Did you know we’re more than just your local housing experts? We’re also your local everything and anything Colorado experts! If you’re tired of staying in and watching Hallmark movies, check out our list of fun winter activities around the Denver-Metro and surrounding mountain town areas. You’ll be sure to find something you like below!
1. Denver Chriskindl Market
Come German, come all! This wonderful market is located in the heart of downtown Denver on the corner of Arapahoe and 16th Street. Here you’ll find tons of craft vendors, food vendors, and of course beer tents. (This is a German festival after-all.) Don’t like beer? No problem! There’s also mulled wine, soda, water, and non-alcoholic beer. Live music most days, as well. If you stop by on the weekend, you may even catch Christkind, herself! (We hear she loves photo ops)
Open until December 23, 2018
Sunday-Thursday: 11AM-7PM, Friday and Saturday: 11am-9pm, December 17-23: 11AM-9PM
For more information click here.
2. Denver Blossoms of Light
Ignite your holiday spirit by attending the Blossoms of Light festival at Denver Botanical Gardens. This year’s display is brighter and bigger than ever before and is perfect for all ages. Whether you’re going with the family, a date, or with a group of friends, you’ll all enjoy this interactive, illuminating event.
Open until January 1, 2019 between 5Pm-9PM; buy tickets here.
*Insider tip* Secure your tickets online so you get guaranteed access the night you want to attend. Tickets are also cheaper online than at the door!
3. Georgetown Loop Railroad – Santa’s North Pole Adventure
Why watch The Polar Express when you can experience the magical train in real life? Enjoy a 1-hour ride aboard the Georgetown Loop Railroad with Santa and Mrs. Claus this December! The train rides are complete with complimentary hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes, and more. There are different options for seating and they vary in price – choose between the coach section, parlor car, or Presidential car. Make sure to buy tickets in advance as they always sell out quickly. For more information click here.
Open until December 31, 2018 between 11:00AM-9:00PM
4. Dog-Sledding (yes, there’s dog-sledding in CO!)
Whether you’re preparing for the Iditarod or just have always wanted to try dog-sledding, there’s a plethora of opportunities available in the scenic Colorado Rockies! Different companies offer different packages, so make sure you check them all out to see what best suits your needs. For example, if you’re around Summit County or have a larger group that would like to take turns mushing, riding in the dogsled, and riding on a small passenger sleigh with the guide for 6-miles, check out Good Times Adventure in Breckenridge, CO. Vacationing with the whole family? Head to Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby, CO for a dog-sled ride through open meadows with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Kids will love this because during rides, a craft, movie, outdoor fire, and hot chocolate are available!
Open until March, 2019
5. Polar Express IMAX at Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Need a break from the cold weather? Head to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science to watch The Polar Express in IMAX 3D. Your Christmas spirit will be sure to emerge after experiencing the pristine sounds of bells and holiday cheer through the perfectly calibrated and engineered IMAX speakers.
Showtimes Date/Time: Thursday – Sunday, December 1-23
For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
- Denver Holiday Flea Market at Union Station, Denver. (Great photo op with all the decorations around Union station!)
- Ski and Snowboard at any of the nearby resorts!
- *Insider tip* Avoid I-70 and catch the Amtrak from Union Station to Winter Park.
- Denver bars with outdoor fireplaces – Epic Brewing, Forest Room 5, The Matador, Rein Haus, Improper City, and more!
- Snowmobile Tours in historic Leadville along Fremont Pass.
- Snowshoe around RMNP in Estes Park. Rent snowshoes from Estes Park Mountain Shop!
- Hot Springs – Indian Hot Springs is the closest hot spring to Denver. However, if you have the time, make sure to look into Strawberry Hot Springs in Steamboat, Glenwood Hot Springs and Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood Springs, and Mount Princeton Hot Springs in Nathrop, which is near Buena Vista.
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