If the air seems a little sweeter these days it’s not the elevation getting to you, it’s almost Valentine’s Day in the Sweetheart City!

There is no better place in the world to be for Valentine’s Day than in Loveland, Colorado which is affectionately named the Sweetheart City. Loveland exudes sweetness every day of the year, however on Valentine’s Day, the love shines a bit brighter.

Here at Centerra, we are making sure to do our part, with our partners, to live up to the reputation as the “love capital” of the world. Here, Valentine’s Day is more than just a day to exchange cards and chocolates, it is a local feeling that can be seen in the streets where romantic heart-shaped love notes dot the light poles across town and red, pink, and white outdoor lights glow against the ponds and African stone sculptures in Chapungu Sculpture Park. In the land of love, even the beer and wine tastes sweeter on Valentine’s Day and yes, there are cards, but cards from Loveland are done a little differently than the rest of the world and we're excited to help celebrate and honor the 75th Anniversary.

Now, we know kissing is a little harder with masks on and cuddling might be more difficult when social-distancing measures in place, but we will continue to reimagine the holidays with our partners to ensure that it is as special as ever for those looking to experience and build memories in the Sweetheart City during the most romantic time of the year. Share your photos and be sure to tag us (#Centerra) so we can continue to express our love and appreciation to everyone who visits or attends one of the many festivities taking place this month.
What's Happening
Valentine Sweetheart Lights
Loveland is illuminated for a reason as we help celebrate 75 years of Valentine tradition and you don't want to miss the latest sweetheart-themed community activation that popped up at Chapungu Sculpture Park. Enjoy festive Valentine lighting displays, plenty of photo opportunities, alongside romantic background music, as you meander around the Great Lawn and through the heart arches within the Centerra sculpture park. Join us nightly from Feb. 1 through Feb. 14 from 5-9 p.m. at Chapungu. Free and open to the public.
Valentine's Day Group Wedding
To honor love, My Big Day hosts an annual wedding on Feb. 14 where couples can say "I DO" or renew their vows in a special custom group ceremony with all the romantic touches. Careful accommodations are in place this year to social distance guests and limit capacity for everyone's safety. The 4 p.m. ceremony is Sold Out but limited tickets are still available for the 5 p.m. sunset ceremony.
Quest to Find Dan Cupid
Join the Loveland Cupid Quest from Feb. 1- 15 to find him for Valentine’s Day so he can shoot his arrow of love to those across the world from the nation’s Sweetheart City. Start at the LOVE Lock sculpture in Centerra and unlock clues celebrating the city’s 75 year valentine history on your quest for cupid. The hunt is free and open to everyone. Hint: Centerra has multiple participating locations - follow the clues and click here for all the fun details.
The Ice Rink Season Continues
Grab your sweetheart and head to The Ice Rink at The Promenade Shops at Centerra to enjoy the extended winter skate season through February 14th.

Advance reservations are highly recommended. Click here, for more information and reserve your skate tickets online. The Ice Rink also offers an outdoor fire pit for guests to warm up at before or after your skating experience. Masks required.

February's Native Plant Spotlight: Western Virginia's Bower,
HPEC Education Events

Our friends at HPEC offer online and in person education events, activities, and workshops tailored for all ages, year round.

Monthly Bird Banding:
Next session is this Saturday, February 6th from 9-10 a.m. Join Scott Rashid with Colorado Avian Research & Rehabilitation Institute, outdoors to learn and witness why bird banding is so important - register here.
Community Spotlight: Operation Love
Sharing our hearts with health care while boosting businesses.
Loveland, the nation’s Sweetheart City, will be spreading love and joy locally to our Healthcare workers. It is no secret our healthcare workers are not only exhausted, but mentally and emotionally taxed. They have made incredible sacrifices to help provide quality care for our community. They too have been stricken by the pandemic in many ways. Our Healthcare HEROES need continued encouragement and support to stay motivated during this ever continuing fight. Join our partners and the Loveland community effort as we continue to band together and express gratitude to all the medical professionals.
Centerra is a proud supporter of the Loveland Chamber of Commerce. Operation Love is an initiative being coordinated by the Loveland Chamber, Visit Loveland and City of Loveland Parks & Rec.
Community Acts of Kindness
Centerra Extended Holiday Light Program to Honor Healthcare Heroes
Centerra partners - the Metro District, Commercial Owners Association, and McWhinney joined the Keep Your Lights Up for Healthcare Heroes national and local initiative during the month of January to celebrate and recognize all the hardworking and medical professionals.

Centerra General Manager, David Crowder commented, "thanks to their services, our vibrant community has remained resilient during these challenging times and we feel fortunate to be open for business.”
Loveland Winter Wonderlights at Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra Collected 1.5 TONS!
We are grateful for everyone that attended and donated to this year's Winter Wonderlights Food Drive to support the Food Bank of Larimer County. Thanks to all of your generous food donations, more than 3,000+ pounds were collected over two months to support local residents, smashing the goal!

A heartfelt thank you is extended to everyone who contributed and helped make a difference.
Centerra Partners With Loveland Chamber to Stamp This Years Valentines
To help ring in the 75th year of the Loveland Valentine Re-Mailing Program, Centerra and key community members came together to assist the Loveland Chamber and the U.S. Postal Service.

In a socially distanced setting, helpers hand stamped the collector's stamp and postmark onto thousands of valentines that travel through the sweetheart city of Loveland before reaching their final destination all around the world.