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 highlights of Christmas events in Winter Park below.
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 4 PM – 5.15 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 at 5.30 PM..
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 ski-down, an inter-denominational service will be held in the lower level of Balcony House.
Holiday Buffet at The Lodge At Sunspot
The Zephyr gondola will start running right after the Torchlight Parade, to ferry hungry diners up to the Lodge at Sunspot for a Christmas Eve dinner they’ll never forget.
The Holiday Buffet menu features salad, soup, a carving station (with vegetarian option), vegetables & sides, and a desert bar.
$79.75 Adults, $49.95 Children under 10 years. Prices include gondola ride, dinner and non-alcoholic beverages (tax, gratuity & alcoholic beverages are additional).
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
Please call 970-726-1466 for more details and to book your table.
Ranch it up at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash. Work up an appetite with a cross-country ski or snowy horseback ride, then indulge (guilt free!) at their Christmas Grand Buffet Dinner.
$49/adult (13 and up), $25/child (4-12).
To make a reservation call 970-726.7013
Open seven days a week, this pack will promise you a howlin’ good time and give you a view of the valley like you’ve never seen before – seriously good fun.
As a guest of Winter Park Lodging Company, you can save 10% on dog sled rides!
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 Deno’s DJ Dance Party, keep it classy at Volario’s, or take your pick of late night hot spots to ring in the New Year.
It’s the start of a brand new year, make it a great one!
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There are so many incredible sights to see in beautiful Winter Park, and sharing them with someone special can be the cherry on top of a perfect vacation. Why not book a romantic one-bedroom condo with its own private hot tub?
And once you find your lodging, it’s time to plan your activities. Dinner and a movie is always a good go-to date, but we wanted to compile a few unique date ideas for an unforgettable experience. If you’re planning a special weekend for your sweetheart, here are a few of our favorite creative date ideas.
We’re big fans of Sheila at Blue Sky Massage, and she is available to come to you for an in-home massage if you want to surprise your sweetie with a relaxing, stress-reducing massage after a day on the slopes.
What a romantic idea! An early morning balloon ride with your partner- just think of the views! Grand Adventure Hot Air Balloon Rides offers a champagne toast and continental breakfast to accompany this unique and beautiful experience. Pricing and info on Grand Adventure’s website.
So they say, if you can walk, you can snowshoe! It’s such a cool way to get out in nature and enjoy a cool new experience together. Multiple places around the valley offer snowshoe rentals, guided tours, or great scenic routes to try on your own. More information from the Winter Park Fraser Chamber website.
There is something so magical about being pulled through the sparkling snow by a team of huskies! Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park offers this amazing experience, plus an educational tour of the kennels if you’d like to learn more about these spectacular animals. Pricing and info on Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park’s website.
Here’s a clip of what some patrons had to say about their experience.
We hope to see you soon! If you’re planning your romantic getaway in Colorado, click here take a peek at our 140+ modern vacation rentals in Winter Park .
Debs Bridge October 5th, 2015
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With such great lodging deals in November, now is definitely the time to book your Thanksgiving getaway. So what if you don’t feel like cooking a feast during your vacation? Don’t worry, you’re not the only person who feels this way! Luckily, many local restauranteurs always come to the rescue with beautiful and tasty Thanksgiving fare throughout the day, or if Thanksgiving food isn’t your thing, you can order off their regular menus. We went ahead and compiled a list of a few of our favorite spots.
Deno’s Mountain Bistro – A longtime favorite among visitors and locals alike, Deno’s has the type of atmosphere perfect for family memories. Cozy and charming décor with expertly-crafted cocktails and a vast wine selection, plus a thoughtful and delicious menu featuring a delectable Greek Fusion theme. Check back on their facebook page for more information on their Thanksgiving specials.
DaVinci – This “Modern European” Restaurant is both chic and classic, with dishes to satisfy the traditional eater, as well as a selection of delicious treats for the foodie in your group. The atmosphere is comfortable and the staff are friendly, definitely an elegant way to spend the holiday. Check their website for more information and specials.
Hernando’s Pizza Pub – This family-friendly restaurant makes the best pies around! Try putting honey on your crusts, you’ll never go back. The atmosphere is quaint and cool, and you’ll sure grow to appreciate the American dollar in this joint! If dining out isn’t your thing, consider carry-out for a delicious night in. Check their facebook page for more information and specials.
