Top 42 Christmas and Holiday Events

Create warm memories when you spend the holidays in Colorado Springs.


Make this Christmas merry and bright by taking a step back into history, enjoying a little culture, meeting Santa at his house or on a train and a number of other Christmas events. Find the perfect gift at one of our local shops and galleries. 

Enjoy a 4,675 square-foot, real ice rink, located on the west side of Acacia Park. The rink is a collaborative effort between the City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Services and Downtown Colorado Springs.

Dates: November 14, 2017 - January 15, 2018
Time: Varies depending on the day.
Cost: $10 includes skates; Under 4 years old FREE with paying adult

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A handcrafted holiday market awaits with ornaments, clay art, photography, glass, cards, soap, fiber, sculpture, jewelry and wall art. As you browse through the various offerings, you'll find something unique enough for everyone on your gift list.

Dates: November 17 - December 31, 2017
Time: 10 am - 6 pm store hours

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The Santa Express is a winter wonderland, where children (and all) are encouraged to wear cozy pajamas and relax with family and friends.  Enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and a cookie on the way to the North Pole. Santa gets lots of visitors, so booking reservations early is recommended. View pricing and scheduled departures here.

Dates: November 17 - December 24, & December 26 - December 28, 2017
Time: Up to 3 departure times
Cost: Varies depending on options chosen; $40-$60 adults and $30-$50 children ages 1-12

For reservations, please call 888.724.5748 

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Old Colorado City's Christmas Stroll: Dickens on the Avenue will last two days this year! Come dressed the part and join in on the entertainment, food, pictures with Santa, and get your Christmas season started in the best way possible! 

When: November 25 - 26, 2017
Where: Old Colorado City Historic District, Colorado Springs
Time: 5pm-8pm
Cost: FREE

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Enjoy the wonders of a true Victorian holiday experience! Miramont Castle is lavishly decorated, homemade refreshments abound, and there is delightful entertainment for your pleasure.

Dates: November 24 - 26, 2017
Time:  10 am - 4 pm
Cost:   $12 Adults, $11 Seniors, $7 Children

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Yule Tea is Glen Eyrie’s most highly anticipated Tea of the year. Celebrate this merry season while drawing closer to those who matter most as you delight in stirring conversations and revel in their new, hand-crafted holiday menu and heartwarming teas.

Dates: November 25 - January 14, 2017
Time: 11 am or 2:30 pm (time available depending on day)
Cost: $29 (plus tax) per person; Non-Refundable

To make reservations, please call 719.265.7050 or email.

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Enjoy the bells as you ride on either a carriage or sleigh ride at M Lazy C Ranch. Entertainment and dancing are included with your dinner. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Rides will go on, snow or shine. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be there on December 21!

Dates: All of December 2017
Time:  Departure for early dinner is 4:30 pm

For more information please call 719.748.3398.

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Take a break from the holiday hustle and join the friendly staff at Colorado Springs' ACI Learning Center for Autism Friendly Photos with Santa! This FREE Community Event is perfect for children with autism spectrum disorder, or other behavioral disorders, who cannot wait in long lines and are uncomfortable with the fella in the bright red suit!

When: December 2, 2017
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Cost: FREE

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Set in the grandeur of The Great Hall of The Castle, this 16th century-style banquet is sure to fill you with awe this Christmas season. Full of festive entertainment by talented musicians and performers, this classic Colorado tradition is guaranteed to be unforgettable!

Dates: December 2, 7 - 9, 14 - 16, 20 - 22, 2017
Time: Doors open at 5 pm; Performance begins at 6 pm
Cost: Thursdays: $112 per person; All other performances: $122

To make reservations, please call 719.265.7050.

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Festival of Lights is a series of events to celebrate the December holiday season, highlighted by the Festival of Lights Parade. The events include cultural and artistic programs, performances and other festivities for the enjoyment and education of the general public.

Date: December 2, 2017
Time: 5:50 pm​​
Where: 430 N Tejon St.
Cost: FREE

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Don't miss the annual Holiday Stroll. Stores will be open late until 8 p.m. offering one-night-only specials, hot beverages and holiday cheer. 

When: December 6, 2017
Where: Downtown Colorado Springs
Cost: FREE

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‘Tis the season for lights, animals and holiday spirit at America's only mountain zoo. Take in nearly one million sparkling lights illuminating the crisp winter night, warm up at one of the fires throughout the Zoo, then stop in and see Santa (through Dec. 23).

Dates: December 8 - 10, 15 - 23, 25, 2017 - January 1, 2018
Time: 5:30-8:30pm (last admission sold at 7:30pm)
Cost:

  •  Adults - $9.75
  • Seniors (65+) - $8.75
  • Children (3 - 11) - $6.75 children
  • Children under 2 - $0.75

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Christmas in Cripple Creek & Victor is a special time of year. Holiday activities will kick off with the nightly Gold Camp Christmas Holiday Headframe Lighting. Take a drive (with your favorite Christmas tunes playing) on a self-guided tour through our area as our mine headframes are decorated with large Christmas light displays. 

