Winter Wonderland

Found in Clear Creek County

Christmas Market

First two full weekends of December 4th-5th & 11th-12th

Your Winter Wonderland Just West of Denver...

Located just 20 miles west of Denver, the mountain towns of Idaho Springs, Empire, Georgetown, and Silver Plume welcome you to enjoy the holiday season festivities with family and friends.

Choose from boutique shopping experiences to creating authentic holiday traditions with historic mine tours, train rides, decadent pampering or overnight stays.

Feel the Victorian history and heritage come alive as you peruse museums, art galleries, or sip on locally crafted suds!

The great outdoors and towering Rocky Mountains offer a picturesque winter paradise for you to explore snow covered trails and enjoy ambient sounds of nature.

Where you can be yourself.
Or find yourself.
Or let yourself run wild.

Celebrate the Holiday Season in Clear Creek County Winter Wonderland
Georgetown Loop Railroad Holiday Train Rides Colorado

Georgetown Loop Holiday Train Rides

November 12 – January 2
Enjoy a one hour day-time or evening train ride aboard the Georgetown Loop Railroad and meet with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Santa’s helpers while winding through the beautiful snow-covered Colorado Rocky Mountains. Both trips are complete with complimentary hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes and more!

Family Ice Skating Clear Creek County Colorado

FrozenFire Glice® Rink

November 22
The Rink is Re-Opening! Enjoy ice skating and hockey ~ Fun for everyone and anyone!

The FrozenFire Glice® Rink is located between the Shelly/Quinn Ball Fields off of I-70 and Exit 241 in Idaho Springs, Colorado.

P.S. Bring a toy to the Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District between 11/22 and 11/30 to receive 2 free skating tickets.

Idaho Springs Colorado Christmas Santa Tree Lighting

Miner Street Market

November 26 ~ 2pm – 5pm
Citizens Park – 1545 Miner Street, Idaho Springs

The Idaho Spring Marketing Alliance welcomes you to celebrate the Holiday Season at the Miner Street Market and Citizens Park in Idaho Springs.

Santa Claus and his reindeer will be stopping by on Friday afternoon! Everyone is welcome to visit with Santa, pet his reindeer, and take photos too! Free event.

While here be sure to enjoy visiting our local merchants for Black Friday specials, enjoy dinner, or stay the night at one of our cozy accommodations!

small business saturday

Small Business Saturday

November 27 ~ All Day Event
Support small business and shop small this Saturday in the mountain towns of Idaho Springs, Empire, Georgetown, Silver Plume and surrounding communities. Many businesses will be offering special discounts and promotions in the County.

ARGO Mill and Tunnel Gingerbread Challenge Idaho Springs

Gingerbread House Challenge

The Argo Mill and Tunnel in Idaho Springs, Colorado proudly presents the 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Challenge.

Join the yummy fun and compete for prizes.

Kits are available for pickup beginning Saturday, November 20th at the Mighty Argo Mill and Tunnel!

Entries will be accepted digitally or in-person through Monday, December 20, 2021.

Idaho Springs Christmas Tree Soap Shop

Idaho Springs Tree Lighting

November 27 ~ 5pm – 7pm
Citizens Park – 1545 Miner Street, Idaho Springs

Everyone is welcome to attend as there will be a reading of “The Night Before Christmas”, Ensemble by Clear Creek High School Madrigals and Santa turning on the magical tree lights at Citizens Park.
Children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa following the tree lighting ceremony. Parents please bring your cameras. This is a free event.

street during christmas

Georgetown Tree Lighting

November 27 ~ All Day Event
Start the Holiday Season off at this event in the Town of Georgetown. Children of all ages are welcome to come deliver their written letters to St. Nick! Bring the entire family for a fun-filled day in Georgetown – catch a ride on the Georgetown Loop Railroad, enjoy a warm meal, visit the boutiques, or simply warm your hands by the bonfire and be sure to stay for the Lighting of the Christmas Tree in Library Park around 5pm.

Guanella Pass Winter Closure Naylor Lake

Guanella Pass Winter Closure

November 29
As scheduled in the past, the County will close Guanella Pass Scenic and Historic Byway at the Naylor Lake intersection and approximately 0.8 mile north of the Park County/Clear Creek County line. The pass will re-open around Memorial Day, weather permitting.

horse drawn carriage on street

Georgetown's Annual Christmas Market

December 4-5 and 11-12 ~ 10am – 5pm
Historic Georgetown presents a Christmas scene reminiscent of Christmas long ago. There will be roasted chestnuts, plenty of shopping, horse-drawn wagon rides and wonderful sights. Enjoy appearances by St. Nicholas in his traditional dress and the procession of Santa Lucia, as well as carolers and other family entertainment. This year we hope you will begin making it a tradition of your own!! This event will take place in Historic Downtown Georgetown, on 6th Street. Admission is FREE.

The Argo Mill & Tunnel built into a sheer cliff face

Argo Open House

Date Coming Soon!

Enhance your Christmas traditions with the Mighty Argo Mill and Tunnel! Begin the holiday season with a guided tour of the mill and tunnel, peruse the gift shop, or pan for gold and gemstones while you’re here!

Santa Claus Snowboading Loveland Ski Area Colorado

Santa Claus Visits Loveland Ski Area

December 24-25
Every Christmas Santa takes time out of his busy schedule to ski at his favorite area, Loveland! This year is no different as he makes his appearance on the 24th and 25th. Not only will he be cruising the slopes, but also visiting the Ski & Ride School and Children’s Center as he hands out candy canes to the young ones and poses for photos. Don’t miss out on some great holiday skiing and a chance to catch Skiing Santa!

Tommyknocker Brewery Christmas Idaho Springs Colorado with Santa

A Tommyknocker Christmas

December 24-25
Celebrate the holidays with friends and family at Tommyknocker Brewery in Idaho Springs. Enjoy live appearances by Santa’s reindeer while sipping on craft brews and mouth watering bites. Christmas Day enjoy a “Christmas Story” dinner complete with Chinese food and be sure to wear your best ugly sweaters!

P.S. Be sure to sample the seasonal craft favorite, Cocoa Cane Porter!

Cars line up on a frozen georgetown lake in anticipation of the start of an Ice Race.

Ice Racing on Georgetown Lake

January 8-9
Calling all 4-wheel drives and spectators. This weekend kicks off the Our Gang Ice Racing 2022 Season with online registration beginning December 2021. Racing takes place January through February, weather permitting.

Clear Creek County is the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. Located just west of Denver along Interstate 70, Clear Creek has 396 square miles of public lands to explore, as well as four mountain peaks above 14,000 feet. Clear Creek is comprised of charming mountains towns Idaho Springs, Downieville, Lawson, Empire, Georgetown, and Silver Plume, which are all along the I-70 corridor. Learn more about Clear Creek County here.

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