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Saturday 30 November 2019

A Christmas Activity Advent Calendar: Colorado

Does your family have an advent calendar?

I grew up with the classic cardboard advent calendar with little pieces of chocolate hidden behind each panel. It was something I always looked forward to as December approached - even though the chocolate was never very good!

Our annual advent calendar is still something that I get very excited about each year, but it's rather different from the ones I grew up with. Each year our advent calendar is filled with vouchers holiday themed activities and events rather than chocolate. Well, it does have chocolate too, but the vouchers are the main thing.

I've shared our advent calendar here on Little Hiccups many times in the past, including a round up of the featured activities (which you can see here), but as many of the activities that I include are based in the Bay Area, it's time for me to add some new Colorado based activities.

While I'm sad that I won't be taking the kids to the Giant Gingerbread House at the Fairmont in San Francisco, watching the parade of lighted boats at Berkeley Marina, or checking our the light displays on Christmas Tree Lane in Alameda, I've learned that December in Colorado is packed full of holiday fun. In fact, there are so many parades, markets, lighting displays and Santa visits in our area that I'm a little overwhelmed narrowing it down!

I've been making lists of activities and events in the Boulder and Denver area that I think my kids will love and today I'm sharing them with you. We visited Colorado last year over the kids' Christmas break, so while we're still relatively new to the area, some of the activities that I'm including are not entirely new to our family. They tried and tested - and kid approved!

Welcome to Golden
Playing on a frozen creek in Estes Park
Checking out the Holiday Lights in Golden
Warming up with a hot chocolate at Blossoms of Light at Denver Botanic Garden
Denver City Hall

Here are the new activities I'll be adding to our advent calendar this year (click the links for more details):

Check out the colorful lights on the Mile High Tree in Denver
Ice skate outdoors in Downtown Denver or Louisville 
Visit Blossoms of Light at Denver Botanic Gardens 
Check out the illuminations and ice carving at Zoo Lights at Denver Zoo
Walk through the Ice Castles in Dillon
Fill up on German treats at the Christkindl Market in Denver
Watch the Parade of Lights in Louisville 
Take a dog cart ride in Golden
Visit Santa's Village at Chatfield Farms
Ride the Holiday Carousel in Downtown Denver
Take a walk through the Holiday Lights in Golden
Watch the Lights of December Parade in Boulder
Drive through the lights of Christmas in Color 
Take a horse and carriage ride through Downtown Louisville
Watch the holiday parade in Downtown Golden
Play on a frozen creek (we did this is Estes Park last year and the kids LOVED it)
Check out the Christmas displays at Union Station in Denver
Watch the light display at City Hall in Denver
Find a Snowman at Freezie Fest in Boulder

Ice skating in Downtown Denver
Ice Castles in Dillon during the day
Ice Castles in Dillon in the evening
Blossoms of Light at Denver Botanic Gardens
Union Station in Denver
Driving through Christmas In Color

If you live in Colorado (or have visited over the holidays) and have other suggestions, I'd love to hear!

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