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Incredible Estes Park Events and Festivals

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Free entrance day to Rocky Mountain National Park - January 21, 2013

Rocky Mountain Nature Association Field Seminars

January 19, 2013 - October 19, 2013

The Rocky Mountain Nature Association's Field Seminars Program is committed to educating the public through the talents of excellent instructors, all highly qualified in their fields of expertise. Most seminars include field trips to experience the park in an atmosphere of personal instruction. Indoor lectures complement field trips, and most seminars require hiking. Some include an element of rigor due to high altitude and variable weather. Participants must be in good health and equipped for sudden weather changes.

All field classes can be customized for groups or families and children's classes are also available

For detailed information go to: http://www.rmna.org/

Winter Trails

January 19, 2013 10am-2pm

Event Description: Winter Trails Day is a free snowshoe festival with hundreds of demo snowshoes for adults and children; advice from snowshoe experts demos snowshoes to try out and outdoor gear displays. Bring food and water. Note: Beginning at 2:00 PM, the available quantity of demo equipment will be restricted; so be sure to arrive early enough so that you can demo each and every model! Please bring your driver's license to registration. For more information go to: www.WinterTrails.org

4rd Annual Winter Festival

Friday night January 18 - Monday January 21, 2013*
Fairgrounds at Stanley Park:
Friday night kick off party - Fairgrounds at Stanley Park. Heated, permanent building. Irish barn dance, Ceilidh (Kaylee): An informal social gathering at which there is Scottish & Irish folk music, singing and folk dancing and story telling. Celidh dances tend to be a partner dance or group dance with a caller who shouts out the moves, which make the Ceilidh suited for novices in an audience. It's a relaxed opportunity to meet and dance with a lot of people, friends old and new. Because the dances are so energetic, it is quite usual to pause for a chat and a drink between dances, or you can choose to just watch the other dancers whilst you are soaking the up the energy-charged atmosphere. Outdoor bonfire. ~Free cocoa and smores. Beer and wine for sale.

Sat. & Sun: Just a sampling of the activities planned for the weekend are:
Ice-skating rink - downtown across from Bond Park
Interactive ice sculptures
Chili and Mac & Cheese cook-off - all you can eat
Wine/beer tasting
Live music with headliner Coyote Grace
Observatory tours
Downtown scavenger hunt
Pony rides
Horse & carriage rides
Private photo tours
Spa promotions
Horseback riding
Toboggan run - large enough for all ages
Life sized Snow globe you can get in
Jalepeno eating contest

"Stay Monday" specials:
Scavenger hunt
Horseback riding
Wine & beer tastings
Art gallery walk
Restaurant, Retail & Spa specials
Bowling
Snow shoeing
X country skiing
Hiking
Movie theatre
Tours and MORE!
*Daily activities vary, please see event schedule on website for complete details

Take advantage of our "Winter Special" to come and stay at Valhalla and join the festival fun!!

Rocky Mountain National Park Ranger led activities

Summer is not the only great time to visit the National Park. A variety of winter activities are held in RMNP. Experience a full moon walk or snowshoe activities. Skins and Skulls - Come to Fall River Visitor Center to safely feel skins and skulls while learning about park wildlife. 20-30 minute talk Saturday 11am, Sunday 2pm

Snowshoe Ecology Walk - Take a beginner level snowshoe tour with a ranger and explore the natural world of a subalpine forest. No previous experience needed. January 1 - March 24 2 hours by reservation - Saturday, Sunday and Mondays 12:30pm

Full moon Walk - 1 to 1.5 hour walks. January 26, February 25, and March 28. Explore the park by the light of the full moon. Times and locations will vary each month.

Follow the link to the National Park site for complete dates and event descriptions. For reservations call (970) 586-1223 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily

Rocky Mountain Nature Association Field Seminars

January 28, 2012 - October 27, 2012

The Rocky Mountain Nature Association's Field Seminars Program is committed to educating the public through the talents of excellent instructors, all highly qualified in their fields of expertise. Most seminars include field trips to experience the park in an atmosphere of personal instruction. Indoor lectures complement field trips, and most seminars require hiking. Some include an element of rigor due to high altitude and variable weather. Participants must be in good health and equipped for sudden weather changes.

