Christmas & Holiday Events 2021 - Visit Colorado Springs

Top Winter Holiday Events in 2021

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

Holiday Events 2021

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 plenty more holiday events. You can find the perfect gift at one of our local shops and galleries. There’s always lots to do during the holiday season in Colorado Springs, and you can explore even more events and activities here!

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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. 

Date: December 4, 2021
Time: 5:30 - 8:30pm
Where: Starts at St. Vrain Street and goes south on Tejon to Vermijo Street. 
Cost: FREE

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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: Now open for the 2021 season
Time: Varies depending on the day.
Cost: $10 includes skates; Under 4 years old FREE with paying adult

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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.

Date: Now open for the 2021 season
Time: Up to 3 departure times
Cost: Varies depending on options chosen

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Order Glen Eyrie's Castle tea package to go! This abbreviated version of their Castle tea is portable so you may take it with you. You’ll receive 4 flavors of our Seasonal tea selections to brew at home, as well as a few delectable deserts and sandwiches. 

Date: Wednesdays – Sundays 11:00am – 3:00 pm.
Cost: $36 per tea kit

Place your order in the bookstore or by calling 719-265-7050.

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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.

Date: 2021 info TBD
Time: varies
Cost:  varies

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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).

Date: Dec. 3-5, 10-23, 25-Jan. 1, 2022
Time: 5:20-8:30pm, 4:20pm early entry with zoo membership
Cost: See website for details

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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. 

Date: December 2021 (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Cost: We are opening our village for shopping and eating FREE of admission! Unlimited Ride Wristband for $10.00. Children 2 and under are FREE

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Amazing Winter heated trail ride in a Polaris side-by-side to celebrate the holidays with family and friend’s off-roading through the beautiful mountains near Colorado Springs & Woodland Park, Colorado.  Your holiday snow trail ride will start by viewing wildlife and enjoying an afternoon or sunset adventures with a cup of delicious hot chocolate, listening to Christmas music, and a cozy warm blanket for your comfort. Contact Great Outdoors Adventures team to book your Winter holiday for your family and friends! 

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Join us with the Parish House Baroque and the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble for an unforgettable concert event. This is an abbreviated version of Handel’s Messiah, and the Oratorio is performed by a select choir and a period ensemble orchestra.

Date: Sold Out
Time: Starts at 3:30 pm
Cost: Tickets begin at $34/person 

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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.

Date: November 5 - December 31
Time: 10 am - 6 pm store hours

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The Cowboy Christmas Jubilee, set in a festival of twinkling white lights at the stunning, well-lit rock formations at the Flying W Ranch, will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.  Featuring a mouth-watering dinner and spectacular musical performance. 

Date: Dec 3-19, 2021
Cost: $30-60

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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.

Date: December 19, 2021
Time:  9 - 11 am
Cost:  Adults $40, Kids 11 & under  $20

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Walk the holiday streets of days gone by on Small Business Saturday with the best Victorian Christmas Celebration from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas specials galore! Enjoy entertainment and treats at many of the avenue shops. Santa’s Workshop will be open for business until 8 p.m. for the Stroll and every weekend until Christmas located at 2732 W. Colorado Ave! Don't forget, there will be entertainment strolling the streets too!

Date: November 27, 2021
Location: Old Colorado City
Cost: Free

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Explore Cave of the Winds, lit in holiday colors, on a 45-60 minute, guided, walk-through. During the walk-through you will hear traditional Christmas stories as well as join in on some fun caroling. An ideal Christmas experience for the whole family!

Date: Friday and Saturday evenings December 3rd - 18th
Time: This tour will last approximately 45-60 minutes.
Cost: $20 per adult, $15 per child ages 4-12, and children ages 3 and under Free

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Experience the magic of Christmas from the air! See a reindeer’s-eye view of millions of Christmas lights, the beautiful Colorado Springs nightscapes and so much more.  Take a cozy, heated helicopter ride and enjoy this Colorado Vertical tradition from the comfort and safety of your own, private jet-helicopter ride!

Date: December 2021
Location: Colorado Springs, CO 
Cost: varies

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Outlets at Castle Rock is thrilled to be able to continue an annual tradition, social-distance style. Santa himself will help light the center’s 55’ holiday tree for the very first time on Saturday, November 14th, shortly after sunset (approximately 5:15pm).

