The Castle Rock “Lighting of the Star” has been a community event shared by residents dating back to 1936. The same spirit of volunteerism, generosity and love of tradition exists today as Castle Rock businesses and residents prepare to celebrate Starlighting downtown on Saturday, November 18, 2023. The FREE event features caroling, dancing, Santa Claus, hot chocolate, Kids Zone and more — all along Wilcox Square.
Ongoing festivities around the square and at Festival Park are from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The actual Star lighting ceremony will begin at 5 p.m., with the star lit about 5:30 p.m., followed immediately by fireworks.
Santa Claus will be available for visits from 2 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Performing on the Main Stage prior to the ceremony will be Biff Gore “The Ambassador of Soul”.
The Castle Rock Professional Firefighters will host their Annual Chili Supper from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the fire station (300 Perry St.). They will be serving beef-chili, Nachos, hot dogs, drinks and dessert.
FREE Shuttle Rides are available from 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. from the following locations:
CASTLE ROCK ADVENTIST HOSPITAL
Alexander Parking Lot (2350 Meadows Blvd.)
DOUGLAS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
South Bldg. (2842 Front Street)
DOUGLAS COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
Lot 5 (500 Fairgrounds Drive)
Additional parking available at parking garages in downtown Castle Rock.