When you live with a landscape that could have come straight off the cover of a Christmas card, you have to expect that the holiday itself would be as magical as the landscape, and you would be right! Christmas in Estes Park is a day we practically plan our year around, starting our decorating almost before we finish carving the Halloween pumpkin, picking up the perfect gifts from the shops and boutiques that dot the town all through the year, and singing along to Christmas songs as soon as the first snowflake falls! If your holiday journey brings you to Estes Park, your stay in one of our Mountain Village at Lake Estes seasonal sanctuaries promises to be the highlight of your year, and this guide to all that is wonderful about Christmas will ensure that every minute spent here will be magical ones that last in your memory for years to come!

Christmas Starts Early in Snow Country

Maybe you aren’t willing to commit to a Christmas away from home, or maybe you are one of the fortunate ones who can spend all the winter holidays in the comfort and festive cheer of our properties. In either case, Christmas starts early in our mountain village with the Catch the Glow Parade that begins on November 26 and offers colorful floats, festive music, and the small town charm that will make your Christmas shine even brighter! And even though you may have missed the tree lighting ceremony that was held on November 20th (See? We told you the season starts early!) you can still enjoy its tranquil beauty every night of your stay!

Sweets That Will Warm Your Soul

Your Mountain Village at Lake Estes holiday hideaway does feature a fully equipped kitchen that will have you eager to start baking up some Christmas cookies, but if baking isn’t your thing, the Notchtop Bakery & Café, located at 459 E Wonderview Avenue #5, offers breakfast, lunch, sweet baked goods, and quite possibly the best hot chocolate in town. It is hard not to feel festive while sipping a cup of cocoa, watching the snow fall outside, and devouring a hearty meal with a fully decorated Christmas tree peeking at you from its space at the back of the restaurant!

The Perfect Gift

There is a type of gift giver that always gets it right, finding the perfect item that is guaranteed to make its recipient cry, and if you want to be the one that brings people to tears this year, the Art Center of Estes Park has an idea or two up its sleeve! Their art exhibit, A Few of My Favorite Things, is a reoccurring exhibit that taking place on Sundays, Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays from November 12 through December 20. Featuring art pieces from a variety of genres, including paint, pottery, and jewelry, the hardest part about finding the perfect gift will be narrowing down your choices to just one for each family member.

Add Some Cheer to your Mountain Village at Lake Estes Holiday Home

We can’t change the décor of all our properties to match the season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a taste of the holidays with décor pieces you have purchased yourself from the Christmas Shoppe, located at 332 Elkhorn Avenue. Offering Christmas décor large and small, if you can’t find the perfect table topper here, well, you may be just a little too picky! Their Old World Christmas collection touches on your holiday traditions and their Colorado ornaments allow you to bring a piece of Estes Park home where it will hang on your personal tree as a permanent reminder of how wonderful your Christmas in Estes Park was.

More Christmas Gifts? We Say YES!

All the shops and boutiques found in downtown Estes Park are destined to have that little something you never knew you needed, but one of our favorite places to shop is a store called Inkwell & Brew. Located at 150 E Elkhorn Avenue and offering a charming selection of writing implements, journals, and coffee mugs, they also feature a coffee bar that will warm you from the inside out. Pick out a handmade journal for your 16 year old daughter, a cool fountain pen for your artist son, all the while sipping on their holiday traditional drink, an eggnog latte!

The Joy of Christmas

The best part of every holiday, however, is spending those moments with the ones you love most, and as you gather round the fireplace with your spouse and kids to watch It’s a Wonderful Life on the state-of-the-art television hanging over it and sip some hot cocoa your tween decided the moment needed, the memories you make in our Mountain Village at Lake Estes homes will last a lifetime. Reserve your favorite today!