All field classes can be customized for groups or families and children's classes are also available

For detailed information go to: http://www.rmna.org/

Rocky Mountain National Park Ranger led activities

Summer is not the only great time to visit the National Park. A variety of winter activities are held in RMNP. Experience a full moon walk or snowshoe activities. Skins and Skulls - Come to Fall River Visitor Center to safely feel skins and skulls while learning about park wildlife. 20-30 minute talk Saturday 11am, Sunday 2pm

Snowshoe Ecology Walk - Take a beginner level snowshoe tour with a ranger and explore the natural world of a subalpine forest. No previous experience needed. January 1 - March 24 2 hours by reservation - Saturday, Sunday and Mondays 12:30pm

Full moon Walk - 1 to 1.5 hour walks. January 26, February 25, and March 28. Explore the park by the light of the full moon. Times and locations will vary each month.

Follow the link to the National Park site for complete dates and event descriptions. For reservations call (970) 586-1223 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily

Rails in the Rockies

February 16 - 18, 2013

Clanging bells, tooting whistles, and blaring horns will fill the Estes Park Conference Center on Feb. 16 and 17, 2013 as trains from the steam age to the present time roar along tracks of model railroad layouts at the 16th annual "Rails in the Rockies" exhibit.

Organized by the Estes Valley Model Railroaders, these working exhibits include models of trains from many regions of the United States and select models of British railroads. They have been crafted in detail by dedicated model railroaders from all over Colorado. Children will enjoy the "Kids Layout" where they can actually operate model trains themselves.

Exhibit hours for the show are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. Admission is $5 per person, although children under 12 get in free with an adult. The Estes Valley Model Railroaders website offers the most up to date information about information about Rails in the Rockies.

Rocky Mountain Nature Association Field Seminars

January 19, 2013 - October 19, 2013

The Rocky Mountain Nature Association's Field Seminars Program is committed to educating the public through the talents of excellent instructors, all highly qualified in their fields of expertise. Most seminars include field trips to experience the park in an atmosphere of personal instruction. Indoor lectures complement field trips, and most seminars require hiking. Some include an element of rigor due to high altitude and variable weather. Participants must be in good health and equipped for sudden weather changes.

All field classes can be customized for groups or families and children's classes are also available

For detailed information go to: http://www.rmna.org/

Rocky Mountain National Park Ranger led activities

Summer is not the only great time to visit the National Park. A variety of winter activities are held in RMNP. Experience a full moon walk or snowshoe activities. Skins and Skulls - Come to Fall River Visitor Center to safely feel skins and skulls while learning about park wildlife. 20-30 minute talk Saturday 11am, Sunday 2pm

Snowshoe Ecology Walk - Take a beginner level snowshoe tour with a ranger and explore the natural world of a subalpine forest. No previous experience needed. January 1 - March 24 2 hours by reservation - Saturday, Sunday and Mondays 12:30pm

Full moon Walk - 1 to 1.5 hour walks. January 26, February 25, and March 28. Explore the park by the light of the full moon. Times and locations will vary each month.

Follow the link to the National Park site for complete dates and event descriptions. For reservations call (970) 586-1223 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily

Rocky Mountain Nature Association Field Seminars

January 19, 2013 - October 19, 2013

The Rocky Mountain Nature Association's Field Seminars Program is committed to educating the public through the talents of excellent instructors, all highly qualified in their fields of expertise. Most seminars include field trips to experience the park in an atmosphere of personal instruction. Indoor lectures complement field trips, and most seminars require hiking. Some include an element of rigor due to high altitude and variable weather. Participants must be in good health and equipped for sudden weather changes.

All field classes can be customized for groups or families and children's classes are also available

For detailed information go to: http://www.rmna.org/

Taste of Estes

April 25, 2013 from 5:30 - 8:00pm Cost - $20.00

Held in the Estes Park Conference Center. The Taste of Estes is a showcase of Estes Park's finest restaurants highlighting their menu. Diners are encouraged to buy your tickets in advance to avoid being disappointed, as it frequently is sold out at the door. Money raised is used for Quota Clubs various youth, adult and senior community projects.

Rocky Mountain Nature Association Field Seminars

January 19, 2013 - October 19, 2013

The Rocky Mountain Nature Association's Field Seminars Program is committed to educating the public through the talents of excellent instructors, all highly qualified in their fields of expertise. Most seminars include field trips to experience the park in an atmosphere of personal instruction. Indoor lectures complement field trips, and most seminars require hiking. Some include an element of rigor due to high altitude and variable weather. Participants must be in good health and equipped for sudden weather changes.

