Santa Claus is Coming to Town — Colorado Springs, That Is…

November 27, 2018

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

Santa Claus Manitou SpringsThe adorable town that boasts the Incline and a year-round arcade welcomes St. Nick and his lovely wife on Dec. 23 and Dec. 24 to take photos and hear those last-minute Christmas wishes. (We want an office pony!)

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Santa at the North Pole, Colorado

Santa on train at North poleThe 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!

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Ho, ho, ho! St. Nick Hangs with Animals at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Santa Claus Electric Safari

20 Nights of Holiday Cheer!

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. 8-10 and 15-23, between 5:30-8:30 p.m., 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.

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Santa’s Workshop in Old Colorado City

Santa Claus OCC

Weekends in Old Colorado City

Wait, two workshops in Colorado? Of course. This is Santa we’re talking about, not some amateur. Dude has skills and he can definitely have as many workshops as he pleases. Santa will be in Old Colorado City at his pop-up workshops (he’s so hip) greeting folks with Christmas cheer on weekends from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Christmas Eve. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Take a photo for $10 or snag three for $25. By the way, when Santa is in OCC, he’s got super skills with special needs kiddos.

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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?

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