Holiday Events in Downtown Colorado Springs

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Date: Nov. 9 – Jan. 21
Time: Various times, see the calendar at the website below.
Location: Acacia Park
Cost: $10 per person, includes skates. Children 4 and under free with paid adult.
$1 off with Military ID

Date: Nov. 23 – Nov. 25
Time: 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM
Location: Pikes Peak Center
Cost: $32 – $68

Add a little dash of magic to the holiday season with an incredible adventure into a wonderful world of delights. Perfect for young audiences and the young at heart, Oklahoma City Ballet is back for Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker as all your favorite characters come to life over Thanksgiving weekend.

Date: Nov. 28 – Nov. 29
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Pikes Peak Center
Cost: $20

A family-friendly way to start the holiday season! Amahl and the Night Visitors, a one act holiday opera by Gian Carlo Menotti is the story of a little boy and his mother who are paid a visit by three Kings following a star. This American classic comes to life again for audiences across the Pikes Peak region. Presented by the Colorado Springs Conservatory in collaboration with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs under the direction of Maestro Thomas Wilson and stage direction of Linda Weise.

Date: Dec. 1
Time: 5:50 PM
Location: Downtown Colorado Springs
Cost: Free

Grab a cup of hot chocolate and your family and friends for a Colorado Springs holiday tradition! The parade starts at the intersection of Tejon St. and St. Vrain in Downtown Colorado Springs and ends at the intersection of Tejon St. and Vermijo. Festival of Lights is a series of events to celebrate the December holiday season, highlighted by the Festival of Lights Parade. The events include cultural and artistic programs, performances and other festivities for the enjoyment and education of the general public.

Date: Dec. 1
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Pikes Peak Center
Cost: Tickets start at $20

The Colorado Springs Youth Symphony invites fans to Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts for its annual Holiday Spectacular concert. Featuring the Amadeus String, Allegro Strings, Vivace Strings, Bravo Winds, Pikes Peak Winds, and Ovation Youth Orchestra, this concert sets the mood for the holiday season and will leave fans tapping their toes.

Date: Dec. 2
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Pikes Peak Center
Cost: $12 – $25

Join the award-winning Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale at the Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts for ‘Tis the Season-The Stories.  The audience will enjoy the stories of the holidays told in song by the youngest of voices up through the Children’s Chorale’s top group, the Summit Ensemble.  These talented young musicians will weave the stories of the holidays into your heart with selections from Frozen, A Christmas Story, Charlie Brown Christmas, the Polar Express and more.   Santa will greet concert goers and read stories to our young friends.  Come enjoy some hot chocolate, great stories, and beautiful music.  Tickets are now on sale.

Date: Dec. 2
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: First United Methodist Church, 420 N Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Cost: Free

Scripture lessons and carol singing along with choral anthems. 90 minutes in length.

Date: Dec. 4
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Pikes Peak Center
Cost: Free, but tickets are required for entry

The United States Air Force Academy Band will present its highly-anticipated annual holiday concert “Holly and Ivy” on Tuesday, December 4 at 7 p.m. at Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts. This year’s theme is “A Holiday Serenade” with classic holiday music and exciting new works, featuring virtuosic soloists and eclectic small group arrangements.

This concert is open to the general public and free for everyone. Tickets are required for entry and will be available starting Monday, November 19 at 10 a.m. at the Pikes Peak Center and The Broadmoor World Arena box offices.

Date: Dec. 5
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: Downtown Colorado Springs
Cost: Free

Head to Downtown Colorado Springs for the annual Holiday Stroll. Local store owners will be offering extended hours and many will have sales, special offers, and refreshments while you shop.

SANTA 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: Dec. 5 – Dec. 8
Location: Downtown Colorado Springs
Cost: Free

More than a dozen of Santa’s scout elves are making a special trip to Downtown Colorado Springs for three days only. The elves will land on December 5th during the Downtown Holiday Stroll. Find them hiding throughout Downtown stores, galleries, and restaurants before their final return to the North Pole on December 8th.

Children of all ages are invited to pick up an Elf on a Shelf Scavenger Hunt Pass at any of the participating businesses to help guide them through the adventure. Be sure to look high and low, these crafty little elves can be just a bit mischievous sometimes and they are great at hiding! After the hunt is complete, return your pass by December 8th to any of the participating retailers to be entered to win one of two $50 Downtown gift cards, good at over 100 Downtown stores/restaurants. 

Date: Dec. 8
Time: 1 – 4 PM
Location: Crafted Colorado Handmade Market, 327 N. Tejon, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
Cost: Free

Join Crafted Colorado Handmade Market for the second annual holiday celebration with LIVE reindeer, Santa & cookies! 

Date: Dec. 8
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: First Christian Church, 16 E Platte Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Cost:$5 Student, $10 Other
The beauty and warmth of coming home for the holidays will be reflected in the Summit by Candlelight concert presented by the top performing ensemble of the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale. In the glow of a candlelit sanctuary, audience members will be transported around the world through song. This accomplished group will perform selections from their fall repertoire as well as holiday favorites. Because of their great reputation of musical excellence, the Summit Ensemble has been invited to perform in New York City at Carnegie Hall in June 2019.; Come hear the Summit Ensemble right here in Colorado Springs.

Call 719-633-3562 for tickets or buy at door.

Date: Dec. 9
Time: 2 PM, 4:30 PM
Location: Pikes Peak Center
Cost: $16 – $26

First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs is excited to announce its annual holiday concert at Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts, taking place this year on Sunday, December 9.  Two performances of “Christmas Joy!” will be presented, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

This Colorado Springs holiday tradition will offer a wide variety of Christmas music for every age and taste. Musicians include the 150-voice First Presbyterian choir, guest artist Alvy Powell, a full orchestra, 17-piece Big Band, The Pikes Peak Ringers, The Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale, Celtic Mountain Band, Celtic Steps Dancers and more!

Date: Dec. 15
Time: 10 AM & 11:30 AM
Location: Pikes Peak Center
Cost: Free for kids 17 and under, Adults $26 – $75

Ho, Ho, Ho!
Tiny tots with their entire family are invited to a merry Christmas celebration with the Philharmonic. Features fun holiday favorites, a sing-along, and a visit from the big man himself. Free for Kids concert with extended ages of 17 and under.

Date: Dec. 15
Time: 9 AM – 5 PM
Location: City Auditorium, 221 E Kiowa St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Cost: Free, but please register for tickets

A family-friendly Holiday shopping event with FREE Kids make and take crafts, FREE meet and greet with Santa, Elf Rock Find, Goody Bags for the first 50 shoppers, Hot Cocoa, 60+ Unique Vendors to shop from, Food, Drawings and more! 

Date: Dec. 16
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: Pikes Peak Center
Cost: $26 – $68

Christmas classics, seasonal favorites, and a very merry sing-along make for a spectacular holiday celebration shared with family and friends.

Date: Dec. 23
Time: Noon – 2 PM
Location: Downtown Colorado Springs
Cost: Free

Santa will be strolling through Downtown between noon and 2 PM – with a Polaroid camera – as he gathers up last-minute gifts and makes a few edits to his “naughty and nice” lists. Be sure to grab a selfie and your keep-sake instant photo while he’s out and about!

Plus, enjoy hot wassail at the northwest corner of Bijou/Tejon (while supplies last).

Date: Dec. 24
Time: 11:15 PM
Location: St. Mary’s Cathedral, 22 W. Kiowa Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Christmas Carols and Music begins at 11:15 p.m. Midnight Mass for Christmas begins at midnight

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