12 Days of Attractions: Holidays in Colorado Springs

December 14, 2017

Remember the kindergarten days of yore, when you painstakingly memorized all the verses to “The Twelve Days of Christmas”? Who else mumbled most of the lyrics and then belted out “FIVE GOLDEN RINGS” with the utmost fanfare? (Raises hand) We’ve got our own little rendition and it fits quite nicely with December’s theme (the theme is Christmas is awesome). It’s the 12 Days of Attractions in Colorado Springs and we hope, hope, hope that you’ll sing along in your head as you explore them — or out loud, ‘tis the season, after all.

Ready? One, two, three … On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …

A Day in Old Colorado City

12 Days of Christmas OCC

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The town is decked in holly jolly style, the weekends feature visits from Santa Claus and there are shops galore for you to buy special somethings for special someones. And cold be darned, hit the Colorado City Creamery for a scoop … egg nog and rum raisin!

Two Kissing Camels

Take a walk or hike in one of the most beautiful parks in the world — Garden of the Gods. The enormous rock formation known as Kissing Camels is awe-inspiring, as are the trails the weave in and around it.

Three Pounds of Fudge

Before you leave Garden of the Gods, stop by the Trading Post and pick up a few pounds tasty Christmas fudge (there’s also hot cocoa, peppermint mocha coffee and beer). Gifts abound here, too, for those of you riding the edge of present purchasing in time for Christmas.

Four Scones and Tea

Miramont Castle is decked to the nines for the season. Take a tour (and lots of photos) and then settle in for a spot of tea in the Queen’s Parlour complete with rich homemade scones accompanied by toppings. It’s fancy fun for everyone.


North Pole

Photo credit: @Knarlesgage

Um, it’s Christmas, so if you think the line we shout loudest isn’t going to include Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole, you’re crazy. Meet the big guy and his lovely wife, pet deer, ride rides, dip candles, mail letters, buy cool gifts and did we mention you can meet Santa. Guys, it’s Santa!

Six Gales of Laughter

Iron Springs Chateau is giving the gift of hilarity with a family-friendly, highly interactive Christmas play called “Have a Very Merryville Christmas…or…Chris and Jingle to the Rescue!” Enjoy a tasty dinner, vaudeville and the opportunity to shout and laugh and cheer the actors to the curtain fall.

Seven Falls a’ Crashing

Broadmoor Seven Falls is always a spectacular attraction, but during the holidays, it lights up like a glowing waterfall rainbow at night and the daytime festivities feature crafts, cocoa and Santa (we know him!).

Eight Meerkats Peeking

12 Days of Christmas Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Photo credit: @millersviewphotos

Ok, there are more than eight meerkats scurrying around the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, but they’re utterly adorable, even while ravaging crickets at feed time. Catch these little guys and their other animal friends every day, even Christmas! (Limited hours.)

Nine Ladies Jamming

Grab the girls and hit Manitou Springs for live music at the local bars and restaurants. It’s low-key fun and you can definitely shake your hips to some great beats. A notable stop includes Swirl Wine Bar, which has musicians and open mic nights. Ancient Mariner, Townhouse and Kinfolks love to join the live music showcase, too.

Ten Lords a Leaping

You’re not technically jumping when you strap in to the Terror-dactyl, but will be launched 150 into the canyon at almost 100 miles per hour, which is much cooler than any stuffy old lord could do.

Eleven Ponies Prancing

Take a winter ride through Garden of Gods via horseback, led by trusted guides. It’s not quite a sleigh pulled by reindeer, but in the Wild West, we’ve always kind of believed Santa would have preferred horses anyway.

Twelve Delicious Donuts

What’s the best reward for summiting a 14er? (By car still counts as risky, have you seen those Pikes Peak switchbacks?) We say donuts, which typically come in a dozen and make for a sweet finish for our Twelve Days of Attractions.

There you have it, our own special musical directive to get out and rock the Rockies all season long. Happy holidays!

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