Squee! It’s almost December, which means Christmas is so close we can taste it (it tastes like peppermint, if you were wondering). The whole city of Colorado Springs is awash with light displays that would make Clark Griswold beam with delight, everything smells like hot cocoa, trees are up and even the grumpiest guy in your office was spotted smiling at a candy cane on his desk. Not only is the city super pretty and its folks totally festive, “You Know Who” is coming to town. No, not Voldemort, wrong tale. We’re talking about the big guy himself, the jolly old elf, the king of gift-giving (and breaking and entering via chimney whether you have one or not), yes … Santa Claus! Just like Christmas Eve, Santa is seemingly able to be everywhere at once because he’s just simply cool like that. We’re sharing all the places you can meet Mr. Claus, share your gift list and let him know whether you’ve been naughty or nice (don’t lie, the dude knows everything). Oh, and maybe bring your kids along or something. Whatever.
Santa Comes to Manitou Springs
The adorable town that boasts the Incline and a year-round arcade welcomes St. Nick and his lovely wife to take free photos on Dec. 21 and Dec. 22 from 12-2pm at the Spa Building, 934 Manitou Ave and Christmas Eve, Dec 24 at 6pm at the Town Clock, to hear those last-minute Christmas wishes. (We want an office pony!)
Santa at the North Pole, Colorado
The coolest outdoor amusement park in Colorado welcomes Santa year-round, yes, even during the busy Christmas season. Santa needs a little getaway now and then and we’re not humble about the fact that Colorado is the best place ever. Obviously, he thinks so, too. You can meet Santa and ride all the rides, too, because the North Pole stays open until Christmas Eve before taking a break for the winter. If the park is open, (weather permitting), he’ll be there to say hello!
St. Nick Hangs with Animals at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
You guys, the zoo is already so dang fun we can hardly stand it. But then you add in Electric Safari and Santa Claus? Hello awesome overload! Santa will be hanging out at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in the evenings Dec. 6-8 and 13-23, between 5:30-8:30 p.m., and Dec. 25 – Jan 1, minus Christmas Eve, of course. When you’re done, you can visit the animals that aren’t snoozing, ride the Merry-Go-Round and sip on all the hot cocoa your heart desires as you enjoy thousands of glittering lights.
Santa’s Cabin in Old Colorado City
Santa will be in Old Colorado City at his cabins greeting folks with Christmas cheer through December on Saturdays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Take a photo for $15 or snag three for $25. By the way, when Santa is in OCC, he’s got super skills with special needs kiddos.
However you choose to meet the legendary sleigh-driving elf of winter philanthropy, we know you’ll have a wonderful time filled with good feelings and all things Christmas joy. Make a day of it with your family by checking out the city lights, stopping for hot cocoa or maybe even shopping around for the perfect gift for someone you love. In closing, we want you to remember that Santa is not just for kids and you can totally get your photo taken, too. After all, this is a season of fun for everyone, right?