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    Things to Do in Boulder in Winter

    A "Top 10 Winter Town" by National Geographic

    The next time someone asks you "What are you doing this weekend?" have an answer that you can get excited about. Plan a quick winter getaway to Boulder!

    Winter in Boulder is surprising. Hotels offer their lowest rates, there typically isn't much snow on the ground and outdoor activities abound. On warm days, bike rides and hikes are the norm, as are lunches on restaurant patios. On snowy days, coffee shops and breweries are the perfect refuge. Come play in our winter wonderland!

    1. Opt Outside

    Hiking in Boulder is great any day of the year, including all through winter (especially on these 5 great winter trails). You likely won't even need snowshoes — just a pair of boots. The city offers free, guided nature hikes where you can discover winter birds, snowflakes and animal tracks in the snow. Most of the trails are located no more than five minutes from downtown.

    Hiking Chautauqua in Winter

    2. Fuel Up With an Unforgettable Meal

    You don't get to play host city to "Top Chef" and earn the titles of America's Foodiest Town (Bon Appétit) without having some of the country's best chefs turning out incredible dishes, starring flavorful local ingredients. Come indulge at dozens of acclaimed restaurants! Check out these Mini Dining Guides for ideas.

    Brewery Dinner
    3. Ski Like a Local

    An easy, 30-minute drive from downtown Boulder, Eldora Mountain Resort offers snowboarding, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Eldora has a laid-back local vibe with enough skiing and riding for skiers and boarders of all levels. (Read about it in the LA Times!) Both Ski and Skiing magazines are based in Boulder, as is Warren Miller's famed ski film production company. So yes, we love to ski!

    Eldora Mountain Resort

    4. Have a Hearty Brew

    Boulder has been a craft brewing capital for decades. Cozy up to some hearty winter fare, paired with the perfect brew, at Boulder's breweries.

    Avery Tap Room

    5. Indulge with a Sweet Treat

    Handmade chocolates at Lift Chocolate, cupcakes at Kim and Jakes, sipping chocolate and truffles at Piece Love and Chocolate and baked goods at Spruce Confections — Boulderites love to reward themselves with gourmet confections. Indulge your sweet tooth, too.

    Pastries in Boulder

    6. Discover a Cheery Winter Event

    Visit our full, searchable event calendar for more ideas. 

    Please Confirm Events and Happenings

    Please check official event websites or call to verify schedules before making plans to attend an event. Conditions can change due to COVID-19 safety measures. Listings on this site may not reflect the most recent updates.

    Snow Much Fun (Nov. 22, 2020-Jan. 10, 2021)
    See Boulder's Civic Area and downtown come alive with sparkling lights and incredible, themed displays.  

    Fresh Air Friday (Nov. 27, 2020)
    Colorado's National Parks are free on Black Friday, including Rocky Mountain National Park, an hour from Boulder.

    Small Business Saturday (Nov. 28, 2020)
    Boulder's countless independent boutiques and businesses are ready with great deals for conscientious shoppers.

    Holiday Freezie Bingo (Nov. 28-Dec. 19, 2020)
    Get your Holiday Freezie bingo card online and then head to participating downtown Boulder businesses to Find Freezie (a little stuffed snowman) hidden throughout stores downtown. Share your completed bingo card for a chance to win gift cards. 

    Colorado Chautauqua WinterFest (Dec. 11, 2020)
    See 15 bear cub sculptures around Chautauqua Park, each designed by a different local artist (and adorned in lights for nighttime viewing, too).

    First Day Hikes (Jan. 1, 2021)
    Start the year off right with a fresh-air hike.