One cannot deny that the favorite season of most Coloradans is winter. In addition to the frozen lakes and snow-covered slopes that offer opportunities for skating and skiing, Colorado’s winters bring about festive holiday events and displays. This winter, entertain your holiday spirit by visiting these enchanting Christmas light displays.
Colorado Springs’ Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is renowned for its unique layout and location, which also makes it a memorable venue for a one-of-a-kind light show. This December, visit the zoo after it normally closes to witness 85 light sculptures scattered across the 50 acres of indoor and outdoor animal exhibits. The Electric Safari runs nightly on Dec. 8–10, 15–23, 25–31 and Jan. 1. Admission is $9.75, with an extra couple bucks to ride the Sky Ride to get a better view of the surrounding city lights.
Garden of Lights
The Gardens on Spring Creek are a dazzling sight any time of the year. In winter, they’re filled with electric beauty as the natural landscape transforms into a walk-through display of LED flowers, sculptures, animals and more. This year, Woodward Inc. will incorporate its yearly light display into the Garden of Lights as construction continues on its Drake Campus. The garden is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every evening from Dec. 1, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018.
Blossoms of Light
For inventive Christmas light displays stretching as far as the eye can see, take a stroll through the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Blossoms of Light this winter. From Nov. 24 to Jan. 1, this York Street location is hosting its annual interactive display featuring ponds, fields and forests covered in a rainbow of lights. Bundle up, bring your camera and get your souvenir mug for a special celebration. Purchase tickets in advance because admission is limited each night.
Yuletide Lights Driving Tour
It’s essential for every Colorado resident to make a trip out to the Rockies every year to revisit the grandeur of the National Park; winter is the perfect time to visit Estes Park for the many activities and attractions it offers this season. In addition to shopping in the Village of Estes Park, special holiday meals and visits from Santa, Estes Park advertises a Yuletide Lights Driving Tour that guides visitors through a neighborhood of decorated homes and businesses.
The Greeley Grizwalds
Many families in Colorado love to decorate their houses with festive light displays, but none can outdo the extravagance and inventiveness of the Greeley Grizwalds. Inspired by the classic National Lampoon movie, a family on 50th Avenue in Greeley covers their yard with over 135,000 lights synchronized to music broadcast over a short-distance radio channel. For this year’s playlist and pictures of previous displays, visit the family’s official website.
Whether it’s a local neighborhood drive or a trip to a city festival, make it a point this Christmas to see a light display with your family. If you’re not sure where to start, pick any of these five light-focused events to kick off this holiday’s ambience.
This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado.