Christmas Lights line Elkhorn Avenue in Downtown Estes Park

Christmas in Estes Park

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. With the elk jingle belling… or maybe just hanging out around town, strolling the golf course. But just because the elk aren’t jingle-belling, and don’t have red, light-up noses, doesn’t mean Estes isn’t the perfect Christmas destination and a great way to get into the Rocky Mountains in winter.


By Chris Layton


The best place to start with Christmas in Estes is checking off the names on your list


Winter Couple Shopping



Even if that means getting them their gifts a bit late, they'll understand. Especially if you get them something one-of-a-kind, made in Estes. Plus, if you're feeling the holiday spirit, you can enjoy the Hallmark feel of downtown with the twinkling lights and maybe even a treat for yourself. Ice cream, taffy or coffee are all great ways to fuel your spree.

If Christmas isn't a good enough excuse to make it to Estes, check out more reasons to visit Estes in the winter.


Christmas Eve, December 24


12 Days of Christmas at Bird and Jim

Join Bird and Jim's 12 Days of Christmas, starting December 24th (closed Dec 25) for 12 days of consecutive 3-course pairing menus to celebrate the season! Reservations Recommended. 915 Moraine Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 586 - 9832; 


Santa Visits & Present Delivery

If you are staying in lodging at YMCA of the Rockies, pre-arrange for Santa to personally deliver your presents to your door on Christmas Eve. This is a long-standing and guest favorite YMCA of the Rockies holiday tradition! Advanced reservations required. 2515 Tunnel Rd, Estes Park, CO, 80517; 9705863341;


Christmas Eve Dinner To-Go

Sit back, relax and enjoy Christmas eve with the family and let the YMCA do the cooking! Order a full Christmas eve dinner to-go freshly cooked at the YMCA kitchen and thoughtfully packed to take back to enjoy with your loved-ones. Meals are $80, which includes servings for four persons. Orders must be placed by December 10th by calling 970-586-3341 x1083. 2515 Tunnel Rd, Estes Park, CO, 80517; 9705863341;


Visit Santa at Castle Mountain Lodge 

Stop by and say hi to Santa at Castle Mountain Lodge on Christmas Eve. He will be spreading holiday cheer between 4-6 p.m. 1520 Fall River Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 586-3664;


Christmas Eve at The Post

Spend the evening at the Post with dressed-up specials & the ultimate high-low pairing: fried bird & bubbles! Specials include warm crab dip, Backyard Saison beer steamed mussels, and chicken-fried duck à l’orange(!). The Post will cap it all off with great deals on bubbles, including $65 bottles of NV Taittinger Brut La Francaise. Reservations are recommended and can be made here. Note: The Post will be closed on Christmas Day. 333-D E. Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO, 80517; (970) 287 5001


Christmas Day, December 25


Christmas Dinner at The Ridgeline Hotel

Join us on December 25, 2021 for a delicious Christmas Dinner here at Latitude 105 at The Ridgeline Hotel! Let our professional culinary staff take care of the cooking and the cleaning while you relax and dine with your family and friends. Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling our restaurant, Latitude 105 Alehouse, at (970) 527 1500. 101 South Saint Vrain Avenue, Estes Park, CO, 80517; (970) 527 1500;


Christmas Dinner at Dunraven at The Estes Park Resort 

Dunraven at Estes Park Resort will be offering a special Christmas Day Menu from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., reservations are strongly recommended. They will not be open for breakfast or dinner on that day to allow their employees to celebrate with family and friends. 1700 Colorado Peaks Drive, Estes Park, CO, 80517; (970) 586-6409;


Avant Garde Aleworks 

Special Taproom hours: 2 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 920 Dunraven St, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 591-2700;


The Barrel

WesTex BBQ will be at the Barrel from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. 251 Moraine Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 616-2090;


Cafe de Pho Thai 

Open on Christmas Day from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. 225 W Riverside Dr., Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 577-0682;


Cascades at The Stanley Hotel

Join us for our holiday meals on December 24 and 25, 2021 featuring a delightful menu, live music, champagne, martinis and a hot chocolate bar for the kids. Please email requests for reservations to or You may also call 970-577-4000 option 1.  333 Wonderview Avenue Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 577-4000;


For other holiday events in Estes Park please read our December Events Page