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[Updated for 2018] Holiday Activities Near Colorado Springs

Posted by Susanna Haynie on November 13, 2018
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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, watching a Christmas parade, or a special Daddy-daughter dance, fill up your calendar with special holiday activities sure to bring a smile to all.

ACACIA PARK TREE LIGHTING AND ICE-SKATING (Sat., November 17): 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 4:30 p.m.

FALL FAMILY FUN DAYS, PIONEER MUSEUM (Nov. 21 & 22): The Pioneers Museum is opening a new children’s interactive exhibit. During the Fall Break, bring your kids to this family celebration for crafts, movies, popcorn, and a tour.

ROYAL GORGE SANTA EXPRESS TRAIN (Nov 16 – Dec. 24): 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. 7. 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!

ENCHANTED PRINCESS BALL (Dec. 17 or 18, Glen Eryie): If you are a daddy to a little girl, stop now and get your tickets to this ball! You will forever capture the heart of your daughter! (Ages 10 and under)

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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.

ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE ELF MOVIE PARTY (Select dates Nov. 30-Dec 18): “Buddy the Elf. What’s your favorite color?”  Yes, we’re sending you to Denver for this one, but it will be worth it. The Alamo Drafthouse is a truly unique movie experience, and the Elf Movie Party is sure to be a ton of festive fun. These special screenings include “fun props, a themed contest before the film, and a “real” snowball fight in the theater!” Did we mention that Alamo serves a full menu and alcohol in the theater?

JACK QUINN’S UGLY SWEATER RUN (Dec. 4,  5-7pm): If you want a more active date night, grab your ugliest Christmas sweater and join the festivities at Boulder Running Company. There will be a run, food, beer, great vendors and prizes for the best sweater!

ADULTS ONLY ELECTRIC MOONLIGHT (Dec. 6, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo): This time leave the kids at home and have an adult-only night!

DESSERT WITH DICKENS (Dec. 13, 7 PM, Cherokee Ranch, Sedalia): Love the idea of a fireside storyteller? Dial it down to a more intimate setting. Here’s your chance for a bit of nostalgia. Dessert, the Christmas Carol, and a cozy evening with a loved one. Even better….it’s in a castle!

UGLY SWEATER FEST (Dec. 2, Norris-Penrose Event Center): Did you make the Halloween Brew Fest? Same folks, different costumes! Come out and have a blast in your ugliest sweater.


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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 7-9 Charis Bible College, Woodland Park): Now in its 9th 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. 16, 2:30 pm, Pikes Peak Center)

IRISH CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA, (Dec 11, 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 1-2, 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.

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE, (Dec. 28, 29 & 30, Briarhurst Manor): 5-course meal and hours of intrigue! Hurry…the tickets sell out fast!

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. 20-21): Featuring a Pumpkin Spice Martini & White Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Fondue. Enough said. Sounds like a girls night out to me!

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!

p.s. See what we recommended last year….2016 Christmas Activities


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