Through Feb 2015: Ice Skating Rink open on the corner of Elkhorn Avenue and Riverside Drive. Fridays 5-7 pm, Saturdays 11 am to 7 pm, and Sundays 11 am to 4 pm, with additional hours during the Christmas holidays.
Weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday throughout the winter - Sip & Paint. Learn to paint a masterpiece while enjoying delicious drinks. Murphy's Resort. Call for info, 970-480-2955. Mondays & Wednesdays at 6 pm, Fridays & Saturdays at 7 pm
Weekly on Tuesdays through April 2015: Free 5K Group Run. Starts at The Stanley Hotel. Warm-up at 5:30 pm, 6 pm
Weekly on Saturdays Dec 20 through March 21, 2015: Animals in Winter Ranger-led program. Meets at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. 10:30 am
Weekly on Sundays Dec 21 through March 15, 2015: Wild in Winter Ranger-led program. Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. 10 - 11 am
Weekly on Fridays through the holidays: Festive Fridays - celebration of the holidays with chair massages, specials and holiday treats. Maps available at Riverspointe Spa.
Monthly on the 2nd Thursday through March, 2015: Museum Game Night at Estes Park Museum. 6 - 8 pm
Dec 19: Mountain Town Rockers Christmas Party - special guests The Almost Dead and Amplified Souls. Marys Lake Lodge. 6 pm
Dec 19-20: Last Minute Holiday Shop-a-Thon. Downtown Estes.
Dec 20: Live Painting - Artist Margaret Jensen. Earthwood Collections. 11 am
Dec 20: Foot Reflexology Class. Riverspointe Spa. 4:30 pm
Dec 21: Gingerbread House & Christmas Cookie decorating at the Stanley Hotel. 1 pm
Dec 21: Winter Solstice Party with live music by Jon Pickett & Friends. Rock Inn. 5 pm
Dec 30: New Year's Family Glow Stick Party. Estes Park Aquatic Center. 4-7 pm
Dec 31: New Year's Eve Celebration. American Legion Post 119. Dinner 6-8 pm, Dancing 8-12 pm
Dec 31: New Year's Eve Crystal Ball 2015 - 3 Course Dinner and Ball or Ball only featuring musical entertainment by That Eighties Band. Reservations required. Call 970-577-4111. Stanley Hotel. Dinner 7:30 pm, Ball 9 pm - 1 am
Dec 31: New Year's Eve with the Mountain Town Rockers. American Legion. 8 pm
Dec 31: Live DJ New Year's Eve Bash. Lonigans. 9 pm
Dec 31: Bluegrass New Year's Eve with James & The Devil. Rock Inn. 9:30 pm
Jan 4: Ranger-led Full Moon Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. Reservations required. Call 970-586-1223
Jan 16: Avalanche Awareness & Outdoor Safety in Wintertime. Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy. For more information and to reserve go to www.RMConservancy.org or call 970-586-3262.
Jan 24, Feb 7 & 14: Winter Ecology, a Snowshoeing Trek for Kids & Families. Seminar given by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy. For more information and to reserve go to www.RMConservancy.org or call 970-586-3262.
Live Music around town at Rock Inn, Nicky's Restaurant, Lonigans, Longz Mountain Grill, Coffee on the Rocks, Estes Park Resort, Twin Owls Steakhouse, Marys Lake Lodge
Dec 19-21: Nuncrackers - The Nunsense Christmas Musical presented by the Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies. Hempel Auditorium at the YMCA of the Rockies. Dec 19 & 20 at 7:30 pm, Dec 21 at 2 pm
Dec 21: Estes Park Music Festival Winter Series concert - Sorcha Barr and Sara Corry on the flute & harp playing Classical & Holiday music. Stanley Hotel. 2 pm
Dec 21: A Spirit of Christmas Benefit Concert featuring Elk Hollow & Brad Fitch. Our Lady of the Mountain Church. 2 pm
Dec 28: Estes Park Music Festival Winter Series concert - Paul Shinn Trio, a jazz concert at the Stanley Hotel. 2 pm
Holiday Art Walk. Galleries throughout Estes Park. Maps available at the Cultural Arts Council. Continues through Jan. 4
Landscape, Still life & Abstract. Art Center of Estes Park. Exhibit continues through Dec. 29
Celebrating the Season. Holiday Art Exhibition & Sale. Continues through Jan. 3
Climb On! History of Rocky Climbing in Estes Park & Rocky Mountain National Park. Estes Park Museum. Exhibit continues through Oct. 4, 2015
In the Park
Bear Necessities - Beaver Meadows Visitor Center 10:30 am Sunday, Tuesday, & Thursday
Amazing Beavers - Beaver Meadows Visitor Center 10:30 am Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
High Country Trails - Alpine Visitor Center (Closed for Winter) - Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday
Ranger Led Programs are offered on weekends & include tundra nature walks, talks about wildlife, childrens programs, elk patrol, and more!
Beaver Meadows Visitor Center - Open daily through winter 8 am - 4:30 pm, closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Stop by to learn more about wildlife, the junior ranger program, recreational opportunities, and more! Free 20 minute park film on the hour and half hour, bookstore, and general Park information. Every Wednesday - Art in the Park. 7:30 pm. Call 970-586-1206 for more specifics.
Fall River Visitor Center - Closed for the Winter. Features general Park information, life-sized wildlife displays, a bookstore, and a discovery room where kids can touch objects and try on dress up clothes. Handicap accessible.
Alpine Visitor Center - Closed for the Winter. Features exhibits on alpine tundra, gift shop & restaurant, and beautiful views!
Moraine Park Discovery Center - Closed for the Winter. Junior Ranger Headquarters will be at this location. Handicap accessible.
Kawuneechee Visitor Center - Open daily for the winter from 8 am - 4:30 pm, closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. 1 mile north of Grand Lake on the Park's west side. Features exhibits on the Colorado River, books, and the 20 minute park film.
Estes Park at Night
For those night owls who don't go to bed when it gets dark, Estes Park has live entertainment galore. Nightlife rocks at local bars, lounges, nightclubs, and pubs.
Live music from jazz, country, rock and blues to easy listening can be found at Nicky's Restaurant, Mary's Lake Lodge, Rock Inn Mountain Tavern, Crags Lodge, Aspen Lodge, Time Out, Estes Park Resort, and Lonigan's Saloon. If you want to be part of the entertainment, open mics, open stage, or karaoke can be found at Wapiti Grill, Ed's Cantina, Mountain Tiki Bar, and Lonigans.
The Wheel Bar specializes in Texas Hold Em, and Twin Owls Steakhouse hosts a magic show.
Every Wednesday - Lonigans hosts an Open Mic. 9 pm
Every Friday & Saturday - Lonigans hosts a Karaoke Night. 9 pm
Every Week - call for current shows and times
Reel Mountain Theatre 970-586-4227
Park Theater 970-586-8904