Tabernash Tavern – This is one of our favorite places for a date! Even more special on Thanksgiving, the high-end rustic charm of the Tavern is the perfect romantic compliment to a delicious dinner for two. A great beer selection and marvelously opulent and delicious food pairings make for an experience you will definitely crave again! Check out their facebook page for more information and specials.
Volario’s – The signature restaurant at the Vasquez Creek Inn, Volario’s is an exquisite blend of Spanish and Northern Italian fare. The fresh and vibrant atmosphere will make your group feel right at home.You’ll love the meatballs or the pizzetas, and be sure to check back on their facebook page to see what Thanksgiving offerings are in store for you!
We hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving in the mountains, and if you have any other suggestions for a fabulous Turkey Day restaurant, let us know on our facebook page!
We hope to see you soon! If you are planning a Thanksgiving getaway in Colorado, click here take a peek at our 140+ modern vacation rentals in Winter Park .
Debs Bridge August 28th, 2015
Even in Colorado’s favorite playground, we know that the occasion arises where you simply need to watch the game. That time of year is certainly upon us! Maybe you’re in a fantasy league, or maybe you’re just a die-hard fan of your alma mater. Pro or college, there are several spots to watch the game in town. Here are a few of our favorites.
The Crooked Creek Saloon
With a full bar and restaurant, this Fraser spot has delicious home-cooked food and a laid-back local atmosphere, perfect for hanging out with your buddies and sharing some wings. (Website)
This space is an equal-opportunity venue, with flags from every college team decorating the walls. An fan is likely to feel right at home here, with a selection of locally-brewed beers on tap and a full menu, plus tons of televisions to make sure your team is showing. (Website)
The Winter Park Pub
Great food, great beers and a mellow atmosphere make for the ideal place to watch the game and socialize. During halftime, you can enjoy a round of skee-ball! (facebook)
This is a really cool way to enjoy a game and bowl a few rounds with friends. The enormous screens project the game while you (hopefully) throw a few strikes. Delicious food- trust us, you should try the drummettes! In years past they’ve allowed patrons to view the games in the movie theatre—and we sure hope they bring that back this year! (Website)
We hope you have fun this fall watching your team, and good luck!
Make sure to bring your favorite team shirt, hope to see you soon! If you are planning your fall or winter vacation in Colorado, click here take a peek at our 140+ modern vacation rentals in Winter Park .
Debs Bridge August 28th, 2015
Looking for a little après ski away from the typical bar scene? We love The Foundry Cinema & Bowl for a fun night out of bowling, movies and entertainment for all ages.
With two movie screens, eight lanes of bowling billiards, shuffle board and a full service bar, you won’t run definitely short of things to do.
Chances are, once you walk through the doors of the Foundry Cinema and Bowl, you’re going to be there for a while, so you should probably plan on grabbing some food for your group.
The Foundry’s stone-baked pizzas are awesome, and can be enjoyed in the bowling lounges or in the movie theaters, alongside your favorite beverage.
So let’s talk about those movie theaters. If I’m honest, I’ve never been terribly comfortable in the somewhat restrictive seating of typical movie theaters….that was until I took a trip to the Foundry Cinema & Bowl.
I’m not kidding when I say that the Foundry offers a different type of experience for movie goers.
First off, there’s the plush, oversized stadium style seats that a) are blessedly free of the irritating flip-up base, and b) come with an extendable snack table and drink holder – wow.
The theaters themselves have all the high tech bells ‘n’ whistles and latest releases doing the rounds at larger cinemas, but only seat around 80 movie-goers, allowing for a more intimate viewing of your favorite flick.
Last but not least, movie goers are actively encouraged bring a slice of that special stone-baked pizza, or a glass (yes, real glass) of their favorite beverage into the theater to enjoy during the screening.
Clearly I’m a fan of the Foundry Cinema & Bowl, but you really should stop in to check it for yourself on your next visit to Winter Park, CO.
For the latest rates, screening information and to book a lane in the bowling alley, visit The Foundry Cinema & Bowl.
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Its fair to say that the folks who come to Winter Park are more interested in the skiing than the party scene, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have a few friendly establishments where you can toast the day, fill your belly, and blow off a little steam!
#1 Derailer Bar At Winter Park Resort
The Derailer Bar is a two-level bar offering a full-service lunch menu featuring pub-style food and a variety of daily drink specials. When the whistle blows at 2pm, it’s time to start heading to the Derailer bar and watch the end of day skiiers charge down the mountain.
