Winter is a beloved season in Estes Park, when the terrain becomes covered with snow and new adventure possibilities abound. From outdoor adventures such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing to indoor adventures such as rock climbing, there are many ways to embrace an active lifestyle during an Estes Park winter. Estes Park’s winter calendar is also packed with fun events the entire family can enjoy, providing added interest during your visit. Whether you plan to embrace the snow or enjoy the scenery from the warmth of indoors, be sure to add these top Estes Park winter events to your vacation itinerary to get the most out of your stay!
Catch the Glow Christmas Parade & Celebration
The winter holiday season kicks off in Estes Park following Thanksgiving with the Catch the Glow Christmas Parade & Celebration. Following Thanksgiving Day, residents and visitors alike line the streets to ring in the Christmas season with a festive parade complete with marching bands, floats, and dancers, among other entertainment. With holiday music drifting down the quaint streets of downtown, kick off your holiday shopping and pay a visit to Santa in his workshop.
Estes Park Holiday Wine Festival
Add more ways to kick off the holiday season with the Holiday Wine Festival, also held the weekend following Thanksgiving. Over 100 Colorado wines are on display, perfect for taste testing your way to a new favorite flavor for yourself or as a holiday gift for giving. Entry into the festival includes a commemorative wine glass, wine tote, and unlimited tastings from Colorado wineries. This event will be held at the Estes Park Event Complex on November 27-28, 2021.
Estes Park Winter Festival
Warm yourself from the inside out this January in Estes Park as you sample a variety of local craft brews and sample your way through a chili cookoff during the Ester Park Winter Festival. Held over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, this is a great option for adding additional fun to your long weekend getaway. The event is held at the Estes Park Events Center and includes indoor ice skating and live music, as well as free beer and food samples.
Winter Trails Day
Also held over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, Winter Trails Day is an ideal time to try your hand at a new winter sport. Held within Rocky Mountain National Park, a variety of outfitters will be onsite to allow visitors to try a variety of winter gear such as snowshoes. A great way to ease into a new sport without first making a purchase, Winter Trails Day offers an opportunity to fall a little more in love with winter. Enjoy the many trails and scenic views within Rocky Mountain National Park while onsite!
Wine & Chocolate Festival
A favorite way to celebrate with a loved one during Valentine’s Day month, the Wine & Chocolate Festival is a popular Estes Park event held each February. She will most certainly love indulging in these two favorite treats on a romantic winter getaway to Estes Park! Held at the Estes Park Events Center, a variety of wines produced locally are onsite for taste testing, alongside sweet chocolate samples.
Toward the end of winter when spring alights on the horizon, begin dreaming of warmer days at the Estes Park Whiskey Warm-Up. Held at the George Hix Riverside Plaza, the Whiskey Warm-Up presents the opportunity to taste-test Colorado-made whiskeys and learn more about the whiskey-making process. Enjoy live music and browse additional local vendors as you enjoy free samples of the best whiskeys in town.
In addition to the special Estes Park winter events you’ll find dotting the Estes Park winter calendar, you’ll also find a host of outdoor adventures that can be enjoyed at any time throughout the winter. Estes Park and the adjacent Rocky Mountain National Park are filled with miles of trails that range from beginner to advanced, offering many miles to roam on snowshoes or cross-country skis. With a relatively quick learning curve for both activities, even beginners can get out and enjoy the winter landscape. Try the 0.6-mile loop trail around Bear Lake to get the feel of snowshoes while enjoying scenic views of the lake and Hallett Peak. Glide across the snow with a pair of cross-country skis on the 3.3-mile loop to Sprague Lake. And the entire family will enjoy an afternoon of sledding or tubing at Hidden Valley, a former downhill ski area converted to a family-friendly sledding zone.
Warm Up in a Cozy Estes Park Cabin
After a day of fun in the snow, thaw out alongside the massive fireplace in your Estes Park vacation cabin. These luxury cabins situated on the shores of Lake Estes offer the perfect cozy haven for your winter retreat in Estes Park! Contact us at Mountain Village at Lake Estes to book your winter getaway.