Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Some days are for building a couch fort and watching Netflix all day. Others are for making the most of Colorado's beautiful, sunny, snow-dusted winter days. Put on some warm layers and head out to tick off some of these fun, only-in-winter activities, with Boulder's famous views as a backdrop.
What is sipping chocolate, you ask? It's like if hot cocoa were even more chocolatey, rich and decadent and in a smaller cup. Where can you get it? Piece, Love and Chocolate has been slinging sipping chocolates for years in their charming West Pearl Street chocolate shop. Just try to get out of there without some truffles, too.
During Snow Much Fun (which runs Nov. 22, 2020-Jan. 10, 2021), hundreds of thousands of colorful LED lights illuminate Boulder’s Civic Area, next to the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and throughout downtown Boulder, including all along historic Pearl Street. This year will feature fun, themed displays (like a candy cane forest and gumdrop lane) and a map to guide you through downtown and Central Park. It's all free to enjoy on foot! Check here for the map and updates.
Another free light display is available beginning Dec. 11, 2020, at Colorado Chautauqua Historic District. Walk or drive around Chautauqua Park to see 15 bear cub sculptures, each decorated by a different artist and adorned in lights. Don't miss the new 8-foot bear installation near the Chautauqua Auditorium, too.
The hush that comes over Boulder's foothills in winter is something to behold. In fact, for many locals, it's secretly our favorite time to hike. Put on your boots, a few warm layers that can be shed (you might warm up fast here in famously sunny Boulder) and head out for some winter wonder. The ultimate Boulder hike for winter scenery might just be the First and Second Flatirons trail, but there are plenty of other winter hikes to try.
Nothing like a steaming bowl of soup to fill your belly and revive your spirit. Here are a few chef-driven favorites in Boulder: the famous tomato soup from The Kitchen, red chile posole from Santo, wonton noodle soup from Flower Pepper or the soup of the day at Fresh Thymes Eatery.
Sing along everyone: "Frosty the Snowman...." Play like a kid again, or join your kiddos, in bringing some piles snow to life. The best parks we can think of after a good snow are Chautauqua Park (enjoy an up-close look at the Flatirons), Scott Carpenter Park (amazing mountain vistas and a great playground), Bear Creek Park (right at the foot of the mountains near NCAR), Martin Park (tons of space=tons of snow) or North Boulder Park (spacious with great views).
Mama always said that half your body heat is lost through your head. Not this winter. This is the winter you find the comfiest, coziest stocking cap you'll ever own. And you'll find it in America's outdoor gear capital: Boulder. There is an outdoor shop practically on every block of Pearl Street (Go Far, Topo Designs, Patagonia, Mountain Standard and many more), so consider starting there. Or go straight to the hat experts at Hat Collection or the iconic Pearl Street Mall Hat Cart at 13th and Pearl.
After all your winter bucket list adventuring, maybe it's time to dive under the covers at your Boulder hotel and delve into a good read. Pick up a bestseller or a staff pick at Boulder Book Store, Trident Booksellers & Cafe, Red Letter Books or the BookWorm.
Above: Trident Booksellers & Cafe
From hotels with year-round pools to those with swanky lounges with roaring fireplaces, each of Boulder's hotels offers a mini escape to look forward to. See Boulder hotel safety protocols, and check out special offers.