Christmas in the Pikes Peak Region

Day 2

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3

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

Since Day One was a sugar breakfast extravaganza, we thought Day Two would benefit from healthier choices. Check out Adam’s Mountain Café for hearty fare with lots of vegetarian and vegan options that taste amazing. Christmas it up a bit with peppermint tea or rich hot cocoa.

Garden of the Gods

Hike the morning away!

Garden of the Gods is a gorgeous spectacle and there are cool paved trails and even cooler off-road trails that let you explore the formations. Bonus points if there’s a bit of snow on the ground to add an extra visual treat. If you haven’t sent a Christmas card out yet, we suggest snapping a few photos to create the perfect cover featuring your family and Colorado splendor. Bring water and snacks and be sure to dress in layers. And like your mom always told you, “Wear a hat!”
Local’s Tip: Hike the Chambers/Bretag/Palmer trail to get a true picture of the whole park. It’s a pretty gentle, 3-mile loop and you avoid a lot of the crowds.
Time allowance:2-3 hours

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Conveniently enough, you can snag lunch right next to the park at the Balanced Rock Café in the Garden of the Gods Trading Post. Hearty sandwiches, healthy wraps and tasty burgers abound on their menu and you can chase them with fudge — like 20+ flavors of it (we recommend peppermint bark, of course).

Iron Springs Chateau

Christmas Melodrama Magic

If you’ve never been to a melodrama, you’ve not truly experienced the fun of interactive theater. Iron Springs Chateau will have you yelling, laughing and cheering in their special Christmas feature about Chris and Jingle and their quest to bring Christmas back to Merryville. Includes a Christmas singalong at intermission to get you super jazzed about the holiday and a cool vaudeville routine. This is definitely kid-friendly, family-friendly and just plain friendly.

Local’s Tip: Call ahead if you want a vegetarian meal. They won’t be able to accommodate you last minute.

Time allowance: 3-4 hours

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Double-Duty Dinner Theater

You won’t have to go far to enjoy a good meal. The dinner and show option includes a three-course dinner. Dine on salad, pot roast or chicken with sides and a delightful fruit cobbler for dessert.

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