Plan a weekend trip to one of these action-packed snow festivals.
When the holiday light shows and markets come to an end, how will you survive the bleak month of January in Colorado? There's a noticeable lack of events and activities to get involved in this time of year, but four Colorado winter festivals offer hope for action-packed weekends. So don your snow boots and your hats and mittens and take a weekend getaway in January!
January 9-12, 2019
This winter festival returns for its 55th year and brings 12,000 snow lovers to town for a number of festive events. The festival boasts the biggest bonfire in town (where you can burn your Christmas tree!), and also features a parade down Main Street. You can also take part in the Ullr ice plunge and enjoy drinks and entertainment after a long day of skiing. The festival ends with an ice skating party, bike race, and adventure film festival.
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January 10-13, 2019
At this Aspen winter festival, you can participate in a snow sculpting competition, with a special sculpting event for kids offered as well. Eat around a bonfire, attend a winter wonderland party, see winter-themed films, ice skate, watch the fireworks, and more. There's even a comedy pet circus happening on Friday, with very smart (and very cute) dogs and cats.
January 19-20, 2019
This festival boasts an indoor ice skating rink, live music, free beer tastings from local brewers, free food from local food trucks, and plenty of kid-friendly activities. Make a weekend of it and spend a day skiing or snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park.
January 25-27, 2019
Come wearing your Viking horns and stay for the bluegrass musicians. This festival has an impressive lineup and will feature a band contest, Troubador contest, and costume contest. It's also a beer festival -- your ticket gets you unlimited tastings from more than 27 breweries.
How do you plan to party this January? Let us know in the comments!
Here's one more big event happening in January -- the annual snow sculpture competition in Breckenridge!