Winter Break is as exciting of a time for parents as it is for kids! The holiday spirit is in full-swing and families everywhere are celebrating with their loved ones. We know it can be hard to find things to do to occupy your children with their time-off, so we created a list of some of the best activities for families to experience this winter break!
With the kids off school and the excitement of the holidays in full swing, winter break is the perfect time to take a home-state vacation!
There is so much to discover in our beautiful home state, check out our blog showcasing the top spots in Colorado for your family to check out.
Where: Bandimere Speedway | 3051 South Rooney Road, Morrison, CO 80465
When: November 22nd – January 4th: 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Load your family in your vehicle and cruise over to the Brandimere Speedway in Morrison for an awesome Christmas lights experience!
Here you can drive through acres of more than 1.5 million lights set up & synced to holiday music that you can hear through your radio. This festive event is fun for everyone and is open until January 4th, so no need to rush there before Christmas.
Where: Downtown Fort Collins | 220 W. Mountain Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525
When: November 19th – February 22nd on Tuesdays – Saturdays | 11 AM – 5 PM
The Celebrations of Nativities and Light returns this year to showcases nativities from all over the world!
This event is a celebration of cultures and beliefs, and is a great educational experience for attendees. Kids and adults will love exploring the different features as well as the beautiful holiday lights that illuminate downtown Fort Collins.
Where: Hudson Gardens Event Center | 6115 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton 80120
When: December 1, 6-8, 13-24, and 26-31 | 5 PM – 9 PM
This holiday tradition is a favorite for families in Colorado! Every year the Hudson Gardens Event Center becomes decorated with thousands upon thousands of decorative lights and installations that are sure to impress.
Here you can explore the trails that are alive with lights wrapped around trees, floating on water, and on display in every direction.
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens | 1007 York St, Denver 80206
When: November 29th – January 3rd | 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Denver Botanic Gardens’ annual event returns again! For over three decades the annual Blossoms of Light turns the Gardens’ into a magical land of holiday spirit and light.
Step foot into this twinkling wonderland for its last weekend of the year! The Botanic Gardens are even open on the 24th, 25th and 31st!
Where: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo | 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd, Colorado Springs 80906
When: December 23rd, 26-27th, 30th & January 2-3rd
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers special School Break Camps for kids to learn all about animals, conservation and the environment from professionals!
These camps offer a variety of different activities and learning experiences for kids of all ages. Camps are broken down into different age aroungs : Kindergarten (half-day), 1st & 2nd Grade, 3rd & 4th Grade, and 5th & 6th Grade.
Where: City & County Building Denver | 1437 Bannock St, Denver 80202
When: November 29th – December 28th on Saturdays & Sundays | 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Check out the holiday lights downtown before disappear for the season on a Holiday Lights Walking Tour!
This 1.5 hour tour will start at the Denver City & County Building and explore some of the coolest spots in Downtown. Great chance to scope out your perfect spot for the fireworks on NYE!
Where: Gaylord Rockies | 6700 North Gaylord Rockies Boulevard, Aurora, CO 80019
When: November 22nd – January 5th | 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Transport your family to a magical land of ice without leaving the Denver metro area. ICE!® featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in Mistletoe Village at Gaylord Rockies is sure to be a blast.
Check out the two-story ice slides and giant ice sculptures carved from more than two million pounds of colorful ice. This event is kept at 9 degrees, so make sure you bundle up tight!
Where: Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center | 6700 North Gaylord Rockies Blvd, Aurora, CO 80019
When: November 22nd – January 4th: View website for times & tickets
While visiting the Gaylord Rockies Resort for ICE!, check out Cirque Dreams Holidaze, an electrifying holiday spectacular!
Cirque Dreams Holidaze is an in-the-round theatrical experience that features dazzling costumes, aerialists, dancers, singers, and so much more. This live and action packed theatrical event lasts 75 minutes and is captivating for kids and adults alike.
Where: Denver Pavilions | 500 16th St, Denver 80202
When: December 21st – January 2nd | 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
The Denver Pavilions’ Holiday Carousel returns again this year for another season! Located on the 16th St. Mall & Glenarm Place, this carousel is open daily and a fun treat for all to enjoy.
Kids and adults alike will love taking a ride before/after checking out all that the Pavillions’ has to offer. The Carousel is also open on New Years Eve until 1 AM!
Where: Downtown Denver | 16th & Arapahoe Street, Denver, CO 80202
When: Friday, January 3rd: 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
The first Friday of every month means that Downtown Denver comes alive with art and entertainment! You don’t want to miss the First Friday Art Walk that will feature a variety of artists, vendors, performers and more!
This special First Friday is not only the first of the month, but of the decade! This is the perfect way to start of 2020 right!
Where: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum | 7711 East Academy Blvd, Denver 80230
When: December 21st – January 5th | 10 AM – 5 PM
From Saturday, December 21st to Sunday, January 5th, kids aged 16 & under can enjoy admission to the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum for only $1!
One of the top Air & Space museums in the US, Wings Over the Rockies is as fascinating and educational as it is fun for people of all ages. This is a great chance to bring the whole family for a cheap & fun day!
Go Ice Skating
There are multiple places in & around Denver to go Ice Skating with the whole family!
For ice skating fun in Downtown Denver, check out the Downtown Denver Ice Rink at Skyline Park for amazing fun and FREE admission (skates can be rented for a small fee). Some other fun spots to skate include The Rink at Belmar in Lakewood, Old Town Square Skate Rink and The Pond in Fort Collins!
