Braving 5-degree weather and a skiff of snow on the ground, dozens of Boulder residents of all ages huddled in a darkened Veterans Park, adjacent to City Hall, just before 6 p.m. They waited almost silently, hushed in frozen air. At the top of the hour, Mayor Rusty Giulio—bedecked in a top hat, vest and tailcoat—presided over the lighting of Boulder's 2021 Christmas light display. As a spectrum of lights filled the park, the youngest in attendance bolted through the snow to take in the sights, parents close behind. 

Inside City Hall, the real Santa Claus visited with Boulder's children, and the mayor, to take requests for presents this Christmas. With a beard that drew comparisons to that of City Councilman Bear Taylor, Santa held court in City Hall until every child, and a few adults, shared their Christmas wishes with him. He then walked out into the cold of night, off to another town before he makes his rounds delivering presents on Dec. 25. 

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