1. Take a hike
With the appropriate hiking gear, winter can be a wonderful time to experience many of the 155 miles of trails Boulder offers. Three hikes to check out during the colder months include the Flagstaff Summit, Sawhill Ponds and the Enchanted Mesa / Kohler Mesa Loops. Learn more.
2. Go on a virtual reality lights tour
Explore holiday lights both real and virtual throughout downtown! Check out twinkling lights near the library and take a self-guided, augmented reality (AR) tour throughout the district. Meet a snowman, polar bears, narwhal and more as you scan QR codes and journey around the East End, Pearl Street Mall, West End to the Civic Area and library. Take selfies and use Instagram filters as you follow this winter wonderland trail! Learn more
3. Shop ‘til you drop
Shop locally for gifts this year. Holiday events and unique gift offerings can be found throughout the city. Learn more.
4. Dine under the Boulder Star
Boulder is known for being one of the best foodie towns in the nation and you can help support our cafes, coffee shops and eateries by dining in or ordering takeout or delivery. Bundle up to enjoy the crisp air and views while eating outdoors at the many local restaurants with outdoor seating. Learn more.
5. Tour your neighborhood
Grab a thermos of hot cocoa and head out for a stroll to check out your neighborhood’s holiday decorations.
6. Visit a new park
Did you know the city manages about 70 parks? Explore new parts of the city by checking out a park or playground you haven’t been to before. Learn more.
Give back to your community this winter. Visit the city’s Volunteer Cooperative, Count Me In, to find an outdoor volunteer opportunity that is right for you. Learn more.
Looking for holiday events in particular? Check out our 2022 Holidays Events Roundup.