Boulder, Colorado is 30 minutes away from Denver, right where the Rocky Mountains meet with the plains. The town was founded by explorers in 1859 and the rich history went on from there. Today, locals and visitors from all over the world enjoy a community that thrives in the culturally-rich area. Whether you want a relaxing getaway, a nature-filled adventure, or an intellectual journey, you can find it in Boulder.
Holidays in Boulder – Here’s What To Do
Boulder is particularly excited around the holiday season. Not only because there is generally plenty of snow and fun-filled activities to go along with it, but also because of the holiday events that surround the region. If you’re traveling to the area, or if you already live there, you can find plenty of options, including the following.
Snow Much Fun
Have you ever seen Boulder’s Central Park? Even if you have, you haven’t seen it in the same way as it appears during Snow Much Fun. From the middle of November through late January, 275,000 LED lights illuminate the park, allowing visitors and residents the true spirit of the season on a nightly basis.
Lights Of December Parade
Boulder’s hometown Lights of December Parade makes its way through the historic downtown section of the city on December 1st each year. During the parade, you’ll watch floats go by and enjoy the distinctive lifestyle of the area during a unique, night-time parade. After the marching bands and other fun-filled entries, the grand finale appears–Santa Claus himself–on a float of his very own.
Many of the area churches have concerts put on by locals as well as national traveling groups during this time of year. The Holiday Festival located on the CU campus is one of the most popular in the area. Every year for the past 40, the concert takes place in the Macky Auditorium and includes ensembles, soloists, orchestras and more, all performing in the holiday festival in the historic auditorium.
Holiday Tea Services
It’s nice to slow down at times instead of engaging in all of the hustle and bustle the holidays bring along with them. Many local venues offer holiday tea services with everything from plates of sweets and steaming pots of tea to delicate finger sandwiches. Take a break from your shopping and enjoy the Gingerbread Tea benefits at the St Julien Hotel & Spa.
You can catch a cozy Sunday tea service in front of a fireplace at the Chautauqua Dining Hall. Or enjoy the historic Hotel Boulderado Teddy Bear Tea, an afternoon of tea accompanied by a children’s choir or pianist. The Nutcracker Tea at that location benefits the Boulder Ballet company.
If you’re coming to the area just for the holidays, chances are you want to take in the winter air from time to time so you can get a full look at the beauty of the area, blanketed in snow. Grab a spot on a holiday hike. Many of the state parks even host free, guided tours on the first of January, called First Day Hikes, so you can make the most of your time and learn as you walk along.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you may even consider a nighttime hike to Boulder’s famous Flagstaff Star. Find trail directions here.
If you’re looking for something specific, Boulder likely has what you want during the holidays. You don’t want to miss the shopping on Pearl Street, the wildly popular Firefly Handmade MArket, of the great view of the Flatirons from the shopping area on Twenty Ninth Street. Whether you live in the area or are just coming in to visit, you’ll find way more events over the holidays than you can handle in one year.
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