Colorado Youth Outdoors brought back their Winter Wonderland light show for the second year in a row.

The event began in 2020 in response to concerns about COVID-19, as a safe and remote vacation activity. It takes families a mile of lively Christmas lights and scenes, a trip that takes about 15 minutes and spans roughly 100 acres of nonprofit property south of Fort Collins, according to the founder and CEO of CYO, Bob Hewson.

The event will run from Wednesday to Saturday until Christmas Day and will run throughout Christmas week. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit CYO’s mission of building relationships through traditional outdoor recreation such as fishing and archery. Tickets remain on sale on the event site website.

The show saw between 100 and 150 people per night, according to CYO’s development coordinator Casey Holder. She said she expects a peak on Christmas week.

The show has grown since last year, according to Hewson, and now includes entertainment such as Ms. Claus grabbing a fish, occasionally hanging up an elf hat and throwing it into the pond.

The project is expected to expand further next year, according to Holder. They plan to introduce a Santa Claus workshop next year and hope to allow people to chop down their own Christmas trees to bring them home, she said.

“With COVID, a lot of our fundraisers that were in person were shut down, so we got this idea of ​​Winter Wonderland that had sort of been in the works for a while, but it was a chance to do it. Holder said. “So last year we kind of put all of our eggs in one basket, and the community just loved it.”

Winter wonders

Hours: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and all Christmas week

Price: $ 20 per vehicle

Address: 4927 County Road 36, Fort Collins

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