Christmas in the Pikes Peak Region

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Christmas in the Pikes Peak Region

Photo Credit: Colin Gilbert Photography
If Christmas is more likely to inspire a “bah-humbug” from you than excitement, stop reading right now. What follows is an itinerary dedicated solely to those who never wear ugly Christmas sweaters ironically, who jam to carols in November, and who think Buddy Elf is their spirit animal. We’ve built an agenda so merry and bright that you’ll feel more holly-jolly than a nutcracker riding a reindeer pulling a yule log made of peppermint. Are you ready? We can’t hear you. Are. You. Ready? It’s time to Christmas like you’ve never Christmased before. Let us take you on a journey that will make you smile all season long (smiling’s our favorite!).

Fuel Up for Your Holiday Adventure

Every good day begins with a good meal. In the wisdom of Buddy Elf, we suggest a sugary one, which means fueling up at Bon-ton’s Café in Old Colorado City. Their holiday pancakes and tasty French toast will give you the energy you need for your Christmas adventure. And don’t worry about the calories. You’re gonna burn them off.

North Pole: Santa’s Workshop

Have a Merry Good Day

Okay, okay, we took the easy road on this one, but seriously, what is more Christmassy than an amusement park dedicated to Christmas? Nothing, that’s what. Meet Santa, slide down the peppermint twisty slide, catch a magic show and ride the Ferris wheel, all amidst the trees and mountain scenery that make Colorado so beautiful. Don’t forget to buy a special ornament from the holiday shops! And bundle up, it is the North Pole, after all.
Local’s Tip: Check out our coupon page for a discount!
Time allowance: 4-5 hours

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It’s going to be hard to pull the wee ones away from the fun, so maximize your time with lunch at the park. You can bring a picnic if you like, but we recommend a hot meal with hot cocoa to keep you nice and warm for more rides.

Manitou Springs Holiday Stroll

Easygoing Fun

Your kids will be pretty tuckered out after a day of fun, so we suggest taking it easy for the afternoon and evening. At dusk, Manitou Springs lights up with holiday sparkle, making it a beautiful and relaxing place to mosey. Pop in to the shops and check out cool Christmas gift ideas for your loved ones (there’s an ornament shop!), or take the kids over to the Penny Arcade for a round (or 10) of pre-dinner Skee-Ball. Go on a mineral fountain hunt and sample the water that launched the town in 1872.

Local’s Tip: If you want an afternoon snack while you stroll, hit Manitou Brewery for a pint and some truffle fries.
Time allowance: 3-4 hours

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Let’s Eat!

We’re not suggesting The Loop solely for its parent-friendly margaritas, but they’re definitely a plus. We have it on good authority that Santa is a fan, so you’ll be in good company. The instant gratification of chips and salsa right when you’re seated is always a benefit when carting hungry kids about, too. The Loop has a bunch of affordable combos and a great children’s menu, and did we mention giant margaritas? Because there are giant margaritas.

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