Colorado Has Christmas Holiday Events, Packages

Sunday, November 09 2008 13:28   Tips & Guides
Train rides to the North Pole, horse-drawn sleigh rides through snowy forests, Charles Dickens, the aroma of cookies and cocoa in mountain villages. This is another side of Colorado's winter season. Now through the New Year, travelers can take advantage of a variety of Christmas holiday-inspired packages and events.

Following are a few ways to celebrate the holidays in Colorado. For a complete list of vacation values and more, visit

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The Polar ExpressTM comes to life when the train departs the Durango depot for a journey to the "North Pole." Guests on board will enjoy hot chocolate and nougat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Experience the joy of watching the children's faces when the train arrives at the "North Pole," where Santa Claus and his reindeer will be waiting. Santa will then board The Polar Express where he will greet each child and hand them their own sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung on the return trip to Durango. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride! Families will want to make this an annual holiday tradition.

A Classic Broadmoor Christmas.
The famed Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs presents "A Classic Broadmoor Christmas." Enjoy deluxe accommodations at the luxurious hotel and attend a magnificent, heart-warming holiday show for the entire family. The show features Academy Award winning singer Maureen McGovern along with Colorado favorite and Emmy Award winning performer Jim Salestrom, joined by Ken Miller and select members of The Broadmoor Pops Orchestra. Doors will open for cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner is served at 7 p.m. and the entertainment will begin at 8 p.m. Package starts at $170 per person, based on double occupancy. Package available Dec.19 - 24, 2008.

Denver's Mile High Holidays. Denver's successful "Mile High Holidays" promotion returns this year, now through Jan. 31, 2009. The city that stands at 5,280 feet above sea level is offering a special $52.80 hotel rate at a number of properties, from charming inns to grand luxury hotels. The city is also rolling out shopping specials, restaurant deals and more.

Dessert at the Yurt in Crested Butte. There is nothing quite like Crested Butte's moonlit skies to stir up holiday goodwill. Join the Crested Butte Nordic Center on its Full Moon "Dessert at the Yurt" Ski and Snowshoe Tour on Dec. 12. The tour features a moonlit guided tour to Magic Meadows and warm drinks and dessert in a yurt along the way. The tour costs $25 for adults and $20 for children. Equipment rentals are available for $15.

Welcome the Season with Carousel Christmas. The 22nd annual Christmas at The Carousel will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7th in Carousel Park at the Kit Carson County Fairgrounds in Burlington. Rides on the gaily decorated merry-go-round will be free and tours of the recently completed Carousel Museum will also be available at no charge. The museum building will also be decked out for Christmas and will be toasty warm with scents of hot cider and homemade cookies wafting throughout. The Kit Carson County Carousel's fully restored magnificent Wurlitzer Monster Military Band Organ will be churning out music for the carousel's riders.

Ouray Elks Lodge for Santa.
Each year on Christmas Eve legions of Santas deploy across snowy Ouray County, spreading magic and glee. The Santas come to each hotel room where children are staying and bring small gifts. There is no cost, just a little advance notice. It is a tradition that began on a Christmas Eve in the 1920s, when according to legend, Ouray Elks Lodge members came across a family's broken-down wagon. A note read, "Sure hope you can find us tonight, Santa." The Elks helped the family, not only to shelter, but to gifts, toys and treats as well. This is just one of the things that makes Christmas in Ouray so enchanting.

Sleigh Bells in the City. Jingle through the city and enjoy a relaxing, festive holiday treat at Denver's historic Brown Palace Hotel. Starting at just $325 a night guests will enjoy deluxe accommodations, a 30-minute, horse-drawn carriage ride, a couples pedicure, hot chocolate and sugar cookie turndown and complimentary valet parking.

Visit Chocolateville. A Keystone holiday tradition. Each holiday season Keystone Resort chef Ned Archibald sculpts 2,500 pounds of chocolate into a miniature alpine village complete with a massive chocolate mountain, a working chocolate gondola, a cascading chocolate waterfall and a six-foot white chocolate Christmas tree with hand-blown sugar ornaments. This year's mouth-watering creation will be unveiled Dec. 19 in the lobby of the Keystone Lodge & Spa and will remain on display until Jan. 4, 2009.

A Christmas Tea with Charles Dickens.
Join "Charles Dickens" at the Estes Park Museum on Dec. 13 for tea in the year 1844, the year after the successful publication of his Christmas Carol in prose. Discover how literature's most beloved Christmas story came to be written, and don't forget to bring your Christmas spirit and imagination as Dickens enjoys engaging his guests in Victorian holiday games and songs.

18th Annual Creede Chocolate Festival. Join chocolate connoisseurs in Creede at this mouth-watering event, Nov. 29, and enjoy luscious samples of chocolate made by local business owners and individuals. In this Victorian-era mining town, visitors can also judge the chocolates and vote for their favorite. Each entry in the competition must contain chocolate, carob, cocoa or white chocolate, and cannot be commercially made or prepared from a box. It's a "chocolate lovers" alternative to mall shopping! Sample freshly made chocolate while touring historic district.

Victorian Days Holiday Weekend in Leadville. Step back in time Dec. 5-7, for an old-fashioned holiday experience during Leadville's Victorian Days Weekend. Featuring a parade of lights, carolers, refreshments, a visit from Santa, Victorian home tours, a Prospector's Lunch, a catered Victorian-style dinner and parlor casino games. The Victorian Home Tour is the highlight of the weekend, as visitors tour beautifully preserved homes from the 1880s, welcomed by locals in full Victorian dress. Most of the buildings in Leadville were built between 1880 and 1905. There are 70 square blocks included in the National Historic Landmark District of Victorian Architecture, including the largest opera house west of the Mississippi, a saloon visited by Oscar Wilde, and two historic 1879 churches.

Ice Skating and Santa's Workshop. Enjoy a true Fort Collins tradition by skating right in Old Town Square. After a spin on the ice, visit Santa's Workshop in Old Town which is offering holiday activities for kids including "Story time with Santa" and "Skating with Santa." The perfect family outing.

Holiday Light Extravaganza on the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk. Each year Pueblo's Riverwalk brings the joy and wonder of the holiday season to life by hosting the Annual Holiday Lighting Extravaganza, Nov. 28. Come see the Riverwalk beautifully illuminated with holiday lights and displays, sip a cup of hot chocolate, listen to a variety of festive live musical entertainment groups sing carols or ride the boats to tour the festively decorated channel. NORAD will be on hand to update the crowd on Santa Claus' journey as his much anticipated arrival at the Riverwalk draws near. The grand finale of the evening is a stunning fireworks show over Lake Elizabeth. A must attend holiday event for the whole family.


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