There is simply no better way to get into the holiday spirit than a visit to Colony Christmas, which is this weekend in downtown Palmer. The entire community comes together to make it one of the most memorable weekends on the calendar. This year, due to Covid-19, the event will look a little different but promises to be merrier than ever!

From a parade of lights and fireworks to outdoor events and Santa Claus, Colony Christmas is a family-friendly holiday celebration that has something for everyone. A majority of the events take place within walking distance of downtown. Even Scrooge would have a hard time not being festive in Palmer this weekend with all the holiday cheer. You'll find festive lights, decorated trees and even Santa Claus himself. Around every corner in Palmer, there's a holiday event taking place this weekend.

New this year is an outdoor skating rink at the Palmer Pioneer Home, along with disc golf; new kids games at the Palmer Pavilion; a Palmer wishing well at the museum; a Santa photo-op outside the Palmer Depot; and a cornhole tournament. Unfortunately, indoor events such as the annual craft fairs have been cancelled this year. All day Saturday there will also be a food truck rally around town.

The event begins Friday and continues through Sunday, with most of the events taking place throughout town on Saturday.

The biggest event, however, starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, as the Parade of Lights makes its way through town, with floats appropriately decorated with holiday lights. Right at 5 p.m., the lighting of the Palmer Water Tower takes place as well. Grab a hot cocoa or a coffee and get there early to get a great seat - but don't leave when the last float passes, because 15 minutes after the end of the parade, an amazing fireworks display lights up the sky. This year, the parade route was expanded to give people the opportunities to socially distance while still enjoying the festivities.

Events continue on Sunday. For a complete schedule of events, visit the Greater Palmer Chamber of Commerce's web site HERE.

Make sure you come on down to Palmer this weekend. Check out some of the fun from the past: