Castle Rock Starlighting

November 23, 2024 | Downtown Castle Rock | 2 – 6 pm

Step into a Norman Rockwell scene at Starlighting, an annual traditional community ceremony that includes lighting the star on top of Castle Rock followed by a fireworks display. Festivities include caroling, dancing, visiting with Santa Claus, kids activities, nonprofit booths, food vendors, hot chocolate, and the iconic chili supper at the Firehouse.


WHEN: Saturday, November 23, 2024 from 2:00 – 6:00 pm
WHERE: Historic Wilcox Square | Downtown Castle Rock & Festival Park

The ceremony begins at 5:00 pm on the main stage, with the lighting of The Star at approximately 5:30 pm, followed immediately by fireworks.

General Admission – FREE

Castle Rock Chamber events do not accept cash. Credit and debit cards only.

Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce created the beloved Starlighting event in 1962, which celebrates the holiday season featuring the lighting of the star on top of the Rock (the star was first lit in 1936).

The same spirit of volunteerism, generosity, and love of tradition exists today as Castle Rock businesses and residents prepare to kick off and celebrate the holiday season! For many, this is a sacred family tradition, not to be missed


  • All day (2:00 – 6:00 pm) Full Schedule – Coming Soon
    • The Castle Rock Professional Firefighters will host the 88th Annual Chili Supper at Castle Rock Fire Station 151. They will be serving beef chili, nachos, hot dogs, drinks, and desserts.
    • Biff Gore to provide live music entertainment (all day.)
    • Ongoing festivities throughout the day include strolling carolers, dance groups, and other live entertainment on every corner.
    • There’s a kids zone, hot chocolate, and games to entertain the kiddos
    • Enjoy adult beverages and plenty of food trucks!
    • Nonprofit and sponsor booths will line the streets offering holiday goodies and trinkets.
  • 2:00 – 4:15 pm – Ho Ho Ho! Santa Claus makes an appearance.
  • 5:00 pm – 2024 Starlighting Ceremony emcee 9news anchors Corey Rose, Gary Shapiro, & Denise Plante will begin the ceremony.
  • 5:30 pm – The fireworks display follows the lighting of the star.

Free Shuttle Rides: 1:30 – 8:00 pm

AdventHealth Castle Rock – Pick Up: Alexander Parking Lot-2350 Meadows Blvd, – Drops off at Fifth/Wilcox

DOUGLAS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL – Pick Up: South Bldg. (2842 Front Street) – Drops off at Fifth/Wilcox

At the end of the event, Shuttles are not location-specific and will make a loop to both Advent Health Castle Rock/DC High School drop-off locations.

2nd Shuttle Route Option:

DOUGLAS COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS – Pick Up: Lot 5 (500 Fairgrounds Drive) – Shuttle Drops off at the street between South Street & Phelps Streets – Eternal Rock Lutheran Church & Folkestad Fazekas Buildings.


Please Refer to Town of Castle Rock Downtown Parking Map for most accurate information.



View the Downtown Castle Rock Parking Map

Street Closures:
Perry Street – 5th to 2nd
N. Wilcox St – 5th to 3rd
4th St – Jerry to Perry
3rd St – Wilcox to Perry
2nd St – Wilcox to Perry

Starlighting Event Map – Coming Soon

2024 Booth Map – Coming Soon

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“Castle Rock” by Helen Lowrie Marshall

Part of our tradition is to read the “Castle Rock” poem written by resident Helen Lowrie Marshall in 1966:

Long years ago in Bethlehem

A star shone brilliant bright

Above the place where Christ was born

On that first Christmas night


And Wiseman, following its gleam

Came traveling from afar

To see the miracle that lay

Beneath that glorious Star


Tonight we light our Christmas star

In memory of that birth

Proclaiming to the world our wish

For PEACE, good will on Earth

A beacon light whose beams reach out

To lift the hearts of men,

That they may sense the wonder

Of his coming again


That travelers by earth and sky

Who journey through the night

May feel the warmth and peace and cheer

Reflected in its light


For now, as then, the star proclaims

A miracle sublime

The miracle of love reborn

Each blessed Christmastime

And, as the Star of Bethlehem

Declared the Savior’s birth

May this, the Star of Castle Rock,

Shine forth for PEACE on Earth

Sponsor Starlighting

Standing out in a crowd of competitors is no easy task, and it’s getting and more more difficult. Call or email us to learn about exciting sponsorship opportunities we can offer your business.

Volunteer at Starlighting

We appreciate our fun and helpful group of volunteers! Every year we need help with coordinating logistics, transportation, ticketing, vendor assistance, and much more. Have fun and meet new people at this iconic event.

Nonprofit Vendors

Register a non-profit to secure a booth for this festive community event. Full terms and conditions at the link below.

Food Truck Vendors

If you are a Food Truck vendor and want to participate at the Starlighting event, you can apply below.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors

Aloha Fund
Advent Health Castle Rock

Stage Sponsors

Aurora Medical Spa
Westerra Credit Union
Core logo

Transportation Sponsors

the meadows
hydrate IV Bar

Santa and Mrs. Claus Sponsor

Kid's Zone Sponsors

Air Academy Credit Union

Silver/Candle Sponsors

Mug Sponsors

Fidelis Wealth Advisors
folkestad fazekas

Bronze Sponsors

Hot Chocolate Sponsors

Gravinas Window Center of Littleton

Wreath Sponsors

Independent Financial
Dawson Trails
Way FM
Veterinary specialists of the rockies

Participating Sponsor

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