Tree Lighting Ceremony

Date: Dec 6 2018, 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

William Reed Special Events Center - 6550 Specker Ave Fort Carson, Colorado 80913 United States Google Map

All information is subject to change. 

Kick off the holiday season at Fort Carson’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony - a free event for the community to enjoy.

  • Goodie bags available for the first 500 children to enter the event 
  • Free cookies, hot cocoa, and hot cider available while supplies last


  • 5 p.m.: Doors open (not a moment sooner)
  • 5:30 p.m.:Tree Lighting Ceremony begins 
  • Activities commence after completion of Tree Lighting Ceremony

"Snow Much Gear" Ski and Snowboard Gear Sale

  • Stay tuned for more info

Free Activities

  • Caricature artists
  • Airbrush tattoos
  • Face painting
  • Bounce houses
  • Ornament making

Featured Entertainment

  • Emcee: Scrooge
  • DJ Princess
  • 4ID Band Carolers
  • Polar Bear mascot

Free Santa Photos: Rules and Limitations

We want to ensure that everyone in line gets their photos taken in a timely manner! Here the rules and limitations for free Santa Photos:

  • Limit 3 takes per family
  • Optional: Hand your phone to the designated staff member to get 3 smartphone shots. 

After your session, you'll see a sign with details on how to get your professional photos saying:

  • STEP 1:  Subscribe via email by texting ‘CARSONMWR’ to 22828, and replying with your email address or follow us on social media and check back on our website for an announcement about the survey to complete for your photos.
  • STEP 2: We’ll post the link to the survey on our website, on all our social media accounts and via e-mail list within 10 business days.
  • STEP 3: Once the survey link is announced and distributed, everyone has 30 days to complete the survey to gain access to the photo gallery.
  • STEP 4: Find and download your photos. 
  • STEP 5: Print/share with family and friends to enjoy!