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10 Best Things to Do In Fort Collins in the Winter

Ten Best Things to Do In Winter In Fort Collins, Colorado

Winter might just be one of our favorite times of the year in Fort Collins, and for good reason! When the air is chilly and the snow is falling, there’s no better place to be than right here in Downtown FoCo. From ice skating to holiday shopping, Fort Collins has something for everyone in the winter season. To help you find the best things to experience when the town’s covered in white, here’s a list of the top 10 best things to do in Fort Collins in the winter!

Ten Best Things to Do In Fort Collins in the Winter

Ice Skating in Fort Collins, ColoradoDowntown Square Ice Skating

Who doesn’t love twirling around with your best buds on the ice? The Downtown Square Ice Skating Rink is a one-of-a-kind holiday experience, with skate rentals for adults and kids alike. Better get there early though – this little skating rink fills up fast!

Downtown Fort Collins LightsDowntown Holiday Lights

Fort Collins sure knows how to get dressed up for winter! Enjoy a stroll through Old Town and take in the beauty of thousands of twinkling lights that span over 7 blocks. Each year, Old Town hosts a Lighting Ceremony, complete with delicious hot chocolate and cider. Come see the lights this year – it’ll definitely put you in the holiday mood!

Fudge at Fort Collins KiliwinsCaramel Apples at Kiliwins

Maybe it’s just the chill in the air, but as soon as winter hits, we’re in the mood for caramel apples! And we know the perfect spot. Kiliwins Chocolates is just a short block from the hotel, and has everything your sweet tooth is after. Candies, cookies, chocolate and vanilla fudge, and of course: caramel apples! Stop by the store and sample some of these delicious treats, then take some home for the family.

Sledding in Fort Collins, ColoradoSnow Sledding at EPIC

Just a short car ride away, there’s a spot only the locals know about…Time to grab your sled, snowboard, or tubes and get to the sledding hill at EPIC Center! Hundreds of residents flock to this hill from around the city each year. It’s the perfect sledding hill, complete with small snow jumps and short tracks for the kids.

Meet Santa in Fort Collins, ColoradoMeet Santa in the Square

Have you been good this year? Santa makes his debut each year right here in Old Town! Sitting with Santa is wonderful way to start the holidays, so be sure to bundle up the kids and bring their gift lists. Check out the Downtown website for more information.

Shopping Downtown Fort Collins for the HolidaysFinish Your Holiday Shopping

Each year The Armstrong Hotel hosts a very special promotion, created to help our guests get the most out of their holiday shopping! Initiated by owners Steve and Missy Levinger in 2004, Shop & Stay for the Holidays gives you the opportunity to stay at our historic hotel (for a discounted price!) and enjoy special offers, discounts, and gifts at many of our Downtown merchants! Check out our website for more information.

SSee The Nutcracker in Fort Collins, Coloradoee The Nutcracker at The Lincoln Center

Christmas without The Nutcracker? No such thing! Each year, Fort Collins has several great spots to see this wintery play. Get your tickets early, and prepare for a wonderful start to your holidays by seeing The Nutcracker live on stage!

Check out the Winter Farmers Market in Fort Collins, ColoradoCheck out the Winter Farmers Market

Snow on the ground doesn’t just mean outdoor fun…check out the Fort Collins Winter Farmer’s market for delicious fruits, vegetables and handmade goods from around the city! Located in the Opera Gallaria (123 N. College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525), the market takes place on select Saturdays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Take a Carriage Ride in Fort Collins, ColoradoTake a Carriage Ride

Bundle up tight for a lovely carriage ride through Old Town this year! This is a perfect way to see those Downtown lights while cuddling under some warm blankets, sipping hot cider or coco, and waving to passers by. For more information check out the website, and be sure to get there early to give your favorite horse some pets!

Visit a Museum in Fort Collins, ColoradoVisit a Museum

Sometimes, it’s just too cold to be outside…and that’s perfect because Fort Collins has some of the best (and coolest) museums for you to enjoy! Take a trip to the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery for a day of fascination, discovery and fun. This museum has some awesome exhibits, with things for both kids and adults to enjoy. Open Tuesday-Sunday 9:30AM-6PM, Thursday open until 8PM. (Closed Monday and Holidays.)


Looking for even more things to do? Check out our guide to the 6 Best FREE Things to Do in Fort Collins, then book your stay with us! We can’t wait to share the holidays with you.

There’s a lot more to see and do in Fort Collins, and we’d love to help you make your next visit the best it can be. Come experience an authentic stay with us – call 970-484-3883 for more information about the area or to book a room. Visit our 45 individually unique rooms and suites via our Rooms and Suites page, or book a room for your stay today!