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It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and quickly lose sight of what’s important about this time of year. Between the to-do lists, gift wrapping and party planning, the holidays can become stressful before they’ve even begun. Instead of getting caught up in the chaos, consider turning your holiday plans into an amazing mountain escape. This year, instead of worrying about all that needs to be done, have some fun with a holiday trip to Lake Estes. This Colorado is one of the best winter vacation spots and is the most beautiful and inspiring as it is engaging. Whether you’re one for cross country skiing or love to shop boutique stores, Lake Estes has a little something for you. Here are just a few of the many reasons Lake Estes makes for a great holiday destination.

The Holiday Lights: Yuletide Driving Tour

While the skiing and exploring are sure to please, Lake Estes does a phenomenal job of creating a winter wonderland of lights designed for all to enjoy over the holiday season. Drive your way through Estes Park and admire the many lights that adorn homes, businesses and beyond. Official maps of preferred routes are available for guests online, but there’s nothing wrong with winding your way through the holiday fun on a whim.

The Food: Waterfront Grille

Flavor is often a favorite feature of the holiday season and when your holiday plans have you in the Lake Estes vicinity, be sure to set aside time for a meal at Waterfront Grille. Located at 1700 Big Thompson Avenue, this renowned culinary hot spot sits within The Estes Park Resort. Guests will enjoy a variety of savory fare in an upscale setting while making the most lake and mountain views that are hard to top-especially during the holidays.

The Music: New Year’s at the Rock Inn

If your travel plans keep you near Lake Estes through the new year, be sure to make your way to the Rock Inn Mountain Tavern on New Year’s Eve for an annual concert combined with food, beverages, and great company. This cozy and rustic Estes Park stop is located at 1675 Co-66 and is popular for its menu that features comfort food as well as a full-service bar that provides just the right drink for every plate.

Enjoy a Lake Estes Stay

Whether you’re here for Thanksgiving, Christmas or the new year, a stay at Lake Estes is bound to be unforgettable. Make your trip even more memorable by booking beautiful accommodations with the professionals at Mountain Village at Lake Estes. Contact us today for more information on our many property options.

Estes Park provides visitors with a wonderful mountain escape any time of year, but there’s something particularly meaningful about heading this way during the holidays. This year take your Thanksgiving dinner to one of our brand-new cabins where you will find a fully appointed kitchen to bake/grill your turkey and have enough plates and dishes for all of the fixings while being surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. When you’re in the process of putting together the ideal Estes Park Thanksgiving itinerary, be sure to add these events to the top of the list!

Holiday Shopping in the Village

When you find yourself in Estes Park for Thanksgiving, you’ll want to take full advantage of time spent at The Village. This area is packed with locally owned boutiques and shops, and during Thanksgiving weekend, guests will find a plethora of sales and specials waiting for them! While these deep holiday discounts can be applied to everything from jewelry and apparel to chocolate and souvenirs, be sure to pay particular attention to Festive Fridays. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in The Village on this day, it’s very possible that free chair massages and giveaway treats will be yours for the taking!

Thanksgiving Light Parade – Catch the Glow

Bring the entire family to the annual “Catch the Glow” parade this year which is held in Estes Park the day after Thanksgiving. Make your way downtown along with the other 20,000 visitors that are expected to attend this popular event. Guests at this parade will be treated to a display of floats, marching bands and more from the moment they arrive. The highlight of this Thanksgiving tradition is the fact that Santa arrives at the very end, reminding everyone that the end of Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the exciting Christmas season.

Estes Park Thanksgiving Dinner

The Mountain View Gymnasium in Estes Park is the site of one of the area’s largest community Thanksgiving meals year over year. The doors are open to the public from 11:30 am until 3:00 pm Thanksgiving Day and the idea around this annual tradition is simply to bring strangers together over food to become lifelong friends. Meals are served up at the hands of volunteers and with more than 700 pounds of turkey on hand, it’s sure to be a Thanksgiving meal for the record books.

Book a Stay Today

Enjoy the authentic spirit of the Rocky Mountains with a stay in one of the beautiful new log cabins available with Mountain Village at Lake Estes. Contact our team today for more information and to begin planning your Estes Park Thanksgiving.

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