“˜Tis the season for holiday events and festivals, so I’ve decided to look ahead at the next several weeks and share with my readers the events I’ve discovered. I have no doubt I’ve missed many, so feel free to add your town’s event in the comment section. Please note, in today’s post I’m only writing about November 20 thru November 27.
Fort Collins, CO – Santa Arrives & the Old Town Ice Rink Opens
November 20, Old Town Fort Collins
Santa arrives in Old Town Square at noon on Saturday. Santa’s Workshop hours are 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, November 21 to December 24. There will be all kinds of holiday activities associate with Santa’s Workshop. For all the details visit www.downtownfortcollins.com.
On Saturday, Old Town Square’s ice rink opens with skating just $2 and skate rental only $1. For a full ice rink schedule visit www.downtownfortcollins.com.
Horse and carriage rides will be available throughout the holiday season in Old Town Fort Collins. For information and reservations visit www.coloradocarriage.com.
HeidiTown Tip: Fort Collins’ downtown parking structures will be free every Saturday and Sunday, November 27 until January 2, 2010.
Loveland, CO – Ice Rink Open, Horse & Carriage Rides Start today!
The Promenade Shops at Centerra
For details visit www.thepromenadeshopsatcenterra.com
Gunnison, CO – Sugar Plum Festival
November 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Field Western Heritage Center
Come do your holiday shopping at this arts and crafts fair featuring arts, crafts, wines and food. There’s a little something special for everyone on your Christmas list at this annual event.
Old Colorado City, CO – Christmas Tree Lighting
November 20, 5 p.m. at 25th & West Colorado
This is one of my favorite Colorado towns, and if you haven’t visited now is your chance. Watch this beautiful town light up, while listening to the holiday choir and sipping hot chocolate. You can even visit with Santa Claus at Meadow Muffins.
Estes Park, CO – Catch the Glow
November 26, activities start at 12 p.m. including hayrides and visits with Santa. The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. in downtown Estes Park.
This breathtaking holiday parade happens every year on the day after Thanksgiving. With music, floats, lights and more, the entire family will enjoy this kick-off of Estes Park’s holiday season. There are many holiday activities in the town including the Holiday House Christmas Bazaar, Quota Club Home Tour, a Holiday Art Walk, a black-tie Fantasy Ball and many music concerts. For all the festivities visit www.estesparkcvb.com.
Niwot, CO – Niwot’s Enchanted Evening
November 26, 5 to 8 p.m., downtown Niwot
Watch the trees light up in this charming Colorado town. The evening also includes bus rides by Banjo Billy, lots of live music, and arts and crafts vendors. The downtown stores will stay open late and serve refreshments to accommodate holiday shoppers. Be sure to visit Santa at Niwot Interiors.
Greeley, CO – Festival of Trees
November 27 thru December 4 at Union Colony Center
If you like Christmas trees this is the event for you! Each tree has a theme and visitors can vote for their favorites. There are different categories and even a kid favorite. Win prizes and meet Santa Claus at this annual event. Learn more at their comprehensive Web site: www.greeleygov.com.
Greeley Lights the Nights
November 27, 5:30 to 8 p.m. starting in Lincoln Park
Dozens of floats decorated with lights will move through the streets of downtown Greeley in this lighted parade that kicks off the holiday season.
Durango, CO – Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad presents Polar Express
November 19 thru December 28
For info & tickets: www.durangotrain.com
Take your children on the Polar Express, the ride that brings the popular children’s book alive. This is an event you and your family will never forget.
For a list of all the holiday events in Durango go to www.durango.com.
Georgetown, CO – Georgetown Loop Railroad Santa’s North Pole Adventure
November 26 thru December 30
For info & tickets: www.georgetownlooprr.com
Just 45 miles west of Denver, Georgetown is a winter wonderland. From their Christmas Market starting December 4 (more on that at a later date) to a train ride with Santa, if you like the holidays this is the town for you.
There are several holiday train rides to choose from on the Georgetown Loop Railroad, but if the kids would enjoy riding the rails with Santa, the North Pole Adventure is the way to go. Cookies, hot chocolate, candy canes and Santa. What more could a kiddo want?
HeidiTown Tip: The Mayor loves Georgetown. Read all about her weekend stay in this mountain community HERE.