The historic downtown area of Parker is a step back in time to a kinder gentler world during the holiday season with scenes like this that remind you of Little House on the Prairie, Mayberry, Stars Hollow and Walton’s Mountain. We are OK with that.
Holiday Events for friends and family in Douglas County
There are so many things to do this holiday season in the area, it’s hard to keep track. Hopefully, this list of “things to do” for this weekend will help you to create your new simpler Christmas holiday traditions. This year many residents are working to reduce the “getting” and increase the giving, not of things necessarily, but your time, attention, and care to those in your life that really matter the most. Let’s step back to smell the holly instead of rushing from store to store buying things instead of memories.
2021 Holiday Events from the Town of Parker
North Pole Pass
The Town of Parker’s unique and exclusive North Pole Pass will create a day of holiday memories for kids ages 3 to 10 on Saturday, Nov. 27 or Sunday, Nov. 28.
A pre-purchased pass will include a pony ride, a visit to a petting zoo, a chance to learn secrets of the North Pole from one of Santa’s elves while playing reindeer games, milk and cookie refreshments, and, most importantly, time with the big guy himself! Kids will not only be able to share their Christmas wish list with Santa and Mrs. Claus, but they will hear a story read by Jolly Ol’ St. Nick. Parents—there will be time for informal pictures, so make sure to bring your cameras/phones!
Passes will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Oct. 11 for $25 per child. Children under 3 are free with the purchase of an older siblings’ pass. There are height and weight restrictions for the pony rides.
Swim with Santa
Here comes Santa Claus, here come Santa Claus, right down…the waterslide! It’s a Santa-sized pool party with holiday music, festive giveaways and plenty of splashin’ photo ops with jolly old St. Nick in the Activity Pool.
Date: Dec. 18, 2021
Time: 50-minute sessions begin at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Location: Parker Recreation Center, 17301 E. Lincoln Dr.
Ages: 15 years and younger
Cost: $20 per Parker resident, $22 per non-resident*; registration opens Oct. 1
*Walk-up registrations will be taken on a space-available basis and will cost an additional $5 per participant.
All participants will get the opportunity to not only swim with Santa, but to take a unique photo with Santa in or around the pool! Giveaways will be available to take home. Children of all swimming abilities are welcome. Each child 5 and under and non-swimmers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the water.
Below you will find a few things that are quite inexpensive and that you can enjoy with your loved ones that have happened in the past and may be happening in 2021. We will update the links when we have more information.
- Turkey Day 5K Fun Run / Walk
- Castle Rock Starlighting
- Mayor’s Tree Lighting at O’Brien Park
- Winter Greeting Card Workshop
Parker’s Christmas Carriage Parade
- Community Messiah Performances (you can join the 100 voice choir)
- The Annual Nutcracker of Parker (Click to purchase tickets)
- Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Church Services (will update when information is available) Please check the church websites listed.