Holiday Season Bucket List – Fort Collins and Northern Colorado

Chelsea Evic

From ice skating, to shopping, to lights displays, NoCo has it all for holiday fun. We’re here to bring you an official holiday season bucket list of events and activities that are a can’t-miss these next few weeks.

Holiday Lights


What is more festive during the holiday season than looking at creative displays of twinkling christmas lights?

Fort Collins: Garden of Lights – Gardens at Spring Creek

Dec 1 – Jan 1

The Garden of Lights is a beautiful light show that takes place in an array of tranquil gardens. It features huge sculptural flowers, a brilliant blue pond, grapevines, butterflies and a Primordial Forest with dinosaurs, all made entirely from holiday lights! On the weekends there will be holiday music, seasonal crafts, and warm drinks. Santa makes an appearance as well!

Ice Skating

Ice skating is the epitome of winter recreation, and the cold mountain air of Colorado is the perfect place to do it.

Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park

Nov 20 – Feb 3

Nothing like ice skating in the middle of downtown Denver! What a scene.

Fort Collins: The Pond Ice Skating Rink at Foothills Mall


The rink at the Foothills Mall is the place to skate in FoCo this season. The Christmas tree lit up in the center of the rink and the mall as your backdrop makes for the perfect atmosphere.


Whether you celebrate Hanukkah or not, the beautiful menorah lighting in Old Town Square is always an enjoyable experience!

Fort Collins: Menorah Lighting & Chanukah Celebration

Chabad Jewish Center of Northern Colorado

Dec 9, 2018, 5 to 6pm

The annual Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration features the lighting of a giant Menorah in Old Town Square,Jewish holiday music, traditional Hanukkah foods a guest of honor, Mayor Wade Troxell.


With the holidays right around the corner, shopping is always a must. So, why not do it in the best shopping center in the Northern Colorado region?

Denver: Cherry Creek Mall

The Cherry Creek Mall in Denver is THE place to shop all year round, but especially during the holidays. It features over 160 shops in a beautiful location, perfect for your holiday shopping needs. It also just opened a brand new ZARA, which is the only location of the store in Colorado.

Holiday Tea

Create a new seasonal tradition with friends and family at a Holiday Tea.

Nothing says the holidays quite like a festive tea in the setting of a beautiful, historic hotel in Boulder.

Boulder: Hotel Boulderado Holiday Tea

Dec 2 – Dec 23

Hotel Boulderado hosts an exquisite holiday tea on the historic Mezzanine overlooking the lobby with views of their beautiful stained glass ceiling, featuring an amazing holiday menu, and soft piano or choir performances.