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[Updated for 2021] Holiday Activities Near Colorado Springs

Posted by Susanna Haynie on November 16, 2021
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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!).


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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.

SKATE IN THE PARK (Nov 12 – Jan 31, 2021): Skate in Acacia Park in downtown Colorado Springs. Special events this year include the tree lighting celebration, skating with members of the Colorado College hockey team, and skating with Team USA’s figure skating team.

PIONEER MUSEUM FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS FAMILY KIT (various dates in December): Reserve your kit now to pick up in December and enjoy a holiday recipe, craft supplies, a science experiment, and more with your littles at home!

NATURE WALKS WITH SANTA (Dec 11 & 18, 2021) Take a hike with Saint Nick and enjoy an interactive reading of “Twas the Night before Christmas.” Make paper snowflakes and enjoy live music after the hike.

GINGERBREAD HABITAT DECORATING (Dec 18, 2021) Let the little ones learn about various animal habitats at Bear Creek Nature Center while decorating a nature themed gingerbread habitat.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS PARADE (Dec 4, 2021) This year’s parade will resume its usual format and allow spectators to watch beautiful floats decorated with holiday lights.

ROYAL GORGE SANTA EXPRESS TRAIN (Nov 19 – Dec. 30, 2021): 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. 3 ,2021. Multiple nights): You cannot 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!

WINTER WONDERLAND WITH THE WOLVES (Dec 19, 2021): Enjoy breakfast burritos and a visit with the wolves at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

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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. 28) Enjoy a Victorian Christmas celebration while browsing Christmas specials at local shops and taking in the entertainment strolling the streets.

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

ADULTS ONLY ELECTRIC MOONLIGHT (Dec. 9, 2021, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo): This time leave the kids at home and have an adult-only night!


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

CHRISTMAS AT THE RANCH (Dec 3 – 22, 2021, Flying W Ranch):  The Cowboy Christmas Jubilee includes a delicious dinner and live musical show by the Flying W Wranglers.

THE NUTCRACKER, (Nov 26-28, 2021, 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! This year’s “Short & Sweet” show will be a condensed version of just 60 minutes so little ones can last through the whole performance.

HEART OF CHRISTMAS (Dec 10-12, 2021, Charis Bible College, Woodland Park): Now in its 13th 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.

IRISH CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA, (Dec 17, 2021, Stargazers Theatre) Live music, dancing and singing all in the Irish tradition.

CHRISTMAS SYMPHONY, (Dec 19, 2021, Pikes Peak Center) The Colorado Springs Philharmonic will perform  seasonal favorites and holiday classics.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT, (Dec 11 & 12, 2021, 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.


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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 (Dec 3-22, 2021): 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. 22-24, 2021): Featuring a Pumpkin Spice Martini & White Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Fondue. Enough said. Sounds like a girls night out to me!

YULE TEA (Thanksgiving – Christmas) 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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