I don’t know about you, but I usually look forward to the December holidays. This is one whole month away from the office and relaxing with my family, relatives, and even friends. Over the years, it has been the same routine. We organize for a get together during the Christmas season.
However, last year, we tried a different thing altogether. We organized ourselves and went to Colorado to spend the holidays. At first, I was skeptical about the whole idea, but in the end, it was worth it.
We enjoy ourselves as we visited various towns and experience the season at a whole different level. I would recommend that you also organize a trip to Colorado. To help you with this, here are the beautiful Christmas towns to visit.
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15 Beautiful Christmas Towns in Colorado
The town is found right in the middle of the mountain peaks that gives it an outstanding look. The snow at the peaks is something you need to see for yourselves since words cannot explain the landscape.
If you are looking for a place to head out and ski, then Leadville is the place for you. There is a ski Cooper where you can head to and enjoy yourself. This is only a few minutes from Leadville. There is also a dog-sledding which I am sure the children will enjoy.
Later in the evening, you and your fiancé can walk under the Parade of Lights as you unwind and refresh your memories. Plus, free hot cocoa and cookies are given to you to keep warm during the walk.
The town is known for the Ouray ice festival and thanksgiving, which usually happens in January. However, during the Christmas season, the city also comes to life. This makes it a beautiful place to bring your family or friends.
During the first weekend of December, the people have Christmas parades and tree lighting events. This is something that you and the kids will enjoy seeing. As the days go by on 8th December, there is the chocolate, chess and wine festival.
The fun doesn’t stop there since there is a movie night where you can go as a couple or family at the Wright Opera house.
3. George town
It is a Victorian mining town that is found a few meters away from Denver. The city becomes a Christmas wonderland during the December holidays. During my holiday last year, I had a chance to explore the city. I did start by taking a vintage horse carriage ride in the evening with my family. This gave us a taste of the royal lifestyle and trust me; it is an experience you wouldn’t want to miss.
There are multiple shops around the town where you can buy unique Europe Christmas items that will mark your tour to George Town. Another place to head to for outstanding things is also the Historic Georgetown Christmas Market.
However, the festival cannot be termed complete without tree lighting that happens after thanksgiving. This is an event that brings everyone together where the locals and visitors come together to sing Christmas carols.
This is done around a bonfire while sipping hot chocolate. It gives you a chance to learn about their culture and fit in as a local. This is something we did enjoy and wouldn’t want to miss the next one.
If you are looking for a town that has a bit of action, then the ski town is right for you. Therefore I suggest that you have your gear ready. This is because some of the best snowboarders and skiers will be around to compete. The athletes will be competing in slopestyle and pipe events. If you want to become as good as them, you can attend the competition to learn the ropes.
Additionally, there is the lighting of Breckenridge during the first weekend of the month. The events include the Running of the Santa, where there will be red-clad elves parading through the streets. You can as well dress up and join the parade.
This is something the children will enjoy and even lift their spirits during the festive season. However, you will need to have comfortable shoes since you will be sprinting six blocks down Main St.
It is also another ski town that you can head to and enjoy. There are various ways in which you and your family can enjoy the holidays in the city. The holiday festival cannot be termed complete without playing on the snow. It is a place for everyone, regardless of age.
For the kids, they have a giant snow fort that has slides and mazes. On the other hand, there is a five-acre frozen lake where you and the family can go for ice skating. For you who are on honeymoon or want alone time with your partner, there is a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride that awaits you.
When it comes to chocolate lovers, Keystone Lodge and Spa is a place to relax after a long day. This place is known as the Chocolate Village. A tour of the village enables you to understand the art behind the chocolate making.
It has been referred to as one of the top ten Christmas towns to visit in the country. I did not believe this until I saw it for myself. I must confess it was not a mistake calling it the best town to visit during the festive season.
To start your holiday experience is the beautiful lit up shopping district. The lighting makes the town comes alive. There is also the art and crafts festival, which is spectacular. Here you will be able to see different works from talented artists. Hence, if you are an artist, this is the place to come and get inspired. The festival is done during the first weekend of December.
The Polar Express Train Ride is ideal for you and your family. It is operated by the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad; therefore, you know it is safe for the family. You will be able to sip on hot chocolate as the story about Polar Express is being told by the tour guide. The ride takes you to the North Pole, where Santa and his elves are working to make the holidays perfect.
When on the ride back, Santa will visit your car and present a special gift to the children while singing cheerful carol songs. This is a trip that the children won’t ever forget. Just as my kids, they always want to go back to see Santa and the elves. This is a priceless gift you can give them.
It is also a holiday getaway during the festive season. Annually the town holds a sipping cider where more than fifty stores, hotels, restaurants, and businesses all over the city offer some of their best blend of wassail. This refers to a hot spiced cider that visitors and locals enroll to take part in.
