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.

This list is not all-inclusive and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Avant Garde Aleworks

December 23

Celebrate early at Avant Garde Aleworks' Festivus Celebration, complete with feats of (mental) strength and an unadorned pole. Enjoy Mangia Mangia Pizzeria (12pm-sellout), a cookie swap at 5pm and trivia at 6pm!

The Barrel

December 25

The Barrel is open on Christmas Day, and WesTex BBQ is onsite serving delicious, mouthwatering food. Enjoy hot toddy specials and games while you're there!

12 Days of Christmas at Bird and Jim

December 19-30

Bird & Jim presents 12 Days of a festive 3-course menu December 19-30. Options are available for each course with suggested wine pairing menus to enhance the holiday spirit! Reservations are recommended.

Santa Castle Mountain Lodge

December 24

Stop by and say hi to Santa at Castle Mountain Lodge on Christmas Eve. He will be spreading holiday cheer from 4-6pm.

Dunraven at The Estes Park Resort

December 25

Celebrate Christmas Day with a wonderful Christmas Buffet at Dunraven! There will be two seatings and reservations are required.

Latitude 105 Alehouse

December 22-25

Join Latitude 105 Alehouse from December 22-25 for a delicious Christmas Dinner! Reservations are recommended.

The Stanley Hotel

December 25

Celebrate the holiday by dining with The Stanley Hotel on Sunday, December 25. Their culinary team will be setting a decadent table for you and your family. Enjoy a 3-course dinner with an exquisite pairing selection. Call today to make your reservation. 333 Wonderview Avenue Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 577-4076;

YMCA of the Rockies - Estes Park Center

December 25

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! This is free to guests who are staying in lodging at YMCA of the Rockies. If visitors want to participate, a day pass must be purchased. Call 970-586-3341 x1104 for more information. Advanced reservations are required. 2515 Tunnel Rd, Estes Park, CO, 80517;