30+ Things to Do in Boulder in December

by Rachel Daly
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Here it is, the BIG list of things to do in Boulder in December! Get ready for a fun-filled month of parades, festivals, handmade markets, visits with Santa, Chanukah celebrations and so much more. If you are looking for places to visit Santa near Boulder, check out our list here.

Louisville WinterSkate

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When: Thanksgiving week ’til the end of February

Located at the Steinbaugh Pavilion in Historic Downtown Louisville WinterSkate is an old-fashioned ice skating rink complete with skate rental, concessions, and traditional holiday music. Celebrating its thirteenth year as the original outdoor ice skating rink in the community, WinterSkate presents the perfect opportunity to enjoy the winter season in a beautiful small-town setting. Louisville WinterSkate is held at the Steinbaugh Pavilion, 824 Front Street in Historic Downtown Louisville. For details, click here. For our complete guide to holiday events in the Boulder area, click here.

White Christmas at Boulder Dinner Theater

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When: November 13, 2021 – January 8, 2022

Recapture the holiday magic with White Christmas at the Boulder Dinner Theater this holiday season! This smash Broadway musical based on the Irving Berlin film starring Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby will definitely make your holidays merry and bright. Singers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis join sister act Betty and Judy Haynes to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into Gen. Waverly, the boys’ commander in World War II, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties — his quaint country inn is failing. So what’s the foursome to do but plan a yuletide miracle: a fun-filled musical extravaganza that’s sure to put Waverly and his business in the black! Nominated for 2 Tonys and 6 Drama Desk awards! Music by Irving Berlin and book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Boulder Dinner Theater is located at  5501 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303

Friday Night Weird

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When: Every Friday night from 8:30 – 11:30 PM

Friday Night Weird is a weekly cult film series at the Boedecker Theater of the Dairy Arts Center and we’re here to make Boulder weird again by providing curated access to some the best new and classic genre films and a proper theater experience to enjoy them in. For this week’s Friday Night Weird pick, click here.

A Tuna Christmas at Longmont Theater Company

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When: November 26 – December 11, 2021

Longmont Theater Company presents a hilarious comedy about Christmas in the third-smallest town in Texas, A Tuna Christmas. Two actors play all the crazy citizens of Tuna, Texas, as they prepare for the town’s annual Christmas festivities including the hot competition in the annual lawn-display contest. A Tuna Christmas is a total delight for all seasons.

St. Nick on the Bricks • Downtown Boulder Holiday Events

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When: Saturdays through December 18, 2021, from 11 AM – 2 PM

Head to Pearl Street where kids of all ages can visit with Santa at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center for FREE. Bring your list and a camera to capture priceless holiday memories. Find Santa at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center, 1301 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302. Another free event on our BIG list of things to do in Boulder in December!

Face Vocal Band: Christmas Connection

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When: December 1, 2021, at 7:30 PM

Face is back at the Boulder Theater for Christmas Connection. Fill the season with some cheer and bring the whole family to enjoy Face’s special brand of all-vocal rock. Rock holiday tunes with no instruments? Come see it to believe it. It’ll put the “egg” in your “nog” and get you ready for the holiday season. Tickets here.

Chanukah on Pearl • Downtown Boulder Holiday Events

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When: December 2, 2021, from 5:30 – 7 PM

The annual Menorah Lighting on Pearl Street attracts over 300 parents, children, grandparents, couples, singles, and passers-by each year, and has become a holiday ritual for numerous local Jewish families. The event features live music, Chanukah Favors, plenty of fresh sufganiot, Menorah Lighting under the stars with the Participation of Community Leaders and Dignitaries, hot chocolate, and more. This event is jointly sponsored by the Boulder County Center for Judaism, the Boulder JCC, the Boulder Jewish NewsJEWISHcolorado, the Oreg Foundation, Audrey and Andy Franklin and Rhonda and Bruce Wildman. Another free event on our Boulder holiday events list!

