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.
November 18, 2017
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.
November 25, 2017
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.
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.
December 2, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.