Christmas Traditions & Treasures

Christmas Traditions & Treasures in Clear Creek County

This season enjoy celebrating the traditions and treasures of Christmas in Idaho Springs, Empire, Georgetown and Silver Plume. Enjoy shopping, dining, sipping on craft brews, or listening to live music throughout the season! Located just 20 miles west of Denver, our Mountain Communities are sure to offer you a Rocky Mountain inspired Christmas – and if you want to further celebrate be sure to book an overnight stay at a cozy bed and breakfast and ski or snowboard to your heart’s delight at Loveland Ski Area or Echo Mountain Resort. Merry Christmas and wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season!

 

Idaho Springs

Saturday, November 28th

Small Business Saturday – Shop Small in Clear Creek County and support our Historic Mountain Communities of Idaho Springs, Empire, Georgetown and Silver Plume! Offering wonderful boutiques and one-of-a-kind small businesses, unique dining experiences and thrilling attractions – there is truly something here for everyone!

Idaho Springs Chamber of Commerce Booth – 10:00am – 2:00pm
Citizens Park – 1545 Miner Street, Idaho Springs
Be sure to stop by Citizens Park on Small Business Saturday to learn more about the event, meet Chamber members, and a chance to win prizes and freebie items too! www.dahospringschamber.org

Holiday Headquarters at the Clear Creek Recreation Center – 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Clear Creek Recreation Center – 98 12th Ave., Idaho Springs – (303) 567-4822
Enjoy the afternoon shopping while your children spend the day creating Christmas crafts and enjoying a playful afternoon. $5 per child. www.clearcreekrecreation.com

Underhill Museum Tours – 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Underhill Museum – 1414 Miner Street, Idaho Springs
Enjoy complimentary tours of the iconic home of James and Lucy Underhill. James was a prominent surveyor and mining engineer, Harvard graduate and former professor at the Colorado School of Mines.

Dinner with Santa – 5:00pm
Elks Lodge 607 – 1600 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs
Children 12 and under are invited to have dinner with Santa & Mrs. Claus at the “North Pole” complete with a special gift and hot chocolate and coffee bar for parents. Seating is limited – Advance Tickets Only $7 – Tickets available at Idaho Springs City Hall or call Jonathan (303) 567-4421 x115

Tree Lighting Ceremony – 6:00pm
Citizens Park – 1545 Miner Street, Idaho Springs
Everyone is welcome to attend the free tree lighting ceremony as Mayor Hillman recites “The Night Before Christmas” followed by Santa turning on the magical tree lights at Citizens Park.

Visit | Photos with Santa
Elks Lodge 607 – 1600 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs (303) 567-2983
Children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa following the tree lighting ceremony. Parents please bring your cameras. This is a free event.

 

Tuesday, December 24th
Christmas Eve

Tommyknocker Christmas with Santa and His Reindeer – 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Tommyknocker Brewery – 1401 Miner Street, Idaho Springs (303) 567-2688
Bring the kids on Christmas Eve to meet Santa. He will have one of his real live reindeer in the brewery for great family photos ops. Please bring a non-perishable food item donation for our local food pantry, Loaves & Fishes. Restaurant will be open from 11:00am to 7:00pm with food & drink specials.

 

Thursday, December 25th
Christmas Day

Tommyknocker Christmas Story Dinner Special – 1:00pm – 8:00pm
Tommyknocker Brewery – 1401 Miner Street, Idaho Springs (303) 567-2688
If you are looking for a place to go out on Christmas Day, Tommyknocker Brewery will be open. Just like in the Movie “A Christmas Story” we will be serving up a great Chinese Dinner Special. Wear an Ugly Sweater and the get a free pint of Beer or Root Beer!

 

 

Georgetown

Saturday, November 28th

Small Business Saturday – Shop Small in Clear Creek County and support our Historic Mountain Communities of Idaho Springs, Empire, Georgetown and Silver Plume! Offering wonderful boutiques and one-of-a-kind small businesses, unique dining experiences and thrilling attractions – there is truly something here for everyone!

