Holiday Events at The Estes Park Center
September 02, 2022
Enjoy festive activities and events throughout the holiday season in the Rocky Mountains.
Make YMCA of the Rockies – Estes Park Center part of your Rocky Mountain holiday celebration! The Holiday Magic in the Mountains event from November 26 - January 1, offers fun activities including festive Santa visits, cookie decorating, the drive-through Christmas Village, making gingerbread houses, ice skating on the frozen pond and much more! There is plenty of fun for all ages to experience as we soak in the season! For more information about activities, call 970-586-3341 x1104.
Book Your December Getaway Soon! Reservations go fast, so plan early by making a reservation online or calling our reservation department at 888- 613- 9622.
Christmas Village at the Estes Park Center
Visit with Santa at the Museum
Be sure to bring your wish list for a special visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the beautifully-decorated Lula Dorsey Museum. Don't forget your camera to take special photos of your visit with Santa! Santa will be stopping by the YMCA the following dates:
November 26, 6pm - 8pm
December 2, 6pm - 8pm
December 3, 6pm - 8pm
December 16, 6pm - 8pm
December 17, 6pm - 8pm
December 22, 6pm - 8pm
December 23, 6pm - 8pm
Drive-Through Christmas Village
Take an evening tour of our decorated cabins from the warmth of your own car. The Flower Circle area of YMCA of the Rockies is adorned with hundreds of festive lights for a fun drive-through experience. Put your favorite holiday music on the car radio, and enjoy the drive! See a map for additional directions.
Pick up a holiday cookie decorating kit from Sweet Memorial and take it back to your cabin or lodge room for sugary fun. The cookie kit has a small fee and includes, cookies, icining, sprinkles and plastic knives.
Visit the elves at Santa’s workshop at the Mootz Family Craft and Design Center! They will help you make gifts for all members of your family including jewelry, ceramics, wood crafts, mosaics and more! Choose from a variety of fun holiday-themed ornaments that can be personalized to remember your holiday getaway or create a special gift ornament for a loved-one. Cost varies.
Gingerbread House Contest
Pick up a festive and unique gingerbread house kit from the Sweet Memorial Building for a small fee. Create at Sweet Memorial or take back to your cabin or lodge room to decorate. Once your masterpiece is created, enter it into our Gingerbread House Village contest for the chance to win a $50 activity gift certificate!
Create your own winter wonderland and learn how to create an ornate paper snowflake with the help of one of our trained snowflake experts! Learn how to make this traditional holiday decoration at the Sweet Memorial Program Building.
Holiday Celebration at the Museum and Storytime Around the Campfire
Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas tradition of music, story time, carols, and hot chocolate and cookies at the Lula W. Dorsey Museum. Listen to Christmas music, warm up with hot chocolate and cookies, and head to the campfire behind the museum for holiday story time with the YMCA librarian.. Return to the museum for carol singing in the museum's main lodge room.
Christmas Eve Special Events - December 24
Santa Visits & Present Delivery
Christmas Eve, December 24
If you are staying in lodging at YMCA of the Rockies, pre-arrange for Santa to personally deliver your presents to your door on Christmas Eve. This is a long-standing and guest favorite YMCA of the Rockies holiday tradition! Call 970-586-3341 x1104 for more information. Advanced reservations required.
Christmas Eve Chapel Services
Join us for traditional Christmas Eve Chapel Services at either 5pm or 11pm in Hyde Chapel.
New Year's Eve Celebrations
New Year's Eve Family Dance
Get ready to twist and shout into the new year as we host the annual New Year’s Eve Family Dance on December 31st, 2022 at the Estes Park Center in the Longhouse Building. Dance to live music from a DJ, enjoy NYE crafts, a ball drop (10pm MT) and we’ll have snacks and drinks for everyone!
Drive-Through Lighted Village
Take an evening tour of our decorated cabins from the warmth of your own car. The Flower Circle area of YMCA of the Rockies is adorned with hundreds of festive lights for a fun drive-through experience. Put your favorite holiday music on the car radio, and enjoy the drive!
Additional Activities Throughout the Holidays
Enjoy additional activities through the holiday season including, guided snowshoe hikes, ice skating on frozen Dorsey Pond, sledding, nature programs, indoor climbing, s’mores around the campfire, roller skating and much more! When you are in the Town of Estes Park, take a drive through the self-led Yuletide Lights driving tour, showcasing festive, decorated homes in Estes Park starting early December. (map coming soon!) *Sledding, ice skating and snowshoeing are weather/snow dependant.