Want to see Santa in Colorado Springs? Here is a great list of spots to see the jolly old elf this holiday season. Merry Christmas!

Location: Downtown Colorado Springs

Date: December 11th

Time: 5-8 pm

Details: Join us for one of Downtown Colorado Springs favorite traditions, the 2019 Holiday Stroll. Local store owners are offering extended hours and many will have sales, special offers, and refreshments while you shop. Stroll our beautifully lit Downtown, enjoy familiar holiday tunes from strolling carolers and musicians.

BONUS! Catch a glimpse of Santa doing some shopping and spreading holiday cheer. He’ll be armed with a Polaroid, so be sure to get your keepsake photo!

Date: Friday, December 6

Time: 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Location: 245 Bear Creek Road, Colorado Springs.

Details: Join us for Bear Creek Nature Center’s annual holiday celebration! Walk on luminary-lit nature trails, enjoy chili dinner from Texas Roadhouse, live music, hot chocolate, cookies and visit with Santa Claus. Local artists Rebecca Baum and Lisa Nowak from Pikes Peak Artist Collective art studio will provide the materials and guidance you need to decorate your own luminaria bag to take home. $5 per member/ $6 per nonmember. Preregistration greatly appreciated but not required.

Location: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd. Colorado Springs, CO 80906

December 6-8, December 13-23, December 25-January 1

(*Electric Safari is NOT open on Christmas Eve, December 24)

Times: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (last admission sold at 7:30 p.m.). Zoo members and their guests may enter one hour earlier.

Cost: See Website

Details: Celebrate holiday lights and cheer during Electric Safari with 85 light sculptures on over 50 acres! Warming fires throughout the Zoo offer a reprieve from the chill, as do select indoor animal exhibits that remain open during the event. Top off this astounding display by gazing out at the city’s lights and watch all of Colorado Springs sparkle.

Santa Zone: Santa is visiting in the Safari Lodge nightly starting at 5:30 p.m., through December 23!

Location: Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain, CO 80817

Date: December 14 and 21 

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $3-$4 

Nature Hike with Santa: Participate in the interactive reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” poem, and make snowflake crafts while waiting for Santa to arrive at Fountain Creek Nature Center. Then hike the nature trail with Santa to see what gifts nature gives us. Prepaid registration required on-line or phone. $3/member, $4/non-member.


Horse Drawn Wagon Rides. December 14 & 21, 11:30 am, noon, 12:30 pm
Enjoy the sounds of Suffolk Punch draft horses clip-clopping down the Regional Trail with jingle bells and seasonal songs. $7/person, pre-paid reservations required. Limit 20 people per ride. Weather permitting. (Tractor-pulled alternative, if needed.)


Location: Color Me Mine-Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Date: December 8

Time: 10:15-11:45 am

Price: $35

Details: Spend Quality time with the Jolly old elf himself! We will guide you in making a treasured “Santa & Me Handprint Plate,” or other project of your choice. Santa will have a gift for each child! He will read a story and visit with the children while you take photos to your heart’s content! We will have a cookie decorating station set up as well. Don’t miss this magical event!

Location: Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80920 Visit Santa in lower level center court.

Dates & Times: 

Through Monday, Dec. 24th:

  • Monday – Saturday – 10am – 8pm*
  • Sunday – 11am – 6pm*

Christmas Eve: Monday, Dec. 24th – 9am – 5pm

Pet Night: Every Monday Night from 6-8pm

*Please note that Santa will take a break to feed his reindeer during the following times:

  • Monday – Saturday Break Times – 1pm-2pm & 5pm-6pm
  • Sunday Break Time – 2pm-3pm
  • Christmas Eve Break Time – 1pm-2pm

Location: 750 Citadel Drive East Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Dates: Now-December 24

Times: Monday-Saturday 10 am-8 pm

Sundays 11 am-6 pm

Dec. 24 from 9 am-5 pm

Details: Visit Santa mid-level center court, near Dillards. Santa takes breaks to feed his reindeer from 1-2 pm and 5-6 pm Monday-Saturday and 2-3 pm on Sunday. Christmas Eve break from 1-2 pm. Pet nights are every Tuesday through Dec. 17 from 6 pm-8pm for well-mannered, leashed or kenneled pets.

