Christmas Holiday Events For Every Budget In Colorado Springs

Posted by Lauren Schneider on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 2:29pm.

The Best Christmas Holiday Events in Colorado Springs

As the holidays grow nearer, spirits are high in Colorado Springs. While there's certainly a chill in the air, festive cheer abounds with a number of wintery activities planned for the season.

If you're searching for an opportunity to celebrate the holidays, you'll have plenty of choices in Colorado Springs. We're excited to bring you some of the most highly anticipated holiday events of the year, complete with fun activities for the whole family.

There are so many to choose from, but here's a shortlist of the 5 Colorado Springs holiday events you should know about.

Relocating to Colorado Springs this year? Browse our relocation guide here, and be sure to contact the Military Home Search team with all your Colorado Springs real estate questions.

Santa Express Train

When: Specified dates from Nov 16th - Dec 30th

Where: Royal Gorge Route Railroad

Cost: Varies

Start a treasured Christmas tradition this year, courtesy of the Santa Express Train. Your children will never forget the magic of traveling to the "North Pole", meeting Santa Claus, and holding the holiday bell.

Children of all ages are encouraged to wear their comfiest pajamas aboard the train, and enjoy a locally sourced entree with their family. In true holiday fashion, delicious cookies and hot cocoa will follow, as Santa and his elves make their way through the train to greet every young guest.

The Santa Express Train is enjoyed by 30,000+ guests every year, so buy your tickets before they sell out!

Get your tickets today for the Santa Express Train! Your family is bound to love this festive event.

Vegan Holiday Market

When: Saturday, December 15th

Where: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

Cost: Free!

Mother and child looking for a decoration at a market

This eclectic holiday market is an excellent opportunity to try new foods and support local vendors. Featuring 100% vegan food, assorted health and beauty products, clothing, and much more, you're bound to find some fantastic stocking stuffers at the Vegan Holiday Market this year.

There's no shortage of inventory at this event, complete with 35 indoor vendors and 4 more outside in the courtyard. Before you call it a day, be sure to grab a delicious snack or drink at one of the following fine establishments:

  • Amethyst Confectionery
  • Azteca Gourmet Foods
  • Brightside Ice Creams
  • Nooch | Vegan Market
  • Pikes Peak Lemonade Company
  • Ola Juice Bar

Learn more about the Vegan Holiday Market here!

Air Force Academy Band

When: Monday, December 12 at 7PM

Where: Pikes Peak Center

Get carried away with the sounds of the season at the annual Air Force Academy Band showcase. This year they'll be performing the fan favorite, Holly and Ivy.

Learn more about Air Force Academy Band here!

Champagne Sunday Brunch

When: December 25th, 2018

Where: Hotel Elegante Conference & Events CenterChampagne Brunch

Cost: $43.95

Cheers to the holidays!

Make this Christmas Day one to remember by meeting friends and family at Rustlers Cafe for a delightful brunch. Spend quality time over omelets, waffles, spectacular homemade pastries, and all the accoutrements of a luxurious breakfast.

Seniors and members of the military enjoy a 20% discount to this fabulous affair. Don't miss out!

Check out the details of the Champagne Sunday Brunch!


When: November 24th through January 4th

Where: Great Wolf Lodge

Cost: Varies

Great Wolf Lodge has been sprinkled with holiday magic this year, transforming it into a winter wonderland your whole family will appreciate. Admire the decorations, visit with Santa, and explore a life-size gingerbread house that's fit for a queen.

Complete with twinkling lights, holiday trees, and even some indoor snow showers, the scene at Great Wolf Lodge this year is truly picturesque. Make 2018 complete with a visit to beautiful Snowland.

Visit Snowland today to learn more details about this winter wonderland.

Skate In The Park

When: Specified dates from December - January

Where: Acacia ParkSkating in Acacia Park

Cost: $10 per person, including skates. Children 4 & under FREE with paid adult

What better way to kickstart your holiday spirit than with an afternoon skate?

Enjoy 4,675 square feet of real ice in Acacia Park this winter. Thanks to the City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Services and Downtown Colorado Springs, the whole family will love this unique opportunity to skate in the great outdoors.

Members of the military who arrive with Military ID are given a discounted rate to this special event.

Learn more about this Acacia Park event and plan a skate with your friends and family this season.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's Electric Safari

When: December 9 – 23 and 25 between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM

Where: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Cost: Regular admission. Adults are $9.75, kids and teens are $6.75, and military personnel are just $5.25.

Learn more about the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's Electric Safari here!

Sleigh Rides at Lazy C Ranch

The Sleigh Rides at Lazy C Ranch

When: 4:30 PM, all winter long.

Where: M Lazy C Ranch in Lake George

Cost: $60 per person for adults

If you're looking for the perfect proposal or relaxing date night, this could be it. Enjoy a sleigh ride with the Percheron draft horses from the ranch, then cap it all off with a dinner and dance later in the evening. Seats fill up fast so be sure to give the ranch a call to reserve your spot!

Learn more about the Sleigh Rides at Lazy C Ranch here!

Christmas Symphony

When: Sunday December 18 at 2:30 PM

Where: Pike's Peak Center for the Performing Arts Cost: $21 - $64 per person

From Bach to Mendelssohn, savor the serenades of the Colorado Springs Chorale as they perform holiday classics.

Learn more about the Christmas Symphony here!

Santa and the Dinos

Santa and the Dinos When: Saturday, December 17 to Thursday, December 22 from 11:00 AM – 3 PM

Where: Dinosaur Resource Center

Meet with Santa days before his journey across rooftops in The Springs. Join him and Mrs. Claus for a fun filled day of stories, singalongs, and crafts at the Dinosaur Research Center!

Learn more about Santa and the Dinos here!

Weekend Hayrides At Buffalo Lodge

When: Fridays and Saturdays throughout December from 5 PM to 7 PM

Where: Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort

Learn more about the Buffalo Lodge Hayrides here!

Lauren Schneider

Lauren Schneider, Real Estate Agent and Military Relocation Professional (MRP)

Lauren Schneider has lived in Colorado Springs for nearly 20 years and knows that the military is what keeps this town ticking, which is one of the reasons she's chosen to pursue her dream of helping military families with all of their homebuying needs. Learn more about Lauren or start your home search now

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