For most people, Christmas is best celebrated in a quaint mountain town, blanketed with colorful Christmas lights. Although nearly all towns in the state celebrate the season in their own way, some destinations put on the best displays and events each holiday season.

If you are looking to spend Christmas in Colorado, the following are some of the best places to consider:


This Victorian mining town is located one hour west of Denver in the Rockies. This is where you experience Christmas cheer all year round at many shops. However, during the holiday season, the town goes all out, ensuring people experience quintessential things such as vintage horse carriage rides, chestnuts roasting in an open fire, and the annual Historic Georgetown Christmas Market that showcases unique gifts.


This town is famous for its epic ski runs, historic downtown, champagne powder, and beautiful scenery. You will get to enjoy all of this during the holiday season when Breckenridge comes to life with lights, general merriment, and Christmas carols. The classic mountain town has a world-class ski resort and a Victorian downtown area that has a colorful historic district filled with shops, art galleries, breweries, and restaurants.


This mountain town rests in the shadow of Mount Sopris. It is home to many parks, trails, sports, a downtown area full of establishments, and a full calendar of fun events.


Durango is one of the best Colorado places to visit to experience a dazzling array of holiday delights. The holiday season is when the popular Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad features the Polar Express train ride. When you hop aboard the Polar Express, you will ride to the North Pole to meet Santa or cut down your own Christmas tree that you can bring back with you aboard the Cascade Canyon Train. Also, the town is filled with festive music, Christmas events, and dazzling lights throughout December.

Cripple Creek

During the holiday, the town puts on a show with its holiday-themed historic Butte Theater along with the buildings and businesses of the town decked out in all their Christmas glory. The town’s main draw during the holiday is the Gold Camp Christmas weekend. You can celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas with a self-guided or guided tour through the Gold Camp mining area. In this area, the mine headframe is decorated with big Christmas light displays. To make the most of the town, you can stay at the Christmas Inn that provides 12 Christmas-themed rooms.