Winter Events in Colorado


Avi Hathorne, Reporter

12 Days of Aspen

Tuesday, December 20 – Saturday, December 31

Downtown Aspen offers a family friendly experience with activities for Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve that range from children’s storytimes to gift wrap design workshops and more.

Ullr Fest

Wednesday, January 11 – Saturday, January 14

Breckenridge brings a Viking-themed twist to winter festivities with a parade dedicated to Ullr, the Norse god of snow. Alongside the parade, Ullr Fest also has the “Ullympics,” with activities such as the frying pan toss and a bonfire following.

Estes Park Winter Festival

Saturday, January 14 – Sunday, January 15

Estes Park’s winter celebration is complete with live music, games and activities for kids, and a chili-cooking competition each day. In addition, Saturday is “Winter Trails Day,” when families can borrow snowshoe equipment and hike Rocky Mountain National Park.

Ouray Ice Festival

Thursday, January 19 – Sunday, January 22

The Ouray Ice Park highlights the sport of ice climbing with gear demos for visitors, climbing clinics, and presentations by professional climbers.

International Snow Sculpture Championships

Tuesday, January 24 – Sunday, February 5

Breckenridge features enormous, intricate snowy creations sculpted over the course of five days (January 24 – January 28) by competing artists from across the globe.