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Colorado in the winter | 16 charming towns to visit

When you think about visiting Colorado in the winter, it’s usually for one reason: to ski.

The US state’s renowned for its number of fabulous ski resorts, complete with snowy scenic backdrops.

But, aside from the skiing, there’s plenty to do in Colorado that doesn’t involve a set of skis or a snowboard. The state has plenty of pretty and charming towns to visit, and they make a great winter vacation.

Many towns resemble a scene straight out of a Hallmark Christmas movie, offering visitors a traditional and fantastical escape.

Listed in alphabetical order, we’re visiting 16 of the best places to visit in Colorado in the winter.

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1. Aspen

A name synonymous with winter in Colorado and its skiing resorts, it’s little wonder why many visitors flock to Aspen.

The Aspen Snowmass resort is one of the most famed in town, featuring not one, but 4 ski mountains. Non-skiers are catered for too, with activities like the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster and tubing on the schedule. These donut-shaped tubes are a whole lot of fun come summer on the water, or winter on the slopes.

Christmas is also well celebrated in Aspen, with a special event in town called the 12 days of Aspen.

Taking place during the last 12 days of December, Aspen transforms into a Christmassy festive wonderland. Family-friendly activities like ice skating and cookie decorating are just a handful of the happening events.

The 12-day celebration ends with a colorful fireworks display at Aspen Mountain on New Year’s Eve.

Where to stay in Aspen

Off the resort is the Limelight Hotel Aspen. A great location in the town, enjoy the large-sized rooms and freshly cooked breakfasts.

This super cozy 1-bedroom condo is a sound, and affordable, choice in Aspen. With a king bed, wood fireplace and an outdoor patio, you’ll get the most out of your stay here.

Skiers on Aspen mountain — places to visit in Colorado in the winter

Head to the slopes on Aspen Mountain – places to visit in Colorado in the winter

2. Beaver Creek

A town in Colorado that was made for winter, Beaver Creek resort is the all-in-one destination. Beaver Creek Mountain is packed with plenty of powdery snow, ideal for any type of winter sports.

Once you’ve had your fill on the slopes, it’s time to head back to Beaver Creek Village. There are more than 20 places to eat and drink, and over 35 shops to flex the credit cards. The village also includes different types of lodging, as well as the facilities to accommodate the resort’s activities.

Beaver Creek is around a 2-hour drive from Colorado’s capital city, Denver. Offering guests complimentary hot chocolate and freshly-baked cookies every day at 3pm, Beaver Creek knows how to treat its clientele.

Where to stay in Beaver Creek

Away from the resort, but close enough to the activities if the Beaver Creek Lodge, Autograph Collection. Grand suites, big bedrooms and bathrooms and wine tasting every day at 6pm, it ticks plenty boxes.

Tradition and comfort go hand in hand at this beautiful condominium in Beaver Creek. It’s ideal for 4 guests, with 1 bedroom, 2 beds and 2 bathrooms.

Beaver Creek — places to visit in Colorado in the winter

The small town of Beaver Creek is one of the best places to visit in Colorado in the winter

3. Boulder

Sitting at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado is the city of Boulder. Named one of the best places to spend Christmas in the USA, Boulder is magically transformed come winter.

Lights, lights, lights — places to visit in Colorado in the winter

The only other place that probably can rival Boulder’s Christmas lights is Vigo in Spain. A Christmas tradition that happens every year, the city places its iconic holiday star atop Flagstaff Mountain. Consisting of 365 energy-saving LED lightbulbs, you can see the giant star from anywhere in Boulder.

The city has even more LED-light displays downtown, as well as in the Chautauqua district. Other notable winter highlights include a holiday hike, holiday tea services and a larger-than-life Christmas tree.

Each year, Hotel Boulderado puts up the two-story tree beneath its dazzling stained-glass mezzanine. The setting’s also where they serve a delicious afternoon tea with plenty of finger sandwiches and cream-filled cakes and pastries.

Where to stay in Boulder

In the center of the city, the Bradley Boulder Inn is a comfortable and affordable choice. Rustic surroundings, home-made breakfasts and within minutes’ walk to the city’s attractions, it’s one to consider.

Stay in the heart of the downtown area of Boulder, at this huge and spacious apartment. A unique blend of industrial chic and modern design, it also comes with a view of the Flatiron Mountains.

Boulder Christmas lights — places to visit in Colorado in the winter

The sparkling Christmas lights in Boulder ©Twitter.com/onlyinboulder

4. Breckenridge

One of the best-known winter destinations in Colorado, Breckenridge sparkles like a snow globe when the festive season arrives.

