Holiday Events at The Estes Park Center
August 25, 2021
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! From the new “North Pole Train Experience,” and the drive-through Christmas Village to making gingerbread houses and ice skating on the frozen pond, 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 888- 613- 9622.
Christmas Village at the Estes Park Center
North Pole “Train” Experience
Thursdays-Sundays: November 26-December 26th
Dress in your best holiday pajamas! Start the adventure at the Maude Jellison Library for a story-time reading of the famous children’s book, The Polar Express. Then, climb aboard the Christmas “train” as we travel to the North Pole. Join in for singing carols and view the Christmas lights around the YMCA as the “train” chugs along. After a 15-minute journey, disembark at the Dorsey Museum, where Santa awaits the passengers. Be greeted with hot cocoa and cookies, and Santa will share special time with each of the passengers. While at the museum, explore what life was like in the Rocky Mountains one-hundred years ago. Climb back aboard the Christmas “train” for a return trip back to the Library. This activity is free, but advanced registration is required. Train does not run on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day.
Drive-Through Christmas Village
Offered Daily, between November 18-January 15
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. Stop by the Rustic Café for some hot chocolate, put your favorite holiday music on the car radio, and enjoy the drive! See a map for additional directions.
Santa’s Workshop & Gift Wrapping
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.
Bring in your presents to the gift wrap station! Santa's workshop provides the festive supplies for you to wrap your gifts. $5 per item, extra-large items required additional fee.
Gingerbread House Contest
Pick up a festive and unique gingerbread house kit from the Sweet Memorial Building for $15 to take back to your cabin or lodge room. Once your masterpiece is created, enter it into our Gingerbread House Village contest for the chance to win a $50 activity gift certificate!
Ice Skating at Dorsey Pond
Enjoy a twirl on our picturesque, forested outdoor ice-skating pond! Free skate rentals available for guests of YMCA of the Rockies to check out, available at the Sweet Memorial Program Building. Available as permitted by weather and ice conditions.
Pick up a free holiday cookie decorating kit from the Sweet Memorial Program Building and take it back to your cabin or lodge room for sugary fun.
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
Saturdays, December 11 & December 18, 10am - 11:30am
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 at 10.30am. Return to the museum for carol singing at 11.00am in the museum's main lodge room.
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 x1104 for more information. Advanced reservations required.
New Year's Eve Celebrations
Gear up for this far-out rock-climbing experience! Climb in the dark, lit by black lights and neon stripes, as you find your way up the indoor realistic-rock climbing wall. Limited class occupancy, climbing wall is sanitized between each use.
Create Your Vision Board
Create your goals for 2022 using our supplies in the Sweet Memorial Program Building. A great way to visually set your aspirations personally or as a family for the next year!
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. Stop by the Rustic Café for some hot chocolate, 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 snowshoe rentals, guided hikes, 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.