Camp Christmas now open for the season

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. (KDVR) – It might not feel like the holiday season yet, but an event in the metropolitan area hopes to get you in the Christmas spirit in a big way.

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts hosts Camp Christmas, an over-the-top outdoor Christmas extravaganza.

In 2019, the event took place indoors at the Stanley Marketplace, but this year, to accommodate COVID precautions, the event has moved outdoors to Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park.

Now the crews not only had to string thousands of lights around the park, they also had to decorate the historic buildings.

Camp Christmas Director Lonnie Hanzon explains the challenges involved.

‚ÄúSome of the challenges were just the sheer magnitude of it. It’s hundreds of thousands of lights and a lot of equipment to move. We kept all the interiors and the challenge was that these are all historic buildings. There is no innovation of any kind [for what we did]. We never touch the furniture. Nothing is attached to anything, so getting all the thousands and thousands of artifacts literally afloat was a challenge,” Hanzon said.

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

You can walk around outside, but if you choose to enter the buildings, you are required to wear a mask.

Hanzon said it would take at least an hour to go through everything. 85,000 to 100,000 people are expected.

You can go to denvercenter.org to buy tickets for a timed entry.

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