Where: Pueblo Zoo | 3455 Nuckolls Ave, Pueblo 81004
When: December 6, 13, 20-21, 27-28th | 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Be enchanted by over 150 magical creations and hundreds of thousands of vibrant lights as you stroll through the
Pueblo Zoo during special holiday-hours where the zoo is alive with holiday spirit! You can stroll through the exhibits while sipping hot chocolate and enjoying special holiday treats. If you’re lucky you might even run into Mr. Clause himself!
Where: Pearl Street Mall | 1942 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302
When: Saturday, December 21st | 11 AM – 2 PM
At St Nick on the Bricks in Downtown Boulder, kids of all ages can visit with Mr. and Mrs.
Claus for free! That’s not all, there will also be free train rides for kids under 10 that will take them around Pearl Street Mall in a fun & unique experience. Bring the family for this fun event on Saturday from 11 AM – 2 PM, this is a great way to kick off your kids winter break!
Where: Pearl Street Mall | 1942 Broadway, Boulder 80302
When: Monday, December 23rd | 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Celebrate Chanukah and see the lighting of Boulder’s largest menorah!
This festive event takes place on Monday, December 23rd and will feature singing, hot latkes, hot cocoa and coffee, and so much more! This event is totally free, so bring the whole family out for a fun night out that won’t cost you a dime.
Where: 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd, Colorado Springs 80906
When: December 6-8th, 13-23rd, 25th-January 1st | 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM (last admission at 7:30 PM)
Rated the third best zoo lights experience in the entire country, Electric Safari is an amazing experience for all who attend! Here you can find 85 different light sculptures on over 50 acres of land.
Explore the exhibits that are alight with festive lights and enjoy other features like firepits, santa visits, animal happenings & special exhibits and so much more!
One of the best times to take your family to the theatre for a play or musical performance is the holiday months!
Here you can find some of your favorite festive stories come to life on stage including A Christmas Carol, The Polar Express, and so much more. Check out our blog post on our favorite Family Friendly Plays & Musicals in Colorado this Season!
Where: 210 N. Sante Fe Avenue, Pueblo 81003
When: November 12th – January 4th
Explore the traditions and cultures from all over the world at the Buell Children’s Museum in Pueblo!
This experience that is fun & educational for kids will teach them of other cultural festivities through crafts, stories and more. Make a paper dragon to celebrate the Chinese New Year, create a paper dreidel celebrating Hanukkah and so much more!
New Years Eve celebrations aren’t just for adults! Check out our guide on 20 Ways to Ring in 2020 With Your Kids to find the best celebration near you.
A fun tradition that many celebrate is “Noon Years Eve” in which families with young children can ring in the new year a little early at noon instead of midnight!
Where: Denver Art Museum | 100 W 14th Pkwy, Denver 80204
When: Saturday, January 4th
Kids and adults alike will love exploring the amazing collections that the Denver Art Museum has to offer.
On the first Saturday of every month, they offer free admission for all who want to come and appreciate their exhibits. This is a great way to introduce your kids to art, or to reassure those little Picasso’s who already have a strong love for it.
Have a little one who is finally old enough to hit the slopes?
Before you take them to an expensive resort and spend hundreds of dollars on lift tickets, rentals and lessons, take them to one of the indoor ski lesson locations in Denver! SNÖBAHN Indoor Ski + Snowboard Center and Shredder Ski both offer indoor lessons in the Denver area that cost a fraction of what you would spend on the slopes.
Visiting a Waterpark is probably not something you’d expect to find on this list!
Believe it or not, Colorado is home to many different pools and waterparks that are indoors and open all year round! Kids will love a break from the cold to splash in the water and ride the tall slides. Check out our guide on Our Favorite Indoor Colorado Water Parks & Pools to find a location near you!
What better way to escape the cold than visiting a museum that you can explore all day?
Colorado has some amazing museums that covers Science, History, Automotives and everything in between! Consider a visit to the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus for one of the finest Children’s Museums in the country, or the Denver Museum of Nature & Science for a day of fun & excitement for the whole family. Check out our blog on the Top 20 Indoor & Educational Places to Bring Your Kids in Denver for a list of awesome museums near you!
Where: Southwest Plaza | 8501 West Bowles Ave, Littleton 80123
When: December 1st – December 24th
Where: McNichols Building | 144 W Colfax, Denver 80202
When: Saturday, December 21st: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Bring your Tiny Tot to Cielo at McNichols Building where they can learn all about the orchestra and enjoy dancing, singing and a visit from Santa!
Children will receive an activity packet with more musical fun to experience at home. This event features instrument making stations, crafts, hot cocoa, photo areas and more!
Where: Downtown Golden | 1010 Washington Ave, Golden, CO 80401
When: Saturday, December 21st | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
See the historic Downtown Golden come alive with the Christmas spirit at the annual Olde Golden Christmas Parade!
Here you will see floats, festive characters, horses, firetrucks and of course Santa Claus himself parade downtown. Before or after the parade, you can stroll the many shops and restaurants in Downtown Golden.
If the weather allows for it this winter break, bust out the sleds and take the kids to one of the many great sledding spots in Denver & Beyond!
Although Denver is mostly a flat city, there are still a number of awesome & free sledding hills nearby. Check out our list of the Top Sledding Hills In & Around Denver for the best spot near you!