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Top 10 Colorado Springs Christmas Activities {Updated for 2021}

Posted by Susanna Haynie on November 3, 2021


Looking to experience a Colorado Springs Christmas this year? December may be the busiest month for nearly every person, but it is definitely the most fun! With parties to attend, shopping to do, and decorations to put up, sometimes it is good to get away with the family and simply enjoy each other. There are activities abound that are suitable for a lovely date night out or fun with the family. colorado springs christmas activities

I took on the task of wading through endless activities for the month of December to highlight what I suggest are the Top Ten Picks for the Colorado Springs area.  I’d love to hear from you if your family gives any of these events a go. Let me know what you think.

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#1  SKATE IN THE PARK, Downtown Colorado Springs, Starting November 12 (continues through the winter)

Some of the best shopping around is in Downtown Colorado Springs. Plan a day out with your family to shop, eat at one of the many local restaurants, grab hot cocoa at the Storybook Coffee Co., and ice skate among the Christmas lights. A perfect way to make lasting memories with those you love. You’ll find the ice-skating rink in Acacia Park off of Tejon Street and Platte Ave. Details here.

#2  HOLIDAY LIGHTS TOUR: Colorado Springs, Various Dates

Premium Rides limo company is offering holiday lights tours this season. For $265, 7-8 people can book one of their limos to tour holiday lights around town in luxury and style for 2 hours. This would be a great idea for families or a fun holiday celebration with friends. Details here.

#3 SANTA EXPRESS TRAIN, Royal Gorge, November 19-December 30, 2021

Start a wonderful holiday tradition with the little ones in your family this year by booking a trip on the Santa Express Train. Food, cookies, hot cocoa and Christmas music are all part of the fun as the train travels to the North Pole for a visit from Santa and his elves. Tickets sell out every year so book early to reserve your seats. Tickets and details here.

#4  THE NUTCRACKER, Pikes Peak Center, November 26-28, 2021

The Christmas season is not complete without Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker! Delight your children, or your inner child, with this traditional Christmas ballet. Every year the Oklahoma City Ballet visits to delight us with this Thanksgiving tradition. You can dress up or go casual. Allow the Sugarplum fairy and her Kingdom of Sweets to usher in the magic of Christmas. This year they are featuring a “Short & Sweet” version of this holiday classic at just 60 minutes-perfect for families with young children. Dates, Times & Tickets.

#5 PALMER LAKE STAR LIGHTING, Palmer Lake, December 4, 2021

Fesivities begin at 3pm with performances and activities and then Santa will arrive for the annual lighting of the Palmer Lake star. Be sure the check out the North Pole Craft Fair from 9am-3pm in Monument that day!. More info here.

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#6 CHRISTMAS AT GLEN EYRIE, Various dates in December

Celebrate the Christmas of your dreams at one of the several events hosted at the magnificent Glen Eyrie Castle. If Old English is your cup of tea, you will be delighted to participate in any one of these events:

  • Madrigal Banquet: Set in the grandeur of The Great Hall of The Castle, the 16th century-style banquet is sure to fill you with awe this Christmas season. Make it a romantic getaway with an overnight stay in the castle! Click here for reservations and information.
  • Handel’s Messiah: An abbreviated version of this beloved musical piece will be performed by the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble and the Parish House Baroque. Make it a full evening by purchasing a ticket for the optional dinner in between shows.  Purchase tickets >> here <<.

#7  NATURE WALKS WITH SANTA, December 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. Click here for more information.

#8  HOLIDAY SHOW, The Broadmoor Hotel, December 17-26, 2021broadmoor hotel decorated for Christmas

Christmas isn’t Christmas in Colorado Springs without a trip to the Broadmoor Hotel! They have several events and packages to delight your family over the holidays. Choose from several dates for a taste of wassail and holiday music. Afterwards, take a romantic walk around the luxuriously decorated hotel, sit and be mesmerized by the thousands of holiday lights, and explore their famous gingerbread houses. The holiday show includes live music entertainment and dinner. Visit their website here. 

#9  CHRISTMAS CONCERT, Village 7 Presbyterian Church, Dec 11 & 12, 2021

This special concert will feature holiday classics and Messiah choruses for the second half. The Village 7 choir and creative team never disappoint-this is one of the top performances in the area.  More information here. 

#10  CHRISTMAS AT THE RANCH, Flying W Ranch, December 2-22, 2021

Enjoy a festive evening at the beautiful Flying W Ranch decorated for the holidays. The Cowboy Christmas Jubilee includes a delicious dinner and live musical show by the Flying W Wranglers. Details and tickets here.

What a fun holiday season this will be! There are so many exciting options, and since I’ve only listed ten, it will be hard to just pick one…so don’t! Fill up your calendar with memories and laughter. Satisfy the child inside as well as indulge your tastes with the finer things. Whether you live locally or are visiting for the holidays, let me be the first to wish you, your friends, and family the Happiest of Holidays and the Merriest of Christmas’!

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2 thoughts on “Top 10 Colorado Springs Christmas Activities {Updated for 2021}

  • on October 29, 2019

    We love to visit the Broadmoor to look at the Gingerbread display! Don’t miss it, then sit by the outdoor fire for a few minutes and enjoy!

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