Colorado Christmas Markets, Holiday Festivities

Colorado's Holiday Christmas Markets

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. Christmas Markets are usually the first festive events to kick off the holiday season, followed by everything else. 

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

Colorado christmas markets

Grandmother's House Boutique

November 3-5th, 2022
Tagawa Gardens

With over 80 booths full of artisan handmade goods. Enjoy holiday music, food, and the Christmas Market.

Country Christmas Gift Show in Colorado Springs

November 4-6th, 2022
Colorado Springs Event Center

Join us this November for three whole days as we bring Colorado Cocoa Pod to Colorado Springs! We’ll be selling our chocolate treats at the Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show inside the Colorado Springs Event Center from Friday, November 4th to Sunday, November 6th! So bring your friends and your shopping buddies. Get your holiday shopping done early!

Urban Holiday Christmas Market

November 4-6th, 2022
16th Street Mall, Denver CO.

A gargantuan showcase of one-of-a-kind seasonal items, high-quality handcrafted goods, and wonderful gift ideas. This is a free event that not only features festive artisan crafts, but also a delicious selection of holiday food specialties to enjoy and purchase.

Colorado Country Christmas Market Gift Show

November 11-13, 2022
Colorado Convention Center, Denver Co.

It's time to get into the holiday spirit. If you're in the Denver area or just want to join in on the holiday fun, the Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show is getting the season rolling, starting November 11th. With 200 plus vendors from all over Colorado showing off their Christmas spirit with special offers, gift baskets, sweepstakes, and more. Tickets are on sale now or enter to win free tickets. Find out more about this fun seasonal event.

Winterfest Craft Fair

November 12-13th, 2022
Norris Penrose Event Center, Colorado Springs, CO.

Come join in on the holiday spirit with over 150 local crafters, artisans, and local business vendors. Admission includes entry into drawings. 

Arapahoe County Fairgrounds Festival

November 12-13th, 2022
Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, Aurora, Co.

Join in on the 2nd annual Arapahoe County Fairgrounds Festival! Over 75 artisans will show off fine art, handmade treasures, take-home foods, clothing, vintage fair, and more.

Sixteenth Street Mall Holiday Festival

November 12th thru December 10th, 2022
16th Street Mall, Denver, Co.

A highly attended one-of-a-kind holiday Christmas marketplace featuring handcrafted goods, gift ideas, delicious specialty foods, home decor, and unique holiday gifts.

Applewood Arts Holiday Festival

November 18-20th, 2022
The Ranch Events Complex, Loveland, Co.

Check out over 130 artisans, handmade, vintage-inspired goods, re-purposed finds, fabulous fashions, craft food creations, and more. Purchase a $7 ticket at the door.

Mollie McGee's Holiday Craft Market

November 19-20th, 2022
Boulder County Fairgrounds, Longmont, Co.

Shop over 150 booths all stuffed full of unique, hand-made artisan crafts, and holiday food. Tickets $5 kids shop for free.

Denver Christkindlmarket

November 18 - 23rd, 2022
Civic Center Park, 101 14th Ave, Denver Co.

Going on the 22nd year of Denver Christkindlmarket. Experience a very authentic German-style holiday experience. Meet St. Nikolaus and Christkind herself. Wander through the market and check out all the finely crafted artisan gifts each in charming wooden huts. Savor the seasons while enjoying Glühwein, Bavarian-style Biers, European coffee, or hot chocolate. 

Arvada Center / Applewood Arts Festival

November 25th - 26th, 2022
Arvada Center, Arvada Colorado - Westminster, Co.

Over 80 highly juried artisans, showcasing in an outdoor Christmas market holiday area in addition to 75 indoor booths. You will find handmade, vintage-inspired goods, repurposed finds, fabulous fashion, more crafts, food, holiday gift ideas and more. Black Friday and Saturday will have cash giveaways. Tickets $6

Wassail Days

November 26 - Dec 4, 2022
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 3, 2022
Buena Vista

Colorado’s rafting and biking mecca transform 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.

Fort Collins Holiday Gift Festival

December 4th, 2022
Northside Aztian Community Center, Fort Collins, Co.

The biggest and the best holiday craft fair in northern Colorado. An annual holiday marketplace event featuring an enormous array of fine arts, handmade crafts, delectable food, home decor, and unique holiday gifts.

Boulder Holiday Gift Festival

December 11th, 2022
YMCA of Boulder Valley gym, Boulder, Co.

A holiday Christmas market gift-shopping extravaganza. Find the perfect gift while shopping over 100 exhibitors. A cornucopia of fine arts, crafts, delectable foods, home decore, and holiday gift ideas.

Last Chance Gift Festival

December 17th - 18th, 2022
Boulder County Fairgrounds, Longmont, Co.

A final holiday extravaganza shopping event, the week before Christmas! Over 150 of Colorado's finest vendors will feature unique holiday gifts. Lots of holiday cheer, live music, and fun for all ages!

Winter Lights at Seven Falls

Popular Christmas Events

Winter Lights at Seven Falls

Colorado Springs

This series of seven cascading waterfalls rests near The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. The walking park and year-round attraction hit 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 the 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 tbd 2022
Holly Acres Christmas Tree Farm

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.

Santa Stampede

What's Next This Holiday Season

When you've exhausted yourself at the holiday markets or need to take a break until the next one opens. Now's the time to feast on the holiday light shows, check out a holiday parade or buy tickets to a classic holiday show. Perhaps all the delectable holiday treats are adding some unnecessary weight. We suggest hitting the slopes to keep you charged this holiday season. Here are a few suggestions to get you going but there are many more.

Santa Stampede

December 11, 2022
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. Afterward, treat yourself to cookies, muffins, oranges, bananas, and bagels at the post-race party.

The Nutcracker

December 9th - 11th, 2022
Lincoln Center Performance Hall, Fort Collins
Find more events at the Lincoln Center Performace Hall.

What's Christmas without a classic performance of The Nutcracker? Be swept up in the magic of the season as Canyon Concert Ballet returns to the stage this December. Join in the magical experience when Clara is transported to a world where toys become larger than life. Her beloved Nutcracker defends her from the evil Mouse King, and stunning Snowflakes dance delicately.

Don't miss the Nutcracker VIP experienceBe transported to the Land of the Sweets where you will be able to meet cast members, snack on all of your favorite holiday treats, and see the stage being prepared for the show while hearing about the history of the Nutcracker. This pre-show experience is held in our VIP lounge starting 1.5 hours before your performance. You will be treated to special guest appearances and yummy treats before entering the theatre to see the sets and learn about the Nutcracker. 

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

By Lisa Blake

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