“Live music by White Water Ramble made the bar more energetic and quite the place to be. A Mardi Gras celebration was happening at the resort and beads were everywhere. Derailer Bar has great atmosphere, good bar food and excellent service. It keeps me coming back.”
The locals favorite with friendly staff and a great selection of brews and food. Go fancy or go relaxed, just go to Deno’s Mountain Bistro.
“Jerk Wings. Just get them. SO good. Otherwise, great atmosphere. Awesome happy hour. Friendly staff and prompt service. Fresh food and good portions for the price.”
Winter Park’s newest restaurant to open its doors is the Italian fusion inspired Davinci’s, in Cooper Creek Square. This coming ski season, they will be offering two opportunities to indulge at fraction of the cost, with a 4-6pm happy hour, and a late night happy hour from 10pm – midnight.
#4 Sushi bar
Ultra hip vibe with great happy hour specials on food & drinks between 4pm – 6pm. Try out the delicious sakitinis and awesome selection of rolls, and ask about their club nights throughout the winter season.
“LOVED IT. Hook yourself up with the Happy Hour 2 for deal. Try the salmon skin too. I have nothing but good things to say about the place. Groovy decor. Delicious. Just do it.”
“The owner is super friendly and talks to everyone. Our waitress has a hidden talent and we found her hula hooping with an led hula hoop in the bar area- wow!
The bar had a DJ playing techno music and the atmosphere was fun. Great chill place to hang out and grab a burger in Winter Park. See you soon at The Ditch.”
Definitely the place for class not crass. Devils Thumb Ranch offers happy hour drink and food specials, in its acclaimed Hecks Tavern. Watch the sun set over the continental divide as you sample their incredible wine list from a plush leather sofa, while the kids amuse themselves toasting smores on the patio.
“I live in Tabernash this summer and we are always looking for fun things to do in the afternoons. We have started going to Devils Thumb for their happy hour food and drinks and we are loving it. Good prices, really nice waiters, lots of interesting people.”
#7 The Foundry
For apres-ski with a family friendly twist, try out the Foundry Cinema & Bowl in downtown Winter Park. Offering a full bar service, wood fired pizza, billiards, shuffleboard, bowling and the latest movies, The Foundry is well worth a trip to town.
“Went bowling here with the family. It is a gem and super original. The restrooms are funky and fun ha, movie theatre looked pretty comfy. The bowling alley has large leather couches to lounge on between play. Really unique and fun vibe here. Totally recommend this place on a rainy day in winter park. Totally worth a stop!”
#8 The Library Sports Grille & Brewery
Modern sports bar in the center of downtown offers microbrews on tap, pool room, and a fun lively atmosphere. Offering a late night happy hour between 10pm – 12am, the party kicks off with awesome drink specials and yummy belly filling grub.
“Nice people and GREAT beer. Fun atmosphere with good bar style food.
The only place I ever found that also has Dales Pale Ale on Tap (very hard to find).
Good meeting place too”
The Cheeky Monk sits in the heart of the Village at Winter Park Resort and prides itself on offering a cozy destination for beer lovers seeking out unusual brands. The beers are strong and delicious, and perfect accompaniment to the hearty fare of European inspired cuisine on offer.
“If you are a beer connoisseur, especially Belgian beer, this is the spot for you. Even if you’re not particularly an explorer of the brewing style, you can become a beer adventurer in a cozy, classic bar environment. “
#10 Ullrs Tavern
The staff of Ullrs strive to create a friendly atmosphere with an intense party vibe for the 21+ crowd. Easily the liveliest joint in town, Ullrs delivers a full event schedule of DJs, live bands and party nights throughout the year. Killer drink specials will help you get in the mood, and stay in the mood as you boogie the night away.
“They have the best nightlife in town. You might think that that’s not saying much in a town so small. They try to bring in semi-famous acts on a regular basis to create a great venue. I’ve seen Del da funkee homosapien, collie budz, James and the devil. The best night to go is Wednesday, it’s ladies night, two free drinks for them.”
Chris October 4th, 2013
While fire danger concerns has forced many areas in Colorado to cancel their Independence Day fireworks display this year, Winter Park is currently still planning on lighting up the night sky this 4th of July.
This past Friday, Grand County commissioners enacted a stage 1 fire ban (prohibiting open burning and the use of private fireworks), however gave the thumbs up for the area’s commercial fireworks displays in Grand Lake & Fraser (venue for the Lance Gutersohn 4th July Celebration).
