SOURCE: Colorado Tourism Office

Colorado Tourism Office

September 29, 2016 12:13 ET

Explore a True Winter Wonderland and Give the Gift of Colorado This Holiday Season

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - September 29, 2016) - Celebrate this holiday season with signature events, unique lodging packages, snow-filled adventures and Colorado-crafted gifts. Below is a sampling ways to get in holiday spirit Colorado-style this winter season.

Holiday Events and Festivities:

Santa Express Train on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad (November 18 - December 24, 2016). Take the kids on the Santa Express Train this winter, where they are encouraged to wear cozy pajamas and will get an appearance from Santa. The train also offers a romantic New Year's Eve dinner.

Mile High Holidays in Denver (November 2016- January 2017). The Parade of Lights, Santa Sightings, The Nutcracker at Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Downtown Denver's Grand Illuminations are just some of the holiday events happening throughout the city.

Charlie Brown Holiday Celebration in Morgan County (December 1, 2016). This year, Morgan County's holiday theme will celebrate over 50 years of Charlie Brown. Free family movies, amateur ice sculpting and carriage rides will keep downtown bustling.

Leadville Victorian Homes Tour (December 3, 2016). Leadville's National Historic Landmark District will open its Victorian homes decorated in holiday finery for visitors to tour followed by a reception at historic Tabor Opera House and dinner at the Elks Lodge.

Mesa Verde National Park Luminaria Celebration (December 8, 2016). This December, luminaries will light up the pathways throughout the park. Mesa Verde will offer ranger-guided nighttime tours of the ancient cliff dwellings, along with self-guided visits complete with food and music.

12 Days of Aspen (December 20-31, 2016). For 12 days in December, Aspen's downtown will be bustling with free ice skating, visits from Santa's reindeer, ornament making at the Limelight Hotel and more. Celebrate New Year's Eve with fireworks over Aspen Mountain.

Winter Packages and Adventures:

C Lazy U Ranch (Granby). Play at C Lazy U Ranch with sleigh rides and dog sledding along with countless skiing opportunities. For holiday travel, C Lazy U is offering packages for Christmas and New Year's.

Fine Dining by Sleigh (Crested Butte). Ride to dinner in a snow-cat driven sleigh to Uley's Cabin for a multi-course feast. Dinner and sleigh rides run Wednesday through Sunday and start at $110 per person.

A Classic Broadmoor Holiday Package (Colorado Springs). The Broadmoor's holiday package includes a one night stay, tickets to The Broadmoor's holiday dinner show and discounted suite rates. The Broadmoor's New Year's package includes a one night stay and tickets to the Gala dinner.

Winter Picnic at the High Camp Hut Adventure Package at Hotel Telluride (Telluride). This winter, experience the 'Winter Picnic at the High Camp Hut' package. The package includes a three-night stay, a private guided snowshoe trek to The High Camp Hut, a private chef lunch and more.

Winter Wine Excursions (Beaver Creek). Take a guided snowshoe tour with stunning mountain views. The journey will end at the Osprey Fireside Grill where guests can indulge in a selection of charcuterie and wine pairings.

Colorado-Crafted Gifts:

Cheese Making at Mountain Goat Lodge (Salida). Bring handcrafted goat cheese to the next holiday party or give the gift of a cheese making experience. Mountain Goat Lodge offers classes where guests learn to make cheeses and stay overnight.

DRAM Perfume by R.L. Linden (Silver Plume). Partnering with R. L. Linden, this vegan formula has a native woodland scent that features notes of fresh juniper berries, foraged rose hips, DRAM wild sage bitters and evergreen needles suitable for both sexes.

Hand-Made Custom Bamboo Fly Fishing Rods and Reels (Lyons). Mike Clark's South Creek Ltd. hand-made bamboo fly fishing rods and reels are a unique, customized and beautiful gift. Clark asks essential questions that allow him to build a product that is tailor-made for each customer.

Holiday Craft Market (Breckenridge). From December 2 to 4, 2016, the Breckenridge Arts District's holiday craft market will be full of warm cider and cocoa, decorated historic-structures and artisans selling crafts, jewelry, ceramics and more.

Wagner Custom Skis (Telluride). Wagner Custom Skis is celebrating its 10thanniversary this winter and the opening of Pete Wagner's newest ski factory. After skiing, enjoy a holiday cocktail with the "Chairlift Warmer" from Telluride Distilling Company, America's first artisanal Peppermint Schnapps.

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