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Our Winter Guide: Foothills & Mountain Area Holiday Happenings

It's the most wonderful time of the year to enjoy all our community has to offer!

Holiday Events


EChO Turkey Trot

Date | Nov. 23, 9 AM
Location | Church of the Transfiguration, Evergreen, CO

Stretch your legs before Thanksgiving dinner! The 3 mile fun run route leads around Evergreen Lake. Pets and costumes welcome! See more important details and register here.

Fresh Air Friday

Date | Nov. 24
Location | Colorado State Parks

Enjoy free entry to Colorado State Parks for Fresh Air Friday (Black Friday). A couple excellent options within about 45 minutes of Evergreen include Staunton State Park and Golden Gate State Park. See more here.

Georgetown Christmas Tree Program

Dates | Through Dec. 25
Location | Silverdale Trailhead, Georgetown, CO

In conjunction with Clear Creek Fire Authority, the City of Georgetown is offering the opportunity to cut down your own holiday tree while assisting with wildfire mitigation efforts! More information and application here, $30 / tree.

National Forest Service Christmas Tree Program

Dates | Based on permit
Location | Variety of Forest Service areas

For a more adventurous tree-cutting experience, you can cut your holiday tree on Forest Service land. Information about locations and permits here. You'll need a capable, high-clearance vehicle to access many of these areas.

Georgetown Loop Railroad: Lighted Forest

Dates | Nov. 16 - Jan. 7
Location | Georgetown, CO

Even if you've had the opportunity to ride the Georgetown train in the summer or fall, the holiday train rides (particularly the "Lighted Forest" rides) are a memorable experience. Be sure to bundle up! Tickets here.

Santa Breakfasts

Dates | Saturday Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16
Location | Various Evergreen restaurants

Enjoy breakfast and photos with Santa - purchase tickets through Evergreen Chamber of Commerce.

Evergreen Holiday Walk

Date | Friday Dec. 1, 5-9 PM
Location | Downtown Evergreen and Evergreen Lake House

A wonderfully festive event to welcome the holiday season! Live ice sculpting, live entertainment, Christmas tree lighting, Menorah and Kinara lighting, carriage rides, carolers, and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus are just a few of the fun activities offered during this event! Learn more.

Golden Holiday Light Display

Dates | Friday Dec. 1 through the Holiday season
Location | Historic Golden along Clear Creek

Stroll through Golden's 50,000-light display, illuminated starting December 1 at the Candlelight Walk. Learn more.

Conifer Christmas Parade: Flashback to the 80's

Date | Saturday Dec. 2, 1:45 PM
Location | Sutton Road, Conifer

The parade route begins at West Jefferson Middle School and follows Sutton Road to S. Davis Avenue. Enjoy Christmas in Conifer activities from 10:30am - 4:30pm. To learn more about this event and where to park, head here.

Georgetown Christmas Market

Dates | Saturday & Sunday Dec. 2 & 3, Dec. 9 & 10
Location | Historic Georgetown (6th Street)

There's nothing quite like Historic Georgetown during the holidays - from the Victorian buildings draped in festive decorations to the live entertainment and unique vendors that make the holiday market special. You'll see why John Denver filmed a holiday movie in Georgetown! Learn more about the market here.

Golden Holiday Parade

Date | Saturday Dec. 9, 10:30 AM
Location | Washington Ave. in Historic Golden

Learn more here.

Christmas with the Stauntons

Date | Saturday Dec. 9, 4-8 PM
Location | Staunton State Park

Enjoy a candlelight hike between the Lazy V parking lot and the Staunton cabin, cabin tours, crafts and cookie decorating, and cider and hot chocolate by the fire! You'll need a state parks pass or day pass - details here.

Evergreen Players: Gift of the Magi

Dates | Friday - Sunday Dec. 15-17
Location | Center Stage Evergreen, CO

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Ski with Santa at Loveland Ski Area

Date | Sunday & Monday Dec. 24 & 25
Location | Loveland Ski Area

Santa will be hitting the slopes at Loveland Ski Area (located within an hour of Evergreen) - for your chance to see Skiing Santa, buy lift tickets here.

Evergreen IceFest

Date | Sunday Dec. 31, 10 AM - 6 PM
Location | Evergreen Lake

Skate the lake, play hockey or broomball, or warm up by a firepit and roast some marshmallows. Dependent on the condition of the ice - learn more here.

El Rancho NYE Party

Date | Sunday Dec. 31, 9:30 PM
Location | El Rancho

Ring in the New Year with live music! Learn more here.

Evergreen Lake Plunge

Date | Monday Jan. 1, 10 AM - noon
Location | Evergreen Lake

Kick off the New Year with a cold plunge in the lake! Check out the Evergreen Parks & Rec website to find out more.

ERPD Pond Hockey Championship

Date | Saturday & Sunday Jan. 20-21
Location | Evergreen Lake

Learn more here.

ERPD Tundra Trot

Date | Sunday Jan. 21
Location | Evergreen Lake Warming Hut

This is a brand new event! Choose from a fun run or 5K distance, both on the ice (spikes encouraged). Evergreen Brewery and Fountain BBQ will be selling refreshments. Learn more here.

Throughout the Winter Season


Evergreen Lake Activities

Ice skating, hockey, and ice fishing are all incredibly popular at Evergreen Lake. Call the lake hotline at 720-880-1391 before you head out to check ice conditions and availability of winter activities. Learn more here.

Echo Mountain Ski Area

Located only 30 minutes from downtown Evergreen on Mestaa’ėhehe Pass (103), Echo Mountain attractions include night skiing and snow tubing! The ski area offers discounted lift tickets starting at $54 for active military, veterans, teachers, and college students. Make sure to check out their website for opening date and details before you visit!


Our team doesn't just work here - we live here too! Don't hesitate to reach out and we'll do our best to connect you with additional information.


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