Bring your camping chairs & grab a spot – 6 feet apart, of course. There will be plenty of space in the parking lot (which will be blocked off for the event) on the east side of the center, near Levi’s and Polo Ralph Lauren. Hot cocoa will be available for purchase as well.

Date: TBD 2022
Time: Tree lighting at 5:15pm
Cost: Free!

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Bring your family on a memorable mountain experience with a dash of Christmas spirit. Get outdoors this holiday season for a ride that's fit for Santa! Your "sleigh" will be equipped with lights, hot chocolate, and sheet music with many jolly tunes for those musical elves out there. Give the gift of adventure & delight of nature this holiday season.

Date: November 26 - 28, 2021
Cost: Varies depending on size of vehicle  

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Acoustic Eidolon, featuring Joe Scott on double neck guitjo and Hannah Alkire on cello are from Colorado and have graced stages throughout the US, Europe, Australia and Canada.

Date: December 12th & 29th
Time: Starts at 3:30 pm
Cost: $125/person

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Feast of the Seven Fishes is a Southern Italian tradition in which a meal including seven kinds of seafood is served on Christmas Eve—and it's been a tradition at Jax Fish House for more than a decade! This year's Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner is $85 per person and is available for dine-in only.

Date: Now open for the 2021 season
Cost: $85

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The moment guests step into the outdoor plaza of the Museum they will see and feel the holiday spirit sprinkled throughout. The holiday cheer continues into the atrium where a bobsled, holiday tree, wreaths and 40-foot LED wall make the picture-perfect holiday backdrop. Kids will receive treats on their journey throughout the Museum from team members and programming will occur every Saturday and Sunday in December. Activities will include prize giveaways, coloring sheets, ornament crafts, dreidel games and more.

Date: 2021 info TBD

Weekend programming:

Dec. 5-6: Wreath ornament making in celebration of Christmas
Dec. 12-13: Dreidel game playing in celebration of Hanukkah
Dec. 19-20: Snowman ornament making in celebration of the Winter Solstice
Dec. 26-27: Beaded bracelet making in celebration of Kwanzaa

Location: U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum
Cost: Admission Cost

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Enjoy a winter sleigh ride in a cozy off-road vehicle with Great Outdoors Adventures this Christmas season for a merry, merry time. Join us December 26 through January 2 for a spirited trail ride in the Rocky Mountain backcountry. Tour the stunning Pike National Forest in your own rented off-road vehicle as a self-guided tour with GPS navigation or a guided tour. 

When: December 26 - January 2
Where: Trailhead in Westcreek, CO
Cost:  Book An Adventure / Starting at $270

The giant headframes that remain as ghosts of 1890's gold mining days light up the night sky around Victor and Cripple Creek each holiday season. Holiday ornaments, some as large as 20 feet tall, are lit against the starry night skies of the Victor and Cripple Creek starting Friday of Thanksgiving Day weekend. The lights are best viewed from public roads around the district after dark and will be in place Friday-Sunday nights in December through New Year’s Day, weather/safety and volunteers permitting.

Date: Holiday Headframe Lighting Nov. 27-Jan. 1 - 2022
Cost: Free

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Go on a guided mountain tour in a Great Outdoors Adventures' lit off-road vehicle or bring your own decorated off-road vehicle. Enjoy an early bird discount of 20% off your booking if you make a reservation before December 20th! Join the parade December 23 from 2:30-5:00 pm or December 26 from 3:00-5:30 pm. Treat your loved ones to an adventure they will always remember this holiday season.  

Date: 2021 info TBD
Cost: Varies depending on size of vehicle  

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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!

Date: Many performances from Dec. 3-22
Time: Castle doors open at 5:30pm
Cost: Reservations are $144 + tax.

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Come enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season with Springs Beer Tours on a guided walking beer tour through the beautiful, quaint mountain town of Manitou Springs, Colorado.  Along the way you'll sample some of the finest Colorado craft beers, share a little bit of local history, and talk about the craft beer phenomenon!

