Over 70 Years of Tradition

2023 marks the 76th 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.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor:

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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 2023 Star Card design was created by local artist Daria Chechushkova. Daria was born and grew up in the City of Vladimir, Russia, where she learned to appreciate picturesque medieval architecture. Along with a master's degree in ancient history, she developed her passion for painting by creating local postcards and tourist guides. In 2022, she came to the U.S. as an act of her disapproval of Russian imperialism and in an attempt to find her place in the free world. Follow her on Instagram @chechu_illustrator. A portion of the Star Card proceeds will go towards the ongoing care of the Boulder Star. 

This year's Star Card retailers include*:

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


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

**Please note: The 2023 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. 

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

NOW CLOSED: 2023 Call for Artists

The Boulder Chamber seeks to commission a professional local artist, illustrator and/or designer in association with Boulder County Arts Alliance, to create an original image that it can license for the 2023 Boulder Star Holiday Card, a wine label, and possibly other items. Sale of items that carry the original image support the Boulder Chamber’s stewardship of the beloved Boulder Star.

The selected artist will receive $1,000 under the terms of a license agreement to create an image of the Boulder Star that is reflective of Boulder. Fresh interpretations of iconic Boulder imagery are welcomed. To learn more, visit here.

Save The Date

2023 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! Learn More here. 


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.

Star Wine

Bookcliff Vineyards will bottle a special blend that features the 2023 Boulder Star artwork. A portion of the Star Wine proceeds will go towards the ongoing care of the Boulder Star.

Stay tuned for more information about the 2023 bottle.

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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: https://bit.ly/3bE67W0

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