If Season Affective Disorder (SAD) is leaving you feeling blue this winter, don’t worry, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite winter festivals to help you fight the SADness. Grab your mittens, skis and Viking hats, we’re celebrating all things winter.
Blossom of Light
Nov. 24, 2017-Jan. 1, 2018
Sure, you could drive around in the back of your friend’s minivan searching for Christmas lights, or you could go to Denver Botanic Garden’s annual holiday lights extravaganza – Blossom of Light. Interactive displays, thousands of animated LED lights, holiday treats, warm drinks and a souvenir mug…need we say more?
Dec. 8-10, 2017
Vail Snowdays is the signature kickoff bash welcoming in the 2017-18 ski and snowboard season. Get ready for three days of mountaintop yoga, snowshoeing, S’mores making, and the pièce de résistance, free concerts from Solaris, Greyboy Allstars and Eminence Ensemble. Not to mention, fresh pow and après celebrations.
Breckenridge Ullr Fest
Jan. 10-13, 2018
Dust off your horned Viking hats, it’s time for Ullr Fest. Breckenridge’s tribute to Ullr, the Norse God of Snow, brings more than 12,000 snow enthusiasts to the mountain town for the Ullr Parade, ice skating, and the Ullympics complete with competitions like frying-pan flinging and fat-bike racing.
Jan. 11-14, 2018
Aspen’s annual Wintersköl dates back to 1951 and has found odd ways of celebrating the town’s unique Nordic lifestyle ever since. Play food critic at Soupsköl (a soup cook-off), discover the latest in dog fashion at the canine fashion show or attend the coronation of the 2018 Wintersköl King and Queen. It’s weird and that’s why we love it.
Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships
Jan. 22-29, 2018
What do you call a 12-foot tall, 25-ton block of machine-made Colorado snow? Art. Every year, snow artists from around the world bust out tools ranging from chainsaws to cheese graters to transform blocks of snow into one-of-a-kind masterpieces, turning downtown Breckenridge into an outdoor sculpture gallery. Talk about cool.