Are you looking for a list of holiday events in Douglas County? If so, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular holiday events for the 2016 holiday season. Many happenings included on this list are free holiday events, and some are very reasonably priced. With the 2016 holiday season right around the corner, now is a good time to put these events on your calendar.
Holiday Events in Douglas County for the 2016 Holiday Season:
Holiday Carriage Rides – The Town of Parker has a yearly tradition of offering free holiday carriage rides to individuals of all ages! Enjoy this yearly tradition on the following Saturdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas: November 26, December 3, December 10 and December 17 – from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Tickets must be reserved, but they are FREE and LIMITED. For more information including drop/off-pick-up locations, please call (303) 805-3253.
Ice Skating at Rink at the Rock – From November 19, 2016 through February 20, 2017, enjoy outdoor ice skating at the Rink at the Rock. Please note that there is a fee for ice skating and ice skate rentals. Visit the Rink at the Rock website for more information and for open skate and holiday hours. The Rink at the Rock is a community recreational skating rink that is open to people of all ages.
Spruce Mountain Christmas Tree Cutting – **All Slots for the 2016 Tree Cutting are FULL** Each year, there is an opportunity to cut down you own “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree in the Open Space on Spruce Mountain. The purpose of the event is to help thin overcrowded pine trees and Douglas firs on the mountain. The event includes a hike to the tree-cutting area. All trees must be approved by an accompanying Open Space volunteer before you cut it down. You must make a reservation and obtain a reserved tree permit to attend this event. Please call (303) 660-7495 for more information. Hot chocolate, cider and cookies will be provided!
Castle Rock Star Lighting – There will be ongoing activities from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm in Downtown Castle Rock on Saturday, November 19, 2016 which includes the Town’s annual Starlighting Ceremony. Many families have made their attendance at this event a yearly tradition. Holiday events have never been so much fun with activities that include a puppet show, visits with Santa, live carolers and a live nativity scene, fireworks, and a chili dinner at the Castle Rock Firehouse.
Breakfast with Santa Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town! – On December 17, 2015 from 9:00 am – 10:30 am at the Recreation Center at Eastridge, residents of Highlands Ranch are welcome to attend this fun Breakfast with Santa event! Breakfast includes pancakes, crafts and letters to Santa. The cost is $11 per adult in advance, or $15 the day of the event (if it’s not sold out). For more information or for tickets, call (303) 791-2500 or visit www.HRCAonline.org.
Santa Photos – Park Meadows Mall – Looking for Santa Claus? He will be at Park Meadows Mall, of course. From now through December 24, 2016, visit Park Meadows Mall (near Dillard’s) to get your child or family’s picture taken with Santa. If you do not want a photo, but you or your child simply wants to talk with Santa, a photo purchase is not required.
Tour the Highlands Ranch Mansion – Many holiday events in Douglas County are hosted at the Highlands Ranch Mansion. This year, the Highlands Ranch Metro District is sponsoring a FREE family-friendly holiday event on Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. The event includes horse-drawn carriage rides, reindeer games, puppet shows, and tours of the Historic Mansion.
WinterFest 5K in Castle Rock – This event is a Celebration of the Winter Season! Festivities include a 5K, ice carving, a bonfire, food and vendors. It will take place on December 3, 2016 from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at Festival Park – 300 2nd Street, Castle Rock, CO 80104.
The Nutcracker of Parker – It’s an annual tradition to attend the Nutcracker of Parker at the PACE Center. Show times are on Thursday, December 15, Friday, December 16, Saturday, December 17 and Sunday December 18. Make sure to purchase your tickets in advance!
Breakfast With Santa at the Wildlife Experience – Santa and Mrs. Claus will be joining the Wildlife Experience for breakfast on December 10, 17, 23 and 24 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am! Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a delicious breakfast, take photos with Santa, make crafts, and your children can give their lists directly to Santa himself! Tickets are required.
Castle Rock Winter Express – On Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm at Festival Park, you will find a North Pole celebration with Santa! The event will include short train rides, food, vendors and carriage rides.
All these, and so many more, fun things to do are at your fingertips when you buy a house in one of the neighborhoods of Castle Rock, Castle Pines and Parker: