If the snow and cold tends to get you down a fun festival might be just what you need. And, if you love winter, you’ll be extra excited. Here are some can't-miss winter festivals to add to your calendar.
Listing all of the events for Aspen’s 12 Days of Aspen festival would take quite some time, so be sure to click the link above for the whole schedule.
There’s arts and crafts, caroling, film screenings, story time for the kids, holiday dinners, and more. Naturally, there are also a number of New Year’s Eve celebrations for visitors and residents to enjoy.
In Norse mythology, Ullr is the winter god, and Breck’s Ullr Fest is a celebration of all things viking and all things winter.
It’s one heck of a good time, with spectacles like competitors flinging frying pans for prizes, 12,000+ revelers filling the streets for the annual parade, and even float participants skiing off jumps on Main Street and/or cruising through town in a hot tub.
Local wine, local beer, a chili cook off… what’s not to love about Estes Park’s winter festival? There will also be activities for the kids, a climbing wall, a free guided snowshoeing event, and plenty of memories in the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Ouray is well known for its jaw-dropping, Switzerland-esque scenery… and ice climbing. Ice climbers from around the world travel to Colorado for this event, but you don’t have to be a climber to enjoy watching the skilled climbers scale gigantic walls of ice.
If watching the pros has you wanting to learn how to ice climb, there are even climbing clinics for all levels. And, if wouldn’t be a festival without food, music, and dance parties.
You won’t believe what these artists can make out of snow and ice. The sculptors travel from around the world to put their skills on display, and the results are nothing short of magical. Breck turns into a true fairytale winter wonderland.
January 24 through 28 is Sculpting Week (if you want to vote for the best sculpture, don’t miss this part of the festival), and then Viewing Week lasts from January 28 - February 5.
Enjoy the sweet sounds of bluegrass at this festival, plus plenty of Colorado craft beer, wine, and warm food to keep you toasty all evening long. The gorgeous mountain scenery won’t be too bad, either.
This music festival tends to sell out, so get your tickets early if you have your heart set on attending.
Are you going to attend any of these fun winter festivals in Colorado? Which ones? Start the conversation in the comments!