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9NEWS Parade of Lights to be multi-week celebration in 2020

Although the traditional two-night 9NEWS Parade of Lights will not be held this year, floats from the parade will be displayed throughout downtown Denver.

DENVER — Although the 2020 holiday season may look different this year, Downtown Denver Partnership (DDP) hopes to keep the magic alive in downtown Denver.

DDP announced its "Winter in the City" plans in a virtual news conference on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Winter in the City is described by DDP as "a collection of sights and experiences that put a new spin on old traditions; introduce new, socially-safe ways to celebrate the holiday season; and enliven downtown with magical things to do and see at every turn November through January."

DDP announced the traditional two-night 9NEWS Parade of Lights will not take place this December.

However, the public will be able to view eight floats from the 9NEWS Parade of Lights at locations throughout downtown Denver. The floats will be available for viewing for five weeks from Friday, Nov. 27 through Thursday, Dec. 31 at locations including Denver Pavilions and Denver Union Station.

Use the QR code below to download the FREE 9News Parade of Lights app to unlock a map of the festive floats you know and love, sprinkled throughout Downtown Denver. March to the beat of your own drum and plan your Parade route quickly and easily with the exclusive app. Available for iOS and Android. 

Credit: 9NEWS

"This will create a downtown-wide experience that will light our city up like never before," said DDP CEO Tami Door.

9NEWS Parade of Lights mascot Major Waddles will also be ready to celebrate the season at these downtown locations with hot cocoa and treats. DDP said Santa Claus will park his sleigh at Larimer Square this holiday season as well.

The 16th Street Mall, Denver Union Station, Larimer Square and the Dairy Block will be decorated with holiday lights throughout the 2020 season. Downtown Denver’s major landmarks will light up during a Grand Illumination ceremony on Friday, Nov. 27.

Some annual Mile High City holiday traditions have already been canceled this year due to the pandemic. Colorado Ballet's long-running "Nutcracker" and the Denver Center's "A Christmas Carol" have been shelved with an eye on returning in 2021.

However, the 20th annual Denver Christkindl Market will take place, but in a new location at downtown Denver's Civic Center Park. The market is planning a November opening.

You can learn more about Winter in the City at DowntownDenver.com.

Credit: Downtown Denver Partnership

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