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.
Since 1947, the giant star on Flagstaff Mountain has shone throughout the holiday season. In true Boulder style, the star features energy-efficient bulbs.
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.
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.
America's favorite ballet is brought to life by the Boulder Ballet and a live performance by the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra in a 100-year-old grand theater. This full-scale production features a professional ballet company and live orchestra.
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.
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.
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!
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.