RETURNING: Contemporary Works by Arapaho Artists Opening Reception & Artist Panel

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When: Thursday, December 2, 2021, from 5 – 7 PM

Join the Museum of Boulder for the opening night of the new art show, RETURNING: Contemporary Works by Arapaho Artists, featuring an artist panel. The Museum of Boulder will host a group show of contemporary artwork by Arapaho artists–the first of its kind in the area. Meet some of the artists featured in the exhibit and learn more about their process in an artist panel taking place at 5:30. The opening reception is included with $10 admission to the Museum and includes access to all exhibits. Become a member of the Museum to attend for free or purchase tickets at returningexhibit.eventbrite.com. Some pieces on display will also be available for purchase throughout the run of the exhibit. Artists featured in the show include Robert Martinez, Brent Learned, Bruce Cook, George Levi, Jackie Sevier, Dallin Maybee, and Ron Howard.

Molly Mitchell at Colorado Chautauqua

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When: December 2, 2021, from 7:30 – 9:30 PM

Molly Mitchell is a professional rock climber who lives in Longmont, CO. At 28 years old, she has already achieved a lifelong goal of climbing a traditional route rated 5.14 (placing all her own gear), with her 2019 send of “China Doll,” located in Boulder Canyon. In October 2020, she took a 30 foot ground fall on a different route in Boulder Canyon and fractured two vertebrae. She is also very open over the years about her struggle with mental illness (anxiety and depression) and how the accident has affected her mental health greatly. She is a speaker for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Today she is back climbing again, but with a much different perspective and a lot of growth that she feels had to happen in her climbing journey.

Erie Parade of Lights

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When: December 3, 2021, from 5 – 8 PM

Erie is hosting its annual Parade of Lights, featuring local school choirs, free hayrides, and a Parade of Lights followed by visits with Santa! This event is held in Historic Downtown Erie, Briggs St & Moffat St, Erie, CO 80516Another free event on our BIG list of things to do in Boulder in December!

NoBo Art District First Friday Art Walk

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Where: Friday, December 3, 2021, from 6 PM – 9 PM

NoBo First Friday is a FREE self-guided tour of artists’ studios and creative businesses in the NoBo Art District. Meet painters, sculptors, photographers, designers and other artists along your stroll through the area. Featuring live music, demos and special activities in many locations. Located along Broadway from Pine Street to Highway 36. Follow the colorful flags to find surprises around every corner. First Friday runs from 6:00 to 9:00 pm on the first Friday of the month. Please be respectful of COVID precautions, wear a mask and keep your distance. Please note that many locations have other opening and closing times, see the map or list to check exact times. Details at NoBoArtDistrict.org Another free event on our list of things to do in Boulder in December!

Friday Night Jazz at Hotel Boulderado

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When: Fridays throughout November from 5 – 8 PM

Spend your Friday night listening to Jazz in the historic lobby of the Hotel Boulderado. Sip on refreshing cocktails and enjoy small bites with a special happy hour menu available for Jazz in the lobby.

Louisville Parade of Lights

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When: December 3, 2021, from 5:30 – 9 PM

Join Louisville in its annual Parade of Lights. Enjoy musical entertainment provided by local schools & churches, a living nativity, a petting zoo, and visits with Santa.  The Parade begins at 7:00 PM at the south end of Main Street and ends on South Street. Enjoy choirs singing, the living nativity, visits with Santa, carolers, ice skating, and more! This event will be held at Main St, Louisville, CO 80027. Another free event on our BIG list of things to do in Boulder in December!

Scrooge, A Musical

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When: December 3 – 30, 2021, full schedule here.

Jester’s Dinner Theatre presents Scrooge, a musical version of the holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol”.  Jester’s has been doing this production every Christmas for over 20 years! Don’t miss this classic. Jester’s Dinner Theatre is located at 224 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501.

Callahan Holiday Open House

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When: December 3, 2021, from 4 – 8 PM

Come to the Historic Callahan House for the Holiday Open House to tell Santa what you want for Christmas! Parents, bring your own cameras to capture the memories. The house will be open for tours as well so you have an opportunity to enjoy the holiday decorations. The line for Santa ends at 7:30 PM. The public is welcome and admission is free. This free event will be held at the Historic Callahan House, 312 Terry St, Longmont, CO 80501.

Broomfield Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

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When: December 3, 2021, from 6 – 8:30 PM

All of Broomfield welcomes the arrival of Santa Claus at the George DiCiero City and County Building at the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy children caroling from the local schools, decorated Community Park trees, and the annual lighting of the community holiday tree by the Mayor. You can also ride the holiday wagon ride and talk to Santa. Bundle up and share in the Holiday Cheer! George DiCiero City and County Building is located at 1 Descombes Dr, Broomfield, CO 80020. Another free event on our BIG list of things to do in Boulder in December!