Date: December 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: Manitou Springs
Cost: $39

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’Tis the season to be merry and join Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs' annual Snowland celebration filled with winter festivities.  Families will soak up the holiday spirit with daily snow showers in the Grand Lobby, visits from Santa along with a life-sized Gingerbread house that guests can dine in filled with delicious Snowland themed treats. 

Date: November 28-January 5
Location: Great Wolf Lodge
Cost: Varies

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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. 

Date: November 19-21, 2021
Time: 10am - 4 pm
Cost: $10-22.50

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Gather round for Christmas favorites to set your heart soaring. Arcangelo Corelli’s Christmas Concerto and Handel’s Messiah converge with other notes, noels, and seasonal standards that will have you rejoicing.

Date: Sunday, December 19 at 2:30 pm
Where: Colorado Springs, CO
Cost: $26-68

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To celebrate the arrival of Jolly Old St. Nick, Outlets at Castle Rock hosts a special family-friendly celebration dubbed 'Santa's Big Day.' The morning begins with a pancake breakfast with the Big Guy Himself (Santa), by Flippin' Flapjacks, in the Food Court. All donations benefit Denver Rescue Mission. The event will also include children's Christmas craft activities, sleigh rides, and even real reindeer! 

Date: 2022 info TBD
Location: The Outlets at Castle Rock
Cost: Breakfast is $5/person, a donation directly to Denver Rescue Mission. Or, instead of a monetary donation, you can bring a new or gently used item to be gifted to a family in need for the holidays: hats, gloves, socks, coats, new toys, canned food

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The Downtown Colorado Springs Holiday Pop-Up Shop program returns for a sixth season in 2019 with two new businesses, ART&ARTICLE and Eclectic CO.  ART&ARTICLE, located at 121 E. Costilla Street, features tableware, ceramics, small furniture, linens, jewelry, wall art, stationery and select vintage goods from as far as Scandinavia and Japan. Eclectic CO, located at 214 ½ N. Tejon Street, offers handcrafted goods from Colorado artisans, including apparel, jewelry, body products, home goods and confections.

Date: 2021 info TBD
Location: Downtown Colorado Springs
Cost: Free

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The Colorado Springs Youth Symphony invites fans to Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, December 1 for its annual Holiday Spectacular concert. Featuring the Amadeus String, Allegro Strings, Vivace Strings, Bravo Winds, Pikes Peak Winds, and Ovation Youth Orchestra, this concert sets the mood for the holiday season and will leave fans tapping their toes.

Date: 2021 info TBD
Location: Colorado Springs, CO 
Cost: $20

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In 1947, a tradition began at Seven Falls to promote the canyon at night when alternating colored and white lights illuminated the waters, much to the delight of locals and visitors worldwide.  On Saturday, November 17, the much-loved, multi-colored display continues for another holiday season as Seven Falls celebrates the fourth annual Winter Lights event.  More than 100,000 individual lights will line the path leading to the Falls, and this year, colored lights will also adorn the cliff faces of the Pillars of Hercules, making for not only a festive atmosphere, but a photographer’s dream locale for holiday family photos.

**The Falls themselves will still be lit up, as they are every night but the winter canyon lights will not be happening this year.

Date: 2021 CANCELED
Cost: $15.50 adults/ $9.50 kids
Where: Broadmoor Seven Falls

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Get out your Christmas Spirit and your ugly sweater with these unique tours from Local Motive Party Bus. 

Date: Tickets on sale now!
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Cost: Varies

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The Broadmoor Holiday Show is for children of all ages! This variety show includes incredible talent on stage such as Debby Boone, Jim Salestrom, Nelson Rangell, The Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale, and more! Santa Claus will also make a special appearance.

Date: December 2021 - specific dates TBD
Time: 6:00pm - Doors Open, 7:00pm - Dinner is Served, 8:00pm - Entertainment Begins
Cost: $100 for adults, $65 for children (10 and under)

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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The Christmas Casino & Inn at Bronco Billy’s is a year-round Christmas spectacle, located in Cripple Creek, CO. It features 150 of the most popular slot machines in a highly decorated seasonal setting with holiday music and decor. Additional guest amenities include 12 hotel rooms and delicious dining options at Rudy’s Diner. The casino is for those 21 or older.

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