Hotel de Paris Museum Guided Tours – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Hotel de Paris Museum – 409 6th Street, Georgetown (303) 569-2311
Tour Louis Dupuy’s legendary Hotel de Paris which dates to the silver mining boom, when it served as a first-class French restaurant, showroom for traveling salesmen, and luxurious hotel during the Gilded Age. Tickets www.hoteldeparismuseum.org

Santa’s North Pole Adventure Train Ride – TBD…
Georgetown Loop Railroad – 646 Loop Drive, Georgetown (303) 569-2030
Enjoy a one hour train ride with Santa and Mrs. Claus as Santa and his helpers will be on board to entertain the kids. Trips are complete with complimentary hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes and more! Tickets www.GeorgetownLoopRR.com

Letter Writing Day – 12:00pm – 4:30pm
Georgetown Community Center – 613 6th Street
Children of all ages are invited to come write your letter to Santa and enjoy making Christmas Crafts, ornaments, games, Christmas movies, and snacks to celebrate Letter Writing Day as mentioned in John Denver’s movie “The Christmas Gift”. This is a free event.

Santa’s Lighted Forest Train Ride – TBD…
Georgetown Loop Railroad – 646 Loop Drive, Georgetown (303) 569-2030
Enjoy a one hour evening train ride as Santa engineers the train through a lighted forest while his helpers are on board to entertain the kids. Trips are complete with complimentary hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes and more! Tickets www.GeorgetownLoopRR.com

Tree Lighting Ceremony – 5:00pm
Strousse Park – Corner of 6th Street and Rose Street, Georgetown
Everyone is invited to attend the free tree lighting ceremony complete with bonfire, roasted marshmallows, special music, carolers, hot chocolate and cider.

Cookie Decorating Workshop – TBD…
John Tomay Memorial Library – 605 6th Street, Georgetown
Children of all ages are welcome to step inside the Georgetown John Tomay Memorial Library for a cookie decorating workshop immediately following the tree lighting ceremony. This is a free event.

 

Sunday, December 1st

Hotel de Paris Museum Guided Tours – 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Hotel de Paris Museum – 409 6th Street, Georgetown (303) 569-2311
Tour Louis Dupuy’s legendary Hotel de Paris which dates to the silver mining boom, when it served as a first-class French restaurant, showroom for traveling salesmen, and luxurious hotel during the Gilded Age. Tickets www.hoteldeparismuseum.org

Let Heaven and Nature Sing! A Christmas Cantata – 1:00 pm
Georgetown Heritage Center – 809 Taos St., Georgetown
Christmas Cantata at the Heritage Center performed by the Georgetown Community Choir and directed by Norma Hafenstein. This is a free event.

Santa’s North Pole Adventure Train Ride – 10:45am, 12:15pm, 1:45pm, 3:15pm
Georgetown Loop Railroad – 646 Loop Drive, Georgetown (303) 569-2030
Enjoy a one hour train ride with Santa and Mrs. Claus as Santa and his helpers will be on board to entertain the kids. Trips are complete with complimentary hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes and more! Tickets www.GeorgetownLoopRR.com

Family Christmas at the Hamill House – 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Hamill House – 305 Argentine Street, Georgetown
A family-oriented afternoon, in a traditional Victorian-style Christmas celebration including a dignified welcome and greeting by our Butler, Caroling with the Silver Plume Singers, a Victorian-style candle-lighting and reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” in the decorated Library of William Hamill, presentation and story of the Yule Log, a visit from St. Nicholas, and Children’s Parlour Games. Limited Seating. Pre-Sale Tickets Only. www.historicgeorgetown.org

Santa’s Lighted Forest Train Ride – 5:00pm, 6:30pm, 8:00pm
Georgetown Loop Railroad – 646 Loop Drive, Georgetown (303) 569-2030
Enjoy a one hour train ride with Santa and Mrs. Claus as Santa and his helpers will be on board to entertain the kids. Trips are complete with complimentary hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes and more! Tickets www.GeorgetownLoopRR.com

 

Saturday, December 5th and
Sunday, December 6th

61st Annual Georgetown Christmas Market – 10:00am – 5:00pm
6th Street, Georgetown
A free event for all ages where Christmas hasn’t changed in 100 years: roasted chestnuts, holiday shopping, horse-drawn wagon rides, and wonderful sights and smells. Appearances by St. Nicholas in his traditional dress, carolers, dancers, and other family entertainment. www.historicgeorgetown.org

Hotel de Paris Museum Self-Guided Tours – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Hotel de Paris Museum – 409 6th Street, Georgetown (303) 569-2311
Tour Louis Dupuy’s legendary Hotel de Paris which dates to the silver mining boom, when it served as a first-class French restaurant, showroom for traveling salesmen, and luxurious hotel during the Gilded Age. Tickets www.hoteldeparismuseum.org

