check out Downtown Laramie’s Facebook event.


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