The Best Christmas Towns of Colorado

While all of Colorado’s mountain towns are fun to visit during the winter, some take Christmas very seriously

Photo: Historic Georgetown

Georgetown is a place where visitors experience Christmas cheer year round at various shops, such as Shoppe Internationale, where they sell unique European Christmas items every day. However, Georgetown pulls out all the stops during the holiday season. Where else will you find chestnuts roasting on an open fire?

The 55th Annual Historic Georgetown Christmas Market starts Saturday, December 5 and runs through December 13. This Old World Christmas Market featuring unique gifts that you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

Visitors can peruse the market and the town shops, take a carriage ride, eat roasted chestnuts straight from the fire, enjoy Christmas tours of the Hotel de Paris Museum, and much more. In addition, Christmas at the Hamill House is an evening you won’t soon forget, complete with Victorian Christmas carols, a Victorian feast and an authentic waissel toast.

Tickets are required for Christmas at Hamill House, and the event does sell out. Learn more about Christmas in Georgetown by visiting


Photo: John Weihert

Ouray is another cozy Colorado Christmas town that resembles a Swiss village. This year the celebration starts in November 28 with Light Up Ouray when the town’s Christmas lights are turned on.

Ouray Yule Day & Night and Christmas Parade is December 5 with festivities from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Then, on December 12, the 7th Annual Wine, Chocolate & Cheese Festival takes place. This year’s festival has a Victorian Masquerade theme and benefits the Ouray Mountain Rescue Team.

For more information on Christmas in Ouray go to


Photo: Breckenridge Tourism Office 

One of the most beautiful Christmas towns in Colorado is Breckenridge. With their Victorian light posts and historic homes, this town is postcard-perfect during the holidays. Carolers roam the streets throughout the season, and horse and carriages decked out for Christmas are always available to give rides.

Perhaps the most whimsical way Breckenridge celebrates the holidays is with the Race of The Santas, scheduled for December 5. Hundreds of folks dressed as St. Nicklaus hit the streets of downtown Breckenridge to run a 5K race. That weekend is also kick-off to the holidays in Breckenridge with a handmade art market and other delights on the calendar. Go to for all the Christmassy details.  

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