All field classes can be customized for groups or families and children's classes are also available

For detailed information go to: http://www.rmna.org/

24th Annual Estes Park Duck Race

May 4, 2013

Event Location Name: Begins at Nicky's Resort on Fall River
Event Location Street Address: Ends at Riverside Plaza in downtown Estes Park
Event Beginning time(s): 11 am
Event Ending time(s): Until the last duck crosses the finish line
Event Description: Sponsored by the Estes Park Rotary Club, the Duck Race raises money for 62 charities and non-profit organizations in the Estes Valley.
Ticket Price: $20
Tickets: Purchase Duck Race tickets from Rotary Club members, participating non-profit organizations or at the Estes Park Visitors Center.
Event Contact Phone#: 970-586-9519

Jazz Fest and Art Walk

May 18 - 19, 2013
The mid-May Estes Park Jazz Fest event is one of the highlights of the spring season - a kind of musical kickoff for the busy summer. It's deliberately planned to be the same weekend as Art Walk, so you can visit galleries, listen to some of the best musical talent in the region, have lunch, visit more galleries, and hear more music. Stop by just to listen briefly while you're out on the Art Walk, or bring your own blanket or lawn chairs and camp out for the afternoon to listen to the music. ArtWalk 10am - 5pm JazzFest 12pm - 5pm

Art Market

May 26 - 28, 2012
From Saturday through Monday, May 26 to May 28, check out Bond Park in the center of downtown. More than 90 local, statewide, and national artisans showcase their talents in an annual, juried Art Market. Don't miss the Gallery Row that features work from local art galleries. Live music and food are available throughout the weekend.

Art Market hours are Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 6 pm; Monday 9 am to 3 pm.

Estes Park Western Art & Antiques Show

May 25 - 27, 2013 Fairgrounds at Stanley Park Barn W
Another traditional event that kicks off the summer season in Estes Park. More than 50 vendor booths filled with an array of hidden treasures: jewelry, rare glass, books, fine antique furniture, Western art and collectibles.
Show hours are 10 am to 5 pm on Sat & Sun. 10am - 3pm on Monday.
Admission is $2.00, 12 and under Free.

Rocky Mountain Nature Association Field Seminars

January 19, 2013 - October 19, 2013

The Rocky Mountain Nature Association's Field Seminars Program is committed to educating the public through the talents of excellent instructors, all highly qualified in their fields of expertise. Most seminars include field trips to experience the park in an atmosphere of personal instruction. Indoor lectures complement field trips, and most seminars require hiking. Some include an element of rigor due to high altitude and variable weather. Participants must be in good health and equipped for sudden weather changes.

All field classes can be customized for groups or families and children's classes are also available

For detailed information go to: http://www.rmna.org/

Concerts at Performance Park

Free live summer outdoor performance series. 970-577-9900 www.estesarts.com

Fishing Derby

June 1, 2013

Event location: Lake Estes Marina
Event Location Street Address: 1770 Big Thompson Ave.
Event Beginning time(s): Registration at 6:30 am; event begins at 8 am
Event Description: The 27th Annual Fishing Derby is held at Lake Estes, which is stocked with trout, mostly rainbows, from the Colorado Division of Wildlife (CDOW) the day prior to the event.

The Fishing Derby is for all fishermen ages. There will be a contest for "largest fish" in four age groups - for one male and one female - with prizes donated by Estes Park merchants. Categories are: ages 9 and under; 10-15 years; 16-59, and 60 and over. A grand prize will be awarded for the biggest catch overall.
Ticket Price: Registration is $4 per person on the day of the event. Pre-registration is $3.
More Info: annie@evrpd.com

Barrel Racing

June 1 - 2, 2013
Event Location Name: Fairgrounds at Stanley Park
Event Location address: 1209 Manford Ave.
Event beginning time: 10am
Event description: Competitive barrel racing
Ticket price: FREE
More info: 970-586-6104

Wool Market

June 8 - 10, 2013
9-5 Saturday, 9-4 Sunday
Fairgrounds at Stanley Park
FREE

Estes Park is home to one of the largest all-natural fiber markets in North America. Wool Market features demonstrations, contests, a children's tent, exhibits and the sale of fiber animals and products from their wool. Now in its 23rd year, the market draws more than 10,000 spectators during the two-day mid-June event.

Watch as an announcer provides play-by-play explanations of the many herding techniques by sheep herding canines used by these animals and their handlers. In the Children's Tent, visitors - young and old alike - participate in rope weaving, spinning and loom weaving.

