Winter Park Lights Up For The Holidays
Snow laden trees, warm glowing fires and sparkling slopes of freshly groomed snow – the holidays are always a magical time of year in Winter Park, Colorado.
If you’re headed to Winter Park this Holiday season and want to take part in some of the local festivities, check out our quick line-up of Christmas event highlights in Winter Park below.
Thursday, December 24
1 – 5 PM Santa visits the Village at Winter Park Resort
Visit with Santa at the Village Gazebo (next to the ice skating pond) between 1 PM – 5 PM. Ditch the mitts to make some holiday crafts, then gather the family for a 4 PM reading of T’was the night before Christmas by the bearded man himself.
3:15 – 5:15 PM Christmas Carols in the Village
Like a good sing-a-long? Team up with the What The Dickens? Carolers! as they stroll through the Village between 3.15 PM – 5.15 PM.
5:30 PM Torchlight Parade and Fireworks at Winter Park Resort
The pinnacle of the Holiday celebrations at Winter Park Resort is the Torchlight Parade and fireworks. Watch from below as skiers and riders bearing glowing torches weave their way down the mountain, followed by Santa and his elves. Then watch in awe as fireworks light up the night sky, and colorfully lit snowcats move down the mountain in a perfect Christmas tree formation.
Following the show, an inter-denominational service will be held in the lower level of Balcony House and a Catholic service will be held in level 4 of West Portal.
Friday, December 25th.
Sunspot Holiday Buffet, from 5:30 PM
Ride the gondola up the top of the mountain to enjoy a very unique dining experience at the Lodge at Sunspot. Choose either the 5 Course Fine Dining options ($79.95/adult, $49.99/child under 10), or the Sunspot Holiday Buffet ($59.95/adult, $29.95/child under 10).
Price includes gondola ride, non-alcoholic beverages and dinner. Reservations required: 970.726.1446
Saturday, December 26th
Ranch it up at Devil’s Thumb. Work up an appetite with a cross-country ski or snowy horseback ride, then indulge (guilt free!) at their Cowboy Christmas Buffet Dinner while tapping your feet to live bluegrass. Cowboy Buffet $59.95/adult (13 and up), $30/child (4-12). To make a reservation call 970-726.5362
Thursday, December 31st
Head to Hideaway Park in central Downtown Winter Park to sled, dance and watch fireworks spark up the skies at 9 PM.
Afterward, dance it up at Ullrs, keep it classy at Volario’s, or take your pick of late night hot spots to ring in the New Year.
Friday, January 1st
Blow off the cobwebs with an early morning ski, zip up to the Continental Divide on a snowmobile tour, get wild with the pack on a dogsled ride, or soar to new heights on a hot air balloon ride. It’s the start of a brand new year, make it a great one!
Still need to book your Holiday getaway? Availability is disappearing fast, but we still have a few properties open for the Holidays. Click here to browse all of our vacation rentals in Winter Park, Colorado.