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CSU helps brighten downtown Fort Collins

December 6, 2013

The spectacular lights illuminating downtown Fort Collins are making the holiday season bright. And residents can thank CSU for helping to spread the cheer.

Tens of thousands of LED lights illuminate downtown Fort Collins.CSU’s Division of External Relations, for the second consecutive year, is an official sponsor of the downtown lights. Kaiser Permanente and Blue Ocean Enterprises, Inc., are presenting sponsors, while CSU, Eye Center of Northern Colorado, Cosner Financial Group, Woodward and First National Bank are official sponsors. The Coloradoan is media partner.

“This is exactly the type of partnership we believe in and want to be a part of,” said Tom Milligan, vice president of CSU’s Division of External Relations. “We all live here, and we love seeing the downtown holiday lights, too. This is a perfect opportunity for us to show our commitment to making Fort Collins a better place.”

Tens of thousands of LED lights wrap tree trunks and hang in the canopies of the trees in downtown along College Avenue. The lighted trees stretch from Magnolia Street to Laporte Avenue, with Mountain Avenue, Linden Street, Old Town Square, Oak Street Plaza and Pine Street also illuminated.

Lights shine brighter

If the lights seem a bit brighter than in past years, they are. Mike Short, executive director of the DBA, said the lights are upgraded every three years, and new technology has increased the brightness. The lights are illuminated from Nov. 1 to Feb. 15.

“The downtown holiday lights add a real sparkle to our already magical downtown, and they help create an environment that is perfect to shop, dine and play throughout the holiday season,” Short said. “Of the more than 100 event days that the DBA is involved in producing in downtown, the holiday lights are rivaled only by Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest in popularity.

“The downtown holiday lights are a true public/private collaboration between the City of Fort Collins, the Downtown Development Authority, the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association and our very generous holiday lights sponsors.”

CSU partnering with city

In addition to sponsoring the holiday lights, CSU helps support numerous other city events, including Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest, the Colorado Brewers Festival and First Night Fort Collins.

“CSU'S commitment to our community is reflected in so many ways and none speak louder in my opinion than their ongoing commitments to downtown Fort Collins,” Short said. “CSU has been a holiday lights sponsor since the lights began being sponsored, they are an annual downtown sponsor and participate in many of our events and promotions, 99% of which are free to attend because of the generous support by them and other sponsors. We are very, very fortunate to have CSU as our partners in promoting downtown.”