Demonstrations during the weekend include shearing, fiber preparation, spinning and weaving. You can even learn how to pack a llama for hiking or hunting. Sheep, llama, alpaca, and Cashmere & Angora goat competitions and fleece contests are held throughout the weekend. For the shoppers, more than 50 booths are filled with fleeces, raw fibers, novelty knitting and crocheting yarns, as well as finished coats, scarves, hats, shawls, and fiber processing equipment.

Detailed schedule information about the market, including associated workshops, is available through the Estes Park

Call 970-577-900 or 1800-443-7837

Cowboy Mounted Shooting Show

June 15 - 17, 2013
FREE

Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, beginning at 9 am to when day's events have been completed. Horse mounted men & women sharp shooters, shoot at targets.

Scandinavian Midsummer Festical

June 22 - 23, 2013
Bond Park - downtown Estes Park
Saturday - 9:30 - 5:00 pm, Sunday - 9:30 - 4:00 pm
FREE

Scandinavian Midsummer FestivalScandinavians celebrate the summer solstice, the longest sunlight day of the year with a festival of light, flowers, food and music. Estes Park, Colorado plays host to the largest Scandinavian Midsummer Festival in Colorado.

Festivities begin on Saturday morning in downtown Bond Park with the raising of the Maypole followed by a colorful opening ceremony that includes a processional of the national flags, and a parade of costumes. The day continues with non-stop entertainment provided by a variety of folk dance groups and Scandinavian musicians.

There are many opportunities for audience participation, when the young and the young-at-heart can kick up their heels and join in the dancing. The park is filled with booths offering Scandinavian food and crafts of all kinds. All daytime activities of the festival are free and open to the public.

This is a wonderful family event, with something to interest every age. Entertainment runs continually throughout the day, with dancing by various folk dance groups, and live Scandinavian music performances. There is always a chance to join in and dance along. There are also plenty of food and craft booths to interest and entice.

Rocky Mountain Nature Association Field Seminars

January 19, 2013 - October 19, 2013

The Rocky Mountain Nature Association's Field Seminars Program is committed to educating the public through the talents of excellent instructors, all highly qualified in their fields of expertise. Most seminars include field trips to experience the park in an atmosphere of personal instruction. Indoor lectures complement field trips, and most seminars require hiking. Some include an element of rigor due to high altitude and variable weather. Participants must be in good health and equipped for sudden weather changes.

All field classes can be customized for groups or families and children's classes are also available

For detailed information go to: http://www.rmna.org/

July 4 Celebration 2013

Celebrating the Fourth of July in Estes Park means more than spectacular light flashes and the sound of fireworks reverberating from the peaks surrounding this mountain village, although that culmination of events here is known throughout the state as one of the best fireworks displays anywhere.

Coolest Car Show
See vintage vehicles dating back to the 1920's
Downtown Estes Park 10 am - 3 pm. $5.00/ adults, $2.00/ students, no more than $10.00/family

Fireworks over Lake Estes
Fireworks begin at 9:30 pm. Bring a blanket or a chair and find yourself a spot anywhere around Lake Estes.

Rooftop Rodeo

July 9 - 14, 2013

There's non-stop, rip-roaring' cowboy action in store for rodeo fans July 10 through 15 at Estes Park's annual Rooftop Rodeo, a PRCA sanctioned event and one that has been recognized as the best small rodeo in the nation along with being named the top medium-sized rodeo in the Midwest. Nightly professional rodeo performances combine with Mutton Bustin' competition for the kids, a parade through downtown Estes Park and dance during the annual affair.

The 10:30 a.m. Parade on Tuesday, July 9th kicks off the six-day event when entries make their way from the west end of town on Elkhorn Avenue (Estes Park's main street) to Fourth St. on their way to the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, adjacent to Lake Estes at U.S. Highway 36 and Community Drive.

The parade traditionally features hundreds of horses, marching units, hitches, cowboys and cowgirls, floats, and antique cars.

Gates to midway fun open at 5:30 pm. That's a family time with face painting, Western music, a mechanical bull and more.

Rodeo events begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening following the 7 pm. pre-show entertainment at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park. Both general admission and box seat tickets are available for each rodeo performance.

General admission seats are not reserved and prices are $17 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-11. Box seat tickets are $25 for all ages when purchased for one night. Reduced rates for seniors, active military and groups are available.

The Estes Park Events department has more information about the Rooftop Rodeo and extensive details about tickets, schedules and special features are offered by the Rodeo's organizing committee.