The Nutcracker with the Longmont Symphony Orchestra

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When: December 3, 2021, at 7 PM

This December, the curtain rises for America’s favorite ballet, The Nutcracker, brought to life by the Boulder Ballet and the Longmont Symphony. Make your plans now for this thrilling and heart-warming spectacle, all performed to Tchaikovsky’s masterful score. A holiday tradition with exciting choreography and a full, live orchestra! There will also be a sensory-friendly concert, The Gentle Nutcracker, on December 5, held to accommodate individuals with special needs and their families. This event is held at the Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, 600 E Mountain View Ave, Longmont, CO 80504.

Open Studio at Boulder Public Library’s Markerspace

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When: Every Tuesday & Wednesday from 1 PM – 7 PM

Boulder Public Library and Building 61 offer Open Studio every week, giving free access to: 3D Printers, Sewing Machines, Electronics bench, Design Laptops, Vinyl Cutter, Screen Printing Equipment and more are available for use at this time. More info hereAnother free event on our list of things to do in Boulder in December!

CU Holiday Festival

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When: December 3 – 5, 2021, performance schedule here.

Delight in the twinkling lights, seasonal greenery and beautiful music at CU Boulder’s Holiday Festival, an annual tradition that’s enchanting for all ages. The decades-old celebration brings together student choirs, bands and orchestras—along with wForld-class faculty performers—for a concert of holiday favorites and new surprises. Performance at Macky Auditorium on the CU Boulder campus. Single tickets start at $20. More information here.

Boulder Lights of December Parade • Downtown Boulder Holiday Events

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When: Saturday, December 4, 2021, from 6 – 8 PM

Head downtown for Boulder’s annual tradition, the Lights of December Parade. The parade features floats decorated by local businesses and organizations, as well as marching bands, fire engines, holiday carolers, and of course – Santa! The parade of lights is held on the Pearl Street Mall, Pearl Street, Boulder CO 80302. Another free event on our BIG list of things to do in Boulder in December!

COLDERBolder 5K 2021

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When: Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 7:45 AM
The COLDERBolder 5K is back for 2021, in downtown Boulder. This event is now SOLD OUT, but be sure to cheer on the racers if you see them Saturday morning!

Free Mindful Hiking Series

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When: Saturdays throughout December from 10 AM – 12 PM

Looking for a way to stay grounded as the seasons change? Somatic Wilderness Therapy Institute is leading weekly hikes that focus on sensory exploration and reclaiming a sense of wonder, along with finding stillness and peace of mind. During these easy to moderate treks, you’ll take time to meditate, move mindfully, and open your awareness to the world around us. Think of Boulder Open Space as your nature-based meditation studio. You’ll connect with nature and community, and learn practices you can do on your own. Start your Saturday mornings feeling centered and complete! LGBTQIA2S+, BIPOC, neurodivergence, disability, age, and diversity in all of its forms welcomed and encouraged.

Lyons Holiday Parade of Lights

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When: December 4, 2021, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM

The bright glow of the holidays is once again coming to the Town of Lyons for the Lyons Holiday Parade of Lights.   The parade will be filled with illuminated, colorful floats, many of which will be decorated in the theme of this year’s parade — Winter Wonderland. Live music and entertainment will follow the parade as well as a fireworks display! The Holiday Parade of Lights will be held at Sandstone Park, Lyons, CO 80540. Another free event on our BIG list of things to do in Boulder in December!

Sister City Holiday Bazaar

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When: Saturday, December 4, 2021, from 10 AM – 4 PM

The Superior Khandbari Sister City project is hosting the first annual Superior Bazaar to take place on December 4, 2021, at the Superior Community Center (1500 Coalton Road). The event is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will feature vendors from across the north metro area. Products for sale will include handmade jewelry & ornaments, art prints, original acrylic paintings, crocheted baby blankets, bath products, and lotions, quilted bags, candles, note cards, handmade pottery, knit hats, food products, and much more. Additionally, there will be several Nepalese products for sale. A portion of the sales at the Superior Bazaar will benefit the Superior Khanbari Sister City Project.

