Boulder's Brightest, Most Exciting, and Most Beautiful Holiday Events and Attractions

Most cities are magical during the holidays. The twinkling lights, the carolers, and the hustle-bustle are enough to bring out the child in us all. Boulder, Colorado, however, holds its own special kind of magic during this time of year. With the snow-dusted Flatirons towering over the town, Pearl Street buzzing with events and shopping opportunities, and the mountains beckoning skiers and adventures, there's truly not a more stunning place to spend the holidays in Colorado. 

Topping out our list, St. Nick on the Bricks is the perfect opportunity for the family to see the sights of Pearl Street and visit Santa. Other festive events include, The Nutcracker and Boulder's famous Lights of December Parade where you can sip hot chocolate and watch 50 twinkling floats pass, as well as carolers, and marching bands. 

For skiers and outdoor adventurers, Eldora Mountain Resort offer some awesome powder days and exciting terrain. If you're interested in backcountry skiing or snowshoeing, Indian Peaks Wilderness is a winter wonderland full of outdoor recreation opportunities. 

Interested in shopping and dining exclusively? Pearl Street Mall of Boulder and 16th Street Mall of Denver are the perfect spots for spending some cash and stocking up on your Christmas gifts.  

Chautauqua Park
Photo courtesy of © 2014 City of Boulder Parks & Recreation

The definitive "park" with ample open-space for relaxing, photography, and painting in peace. This meadow-like foothills park is ideal for a lazy afternoon with a book, a family picnic, bird watching, or a vigorous hike on numerous trails that...  Read More

Perched above the small and quirky town of Nederland, Colorado, Eldora Ski Resort is a local favorite for families and powder hounds alike. Unlike the ski resorts on I-70 such as Vail and Breckenridge, Eldora is smaller, easier to access, and...  Read More

Located on famous and romantic Pearl Street, Piece, Love, & Chocolate Company is the perfect place for dessert on date-night, Valentine's Day, or for couples who just want to treat themselves. Known for their truffles, decadent cakes, and...  Read More

Indian Peaks Wilderness
Photo courtesy of Hope Gately

Indian Peaks Wilderness, located along Colorado's scenic Peak-to Peak Highway just above Ward and Nederland is known for its pristine wilderness, jutting mountains, roaring streams, and challenging hikes. Just the drive alone is an adventure...  Read More

Named by the "Wall Street Journal" as among America's leading open-air pedestrian malls. Whether it's books, clothing, sporting goods, candy, or jewelry, there's a little something here for everyone. The area includes galleries, entertainment...  Read More

This unique family favorite is tucked away at the end of Pearl Street and offers a relaxing and artistic experience for kids that is sure to kill a good 3 hours on a rainy day. Children pick their own ceramic figurine ranging from bowls and cups...  Read More

The Boulder Ballet and Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra proudly present a beloved holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. Preformed in the elegant Mackey Auditorium, this intimate venue allows the audience the opportunity to be up-close and personal...  Read More

Parade of Lights
Photo courtesy of Downtown Boulder

Local businesses, schools, churches and many more participate in downtown Boulder's holiday shebang. This year, the parade will be held on December 5th at 6pm. Floats festooned with twinkling lights, music, and the Pearl Street Mall's shops all...  Read More

Love to shop but don't really care for all the walking involved? Never fear! 16th Street Mall of Denver offers a free trolly service that you will take you up and down the mall from store-to-fabulous store. This mall features the Virgin Records...  Read More

St. Nick on the Bricks
Photo courtesy of Downtown Boulder

Meet Santa himself while shopping and dining in Boulder's charming downtown area. Located at the Visitor's Center and starting the week of Thanksgiving, kids of all ages are encouraged to bundle up, wait in line, and sit on the lap of St. Nick...  Read More


Meet Hope Gately

Hope Gately should have a bumper sticker proclaiming "Not a Native...But I Got Here as Fast as I Could!" A transplant from the Midwest, Hope has fallen in love with Colorado's mountains playing...  More About Hope

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