Cookies with Santa

Saturday, December 7th, 9-10 am

Join Santa and friends for milk, cookies, storytime, crafts and more. Tickets are $3 and available at Imagination Space. Located upper level next to JCPenney. Proceeds benefit Imagination Space.

Location: 5050 Pikes Peak Hwy, Cascade, CO 80809

Dates: Year Round

Details: Visit Santa at Santa’s Workshop, a Christmas-themed family amusement park. Meet Santa and ride on more than two dozen kid-friendly rides. Santa is in his house when the park is open, although he does take a lunch break around 12:30 for a half an hour. His helpers will be glad to take a digital picture with you.

Location: Old Colorado City, 2324 W. Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904

Dates: Weekends from Thanksgiving to Christmas

Time: All Day

Details: The festivities begin on Nov. 30. Head to Santa’s Cabin at at 2324 W. Colorado Ave. to have your pictures made with our own Victorian Santa Claus. Then, shop all day and stay for The Christmas Stroll from 5pm until 8pm on Nov. 30. Comet the Reindeer will even be making an appearance that day. The “Dickens Carolers” will be in Old Colorado City from 1-4 pm every Saturday from Thanksgiving through Christmas. And Santa’s Cabin will be open each weekend.

Location: Old Colorado City, The Michael Garman Museum and Gallery, 2418 W. Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, 80904

Date: Daily

Time: 10 am-6 pm

Details: Michael Garman’s elves have been set loose to transform his 3,000 square-foot miniature vagabond city into a winter wonderland complete with Santa, snowmen and “It’s a Wonderful Life” playing at the Crown Theater. Bring your families and make a bit of Magic part of your holiday tradition. We have holiday scavenger hunts with prizes for the whole family.

Location: Santa Fe Depot: Located one block south of Hwy 50 & 3rd Street, Canon City, CO 81212

Dates: Now through Dec. 30

Prices: Varies by dates and seats 

Details: We’ve all seen the movie and read the book! Now experience the train that takes you to meet Santa Claus himself at the magical North Pole. The Santa Express Train is a winter wonderland, where children of all ages are encouraged to wear cozy pajamas and relax with family and friends on a journey you’ll treasure year after year. As the Santa Express train travels to the North Pole, sing along to a mix of new and old Christmas music playing, while enjoying delicious, locally sourced entrees available on every Santa Express class of service.

On the way to the North Pole, we’ll keep your family entertained, while you nibble on cookies and sip hot cocoa. When the Santa Express Train reaches the North Pole, Santa and his special Elves board the train to pass out a special holiday bell to each ticketed child as he makes his way through the train.

More than 30,000 guests ride the Santa Express Train each year, so tickets sell out quickly.

Location: 327 N. Tejon, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Date: December 14

Time: noon-2 pm 

Details: Join us for the annual holiday celebration with LIVE reindeer, Santa & cookies!

Courtesy of Crafted Colorado Handmade Market—the original handmade marketplace and your only destination for holiday shopping!

This is a FREE event–family friendly!

Location: Bass Pro Shops, 13012 Bass Pro Drive, Colorado Springs, CO  80921

Dates: Now thru December 24   

Times: See website (must visit in-store Bass Pass ticket depot to get a FREE ticket — limited number each day) 

Cost: FREE

Details: Colorado Springs area families are invited to enjoy this magical Christmas village offering free photos with Santa and free family holiday activities including fun crafts and games. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, a foam toy arcade, Lincoln Logs building area, and much more. Kids can also spend time at one of the activity tables where they can write a letter to Santa, color pictures, and do fun crafts, all for free.  


Location: Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center 201 S. Fairview St. Woodland Park, Colorado 80863

Dates | Times:

Dec 14, Sat-12:30-3pm

Winter Wonderland…Mrs. Claus (Cathy Kelsay) returns once again to bring all her puppet friends and their special holiday stories and songs to life. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at the Dinosaur Resource Center at 12:30pm. The show starts 1:00pm. After the show you get to help Mrs. Claus make reindeer to take home. Treat bags will be given to all children at the end of the program.

