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[Updated for 2019] Holiday Activities Near Colorado Springs

Posted by Susanna Haynie on November 4, 2019
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As soon as we turn our calendars to November, we know it’s time to kick it up a notch. Special events are being planned and promoted, holiday shopping is in full swing, and now is the time to figure out what we will fill our calendars with. Most of us probably stick to the same routine year after year. Instead, this year let me challenge the same-ole, same-ole and suggest several holiday activities to expand your horizons!

If you are looking for things to do over the holidays….look no further! (P.S. We love a good list of fun activities. Take a gander at our Top 10 Christmas Activities, Colorado Springs New Year’s Events, Fall Activities Near Colorado Springs, and Things to Do in Colorado Springs posts. Bookmark ’em for future reference!)

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

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We’ve selected a few kid-friendly options that will create excitement and get everyone in the mood for Christmas! With kids out of school, what better way to make the days go by quicker than by filling their vacation with special events. Whether it is ice-skating or watching a Christmas parade, fill up your calendar with special holiday activities sure to bring a smile to all.

ACACIA PARK TREE LIGHTING AND ICE-SKATING (Sat., November 15): Located at the park in downtown Colorado Springs. Watch the lighting of the city Christmas tree, ice skate, watch short holiday movies, visit Santa, and create crafts. Activities start at 5:00 p.m.

FALL FAMILY FUN DAYS, PIONEER MUSEUM (Nov. 26 & 27): The Pioneers Museum is featuring an interactive children’s gallery and a family friendly scavenger hunt.

BEAR CREEK BY CANDLELIGHT (Dec 6) The twinkle of lights on the snow and the flicker of candles are a delight to many over the holidays. Bundle up with your favorite mittens and scarves and come on out for a candlelight walk at Bear Creek Nature Center. Chili, live music, and a visit from Santa will also be part of the fun.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS PARADE (Dec 7) This holiday parade through downtown Colorado Springs is always fun for the whole family.

JINGLE BELL 5K (Dec 14) A fun and festive (costumes and antlers encouraged) course through Fountain Creek Regional Park is stroller and dog friendly.

ROYAL GORGE SANTA EXPRESS TRAIN (Nov 14 – Dec. 31): Do you or your kids love the movie, Polar Express? Then you’ll be giddy over this experience on a real train. Wear your PJs and get ready to drink your fill of hot chocolate. It’s a popular attraction so book early!

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO ELECTRIC SAFARI (Starts Dec. 6. Multiple nights): You can not celebrate this season without a visit to the Electric Safari! Beautiful lights, hot cocoa, fire pits throughout the zoo – a fun night that is a special tradition for our city. Bundle the whole family up and enjoy a memorable evening!

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DATE NIGHT

So now that the kids are taken care of, don’t think that the fun stops there. It’s only beginning! There are loads of options for a special date night to celebrate sans little ones.

OLD COLORADO CITY CHRISTMAS STROLL (Nov. 30) Enjoy a Victorian Christmas celebration while browsing Christmas specials at local shops and taking in the entertainment strolling the streets.

BEER & CAROLS (Dec 1) Grab an adult beverage at Wild Goose Meeting House and sing along to Christmas carols with your friends.

TOUR DE LIGHTS (Dec 9) Decorate your bikes and join this group ride from Trails End Taproom through Old Colorado City. Back at the Taproom, prizes will be handed out followed by a Christmas sing-a-long.

ADULTS ONLY ELECTRIC MOONLIGHT (Dec. 11, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo): This time leave the kids at home and have an adult-only night!

DATE NIGHT WORKSHOP (Dec 14) Bring your significant other to this unique date night at AR Workshop. Choose your project (holiday options available) and use power tools and paint to create a wood project together.

MUSIC AND PERFORMANCES

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Do you have a favorite tradition for the holidays? I love to attend a Nutcracker performance – something I have done as a teenager. No matter your traditions, here are several classic performances sure to have you dreaming of a white (and warm & snuggly) Christmas!

THE NUTCRACKER, (Thanksgiving Weekend, Pikes Peak Center): What is the Christmas season without watching the story of Claire and her nutcracker doll coming to life? A “sweet treat” no matter your age!

HEART OF CHRISTMAS (Dec 13-15 Charis Bible College, Woodland Park): Now in its 10th year, a phenomenal musical performed both in Norway and in our backyard, Woodland Park. The story of a young girl in the 40s who escapes the war in Europe and comes to America. She discovers the true meaning of Christmas.

CHRISTMAS SYMPHONY, (Dec. 22, Pikes Peak Center)

IRISH CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA, (Dec 17, Stargazers Theatre): Looking for something a little different? “The hugely popular show, now in its 14th season, features top Irish music, song, and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humor and boundless energy.”

HALLELUJAH CONCERT, (Dec 7 & 8, Village Seven Presbyterian Church): Looking for a goose bump experience? This is not your grandma’s little village choir. Village Seven produces the most amazing performances. Extremely talented and well put-together, I have never been disappointed. Nothing short of an amazing experience.

ALL ABOUT THAT FOOD (AND DRINK)

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Admit it. You LOVE the food during the holidays! Who doesn’t? I found a few holiday activities that are all about yummy-to-your-tummy treats and tantalizing and rich meals.

GLEN EYRIE MADRIGAL BANQUET (Several December dates to choose from): Experience a traditional medieval Christmas banquet, hosted in the Grand Hall of the castle. Wassail, singing, and a traditional meal. Get your tickets early!

FRIENDSGIVING AT THE MELTING POT, (Nov. 25-26): Featuring a Pumpkin Spice Martini & White Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Fondue. Enough said. Sounds like a girls night out to me!

YULE TEA (Nov 30-Jan 1) Revel in the beauty of Glen Eyrie Castle while enjoying their special holiday menu for their Yule Teas. These dates typically sell out, so be sure to reserve your spots in advance.

WONDERFUL TIME FOR A BEER TOUR (Various dates in December) This guided walking beer tour through Manitou Springs will feature unique winter brews.

I wish I could have included all the wonderful activities available this year! There are so many to choose from. Whatever you decide, may it be a magical year for you and your family.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

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