Christmas camp now open for the season

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (KDVR) – It might not look like the holiday season yet, but a metro area event is hoping to get you into the Christmas spirit in a meaningful way.

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is hosting Camp Christmas, an outdoor Christmas extravaganza.

In 2019, the event took place inside the Stanley Marketplace, but this year, in order to accommodate COVID precautions, the event moved outside of Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park.

Now teams not only had to turn on thousands of lights all around the park, but they also had to decorate historic buildings.

The director of the Christmas camp, Lonnie Hanzon, explains the challenges that come with it.

“Some of the challenges have been just the massive size of it. That’s hundreds of thousands of lights and a lot of equipment to move. We kept all the interiors, and the challenge was that they were all historic buildings. There is no innovation of any kind [for what we did]. We never touch any of the furniture. Nothing is attached to anything, so it was a challenge to literally float all the thousands and thousands of artifacts, ”Hanzon said.

The event began on November 18 and will run through January 2 at Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park.

You can walk outside, but if you choose to go inside buildings, wearing a mask is mandatory.

Hanzon said it should take at least an hour to figure everything out. Crowds are expected to be between 85,000 and 100,000 people.

You can go to to purchase tickets for a timed entry.

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