The holiday season is one of wonder, magic and awe. Where decorations, light displays and snow make anything seem possible and shows the world in a more positive light, something we desperately need at the end of a year that has been full of sadness and despair.
We have been looking at the best states to visit during the festive period and we are sure you will agree that Christmas in Colorado is a vacation you do not want to miss.
Full of snowy peaks, cute towns and bustling cities, the Centennial State really comes into its own during December meaning you can get a dose of the holiday spirit during the most wonderful time of the year.
One of the first places you must visit is Ouray, a town that claims to be the ‘Switzerland of America’. And you can see why. Filled with events and festivals all year round, Ouray really comes into its own during the colder months, especially when they hold their very own WinterFest.
With events including art exhibitions, ice rinks and sledding you will find something to do each day. They also have some amazing trails including the Ouray Perimeter Trail. Spanning six miles in length the trail has some stunning scenery whatever the season however if you visit during the snowy weather you are in for some spectacular sights. As well as four waterfalls and five bridges you can also hike along the different terrains – at some points elevating around 1,600 feet. It is estimated that this trail could take between four and five hours and good hiking shoes are recommended.
If hiking is not your idea of the perfect way to spend a winter vacation make your way to the state’s capital Denver, where you are invited to the ‘Mile High Holidays’. The city is full of festive cheer and is host to Christmas markets and events to celebrate the season as well as the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park. With some of the best light displays you will ever see – including the increasingly popular Mile High Tree that as well as marveling at its beauty from the outside you can step inside the tree and ‘look up’ – Denver is certainly one to put in your ‘must visit’ list.
Known as the ‘gateway to the Rocky Mountains’, Georgetown is the ideal destination for anyone wanting to spend their festive period on the slopes. As well as skiing the area offers snowboarding and snowshoeing in a multitude of resorts including Copper Mountain, located only 35 miles from Georgetown. Copper Mountain not only offers all of the activities mentioned – as well as lessons in them all – but also has the Rocky Mountain Coaster. Taking you through the forest, the 5,800 feet length of track is one of North America’s longest alpine coasters and allows you to view the Ten Mile Range. The coaster can travel up to 25 miles per hour so it may not be for everyone.
Head back to Georgetown and admire the historic Christmas scene that the town puts on each year. As well as lights galore the town includes horse drawn wagons, Victorian dressed carolers, shopping and roasted chestnuts. Christmas at the Hamill House offers you the chance to watch a traditional tree lighting, caroling and plenty of food to keep you going until New Year.
If entertainment, arts and culture as well as highly recommend restaurants is the perfect way for you to spend the holidays make your way to Glenwood Springs. As well as ice-skating, skiing, snowmobiling and fat biking, the area provides some spa activities, including the famous hot springs the town is named after. There are currently three hot springs attractions in the area so you have several to chose from. Whether you prefer historic, natural or the latest place, a trip to a hot spring retreat is a sure fire way to end the year.
One of the most exciting activities to do is to take a trip on the Polar Express™, a train service put on by the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and takes you directly from Durango all the way to the North Pole! Well Colorado’s North Pole. Find out if you can still hear the bell as the train recreates the family favorite, The Polar Express featuring Tom Hanks. Once at the North Pole there is so much to see you will not know where to look first.
You can visit Santa’s workshop as well as meet some of his reindeer. There is also a myriad of characters from the story just waiting to greet you, as are some of his elves who have taken time away from the workshop just for you! After spending time in the North Pole you will receive hot chocolate and cookies as well as a gift direct from Santa. The whole trip takes just over an hour and is the perfect treat for any Christmas period.
Whatever you decide to do this holiday season make sure you respect any socially distanced guidelines and rules that have been put in place and have a safe and happy holidays.