How to Spend The Holiday Season in Winter Park, CO

Planning a holiday in the snow this winter season? Look no further! Winter Park is truly a magical & wonderful place to spend the holidays. In addition to the world-class skiing, Winter Park also plays host to several truly unique and memorable events that make the holidays even that much more special.Check out some of our favorite holiday events and activities in Winter Park, CO this 2022/2023 season.


Cut Down Your Own Christmas Tree

November 10 , 2022 – January 7, 2023 | Arapahoe National Forest

Ever dreamt of finding your own Christmas Tree for the holidays? This year, make those dreams a reality, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Grand County allows Christmas Tree cutting in designated areas of the Arapahoe National Forest from early November through the beginning of January. All you need to do is gas up, gear up (gloves, ax & saw, twine, bungees, etc) and you are on the hunt to finding the perfect tree! Make sure you and your group procure a permit! It is illegal to cut down any trees without one.

Local Tips:

**If you would like a festive holiday tree set up in one of our properties, please contact us at the Winter Park Lodging Company. We are always happy to help! Please do not bring in your own tree.


December 10, 2022 | 8:30am – 4:00pm | Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Raise your glogg (old-fashioned Swedish spiced wine) for the annual Tommelfest celebration! Kick off the beginning of the winter season at this speciall & unique Viking-themed Nordic festival. Featuring free skate & classic cross country ski lessons from DTR Ski Instructors & CU Ski Team Coaches, keg toss, Swedish meatballs, and more!

8:30 AM–11 AM: Registration | Day Lodge
8:30 AM–2 PM: Rental & Trail Pass Pick-Up | Zach’s Mercantile
10–11:30 AM: Complimentary Ski Clinic | Advanced registration required. Equipment and Day Pass not included.
11 AM–3 PM: Heck’s Tommelfest Buffet | Heck’s Patio
12–1 PM: Norwegian Keg Toss | Next to Heck’s Patio
1 PM–2 PM: Registration | Zach’s Mercantile
2–3:30 PM: Complimentary Ski Clinic | Advanced registration required. Equipment and Day Pass not included.


For questions, call 970-726-8231 or email


Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade

December 24, 2022 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm | Winter Park Resort

Winter Park’s most beloved holiday tradition, the Torchlight Parade, is back for another illuminating performance! Join in for an evening filled with Holiday cheer, from photos with Santa, to sipping on hot chocolate, and caroling throughout the base village. Stay warm by the bonfire while enjoying the firework display and torchlight parade illuminating the night’s sky.

Local Tips:

  • Get there early and grab a spot near the bonfire.
  • This year’s event will take place on Larry Sale. Red Chair plaza and the base area in front of Larry Sale will be the best viewing areas.
  • Santa Claus is coming to Winter Park Resort! Get a free printed photo of you and your family with Santa at the Village Gazebo from 1 – 4pm.
  • Stop by the Hot Chocolate Bar at Bradley’s before the show for a tasty warm-up! Regular (and spiked! for 21+) hot chocolate available.
  • Take Winter Park’s Transit shuttle, The Lift — it is free, safe, and no one has to worry about parking!
  • There’s a non-denominational service at 6:00pm in West Portal after the parade. Participate in services on Christmas Eve so you can sleep in on Christmas Day!


New Year’s Eve Celebration with Fireworks

December 31, 2022 | TBD | Rendezvous Event Center

New Years Eve is looking bright in Winter Park! On December 31st from 7-9 pm, the Rendezvous Event Center, in downtown Winter Park, will host sledders and tubers, and Silent Disco by Big Little Sound. This event is free and open to the public and sleds, tubes, and toboggans are provided on the event center’s tubing hill. Then stick around for the evening’s firework display. More information coming soon!

Local Tips:

  • Take Winter Park’s Transit shuttle, The Lift — it is free, safe, and no one has to worry about parking!
  • Put the kids in snowgear — one run down the hill on the community sleds, they’ll be hooked!
  • Free hot chocolate is provided by the Town — but locals always know to bring their own secret stash and pocket snacks.
  • Need more than Fireworks to fire up your New Year’s Eve? Check out the event calendar for other activities.


Where To Stay?

Winter Park is always ready to celebrate the winter season! This community is so welcoming, and encourages everyone to live like the locals do! When you’re ready to visit this little corner of paradise, be ready to be adventurous, and celebrate the beauty of the surrounding area. Experience all that Winter Park has to offer with a bit of help from your favorite local lodging company Winter Park Lodging Company!

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