How to Have a Very Merry Durango Christmas


Are you searching for that perfect Christmas destination? One that provides family-friendly fun, beautiful frosty weather, and plenty of Christmas cheer? Then look to Durango, CO, for your winter vacation. Every year, our beautiful town turns into a winter wonderland with glittering white snow, beautiful decorations, and enough fun events to keep the kids busy until Santa comes. While plenty of visitors come to Durango for the great snow sports, be sure to take some time to attend one of these great Durango Christmas events!

Are you looking for more fun Durango Christmas festivals? Download our free Vacation Guide! We’ve listed our favorite annual events, including some that take place during the holiday season. You’ll also find local recommendations for restaurants, museums, and art galleries. Ditch the bulky and outdated travel books and use our easy-to-read Vacation Guide!

Start Planning Your Durango Christmas

Take a look at these fantastic Durango Christmas events!

Singing with Santa

Welcome the start of the holiday season with Singing with Santa, an annual event which takes place the day after Thanksgiving. Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and march on Main Avenue while singing Christmas carols at this fun meet-up. At the end of the walk, you’ll help light the Community Christmas Tree at Buckley Park and enjoy some free hot chocolate and cookies. Make sure to bring your camera to get a photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus! The festivities begin at 5:45 p.m., so make sure your vocal cords are warmed up and you’re ready to sing.

The Polar Express

Your kids are not going to want to miss riding on The Polar Express in Durango! Every year, one of the trains from the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum is transformed into the famous train from the award-winning book by Chris van Allsburg. During the 1 ½ hour train ride, you’ll be treated to a reading of The Polar Express while sipping on hot chocolate. When you approach the North Pole, you’ll be greeted by the Big Man himself: Santa Claus! Book your tickets for this great event quickly as it tends to sell out every year.

Holiday Arts and Craft Fair

The first day of December brings the annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair at LaPlata County Fairgrounds. There’s no better place to grab a unique gift for your loved ones. The fair runs from December 1 through 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Make sure to arrive early so you have plenty of time to browse through the incredible local artists and craftsmen. Before you know it, you’ll have found gifts for everyone on your list.

Noel Night

Are you hoping to fit in some more shopping after the Arts and Crafts Fair? Then make sure to attend Noel Night! Also taking place on December 1, this annual event features shopping specials all day long. Local independent businesses offer amazing sales on local products in an effort to encourage everyone to shop local!

Stay with Durango Colorado Vacations

No matter how to decide to celebrate your Durango Christmas, make sure you’re staying in a beautiful home from Durango Colorado Vacations! Our wide selection of rentals means you will be able to find the perfect home for your family trip. Whether you’re having a Thanksgiving celebration with extended family or a quiet December getaway to relax before the crazy holiday season, Durango is the perfect destination. Check our rentals and book today!