A backdrop of snowy peaks and frosted trees, Breckenridge is small town USA winter charm at its finest. In the run-up to Christmas, the town sparkles under an umbrella of 250,000 LED lights.

Annual December events include the Lighting of Breckenridge and the Race of the Santas. Pack the right winter clothing for outdoor activities such as sledding and snowboarding.

My personal favorite is a scenic horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow. Stay snug beneath a warm blanket with a mug of complimentary hot cocoa and homemade cookies.

Where to stay in Breckenridge

An aparthotel that meets all of your needs, Welk Resorts Breckenridge The Ranahan is worth considering. It has 2 pools on site, complimentary WIFi and is in a good location for accessing the slopes.

Just 200 steps to the nearest ski lift, this condo in Breckenridge is an ideal choice. Cozy furnishings, a hot tub (communal) and a central location make this an ideal choice. The condo can host up to 4 guests.

Breckenridge horse drawn sleigh ride — places to visit in Colorado in the winter

Jump on board a horse-drawn sleigh ride in Breckenridge

5. Crested Butte

Plenty of snowing, sledding and other winter sports activities await you at Crested Butte.

This idyllic small town in Colorado transforms into the prettiest winterfest, starting with a lighting of the town’s grand tree.

One of the most adorable winter events is its annual reindeer scavenger hunt. Fun for children and adults, it’s a weekend of tracking down one of Crested Butte’s beloved reindeer.

The colorful street of Elk Avenue is like something cherry-picked straight out of a Hallmark movie. Filled with artisan shops and boutique finds, you’ll feel like you’re on a real-life movie set.

The town welcomes in the new year with a torchlight parade followed by a cracking fireworks display. One of the best places to visit in Colorado in the winter, Crested Butte is where long-life memories are made.

Where to stay in Crested Butte

The Purple Mountain Bed & Breakfast & Spa is just 2.9km from the Crested Butte Mountain Resort. With beautiful bedrooms, an on-site spa and free bikes for its guests, it’s a good option for Crested Butte.

Just 5 minutes from the downtown Crested Butte is this modern apartment with loft. The apartment’s located near the Upper Loop, Strand Hill and Teocalli Mountain hiking/biking trails.

Crested Butte — places to visit in Colorado in the winter

Even prettier in the winter, Crested Butte – places to visit in Colorado in the winter

6. Durango

A small city in southwest Colorado near the border with New Mexico, Durango goes all when winter arrives.

The Christmas holidays are well celebrated here, with events running throughout December such as the Winter Solstice Artisans’ Market. Goods are made by local artists and craftspeople, so you can feel assured that you’ll be supporting a good cause.

One of the top ski towns in America, visitors flock to try out the terrain in Durango. However, the city also has other non-skiing activities to try, like snowmobiling and dog sledding if skiing’s not for you.

Polar Express Train Ride — what is there to do in Colorado in the winter?

There’s one special attraction which makes Durango one of the best places to visit in Colorado in the winter. The town’s home to the magical Polar Express Train, which takes you and your family to the ‘North Pole’.

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Based on the 2003 animation movie, the ride culminates in meeting some of Santa’s elves, reindeer and Santa himself.

Children receive a special gift, and everyone receives hot cocoa and cookies at the end of the adventure.

Where to stay in Durango

Just 5 minutes by car from the center of Durango is the very comfortable Homewood Suites by Hilton. Offering all the amenities you need for your stay, it’s a good, and affordable choice.

Enjoy the best of Durango by booking a few nights at this on-mountain condo with spa bathroom and chef’s kitchen. Indulge in views of the San Juan Mountains from the living room, dining room, bedroom and deck.

Polar Express Train Durango — places to visit in Colorado in the winter

Winter fun and adventure on board the Polar Express Train ©Reddit

7. Estes Park

Get closer to the wildlife, and nature, with a visit to the picturesque Estes Park.

Visitors tend to use the town as a base for visiting the Rocky Mountain National Park. Come winter, the town hosts a number of events, guaranteed to draw out the Christmas spirit.

Pencil in the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and a light parade that takes place over Thanksgiving weekend. For adults, the holiday pub crawl to breakfast with Santa will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen, or done, before.

One highlight of the winter season is the Yuletide lights driving tour in Estes Park. Print out a copy of the map from the website, and enjoy a self-drive of the town’s prettiest buildings.

