Psst… 12 Best Colorado Winter Holiday Festivals 2017-186 min read

Go Breck | The Denver Ear

With over 46 Holiday Festivals and Events in Denver that listed in this year’s guide, it’s time to expand into the rest of Colorado, and let you know about the 12 best Colorado winter holiday festivals!


Winter on the Mountain | Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday through January 5, 2018

Where: Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, 51000 Two Rivers Plaza Road, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Cost: $11 – $119

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Winter on the Mountain returns to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park located in Glenwood Springs.

The mountain-top park shines with a dazzling display of more than a half million lights, a warming hut decorated as the North Pole, fire pits for roasting s’mores and lighted thrill rides. A giant Christmas tree with a light show choreographed to music takes center stage in the plaza. Holiday visits from Santa Claus and carolers add to the festive spirit.

Loveland's Winter Wonderlights | The Denver Ear

Photo Credit: ©Don Reilly DJR Imaging; Photograph courtesy of ©Visit Loveland

When: Now – January 7, 2018

Where: Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra, Sky Pond Dr, Loveland, CO 80538

Cost: Free

Revel in the holiday glow at Loveland’s Winter Wonderlights, a new holiday lighting attraction at Chapungu Sculpture Park. Enjoy holiday lights, illuminated African stone sculptures and a nightly light and music show featuring a 20’ LED Christmas Tree. Special programming, Colorado’s largest inflatable igloo and local vendors are available during the weekends.

Longmont Lights | WK Real Estate | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©WK Real Estate

When: December 8 – 9, 2017

Where: Roosevelt Park, 700 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont, CO 80501

Cost: Free

WK Real Estate is hosting its annual Longmont Lights Parade and Celebration! Enjoy the mystery and magic of millions of sparkling lights and the sights and sounds of winter holiday celebrations as Longmont Lights continues with special activities.

Longmont Lights features: Santa’s Workshop, Hot Cocoa Carts, Fire Pits, Food Trucks, Holiday Ice Show and Open Skating, Concerts, Train Rides, Fireworks and more.

Georgetown Christmas Market | Georgetown | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Visit Georgetown

When: December 9 – 10, 2017

Where: Historic Downtown Georgetown, CO, 80444

Cost: Free

Georgetown will transform into a bustling Christmas scene reminiscent of Christmas of long ago at the annual Georgetown Christmas Market. Thousands come to this beautiful mountain town to experience a traditional Holiday where Christmas hasn’t changed in 100 years: roasted chestnuts, Holiday shopping, horse-drawn wagon rides through Historic Georgetown, and wonderful sights and smells.

Come enjoy appearances by St. Nicholas in his traditional dress and the daily procession of the Santa Lucia, as well as carolers in Victorian costume, dancers, and other family entertainment.

Visit Golden | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Visit Golden

When: December 9 & 16, 2017

Where: Historic Downtown Golden, Washington Ave, Golden, CO 80401

Cost: Free

Enjoy Golden‘s Holiday Parades this season at Historic Downtown Golden!

Watch Santa zoom around in his sidecar motorcycle, heckle the Grinch as he drives by in his corvette, or cheer on elves as they race on unicycles during the weekly parade. Victorian carolers and snappy barbershop quartets serenade the crowds as Mr. & Ms. Claus hand out sweet treats to little ones.

Children cheer as cowboys ride by, parents ooh and ahh the Newfoundland dogs as they pull their carts, and Elvis Presley wishes everyone a Merry Christmas. It’s the perfect free family-friendly holiday tradition.

Holiday Prelude 2016 | Telluride | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Visit Telluride

When: December 16 – 17, 2017

Where: Mountain Village, Telluride Conference CenterTelluride Ski Resort

Cost: Free

The Holiday Prelude, located in Telluride, is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. It features a line-up of festive events for the whole family. This year promises a whole weekend of holiday movies, train rides, photos with Santa, live reindeer, ice skating, and children’s holiday surprises around every corner. Children and adults can expect many surprises on the train ride throughout the twinkling Mountain Village as the Telluride Conference Center is transformed into Santa’s Workshop.

Vail Holidaze 2016 | Vail Resorts | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Vail Resorts

When: December 16 – 31, 2017

Where: Vail Mountain, CO 81657

Cost: Free

There is something magical about the season in Vail during the holidays. Vail Holidays takes Vail’s already iconic setting and adds family activities, such as skating, and many outdoor events. Enjoy events such as the Kris Kringle Market, tree lighting activities, workshops, Torchlight Parade and more!

Rock on Ice | Crested Butte | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Crested Butte Mountain Resort

When: December 18 – 20, 2017

Where: Courtyard at Mountaineer Square, 620 Gothic Rd, Crested Butte, CO 81225

Cost: Free

The Rock on Ice festival at Crested Butte Mountain Resort is an ice carving festival in celebration of the holiday season. Be amazed as two of the world’s most renowned carvers create larger than life sized sculptures of animals, holiday characters and other iconic figures out of blocks of ice. The event will feature daily ice carving demonstrations, including interactive sculptures perfect for family photos and a dazzling ice sculpture garden in the Courtyard at Mountaineer Square.

8 Things to do in Colorado this Winter | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Winter Park Resort

When: December 24th, 2016

Where: Winter Park Resort, 85 Parsenn Rd, Winter Park, CO 80482

Cost: Free

The Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade is one of the most beloved Winter Park traditions. The event begins with Christmas carols around the bonfire at the base of Winter Park Resort, and continues with a procession of torch-bearing skiers and riders begin their way down Lower Hughes trail, followed by Santa Claus and his merry helpers.

A spectacular fireworks display and snowcats adorned with Christmas colors light up the slopes in a Christmas tree formation to conclude the festivities. Immediately following the show, visitors are welcome to attend Christmas Eve interdenominational services located in the lower level of the Balcony House.

Torchlight Parade & Glowstick Pageant | Copper Mountain Resort | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Copper Mountain Resort

When: December 24th, 2017

Where: Copper Mountain Resort, 209 Ten Mile Cir, Frisco, CO 80443

Cost: Free

On Christmas Eve, Copper Mountain Resort will dazzle with yet another visit from Santa himself, along with a children’s Glowstick Pageant and a Torchlight Parade down Main Vein. Before you head home to set out the milk and cookies for jolly St. Nick, enjoy a festive fireworks display over the mountain.

Psst… Torchlight parades were also featured in our 8 Things to do in Colorado this Winter guide!

Go Breck | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Go Breck

When: January 10 – 13, 2018

Where: Breckenridge, CO 80424

Cost: Free

The Town of Breckenridge will host the 55th Annual Ullr Fest, a tribute to Ullr, the Norse God of Snow, a three-day snow celebration including Ullympics, Dating Game, parade, music, ice skating party and more.

Loveland Fire and Ice Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Loveland Fire and Ice Festival

When: February 9 – 11, 2018

Where: Downtown Loveland, CO 80537

Cost: Free

The Loveland Fire & Ice Festival, brings fire, ice, entertainment and fun to families and couples looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Loveland, Colorado. Follow your heart this Valentine’s Day to embrace the passion of the season through the arts of live entertainment, sculpting, culinary, brewing and more!

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