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Holiday Headframe Lighting
Enjoy the 20th Annual Holiday Headframe Lighting: self-guided tours of 1890’s mine structures lighted for the holidays. Giant ornaments light up the night sky around Victor and Cripple Creek.
The Historic Mining Landscape takes on holiday decor!
The giant headframes that are the remains of 1890’s gold mining days will again light up the night sky around Victor and Cripple Creek for the 20th consecutive holiday season. These unique mining structures are one-of-a-kind remnants of the gold rush era.
Holiday ornaments, some as large as 20 feet tall, will be lit against the starry night skies of the Victor and Cripple Creek starting Friday, November 24.
A self-guided driving tour map will be available at area businesses, as well as the Cripple Creek Heritage Center and online. The lights will be best viewed after dark and will be in place Friday through Sunday nights through New Year’s Day, weather, safety, and volunteers permitting. This year the lights on several of the headframes have been refurbished. Do not miss the Silver Bells on the Strong Mine in Victor!
This holiday lighting tradition is 20 years old and is sponsored by Newmont Mining Corporation, on whose property most of the headframes are located. Volunteers from the communities staff the generators and line power connections each weekend. Other sponsors include an anonymous donor, Southern Teller County Focus Group, Cripple Creek Parks & Recreation, Two Mile High Mining LLC, City of Victor, and Cripple Creek District Museum. Support also comes from Black Hills Energy crews who help refurbish the lamps on the ornaments and donate power installations.
3rd & Victor Ave, Victor, CO 80860