Dec 15 & Dec. 21 from 11 am-2 pm

Santa and the Dinos… Make a trip to the Dinosaur Resource Center to visit with Santa and the Dinosaurs! We will have our craft table available to make an ornament for our Christmas tree as well as one for yourselves. Join us for some Christmas fun!

Price: Cost of Admission to Dinosaur Center

Location: Acacia Park, 115 East Platte

Date: Saturday, Nov. 23

Time: 4:30-6:30 pm

Details: Join us for the City’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Acacia Park! The celebration will include ice skating, games, live music, a visit from Santa, and the lighting of the tree! Free event, but there is a fee for ice skating ($10/person includes skates, kids 4 and under free).

Location: Seven Falls

Date: Saturday, Nov. 23

Time: 10 am-8 pm

Details: *All Seven Falls patrons must please park at the Norris Penrose Event Center, located at 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80905. Parking and shuttle transportation to the Park is complimentary.*

Celebrate the start of the Holiday Season with the 5th Annual Winter Lights at The Broadmoor Seven Falls on Saturday, November 23rd!

Enjoy activities during the day, a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus treats and hot chocolate, and of course join us as we illuminate the Seven Falls Winter Lights at 5:30 PM!

Tickets will only be available day of, at The Broadmoor Seven Falls ticket booth. Please see a list of our ticket prices below.

Adults: Ages 13+ years – $15.50
Seniors and Military (with ID) – $12.75
Children: Ages 2 – 12 years – $9.50
Children under 2 years of age are FREE

Please see a list of events below for Winter Lights at The Broadmoor Seven Falls.

10 AM – 6 PM: Creekside Pavilion
Children can write a letter to Santa or search for prizes and candy at the Elf Scavenger Hunt!

11 AM – 4 PM: The Outpost
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at The Outpost to visit with children.

11 AM – 4 PM: Near the Creekside Pavilion
Visit two of Santa’s reindeer!

12 PM – 4 PM: Creekside Pavilion Food Truck
Find Chicken tenders, Hot dogs, French fries, coffee, cocoa, and other snacks at our Food Truck.

3:30 PM – 6 PM: Partner Charities at Falls Pavilion
Meet representatives from our partner charities for 2019; The El Pomar Empty Stocking Fund and Springs Rescue Mission. A portion of the day’s ticket sales will be donated to each of these organizations.

4 PM – 6 PM: Hot Chocolate at Falls Pavilion
Enjoy complimentary Hot Chocolate at the base of the Falls.

Be sure to stop by the holiday themed “Selfie-Station” all day with Gingerbread men and Lollipops at the Aspen Glade in the canyon.

Restaurant 1858 will be open for lunch and dinner during the Winter Lights celebration. Reservations are HIGHLY recommended. Please call (719) 476-6758.

For more information please click here: or call (719) 476-6708.

Location: Harmony Bowl, 3845 N. Academy Blvd

Date: Sunday, Dec. 1

Time: noon-4 pm

Details: We know its early but we are less than one month away and…

We’re kicking off the Christmas season and offering free pictures with Santa and some bowling!!

Bring your friends and the kiddos to give their Christmas lists to Santa, do some crafts and a little bowling! We’ll have cookies, cider, hot cocoa and plenty of Christmas cheer!

This year we’re partnering with the new Children’s Hospital! Here’s a list of the items they’ve requested. Please keep in mind that they must be new!
-Search and Find Books
-Sticker Activity Books
-Soduku/Word Find/Crossword Puzzles
-Card Games (UNO, Goldfish, etc)
-Lego Builder Sets
-Brain/Mind Teaser Games
-Play Doh
-Action Figures (No Weapons)
-Plastic Dolls & Playsets
-Nerf Balls/Nerf Basketball Sets
-Sports Team Logo Items
-Gift Cards

Guide to the Holidays