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7 Festive Colorado Holiday Events

By Lisa Blake

This season, we’re eyeing Colorado winter events with fun and funky twists. These holiday to-do’s span family fun runs and indie art fairs, Main Street cider strolls and decked-out waterfalls.

Round up your holiday crew and head to these Colorado winter events for a jolly good time.

Winter Lights at Seven Falls

Winter Lights at Seven Falls

November 18, 2017
Colorado Springs

This series of seven cascading waterfalls rests near The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. The walking park and year-round attraction hits a holiday high note with a multi-colored light display that kicks off mid-November and runs through February. More than 100,000 lights outline the path to the falls, with colored lights illuminating surrounding cliffs. Make a night of it with dinner reservations at Restaurant 1858 and pack the good camera—a full lineup of festivities among the glowing falls makes for dreamy holiday photos.

Elizabeth Christmas Festival

November 25, 2017
Holly Acres Christmas Tree Farm
Elizabeth

This rural town southeast of Denver bursts with festive cheer the weekend after Thanksgiving. See Santa and his reindeer, visit the petting zoo and hand-pick the perfect fresh-cut Christmas tree. The free event also features pony rides, train rides, face painting, balloon art, ornament crafting with Santa’s elves, and wine and food from local artisans.

Wassail Days

Wassail Days

December 1–10, 2017
Main Street, Frisco

Celebrating its 10th year, Wassail Days will warm you up with hot spiced cider served by businesses along Frisco’s charming Main Street. Get some holiday shopping done while popping into local businesses and sampling their very own secret Wassail recipe. Some merchants even set out trays of holiday goodies. Fill in your 12 Sips of Wassail Card and turn it in at the visitor center to receive a commemorative Frisco Wassail Days mug.

Buena Vista Christmas Opening

December 2, 2017
Buena Vista

Colorado’s rafting and biking mecca transforms into a winter wonderland with its annual old-time holiday celebration. Santa is ushered into town by an Equine Parade and heads out to the North Pole that evening after the popular Parade of Lights. Festivities begin with a chocolate walk and a viewing of the movie Polar Express, followed by a chili cook-off and visits with Santa.

Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair

December 9–10, 2017
McNichols Building, Denver

Enjoy free admission to this holiday fair featuring 150 handmade makers showcasing art and home decor, fashion and accessory design, body products, housewares, art and photography, food and more. Get all of your shopping done in one spot and then get crafty at a weekend DIY workshop.

Santa Stampede

Santa Stampede

December 16, 2017
Hudson Gardens, Littleton

Gather your favorite runners (or walkers) and burn some energy in this fun, flat and fast 5K or 10K event. The fresh-air tradition brings together families and athletes of all ages for a costumed jog along the banks of the scenic South Platte River. Participants receive a Santa hat, race logo shirt, finisher’s medals and gift certificate awards from Runner’s Roost. Afterwards, treat yourself to cookies, muffins, oranges, bananas and bagels at the post-race party.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

December 22, 2017
Lincoln Center, Fort Collins

What’s Christmas without the Emmy® and Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Schulz? Since first airing on television more than 50 years ago, A Charlie Brown Christmas has earned a heartfelt place among holiday traditions. Watch the Peanuts gang uncover the true meaning of Christmas in this terrific stage adaptation. (Two performances: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.)

Visit our comprehensive Colorado Event Calendar for a complete winter and holiday event lineup.