Your Colorado Springs Holiday Fun Guide

    There’s more than enough fun to fill 12 Days of Christmas. Looking for holiday festivities and memory-making in Colorado Springs? Start here for local traditions and new events.

    holiday parade poster, decorating christmas tree
    Poster illustration by Luke Flowers. Courtesy of Colorado Springs Festival of Lights.

    ‘Tis the season to spread holiday cheer and celebrate with those nearest and dearest to you. We’ve all got our favorite traditions, but if you’re looking for some new fun options, we’ve got you covered. Here are some Colorado Springs classic, winter festivities during the most wonderful time of the year.

    Festival of Lights Parade
    Dec. 3

    festival of lights holiday parade poster
    Poster illustration by Luke Flowers. Photo courtesy of Colorado Springs Festival of Lights.

    5:50 p.m.
    Tejon Street becomes holiday central as floats, animals, characters and carolers parade through town in glittering lights. And who should appear with eight tiny reindeer at the end of the procession? Let’s just say you’d better not be caught pouting. Combine the parade with ice skating in Acacia Park and a festive meal and seasonal beverages, and downtown will be your perfect launch into full holiday mode.
    coloradospringsfestivaloflights.com

    Winter Lights Opening Celebration
    Dec. 3

    5 p.m.
    The Fine Arts Center will kick off the holiday season with a magical collection of holiday trees decorated by various artists. Enjoy free entertainment from Ormao Dance Company, The Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale, The Colorado Springs Conservatory and the Celtic Steps school of Irish Dance. This celebration opens the ongoing Gallery of Trees (Dec. 3 –  Jan. 8).
    csfineartscenter.org

    Festival of Lessons and Carols
    Dec. 4

    6 p.m.
    For the 55th year, Colorado College will host a free candlelit service in Shove Chapel. The event is open to the public, with readings, carols and the musical repertoire of the Colorado College Chamber chorus.
    coloradocollege.edu

    The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cog Railway Santa Claus Train
    Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17-24

    Allow the elves tell you the story of Santa as you journey to the top of Pikes Peak. This 45-minute, round-trip takes you 2 miles up the track to the historic Minnehaha Siding and includes hot chocolate and cookies. Santa and more of his elves will greet you at the depot. Bring your camera.
    cograilway.com

    Amahl and the Night Visitors and Bending Toward the Light
    Dec. 6

    holiday dancers in amahl and the night visitor
    Photos courtesy of Colorado Springs Conservatory.

    7 p.m.
    For 15 years, the Colorado Springs Conservatory has presented this classic one act play for free as a holiday gift to the community. This year it’s a double feature with the jazz nativity “Bending Toward the Light.” Dress in your finest winter whites and buy tickets to the preceding fundraiser Holiday White Party.
    coloradospringsconservatory.org

    Downtown Holiday Stroll
    Dec. 7

    5 p.m.
    Make your holiday shopping fun. Take a walk through downtown Colorado Springs and enjoy carolers, festive lights and later store hours until 8 p.m. And you’ll find special one-night-only promotions and deals. Hot, warming beverages will be available and lots of holiday cheer!
    downtowncs.com

    Electric Safari at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
    Dec. 9-23, Dec. 25-Jan. 1

    5:30-8:30 p.m.
    Stroll through America’s only mountain zoo with almost 1 million lights to brighten up the night sky. Warm up at one of the fire pits. See the real animals in their nightly habits—ever hear those lions roar? And, of course, meet Santa Claus through Dec. 23.)
    cmzoo.org

    Jingle Bell 5K
    Dec. 10

    9:30 a.m.
    Come in costume to Fountain Creek Regional Park, and run off some of those extra Christmas calories. Bring the younger ones for the free 1K Kids Fun Run.
    ppymca.org

    Nature Hikes and Wagon Rides with Santa at Fountain Creek Nature Center
    Dec. 10 and 17

    10 a.m.
    Hike with Kriss Kringle. Create snowflake crafts. Enjoy the interactive oration of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” poem. And take a ride with Suffolk Punch draft horses trotting down the regional trail serenaded by jingle bells and seasonal songs.
    elpasoco.com

    The Broadmoor Holiday Show
    Dec. 16-18, 23-24, 26, 29

    Doors open 6 p.m.
    This dinner concert series hosts pure holiday fun for the whole family in true Broadmoor fashion. Headliners include Melissa Manchester, the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale, Ken Miller and The Broadmoor Pops Orchestra and others. Of course, Santa Claus will be there too.
    broadmoor.com.

    Holiday Evening at Rock Ledge Ranch
    Dec. 17

    4-8 p.m.
    Get historical with a pioneer celebration at Rock Ledge Ranch, where you can take a jingle-bell wagon ride, join a hoedown and meet Kriss Kringle.
    rockledgeranch.com

    Winter Lights Ice
    Dec. 17

    10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Watch world-champion Cool Hand Ice Carving live at the Fine Arts Center. Catch a showing of the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas movie, and browse a collection of hand-drawn Grinch animation cels and related artworks. Food trucks will be on hand, and  Ormao Dance Company, The Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale, The Colorado Springs Conservatory and the Celtic Steps school of Irish Dance will be performing.
    csfineartscenter.org

    Christmas Symphony
    Dec. 18

    2:30 p.m.
    The Colorado Springs Philharmonic features music from the Polar Express and classical favorites like Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and the local premiere of choruses from Mendelssohn’s Christus.
    csphilharmonic.org

    Winter Wonderland With the Wolves
    Dec. 24

    9-11 a.m.
    Who needs reindeer when you can hang with wolves? Escape into the beauty of Divide. Breakfast burritos will be offered during the retreat.
    wolfeducation.org

    The North Pole
    Through Dec. 24

    10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Visit Santa at the icy North Pole when you take a trip to Santa’s magical workshop! The Christmas-themed family amusement park offers something for all ages. More than two dozen rides include the fantastical antique carousel and miniature train. Do some holiday shopping in the village, and feed the resident llamas and goats a treat.
    northpolecolorado.com

    Santa Express Train
    Nov. 18 – Dec. 24

    All aboard! Ride the rails on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad to see Santa. Wear your warmest pajamas and enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and cookies. When you reach the North Pole, Santa will bestow a special gift to all the good boys and girls.
    royalgorgeroute.com

    Skate in the Park
    Nov. 18 – Jan. 16

    holiday ice skaters acacia park
    Photo by Allison Daniell, Stellar Propeller Studio. Photo courtesy of Downtown Partnership.

    Bring on winter, ice and all! Acacia Park is skate central, where you can glide beneath the stars and twinkling festive lights. Perfect for making magical holiday memories. Skate rental is available.
    downtowncs.com


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