The snow seems as if it’s here to stay and with winter weather comes a host of fun seasonal activities. Don’t let yourself go stir crazy indoors during our state’s coldest months. Instead, opt for these exciting events and activities near Boulder, Colorado.
Eldora Ski Resort
This family-friendly ski resort is located just outside of Boulder in the eccentric mountain town of Nederland. This year marks Eldora’s 60th anniversary, and the resort is gearing up for some rousing events and activities, like a weekly music series, kids’ T-Rex club, and a “work from Eldora day” for remote employees who want to shred between video calls.
There are plenty of spots near Boulder to bust out your cross-country skis and get in a good workout. Brainard Lakes Recreation Area offers nordic skiing and snowshoeing trails for adventurers of all skill levels. These picturesque trails are set against the stunning and jagged Indian Peaks. North Boulder is groomed periodically, as well, so be sure to check that out for something super local.
Blossoms of Light
Visit the Denver Botanic Gardens for a lighting spectacle like no other. For three decades, this renowned garden space has created epic, large-scale light displays that take over the entire Botanic Gardens. Blossoms of Light is a family-friend event that has become tradition for thousands of Front Range residents throughout the years.
Garden of Lights
Take the short drive up to Fort Collins, Colorado and stroll through the beautifully lit Spring Creek Gardens. A whimsical half-mile loop leads guests through lively color blossoms, glowing arches, and a sparkling Butterfly House – which makes for a great photo op. Warm up with a hot toddy from the Kaleidoscope Cafe while taking in the magnificent sight of hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights.
Ugly Sweater Bar Tour
For the youthful at heart, this Ugly Sweater Bar Tour visits our city’s hot spots and draws a big crowd. Don your finest holiday sweater and dip out early on Friday, December 16 to bop around downtown Boulder with our city’s rowdy residents.
Estes Park Wine & Chocolate Festival
Take an easy and scenic trip up to Estes Park for its annual Wine & Chocolate Festival. This event is set against the stunning backdrop of the Rocky Mountains and features local and national wine makers, chocolatiers, and other vendors. Use this festival as an excuse for a romantic weekend away.
Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championship
In January, Breckenridge will open its town to famous sculptors from around the world. For an entire week, artists will create larger-than-life depictions out of 20-ton blocks of snow during the International Snow Sculpture Championship. Each creation is hand-carved and each artist is meticulous with their work. Snow comes to life as Nordic Kings and mythological characters, creating two-story figures set against the backdrop of Breck’s gorgeous mountains.
Unfortunately, some of our state’s most beloved Winter Fests have taken the year off. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. Spend your time exploring a new mountain town and partaking in a festival or event you haven’t yet experienced.