Top 5 Colorado Christmas Towns

December 6, 2011 — 9 Comments

I love Colorado during the holiday season. From Denver’s Larimer Street to the Christmas Market in Georgetown, there’s something about Colorado that make me feel as though I’m spending the holiday season in a postcard.

As the Mayor of HeidiTown.com, I attend a lot of events and festivals and I spend a lot of time at holiday events around the state, so I’ve decided to share what I deem as the Top 5 Colorado Christmas Towns. This list is in no particular order, although if I were to pick a number one Colorado Christmas town, it would be Georgetown.

 

Georgetown, Colorado horse & sleigh

1.  Georgetown, Colorado is a hidden gem just 45 minutes west of Denver along I70. I’d driven by it a hundred times before actually stopping in, but once I did I realized what a great little place it really is, and during the holidays it’s truly outstanding. With the a tree lighting ceremony, Letter Day and the Georgetown Christmas Market running for two weekends, this town commemorate the holidays the way they were intended to be celebrated. Visit HistoricGeorgetown.org for more information.

 

Breckenridge holidays carolers Scofield

2.  Breckenridge, Colorado is well known as a ski town, but this place has a lot of other stuff going on and that’s why it makes my list. The Victorian style architecture of the town looks resplendent during the holidays. With the Lightening of Breckenridge on the first weekend in December to carriage rides available throughout the holidays, and wonderful shopping opportunities, this town will make you feel as though you’ve stepped into a holiday postcard. Check out GoBreck.com to keep an eye what’s happening in Breckenridge year-round.

 

Polar Express arrives at the station Durango

3. HGTV recently named Durango, Colorado as one of their “Top Ten Christmas Towns,” and it’s no surprise. Durango is home to the Polar Express, a production of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gage Railroad. This train ride is a memorable way to celebrate the holidays with your children. During the month of December, Durango is alive with festive music and the hubbub of the holidays. There’s never a dull moment and always something Christmassy happening, and that’s why it makes my list. Go to Durango.org for more information on this top Christmas town.

 

 

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4.  The 12 Days of Aspen, is just one reason this ski town is making the list. From December 20, through New Year’s Eve, Aspen, Colorado celebrates the season with all sorts of cheery activities from concerts to theater, from street entertainment to free ice-skating, to shopping and restaurant specials and so much more. Aspen is also quite lovely during the holidays – just one more reason they made this list.

 

Estes Park Colorado holiday photo

5. Nestled between the soaring peaks of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado is known as the Gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s always a bustling during the summer, but this charming little village lights up during the holidays. Visitors should stop at Longs Peak Coffee & Paper House for a cup of hot chocolate and then stroll the streets of this picturesque town. While in town, be sure to visit the famous The Stanley Hotel, to see the holiday décor.

9 responses to Top 5 Colorado Christmas Towns

  1. Great List!!
    If you want romance and a true white Christmas with beautiful twinkle lights other than Salzburg, Austria, Colorado is where it’s at!!

  2. Remember when you visit Georgetown, don’t forget to travel the extra 2 miles to Silver Plume and stop at the Sopp & Truscott Bakery. They have the most delicious breads and goodies. Try the Johnny Bread or the Asiago Cheese Bread…. or a giant cinnamon roll…. or a Naughty Bar…. yummmm

    • Thanks Gail! I love a good bakery. We will most definitely check out it out the next time we’re in the area. A Naughty Bar? I think I definitely deserve on of those. LOL! ~Heidi, The Mayor :-)

  3. I have only been in Colorado for one Christmas! Thanks for the ideas of exploring our new state during the holidays.

    • Thanks for stopping by HeidiTown, Misty. Christmas in Colorado is an interesting thing. My husband, who grew up here, remembers a 70 degree Christmas, which he loved because he got to ride his new bike. You never quite know if it will be a white Christmas or warm Christmas, but either way, it’s always a good Christmas in Colorado!

      • I will be visiting my son this Christmas. I am from SC and have no winter clothes, really nothing more than a sweater, blue jeans, and some cowboy boots. How should I dress for the weather? I have to pack light on the plane!

  4. These all look like beautiful places to visit! Even little ole westminster had a great christmas light display and lighting ceremony.

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