Where to stay in Estes Park, Colorado

Wake up to the best of the Colorado nature with a few nights at Boulder Brook on Fall River. Rooms come with a patio and a river view, and there’s also a hot tub for guests to use.

Pet-friendly and offering stunning views of the Rocky Mountains, this vintage cabin is worth considering. It has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and can accommodate 4 guests.

Outdoor activities in Estes Park — places to visit in Colorado in the winter

Explore the snowy landscape in Estes Park – places to visit in Colorado in the winter

“ Many of them resemble a scene straight out of a Hallmark Christmas movie… ”

8. Frisco

Adventure and adrenaline are the keywords when you visit Frisco, Colorado in winter.

The small town’s packed with tons of activities, which will easily fill up your itinerary. A first stop for adventure seekers should be the Frisco Adventure Park. They’ve a multi-lane tubing hill plus a beginner ski and ride hill.

Within the park is the Frisco Nordic Center. It boasts 27,000 ski trails and 20,000 snowshoe trails with lessons and classes also available. The park also offers snowshoe tours that’ll take you through the snowy and scenic trails.

Pumpkin soup — places to visit in Colorado in the winter

Join in the winter festivities at the Soup Cup Classic in Frisco

Another annual event worth mentioning is the Soup Cup Classic. Here, local restaurants and amateur cooks battle it out to see which soup reigns supreme. It’s the guests that’ll judge the soup, and decide who will win best professional soup and best amateur soup.

Where to stay in Frisco, Colorado

Located 200m from the Frisco Historic Park is the Frisco Inn on Galena. Offering guests cozy bedrooms, homemade breakfast and a central spot, you’ll have a comfortable stay.

Vegetable soup — places to visit in Colorado in the winter

Test out the soups on offer in Frisc o – places to visit in Colorado in the winter

Map: places to visit in Colorado in the winter

9. Georgetown

Just 45 minutes west of Denver is the municipality of Georgetown.

Steeped in history, Georgetown was the former silver mining camp along Clear Creek in the Rocky Mountains.

However, when winter, and the holiday season arrives, the town’s transformed into a scene from Christmas’ past. Horse-drawn wagon rides through the snow, sparkling Christmas lights and plenty of festive food and drink marks the winter season.

The annual Georgetown Christmas market is more than just a place where you can stock up on festive gifts. Carolers and dancers in Victorian costume entertain the crowds, leaving you to concentrate on eating, drinking and being merry.

The market also pays tribute to some of the European Christmas market traditions, such as the Santa Lucia children’s procession. Free to visit, it makes Georgetown one of the best places to visit in Colorado in the winter.

Where to stay in Georgetown, Colorado

Charming and inviting is the best way to describe Hotel Chateaux Chamonix.

Located in the historic center of Georgetown, the hotel’s an easy 10-minute drive from the Loveland Ski Area. All bedrooms come with mountain views.

Georgetown — places to visit in Colorado in the winter

Christmastime Pretty in winter, Georgetown – places to visit in Colorado in the winter

10. Glenwood Springs

In a city known for its hot springs, there’s no escaping a visit when in Glenwood Springs. Hotel Glenwood Springs has a year-round indoor pool and is located adjacent to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

Mineral water from the nearby Yampah spring produces over 3.5 million gallons of water each day. And, at temperatures of 50°C (122°F), it makes this the hottest springs pool in Colorado.

However, fret not, as the resort doesn’t intend to cook its guests. The spring water’s cooled down before entering its 2 pools. Open throughout winter, it takes me back to my Blue Lagoon experience in Iceland.

The resort has 107 rooms, and is 320m from the town center.

Made for wellness — what is there to in Colorado in the winter besides skiing?

Along with hosting a number of winter sports, Glenwood Springs is also known for its wellness facilities.

Follow in the footsteps of the Ute Indians, by taking a time out in the Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves. Mineral-rich steam enters the underground caverns, allowing you to soak up its healing properties. It’s an experience that’ll leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Glenwood Springs — places to visit in Colorado in the winter

Relax in the warm thermal waters in Glenwood Springs – places to visit in Colorado in the winter

11. Golden

The origins of the name of this small town in Colorado lies within its history.

What was once a gold rush town, is today a place of agriculture, industry and development. When winter arrives, the locals in Golden make the most out of the snowy weather.

Whether it’s hiking, biking or ice climbing in Clear Creek Canyon, people here like to be active. Golden Gate Canyon State Park tops the list for its spectacular hikes and views of the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area.

