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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!

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

Pies At Ginger & Baker

Maybe it’s just the chill in the air, but as soon as winter hits, we’re in the mood for warm fall pies! And we know the perfect spot. Ginger & Baker is just a short jaunt from the hotel, and has everything your tastebuds are after. On the Café menu, you’ll find everything from chicken pot pies to whoopie pies. There are homestyle pies in the Bakery and innovative pies in The Cache. They believe pie is the fastest way to memories, family, comfort and pure satisfaction. Whether it’s a savory pot pie on a winter day or a slice of pumpkin pie for dessert, they believe wrapping a little crust around a few good ingredients brings out the best in them, and in us.

Ginger & Baker Pie

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 25.

    Santa Claus

    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!

    All guests will be required to sign up for a designated time slot prior to arrival at the event. They 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!

    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!

    Date: First Friday of every month

    Time: 6 – 9 pm (please check with businesses for updated hours)

    Location: Downtown Fort Collins, CO

    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.

    Date: Third Friday of every month

    Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Location: Downtown Fort Collins, CO

    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 Foothills Mall (215 E Foothills Pkwy, Fort Collins, CO 80525), the market takes place on select Saturdays from 10:00 am – 2:00 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.

    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 & Holidays).

    Indoor exhibit at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

    Looking for even more things to do? Check out our guide to 45 Things To Do In Fort Collins, then book your stay with us! We can’t wait to share the winter season with you.