The Lighting of the Boulder Star: November 11, 2021

Boulder Star

Over 70 Years of Tradition

2021 marks the 74th anniversary of the Boulder Star on Flagstaff Mountain. The beloved Boulder Star on Flagstaff Mountain was first lit in December 1947 and has made its holiday appearance every year since.

The Boulder Chamber is proud of its role as the steward of this community asset and thankful for the support it receives, through sales of the Boulder Star Card, Star Wine, and the generosity of other partners, to keep the Boulder Star shining bright.


2021 Boulder Star Lighting Ceremony

The Boulder Chamber is kicking off the holiday season with a virtual community lighting of the Boulder Star on Flagstaff Mountain on November 11th. Tune in to our YouTube channel to commemorate this annual Boulder tradition, while honoring veterans on Veterans Day!

Please note: No hiking or gathering permitted in the area around the Boulder Star, for the protection of the environment and to follow public health recommendations.

Help Support the Boulder Star

Celebrate our local history and tradition while bringing a smile to the faces of everyone on your holiday mailing list!

The 2021 Star Card design was created by local artist Will Betke-Brunswick. A portion of the Star Card proceeds will go towards the ongoing care of the Boulder Star.

This year's Star Card retailers include*:

  • Lucky's North - 3960 Broadway #104, Boulder
  • McGuckin Hardware - 2525 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder
  • Art Source International - 1237 Pearl St, Boulder
  • Chautauqua General Store - 100 Clematis Dr, Boulder
  • Leanin' Tree Gift Shop - 6055 Longbow Dr, Boulder

*Please note: Some retailers may be sold out or low on inventory.

**Please note: The 2021 edition of the Boulder Star Holiday Card, sold in a box of 10 cards. Available for in-person pick up at the Boulder Chamber on Tuesdays and Thursdays. CANNOT BE SHIPPED. You will be refunded if you purchase expecting them to be shipped. Order here.

Special thanks to the Boulder County Arts Alliance for supporting the Call for Artists and selection of the Boulder Star Card Artist.


Star Wine

Bookcliff Vineyards has bottled a special blend that features the 2021 Boulder Star artwork. A portion of the Star Wine proceeds will go towards the ongoing care of the Boulder Star.


The Star Wine will be available at the following vendors*:

  • Bookcliff Vineyards Tasting Room – North Boulder
  • B-Town Wine and Spirits
  • Boulder Wine and Spirits
  • Harvest Wine and Spirits
  • Hazel's Beverage World
  • PettyJohn's Liquor and Wine
  • Superior Liquor

*Please note: Some retailers may be sold out or low on inventory.

Important Reminder

The City of Boulder and the Boulder Chamber reminds everyone to view the Boulder Star from afar as it remains closed. No designated trail currently leads to the Boulder Star, which sees large gatherings during the winter.

The star is located on steep terrain that has sustained significant plant and erosion damage because of increasing visitation over the years, leading to numerous wildlife habitat disturbances. City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) invites community members to see the star from open space locations across the area.

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