Exploring downtown Golden during the holidays, is akin to walking into a light extravaganza. The season also welcomes boutique shops, as well as an art market showcasing the work of Colorado artists.

Home to the famous Coors Brewery, end your day in Golden with a refreshing pint (or two).

Where to stay in Golden, Colorado

Less than 800m from the Coors distillery, the location of The Golden Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection, is unbeatable. Spacious rooms, complete amenities and a restaurant on site, it’s an all-in-one accommodation package.

Stay in the heart of Golden at this chic and modern apartment in the downtown area. It can sleep 4 guests, and there’s 1 bedroom, plus a kitchen, deck and patio.

Coors beer in the snow — places to visit in Colorado in the winter

Grab a cool Coors beer in Golden – places to visit in Colorado in the winter

12. Leadville and Twin Lakes

Boasting the title of the highest incorporated city in North America, is Leadville and Twin Lakes. Surrounded by larger-than-life mountains and glorious scenery, it’s little wonder why Leadville is sometimes called the city in the clouds.

Taking after its location adjacent to the 2 largest glacial lakes is Twin Lakes. The reflections in the lakes of the largest peaks makes it a popular spot for photographers. Hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking are a handful of activities on offer.

Come winter, Leadville has more than 100 miles of multi-use winter trails. This makes ideal conditions for cross-country skiing as well as for snowmobiling and snowshoeing.

After a long day on the slopes, come home to this pet-friendly cozy house with hot tub. With uninterrupted mountain views and plenty of storage space, you’re guaranteed a comfortable stay.

Where to stay in Leadville, Colorado

Shake up your accommodation in Leadville at this rustic tiny house. It can comfortable sleep 3 people, and has facilities including a kitchenette, fridge and a flushing toilet.

Leadville winter biking — places to visit in Colorado in the winter

Try your hand at winter biking in Leadville – places to visit in Colorado in the winter

13. Ouray

Known as the ‘Switzerland of America’, you’re in for a serious winter vacation treat in Ouray. Named after Chief Ouray of the Ute Indians, the town was once a beacon for miners searching for gold.

Follow the blue glow — places to visit in Colorado in the winter

When winter arrives, so too does the heavy snow. The glow from the Ouray Ice Park adds a touch of brilliant blue to the town’s bright lights.

Its ice park is world famous, attracting visitors from the four corners to try out its ice climbing. And, while you might think it’s not for you, you’d be wrong. Ouray offers classes for beginners, so if you’re thinking of trying it out, you’re in the right place.

Ouray snowshoeing — places to visit in Colorado in the winter

Take a snowshoe tour while in Ouray

Like Glenwood Springs, Ouray also has natural hot spring pools that remain open even throughout winter. Let the hot mineral water melt away any stress and tension, and give your muscles some much needed attention.

While here, you might be swayed into taking a snowshoe tour of several of its ghost towns. It’s your chance to learn more about their past, plus what it was like to live during the period.

Where to stay in Ouray

Beaumont Hotel and Spa is made for rest and relaxation. This adults-only hotel in downtown Ouray has a spa on site to help you relax after a long day’s exploring. Ouray Hot Springs is 800m from the hotel, and Ouray Ice Park is 1.6km away.

Located a few blocks from downtown Ouray is this quaint and historic cabin. Pet-friendly, you’re close enough to the center, but can still enjoy the surrounding outdoor activities.

Ice climbing at Ouray — places to visit in Colorado in the winter

Would you try ice climbing at Ouray?

14. Steamboat Springs

Famed for its Champagne Powder snow, 6 towering peaks and 3,000 skiable acres is the very pretty Steamboat Springs.

The town’s also home to more Olympic skiers than other towns in North America. But, if your skiing skills are far from the likes of Lindsey Vonn, don’t worry. There are plenty more things in Steamboat Springs to keep you busy.

Saddleback Ranch offers a range of other non-skiing activities such as horseback riding, snowmobile tours and dinner sleigh rides.

The 280ft frozen waterfall at Fish Creek Falls attracts hikers, ice climbers and anyone that wants to see it.

I can’t write about Steamboat Springs without mentioning the Steamboat Ski Resort. It hosts a range of winter sports activities, most notably, night skiing. Your night time adventure will take you across 5 trails, which include See Me, Stampede and Lil’ Rodeo.

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One of the best places to visit in Colorado in the winter, Steamboat Springs will not disappoint.

Where to stay in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Less than 5 minutes by car to the slopes, the Inn at Steamboat offers large rooms and mountain views. Also, on site is a swimming pool and a well-equipped fitness center.

