Venture from Northern Colorado for a Colorado Christmas getaway. These are our top 5 picks in Colorado for a nice weekend or extended stay.
1 . Durango: A Classic Christmas
Located in Southern Colorado near the New Mexico border is a small town known for whitewater rafting, skiing, biking, fishing, snowmobiling, and the Polar Express of course! Durango, Colorado is home to the Polar Express train ride – a famous Christmas pastime that any classic Christmas junkie and Polar Express fan must experience! While on the Polar Express train ride, listen to Christmas carols, watch as actors play out the Polar Express story, and sip on hot chocolate as you enjoy a festive ride back into childhood. While you’re visiting Durango, make sure you watch the Charlie Brown Christmas production presented by River Church and Grace Church. Tickets are always free but must be claimed in advance. Bundle up with your family and take a hike through the beautiful Rocky Mountains in the San Juan National Forest, home to some of Colorado’s most colorful trees. Stay at a Dude Ranch, cabin, historic hotel, or bring your RV. Durango locals recommend staying at General Palmer Hotel if you’re looking for a unique Christmas vacation that will take you back in time. For those with a more elaborate liking, check out Homewood Suites by Hilton Durango.
2. Cascade: An Adventurer’s Christmas
Cascade, Colorado is for those a little more wild at heart, but we’ll be honest, if you don’t like amusement parks, Cascade probably isn’t for you. Escape to the North Pole at Santa’s Workshop where you will find plenty of enchanting adult Christmas rides like the Candy Cane Coaster, Christmas Tree Ride, and Santa’s Sleigh Ride. If you happen to bring your kids, you might as well stop by Santa’s house too. Skiing is of course a typical winter sport in Colorado, but not every outdoor activity has to do with skiing. Rockhound ATV rents and sells ATVs and provides different Christmas tours in an around the Rocky Mountains.
3. Estes Park: An Outdoor Christmas
If camping in the middle of winter isn’t for you, Estes Park is the closest town to Rocky Mountain National Park in Northern Colorado with extravagant hotels, including the famous Stanley Hotel where many movies have been filmed. Estes Park Village is the perfect place to have a low-key, quiet Christmas, but don’t wait to make your family’s reservations. Stop by Red Rose Rock Shop and Dick’s Rock Museum to see some of the most unique rocks and fossils in the U.S. While your there, try the salt water taffy — we promise it’s worth waiting in line for! Lastly, rent some snow shoes and poles and take a hike around Bear Lake or Alberta Falls – the sights are sure to take your breath away, especially around the spirit of Christmas time.
4. Glenwood Springs: A Stress-Free Christmas
If you don’t have kids and you’re looking for a more romantic Christmas getaway, Glenwood Springs might be a great option for you and your sweetheart. Locals recommend the Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge for a detoxifying visit. The lodge has been around since 1888 and includes a variety of relaxing packages. After your detox session, release some endorphins on the Hanging Lake Trail in Glenwood Canyon and check out the Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves. Need a few last-minute Christmas gifts? Glenwood Springs has a Target, Walmart, little shops and boutiques and plenty of places to pick up little souvenirs for your loved ones.
5. Georgetown: A Traditional Victorian Christmas
Join this Historic town for a “family-oriented, traditional Victorian-style” Christmas celebration at the Historic Hamill House in downtown Georgetown. Don’t forget to grab some roasted chestnuts, (where else can you even get chestnuts?) stroll the streets while listening to Victorian Christmas carols, and enjoy Christmas tours at the Hotel de Paris Museum. Once the third largest town in Colorado, Georgetown is now home to 1,000+ residents – but, it comes alive at Christmas time. Witness this little old western town come to life with the sights and sounds of Christmas as visitors come from all over to shop, sight-see, and snack at the Georgetown Christmas Market.