Enjoy Christmas in Telluride

Discover the Holiday Spirit in the San Juans

Christmas is a wonderful time of year to visit Telluride. Historic downtown is decorated with colorful lights, Telluride Ski Resort has world-class skiing and snowboarding conditions, and there are lots of family-friendly winter activities. We invite you to discover the magic of Christmas in the San Juan mountains.

Telluride Downtown Bike Rider


Top things to do in Telluride during the Holidays

When you visit Telluride during Christmas, there are so many fun things to see and do. There are many Telluride holiday events and traditions. From family skiing to sleigh rides to the famous torchlight parade to Telluride's classic ski Christmas tree, this Colorado mountain town is full of holiday spirit around Christmas.


Sleigh Rides

Riding a sleigh through the Colorado snow evokes feelings of being in a Christmas Carol. Local provided, Telluride Sleighs and Wagons, offers winter sleigh rides through the San Juan Mountains. Sleigh rides depart from and return to the San Miguel County courthouse in the center of downtown Telluride. Depending on the type of ride you choose, guests can enjoy dinner and refreshments at the Aldasoro Family Ranch.

Telluride Sleigh Rides
Telluride Downtown


Noel Night

Noel Night kicks off the holiday season in Telluride. This classic event starts with the Main Street lighting ceremony and the lighting of the famous Ski Tree. Telluride Christmas holiday events are fun for the whole family and Noel Night is a magical time to be out and about in town.


Skiing & Snowboarding

At its core, Telluride is a ski town. December is one of the best months for skiing and snowboarding at Telluride Ski Resort. Around Christmas, visitors might experience some of the biggest storms of the year. And because of the high elevation, the snow stays soft and powdery all day long.

Telluride Powder Skiing
Polar Express - Durango to Silverton Railroad


Ride the Polar Express

Inspired by the famous book by Chris Van Allsburg about a magic train that travels to the north pole, the Polar Express is a one-of-kind holiday train ride hosted by the historic Durango & Silvertone Narrow Gauge Railroad. Guests are invited to wear their pajamas, drink hot chocolate, and sing Christmas carols, just like the original story. This is truly a unique Christmas experience in the San Juans.


Torchlight Parade 

Taking Place on both Christmas eve and New Year’s eve, the Torchlight Parade is a special skiing celebration on Telluride Ski Resort. Watch as the mountain is illuminated by skiers and snowboarders descending Coonskin and Telluride trail holding blazing red torches. Fireworks add to the festivities.

Telluride in the Winter

Spend the Holidays in Telluride

Thank You for learning about Christmas in Telluride. We look forward to hosting you for a memorable holiday season.

Stay with Us for Christmas