Santa’s North Pole Adventure Train Ride – TBD…
Georgetown Loop Railroad – 646 Loop Drive, Georgetown (303) 569-2030
Enjoy a one hour train ride with Santa and Mrs. Claus as Santa and his helpers will be on board to entertain the kids. Trips are complete with complimentary hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes and more! Purchase tickets www.GeorgetownLoopRR.com

Santa’s Lighted Forest Train Ride – TBD…
Georgetown Loop Railroad – 646 Loop Drive, Georgetown (303) 569-2030
Enjoy a one hour evening train ride as Santa engineers the train through a lighted forest while his helpers are on board to entertain the kids. Trips are complete with complimentary hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes and more! Purchase tickets www.GeorgetownLoopRR.com

Ice Skating Rink – Opens for the Season (December 6)
Werlin Park Dog Park, 11th Street & Taos Street, Georgetown
Bring your own ice skates or use a free pair of our community skates on the corner of 11th and Taos Street. Courtesy of Clear Creek Recreation Center and Georgetown Parks and Recreation. Admission is FREE.

 

Saturday, December 12th and
Sunday, December 13th

60th Annual Georgetown Christmas Market – 10:00am – 5:00pm
6th Street, Georgetown
A free event for all ages where Christmas hasn’t changed in 100 years: roasted chestnuts, holiday shopping, horse-drawn wagon rides, and wonderful sights and smells. Appearances by St. Nicholas in his traditional dress, carolers, dancers, and other family entertainment. www.historicgeorgetown.org

Hotel de Paris Museum Self-Guided Tours – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Hotel de Paris Museum – 409 6th Street, Georgetown (303) 569-2311
Tour Louis Dupuy’s legendary Hotel de Paris which dates to the silver mining boom, when it served as a first-class French restaurant, showroom for traveling salesmen, and luxurious hotel during the Gilded Age. Tickets www.hoteldeparismuseum.org

Santa’s North Pole Adventure Train Ride – TBD…
Georgetown Loop Railroad – 646 Loop Drive, Georgetown (303) 569-2030
Enjoy a one hour train ride with Santa and Mrs. Claus as Santa and his helpers will be on board to entertain the kids. Trips are complete with complimentary hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes and more! Purchase tickets www.GeorgetownLoopRR.com

Santa’s Lighted Forest Train Ride – TBD…
Georgetown Loop Railroad – 646 Loop Drive, Georgetown (303) 569-2030
Enjoy a one hour evening train ride as Santa engineers the train through a lighted forest while his helpers are on board to entertain the kids. Trips are complete with complimentary hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes and more! Purchase tickets www.GeorgetownLoopRR.com

50th Annual Christmas at the Hamill House – TBD…
Hamill House – 305 Argentine Street, Georgetown
The ceremony includes the lighting of the Christmas Tree, story and presentation of the Yule Log, a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’, libations, small plate buffet to feast on and of course the Wassail Bowl Punch with toasts to all! Adults only. Tickets www.historicgeorgetown.org

 

December 20th

50th Annual Christmas at the Hamill House – TBD…
Hamill House – 305 Argentine Street, Georgetown
The ceremony includes the lighting of the Christmas Tree, story and presentation of the Yule Log, a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’, libations, small plate buffet to feast on and of course the Wassail Bowl Punch with toasts to all! Adults only. Tickets www.historicgeorgetown.org

 

Tuesday, December 24th
Christmas Eve

Santa’s North Pole Adventure Train Ride – TBD…
Georgetown Loop Railroad – 646 Loop Drive, Georgetown (303) 569-2030
Enjoy a one hour train ride with Santa and Mrs. Claus as Santa and his helpers will be on board to entertain the kids. Trips are complete with complimentary hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes and more! Purchase tickets www.GeorgetownLoopRR.com

Santa’s Lighted Forest Train Ride – TBD…
Georgetown Loop Railroad – 646 Loop Drive, Georgetown (303) 569-2030
Enjoy a one hour evening train ride as Santa engineers the train through a lighted forest while his helpers are on board to entertain the kids. Trips are complete with complimentary hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes and more! Purchase tickets www.GeorgetownLoopRR.com