Charlie Brown goes to the Nutcracker

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When: Saturdays, December 4 – December 18, 2021, from 6:30 – 9:30 PM

Jazz up your holiday season at St Julien Hotel & Spa with this complimentary performance. The show blends the music from “Charlie Brown Christmas” show, composed by Vince Guaraldi, with the jazz versions of “The Nutcracker,” written by Duke Ellington, features the Ron LeGault Trio. Curl up by the fireplace, sip a seasonal cocktail, and spread holiday cheer. See the performance at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa Great Room, 900 Walnut St, Boulder, Colorado 80302 on December 4, 11 & 18, 2021 from 6:30 – 9:30 PM. Open to the public. No reservations are required.

Ugly Sweater 5k at Left Hand Brewing | Colorado Brewery Running Series

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When: December 4, 2021, from 10 AM – 1 PM

Join the Colorado Brewery Running Series for the Ugly Sweater 5k at Left Hand Brewing on December 4th, beginning at 10 AM for a 5k-ish course that starts and ends at this awesome brewery. Weave through the surrounding area at whatever pace you like, no matter what there’s a beer waiting for you at the finish line! Be sure to wear your tackiest ugly sweater for a chance to win prizes! More info here.

Winter Market at Boulder County Fairgrounds

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When: December 4 – 5, 2021 from 9 AM – 3 PM

Winter Market is Boulder County Farmers Markets’ free, non-ticketed winter market includes over 100 Colorado local vendors selling fresh produce, specialty meats, eggs, baked goods, preserves, cheese, hot sauces, wine, prepared food, coffee, kombucha, jewelry, skincare, woodwork, home goods, and so much more. The Market will be held in the Exhibit Building at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont. To view a map of the Fairgrounds and parking lots, visit www.bouldercounty.org.

Holiday Mountain Market in Nederland

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When: December 4 – 5, 2021

Visit Nederland’s Holiday Mountain Market, held the first weekend in December at the Nederland Community Center. In addition to photos with Santa, this annual arts and crafts festival features local mountain artists, unique gifts, festive food, a silent auction, and holiday music.  Photos with Santa 12 PM – 3 PM each day. Nederland Community Center is located at 750 CO-72, Nederland, CO 80466. Another free event on our BIG list of things to do in Boulder in December!

Santa’s House Boulder

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When: December 4 -5, 2021, from 10 AM – 4 PM

A holiday tradition since 1972, Santa’s House is a community event hosted by the women of Boulder Area Alumnae Panhellenic for kids and families in the Boulder and North Metro area. Kids will enjoy meeting Mr. & Mrs. Claus, Christmas Bear & Puppy, and Mother Goose. Games with prizes, music, and storytelling are also available – bring your camera to capture the magic of the holiday season. Proceeds benefit local charities Imagine! and EFAAPi Beta Phi University of Colorado at Boulder, 890 11th St, Boulder, Colorado 80302. Tickets $5 (cash only).

Lyons Holiday Artisan Market

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When: December 4 – 5, 2021

Mark your calendars! Artisan crafters will sell their handmade wares at the 46th Annual Lyons Holiday Craft Bazaar. A wide variety of quality crafts, jewelry, photography, pottery, glass, and textile arts will be found at this event. What’s more, it’s a great opportunity to find unique holiday gifts and accessories.  This is a Lyons tradition not to be missed! The 2021 Holiday Artisan Market will be held in the Lyons Elementary School gym and masks will be required for all in attendance.  All attendees will follow current Boulder County and school district Covid-19 guidelines. Another free event on our BIG list of things to do in Boulder in December!

Longmont Museum Holiday Show

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When: December 4, 2021 at 3 PM & 7 PM

The Longmont Museum’s holiday tradition continues with the Holiday Show. Join the Longmont Museum for songs of the season and holiday cheer from some of the finest musicians and performers in the region. Featuring the Rocky Mountain Ringers, Hazel Miller & the Collective and the Klezmer Consort. Matinee ONLY: Special Santa reception with complimentary cookies and hot chocolate before matinee performance only, beginning at 3 PM. Matinee begins at 3 PM, evening performance begins at 7 PM. Longmont Museum & Cultural Center is located at 400 Quail Rd, Longmont, Colorado 80501.

