Top Places to See Colorado Springs Christmas Light Displays
If you are hunting for the top places to see Colorado Springs Christmas light displays (and Christmas lights in other parts of Colorado), you’re in the right place. We’ve collected a list of all of our favorite ways to see the annual holiday lights throughout the Pikes Peak region and maybe a brief stop in Denver if you’re feeling super ambitious. We’ve also included a few other ways to experience the holiday lights without driving too much.
We suggest you load up on hot cocoa and cider, craft the ultimate Christmas playlist and fill up the gas tank, for good measure.
Royal Gorge “Bridge of Lights” Drive-Thru Christmas Light Show
$35-$40 Per Car | 4218 Co Rd 3A, Cañon City | Get Tickets
The Bridge of Lights offers holiday enthusiasts the rare opportunity to drive across the Royal Gorge Bridge while it is decked to the nines for its drive-thru Christmas light experience. Driving across the Royal Gorge Bridge has not been allowed since the Royal Gorge Fire of 2013, so this is an extra special opportunity. Even better, you can pre-order Elf Munchies (cookies and cocoa) for an additional cost to enjoy as you cruise.
Cripple Creek Headframe Lighting
Free | Begin in Cripple Creek | Get the Map
Each year, Cripple Creek lights up the old mining headframes that dot the rolling hills surrounding the town. Once the site of a booming mine (and the hopes and dreams of a lot of pioneers), the region is filled with the remnants of the structures that once pulled minerals from the earth. The remaining frames are decorated with giant light sculptures each Christmas that you can view from the comfort of your car via a self-guided tour. Head up before sunset and you’ll get a Colorado light show as well.
Colorado Springs Christmas Lights
Free | Colorado Springs | Get the Map
Each year, a local Colorado Springs landscaping company compiles a list of the local lights around town from reader submissions and existing customers. They provide a map of all of the locations and include some coffee shops for cocoa stops for good measure. There are locations throughout Colorado Springs, from Security to Northgate, as well as Pueblo and Monument. Some houses even have a radio frequency you can tune into that coordinates with their light shows. It’s a fun drive if you hit every house, but be sure to fill up your gas tank before you go. If you plan to head to Pueblo, you can also make a stop at the new light show at PPIR.
The Magic of Lights – Drive-through Christmas Lights at PPIR
$20-$40 Per Car | 16650 Midway Ranch Road | Get Tickets
There is a lot of excitement about the newest drive through light show opening up south of Colorado Springs. The Pikes Peak International Raceway (located off of I-25 on the way to Pueblo) has created a spectacular experience featuring a mile of holiday lighting displays. It’s a Christmas light extravaganza and rumor has it that you’ll be able to check out a monster truck and dinosaurs – two of the best things!
Bonus Walk-Through Christmas Lights in Colorado Springs
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Electric Safari
$19.75-$24.75 Per Adult | 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road | Plan Your Visit
The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Electric Safari is consistently ranked a top Colorado Springs Christmas event every single year. Not only do you get to visit the zoo at night, you also get to check out more than 85 light sculptures and millions of twinkling lights covering every surface. Bring giraffe money so you can feed the long-necked friends who have stayed up late to party with the guests. Bring carousel money, too. Yes, even for the adults.
Festival of Lights in Downtown Colorado Springs
Free | Downtown Colorado Springs | What to Expect
Downtown Colorado Springs has its own parade of lights-style event it hosts downtown every year in the beginning of December. During the Festival of Lights, the street shuts down and attendees get to enjoy awe-inspiring lighted floats and Christmas music. The downtown area is also awesome because you can really winterize your holiday adventure with a visit to the ice skating rink located in Acacia Park. Acacia Park has a brand-new play area nearby.
Trail of Lights Walk-Thru Christmas Lights
$16 Per Adult, $14 Per Child | 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road | Get the Details
While it is a bit of a drive to leave the comfort of Colorado Springs, Denver does have a great walking display for enjoying a Colorado Christmas. Blossoms of Light is hosted by the Denver Botanical Gardens at their Chatfield location and it features a mile of lights you can enjoy at your leisure. Best of all, the trail leads to a children’s play area that includes choreographed Christmas lights set to your favorite holiday tunes.
Stay Safe as You Enjoy the Colorado Christmas Lights!
We hope you’ll all enjoy a safe holiday season! Remember to get your car checked before you make all these incredible drives. You don’t want to be the one car with the choking exhaust or squealing brakes that ruins the display for everyone else. Pay Honest Accurate a visit and travel through the city lights safely and comfortably.