What: Santa will be there to count down to the grand illumination of the Boulder County Courthouse, the Pearl Street Mall and the star on Flagstaff Mountain. There's also a holiday performance by the Boulder Chorale.
When: 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: 1300 block of Pearl Street
Mary Sue and Chuck Rogers, who have lived in Boulder for 20 years, have a tradition every Christmas Eve to drive up Flagstaff Mountain and see the glowing holiday star up close.
Their family hikes up the steep hill where the lights are set up, touches every point of the Flagstaff Star and then slides down the snow to have hot cocoa and cookies on the ridge overlooking Boulder.
"It's just great being right at the top of the star and looking down on the city," said Thomas Rogers, their youngest son.
On Saturday, the family was on the mountain helping make sure the Flagstaff Star is ready for Boulder's "Switch on the Holidays" event at 5 p.m. Sunday , when the star is lit.
Craig Reynolds, owner of Lord & Reynolds Electrical Services, maintains the star and asked for volunteers to help him Saturday.
The small group raised the wires, replaced a couple of light bulbs and lit the entire star to inspect it.
When the star was born in 1947, the Public Service Co. of Colorado was responsible for maintenance. Reynolds took over in 1998.
"It was in such bad repair, Public Service said they couldn't take care of it; they had to hire an electrician," Reynolds said.
In its early years, the lights were hung on short posts a few feet high and the design was easily changeable. The shapes have included an Easter cross in 1949 and a peace sign in 1969.
Reynolds replaced the short posts with steel poles about 10-feet tall and added wires to keep everything secure.
In late September, Reynolds had to repair damage caused by vandalism. He found several light bulbs and cables ripped from the frame, and several cables were cut. There have been other incidences of vandalism over the years, but the lights have always been ready for the holidays.