Enjoy your very own log cabin in a picturesque part of Steamboat Springs. With 2 bedrooms, 2 beds and 1 bath, it can comfortably sleep 5 guests.

snowmobile tours — places to visit in Colorado in the winter

Snowmobiling tours are popular in Steamboat Springs – places to visit in Colorado in the winter

15. Telluride

While skiing may be the main reason why visitors come to Telluride, it’s not the only one.

The holiday season’s undeniably one of the prettiest in Colorado, with Christmas lights adorning every shop window downtown.

Seasonal events are aplenty in this former Victorian mining town. They include a North Pole area at Mountain Village, complete with Santa, train rides, refreshments and holiday-themed concerts.

My personal favorite is a horse-drawn sleigh ride against the backdrop of the snow-covered San Juan Mountains.

Telluride Ski Resort — places to visit in Colorado in the winter

An aerial view of the Telluride Ski Resort – places to visit in Colorado in the winter

More than skiing at Telluride — what part of Colorado is best in winter?

Put down the skis and pick up your skates. There are 2 ice-skating rinks in town, one at Telluride Town Park and the other at Hotel Madeline at Mountain Village.

Be sure to try out the FREE Telluride and Mountain Village gondola. More of a cable car than a traditional Venetian gondola (!), the views are spectacular and far reaching. In fact, on a clear day, it’s possible to see as far as the La Sal mountain range in Utah.

Where to stay in Telluride

Add a touch of luxury to your stay in Telluride at the Madeline Hotel and Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection. Overlooking the San Juan Mountains, the rooms, services and food in Mountain Village live up to its 4-star title.

Go for a boutique, and more affordable option, with this stylish 1-bedroom lodge. Good for 2 guests, it provides comfortable accommodation in what’s arguably one of the most expensive ski towns.

Telluride downtown — places to visit in Colorado in the winter

The colorful downtown area of Telluride

16. Vail

Set at the base of the Vail Mountain is the small town of the same namesake.

Also taking after its name is the town’s famous, and huge, Vail Ski Resort. Villages with accommodation ranging from mid-range to luxury allow you to stay closer to the action.

Skiers are spoiled at Vail with 5,317 acres of skiable terrain right on their doorstep. Different areas of the resort offer unforgettable views and the chance to ski all of Vail’s seven back bowls. These are the snow-filled alpine basins, stretching 6 miles from east to west.

Vail Colorado — places to visit in Colorado in the winter

Enjoy some of the best skiing terrain in Colorado – places to visit in Colorado in the winter

When it’s time to dine, there’s one option that beats the rest: on-mountain dining. Vail Ski Resort has 3 places to dine on the mountains, offering American cuisine and wine with a view.

Non-skiers are not forgotten at Vail. Jump on board the mountain coaster, which takes you down 3,400ft surrounded by Vail’s scenic mountains.

As in Telluride, Vail’s gondolas are a great way to see the sights and are family friendly too. Unlike in Telluride, however, the gondola rides aren’t free.

How to get to Vail?

There are a few options on how to reach Vail.

Denver International Airport is 100 miles away, while Eagle/Vail Airport is just 30 miles from Vail. Another option, and one that’s also affordable, is the Epic Mountain Express / Colorado Mountain Express shuttle service.

It will take you directly from Denver International Airport to towns including Aspen, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Vail.

View from Vail Ski resort at sunrise — places to visit in Colorado in the winter

The view overlooking Vail Ski Resort at sunrise

Where to stay in Vail, Colorado

Right in the centre of Vail is the sublime The Lion Vail. With huge rooms and suites with luxury touches, it’ll be hard to leave come checkout. The Nordic Centre is 3.5km from the property, while Adventure Ridge is 7km away.

Snuggle up beneath the covers at this gorgeous modern 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom condo. Inside, is a wood burning fireplace, fully equipped kitchen and plenty of storage space.

The complex is home to Vail’s largest indoor heated swimming pool. A free shuttle bus will take you to the slopes in winter. Throughout the year, a free town of Vail bus stop is located behind building 2 to provide even more convenience.

Have you visited Colorado in the winter? Would you like to spend the holiday or a winter break in one of these small towns? Let me know in the comments below.

