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holiday lights at Hotel Colorado

Festive Lights & Hot Spring Nights

December in Glenwood Springs is like stepping into a holiday postcard—the town exudes a magical atmosphere, blending historic charm with the spirit of the season.

Holiday celebrations in Glenwood Springs are in full swing from late November through the first of the new year, transforming the hot springs town into a winter wonderland ready to welcome visitors with a warm embrace.

Woman riding Alpine Coaster at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in winterShine, Sparkle & Glitter

Glenwood Springs becomes a picture-perfect holiday scene, especially after dark. The nighttime magic begins with an enchanting display of lights. Hotel Colorado steals the spotlight, radiating holiday cheer with over half a million lights adorning its historic exterior. Known as the “Grand Dame,” this iconic hotel is a sight to behold. Adding to the brilliance is Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, the mountain-top theme park lights up the night sky with a dazzling array visible from the town. Even Red Mountain gets in on the act with an illuminated white cross seemingly suspended in the heavens. The downtown area and hot spots like Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, Iron Mountain Hot Springs, and Hotel Denver join in with their own takes on luminous decor.

skiers on liftNo Wrapping Required

Step into a Christmas dream-come-true with the lodging options in Glenwood Springs. Hotel Colorado’s Winter Wonderland Package might be the best present of the season. It includes breakfast each morning, two complimentary drink tickets and a keepsake ornament. Whether you’re a guest or just soaking up the holiday spirit, don’t miss a stop in the hotel’s lobby adorned with over 60 ornate Christmas trees and festive displays.

Many properties in Glenwood Springs participate in Ski Swim Stay packages, bundling memory-making fun. This family-friendly package includes lift tickets to Sunlight Mountain Resort, a day of adventure on the slopes, admission to Glenwood Hot Springs Pool for a relaxing apres-ski evening, and accommodations in cozy lodges around town. A family-friendly favorite, Ski Swim Stay lets kids 12 and under ski for free with a paying adult!

Winter evening in the Glenwood Hot Springs PoolHeartwarming Evenings

There’s no better place to chase away chills than at the geothermal amenities in Glenwood Springs. The mineral springs bubble to the surface from deep underground, naturally heating the waters that supply Glenwood Hot Springs Pool and Iron Mountain Hot Springs, and the vapors that fill the steam caves at Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves. Whether soaking or steaming, the enveloping warmth of the springs or caves will tease away tension enabling you to completely relax in the midst of one of the most action-packed months of the year.

Of course, in Glenwood Springs, there is no shortage of ways to warm up and have fun. Winter on the Mountain at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park will have your blood pumping and your cheeks rosy in no time. In addition to thrill rides, sure to chase away chills, gather round the park’s giant musical evergreen tree and boogie to your favorite holiday tunes. Alternatively, warm up fingers and toes at outdoor firepits or from the inside-out with hot drinks and smores in hand. Up until Christmas, Santa will also be making regular stops, a heartwarming opportunity, for youngsters to tell the Jolly Old Elf their holiday wishes.

New Year’s Cheers

Welcome the New Year in three distinct ways. However you choose to celebrate, Glenwood Springs provides the perfect backdrop for making festive memories.

• Noon Year’s Eve at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. A free, kid-friendly extravaganza that includes a balloon drop, ice skating, and swimming as well as live music, face painting and more.
• Glenwood Hot Springs Pool New Year’s Celebration. Ring in the new year in non-traditional attire—your swimsuit! The world-famous hot springs pool stays open until 1 a.m. for this special event.
• Glenwood Vaudeville Revue. Laugh in the New Year at Glenwood’s hometown comedy house which offers two shows on New Year’s Eve.

Step into a holiday postcard of your making. Celebrate the season of lights with warmth and good cheer in Glenwood Springs. Learn more and make your plans to visit the Colorado hot springs town today!

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