A balmy evening in downtown Longmont brought community members together for holiday festivities last night.
Festive lights illuminated a sea of smiling faces at the Sixth Avenue Plaza, sipping cocoa and munching cookies. While Longmonters awaited the tree lighting, local acapella group bFlatirons serenaded the crowd with lively arrangements of holiday songs.
Longmont resident Stacy Johnson was downtown with her toddler, who was excitable at his third tree-lighting.
“It’s nice to kind of get back to this new normal,” Johnson said.
Organized by the Longmont Downtown Development Authority, or LDDA, the holiday tree lighting served as a prelude to the weekend of support for local retail — Small Business Saturday and Artist Sunday — throughout the downtown district.
The LDDA has promoted Small Business Saturday and the holiday tree lighting for at least a decade now. Notably, COVID restrictions prevented a formal tree lighting and gathering downtown in 2020.
“It’s really nice to be able to do this in person and have everybody here to kick off the holiday season in Downtown Longmont,” said LDDA Event Coordinator Colin Argys. “I’m glad we got great weather for it as well.”