Holiday Vegan Pop-Up Market

When: December 4, 2021
Looking for vegan gifts? Look no further! The Holiday Vegan Pop-Up Market is back at the Avalon Ballroom on December 4. Details and vendor list here.

Village at the Peaks Annual Tree Lighting

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When: December 4, 2021, from 4 – 7 PM

Join Village at the Peaks for some old-fashioned holiday fun at the Annual Tree Lighting Experience. The Free festivities include carriage rides, Santa and elves, photo ops, live music, Santa’s Grand Entrance, and of course, the lighting of the tree. Another free event on our BIG list of things to do in Boulder in December!

Jeff and Paige Outdoor Chanukah Concert

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When: December 5, 2021, from 11 – 11:45 AM

Please the Boulder JCC for an interactive OUTDOOR musical celebration of Chanukah with Jeff and Paige! With elaborate costumes and songs, Jeff and Paige use storytelling to explore Chanukah and celebrate its many traditions. This is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome. The Village Nosh will be at the event selling potato latkes and sufganiyot (jelly donuts). Register here.

Artisan Holiday Craft Fair at the Museum of Boulder

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When: Sunday, December 5, 2021, from 9 AM – 5 PM

Finish your Holiday shopping and visit incredible artists while you enjoy a coffee and hot chocolate bar at The Museum of Boulder’s Artisan Holiday Craft Fair. Come support local artists and their crafts while sipping on OZO provided coffee and hot chocolate. The admission fee includes one warm beverage and a custom ornament made on the glowforge laser machine.

In The Holiday Trenches, A Musical Comedy

When: December 10 – 12, 2021, schedule here.

CenterStage is excited to host 19K and their Production of In The Holiday Trenches. 9 months after the finale of In the Trenches: A Parenting Musical, the family is working to create the BEST CHRISTMAS EVER! Surprise houseguests, unexpected hijinks, and a winter storm collide to make it one of the craziest holidays on record. Can they get past the hurdles to achieve holiday glory? In the Holiday Trenches features all brand new music and lyrics by Graham and Kristina Fuller, who teamed up with Broadway and Off-Broadway vet Jason SweetTooth Williams to write the show’s book. The show is rated PG-13, babysitter advised!

Longmont Lights Holiday Festival & Parade

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When: December 10 – 11, 2021, 5 – 8 PM, Schedule of events here.

Join Longmont in its annual weekend holiday celebration, Longmont Lights! The festival begins on Friday at Roosevelt Park with Santa’s Workshop, a free craft area for kids and visits with Santa,  holiday ice show, hot cocoa carts, fire pits, live music, and hot air balloon lights. On Saturday, enjoy the Merry & Bright Parade down Main Street. For the full schedule of events, click here. Roosevelt Park & Downtown Longmont, 700 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont, CO 80501. Another free event on our BIG list of things to do in Boulder in December!

Holiday Concert With Jeff & Paige

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When: December 10, 2021, from 4 – 5 PM

Colorado Chautauqua is hosting a Holiday Concert with Jeff & Paige at WinterFest. Jeff and Paige have reached thousands of children with their playful spirit and passion for ecological awareness. Using songs, storytelling, and interactive play they engage children (ages 3 – 9) with nature, music, and movement. They have six albums and have won several awards for their music and programming, including the 2016 National Parent Products Award (NAPPA) Award. Jeff and Paige add a magical twist that children will remember for years to come. Tickets here.

Chautauqua Festival of Lights

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When: December 10, 2021, from 5 – 6 PM

Kick-off WinterFest 2021 at the Chautauqua Festival of Lights on Friday, December 10th at 5 PM as Chautauqua is transformed into a glistening wonderland with the help of our friends from Colorado Christmas Lights! Meet at the Community House. Another free event on our BIG list of things to do in Boulder in December!

Santa Visits at The Bee Hugger

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When: Weekends in December, schedule here.

