Visit a Winter Wonderland at 12 Days of Aspen

Catch the Glow in Estes Park Colorado
It’s that awesome time of year, when snow quiets the earth, fires warm homes, and holiday activity brings friends and families together. For the ultimate winter wonderland, head to Aspen, a city that hosts 12 Days of Aspen, a multi-day holiday extravaganza full of events for people of all ages.


With activities arranged all day, every day from December 20th through December 31st, there is truly something for every interest and every age. For children, the magic of the season is alive and well in FREE events like a visit with Santa and his live reindeer, a ride on Santa’s Fire Truck, Create your own Lift Ticket, or a daily search for Dewey the Library Elf—find him six times and win a prize! For a fee, children can also attend a holiday gift making class, take a carriage ride with Santa, or partake in holiday stocking decorating.

Holiday magic is not just for the little ones. Adults can indulge in the season as well. Throughout 12 Days of Aspen, there is caroling, ice skating, a cookie exchange, arts and crafts sessions, an astronomy night, and numerous social opportunities, including a dog-friendly happy hour.

In the evenings, enjoy a great lineup of performances, such as Charles Dickens’s Christmas Carol or the James Horowitz Trio, which will perform a “Nat Cole Christmas.” Theater buffs can indulge in this year’s best films at the 25th Aspen Film Academy Screenings, a film series highlighting 20 acclaimed films actively campaigning for Academy Award consideration.

If you can make it to Aspen this holiday season, do so, for there is no greater winter wonderland than this mountain resort. For more information on 12 Days of Aspen, visit

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