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December 2023 Events in Estes Park

Here's a list of the best events in Estes Park this December! Check back for updates and additional details.


Miracle on 7: Christmas Cocktail Pop-up Bar

November 20 - January 8

With kitschy holiday décor, professionally developed cocktails and the nostalgic energy of the best office party you’ve ever been to, Miracle on 7 is sure to get even the grouchiest grinch in the holiday spirit.

📅 Dates: November 20, 2023 - January 8, 2024 
🕕 Hours: Mon-Thurs 4 - 11pm, Fri-Sat 11am - Midnight, Sun 11am - 11pm
📍 Location: Cousin Pat's Pub & Grill, 451 S Saint Vrain Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517

Quota Club Festival of Trees Viewing

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November 15 - December 17

Take time to savor the holidays and visit the Estes Park Resort to see the Estes Park Quota Festival of Trees. Over forty beautifully decorated holiday trees fill the lobby of the resort and Dunraven Restaurant. The trees are on display from November 15 - December 17. The resort is open from 7am to 9pm daily.

First Friday Art Groove

December 1

Take a free tour of local art galleries! Various locations will be serving food & refreshments and hosting artist meet & greets, demonstrations, show opening and live music. Ride the free Estes Park Trolley to keep you warm between galleries. Check it out.

A Musical Christmas to Remember

December 1-3

The Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies presents A Musical Christmas to Remember featuring a local troupe of musicians performing holiday favorites.

Tipsy Elf Pub Crawl

December 8

As you prepare for a day of chilly fun at Frozen Beer Fest on December 9, don't miss the Tipsy Elf Pub Crawl on December 8 hosted by Cousin Pat's Pub & Grill! Starting at American Legion Post 119 at 5:30 pm, venture to some of our favorite spots along the Highway 7 corridor including Latitude 105 Ale House, Avant Garde Aleworks, Lumpy Ridge Brewing Company and finishing at Cousin Pat's! And of course, don't forget about the costume contest!

Glow in the Park Frosty Beer Fest

December 9

Join us for the ultimate beer celebration at Bond Park in Estes Park, CO hosted by Visit Estes Park, The Stanley Hotel and Estes Park Western Heritage Foundation! The Frosty Beer Fest is a can't-miss FREE EVENT for beer enthusiasts and party animals alike - just register in advance to claim your free admission ticket.

Get ready to indulge in a wide selection of ice-cold brews available for purchase from local breweries and a local winery while enjoying a winter wonderland filled with live music from Chain Station and Stepmother Nature, mouthwatering food trucks, an epic ice cream eating contest and an iconic ugly sweater fashion show.

Whether you're a craft beer connoisseur or just looking for a fun day out, this event has something for everyone. So grab your friends, raise your glasses, and let's toast to a frosty good time at Frosty Beer Fest! Register for FREE Here

Stanley Home Museum Yuletide Open House

December 9-10

How did holiday traditions get started? Did you know that the ancient Druids used mistletoe to heal many ailments? Seasonal music will play as you stroll through the Stanley Home Museum, decorated in yuletide splendor and find out how other holiday traditions began. Free admission.

The Nutcracker Suite

December 10

Boulder Ballet presents The Nutcracker Suite at the Pavilion at The Stanley Hotel, perfect for the whole family!

A Christmas Story - Classic 40th Anniversary

December 10

This Christmas classic is coming to the Historic Park Theatre for the 40th anniversary showing! Don't miss it on December 10th at 4pm.

Snow Peaks Pop-up Wine Bar

December 14

Pop into Creativity Cabin for a Snow Peaks Winery Pop-up! Paint ornaments or choose any piece to make that last minute gift.

Cookies & Cocoa

December 15-23

Swing by You Need Pie Diner & Bakery for free holiday cookies and cocoa from 5-7pm, December 15-23.

Glow in the Park Family Day & Sweets Stroll

December 16

Bring your whole crew to Glow in the Park Family Day for a full day of family-friendly fun! You'll have the chance to meet beloved Hallmark movie star, Nikki DeLoach, as well as the Frozen princesses themselves, Anna and Elsa. And of course, Santa will be there for your must-have photo-op! Experience the enchantment of Estes Park as you walk through a display of Catch the Glow Parade floats, take photos and feed the animals at the petting zoo, take a ride down a giant inflatable slide and step into Santa's shoes on the reindeer ride!

While you're there, indulge your sweet tooth and explore the charming downtown of Estes Park with our mouthwatering Sweets Stroll! Savor a delightful mix of sweet treats by picking up your free punch card at the Glow in the Park Family Day event, and let the sugary adventure begin! Your punch card will lead you to candy stores, ice cream shops, chocolatiers and bakers - each promising a different treat to punch off on your card. Register for FREE Here

"Christmas Stories in Song" The Estes Park Chorale Concert

December 16

The Estes Park Chorale will present its annual Holiday Concert, "Christmas Stories in Song". The concert will feature traditional carols and newer songs that are tied together by the stories of Christmas they represent.