The Bee Hugger Farm is hosting Santa! Your child can engage however she/he/they feel is best. Whether it is putting a letter in his mailbox while chatting with him, being on the hay wagon next to him to share stories, climbing up on the tractor to be nearby and give their Christmas wish, or riding their own tractor right below, we guarantee their time will be memorable and special with Santa. The setting is charming, rustic, unique, and sweet. Tickets are $15/child to spend time with Santa. While at the farm the kids can feed animals, purchase raw honey and other Bee Hugger products, pick out a Christmas tree, take a pony ride (kids 6 and under, $10ea), explore the 6 acre farm, and so much more. There will be hot cocoa, cookies, and other sweet and magical surprises. Tickets are available here.

Breakfast with Santa at Chautauqua

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When: December 11 – 12, 2021, schedule here

Treat your family to a beloved holiday tradition – Breakfast with Santa – at the iconic Chautauqua Dining Hall, all dressed up for the holidays! Join us for a scrumptious breakfast buffet, fun, creative crafts, and a special appearance by the jolly man himself. Then grab your camera and little ones for a special photo opportunity at Santa’s Cottage! Tickets here.

Freezie Fest • Downtown Boulder Holiday Events

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When: December 11, 2021, from 11 AM – 3 PM

Downtown Boulder is hosting the Freezie Fest, a snowman extravaganza that includes train rides, visits with Santa, carolers and free Reindeer Games (crafts and other activities for all)! During Freezie Fest, find Freezie for a chance to win prizes! This free event will be held in Downtown Boulder. Another free event on our BIG list of things to do in Boulder in December!

Carriage Rides at Colorado Chautauqua

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When: December 11 – 12, 2021, from 12 – 5 PM

This winter season one to remember with a cozy carriage ride pulled by majestic horses at the beautiful Colorado Chautauqua. Gather your friends and family and enjoy the warmth of hot cocoa while taking in the crisp mountain air, festive lights, and incomparable views of the Flatirons. This scenic journey around the picturesque Chautauqua Green will be a highlight of your WinterFest experience! Included in WinterFest Pass. Ticketed Activity, tickets here.

Holiday Celebration at Broomfield Plaza

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When: December 11, 2021 from 12 – 2 PM

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Broomfield Plaza! Bring the whole family for some festive holiday cheer at the Holiday Celebration. FREE activities include carriage rides, Santa and his elves, photo ops, live music & entertainment, carolers, holiday crafts, and holiday train rides. Broomfield Plaza is located at 5015 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO 80020. Another free event on our BIG list of things to do in Boulder in December!

The Boulder Holiday Gift Festival

When: Sunday, December 12, 2021, from 11 AM – 5 PM

The 17th annual Boulder Holiday Gift Festival is Boulder’s biggest holiday market, held at the Mapleton YMCA. With over 100 local vendors, you will find an array of amazing high-quality gifts that are locally made.  Admission is free, including the concert starting at noon with Kenny Lee Young.

Holiday Tea at Hotel Boulderado

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When: December 12 – 20, 2021

Hotel Boulderado’s Tea service is offered every holiday season to guests set on the historic Mezzanine overlooking the hotel lobby. With beautiful views of the hotel’s famous renovated stained glass canopy ceiling and irresistible menus, the tea service at Hotel Boulderado will quickly become an annual tradition for you and your loved ones. $37 per adult, $25 per child. More information here.

Hazel Miller & The Collective Holiday Show

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When: December 12, 2021, from 3 – 6 PM

Colorado favorite Hazel Miller, the most sought-after performer in Colorado for the past 30 years, will kick off the holiday season with arrangements of seasonal favorite tunes infused with jazz, swing, gospel, Latin and pop flavors at Hazel Miller & The Collective’s Holiday Show. Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder, Colorado 80302.

Boulder Opera Family Series: L’enfant et les sortilèges

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When: December 17 – 19, 2021, schedule here.

Boulder Opera brings the enchanting L’enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Spells: A Lyric Fantasy in Two Parts) by Ravel with stage direction by Dana Kinney, and music direction by Steven Aguiló-Arbues. A lazy child has been grounded. Ordered to stay in his bedroom until dinner time, he takes out his anger on the animals and objects around him. He knocks over a tea service, torments a squirrel and a cat, tears up the tapestry, and then his books. Suddenly, as if by magic, these innocent victims come to life and decide to get their revenge. The Opera is one hour long, sung in French with subtitles. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Tickets here.

Jason Mraz at Macky Auditorium

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When: December 17 & 18, 2021

AEG presents Jason Mraz at Macky Auditorium this December! Tickets here.

