Colorado is home to some to some amazing & festive winter markets, where you can find hand-crafted gifts that are perfect for friends and family this holiday season. Check out our list of some of the best Colorado winter festivals, markets & bazaars near Denver!

Where: Pearl Street Mall | 1942 Broadway Boulder, CO 80302
When: Saturday, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21 | 11 AM – 2 PM

St Nick on the Bricks is an awesome fest for kids and adults of all ages! Located on Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, this fun fest includes Santa visits, train rides, great photo ops, and much more. Santa visits and train rides (kids 10 and under only) are totally free! 

Where: Stapleton MCA | 7350 E 29th Ave. Denver, CO 80238
When: Friday, November 22nd

See downtown Stapleton transformed into a winter wonderland at the annual Winter Welcome festival! Much more than just your average holiday lighting ceremony, this event features a variety of fun activities including vendors, fire pits, face painting, a DJ, carolers, and much more! A great option for Colorado winter festivals!

Where: Downtown Breckenridge
When: December 11th-15th

One of Breck’s favorite holiday traditions, Ullr Fest is returning this year for it’s 57th year! Ullr is a god from old Norse tradition who is known as an expert skier and holds the responsibility of blanketing the world with snow. Ullr Fest celebrates this god in hopes for fresh powder and an amazing ski season. Lots of events take place during these days, including ski jumps on Main St, the town’s biggest bonfire, the Ullr Ice Plinge, a parade, and much more!

Where: Vail Resort
When: December 12th-15th

Vail Snow Days is an annual tradition that celebrates the beginning of the ski season with block parties, bonfires, live music and much more. The main attraction to Vail Snow Days are the free concerts that are hosted at the Ford Park Parking Lot. This year’s headliners include Modest Mouse on Friday, Dec 13th and The Head and the Heart on Saturday, December 14th!

Where: Chautauqua Park | Baseline Rd & 9th St Boulder, CO 80302
When: Friday-Sunday December 13th-15th | 8 AM – 5 PM

Taking place at Chautauqua Park in Boulder, WinterFest 2019 features a weekend of holiday fun in a magical winter setting! Here you will find a variety of activities including horse-drawn carriage rides, an outdoor ice skating rink, holiday lights, and so much more. You can even participate in a family scavenger hunt!

Where: Carpenter Parks Fields | 108th Ave & Colorado Blvd. Thornton, CO 80233
When: Fri, Dec 16th 6:30-9:00 PM | Sat, Dec 17th 10:00AM-9:00PM | Sun, Dec 15th 5:00-9:00PM

This three-day festival in Thornton is the perfect place to come to really get into the holiday spirit. Friday features a village lighting ceremony in which Santa and his Elves turn on the villages holiday lights. The rest of the weekend features Santa visits, ice skating, a holiday choir, ice carving, a holiday market and so much more!

Where: Pearl Street Mall | 1942 Broadway Boulder, CO 80302
When: Saturday, Dec. 14th | 11AM-4PM

Part of Boulder’s “Light Up the Holidays” series, Freezie Fest is a celebration of all things snowman and winter! Here you will find Santa visits, free train rides, various “Reindeer Games”, carolers, and so much more! You of course will have plenty of opportunities to meet Freezie the snowman himself, along with a fun Freezie scavenger hunt!

Where: Fillmore Plaza | Cherry Creek North area, Denver, CO 80206
When: Saturday, Dec 14th | 10 AM – 2 PM

Returning for its 4th year, Winter Fest at the Fillmore Plaza is a free event for kids and adults of all ages (dogs are welcome as well!). Here you will find fire pits with outdoor seating, live ice carving, face painting, carolers, complimentary refreshments, giveaways and so much more. Enjoy some holiday shopping with the family at Cherry Creek North and stop by Winter Fest for a full day of fun. A great option for Colorado winter festivals!

Where: Aspen
When: Thursday – Sunday | January 23rd-26th

Come see the greatest winter-athletes in the world compete at the Winter X-Games this year hosted at Aspen Ski Resort! See skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers, and more compete for one of the most prized medals in action sports. Beyond a variety of vendors and events that take place during the X-Games, there’s also concerts nightly that include performances from Rae Sremmurd, Illenium, Alesso, and Bazzi.

Where: Pearl Street Mall | 1942 Broadway Boulder, CO 80302
When: Sunday, Nov 24th | 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Come ring in the holiday season early this year at Boulder’s “Switch on the Holidays” festival! Here you will see Santa Clause himself flip the switch that turns on the multitude of lights around Pearl Street Mall and the Boulder County Courthouse.

We hope you and your family create some joyous holiday memories at some of these awesome holiday festivals. If you enjoyed this article, check out some others that might interest you below: