Celebrate the holidays – Ouray’s Winterfest

In a perfectly authentic Victorian mountain town blanketed with sparkling snow, the holidays feel extra special.  Ouray has a fantastic lineup of special events, festivals and fun planned for this year.  Read on for a list of what you can do while visiting Ouray!

November 26th

  • Light Up Ouray: Dusk. Homes and businesses turn on their holiday lights for prizes and prestige.

November 27th

  • Thanksgiving Dinners: Feast for Thanksgiving at the Beaumont Hotel, the Bon Ton and the Outlaw Restaurant. Reservations required.

November 29th

  • Small Business Saturday: Ouray, all day. Find treasures in Ouray’s small independent businesses.
  • Ouray Community Tree Lighting: 7th Avenue & Main Street, 7 PM.  Caroling, treats, shopping, lights. Bring your smartphone!
  • “Pretty Faces” Film: Wright Opera House, 7 PM.  Skiing inspiration, presented by San Juan Mountain Guides.

December 2nd

  • PATT Holiday Pasta Bar: Ouray Community Center, 5:30-7:30 PM.  Support Ouray Schools and treat yourself to a delicious all-you-can-eat pasta feast and dessert auction. 

December 6th

  • Yule Night and Parade: Main Street, 6 PM.  Main Street Parade (prizes for best in show), photos & refreshments with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Ouray Elks Lodge, Main Street shops open late.

December 7th

  • Ouray County Chorus Holiday Concert: Ouray County 4-H Center, 7 PM.

December 9th

  • Ouray Library Angel Party: Ouray Public Library, 4-6 PM. Open house, treats, holiday stories and crafts.

December 12th

  • Toast and Taste Dinner:  Cavallo’s Restaurant, 5 PM.  Stony Mesa wines paired with a four-course meal.
  • “It’s a Wonderful Life” Live Radio Show: Wright Opera House, 7 PM. Live radio drama of the classic holiday story.

December 13th

  • Gingerbread House Decorating: Ouray Community Center, 10 AM -Noon. Families can reserve a spot with Weehawken Creative Arts for their very own edible holiday creation.
  • Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Fest: Ouray Community Center, 6-9 PM. Live music, food, wine & fun. Holiday lighting, holiday parade & costume contest winners announced at 8 PM.

December 14th

  • “It’s a Wonderful Life” Live Radio Show: Wright Opera House, 7 PM. Live radio drama of the classic holiday story.

December 20th

  • Shop, Search and Soak with Santa: Ouray Hot Springs Pool and Main Street, 12-7 PM.  Scavenger hunt, treats, prizes and Santa-themed Ouray Hot Springs day.

December 24th

  • Santa Delivers with the Ouray Elks: Santa visits home and hotel in Ouray & Ridgway. Call 970-325-4510 to schedule delivery.

December 24th, 25th

  • Christmas Dinners. Local restaurants open Christmas Eve, Christmas Day dinner at the Outlaw Restaurant. Reservations recommended.

December 27th

  • George Winston in concert: Wright Opera House, 7 PM.  Piano concert inspired by winter.

December 29th  – 31st

  • Snow Games
    • Dec. 29th - Beard and Ugly Sweater Contest: Ouray Ice Park, 3 PM.
    • Dec. 30th – Cross-Country Crawl: Ironton Park Nordic Area, 3 PM.
    • Dec. 31st – Broom Ball: Rotary Park Ice Skating Rink, 3 PM.

December 31st

  • New Years Eve celebrations: Special New Year's Eve dinners at the Beaumont Hotel, Cavallo's, Bon Ton, & the Outlaw. Parties at O'Brien's Pub and the Ouray Elks Lodge. New Years Day brunch at Cavallo's and dinner at the Outaw.
  • New Year’s Eve Fireworks: Main Street, Midnight. Enjoy the fireworks booming above the canyon walls.

January 3rd

  • Kids’ Climbing College: Ouray Ice Park.  Kids ages 7-17 can try ice climbing for free with San Juan Mountain Guides.

January 8th – 13th

  • 20th Annual Ouray Ice Festival: Ouray Ice Park.  Celebrate 20 years of the biggest ice festival in North America with clinics, presentations & parties. See for a complete list of events.



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