When: December 8 & 9, 2017

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Infused with Celtic, Folk, World, and Latin music, the evening’s performance is sure to engage your heart as you enjoy the warmth of The Great Hall of The Glen Eyrie Castle with your loved ones.

Dates: December 10 & 28, 2017
Time: 4 pm and 7 pm
Cost: $29 general seating; $39 preferred seating (first 4 rows)

To make reservations, please call 719.265.7050.

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Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a fun-filled afternoon. Meet Santa and let him know your Christmas wishes, then join Mrs. Claus for a show with stories and songs. End your Christmas adventure by making a colorful Elf ornament to take home and hang on your tree.

Dates: 

  • December 16, 2017 - 12:30 - 3 pm
  • December 17, 2017 -  11 am - 2 pm
  • December 19, 2017 - 11 am - 2 pm 
  • December 20, 2017 - 11 am - 2 pm 
  • December 21, 2017 - 11 am - 2 pm 

Cost: Free with admission

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The Broadmoor Holiday Show is for children of all ages. It is best described as a variety show. Oodles of talent on stage bringing all types of holiday cheer to one and all.

Date: December 15, 16, 22, 23, 24, 26, 28
Time: Doors will open at 6 pm, dinner is served at 7 pm, entertainment begins at 8 pm.
Cost: $100 Adults; $65 Children

For more information or to reserve your seats, call 719.577.5775.

Stay at The Broadmoor with the Classic Broadmoor Holiday Package.

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Meet Santa and his elves. Ride on more than two dozen unique, friendly rides, swing through the sky on the Enterprise Space Shuttle or enjoy the whimsical antique carousel.

Dates: Through Dec. 24, 2017; Closed most Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Cost: $22 per person ages 2-adult. 

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Spend some times with the wolves in their wonderland retreat in Divide, CO. Festivities include breakfast burritos with the wolves. Space is limited. Please call for reservations.

Dates: December 31, 2017
Time:  9 - 11 am
Cost:  Adults $35, Kids 12 & under  $15

For reservations, call us at 719.687.9742 

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On Saturday, November 18, the much-loved, multi-colored display returns for the holiday season as Seven Falls celebrates the 3rd Annual Winter Lights event.The Broadmoor Seven Falls lights up the entire canyon with more than 100,000 individual white lights on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. 

Dates: November 18, 2017 - February 25, 2018
Cost: Activities are free with park admission

Call 855.923.7272 for more information.

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Enjoy nature hikes with Santa, and horse-drawn wagon rides at Fountain Creek Nature Center. Participate in the interactive reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" poem, make snowflake crafts and join Santa for a hike.

Dates: 2017 dates TBD​
Time: Hikes: 10-11:30am; Wagon Rides: 11:30am, noon & 12:30pm
Cost: Hikes: $3 per member, $4 non-member; Wagon Rides: $7 per person

Reservations are required. 

Call 719.520.6745 for details.

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All ages are invited to celebrate the season at Bear Creek Nature Center. Participants will be greeted by a walkway lit with luminaries and hike a candlelit trail along Bear Creek. 

Dates: 2017 dates TBD
Time: 5-8pm​
Cost: $4 per person; $12 - family of 4

Call 719.520.6387 for event details

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Rock Ledge House will be decorated with the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Enjoy jingle bell wagon rides, old-time music, guided lantern tours and much more throughout the evening. 

Dates: 2017 dates TBD
Time: 4-8pm 
Cost: Regular admission; includes all activities and tours

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Join Cheyenne Mountain Resort this holiday season for a special brunch. Whether it's the holiday dinner buffet, Christmas Eve dinner buffet, Christmas Day brunch or an extra-special Santa Sunday Brunch, you'll enjoy every bite! 

Dates: 2017 dates TBD
Time: 10 am-2 pm
Cost:  $49 adults, $24.50 children ages 6-11, FREE for children 5 and under

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Vintage Market Days® is an upscale vintage and vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home decor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings & a little more. The three-day event is held at the Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. 

Dates: December 8 - December 10
Time: 10am - 4 pm
Cost: $5-$10 

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Join Old Colorado City every Saturday and Sunday at the Bancroft Park Cabin in Old Colorado City, starting with The Christmas Stroll on Small Business Saturday - November 25th and going through December 24th for pictures with Santa. 

When: Every weekend November 25 - December 24, 2017
Where: Santa's Cabin in Bancroft Park, Old Colorado City
Cost: $10+ 

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Visit Santa at his tracking station located on the lower level of the Citadel Mall between Foot Locker and Sports Fanatic. Prepaid customers will be allowed to enter the “FastPass" line at the Santa set allowing them a shorter wait time.

When: November 19 - December 24, 2017
Time: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 8 pm, Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm
Where: Citadel Mall

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Don't let this opportunity pass you by to let Santa know what you want for Christmas. Santa will be waiting for you at the lower level center court

When: 

  • November 11 - December 15: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm, Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm
  • December 16 - December 22: Monday - Saturday 10 am - 9 pm, Sunday: 11 am - 7 pm
  • December 23: 9 am - 9 pm
  • December 24: 9 am - 6 pm

Where: Chapel Hills Mall

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The jewelers at Commonwheel Artists Co-op will host a Jewelry Trunk Show, offering an unparalleled shopping opportunity. Six Front Range jewelers will be on hand to meet with you, talk about their jewelry-making process and materials, and help to lighten the load of your holiday shopping tasks. If you enjoy meeting the maker of your favorite finds, this is the event for you!

