Christmastime in Colorado is especially magical when you enjoy it outside. The fresh air and exercise helps to buffer holiday stress and burn off the sugarplum calories. And the real pleasures of the season – family fun and the wonders of nature – are best enjoyed under the wide open sky.
Need ideas for ways to celebrate Christmastime outdoors? Here is a list of some of our favorite ways to savor winter in Colorado with the kids.
Go for a swim. That’s right, there is nothing as fun as swimming in a hot springs when there is snow on the ground. Check out Steamboat Hot Springs, Glenwood Hot Springs, Mount Princeton Hot Springs, Ouray Hot Springs . . .
Go for a skate. Ice skating is one of those iconic Christmastime pleasures, and it provides great photo opportunities for parents. Outdoor ice skating springs up all over the state as the temperature falls. Sometimes rinks are put up for the season in towns and cities like the Steinbaugh Pavilion in downtown Louisville, Colorado or the Ice Rink at One Boulder Plaza in downtown Boulder.
In other places, families can find lakes that freeze for ice skating in a more natural setting, like at Evergreen Lake or at the Lakeside Village in Keystone. Both of those examples are Zamboni-maintained.
Watch a parade. All over the state, cities and towns host holiday parades, and kids of all ages gather for the fun. Many sites offer other family entertainment as well, including street fairs, wreath and cookie auctions, concerts, Christmas tree lighting, fruit cake tosses, shopping, and an appearance by Santa at nearly every one. Colorado.com has a good list to get you started.
Go sledding or tubing. In the 1800s, citizens of Denver used to flock to Ruby Hill Park for one of the city’s best sledding experiences. For families, the sledding hill is still a huge draw and the City of Denver has added a rail yard for skiers and boarders to enjoy on snowy days. Not enough snow in the low lands? Head to any of a number of Colorado ski areas that also have tubing hills. Bonus: many resorts have lifts that will carry you and your tube back to the top of the hill.
Decorate an outdoor tree. Make popcorn and cranberry strings, spread pinecones with peanut butter and roll them in birdseed, string unsalted peanuts in the shell together in little bunches and decorate a tree with natural items for the animals to enjoy, and kids can give gifts to creatures even smaller than they are.
Whether you’re in the city, the suburbs, or the country, Colorado is full of great family opportunities to celebrate Christmas outdoors.
For more family Christmas ideas, go to:
Christmas in Colorado at FamilyTravelColorado.com
Christmas Activities at FamilyTravelColorado.com
Best Hotels for a Colorado Christmas Vacation with the Kids
Plan a Great Family Ski Trip