Downtown 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. Come enjoy some time outside on the rink. Admission and rentals are FREE!

Two children Winter Ice Skating In Fort Collins

Downtown 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. Pop into our myriad boutiques and get your holiday shopping done, then visit us at Ace’s for a beverage to warm up. Come see the lights this year – it’ll definitely put you in the holiday mood!

Armstrong Hotel Winter Holiday Lights Fort Collins

Caramel Apples at Kilwins

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. Kilwins 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.

Kilwins Caramel Apples

Snow 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.

    Family Sledding Through Snowy Woodland

    Meet Santa in the Square

    Have you been good this year? Schedule some time with Santa to be sure he has your list in order! Visiting with Santa is wonderful way to start the holidays. Santa Claus and his workshop will return Downtown to make the holidays magical. Santa will be ready to hear the kids wishlists starting November 24.

      Figure of santa holding a christmas tree

      Visit The Reindeer!

      Every year, some special little reindeer make their way to The Bath Nursery Garden Center! This year, since Santa isn’t able to visit, the reindeer are stopping by to pick up letters and wish lists to bring to Santa for you. Don’t miss out!

      In order to keep everyone safe, all guests will be required to sign up for a designated time slot prior to arrival at the event. We can only allow a certain number of people on the property at a time, so signing up for a time slot will guarantee your entry to see the reindeer and leave letters for Santa! Please be mindful of social distancing, follow all designated paths, and wear your masks!

      Reserve your time slot on their website:

      Reindeer Visit at Bath Nursery

      Art Walk & Foodie Walk

      Art Walk

      Celebrate Old Town’s vibrant arts community as 20+ galleries and art minded businesses stay open late to feature new exhibits during this self-guided walking tour!

      2021 Dates: November 5 & December 3

      Foodie Walk

      Educate your taste buds and bring out your inner foodie during this self-guided walking tour featuring Old Town’s top culinary shops.

      2021 Dates: November 19 & December 17



        Salmon Dish

        Check 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.

        Display of pumpkins

        Finish Your Holiday Shopping & Old Town Spree!

        Downtown businesses are here for you this holiday season to find the best our unique boutiques and special shops have to offer! Downtown Fort Collins has compiled a guide to check off your holiday to-do list, all while supporting local Downtown businesses. Whether you are shopping, dining or exploring downtown, Old Town is the place to be.

        New in 2020, Downtown Fort Collins and 60 locally owned and operated businesses are inviting shoppers and diners to enter to win thousands of dollars in Downtown Gift Cards with our Old Town Spree!  Participating is as simple as shopping or dining at any of the participating Old Town Spree businesses and spending as little as $10.  Each time you spend at least $10 at a participating location, you will receive a card with a unique code to enter to win.  Hundreds of dollars in Downtown Gift Cards will be drawn weekly, as well as a Grand Prize to be drawn on January 4, 2021!  Be sure to enter your codes early for your chance to win!

        When: November 1 – December 31

        Hours: Regular Business Hours of Participating Businesses

        Location: Participating Businesses in Downtown Fort Collins

        Price: No sign-up or advance registration needed!  Simply shop at any participating business to receive your entry codes

        Couple shopping in clothing store

        Visit 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 10AM-6PM (Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Holidays).

        Indoor exhibit at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

        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.