Snow Much Fun, Boulder | Through January 9
Kick off December’s holiday festivities with a stroll through downtown Boulder’s self-guided lights tour. Be sure to stray south from the Pearl Street Mall to the Civic Area (near 11th Street and Canyon Drive) to visit Rainbow Road and the Bifrost (a rainbow bridge). Free

Snow Days, Vail | December 2–5
Dreaming of a white Christmas? Join in on some of the many events during this festival, including a Pray for Snow Pub Crawl throughout Vail Village on December 2, during which you can toast the ski season with drink specials courtesy of Bud Light. Ticket prices vary

Telluride Arts Holiday Bazaar, Telluride | December 3–5
No supply chain issues here. Get a jumpstart on holiday shopping with this wide array of artisan-made jewelry, organic body products, and more. Free

Winter Wonderlights, Loveland | Through January 2
Wander in a glowing wonderland of holiday lights and illuminated African stone sculptures at the Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra. On select nights, including December 4, guests will be treated to a visit from live reindeer. Free

Wassail Days, Frisco | December 5
Here’s your chance to go a-wassailing! Enjoy varieties of this hot, spiced cider served up by local businesses. Taste at least 12 different types to fill out the “12 Sips of Wassail Card” and receive a commemorative mug. Free

Photo courtesy of the Town of Frisco

Santa Express at Royal Gorge Route Railroad, Cañon City | Through December 30
The rugged canyon walls towering more than 1,000 feet overhead are made even more spectacular with a dusting of snow, but the real star of this ride is Old St. Nick himself, who makes an appearance on the return trip of this out-and-back journey and gives each child a special holiday bell, à la The Polar Express. Choose an evening departure to see a laser light show against the craggy cliffs. Starting at $74 for adults, $64 for kids

Georgetown Christmas Market | December 4–12
Step into Christmas seasons of yore with horse-drawn wagon rides and chestnuts roasted on an open fire at historic Georgetown’s annual Christmas Market. Free

Ullr Fest, Breckenridge | December 9–12
Dust off your Viking hat and pay homage to Ullr, the Norse god of snow, at this annual winter gathering. And be sure to party on with Breckenridge Distillery and Breckenridge Mountain Rotary as they vie to continue their reign for the unofficial world record for longest shotski. Ticket prices vary

Holiday Drive-In at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison | December 3–12
Catch a wide array of classic holiday flicks, including Love, Actually, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and A Christmas Story, all from the comfort of your own car during these screenings. $59.50 per vehicle

Dairy Block’s Après Ski Holiday Market, Denver | Weekends through December 19
Transport yourself to a European village—and finish up your Christmas shopping—as you check out the wares from both local Colorado businesses and national retailers, plus listen to carols sung by the Jingle Belles. Free

Gingerbread Display at the Broadmoor, Colorado Springs | Through January 1
Featuring 160 chocolate bars, 148 challah knots, and 1,000 white meringue kisses, The Broadmoor’s gingerbread display (located in the main building on the mezzanine) is more chateau than house. Book a night to take full advantage of their holiday programming. Free to view

Electric Safari at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs | Through January 1
Voted third best zoo lights display in the U.S. two years running, this wild display of more than 60 light sculptures is sure to be a roaring good time. Feeling generous? Play Secret Santa to the animals by donating old phone books, tennis balls, and other items from their list. Members: Free, non-members: $19.75 for adults, $15.75 for kids ages 3–11; $0.75 for kids 2 and under

A Christmas Carol at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver | Through December 26
Go on a journey with everyone’s favorite curmudgeon and his trio of specters from past, present, and future to find the true meaning of Christmas. Starting at $35

December Delights at Four Mile Historic Park, Denver | Through January 2
Channel your inner Nancy Kerrigan (or maybe just try not to look like a goober) on the park’s synthetic ice rink, which is open even in unseasonably warm temps. If the night does have you humming, “Baby, it’s cold outside,” get cozy in one of the dome seating areas (additional cost). Members: $14 for adults; $8 for kids ages 7-17, non-members: $16 for adults, $15 for seniors/military, $10 for kids ages 7-17, free for kids age 6 and under

