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Calhan Country Christmas

It’s a Calhan Country Christmas! 

The 2nd annual Calhan Country Christmas lights up the El Paso County Fair & Events Center in Calhan, Colorado! Come enjoy the magic of the season.

Gates open at 5 p.m. There is no admission charge, but guests are encouraged to bring one non-perishable food donation per person to support the Eastern Plains Community Pantry.

There is also a Holiday Light Display Competition! (See Complete rules below).

Calhan Country Christmas is a community event and hosted by the El Paso County Fair & Events, Calhan Christmas Parade of Lights and the Town of Calhan with events and entertainment for the entire family.


  • 5 p.m.: Gates Open

  • 5 p.m.: Reindeer visits courtesy of Anderson Precast and NAPA of Calhan

  • 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Photo opportunity with Santa

  • 5 p.m.: Vendors open

  • 5 p.m.: Apache Creek Fiddlers

  • 5 p.m.: Live Nativity

  • 5 p.m.: Colorado Springs Astronomical Society  telescopes (weather permitting)

  • 6 p.m.: Strolling Carolers

  • 7 p.m.: Parade of Lights (begins and ends at the Fairgrounds)

  • 8 p.m.Photo opportunity with Santa

  • 8 p.m.: Live music featuring Solid Ground

  • 8 p.m.: Bull Riding (Separate ticket purchase is required and seating is limited)


 Holiday Light Display Competition~ Sponsored by Mountain View Electric Association

 2019 Calhan Country Christmas Holiday Light Display Competition

We’re turning the El Paso County Fair & Events Center into a magical wonderland. Bringing the joy of the holiday season to life with fabulous light displays that bring people from near and far!

Rules & Information

  • 1.   Participation is open to all.

  • 2.   Entry is free.

  • 3.   Contest is for exterior decorations only. No live animals may be used. No fires.

  • 4.   Displays may be constructed from materials such as wire, wood, metal, plastic, cardboard, etc.

  • 5.   Electricity is provided by the El Paso County Fair & Events Center- 20amp maximum.

  • 6.   20’x50’ Space provided by El Paso County Fair & Events Center upon reservation.

  • 7.   Entrants must provide their own equipment, tools, and UL approved extension cords.

  • 8.   Displays will be assigned an entry number.

  • 9.   Participants agree to have one or more photos and or videos of their display posted on the El Paso
    County Fair & Events Center website and Facebook page and that there will be no compensation of
    any kind for said posting or publication.

  • 10. The El Paso County Fair & Events Center staff will not assist with construction or installation.

  • 11. Entries must be completed and ready for judging by Friday, December 14th by 4:00p.m.

  • 12. Participants should ensure that all lights, animations and decorations are in place and activated
    prior to the judging period and remain on until 10:30p.m.

  • 13. Judging will take place at the El Paso County Fair & Events Center at 5:30p.m. on December 14th

  • 14. Entries will be judged on attractiveness, creativity, holiday spirit, and overall showmanship.

  • 15. The decisions of the judging committee are final.  Judges are not able to participate.

  • 16. First, Second and Third Places will be awarded in each division.

  • 17. Divisions:

    • Best Business Display

    • Best Youth Group Display

    • Best Family Display

    • Best Open Display ( Open to all individuals/groups)



  • 18. The top three overall division champion displays will be judged for an Overall Best Display and
    will be awarded prizes for 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place.

  • 19. Winners will be announced at 8:00p.m. in the Whittemore Building and need not be present.

  • 20. Displays may be removed from the El Paso County Fair & Events Center beginning Monday,
    December 17- Thursday, thru December 20, 2018   8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

  • 21. All displays must be removed from the El Paso County Fair & Events Center no later than
    December 28, 2018.

  • 22. Be creative, be festive and have fun!

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  • 366 10th Street
  • Calhan, CO
  • Location: El Paso County Fairgrounds
  • Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Admission: There is no admission charge, but guests are encouraged to bring one non-perishable food donation per person to support the Eastern Plains Community Pantry. Bull Riding event: Adults: $12 Ages 6-12: $7 Children Under 5 are Free
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