AURORA | Aurora is slated to be a bit brighter this holiday season thanks to a new campaign from the city’s parks department.

The crew from Aurora Parks, Recreation and Open Space will be doling out free luminaria kits at nearly half a dozen local green spaces through the end of the week.

From 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. until Dec. 3, residents can snag a free candle kit to add the finishing touches to those scintillating holiday displays that have a habit of spiking electric bills in the final month of the calendar year.

City staffers will be handing out supplies at Del Mar Park on Monday, Springhill Park on Tuesday, Horseshoe Park on Wednesday, Pheasant Run park on Thursday and Golden Eagle Park on Friday.

The festivities will culminate at 5 p.m. Dec. 7, when Mayor Mike Coffman will formally ring in the season by switching on the bevy of holiday lights in front of the Aurora Municipal Center. Local police officers and firefighters will then provide a bespoke escort for Kris Kringle himself.

Reindeer, crafts and hot cocoa are also on tap for the gathering next Tuesday.

The tradition of luminaria, small “bonfires” lighting the path on Christmas Eve comes from Mexico, and has long been a part of life in southwestern states, and especially New Mexico.

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