By Paige Keyser, Air Force Spouse

The holiday season is a wonderful time to get out and enjoy all the fabulous things Colorado Springs has to offer.  You can enjoy a holiday parade, concerts, train rides, outdoor events like hiking and horse-drawn wagon rides and much more!  Here is our Out & About Colorado Springs Holiday Edition, a list of some of the things to do and see with family and friends this holiday season.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Around Town

  • Vintage Market Days – Flannel & Frost – December 8th – 10th, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Norris Penrose Event Center. Shop the upscale vintage and vintage-inspired indoor /outdoor market for original art, jewelry, antiques, handmade treasures, seasonal plantings and more!
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Electric Safari – December 8 -10, 15 -23, 25, 2017 – January 1, 2018 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. (last admission 7:30 p.m.) Check the zoo’s website for pricing.
  • Nature Hikes and Horse Drawn Wagon Rides at Fountain Creek Nature Center – Saturday, December 9th and 16th at 11:30 a.m., 12 and 12:30 p.m., $7 per person with reservations required. Hike with Santa and enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride at Fountain Creek Nature Center.
  • Hanukkah Concert by The Little London Winds – Friday, December 15th at 7 p.m. at Temple Shalom, free and open to the public. Enjoy a concert filled with Hanukkah and Klezmer music to celebrate the nearing of the start of Hanukkah.  All faiths welcomed.
  • Rock Ledge Ranch Holiday Evening – Saturday, December 16th from 4 – 8 p.m., $8 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for youth/teen (6-17) and children 5 and under are free. Visit the Rock Ledge House decorated for the holidays. You can also enjoy jingle bell wagon rides, old-time music, guided lantern tours and much more.
  • Christmas Symphony at the Pikes Peak – Sunday, December 17th at 2:30 p.m. Tickets starting at $29. A performance of annual holiday classics and Christmas favorites.
  • Visit Santa at the North Pole – through December 24th (closed most Tuesdays and Wednesdays), open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Cost is $22 a person, age 2 to adult.  Ride on more than two dozen holiday-themed rides, enjoy the carousel and visit with Santa and elves.
  • Skate in the Park – through January 15th at Acacia Park off of Tejon and Platte. Hours vary, check the website for details.  $10 a person, includes skates, $1 off with military ID, kids under 4 are free.  Skate in the only outdoor ice rink in town!
  • Winter Lights at the Broadmoor Seven Falls –through February 25th, free with park admission. Enjoy the alternating colored and white lights that illuminate the waters at Seven Falls during the third annual Winter Lights event.

Out of Town Activities

If you are up for a bit of a drive, you can venture north to Denver.  The Denver Christkindl Market is ongoing daily now through December 23rd.  You can also enjoy the Colorado Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker,’ now through December 24th or the Annual TubaChristmas, December 17th.  Visit Golden, CO and see one of the Christmas parades held on Saturday, December 2, 9 or 16th.  Click here for more ideas on things to do in Denver for the holidays.

New Year’s Eve

There are many venues in the Colorado Springs area to enjoy New Year’s Eve out on the town.  These include  The Gold Room, Glen Eyrie Castle, Hotel Elegante, The Broadmoor and many more.  You can also take a ride on the Royal Gorge Railroad for New Year’s Eve dinner and drinks. Or grab a ticket to the Colorado Springs Philharmonic concert which will feature favorite opera arias and Broadway hits.  And not to be missed if the skies are clear, view the Adaman Club Fireworks at the top of Pikes Peak, a tradition since 1922, at the stroke a midnight! The spectacular fireworks display can be seen for hundreds of miles along the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies and eastern plains.

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Author: Paige Keyser is a proud military spouse who currently lives in northern Virginia with her Air Force husband and their two boys. After living in the same small town in southern Virginia her entire childhood, the last 20 years have been spent exploring the world and United States courtesy of the U.S. Air Force. She has lived in Japan and nine different states, to include Colorado, on this crazy journey!