Rocky Mountain Nature Association Field Seminars

January 19, 2013 - October 19, 2013

The Rocky Mountain Nature Association's Field Seminars Program is committed to educating the public through the talents of excellent instructors, all highly qualified in their fields of expertise. Most seminars include field trips to experience the park in an atmosphere of personal instruction. Indoor lectures complement field trips, and most seminars require hiking. Some include an element of rigor due to high altitude and variable weather. Participants must be in good health and equipped for sudden weather changes.

All field classes can be customized for groups or families and children's classes are also available

For detailed information go to: http://www.rmna.org/

Concerts at Performance Park

Free live summer outdoor performance series. 970-577-9900 www.estesarts.com

Hunter Jumper Festival III

Fairgrounds at Stanley Park - FREE
9 am - until competition for the day has ended, call 970-586-6104.

Heritage Festival

August 17 & 18, 2013
Bond Park - downtown Estes Park
9am
FREE

Heritage FestivalTake a step back into time and explore the history of Estes Park at the Heritage Festival. It's a perfect opportunity for the entire family to learn about the strong pioneer mountain men and women who had the vision and determination to create a retreat for future generations.

Experience a ranch wagon ride from the area's historic MacGregor Ranch or a Stanley Steamer ride. Children will have fun donning leather gloves before experiencing how log homes were built generations ago and all will enjoy watching live demonstrations of quilting and wood carving.

Now in its sixth year, Estes Park's Heritage Festival is a community-wide effort designed to re-create the founding history of the town with a two-day event in Bond Park in the center of downtown. The park itself is filled with history as it was home to the original log building that housed the Estes Park Library until the early 1990s.

John Denver Tribute Concert

August 31, 2013
Fairgrounds at Stanley Park
Gates open @ 4 pm Concert begins at 6:30 pm
$20.00 - General admission
$35.00 Adults - Box seats

Now and then an outstanding musician puts into lyric and song the wholesome spirit of America capturing the heart of the country. Singer/songwriter John Denver was, without a doubt, one of these extraordinary artists.

The John Denver Tribute Concert in Estes Park draws hundreds of people who come to be a part of the Rocky Mountain High this mountain village offers. Local musician, Brad Fitch and his wife Kathy are the featured performers for this popular event. www.estesparklionsclub.org

Labor Day Arts & Crafts Sale

August 31 - September 2, 2013

More than 100 booths feature a variety of hand-crafted goods during the Labor Day Arts & Crafts Show, a traditional Labor Day weekend event in Bond Park. The show on August 31, September 1st & 2nd includes paintings and drawings, jewelry, metal work, clothing and tapestry bags, gourmet pantry items, home decor, wood carvings, doll clothes and toys, pottery, glass and more.

It's a weekend that promises a fun day of unique shopping in Bond Park and throughout the core downtown area.

The Labor Day craft show, sponsored by the Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary Club is open on:
Saturday and Sunday, August 31 - Sept. 1st from 9 am to 5 pm.
Monday, Sept. 2nd from 9 am to 3 pm.

Rocky Mountain Nature Association Field Seminars

January 19, 2013 - October 19, 2013

The Rocky Mountain Nature Association's Field Seminars Program is committed to educating the public through the talents of excellent instructors, all highly qualified in their fields of expertise. Most seminars include field trips to experience the park in an atmosphere of personal instruction. Indoor lectures complement field trips, and most seminars require hiking. Some include an element of rigor due to high altitude and variable weather. Participants must be in good health and equipped for sudden weather changes.

All field classes can be customized for groups or families and children's classes are also available

For detailed information go to: http://www.rmna.org/

Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival

September 5 - 8, 2013
Stanley Park 9am - 5 pm
$20.00 advance tickets
$25.00 at the gate

For more than three decades, Estes Park has been the backdrop for one of the nation's largest gatherings for those of Scottish heritage, those interested in Scottish heritage, those who like the sound of Scottish brogues, those who enjoy a Scottish malt beverage, those who enjoy the rhythmic sound of Scottish footsteps on a dance floor and more.

Held annually the weekend after Labor Day, Estes Park's Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival is the largest gathering of its kind between the Mississippi River and California, and traditionally hosts bands from Great Britain, Scotland, Canada and, of course, the United States.