Winter Wonderland Celebration

December 16-17

Get in the holiday spirit at Bear & Bee Maker's Studio & Boutique's Winter Wonderland Celebration! This is the perfect family-friendly event filled with fun games, magical crafts, prizes, and so many surprises!

NYE Bash

December 31

An unforgettable 1920's Speakeasy New Year's Eve Bash is happening at the American Legion Post 119. Tickets include two champagne toasts hors'd oeuvres and live music! Mountain Town Rockers will be playing from 8:30pm until 12:30am. Dress your best, bring your dancing shoes and get ready to celebrate the New Year!

Rock This New Year's Eve Bash

December 31

Rock in the New Year at The Barrel! $5 admission, includes party favors, a photo booth and a free champagne toast. Doors open at 8pm.

21st Annual Crystal Ball

December 31

The Stanley Hotel cordially invites you to celebrate the new year at the 21st Annual Crystal Ball on December 31.

New Year's Eve Dance

December 31

Twist and shout into the new year at the YMCA of the Rockies' New Year’s Eve Family Dance! Dance to family-friendly music by DJ Alsum and get your glow on at the neon and black light New Year's Eve party! Come decked out in neon and white clothing and accessories. Glow sticks and glow paint will be provided. Guests of YMCA of the Rockies are free. Guests not staying in YMCA of the Rockies lodging, $5. 


Recurring Events:

Saturday Cafe at Seed & Sage Studio

Weekly on Saturdays

Stop into Seed & Sage Studio every Saturday from 10am - 12pm for a Vienna Coffee House Culture-inspired gathering. Treat yourself to some calm and inspiration on Saturday mornings in this communal space that exists beyond work and home. Free handmade caffeinated or decaffeinated beverages available, and some books and games will be about.

Bingo at Rock Cut Brewing

Weekly on Sundays

Join Rock Cut Brewing every Sunday from 6-8pm for Bingo! All ages welcome. Free admission.

Trivia at Rock Cut Brewing

Weekly on Tuesdays

Join Rock Cut Brewing every Tuesday for Trivia from 7-9pm! Unique and challenging questions and categories. Often includes picture rounds and audio rounds! Free admission.

Winter Indoor Cornhole Nights

Weekly on Tuesdays

How it works: Each team will play 1 Best of Three series against 2 teams. Score to win is “Firm 21” with a “Bust to 17." All final scores for both teams must be recorded for tie break purposes. Every Tuesday from 6-9pm at The Barrel.

Open Mic Night at Avant Garde Aleworks

Avant Garde

Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday

Calling all musicians, poets and performers - and spectators! Grab a beer and enjoy a night of live music in the Avant Garde Aleworks taproom.

Latino Night at La Cabaña Mexican Bar & Grill 

Weekly on Saturdays

Join La Cabaña Mexican Bar & Grill every Saturday from 6 p.m.  to 10 p.m. for dinner and a dance party. Dance to the tunes of bachata and reggaeton by Sonido Cali.

Live Magic at The Stanley

Most nights; Visit website for details

Hidden beneath The Post Restaurant, upon the historic Stanley Hotel grounds, there is a secret subterranean theatre, where the greatest magicians in the world perform. Master Magician Aiden Sinclair, from the hit series America's Got Talent and Penn and Teller's Fool Us, has invited only the finest prestidigitators to appear in this enchanting new venue. Join them for an unforgettable and immersive experience that will inspire your imagination and kindle the wonder in your soul.

Live Music at Twin Owls Steakhouse

Tahara Property

Every Wednesday - Saturday

Enjoy live music every Wednesday - Saturday at the Twin Owls SteakhouseWednesdays starting at 6:30pm, listen to local bluegrass. Thursday - Saturday starting at 5:30pm, stop in for James Davis Spanish & Classical Guitar. For dining guests only, some exceptions apply. Call (970) 586-9344 to make a reservation.

Boozy Bingo at The Barrel

Weekly on Wednesdays

5 Rounds of Bingo - Trivia - Drink Specials - Awesome Brewery Swag Prizes - and So Much More at The Barrel!

Bingo Night at the American Legion Post 119

Weekly on Tuesdays

Enjoy a family-friendly bingo night at the American Legion, and play for cash prizes! Every Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Weekly Classes at Inspired Artisan Market & Studio

Wednesdays - Sundays

From DIY Tie Dye Shirts and Fused Glass Necklaces to Felted Hummingbirds and Acrylic Pour Painting, Inspired Artisan Market & Studio offers no shortage of unique experiences for all ages. See their website for details.

Live Music at The Rock Inn Mountain Tavern 

Every week, rotating musicians

Originally a sandwich shop at the entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park and then evolved into a dance hall, The Rock Inn now boasts weekly live music paired with an ever-evolving food menu & full bar.

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