Colorado Winter Festivals 2023-24

Simply because it is chilly outdoors does not imply it’s a must to sit at residence in the dead of night. As an alternative, get out and discover the whole lot Colorado has to supply by attending these enjoyable winter festivals. (Professional tip: Use the pageant as an excuse to plan an extended weekend getaway – which will help break up the winter doldrums!)

Mark your calendar now — here is a snapshot of the can’t-miss festivals taking place all around the Centennial State this winter.

Winter Competition – December 11th of September

Held on the Colorado Chautauqua in Boulder, WinterFest is a three-day celebration with loads of family-friendly actions. Discover the grounds on a scavenger hunt, take a festive wagon experience, do arts and crafts, beautify cookies and go to Santa on the Missions Home Lodge.

Excellent Winter Competition and Winter Dance Present – December 9-10

Head to Superior for a weekend full of particular vacation moments for the household on the Superior Winter Competition and Winter Dance Present. You possibly can meet reindeer, go to Santa Claus, and experience the Polar Specific. Additionally take pleasure in reside music performances, beautify cookies, make ornaments, snack on s’mores, and do some buying on the winter market. There’s additionally a scorching cocoa bar with a choice of enjoyable toppings! On the second day of the pageant, you possibly can watch performances by teams comparable to Danse Etoile Ballet and Absolute Velocity Dance.

Winterschool – January 11-14

Make your option to Aspen to see this beloved annual custom, which has been happening since 1951. Winterskool is the “toast of winter” in Aspen, and as such, consists of loads of community-oriented actions, from parades and film screenings to torchlight skating. Parade down Ajax.

Worldwide Ice Sculpting Championship – January 22-31

Courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Workplace

You’ve got loads of time to get to Breck to take part within the Worldwide Ice Sculpting Championship. Through the first week of this annual occasion, groups descend on the mountain city and start carving 25-ton blocks of ice — and you may watch them in motion. Or, for those who’d relatively see the completed merchandise, head up between January 26 and 31 and wander via the outside cool sculpture backyard.

Manitou Springs Carnival – February 3 and 10

Have fun Mardi Gras over the weekend in Manitou Springs. If you cannot make it for each weekends, here is a fast abstract of what is accessible. February 3 presents an opportunity to decorate up for a fancy dress get together, whereas on February 10 you possibly can attend the Mumbo Gumbo Jumbo Cook dinner-Off and Carnivale Parade. This 12 months’s theme is “ARTopia”.

Cripple Creek Ice Competition – February 17-25

By late February, winter can begin to progress a bit of. Get pleasure from your life by attending some or all the Cripple Creek Ice Competition, which hosts among the greatest ice sculpting groups within the nation. After they miraculously remodel blocks of ice into stunning sculptures, you possibly can admire their work – and vote to your favourite within the Individuals’s Alternative Award. (And whilst you’re there, you possibly can proceed the ice theme by testing the ice castles!)

Frozen Useless Man Days – March 15-17

Courtesy of Go to Estes Park/John Berry

Final 12 months was Frozen Useless Man Days’ first 12 months in its new residence in Estes Park. The festivities return for an additional 12 months of entertaining enjoyable in honor of Grandpa Prideaux, whose frozen physique stays in Holland however could quickly be transported to Estes. Coffin races, polar plunges and loads of reside music are all on the agenda for this 12 months’s Frozen Useless Man Days.

Style of an Elephant – April 3-6

Courtesy of Zach Mahon/Style of Really feel

Reside whereas performing some ski laps final spring at Style of Vail, an annual four-day occasion that celebrates good meals and wine. You possibly can tear up the slopes of Vail Ski Resort, then have enjoyable (and be taught one thing new) whereas attending seminars, wine dinners, and wine tastings.

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