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7 Great Thanksgiving Getaways In Colorado

Thanksgiving is an exciting holiday known for visiting and spending with your family. Although most people think about spending Thanksgiving in the comfort of a loved one’s home, more and more people choose to spice up their holiday by changing their traditions. Tourist destinations and resorts are becoming a popular alternative where people, whether on a solo trip or with their families, can spend the holiday experiencing something completely different. Whether you’re a Colorado native or looking to enjoy a Thanksgiving vacation from another state, Colorado has many exciting destinations and breathtaking sceneries to enjoy during the Thanksgiving holidays. Create unforgettable Thanksgiving holiday memories with these seven incredible Thanksgiving getaways in Colorado.

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1. Enjoy Thanksgiving Weekend in Colorado Springs

Winter lights at Seven Falls Colorado during a thanksgiving getaway

Winter Lights at Seven Falls in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is one of the most exciting places with numerous area attractions and local Thanksgiving events. There are plenty of activities to keep you and your whole family occupied this Thanksgiving that will surely provide you with something extra to be thankful for.

  • Watch Spectacular Winter Lights at the Seven Falls: Seven Falls is lit up at night during this time of year, creating a spectacular scenic view. Over 100,000 lights illuminate the cascading waters, lining a path to the Falls. This creates a perfect photographer’s dream location for taking holiday portraits.
  • Join the Thanksgiving Howl at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center Turkey Toss: Here, you’ll take part in feeding the fox, wolf, and coyote families at the Annual Turkey Toss. Watch the animals eat their food as you refresh yourselves with apple cider, cocoa, and other treats.
  • Enjoy a Great Thanksgiving Dinner at Front Range BBQ: After a busy day of entertaining activities, head to Front Range Barbeque for Thanksgiving Turkeys, creating delicious fun for the whole family.

2. Family Fun with Thanksgiving in Denver

Thanksgiving in Denver involves fun events and activities, from dazzling light displays and blockbuster museum exhibitions to many other family-friendly activities and events. You can even enjoy a brisk Thanksgiving jog with the four-mile Turkey Trot that takes you along the paved and tree-lined paths of Washington Park.

A person dressed as a turkey leads many race participants in the Thanksgiving getaway turkey trot.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot in Denver

  • Explore The Polar Express Train Ride: Enjoy The Polar Express, a story that’s theatrically re-created at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Let the kids get an opportunity to meet Santa and experience all the sounds and sights of The Polar Express, a classic tale they’ll love. So, put on your most fashionable and creative mask and pajamas and bring your family along to enjoy as you share cookies and cocoa or chocolate.
  • Join the Camp Christmas Event: Immerse yourself in an immense Thanksgiving holiday experience with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) at Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park. Join an outdoor/indoor extravaganza and journey through a fantastic wonderland of music, lights, dazzling decorations, and memorabilia as you explore the breathtaking scenes along the six-acre landscape. Camp Christmas will allow you and your family to rediscover your holiday spirit as well as connect with your loved ones.
  • Visit the Christkindl Market: Christkindl Market is an outdoor event that features the most beloved elements of an authentic holiday experience in the Lower Downtown. Take a stroll through a decorated European village as you shop for various unusual treats and finely crafted artisan gifts for your loved ones in the charming wooden huts. Spice up your shopping by adding authentic hot chocolates, fresh smoked salmon, pastries, and European chocolates. After that, consider tasting some traditional food at Christkindl Market as well.

3. Visit Estes Park for a Great Thanksgiving Getaway

Mountains overlooking Estes Park downtown during Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in Downtown Estes Park

Estes Park features more than just Black Friday shopping. There’s lots of music filling downtown, and the kids can interact with strolling animals. For a memorable Thanksgiving, check out how you can spend your Thanksgiving at Estes Park.

  • Have a Fun Holiday Shopping: Start your Thanksgiving holiday shopping with holiday treats and unbeatable deals at your favorite local shops along Estes Park. There’s something for everyone here, including sweet treats, local art galleries, specialty gifts, and handcrafted jewelry.
  • Check Out Estes Park Pie Shop: Visit the Estes Park Pie shop and explore their various baked goods, including their world-famous pie and freshly baked bread. Consider also trying out their old-fashioned favorites, including apple, pumpkin, cherry, and cherry rhubarb. Besides the bakery, the shop also serves a full menu that features scrambles, salads, sandwiches, and hot classics.
  • Thanksgiving Dinner at Cascades Restaurant: For a more exciting and memorable Thanksgiving holiday feast, consider visiting the Cascades Restaurant located at the Stanley Hotel and get yourself a traditional thanksgiving meal. The Stanley Hotel is also the inspiration for the classic horror film “The Shining.”