In addition to hosting one of the few fireworks displays in Colorado, Winter Park has a full line up of events in store for visitors.
Join the Winter Park locals this Independence Day at Lance Gutersohn’s 4th of July Celebrationat the Fraser Ball fields. Sit back and relax as the kids tire themselves out running & playing on the huge grassy fields, bouncing around on giant inflatables and dancing the day away to live music from DJ Michael. Then, as the night draws close, wrap the little ones up in a blanket and get ready for the ‘oooooohhhhs & aaaaahhhhhs!’.
But the weekend of family fun doesn’t need to stop there. Enjoy free music all through the weekend with The Friday Music Series at Winter Park Resort, Music in the Mall at Cooper Creek Square, and one of summer most eagerly anticipated events, SolShine Music Festival featuring Leftover Salmon. Wander through the Village at Winter Park Resort on July 6th to witness the artisan melting pot that is The Village Uncorked! Or put a little wild in your western weekend and get your hands dirty at the High Country Stampede Rodeo.
Whatever your pleasure, Winter Park has something in store for everyone this 4th of July. For full details of all the 4th Of July Events In Winter Park, click here.
Chris June 29th, 2013
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If you’re a fan of the fantastic live Blues shows that Grand County Blues Society hosts in Winter Park, it’s been a long couple of months for you waiting for the next show. We’re in luck though: this FRIDAY, November 11th at 9PM, Smokin’ Moes welcomes back Samantha Fish and Kate Moss for a night of rockin’ blues! Samantha Fish will be jamming on her guitar as if she’s been playing for a liftetime instead of less than a decade, and will be accompanied by special guest Kate Moss. We’ll likely hear a lot of music off Samantha’s first solo album released in April, called Runaway.
American Blues News reviewed one of her songs, 4 Non-Blondes, as being part Rolling Stones, part John Lee Hooker, and part Dukes of Hazzard car chase. In other words, Samantha knows how to play the blues, and we’re guaranteed another amazing show this Friday. Kate Moss will certainly only add to the party; she’s no stranger to the guitar herself. With these two on stage together, be ready to dance.
One added bonus: the Blues Society is kind enough to appreciate Verteran’s Day at the show, so any Verteran plus one guest will get into the show FREE! Guess what else? If you’re a guest of Winter Park Lodging Company, mention it at the door and your ticket will be on the house too! If you didn’t book with us this time, your ticket is $10, but it’s for a good cause: the Grand County Blues Society is a non-profit, so all the cash they collect at the door goes toward keeping Blues in the School and Blue Star Connection successful programs. Plus, our donations and ticket purchases help us to to keep bringing great live blues music back to Winter Park as often as we can. So, after you’re done waxing your skis for the early opening of Winter Park Resort this Saturday, come out to Smokin’ Moes for a great night with us. Want to make a weekend out of it? Give Winter Park Lodging Company a call to set up your lodging, lift tickets, ski rentals, and some free tickets to a great show!
Chris November 8th, 2011
Wine Bar and Brew Pub to Open on US40
The restaurant world is doing its usual changes here on Winter Park this mud season. We have some restaurants moving, some new ones coming in, some remodeling and some expanding. It all means for a busy summer of construction and restaurant openings and movings.
Deno’s Mountain Bistro is now open after their remodel. The Winter Park Sushi Bar has moved to their new location and re-opened. The Sushi Bar is in the space previously housing the Cosmic Dog burrito shop next to Rudi’s Deli. Both Deno’s and the Sushi Bar look great and the upgrades should work well for both of them.
Next we have Emilie’s Wine and Tapas Bar opening next to the BackCountry Grill by the owners of the Backcountry Grill. Locally owned and operated, Emilie’s Restaurant is Winter Park’s only wine and tapas bar! Offering a wide array of tapas (Spanish-style plates) Emilie’s knows how to keep it simple: good food, good wine, affordable prices. Look for Emilie’s to open Memorial Day weekend 2011.
Lastly we have a new Brew Pub and Sports Bar opening in downtown Winter Park. Literature & Libations, LLC d.b.a. The Library Sports Grill and Brewery to be located at 78491 US Highway 40, Winter Park, CO 80482 had a liquor
hearing May 17th and from what I can discern they were awarded a liquor license. The Literature and Libations group are an outfit out of Laramie, Wyoming and are planning a brewery and sports bar in the old Wild Creek space. Rumor around town is they will be opening sometime around June 24th. The Library specializes in 8 House Brews that vary from a Kolsch to a Stout. Stop in for a pint (or five)!
