Holiday Safety Tips

  1.  Never leave burning candles unattended.
  2. Angel Hair is made from spun glass and can irritate eyes and skin.
  3. Put breakable ornaments toward the top of the tree and leave the bottom for the more durable ornaments.
  4. Make sure lighting is safe – no exposed or frayed wires – don’t be a Clark Griswald!
  5. Use a designated driver, Uber, Lift… if you’re out drinking during the holidays.  Make sure you (and others) are around to enjoy the season.
  6. Defrost meats properly and use a food thermometer to make sure meat is cooked to a safe temperature. Do not leave meat out on the counter.
  7. Park in well lit parking areas and be aware of your surroundings.
  8. Do not leave gifts visible through car windows – you’re just tempting fate.
  9. Be cautious with tinsel and other garland.  Make sure they are safe for pets, children, and the like.
  10. Hang stockings safely – away from open flames.
  11. Check the lights on your vehicle and make sure they are all in working order – no burnt out tail lights, blinkers, headlights, etc.  You want to be able to see and be seen.

Enjoy the holidays and the ones you love.


Holiday Challenges Workshop @ Pennock Center for Counseling

Pennock Center for Counseling
Holiday Challenges Workshop
Join us for a one hour workshop on Thursday, December 13, from 11 – noon at our office at 211 S. 21st Avenue in Brighton. The holidays can be a joyous time and they also can present challenges. Come learn about what to do if memories trigger difficult emotions or the expectations of the holidays are just too much. Some things you’ll learn include strategies for better coping and ways to handle emotions and stressors.
Pre-registration is requested by calling Jody at 303-655-9065, Ext. 16

Brighton Winter Festival and Lights Parade – December 8, 2018

December 8th, the Winter Festival will kick off at 10:00am in Historic Downtown Brighton followed by the 23rd Annual Festival of Lights Parade.  The parade will begin after the annual tree lighting ceremony and feature local organizations and businesses and families that come together to spread the holiday spirit.

Winter Festival schedule:

10 a.m. – Children’s Matinee at
AMC Theaters, Pavilions; free (*seating is limited), sponsored by AMC Brighton 12.
11 a.m. – Business Open House –
Historic Downtown; Multiple shops will open their doors with special sales, holiday activities and refreshments.
2 p.m. – Winter Festival – Historic City Hall, 22 S. Fourth Ave.
Activities include “Santa comes to Historic City Hall,” sponsored by First National Bank; face painting, sponsored by IBEW Local 111; hay rides, sponsored by Platte Valley Medical Center; petting zoo, sponsored by Power Home Remodeling; and the Teddy Bear and Friends Tree.
4:15 p.m. – 10th Annual Paw & Pal 1.5k Run/Walk – Longspeak Street and North Fourth Avenue. Let your dog get in on holiday fun. Prizes will be awarded to the first- and second place winners in each weight category. There is a $15 entry fee. Proceeds will benefit Platte River Track Club.
5 p.m. – United Power Tree Lighting Ceremony at Historic City
Hall, 22 S. Fourth Ave. Mayor Kreutzer and City Council members
will count down the United Power lighting of the three-story evergreen tree, illuminated by more than 6,000

The Festival of Lights Parade follows the tree lighting, traveling down North Main Street, then east on Bridge Street. The parade will include more than 75 fully-illuminated entries and floats that highlight the theme, “A Hometown Holiday Tradition.” To become an entry in the parade, visit to download the required forms and view deadlines. All activities are free and open to the public. The event will take place snow or shine. For more information, call 303-655-2218 or visit

The city acknowledged the important role of its event sponsors who help make this event possible: TREE LIGHTING SPONSOR, United Power; PLATINUM SPONSORS, AMC Brighton 12, Brighton Urban Renewal Authority, Downtown Partnership Committee, IBEW Local 111, Platte Valley Medical Center, and Brighton Fire Rescue District.



Richard Lambert Foundation Lights of Life Memorial Lighting Ceremony

Join the Richard Lambert Foundation this holiday season at our annual Lights of Life Memorial Lighting Ceremony – a gathering to honor and remember our loved ones. Lights on the tree represent memories of loved ones who are remembered at this time of year. The lighting ceremony will be held on Thursday, December 6th at 6:30pm which will include reading of names, musical performance and light refreshments.

$20 admission for adults (children receive a discount) includes seating, keepsake ornament, memorial candle and loved one listed in the ceremony’s commemorative program.***

Attendees are encouraged to bring a 3×5 picture of loved one to hang on the Memorial Tree. Pictures will be kept by the Richard Lambert Foundation to display on the tree each year, to always remember your loved one.

If you’re unable to attend the ceremony and would like your loved one to be honored, $10 will help us to light the tree in memory of the person you name to be honored. These names will also be included in our commemorative program.

***To ensure a keepsake ornament, memorial candle and loved one listed in the ceremony’s commemorative program, reserved admission and/or memorial lights must be purchased by Tuesday, December 4th

Lighting Ceremony will be held at the
Bella Sera Event Center – 45 Strong Street, Brighton, CO

Click HERE for more details.


Barr Lake State Park Winter Wonders Holiday Trail

Join Barr Lake for a short hike to celebrate the wonders of winter on the lighted bridge and Niedrach Trail. Fun activities will be indoors as well as outside, including our lighted trail, kids’ crafts, face painter and a VISIT FROM SANTA CLAUS! There will also be hot cocoa, cider, cookies and more! This event is free with your daily parks pass or annual Colorado Parks and Wildlife pass.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
6PM – 9PM
Barr lake State Park, 13401 Picadilly Road, Brighton, CO 80603

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