4. There’s Nothing Quite Like Thanksgiving in Breckenridge

A table setting for Thanksgiving

The tingling excitement of the start of ski, snowmobile, or snowboard season during the Thanksgiving period fills the air with a distinctive hum. Here, you’ll find all the things you expect in winter, from cozy sweaters, hot chocolate, snowball fights-you name it! Change into your hiking boots with your family and create your Thanksgiving holiday trot by going for a historical walking tour or going for snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and skiing. If you love shopping, consider strolling along the historic Main Street and exploring various stores. Lastly, try out Thanksgiving fare at Briar Rose for a budget-kid-friendly traditional meal.

5. Food, Fun, and Family With Thanksgiving in Aspen

Aspen is an excellent place to spend Thanksgiving with your family. You’ll take part in various activities such as skiing and snowboarding before settling down for a hearty table community meal at Jerome Hotel Ballroom. You can also opt for a traditional spread at Ajax Tavern.

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The annual “Thanksgibbing” is another activity you should look forward to in Aspen. You’ll encounter various family activities here, including Turkey Bowling, which is great for kids, and leftover challenges meant to help keep the adults entertained.

6. Enjoy New Thanksgiving Traditions in Steamboat Springs

Besides skiing, there are various other activities you’ll be able to participate in, from the crooked key escape rooms to hot air balloon rides. The Crooked Key is ranked among the top 100 escape rooms worldwide, and it’s one of the best activities for you and your family, and you’ll get to bond with your family in the steamboat. You can also soar above the steamboat using a hot air balloon. This activity includes a 45-minute ride with breakfast, brag-worthy photos, and a champagne ceremony.

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Cripple Creek is another incredible Thanksgiving getaway destination in Colorado, with so many fun activities to do, from family history drives to having fun with the best casino games at the Triple Crown Casinos.

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7 Great Thanksgiving Getaways In Colorado

Thanksgiving is an exciting holiday known for visiting and spending with your family. Although most people think about spending Thanksgiving in the comfort of a loved one’s home, more and more people choose to spice up their holiday by changing their traditions. Tourist destinations and resorts are becoming a popular alternative where people, whether on a solo trip or with their families, can spend the holiday experiencing something completely different. Whether you’re a Colorado native or looking to enjoy a Thanksgiving vacation from another state, Colorado has many exciting destinations and breathtaking sceneries to enjoy during the Thanksgiving holidays. Create unforgettable Thanksgiving holiday memories with these seven incredible Thanksgiving getaways in Colorado.

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1. Enjoy Thanksgiving Weekend in Colorado Springs

Winter lights at Seven Falls Colorado during a thanksgiving getaway

Winter Lights at Seven Falls in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is one of the most exciting places with numerous area attractions and local Thanksgiving events. There are plenty of activities to keep you and your whole family occupied this Thanksgiving that will surely provide you with something extra to be thankful for.

  • Watch Spectacular Winter Lights at the Seven Falls: Seven Falls is lit up at night during this time of year, creating a spectacular scenic view. Over 100,000 lights illuminate the cascading waters, lining a path to the Falls. This creates a perfect photographer’s dream location for taking holiday portraits.
  • Join the Thanksgiving Howl at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center Turkey Toss: Here, you’ll take part in feeding the fox, wolf, and coyote families at the Annual Turkey Toss. Watch the animals eat their food as you refresh yourselves with apple cider, cocoa, and other treats.
  • Enjoy a Great Thanksgiving Dinner at Front Range BBQ: After a busy day of entertaining activities, head to Front Range Barbeque for Thanksgiving Turkeys, creating delicious fun for the whole family.

2. Family Fun with Thanksgiving in Denver

Thanksgiving in Denver involves fun events and activities, from dazzling light displays and blockbuster museum exhibitions to many other family-friendly activities and events. You can even enjoy a brisk Thanksgiving jog with the four-mile Turkey Trot that takes you along the paved and tree-lined paths of Washington Park.

A person dressed as a turkey leads many race participants in the Thanksgiving getaway turkey trot.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot in Denver

  • Explore The Polar Express Train Ride: Enjoy The Polar Express, a story that’s theatrically re-created at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Let the kids get an opportunity to meet Santa and experience all the sounds and sights of The Polar Express, a classic tale they’ll love. So, put on your most fashionable and creative mask and pajamas and bring your family along to enjoy as you share cookies and cocoa or chocolate.
  • Join the Camp Christmas Event: Immerse yourself in an immense Thanksgiving holiday experience with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) at Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park. Join an outdoor/indoor extravaganza and journey through a fantastic wonderland of music, lights, dazzling decorations, and memorabilia as you explore the breathtaking scenes along the six-acre landscape. Camp Christmas will allow you and your family to rediscover your holiday spirit as well as connect with your loved ones.
  • Visit the Christkindl Market: Christkindl Market is an outdoor event that features the most beloved elements of an authentic holiday experience in the Lower Downtown. Take a stroll through a decorated European village as you shop for various unusual treats and finely crafted artisan gifts for your loved ones in the charming wooden huts. Spice up your shopping by adding authentic hot chocolates, fresh smoked salmon, pastries, and European chocolates. After that, consider tasting some traditional food at Christkindl Market as well.

