Spinphony debuts Christmas album opening night; Djembe Jive celebrates Zimbabwe as top opening weekend acts
LOVELAND, Colo. – Oct. 17, 2018 –  As the weather gets cooler, Visit Loveland Colorado has announced the return of its holiday light installation, Winter Wonderlights. This walkable lighting attraction situated in the award-winning Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra has moved to Friday and Saturday nights, launching the weekend before Thanksgiving. The event is set to kickoff 5 p.m. Friday, November 16, running through January 1, 2019.

Loveland Winter Wonderlights kicks off November 16.

Guests of the attraction will be mesmerized as they stroll through the sculpture park, which has been transformed for this joyful time of year. Each night, visitors will revel in more than 60,000 holiday string lights, twinkling bulbs, LED mappable snowflakes, illuminated African stone sculptures, a 20’ LED mappable Christmas tree and a six-song music and light show each evening starting at 5 p.m. In addition to nightly lighting attractions, special weekend programming will run Nov. 16 – Dec. 15 featuring Colorado’s largest inflatable igloo, weekend food and retail vendors, prize giveaways and exceptional performances from dance and musical acts from across northern Colorado.

The opening weekend celebration features:
  • Entertainment/Performances

    • Spinphony’s first holiday performance, debuting its new Christmas album. (Friday)

    • Northern Colorado’s first look at Djembe Jive, bringing lively African drumming performances to Chapungu Sculpture Park. (Saturday)

    • Community performances by Loveland Orchestra and Roosevelt High School Rhythm Bandits (Saturday)

  • Attractions

    • RJ’s Amazing Entertainment will be providing FREE face painting Friday night and meet-and-greets with the Ice Queen and Ice Princess Friday and Saturday night.

    • An inflatable Santa selfie station outside the Igloo

    • Unicorn ornament-making station with the Loveland Public Library inside the igloo (Friday)

    • The Human Bean Coffee Truck, debuting the Winter Wonderlatte

  • Giveaways

    • Tickets to a Colorado Eagles hockey game

    • Prize giveaways will be announced from the stage every hour for shopping and restaurant gift certificates to establishments throughout Loveland

Winter Wonderlights is proudly presented by Visit Loveland and encourages all visitors to Colorado to consider Loveland as a one-stop-destination to shop, eat, play and stay during the cheerful season.
“Winter Wonderlights will act a cornerstone for merriment and family fun. We are excited to host a unique-to-Colorado experience in our own backyard that shows off our exceptional amenities and brings together magical attractions and performances for families this holiday season,” said Cindy Mackin, director of Visit Loveland, the event organizer.
This holiday lighting event is free and open to the public. Canned food donations to support the Larimer County Food Bank or new toy donations to support Santa Cops of Larimer County will be accepted nightly. A complete listing of weekend event performances and all other information is available at winterwonderlightsloveland.com.
Directions to Winter Wonderlights: Take I-25 North, Exit 257, turn east on Hwy. 34, left on Centerra Parkway, left on Kendall Parkway, turn left into The Promenade Shops at Centerra. Chapungu Sculpture Park is located on the backside of Macy’s (east side). Public parking onsite.
Holiday shopping is right around the corner. Winter Wonderlights is within walking distance to northern Colorado’s shopping hub with more than 70 shops and restaurants located at The Promenade Shops at Centerra, the MetroLux Movie Theatre and the outdoor Ice Rink. Just minutes away, on the west side of I-25, additional holiday shopping can be found at The Marketplace at Centerra, the Outlets at Loveland and historic downtown Loveland.
Winter Wonderlights is sponsored by IHeartMedia, Kaiser Permanente, Centerra, Promenade Shops at Centerra, the City of Loveland and Lowe’s.
About Visit Loveland
Just 45 minutes north of Denver, Loveland is hailed as the gateway to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Loveland is the ideal base camp for all of your northern Colorado adventures. Whether you are looking for an authentic arts community, brewery/distillery tours, unique shopping districts, world-class recreation, or inspiring events, Loveland, Colorado has Everything you Love! To learn more, please visit visitlovelandco.org and follow their social channels at facebook.com/VisitLovelandCO and @visitlovelandco on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.