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.
You'll also find holiday meals and other offerings on our Holidays page.
Last updated: 12/20/22
Avant Garde Aleworks is open with limited hours on Christmas Eve. Warm up with a pint of their Winter Strong Ale in the taproom! This dark beer has notes of chocolate and toasted bread crust paired with fruity notes of cherry and plum. They will be closed on Christmas Day. 920 Dunraven St., Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 591-2700; AvantGardeAleworks.com
The Barrel is open and WesTex BBQ is onsite serving delicious, mouthwatering food! 11am-8pm. 251 Moraine Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 616-2090; TheBarrel.Beer
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; birdandjim.com
Celebrate Christmas Day with a wonderful Christmas Buffet at Dunraven! There will be two seatings and reservations are required. Call for more information. 1700 Colorado Peaks Dr., Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 586-6409; dunraven.com
Stop into Kind Coffee, open Christmas Eve from 6:30am - 4:00pm. Enjoy one of their special holiday drinks, like a Log Cabin Latte or a Peppermint Mocha! 470 E. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 586-5206; KindCoffee.com
Join The Ridgeline Hotel and Latitude 105 for Christmas dinner! Let their professional culinary staff take care of the cooking and cleaning while you relax and dine with your family and friends. Reservations are recommended. 101 S. Saint Vrain Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 527-1500, option 4; RidgelineHotel.com/Latitude-105
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; StanleyHotel.com/Holidays
Twin Owls Steakhouse is hosting Christmas Eve dinner from 4-8pm. Enjoy Christmas specials - Dry Aged New York Strip, Wagyu Filet Mignon, Seafood Bucatini and more - only available December 23 & 24. Reservations are required and space is limited. 3110 S. Saint Vrain Avenue, Estes Park, CO, 80517; (970) 586-9344; Taharaa.com
Stop by and say hi to Santa at Castle Mountain Lodge on Christmas Eve. He will be spreading holiday cheer between 4-6pm. 1520 Fall River Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 586-3664; castlemountainlodge.com
Be sure to bring your wish list for a special visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the beautifully decorated Lula Dorsey Museum. Stop by YMCA of the Rockies on December 23 from 6-8pm for snap photos of your visit with Santa! Santa will also be stopping by the YMCA on these dates. 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; YMCARockies.org
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; YMCARockies.org
Join the YMCA for traditional Christmas Eve Chapel Services at either 5pm or 11pm in Hyde Chapel. 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. 2515 Tunnel Rd, Estes Park, CO, 80517; YMCARockies.org