There’s nothing quite like Downtown during the holidays.

Downtown offers plenty of opportunity for holiday cheer and memory-making! When you shop local, you never have to worry if your gift will arrive on time.  We hope to see you Downtown supporting your favorite local businesses this holiday season!

When you #ShopSmall, you make a big impact by keeping more of every dollar you spend in our community. Learn more.

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downtown holiday events

Information will be added as it is received, stay tuned!

shop local, win local

Nov. 11 – Dec. 11

Spend a total of $50 or more at Downtown retail shops from Nov. 11 to Dec. 11, 2022, 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! Learn more.

Skate in the Park

Nov. 11- Jan. 31

The only outdoor ice rink in the area returns for another season! Don’t miss this fun Downtown tradition. Full schedule and special events listings at

Acacia Park Tree

acacia park tree lighting ceremony

Nov. 18, 6 p.m. POSTPONED and rescheduled for Nov. 22, 5 p.m. due to expected frigid weather
Stay tuned for event link/details.

small business saturday

Nov. 26

Join us in Shopping Small this season on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26 (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. 
Learn more

Festival of Lights Parade

Dec. 3, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. 

This beloved tradition brings thousands of families Downtown each year featuring beautifully lit holiday displays. 
Learn more

Festival of Lights at colorado springs pioneers museum

Dec. 3, 10 am – 2 pm

Join the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum for their free holiday celebration. Crafts, performances, and activities for the whole family!

Learn more

Festival of Lights Experience at the united states olympic & paralympic museum

Dec. 3, noon – 5 pm

The Colorado Springs Festival of Lights Parade has partnered with the United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum for holiday fun before the parade begins. Find nonprofit giving trees, and enjoy holiday performances and vendors along Vermjo from Sierra Madre to Sahwatch.

Click here to learn more, register your nonprofit, or apply to be a vendor.

holiday stroll 

Dec. 7, 5-8 pm

Downtown shops are open late with 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. 

Caroling & music downtown

Dec. 10, 11 am-2 pm

Go elf yourself, ride for downtown ventures

Dec. 10, 1 pm

Don your craziest holiday gear and join Downtown Ventures and PikeRide for a costumed bike ride. Check out public art on the way from Acacia Park to Pikes Peak Lager House. Tickets are $20, register HERE. 

Character Stroll 2021

holiday character stroll

Dec. 17, 11 am – 1 pm 

Finishing up your holiday shopping? You may just bump into Elsa, Ana, Olaf, Santa or the Grinch!

Caroling & music downtown

Dec. 23, 2-5 pm 

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 150 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. 

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downtown digital savings pass

Free download!

Support your favorite local shops and restaurants, and save! A free digital pass with exclusive offers from more than 90 Downtown businesses.  Get the pass.