You are given the mandate to stroll through the city sampling the various spiced ciders being offered. You are to do this while collecting stamps on the 12 Sips of Wassail Card. If you can fill your card with at least 12 different stamps, you will be allowed to redeem it for a commemorative mug. At the same time, you are given a chance to vote for the best wassail.
This is the ideal place to bring your family since there is something for everyone. The town has 12 days of Christmas celebrations, which present a bunch of activities to engage in. The festival is free. Therefore you won’t have to worry about spending even a single coin.
For the children, some fun crafts and storytimes keep them busy and entertained. The activities include cookie making, stocking decorating, holiday ornaments workshops, among others. On the other hand, there are events that you can engage in as a family. They include magic shows, film screening, fireworks, acrobat, ice skating, among others. If you are looking for an event to spend time with your peers, there are adult-oriented gatherings like private snowcat tours, lives music, après drink features, among others.
A holiday in Denver will automatically refresh your mind and rejuvenate your body. The spectacular views that are picture-perfect being one mile above sea level also make the air fresh. If you are looking to get away from city life during the festive season, this is the ideal place.
Additionally, the town has local shops that sell unique items that you can buy. Something that is a must-see when in the city during the festival is the Denver Zoo. I do assure you that the children will enjoy this since the Christmas lights have been sculpted to resemble different animals.
Plus, there is a parade of lights that stretches for two miles, which are perfect to see during the evening. Under the lights, you will see Santa Claus and his crew marching with bands and floats.
If you are thinking of the gifts to give your children during the Christmas season, Cascade town is the best gift for them. There is a Santa Workshop, and a Christmas themed amusement park that the child will love exploring.
You can as well take them to see Santa and the elves working on top of the mountain. To reach on top of the hill, you have to take the Pikes Peak Cog Railway Santa Claus Train. The view riding upwards is breathtaking; therefore, make sure your camera is fully charged. There are various activities that the children and you can enjoy that include live music, among others.
I am sure that you are used to decorating your Christmas trees and making sure it has enough lights. However, this is a different case in Salida town, since there is Christmas Mountain to be decorated.
This refers to the Tenderfoot Mountain, which is usually decorated with hundreds of lights. The 750 foot tall “Christmas tree” is spectacular to see in the middle of the night. The views are lit on Friday after thanksgiving ceremony.
The event also includes a display of fireworks from the top of Tenderfoot Mountain. It is something words can explain; therefore, you need to witness yourself. The festival continues at the Steam Plant Event Center, where you will be given free hot cocoa and treat while interacting with different people from around the world.
It’s the best skiing town that you could opt for when on the festive holidays. During the winter season, the Victorian storefronts and frontier-era facades are decorated, making it have a fantastic view.
If you want to ski, then the best place to do this is the serene ski resort. The resort has fantastic terrains and an uncrowned trail where you can unleash your magic and full potential. You might as well decide to go for a hike up the slopes on the mountain. This is a guided tour, and it is free. What you need is to have your gear ready.
13. Cripple Creek
If you love gambling and going to the casinos to have fun to blow off some steam. The town is the best place for you during the festive season. However, you must remember to do it responsibly.
There is the Historic Theater features melodrama that has the holiday theme. It is the perfect place for you and the family to hang out during the evening after exploration. The buildings are also decorated with festive lights, which make it a picture-perfect serene.
You need to experience the nightly Gold Camp Christmas Holiday light down at the Cripple Creek District Museum. It is a breathtaking view that you cannot afford to miss out on.
Additional, there is a Christmas parade that presents the children with various activities to engage in, such as marshmallows roasting on an open fire. The event also provides you with free cider and hot chocolate.
14. Steamboat Springs
It is also known as a skiing town, but it offers a lot other than skiing. If your kids have seen Santa in movies only, then it is time you brought them to Steamboat Springs.
Here they can see the Santa live and in action. This is because the town offers the children a chance to see the Santa riding down the slope on horseback. Later the children will be able to meet and interact with him at the workshop.
You may also decide to go for a hot air balloon rides as a couple or family and enjoy the aerial view. It is remarkable and unforgettable. Other activities to engage in include soaking in the hot springs, which relaxes your nerves, snowshoeing, and watching the fireworks.
15. Crested Butte
Do you love skiing? If yes, would you attempt to break the record in Crested Butte? Over the last six years, there is a competition where all skiers meeting having worn the Santa suit and compete to break the record that was set in the town before. Various people come from different parts of the world to have a taste of the competition. It is a fun event that you have to attend during the Christmas holidays.
Christmas festival is a time to enjoy ourselves and bond with your family. To do this at a deeper level, I would recommend that you visit one of the 15 towns. Trust me, your celebration will be different and would even look forward to the December holiday. However, you must plan earlier and remember to keep warm at all times. Let’s enjoy the festive season and bond with others apart from family and friends.