Luminova Holidays at Elitch Gardens, Denver | Through January 2
Be dazzled by more than three million lights and try your hand (or feet?) at the interactive light-up hopscotch. Kids can also get in last-minute Christmas requests: Santa and his elves will be on hand, too. Starting at $25

North Pole Train Experience at the YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park | Through December 19
All aboard the Christmas train! Begin the journey at the YMCA of the Rockies’ Maude Jellison Library with a reading of The Polar Express, before enjoying a song-filled trolley ride to visit Santa himself. Free

Kwanzaa Installation at Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, Denver | December 18–January 1
View the impressive 12-foot-by-12-foot kinara (Swahili for “candle holder”) constructed by the Kwanzaa Committee of Denver, Inc. Each of its seven candles—three red, three green, one black—represents a different principle of Kwanzaa: Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith). Free

Holiday Follies at Lake Dillon Theatre Co., Dillon | December 10–23
There will be trivia. There will be dancing. And there will definitely be laughter. Lake Dillon Theater Co. brings winter cheer to the whole family with this lively comedy show. Starting at $36.50 for adults, $24.50 for students

Denver Christkindlmarket, Denver | Through December 23
Experience an authentic German village—no passport required. Grab a glass of Glühwein (a variety of mulled wine), a Bavarian-style beer, or some hot cocoa to sip while you finish up your holiday shopping list at the Civic Center Park location. Free

Swingin’ Holiday Songbook at Nocturne, Denver | December 21–23
Be carried away by riffs on holiday arrangements from classic crooners like Frank, Perry, and Ella, as well as select songs from Vince Guaraldi’s “Charlie Brown Christmas.” You even get a three-course meal to boot. $95

Photo courtesy of Hotel Colorado

Christmas Tree Display at Hotel Colorado, Glenwood Springs | Through mid-January
Ribbons, lights, and so many ornaments! With 60 festive fir trees throughout its lobby, restaurants, banquet rooms, and even in a few signature suites, Hotel Colorado’s holiday display may just inspire impromptu solos of “O Tannenbaum.” Free to view

Las Posadas at Tesoro Cultural Center, Morrison | December 24
Tesoro Cultural Center’s take on Las Posadas—the yearly celebration commemorating the Biblical story of Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem—will include a family-friendly procession featuring a donkey, goat, sheep, and a Scottish Highland cow. Complimentary Mexican hot chocolate and traditional biscochitos will be served. Free

Winter Starts Now at the Sheridan Opera House, Telluride | December 26
You’ve spread the Christmas cheer. Now share the snowsports stoke with a viewing of the latest adventure from legendary ski and snowboard filmmaker, Warren Miller. Expect big mountains, back flips, parachutes, and the pursuit of powder nirvana. $20

Living Lights at the Butterfly Pavilion, Westminster | December 17–January 2
Two words: biofluorescent scorpions. This brand-new exhibit includes multiple glowing experiences, including a Firefly Forest (expect performances from aerial artists) and an electrifying kid’s glow-in-the-dark dance party. Members: $15 for adults, $11 for seniors, $10 for kids, non-members: $20 for adults, $13 for seniors, $12 for kids

Live Ice Sculpture Carving, Snowmass | December 29, on display until March 2
Check out a full-sized gondola, Instagram-worthy snowflakes, and a bobsled in honor of the 2022 Olympics—all made of ice. Local sculpture extraordinaire Thomas Barlow offers demos on select Wednesdays. “Ice Ice Baby” jokes are welcome. Free

Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver | Through January 8
A trip to see the countless glowing LED bulbs at the Denver Botanic Gardens is a holiday tradition for Front Range families for a reason. New this year is the O’Fallon Perennial Walk, a 200-foot-long, 17-foot-tall tunnel of animated lights. Members: $16-$19, non-members: $18-$21, free for kids 2 and under

Torchlight Parade and Fireworks, Crested Butte | December 31
Say goodbye to 2021 with a stunning display by ski and snowboard instructors from Crested Butte Mountain Resort, who will carve their way down the slopes to create a neon glow, while fireworks burst overhead. Free