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Tree Lighting Ceremony Celebrates Family & Community

Ornament purchases and Blue Santa donations support those in need

The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Nov. 19 in Bond Park will recreate an Estes Park celebration of 60 years ago, while also celebrating family and community. Beginning at 1 p.m., participants can begin the holiday season listening to carolers and enjoying hot chocolate. Free photos with Santa, ornament-making and three-legged stocking races will provide entertainment for families and children. Pony and wagon rides will be offered for a small fee. Helping Hands and Blue Santa will provide an opportunity to give back to the community. In celebration of families throughout the community, four generations of Estes Park’s Eastwood/Adams family will join Mayor Bill Pinkham and Town officials for the official Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m.

Vi Eastwood represents the family’s first generation of Estes Park residents. She and her husband, Harold, moved to Estes Park in 1945. Their daughter, Jo Adams, was born in Estes Park and began her own family here. Her son, Eric Adams, will be present with his wife, Stacey, and son, Benjamin. For more information on the Tree Lighting Ceremony and afternoon activities, please contact the Estes Park Convention & Visitors Bureau at 970-577-9900.

From 1 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., 2011 collector holiday ornaments will be available for $10 each by the Town of Estes Park Helping Hands Committee, with all proceeds supporting local families in need as well as local student scholarships. The ornament features Longs Peak reflected in Bear Lake, with a photo taken by local photographer Erik Stensland. A limited number of previous years’ ornaments will also be available for sale. For more information on the Helping Hands ornament, please visit or call 970-577-3721.

Also from 1 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., Blue Santa donations of non-perishable food and hygiene products will be accepted by uniformed Police Department Auxiliary members. These donations are delivered to disabled, shut-in and elderly community residents in mid-December. For more information on Blue Santa, please contact Amanda Nagl at 970-577-3822 or

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