Season of the Star

Celebrate the warmth of our community at the Town's Season of the Star event series. Join your friends, family and neighbors as the Town, the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Alliance help the community get into the spirit of the season. 

The Season of the Star events will be held Downtown and at Festival Park each Saturday starting with Starlighting on Nov. 19 and closing with the Castle Rockin' New Year's Eve on Dec. 31.

Free events!

Admission to all Season of the Star events is free. No tickets nor RSVP is necessary, so join us!

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Castle Rock Winter Express Dec. 16 - NEW DATE

If you were planning to take a ride on the Castle Rock Winter Express this Saturday, we want you to know your ticket has changed. 

Forecasters predict temperatures will be in the single digits on Saturday, and up to 5 inches of snow is expected – too chilly for even us Colorado folks to be outdoors at an event. But we’re not giving up on the fun. 

Instead, the activities planned as part of Winter Express will join the Town’s Reindeer Games event from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, at the Millhouse and Amphitheater at PSM Park, 1375 W. Plum Creek Parkway.

Here’s the details:

  • Events are being combined but remain free!
  • The train station will be at the Millhouse. The train will take passengers on a 1-mile ride along paved trails in PSM Park. The trails will be decorated as a winter wonderland. 
  • Reindeer Games activities include Santa, live reindeer, cookies, s’mores, hot chocolate, crafts, hay rides around the park, outdoor games, and a winter-themed obstacle course. 
  • Families can still dress up as elves for selfies. However, carriage rides will not be part of this event. 
  • World Compass Academy’s advance student choir will be caroling from 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Please dress warmly and bring your holiday spirit. This is expected to be a popular event! 
  • Parking is available at the park. 
  • Winter break for most schools starts Dec. 16, so join us and start your winter break in the holiday spirit. 

We need your help! 

The Town is currently seeking volunteersvendors, sponsors and performers who want to be involved. Contact the Special Events Division by email for more information.

Ongoing activities

All are free. No tickets to buy, nor RSVPs to send. Please join us! 

Please note: while all events are free, charges may apply for merchandise, food and beverages.

The Elf House Experience

Downtown Castle Rock will host an exhibit featuring "Selfies with Santa," and "The Elves Dressing Room." Bring the family and a camera. Take a selfie with Santa, or dress up like an Elf. Have a letter for Santa? Bring it to our mailbox. Spectacular holiday lights Downtown will only add to the cheer and photo opportunities. 

Kris Kringle Market

We know your gift giving list is long. The Kris Kringle Market will feature fresh wreaths, jewelry, home décor and more from local Castle Rock artists and vendors!

North Pole Welcome Center

There's a lot going on during our Season of the Star, and we know you might have questions. Visit our information booth at Festival Park each Saturday through Jan. 2. Also, pick up your passport for our 12 Stops of Christmas event. 

Dates for ongoing activities:

  • Nov. 26 2-5 p.m.
  • Dec. 3 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Dec 10 2-5 p.m. 
  • Dec. 17 2-5 p.m. 
All ongoing activities are held at Festival Park.

Community events

12 Stops of Christmas

Nov. 26, 2-5 p.m. Festival Park

Castle Rock is a generous community, so we know your giving list is long. Take care of everyone with the 12 Stops of Christmas. Visit each participating business on the shopping passport’s route between Nov. 26 and Dec. 31 to gather stamps and enter to win a prize package. Pick up your passport from the North Pole Welcome Center in Festival Park on Nov. 26 from 2-5 p.m. A minimum $5 purchase from each participating Downtown business or restaurant gets you a stamp on your passport. Collect all 12 stamps and turn the passport back into the welcome center to be entered to win a grand prize package worth more than $300. 


Dec. 3, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Festival Park
Kick off the new year at WinterFest - a celebration of the winter season. Activities include:
Please note: registration fees will apply to the Cold War Classic Cyclocross Race and the WinterFest 5K.

Storytellers and S'mores

Dec. 10, 2-5 p.m., Festival Park
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season with an afternoon around a campfire listening to stories and making S'mores. Bring a lawn chair, or blanket, and make sure to dress for the weather. This event also includes vendors, food, and carriage rides.

Christmas Eve Candlelight services

Dec. 24, 4-5 p.m., Festival Park
Join us in Festival Park as several churches play host to a series of candlelight services on Christmas Eve.

Castle Rockin' New Year's Eve

Dec. 31, 5-8 p.m., Festival Park
Come out and celebrate the new year with us! Festival Park will be transformed with a spectacular light and sound show. Spend the day in Downtown Castle Rock. Then, beginning at 5 p.m., every hour on the hour, until 8 p.m. we will feature a dazzling multimedia show for all to enjoy.