8 Holiday Celebrations You Don’t Want to Miss

        This year, treat yourself to 8 holiday celebrations in Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado! This list of events mixes festive food, local shopping, concerts, and of course skiing!

        1) Parade of Lights & Holiday Fun!

        Friday, Dec. 6, 4-10 p.m.

        Join us for the annual Parade of Lights at 6 p.m.! Brightly lit floats and groups will parade down Harrison Avenue, through the heart of Leadville’s National Historic Landmark District. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by sleigh. Pick up hot cocoa and cookies on the Courthouse lawn. Then go inside to greet the Clauses!

        Come early and stay late for a Taste of Leadville before and after the parade (4-7 p.m.). Enjoy a light appetizer or a sample drink from the best local restaurants and watering holes!

        That night, the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is open late for Community Appreciation Day. You’ll have until 8 p.m. to explore “The Smithsonian of the Rockies,” learning about mining past, present, and future. Don’t miss the special exhibit, Women at Historic Colorado Mining Sites, at the museum only through February.

        Conclude your evening with a contra dance at FREIGHT, from 7-10 p.m.!

        2) Ski Cooper Opens

        Saturday, Dec. 7

        To kick off the holidays, bring the whole family to Ski Cooper! It’s known for its laid-back, family-friendly vibe and affordable prices. This year, Cooper is introducing 19 new double black diamond runs. Cooper’s overall opening date is set for Saturday, Dec. 7. The new Tennessee Creek Basin is expected to open by Christmas. Just as soon as this steep terrain fills with all-natural snow!

        That night, break out your tackiest sweater for an Ugly Sweater Party and Contest at Periodic Brewing (5-10 p.m.)

        3) Joe’s Ski Week

        Dec. 9-13

        Give yourself a holiday gift, with a full week of alpine skiing instruction at Ski Cooper! Come every day to improve your skiing skills—even if you’re brand new! Kick off your week with a delicious breakfast and end it with a fun apres-ski party. Starting at $199 for the week!

        4) Christmas Concert & Holiday Market

        Saturday, Dec. 14, 4-10 p.m.

        For a Saturday of festive fun, start at the Motherlode Holiday Market! Shop from local artisans and crafters. Grab a hot toddy, enjoy the festive cheer, and find a gift for a loved one or yourself The market is open from 4-10 p.m. at FREIGHT.

        An Evening with Celesta, Donna, Scott, and Friends is a Christmas concert at the Old Church from 7-9 p.m. Come get into the holiday spirit with The Old Church Singers, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and holiday readings!

        5) Ski/Snowshoe Relay Race

        Saturday, Dec. 21, 9 a.m.

        This holiday, get outside for some fresh snow and fresh air. The 16K and 8K Mix and Match Relay Race is a fun, unconventional race! The Mt. Massive Golf Course is flat, making this race great for racers of all ability levels. The race consists of 1, 2, 3, or 4 person teams. Find a mix that works for your team.

        6) Yurt Dinners at Ski Cooper

        Starting Saturday, Dec. 21, 5 p.m.

        Take a snowcat ride to the top of Cooper for a delicious gourmet meal in a cozy yurt atop Ski Cooper. Enjoy a pairing of locally sourced ingredients and local wines served by candlelight. Then hop the snowcat back to the base. It’s an unforgettable experience! Dinners take place every Saturday night through March.

        7) Ski with Santa

        Tuesday, Dec. 24, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

        On Dec. 24, 2019, visit with Santa at Ski Cooper before his big night. Skiers can take photos with Santa, who will be skiing with the kids in the beginner area.

        8) New Year’s Eve Celebration

        Tuesday, Dec. 31

        Join a New Year’s Eve celebration at Ski Cooper on Dec. 31, 2019. Check back soon for details! In years past, this event has included a torchlight ski parade.

        Enjoy New Year’s Eve at FREIGHT, with the band Groovespeak. Or dress up for a New Year’s Masquerade with the band Horizon Line, at The Scarlet.

        More Ways to Celebrate

        Shop Local

        Shop small! This holiday, shop for unique, locally made gifts that your friends and family will love, while supporting independently owned stores. Leadville offers a quiet, historic setting, far from the crowds at the mall.

        Visit our Ski-In Cookhouse & Sleep Yurts

        Tennessee Pass is now open for the winter season! For a special holiday treat, cross-country ski or snowshoe a mile to this unique, off-grid cookhouse. Then enjoy a delicious four-course gourmet meal. You’ll feast on local ingredients, with a well-chosen wine list. Or come for lunch Saturdays and Sundays during the winter season.

        For a memorable holiday getaway, book a luxury sleep yurt for the night. Stay warm and comfortable with soapstone wood stoves, down comforters, handcrafted log beds, and kitchenettes. Passes to 27 km of groomed cross-country ski and fat biking trails come with the yurt, and you can rent your equipment there.

        Relax and Stay a While!

        Build a weekend around your holiday fun! In the highest-elevation city in North America, fresh snow and gingerbread-style Victorian houses put you in the holiday spirit. Affordable prices leave more in your wallet for holiday gifts.

        For a peaceful escape from the holiday rush, book a stay in a B&B, hotel or motel, or vacation rental. Relax in our quiet, small town. Enjoy great dining; stellar skiing; and a full array of winter sports, from dogsledding to ice skating to sledding and ziplining, and everything in between.