With so many holiday festivities and events, how do you choose the ones that are right for you? By reading this article of course! We’ve created a holiday event guide for you to find the top events in Boulder County and pick which ones are best. From parades to ice skating to inter-generational holiday dinners, you can be sure to find a way to celebrate the holidays in whichever way best suits you and your family. Despite any winter weather in which December may present us, join in on the merry spirit with the community at these exciting holiday celebrations.
Illuminate your holidays with the Longmont Lights celebration on December 8th-9th! Bring on the holiday cheer with activities including Santa’s workshop, live reindeer, train rides, hot cocoa carts, fire pits, food trucks, a holiday ice show, ice skating, and concerts. On December 8th, bundle up to watch a spectacular fireworks display starting at 7:45pm, proudly sponsored by yours truly, WK Real Estate! Find more details about this favorite weekend holiday event here
Be sure to have your wishlist and camera ready because Santa is at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center every Saturday between December 2nd and December 23rd! This free event happens from 11am-2pm. Don’t forget to stick around in the evening to see the lights on Pearl Street Mall!
Want to ice skate outside of the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse for free? This is your chance! From 2-4pm on Saturday, December 9th, rentals and skating is free in the Civic Area outside the Dushanbe Teahouse. Can’t be there on December 9th? The rink is open from December 2017 to February 2018. You can find details and pricing here
Another fantastic free event is Boulder’s Snow Much Fun Winter Festival. On Saturday, December 16th from 5-8pm in the Civic Area outside the Dushanbe Teahouse, the evening is lit by 225,000 led lights. The festivities include musical performances, arts and crafts, a performance by the Denver Figure Skating Club, and seasonal refreshments. More can be discovered relevant to this event here
The Boulder Public Library hosts the Family Holiday Gift Make and Take, an all ages event where you can use the provided supplies and gift wrappings to make your heartwarming holiday presents. Registration is required for this event on Sunday, December 17th from 1-3pm, so be sure to register here
The Boulder JCC is hosting Ignite Chanukah, an evening of TED-talk-style presentations along with latkes, falafel, refreshments and snacks, on December 13th from 5:30-9:00pm. Don’t miss this fun-filled Chanukah celebration conveniently located at Rembrandt Yard on Spruce Street. More details, including the Facebook event and registration, cane be found on the Boulder JCC website
Inside the atmospheric Hotel Boulderado, enjoy a delicate Holiday Tea to the sounds of holiday piano tunes or a lovely children’s choir. The Holiday Tea Menu features the classic Boulderado Tea, a Royale Tea including a glass of champagne or Kir Royale, a Children’s Tea, and more! There’s even a special Nutcracker Tea, benefiting the Boulder Ballet. You can make reservations, check available dates, and find the Holiday Tea Menu here
On Saturdays from December 2nd to December 23rd, the St. Julien Hotel is hosting Charlie Brown Goes To The Nutcracker, a musical performance by Ron LeGualt Jazz. With all of the music from the Charlie Brown Christmas movie in addition to jazz versions of the music from the Nutcracker Ballet, ring in the holiday season with classic tunes for the whole family from 6:30pm-9:30pm.
“Klezmania: A Culinary and Musical Christmas Eve Tradition” was so popular last year that tickets sold out! This all-ages event on December 24th includes a Chinese food buffet and concert, featuring Sheldon Sands’ Klezmer Consort, Hadgaba, and more. If you’d like to attend the optional buffet, be sure to get your ticket before registration closes on December 15th. Register for your concert and buffet ticket here
Don’t want to cook for Christmas? Let the St. Julien Hotel serve you one of their popular holiday meals! They offer multiple times for candlelight dinner or holiday brunch on December 23rd, 24th, and 25th. Join the St. Julien Hotel in their holiday traditions and make your reservations here
Circle of Care, a nonprofit organization that unites the elderly with the community, is once again hosting their annual, inter-generational, Christmas Day Dinner! This free event is at the Niwot Tavern, including two seatings at 12:00pm and 2:15pm. The event details can be found on the Circle of Care website here
Here you’ll find a unique and special holiday shopping experience! Admission is free to both of these extraordinary holiday festivals, sponsored by Colorado Events.
Sunday, December 10th, the Boulder Holiday Gift Festival will be held at the Boulder YMCA at Mapleton and 28th. With over 90 vendors, free live music, and more, you can find the perfect, special gifts for all of your loved ones! See details here
Sunday, December 17th, the Last Chance Gift Fest will be held at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont. Over 165 vendors, a free concert, and more fun for every age! Details can be found here
Ready for a magical holiday experience? The Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden is once again offering the Polar Express Train Rides, a whimsical experience based on the original children’s picture book. Select dates in December available, see the website
for updated details.
On December 1st, revel in the wonderment of the holiday season with the annual Louisville Parade of Lights. The Louisville Arts District First Friday Art Walk is included with the parade; the Art Walk is from 5-6:30, and the parade begins at 7pm. There’s fun to be had for everyone, whether you enjoy listening to carolers, visiting Santa, ice skating, or more holiday fun! Note that Main Street will close at 5pm.
The third annual Longmont Museum Holiday Festival is back to awaken the Christmas spirit with this favorite Longmont tradition. You can expect seasonal songs and fantastic musicians, including the Health Walton Jazz Quintet, Venezuelan rhythms from Gonzalo Teppa, and Longmont’s Centennial State Ballet in excerpts from the Nutcracker
. Before the matinee concert, you can even visit Santa and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Buy tickets for one of the two shows here
The Lights of December Parade in downtown Boulder is a perfect way to kick off the holiday season. This year, the parade consists of marching bands, lighted floats, decorated fire engines, and more, and will taking place on December 2nd at 6pm. This classic Boulder tradition is free and open to the public. In the past, the route has begun at 15th and Walnut street heading west, turned north on 11th St, and made a final turn eastward onto Spruce street before ending at Spruce and 15th. Be aware that parking on these streets will be unavailable on the day of the parade.
Want to give to a cause and ring in the Christmas festivities at the same time? This Christmas tour of four decorated homes decked out for the holidays includes a luncheon at the Gift of Home Cafe at the Longmont senior center and an exciting auction, all benefitting Longmont Meals on Wheels. The tour is coming up soon on December 1st and 2nd. Tickets are available on the Gift of Home website
, along with the opportunity to volunteer for this event.
Home for the Holidays is a fun-filled, annual holiday event right in Old Town Lafayette’s Festival Plaza. Be sure to check the times on the website here to make sure that you don’t miss a performance by the High Peaks Twirlers, visits with Santa, caroling, holiday sweets, hot drinks, and the lighting of the holiday tree. Enjoy this family event with festivities for all on December 2nd.
The Boulder Ballet is presenting the classic Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker
. In collaboration with live music from the Longmont Symphony, enjoy the cast of over 80 dancers and exquisite scenery to kick off your holiday season. The two performances are on December 3rd and 4th at the Vance Brand Civic Auditorium in Longmont. Busy with other holiday festivities on those dates? The Colorado Ballet is presenting The Nutcracker
at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver on various days and times in December.
This annual Erie holiday event is packed with all sorts of fun and cheer! At the corner of Briggs and Moffatt, you can roast s’mores, listen to local choirs, see a living nativity scene, jump on a free hayride, watch the parade of lights, and visit Santa at his workshop. Come out to Historic Downtown Erie from 5-8pm on December 1st. Detailed times and more information can be found here