Date: December 16, 2017
Time: 10am - 6pm
Where: Commonwheel Artists Co-Op

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The Colorado Springs Chorale proudly announces its 31st annual Deck the Hall concert at Pikes Peak Center. The event features the Colorado Springs Chorale with a guest instrumental ensemble, and it will feature the Summit Ensemble and Pikes Peak Singers of the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale directed by Kimberley Schultz and Victoria Lipscomb respectively

Date: December 8, 2017
Time: 7:30pm
Where: Pikes Peak Center

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Colorado’s Largest Ugly Sweater Party will generate toys for local children in southern Colorado. The event will take place Dec 2nd at Norris Penrose Indoor Event Center from 1-4pm (VIP 12-1pm). Tickets will include unlimited sampling of local food, handcrafted cocktails, beer, and wine and an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest participation ($1,000 grand prize).  

Date: December 2, 2017
Time: 1 - 4pm
Where: Norris Penrose Event Center
Cost: $35 - $65

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Enjoy hot spiced cider and seasonal goodies while browsing an extensive selection of books and one of a kind holiday gifts. The society collects and displays historical artifacts, provides educational programs and manages History Park (adjacent to the Woodland Park Public Library), which includes a museum and several historical buildings.

Date: December 9, 2017
Time:  11am - 2pm
Where: Ute Pass Historical Society

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Celebrated as one of the Pike’s Peak region’s most unique and intimate dining experiences, The Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant in Manitou Springs welcomes you to discover the art of boutique fine dining on Christmas Eve.

Date: December 24, 2017
Time: 2pm - close
Where: Mona Lisa's fondue Restaurant

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The holiday season is an extraordinary time of year filled with connection, joy, and tradition. However, the holidays can also leave us feeling exhausted and overwhelmed.Take time out this holiday season to raise your spirits with SunWater Spa, so you can raise others. A special December promotion, an evening soak, or any spa services and workshops, you and your loved ones are sure to find something to replenish and renew your souls. 

Date: December 1 - December 31, 2017
Time: 8am-9pm
Where: SunWater Spa
Cost: 

  • Peppermint Mask Facial 60 minutes — $85
  • Add a Sahasrara Treatment 15 minutes — $25

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Let nature's bounty inspire your creativity! Make some holiday ornaments or crafts to take home! Mueller is home to elk, black bear, hawks, and mule deer. Park visitors traverse the park’s numerous trails on foot, snowshoes, cross-country skis, horseback and mountain bike, depending on the season. A popular winter destination for snow shoeing.

 

Date: December 2, 2017
Time: 11 -2pm
Where: Mueller State Park

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Join Naturalist Rose to hike School Pond Trail. Enjoy the tranquility through 2 miles of forest and meadow. Mueller State Park’s 55 miles of trails provide a 5,000-acre playground for the hiker, mountain biker and wildlife watcher. 

Date: December 10, 2017
Time: 9:30 am Meet at School Pond Trailhead
Where: Mueller State Park

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Meet Orinda, a resident pack member at the Wolf and Wildlife Center, while enjoying a standard tour, snacks and hot chocolate. Through guided educational tours of the center and off-site educational programs, over 40,000 people a year learn more about the importance of the beautiful and majestic wolf and other misunderstood wild canids in our ecosystem. 

Date: December 31
Time: 9 - 11am
Where: Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center

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Purchase a Holiday Gift Package for yourself, friend, or family member and join the Centennial Celebration at The Broadmoor in 2018. Packages are delivered straight to your doorstep ready to give in a commemorative gift box. Limited quantities available, get yours today.

Date: Valid through January 1

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Saturday evening hayrides around the Buffalo Lodge property! Inside the lobby you will find hot cocoa, cookies and local handmade Colorado/Bicycle themed artworks available for purchase in our little gift shop!Enjoy the decorations and hang with fellow neighbors. 

Date: December 16 & 23, 2018
Time: 5pm
Where: Colorado Springs
Cost: Free

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Visit this world wonder on Christmas or Christmas Eve.  Hanging 956 feet high above Colorado’s Arkansas River, the Royal Gorge Bridge is North America’s highest suspension bridge. This legendary feat of engineering is renowned the world over. Built in 1929 for $350,000, the cost today would easily exceed $20 million.

Date: December 24, 25, 2018
Time: 7am - dusk
Where: Canon City
 Cost: $18-$23 per person
 

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Break out your Ugly Christmas Sweaters for a good cause and a good time at Front Range BBQ! No cover for the show but please bring non-perishable donations for Care & Share and help those that need it this year! Plus, live music from Grass It Up.

Date: December 13, 2018
Time: 7pm
Where: Old Colorado City 
 

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