Downtown holiday events
Information will be added as it is received, so stay tuned!
Shop Local, Win Local
Nov. 10 – Dec. 10
Spend a total of $50 or more at Downtown retail shops between now and Dec. 10, 2023, email your receipts and be entered to win a weekly Downtown gift basket valued at $250 or the Grand Prize, a $1,000 Visa gift card (drawing Dec. 15)! Sponsored by Bank of Colorado. Learn more.
Holiday pop-up shop: Idyll Manor
through Dec. 31
10 E. Pikes Peak Ave.
Downtown Colorado Springs is excited to announce a new Holiday Pop-Up Shop for the 2023 holiday shopping season: Idyll Manor, an elevated European homewares boutique. Idyll Manor “romanticizes the ordinary” by offering elevated European-influenced homewares and other goods like locally sourced coffee, apothecary and beauty items, jewelry and accessories, and vintage goods.
Holiday coupon book pick up
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20-Wednesday, Nov. 22 at the Downtown Partnership offices (111 S. Tejon St., Suite 703) and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25 at Acacia Park
This year’s coupon book is bigger and full of more offers than ever before. As always, this holiday tradition is FREE to you. Get yours before they are gone* and #ShopSmall Downtown this holiday season at your favorite retailers, then stop to enjoy food and beverages from Downtown’s restaurants.
*while supplies last
Small Business Saturday
Join us in Shopping Small this season on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25 (and every day) and check out our 140+ independent shops, galleries, restaurants, bars, breweries, coffee shops and more. We’ll be in Acacia Park from 11 am-1 pm handing out Downtown coupon books, swag bags, stickers and more (while supplies last) and showing our local businesses the love.
Holiday Art & Gift Market
Enjoy shopping and exploring 100% local creations, including pottery, jewelry, textiles, paintings and accessories from 30+ artisan vendors at Cottonwood Center for the Arts. Learn more
A Very Merry Downtown Market
Dec. 2 & Dec. 3
Celebrate the holidays Downtown with local vendors, live Christmas trees, s’mores station, live music, a visit from Santa, hot cocoa, festive adult beverages and more! Located in the Meanwhile Block (Park Union, near Weidner Field). Learn more
Dec. 6, 5-8 pm
Downtown shops are open late with specials and perfect gifts for the holidays. Enjoy festive holiday lights, strolling carolers and musicians, and one-night-only shopping and dining specials.
Plus, Santa himself will be out and about doing a little shopping, listening to wish lists, and posing for photos. Be sure to keep an eye out for the grumpy Grinch gallivanting in and out of shops as well.
Visit the FREE hot chocolate warming station sponsored by Metronet located on Tejon Street across from Acacia Park. Check out their FREE hot chocolate bar, spin-to-win prizes, hand warmers and enter to win Apple dog airtags!
Caroling & Music Downtown
Dec. 9, Noon-4 pm
Enjoy the Dickens Carolers and Christmas Brass while you do your holiday shopping.
Festival of Lights Open House
Dec. 9, 2-6 pm
Join the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum for their annual FREE holiday celebration. On your way to the Festival of Lights parade, stop by the open house at the CSPM Annex (121 S. Tejon St., Suite 100 in the Plaza of the Rockies).
Enjoy musical performances, crafts, face painting, and other family-friendly activities.
Warm up with hot chocolate and cookies from 4:30-6 p.m. Don’t miss this special 35 year old tradition! Full details here.
Athlete meet and greets, artifacts demos & more
Dec. 9, 11 am-4 pm
Immerse yourself in the spirit and excitement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games this holiday season right here in Olympic City USA. Join us from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. for a day filled with festive programming before the downtown Festival of Lights Parade.
We will have athlete meet and greets, guided tours (available for regular admission purchase), artifact demonstrations and sport activations. Guests will also be able to get hold an Olympic torch and get a behind-the-scenes look at the instillation of the Paralympic medals exhibit. Warm up with complimentary hot cocoa at Flame Café and enjoy a host of engaging activities for visitors of all ages. More details here.
Festival of Lights Parade
Dec. 9, 5:50 – 7:00 p.m.
This beloved tradition brings thousands of families Downtown each year featuring beautifully lit holiday displays. Learn more
BONUS: Parking is FREE in these Downtown parking garages all day and night on Saturday, Dec. 9.
• Bijou/Cascade parking garage
215 N. Cascade Ave.
• Nevada/Colorado parking garage
130 S. Nevada Ave.
• Kiowa/Nevada parking garage
127 E. Kiowa St.
Holiday Character Stroll
Dec. 16, 11 am – 1 pm
Finishing up your holiday shopping? You may just bump into Elsa, Anna, Santa or the Grinch!
Meet us at the Acacia Park Playground from 11-11:15 a.m. for photo opps before we start strolling.
Need a warm up? Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m the first 150 people who stop in Solar Roast Coffee on the corner of Tejon and Bijou Streets (at 134 N. Tejon St.) who say “CHEERFUL TING STROLL” get one free medium hot beverage: hot cocoa, drip coffee, eggnog latte or tea! Sponsored by Ting.
The Dickens Carolers will be strolling from 2-4 p.m. to add a holiday soundtrack to your shopping.
Caroling & Music Downtown
Dec. 23, 2-5 pm
Enjoy the Dickens Carolers and Christmas Brass while you do your last minute holiday shopping.
Shop local this Holiday Season
Why it matters
For every dollar spent at a local business, 67 cents stays in our local community. (American Express, 2021) Of that 67 cents, 44 cents go to the owner and employees in the form of wages and benefits, while 23 cents are reinvested in other local businesses. Local businesses tend to use other local vendors for their needs, the money spent there doesn’t just support one local business, but also all the others who provide them with supplies and services. And when the owner and staff live where they work, more of their wages go right back to other local businesses, creating an interconnected support network that keeps communities thriving.
Downtown Gift Card
Perfect for anyone
The easiest gift of the season is a Downtown Gift Card. Accepted at more than 160 shops, restaurants, salons and more, plus we’ll ship it directly to your recipient for you! Buy gift card.
When you buy a Downtown Gift Card, 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to the business where the gift card is redeemed.