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How to Spend the Holidays in Estes Park

Spend the holidays in Estes Park this year. Just image a quaint mountain town surrounded by snow-capped peaks, festive lights lining historic streets, and the smell of hot cider lingering in the air. The town lights up this season with holiday events in Estes Park and winter activities. From Christmas parades to cross-country skiing, there is something for everyone to enjoy this holiday season!



8th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Catch the sparkle of the season at the annual tree lighting ceremony in downtown Estes Park. It’s the perfect way to kick off the holidays!

Date: November 17th, 2019

Time: 4:00 – 6:30 PM

Where: George Hix Riverside Plaza


Catch the Glow Christmas Parade and Celebration

Ring in the official start of the Christmas season the day after Thanksgiving at the Catch the Glow Christmas Parade and Celebration. Enjoy singing carolers, a visit with Santa Claus, a Christmas parade, and so much more in downtown Estes Park.

Date: November 23rd, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM

Where: Downtown Estes Park


Things to do

Holiday shopping

Take a stroll along the Riverwalk in downtown Estes Park and pop in at some of the local shops for unique holiday gifts. Be sure to stop in at The Spruce House on Elkhorn Avenue for some Estes Park-themed souvenirs and holiday toys.


Spend a day at the spa

Treat yourself this holiday season and stay inside by unwinding with a massage or a special spa treatment at one of these Estes Park spas.


Snowshoe in Rocky Mountain National Park

Nothing says Christmas like blankets of snow covering the ground. Head to higher ground and enjoy the many snowshoeing hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park. Bring your own pair or check out the many rental shops in town. Read here for some of our favorite snowshoeing trails to help plan your outing.


Sledding in Hidden Valley

What says the holidays more than a day sledding down fluffy white powder? Head out to Hidden Valley in Rocky Mountain National Park for a day of sledding with the family. Originally a downhill ski area, Hidden Valley is now open by the park as a sledding area during the winter.


Go cross-country skiing

Strap on a pair of backcountry Nordic skis and break your own trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. For ski-friendly valleys head to the west side of the park and for more challenging terrain head to the east side of the park. Outside the park try Devil’s Thumb Ranch or Brainard Lake Recreation Area.


Estes Park Lodging

image of the den at Brynwood

Spend the holidays in Estes Park and book your stay with Brynwood on the River. With our affordable and comfortable accommodations, we have a wide variety of options to choose from when booking your Estes Park vacation. Be sure to visit for the best rates available and specials this holiday season.