Lots of moving and shaking in the restaurant word in Winter Park, CO and it looks as we will have to check out all the new great food and drink. We will report back on what we thought of all the new fare.
Chris May 25th, 2011
For some fun on a Friday night with live music, a cozy atmosphere and yummy treats, come on down to the Mountain Grind Coffee & Bistro in Cooper Creek Square for Java Mic Night. Every week they feature a different artist, based locally, regionally or even nationally, for a variety of musical genres including Blues, Folk, Rock-n-Roll and more.
Along with enjoying great music played live, you can shop the Mountain Grind’s fun and trendy selection of gifts, souveniers and clothing. I love their funny greeting cards and retro magnets. You can also find some really neat coffee mugs, T-shirts, funky laptop bags and other colorful items.
While you’re at it, sip on a coffee, hot chocolate or even a cocktail now that they have a licence to serve alcohol. The Mountain Grind also has excellent fudge, Italian gelato and other treats. Actually, their Italian gelato is better than any ice cream I’ve ever had, but then again it’s not ice cream, it’s gelato! They also serve sandwiches, soups, chili (great) and salads, too, but you have to come by before 5pm to get those.
Well, you can see that I’m a fan of the Mountain Grind, but let’s move on to the music! See below for the current line-up for the Java Mic Night Series along with some insider info about each performer. Thanks to Ali Grayson for putting on such a fun weekly event and for providing the following information!
Feb. 26th: Brad Pregeant ($5 cover or $2 for students K-12)
A local favorite! Music critic Jerry Minnich wrote pianist Brad Pregeant’s “range allows him to shift from jaunty blues to Bill Evansish standards to rippling New Orleans R& B . . .” Brad Pregeant was born in Louisiana and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southeastern Louisiana University with a degree in piano performance, Classical. His Java Mic Night performance is sure to be saturated with authentic Cajun goodness! Local high school student & musician, Zach Thorpe, will be opening for Brad with some sultry Blues!
March 5th: Bobby Walker ($5 cover or $2 for students K -12) – Bobby Walker delivers blues, soul, and funky rock n’ roll performances with his trademark gravelly voice… [and] enthusiasm from the realness of the music he feels. He has a sense with guitar that drives home a lifetime of authentic music experiences to his audience. He has many recordings dating back to 1982, and has enjoyed performing all over the Western U.S., as well as Europe and Japan. Everyone who hears Bobby Walker knows from the first note that he is the Real deal.
March 12th: Jeremy Dion ($5 cover or $2 for students K-12)
Insightful progressive folk, like John Mayer meeting James Taylor. Tight grooves, soaring harmonies and a vocal style that is soulful, expressive and candid. Jeremy grew up outside Seattle, where he was influenced by the music of Crosby, Stills and Nash, James Taylor, and Paul Simon. Jeremy has been singing, playing guitar, writing songs and performing since he was a student at U.C. Berkley, combining the sounds of his musical influences with a bluegrass twist.
March 19th: Diane French ($5 cover or $2 for students K-12) – For the past several years, the Fraser Valley has been silenced by the intoxicating sound of Diane French and Band. Performing Songwriter Magazine calls Diane French’s music “soulful”, “cinematic” and “mesmerizing.” Java Mic Night is excited to feature Diane French again this year!
March 26th: Gregory Alan Isakov ($10 cover or $2 for students K-12)
Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Gregory Alan Isakov’s song-craft lends to the deepest lyrical masterpieces. With hints of his influences, Leonard Cohen, Iron and Wine and Kelly Joe Phelps, Gregory Alan Isakov has been described as “strong, subtle, a lyrical genius” and has shared the stage with touring artists such as Calexico, Ani Difranco, Brandi Carlile, Indigo Girls, Richie Havens, and Fiona Apple. He has performed throughout the United States and Europe and appeared at numerous music festivals such as South By Southwest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Rocky Mountain Folks Fest. Java Mic Night is honored to have GAI as our Season 6 finale show!
The Mountain Grind Cafe & Bistro is across from the fountain on the ground level of Cooper Creek Square, which is the three-story brick shopping mall in downtown Winter Park.
Chris February 24th, 2010