The holidays are a magical time in Estes Park and if you’re coming out in November or December, there’s no shortage of outdoor recreational activities to enjoy or themed events to attend. Here are some of our top picks with tips from a local on how to enjoy the holiday season in Estes Park.
Holiday events in Estes Park
Catch the Glow Christmas Parade & Celebration
This free holiday celebration starts at noon, with the parade at 5:30 p.m. down Elkhorn Avenue, where carolers sing jolly holiday tunes and seasonal characters make their way through the crowds. Be sure to stick around for the end of the parade for a special guest of honor!
For 2020, the event has changed slightly to Catch the Glow Festival of Lights. Beginning November 27th, 2020, visitors will be able to drive through the decorated floats and other lighted displays. The event takes place at the grounds of the Town’s Event Complex. View here for further details.
Estes Park Quotqa Festival of Trees
At the Estes Park Resort see a collection of Christmas trees decorated with all the finest trimmings. Now through December 18th, walk the halls of the resort to view the decorated trees. It’s a fun holiday festival for the entire family.
Holiday shopping in Estes Park
Shop local and visit downtown Estes Park for your holiday shopping. From cozy bookstores to colorful art galleries, there is something for everyone. Plus, the streets are decorated with holiday garlands and lights for a festive day of shopping.
Winter activities in Estes Park
Snowshoeing: The falling snow doesn’t mean you can’t explore the trails! Get some snowshoes, or bring your own, and trek around Rocky Mountain National Park.
Fatbiking: Colorado welcomes biking any season with the use of fat bikes to ride on the snow. These bicycles employ large, wide tires, making it easy to bike across the packed snow on the trails. Check out Hermit Park for trails that are bike-friendly.
Sledding: Enjoy a thrilling, and hopefully not too chilling, ride with sledding at Hidden Valley!
S’more fun at the YMCA: Estes Park’s YMCA has Thanksgiving activities prior to and post-Thanksgiving including s’mores and sitting around the campfire at 7 p.m.!
Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event may be canceled.
Visiting breweries, distilleries, and wineries: Stay warm inside and out with a visit to any of our wonderful breweries, distilleries, or wineries!
Relax at the spa: One of our favorite ways to spend a snowy afternoon around the holidays – getting a massage or specialty treatment from the talented folks at Riverspointe Spa!
Stay at Rocky Mountain Resorts
Planning a visit around the holidays? Stay at Rocky Mountain Resorts and take advantage of our December special: stay for three nights and only pay for two! We can book up quickly, so find your Estes Park cabin and reserve it today so you can feel relaxed going into the holiday season.