3. Visit Estes Park for a Great Thanksgiving Getaway

Mountains overlooking Estes Park downtown during Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in Downtown Estes Park

Estes Park features more than just Black Friday shopping. There’s lots of music filling downtown, and the kids can interact with strolling animals. For a memorable Thanksgiving, check out how you can spend your Thanksgiving at Estes Park.

  • Have a Fun Holiday Shopping: Start your Thanksgiving holiday shopping with holiday treats and unbeatable deals at your favorite local shops along Estes Park. There’s something for everyone here, including sweet treats, local art galleries, specialty gifts, and handcrafted jewelry.
  • Check Out Estes Park Pie Shop: Visit the Estes Park Pie shop and explore their various baked goods, including their world-famous pie and freshly baked bread. Consider also trying out their old-fashioned favorites, including apple, pumpkin, cherry, and cherry rhubarb. Besides the bakery, the shop also serves a full menu that features scrambles, salads, sandwiches, and hot classics.
  • Thanksgiving Dinner at Cascades Restaurant: For a more exciting and memorable Thanksgiving holiday feast, consider visiting the Cascades Restaurant located at the Stanley Hotel and get yourself a traditional thanksgiving meal. The Stanley Hotel is also the inspiration for the classic horror film “The Shining.”

4. There’s Nothing Quite Like Thanksgiving in Breckenridge

A table setting for Thanksgiving

The tingling excitement of the start of ski, snowmobile, or snowboard season during the Thanksgiving period fills the air with a distinctive hum. Here, you’ll find all the things you expect in winter, from cozy sweaters, hot chocolate, snowball fights-you name it! Change into your hiking boots with your family and create your Thanksgiving holiday trot by going for a historical walking tour or going for snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and skiing. If you love shopping, consider strolling along the historic Main Street and exploring various stores. Lastly, try out Thanksgiving fare at Briar Rose for a budget-kid-friendly traditional meal.

5. Food, Fun, and Family With Thanksgiving in Aspen

Aspen is an excellent place to spend Thanksgiving with your family. You’ll take part in various activities such as skiing and snowboarding before settling down for a hearty table community meal at Jerome Hotel Ballroom. You can also opt for a traditional spread at Ajax Tavern.

The annual “Thanksgibbing” is another activity you should look forward to in Aspen. You’ll encounter various family activities here, including Turkey Bowling, which is great for kids, and leftover challenges meant to help keep the adults entertained.

6. Enjoy New Thanksgiving Traditions in Steamboat Springs

Besides skiing, there are various other activities you’ll be able to participate in, from the crooked key escape rooms to hot air balloon rides. The Crooked Key is ranked among the top 100 escape rooms worldwide, and it’s one of the best activities for you and your family, and you’ll get to bond with your family in the steamboat. You can also soar above the steamboat using a hot air balloon. This activity includes a 45-minute ride with breakfast, brag-worthy photos, and a champagne ceremony.

7. Celebrate Thanksgiving With the Best Slots, Games & Entertainment in Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek is another incredible Thanksgiving getaway destination in Colorado, with so many fun activities to do, from family history drives to having fun with the best casino games at the Triple Crown Casinos.

Triple Crown Casinos also offers the best slot machines that will bring more fun to your Thanksgiving holiday celebrations. Whether you’re looking for video poker, classic reels, or the newest penny slots, you’ll get all the best slot machines in Triple Crown Casinos. Enjoy the excellent atmosphere and food with your family as you get a great chance to earn some cash during your Thanksgiving getaway vacation.

Don’t Want to Drive? Use Our Shuttle Bus

When having your Thanksgiving getaway, you may get too exhausted to drive by yourself, which is why we have our shuttle bus ready in case you need help. Our reliable, comfortable, and luxury shuttle has several pick-up stations throughout Colorado and will provide you with affordable and reliable trips. For any concerns or queries, contact us today at Triple Crown Casinos.

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