Things to Do
Winter Activities & Events
Here are just a few of the ways you can enjoy this breathtakingly beautiful season in the Rocky Mountains.
Celebrate holiday lights and cheer during Electric Safari with 85 light sculptures on over 50 acres! Warming fires throughout the Zoo offer a reprieve from the chill, as do select indoor animal exhibits that remain open during the event. Top off this astounding display by gazing out at the city's lights and watch all of Colorado Springs sparkle!
Experience the train that takes you to meet Santa Claus himself at the magical North Pole. The Santa Express Train is a winter wonderland, where children of all ages are encouraged to wear cozy pajamas and relax with family and friends on a journey you’ll treasure year after year. On the way to the North Pole, we’ll keep your family entertained, while you nibble on cookies and sip hot cocoa.
When the Santa Express Train reaches the North Pole, Santa and his Elves board the train to pass out a special holiday bell to each ticketed child as he makes his way through the train.
Mueller State Park offers year-round recreation on 5,000 acres of land. Enjoy the short snow season with several snowshoe hikes for beginners or experienced snowshoers. Other winter activities include cross country skiing and sledding. Be sure to check the Park's webpage for up-to-date information on current snow and weather conditions.
In 1947, a tradition began at Seven Falls to promote the canyon at night when alternating colored and white lights illuminated the waters, much to the delight of locals and visitors worldwide. Now through February 25, 2018, the much-loved, multi-colored display returns for the holiday season as Seven Falls celebrates the third annual Winter Lights event.
More than 100,000 individual lights will line the path leading to the Falls, and this year, colored lights will also adorn the cliff faces of the Pillars of Hercules, making for not only a festive atmosphere, but a photographer’s dream locale for holiday family photos. When visiting, remember to dress in layers, as the canyon is typically 5-10 degrees colder.
Located less than an hour from Colorado Springs in a scenic mountain setting awaits a unique and educational wildlife experience. The Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center is home to wolves, coyotes and fox that each live and thrive in large wooded enclosures that provide privacy, sanctuary and stimulation for these amazing animals.
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center visitors can take an hour tour to meet all of the resident animals, learn their histories and gain a better understanding of how they and their habitat are being threatened and what people can do to help. Each tour culminates with a group "wolf howl." Full-moon tours are also available as well as special events and volunteer opportunities. For an additional fee, you can have an "up-close and personal" interaction with a wolf and get your photo taken with several of the animals. Slurpy wolf kisses are an added bonus!
Watch sculptors carve ice into beautiful works of art at the Cripple Creek Ice Festival. In its 11th year, this free event will take place February 9-18, 2018. Several sculptures are made just for the kiddos, with ice slides, ice mazes and carnival-like games. The grown kids can enjoy the ice bar complete with a liquor luge to warm the spirits too.
Past themes have included a Mythological Wonderland, Story Time, Under the Sea, A Military Salute Carved in Ice, a Rocky Mountain Wonderland, the Old West, and a Safari Theme. The 2018 theme will be announced soon!
Ice climbing in the Colorado Rockies is an amazing experience. Climbing the frozen ice tucked into the mountains opens a world that is different from summer's rock climbing.
Navigate Silver Cascade falls in North Cheyenne Cañon or ascend Front Range Climbing’s private ice wall near 11 Mile Canyon. Both novice and advanced climbers will enjoy the experience in some of the area’s most scenic spots. Half-day and full-day experiences are available.