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    Boulder’s Holiday Season 

    Boulder's Holiday Season

    Memories are made with traditional favorites, new events and mild weather. The holiday season in Boulder is a mixture of events that run the gamut — from traditional and expected to the whimsical and surprising. In this Colorado college town known for its independent spirit and love of the outdoors, there are many festive events that will create life-long holiday memories.

    Flagstaff Star Illumination

    Since 1947, the giant star on Flagstaff Mountain has shone throughout the holiday season. Recently, the star was upgraded with energy efficient bulbs.

    Switch on the Holidays

    See downtown Boulder come alive with sparkling lights and a visit from Santa during Switch on the Holidays. The Boulder Chorale performs and Santa counts down to the grand illumination of downtown Boulder — including the iconic art-deco Boulder County Courthouse and the Pearl Street Mall. Stick around for free visits with Santa until 7pm.

    St Nick on the Bricks

    On the Pearl Street Mall in historic downtown Boulder, kids of all ages can visit with Santa during St. Nick on the Bricks. Bring your camera! Afterwards, spend time on Boulder's beloved and iconic street watching the street performers, ducking in out of decorated shops and strolling along sidewalk cafes.

    The Nutcracker

    America's favorite ballet is brought to life by the Boulder Ballet and a live performance by the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra in 100-year-old grand theater. This is one of only two Denver metro-area companies offering a full scale production with a professional ballet company and live orchestra. Classical choreography is infused with theatrical magic and circus arts.

    CU Presents

    For more than 60 years, Macky Auditorium, located on the CU campus, has hosted one of Boulder's most beloved holiday concerts as part of the CU Presents program. The College of Music's choirs, orchestras, ensembles and soloists perform the Holiday Festival in the beautifully decorated historic auditorium. 

    Firefly Handmade Holiday Market

    From art to accessories, stitches to stationery, bring a piece of Boulder home with you from the Firefly Handmade Market. Over 100 Colorado indie-craft artisans bring the best in handmade gifts to downtown Boulder. There's even treats from a local baker and a self-serve gift wrapping station.

    Lights of December Parade

    Boulder's annual hometown parade meanders through historic downtown. During the Lights of December Parade, hear marching bands, watch floats go by and get a feel of Boulder's distinctive lifestyle during this night-time parade. The grand finale includes an appearance by the jolly old man himself — Santa Claus!

    Snow Much Fun

    A new Boulder tradition, Snow Much Fun sees 200,000 lights illuminate Boulder’s Central Park, accompanied by train rides, caricature artists, photo bus, hot cocoa, cookie decorating and a scavenger hunt — all for free.


    Boulder is located at the foot of Colorado's mountains which makes for surprisingly mild weather. We have more than 300 days of sunny, blue skies. Having at least an inch of snow on the ground on Christmas Day isn't too unusual, but having actual snowfall on Christmas Day is much rarer. If the weather is warm, you could even rent a bike or go for a hike.

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