Local Holiday Activities To Do This Winter

Colorado Knows How to Celebrate the Holidays

We are lucky to have so many amazing events, festivals and activities this time of year. Colorado has a breadth of places to explore from German holiday markets to parades to makers markets. We've made a comprehensive list of some ongoing events this holiday season for you and your family to experience and enjoy.

The North Pole-Santa's Workshop, opens a new window

This is a vintage amusement park with a Santa's workshop theme. Enjoy sweet treats, visits with Santa and over two dozen unique rides.

Colorado Springs, CO

Thursday, November 2-Sunday, December 24

$32.00 per person, Reservations are needed

Children under 2 years old are free

Camp Christmas, opens a new window

This is an immersive experience with punny trees, enjoy cocktails, and experience some of the delightful weirdness in the holidays.

Stanley Marketplace

Thursday, November 16-Sunday, December 24

$21.00 per person

Children under 2 years old are free

Denver Christkindlmarket, opens a new window

Explore this winter wonderland, styled like a German holiday market, with local and European craft and food vendors.

Denver Civic Center Park

Friday, November 17-Saturday, December 23

Free and Open Daily

Winter Wanderland, opens a new window

Among a 16-block canopy of twinkling trees, stroll through a holiday market with rotating vendor booths and warm up at the Mistletoe Lounge pop-up holiday bar.

Cherry Creek North

Friday, November 17-Saturday, December 24

Open Daily

Blossoms of Light, opens a new window

This event is a Denver staple that is truly illuminating with it's display of never-ending lights and color. 

Denver Botanic Gardens

Friday, November 17-Sunday, January 7

Adults: $22-25

Seniors (65+): $21-23

Children: $19-21

Children under 2 years old are free

Trail of Lights, opens a new window

A glorious walk along a sparkling trail through the Colorado countryside with lights galore and synchronized music. 

Denver Botanic Gardens - Chatfield Farms

Fridays - Sundays only, November 24-December 10
Nightly, December 15-January 1

Adults: $14-16

Seniors (65+): $12-14

Children: $10-12

Children under 2 years old are free

Hudson Holidays & Light Up the New Year

Experience two brand new light shows--Hudson Holidays is a magical display of thousands of festive lights and then is transformed into Light Up the New Year, a vibrant display with lasers and upbeat music. 

Hudson Gardens

Hudson Holidays: Friday, November 24-Sunday, December 31
Light Up the New Year: Tuesday, January 2-Sunday, January 28

Adults: $20-30

Seniors (65+): $18-28

Children: $15-25

Children under 2 years old are free

Luminova Holidays, opens a new window

This event includes lights, rides and outdoor entertainments all in the heart of Denver at one of the most exciting amusement parks.

Elitch Gardens Denver

Friday, November 24-Sunday, December 31

$24.99-29.99 per person

Zoo Lights

There are incredible displays at the Denver Zoo that'll expand your imagination and extend your holiday season.

Denver Zoo

Saturday, December 2-Sunday, January 7

Sunday, December 31 is Sensory-Friendly Night

Children: $13-$21

Adults: $20-$28

Christmas in Color, opens a new window

Drive through one of the largest holiday lights displays in Colorado with snowmen, candy canes, and music that synchronizes to your drive.

Multiple locations:
   - Water World Water Park (Federal Heights)
   - Bandimere Speedway (Morrison)
   - Arapahoe County Fairgrounds (Aurora)

Monday, December 4-Saturday, December 30

$35-50 per vehicle

ICE! featuring A Christmas Story™, opens a new window

ICE! features your favorite scenes from the beloved movie A Christmas Story™, brought to life in magnificent sculptures hand-carved from more than 2 million pounds of ice.

Gaylord Rockies

Monday, December 4-Monday, January 1

Children: $17.99

Adults: $27.99

Holiday Lights Bus Tour, opens a new window

Enjoy a 90-minute bus ride around Denver taking in all of the beautiful holiday lights around town.

VISIT Denver Tourist Office

Tuesday, December 5-Saturday, December 30

$39.00 per person

International Snow Sculpture Championships, opens a new window

This event is a world-renowned snow sculpting competition where teams from around the world descend on Breckenridge, Colorado to hand-carve 25-ton blocks of snow into enormous, intricate works of art.

Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge, CO

Sculpting Week: Monday, January 22-Friday, January 26

Viewing Week: Friday, January 26-Wednesday, January 31