Christmas in the Pikes Peak Region

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Christmas in the Pikes Peak Region

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

Ignore the construction on Manitou Ave. and check out Mo’s Diner, a favorite of locals and visitors alike. It’s not too fancy on the outside, but inside you’ll find great green chili, loaded omelets and a cook who always gets the hash browns just as you ordered.

Miramont Castle

Victorian Christmas Décor in an Authentic Castle

The castle is decorated for the holidays, which takes its already gorgeous interior to a whole new level. Take a self-guided tour of the town’s hidden marvel, learning the history of Manitou Springs and the castle itself. The gift shop has special treasures this time of year, too, with Victorian ornaments you can add to your tree to commemorate your day out and add a touch of history.

Local’s Tip:Since you be right next to the tea room, definitely go with the high tea. It’s pretty filling, food-wise, and gives you the chance to sample multiple teas.
Time allowance: 2-3 hours

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Make a reservation the day before your visit to dine in the Queen’s Parlour Tearoom. You have your choice of high tea, light tea or lunch. The parlour is beautifully decorated and the food is made with care.

Electric Safari

Get Wild with Christmas Cheer

Grab your warmest clothes and a thermos of hot chocolate, because it’s time for a trip to the zoo — at night. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo gets very excited about the holidays, dressing the trees with thousands of lights and creating 85 different light sculptures. You get to meet some of the more active animals, ride the carousel and take the Sky Ride to the top of the zoo for a bird’s eye view of the winter wonderland.

Local’s Tip: Check out the website for the zoo’s adults’ only Electric Moonlight event. It’s a one-night event with beer, wine, warming fires and food samples.
Time allowance: 3-4 hours

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Finish with a Hot Meal

There’s plenty of food at the zoo, but if you want to save your appetite for a sit-down meal, check out Front Range Barbeque. Hearty portions and live music make it a great spot to unwind and warm up. Start off with crispy wings and give their BBQ Bloody Mary a try, it has a hint of barbeque sauce in the mix.

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