Thornton is an established city with a little something for everyone. Recreation and entertainment opportunities are endless with Thorntonfest, Movies in the Park at Carpenter Park Falls, Thornton’s Got Talent, Winterfest, the Fourth of July event (with food vendors, live music, and a nighttime parachute jump), and much more. Winterfest is a favorite among residents with a miniature Santa’s village, ice skating, Holiday Marketplace, fireworks, and tree decorating contest. In the spring, school children in grades 1-5 get to enjoy the Lions Club Relays, representing their schools and competing for fun prizes, which benefits the Lions Club Eyeglass replacement program. Thornton also boasts an 18-hole golf course, indoor and outdoor pools, 25 major parks and sports facilities, as well as a community center. Nearby shopping opportunities are available at Thornton Town Center, Hilltop Village, and Cost Plus World Market. Dining options are spread throughout the city, with favorites including Cheddar’s and Lisa’s Place. Cheddar’s holds the title of “Thornton’s best-kept secret” and customers enjoy the sincere staff, vegetarian-friendly menu, and modern feel of the restaurant. If you decide to try it out be sure to try the pasta caesar salad! Lisa’s Place is a favorite for breakfast with a cozy atmosphere and delicious eggs and green chili. Thornton schools have high rankings; Silver Creek Elementary School and Prairie Hills Elementary School both have a rating of 8 on GreatSchools.org. Thornton has a population of about 130,000, is located near Broomfield and Westminster, and the median list price is affordable in the mid 400,000s.
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