Christmas & New Year's Eve in Estes Park

Exciting news to start off with ... US 34 Big Thompson Canyon from Loveland to Estes Park will be opened for all motorists from 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 22nd through 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 27th, and from 4 p.m. on Friday, December 30th through 7 p.m. on Monday, January 2nd, 2017!


Holiday Dinners


Now that getting to Estes Park is even easier over the holidays, here is a list of what you can do when you're there!

Christmas Eve:

On December 24th, celebrate Christmas Eve at the Twin Owl's Steakhouse located in the Black Canyon Inn.  From 4 pm to 8 pm.  Reservations are highly recommended at 970-586-9344.

The View Restaurant at the Historic Crags Lodge is offering a special Christmas Eve and Christmas day dinner. They will be opened both days from 5pm - 8pm, serving a 3-course Prefix Menu for $32.00/person and our normal dinner menu both evenings. Please call for reservation at 970-586-1087

Christmas Day:

Brunch at The Stanley Hotel with a traditional Christmas Dinner Buffet served in the MacGregor Ballroom between 11 am and 4 pm.  Reservations are required at 970-577-4001.  Adults - $68/person + tax + gratuity, Kids ages 5-12 - $26/person + tax + gratuity, and kids ages under 5 are free.

Dinner To-Go from the YMCA of the Rockies.  You can pick up a pre-made traditional Christmas dinner (with either pumpkin or pecan pie) for eight people to enjoy in the location of your choosing. It will be available for everyone, whether you are a guest or not.  Reservations are required by December 22nd at 4 pm - contact Chris Sheehan at the YMCA by email -  The dinner for eight people costs $125 plus taxes and gratuities, and you will be able to pick it up between 1 pm and 6 pm on the 25th. Chris will confirm the exact time to pick up at the Aspen Dining Hall near the Reception area.  

New Year's Eve:

December 30th, celebrate the coming New Year with a Glowstick Party at the Estes Park Aquatic Center.  4 pm to 7 pm

New Year's Eve Family Dance at the YMCA of the Rockies. Watch the ball drop at 10:00 pm, enjoy a DJ and indulge in snacks and drinks at the Longhouse.  8:30 pm to 10:30 pm.

Chain Station New Year's Eve Bash at the Rock Inn Mountain Tavern featuring the popular local band starting at 10:00 pm and last until 1:00 am.  No reservations taken, however you can call ahead when you're on your way.  $5 cover charge.  There will be some special New Year's Eve dinner items available as well as the regular menu. 

New Year's Eve Dinner Dance with The Friday Niters Dance Club.  Please go to their website for more information and to reserve. Reservations must be made by Dec. 27th. The Rodeway Inn.  7 pm to 12:30 am

New Year's Eve with Tahosa with a DJ after the band.  Free champagne toast at midnight! Lonigans.  8:30 pm to 12:00 am

New Year's Eve 2016 Crystal Ball - ring in the new year at The Stanley Hotel in the MacGregor Ballroom.  Starts at 9:00 pm and lasts until 1:00 am.  $99/person + tax + gratuity.  The tickets include the Jonny Mogambo Live Band, drink tickets, hors d'oeuvres, a midnight champagne toast, and a souvenir Crystal Ball champagne flute.  All attendees must be 21 or older. Reservations required at (970) 577-4111. Optional dinner option available at Cascade.  Cocktail attire is requested.

Save now on an Annual RMNP Park Pass - Great Holiday Gift

Are you looking for the perfect gift for your loved ones who enjoy visiting Rocky Mountain National Park? Look no further! This is a great way to both give and receive, as the person getting the pass will be able to enjoy the beauty of the park for an entire year, and the park is able to continue to both maintain its current infrastructure and also improve with many new projects.


Big Horn Sheep in RMNP


Now is the time to purchase an annual RMNP pass for yourself or your loved ones, as the price will be increasing from $50 to $60 on Janaury 1, 2017. You can purchase your pass either online (until December 30, 2016) or directly at a park entrance.

For general information about Rocky Mountain National Park, please visit the park’s website at or contact the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206