Christmas & Holiday Events 2019 - Visit Colorado Springs

Top Winter Holiday Events in 2020

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


Holiday Events 2020

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!


Festival of Lights is a series of events to celebrate the December holiday season, highlighted by the Festival of Lights Parade. This year’s parade will be held in a safe and socially-distanced event at The Broadmoor World Arena! This stationary parade will allow you the opportunity to drive through the amazing lighted floats from the safety (and warmth!) of your own car. 

Date: December 5, 2020
Time: 5:30 - 8:30pm
Where: The Broadmoor World Arena
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: November 13, 2020 - February 23, 2020
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: November 19-December 24 & December 26-30
Time: Up to 3 departure times
Cost: Varies depending on options chosen

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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.

Date: November 30 - January 1
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 wonders of a true Victorian holiday experience! Miramont Castle is lavishly decorated, homemade refreshments abound, and there is delightful entertainment for your pleasure.

Date: December 2020
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. 4-6, 11-23, 25-Jan. 1, 2021
Time: 5:30-8:30pm, 4:30pm 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. **Only 4 rides open

Date: December 2020 (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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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 20 - December 28
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 4-20, 2020
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 20, 2020
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 28, 2020
Location: Old Colorado City
Cost: 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 2020
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 2020
Time: Tree lighting at 5:15pm
Cost: Free!

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With my Gnomies celebrates all that’s creative and local through a magical seek-and-find game for all ages. Downtown Colorado Springs, in partnership with artist-driven experience company Farm-to-Spaceship, presents WITH MY GNOMIES: a gnomadic adventure and community shopping experience made of games that encourage you to shop and explore Downtown for the holidays. More details in the link below!

Date: November - January
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: Dec 17-24, 2020
Cost: Varies depending on size of vehicle  

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Santa, strolling choral groups and hot wassail, head to Downtown Colorado Springs and get your holiday tradition fix. 

Date: December 9, 2020
Time: Varies
Cost: Free

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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: November 27, 2020 - January 1, 2021
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: Dec 23 & 26, 2020
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: Canceled
Time: Castle doors open at 5:30pm
Cost: Reservations for a 4-top table are $520 + tax, each additional person is $130 + tax, maximum party size is 10.

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**In order to ensure social distancing, we have re-arranged the table setups and the location of the performers. Our room capacity is significantly less, and tables are now located at least six feet away from each other. All staff will be wearing masks and we require all guests to comply with state mandates and wear masks indoors except while eating or drinking. In order to ensure that our guests are within the same social groups, we will be selling tickets per table, not by individual seat.

Spend the day in Manitou Springs and shop in the unique stores and art galleries. The town will be filled with holiday spirit as you listen to Sidewalk carolers, a Brass quartet, see Santa's helpers, and more! There will also be fireworks, a Santa appearance and a community parade!

Date: Canceled
Time: 1:00pm - 7:00pm (parade at 6:00pm)
Cost: Free 

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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: TBD 2020
Location: Manitou Springs
Cost: $39

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Snowland

’Tis the season to be merry and join Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs' annual Snowland celebration filled with winter festivities from November 29, 2018 - January 5, 2019.  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: TBD 2020
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: Canceled 
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: Canceled
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: Canceled
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: Canceled
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: Canceled
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: Winter Canyon lights canceled
Cost: $15.50 adults/ $9.50 kids
Where: Broadmoor Seven Falls

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Sweaters & Santa 

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

Date: Canceled
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: Canceled
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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Celebrate the magic of Christmas high atop Williams Canyon at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park! Enjoy a quarter of a million lights for the 2nd annual Mountain Illumination Festival. Twinkling lights, pictures with Santa, the Coca-Cola Bear and warm holiday cheer is a perfect way to help usher in Christmas this year!

Date: Canceled
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Cost: $25 for cars up to 10 people/$30 for vans with over 10 people

FREE plush teddy bear or puppy, courtesy of Christmas Unlimited, when you purchase a photo with Santa or the Coca Cola bear. While supplies last. One stuffed animal per photo.

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Sitting on Santa's lap can be a sweet memory for kids, but may not happen at all for children living with autism spectrum disorders, challenging behaviors and other disabilities. That's why the Colorado Springs ACI Learning Center is offering FREE Photos with “Autism Friendly Santa” as well as fun family activities

Date: TBD 2020
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Cost: Free

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Calhan Country Christmas

The El Paso County Fair & Events Complex is pleased to partner once again with the Calhan Christmas Parade of Lights and the Town of Calhan to bring you a Calhan Country Christmas! The 2019 Parade of Lights will depart and conclude at the El Paso County Fair & Event Complex where it will remain in place as a static display of floats. There will be a light display contest for a chance to win cash prizes!

Date: TBD 2020
Time: Gates open at 5:00pm
Cost: Free admission!

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To celebrate the Winter Solstice, Florissant Fossil Beds will be illuminating these massive fossils in the outdoor petrified stump exhibit area with lights and many luminarias and will be providing guided tours of the stumps.

Date: TBD 2020
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Cost: There are no additional fees for any park programs beyond the daily entrance fee of $10.00 per adult (15 and younger are free). 

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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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