One of the weekend highlights is the hour-long parade on Elkhorn Avenue, Estes Park's main street. Bagpipes, drummers, dancers, clans in tartan, Dogs of the British Isles, brass military bands and precision drill teams give a preview of what can be seen on the festival field. info@scotfest.com

Fine Arts & Fine Crafts Show

September 14 - 15, 2013

Event location: Bond Park
Event Location Street Address: In the heart of Downtown Estes Park
Event Beginning time(s): 9am
Event Description: Typically, more than 200 artisans apply for this juried show that features jewelry, metal sculpture, paintings, wood sculpture, textile arts and more.
Ticket Price: Free
Event Contact: 970-577-9900 or 1800-443-7837

Autumn Gold - A Festival of Bands, Brats, & Beer

September 21 - 22, 2013
Bond Park - downtown Estes Park
FREE admission
Saturday: 10 am - 7 pm Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm.

Aspens turn to a golden hue. The sounds of elk bugles reverberate throughout the air. It's a perfect season for one of Estes Park's late-autumn traditions when a series of bands herald 20th Autumn Gold Festival - a Festival of Bands, Brats & Beer.

Cold beer, soft drinks, hot cider, bratwursts and hot dogs and all the accompaniments are served throughout both days beginning at 10 am. Enjoy live music from local and front range bands. Highlight of the festival is the popular raffle with a grand prize of $5,000. $25 Raffle tickets available at festival. www.estessunriserotary.org

Elk Fest

September 28 - 29, 2013

Each September and October, elk in Estes Park are regaled, imitated, watched and otherwise celebrated during the community's annual Elk Fest, timed to coincide with the elk rut - and the natural sight and sound spectacle created during the big game's mating season.

Elk Fest visitors can view elk during the rutting season in the wild on guided tours, as well as learn more about elk, their habitats and how to observe them in the wild.

There are bugling competitions (elk bugling is characterized by deep, resonant tones that rise rapidly to a high-pitched squeal before dropping to a series of grunts), a Mountain Man Rendezvous, Native American storytelling and music, archery contests, and more.

For more information call: 970-586-6104

Rocky Mountain Nature Association Field Seminars

January 19, 2013 - October 19, 2013

The Rocky Mountain Nature Association's Field Seminars Program is committed to educating the public through the talents of excellent instructors, all highly qualified in their fields of expertise. Most seminars include field trips to experience the park in an atmosphere of personal instruction. Indoor lectures complement field trips, and most seminars require hiking. Some include an element of rigor due to high altitude and variable weather. Participants must be in good health and equipped for sudden weather changes.

All field classes can be customized for groups or families and children's classes are also available

For detailed information go to: http://www.rmna.org/

     Estes Park Firework Display

      November 24, 2012 at 8:30 pm over Lake Estes.

     Since we couldn't do our fireworks this July due to extreme dry conditions, and ongoing fires, the Town      decided to have them the weekend after Thanksgiving!

Catch the Glow Holiday Parade/Celebration

November 23, 2012

As dusk falls, the magic happens! Bands come down the street playing favorite Christmas songs with tiny white twinkly lights reflecting in the bright polished brash. Dancers sway to music. Floats loom from the night, huge and ethereal, with more and more lights that add to the mysteries and magic of Christmas legends and solstice dreams.

The annual "Catch the Glow" parade caps a day of full activity in downtown Estes Park, held each year the day after Thanksgiving. With holiday music broadcast outdoors throughout the town helping set the scene, visitors can interact with strolling animal characters, enjoy free hayrides and visit with Santa Claus throughout the day.

Daytime activities begin at noon; parade begins at 5:30 pm.

All activities are free.

It's just the beginning of a full month of special events in this mountain village. Among the many activities: the Holiday House Christmas Bazaar, Quota Club Home Tour, a Holiday Art Walk, and musical concerts sure to please. www.estesnet.com/Events/holidayevents

Holiday House Christmas Bazaar

November 24, 2012

Event location: Estes Park Conference Center
Event Location Street Address: 201 S St Vrain Ave
Event Beginning time(s): 9am - 3pm
Event Description: The Estes Park Medical Center's annual fundraising event offers handmade gifts, knitted wear, decorations and baked goods. Business and private people donate other items. The bazaar sells out quickly so go early.
Ticket Price: $1 at the door
Event Contact: 970-586-7205

Quota Club Home Tour

December 1, 2012

Event location: Throughout Estes Park
Event Beginning time(s): 11am - 4pm
Event Description: A showcase of unique mountain homes all decked out in holiday finery. Tickets with maps available at the Estes Park Visitor Center, 500 Big Thompson Ave.
Ticket Price: $12 in advance; $15 on the day of the tour
Event Contact: 970-586-5800

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