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Posted on: December 2, 2021

Santa's Arrival Scheduled to Impact Traffic Dec. 4

Santa standing in front of a town vehicle

Santa’s arrival to Windsor Wonderland will result in traffic impacts near boardwalk park on December 4. The Town of Windsor will close 5th Street between Main Street and Boardwalk Park. Ash Street will be closed to traffic between 5th Street and 6th Street. These closures will be in place on Saturday, December 4 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Free parking, for a limited number of vehicles, is available on a first come basis in the dirt lot on Ash Street near the Art and Heritage Center, as well as the paved Boardwalk Park parking lot and the gravel backlots parking area.


 “As we prepare for one of Windsor’s largest winter events, streets will close to help make this a safe environment for everyone attending the festivity,” said Lexie Spykstra, events coordinator for the Windsor Parks, Recreation and Culture Department. “The patience and understanding of our residents, businesses and those attending the event during the street closure is greatly appreciated.”
 
Event Participants can park in the Boardwalk Park Parking Lot and the gravel lot to the South. Weather permitting, bike trails connecting throughout the town are also available for those interested in avoiding traffic. A map of the festivities, traffic closure and more is available online. To download a copy, visit www.recreationliveshere.com/windsorwonderland.

Windsor Wonderland is a tradition in Windsor bringing together the community to celebrate and share gratitude by giving to local families in need. The Community Recreation Center is partnering with the Windsor Food Pantry and accepting donations of packaged, non-perishable food items to help families in need during the holiday. The donations can be dropped off at 250 N. 11th Street through noon on Friday, December 3.
 
For each donated item, the name of the donor will be entered into a drawing to receive a VIP Experience at Windsor Wonderland, which includes cookies and one-on-one cocoa with Santa and a private tour of the train, courtesy of Great Western Railway. In addition, the winning family will either receive a credit on their electricity bill (if a Poudre Valley REA member) or a restaurant gift card from our sponsor Poudre Valley REA. On December 3 at noon, one family will be drawn as the winner and will be contacted via telephone. The winner must be available to attend the Windsor Wonderland event to claim their prize. If the winner is not available, a second drawing will occur.
 
In addition, on day of the event, a toy drive will be set up on behalf of the Weld Elves. Attendees are encouraged to donate a gift — new, unwrapped, and or in its original package —for children ages 2 to 17 years of age.
 
“This is more than a traditional festival,” said Lexie Spykstra, events coordinator for the Windsor Parks, Recreation and Culture Department. “This event allows our community to come together, enjoy an annual holiday tradition while also giving them the opportunity to pay-it-forward to families in need through our partnerships with the Windsor Food Pantry and Weld Elves.”

Windsor Wonderland is sponsored in part by Great Western Railway Co., Heidi Washburn- State Farm Insurance, ReMax Alliance, Associates in Family Medicine, Bank of Colorado, Poudre Valley REA, iHeart Radio and many more.

Here is what to expect. At sunset, the community is invited to gather in front of the historic Boardwalk Park Museum’s Train Depot to enjoy caroling and a tree lighting ceremony.

 The schedule of events includes:

 11:00- 3:30 p.m. – Realities for Children Donations & Mirrored Photo Fun Booth at Windsor Lake Coffee

 Noon — Santa’s arrival by Great Western Railway train at Boardwalk Park

 Noon – 5 p.m.

  • Horse & Carriage Rides
  • S'mores & Hot Chocolate
  • Windsor Severance Fire Museum Fire Truck Rides
  • Windsor History Museums Open!
  • Yard Games & Activities
    • Snowball Mayhem Arena
    • Clearview Library Bookmobile
    • Inflatables
    • RecMobile 
    • Kids Crafts

Noon -4:30 p.m.
Face Painting & Balloon Art

12:30 - 4 p.m.
Photos with Santa in the Art & Heritage Center (MUST BE IN LINE BY 3:30 p.m.)

4:45- 5 p.m.
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Proclamation by Town of Windsor Mayor Paul Rennemeyer!

For more information, visit www.recreationliveshere.com/WindsorWonderland.




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