Christmas Revels: An Irish Celebration of the Winter Solstice

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When: December 18 – 22, 2021, full schedule here.

Celebrate the season through music, dance, and drama with the Rocky Mountain Revels. An eagerly awaited holiday tradition, The Christmas Revels returns with a show steeped in Irish music, dance, and story-telling. This spirited chorus of adults and children will capture your hearts and set the stage for the holidays! This year’s Christmas Revels will draw you into the celebration with audience sing-alongs, Mummer’s Play, and Lord of the Dance. Popular local Irish musicians and award-winning step dancers set your blood pumping and your heart singing!

Last Chance Gift Fest At Boulder County Fairgrounds

When: Saturday, December 18, 2021, at 10 AM

The Last Chance Gift Fest is an annual Holiday shopping Extravaganza. Find the perfect gift at this Colossal Sale, featuring a vast assortment of art, crafts, toys, home decor, delicious food, unique items and much more! This Free event features over 150 of Colorado’s finest vendors offering a tremendous selection of unique holiday gifts. There is also be free live music on both days and lots of fun for all ages. Held at the Boulder County Fairgrounds.

Superior Skate with Santa

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When: Saturday, December 18, 2021, from 1 – 3 PM

It’s a Superior Holiday Tradition! Bring the whole family to the Superior Chamber’s Skate with Santa presented by Downtown Superior! Bring the whole family and enjoy some time on the ice at the Sport Stable! There will be a craft area for the little ones. Hot cocoa and cookies will be available as well as an opportunity to have your photo with Santa. Another free event on our BIG list of things to do in Boulder in December!

Longmont Symphony Candlelight Concert

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When: December 19, 2021, at 4 PM

Join the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, with their Baroque Christmas Candlelight Concert, an intimate chamber music concert celebrating the music of the season. Held at Westview Presbyterian Church, 1500 Hover St, Longmont, CO 80501.

Santa Story Time & Brunch

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When: December 20, 2021, at 9 & 11 AM

Celebrate the holidays at Story Time and Brunch with Santa at Longmont Museum. We will be serving yummy food and cheer as Santa entertains your whole family with stories. Make sure to bring your holiday wish lists and a camera for this special event designed for children accompanied by an adult. (Tickets required for all attendees age 2 and older.) This event sells out; get your tickets early. Tickets here.

Crumb’s New Year’s Eve Boulder Bash with Ramakhandra at Boulder Theater

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When: Friday, December 31, 2021 at 8 PM

Radio 1190 Presents Crumb’s New Year’s Eve Boulder Bash at with Ramakhandra Boulder Theater.  General Admission: $35.00 Advance; $39.50 Day of Show. Tickets here.

2021 New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at St Julien Hotel & Spa

things to do in Boulder in December

Photo Courtesy St. Julien Hotel & Spa

When: Friday, December 31, 2021 from 8 PM – 1:30 AM

St Julien Hotel & Spa’s beloved New Year’s Eve celebration is returning for 2021! A party two years in the making, we invite you to join us Friday, Dec. 31, beginning at 8 p.m., as we welcome a much-anticipated new year. Attendees will enjoy five global food stations, including dessert, four cocktail bars, including a Veuve Clicquot ice bar, three music venues, with Quemando live in the Ballroom, a Bossnova/Brazilian dance party in the Great Room and live jazz in Jill’s Restaurant & Bistro, two balloon drops, party favors, a champagne toast and much more. Tickets are available for $149 per person (plus tax), with room packages starting at $599 (inclusive of two tickets to the party and a late 2 p.m. checkout). This is strictly a 21+ event. For tickets and more information, call 720-406-9696.

Things to Do in Boulder in December: Frequently Asked Questions

What is Boulder like in December?

In December, temperatures in Boulder drop into the mid-40s with the occasional show shower. Long nights are lit by Boulder's Flagstaff Star and twinkling lights in downtown Boulder. December is one of Boulder's busiest event seasons, with holiday festivals, live music, parades and ballets.

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Jennifer Egbert November 30, 2021 - 10:47 pm

It’s hard to believe that December is (almost) here. Looking forward to checking out the winter market and so many other activities and events we were unable to enjoy last year!


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