Frosty might have found a home in the fictional town of Evergreen, but he may as well have been made in Denver. The Colorado capital remains a winter lover’s dream, proving ideal for winter vacations, snowman or not. If you love winter and are considering an easy to reach locale, here are a few compelling reasons why you and Frosty might love to vacation here when the snow falls.
1.) Merry and Bright City Holiday Lights
Denver appeals to everyone’s inner Frosty in that you can’t go far without being surrounding by festive holiday lights. Beginning at the Denver City and County Building, visitors can bask in roughly 600,000 brightly colored floodlights illuminating the historic building in the heart of the Downtown. In addition to the City and County Building, Denver puts on several special light displays at some of its most popular attractions. The Denver Zoo hosts its Zoo Lights event throughout December and January. The light display spans 70 acres across the zoo. Visitors can admire a collection of illuminated animal sculptures, partake in Santa meet-and-greets and experience plenty of real animal encounters. The Denver Botanic Gardens also hosts the Blossoms of Light event in which the gardens are illuminated by thousands of twinkling lights.
2. Plenty of Frosty Mugs of Beer To Drink
Frosty might have been known as a wholesome snowman, but we are willing to bet he couldn’t turn down Denver’s frosty and frothy mugs of craft beer. In the Mile High City, you won’t be hard press to find fine, handcrafted beers. Since 2011 alone, over 100 new breweries have moved into Colorado. Denver boasts nearly 50 in its metro area alone. Many travelers begin their brewery tour just outside of Denver in Golden where Coors Brewery calls home, the largest single brewery in the world. Even Denver’s current Governor remains deeply rooted in the Denver beer scene. Governor John Hickenlooper opened Denver’s first brewpub in 1988. Denver has established such a reputation for its craft beer that it hosts the largest beer festival in the U.S. each year, the Great American Beer Festival.
3. Parks For Days To Build Snowmen Friends
Denver tends to draw other Frosty types due to its abundance of parks. The city hosts more than 4,000 acres of traditional parks and parkways. In the winter months, these spaces transform into winter wonderlands after Denver snowstorms, making them ideal spaces for cross-country skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, snowball fights and snowman building contests. Travelers looking to frolic in the snow can begin at Denver’s City Park, known for its views of the skyline and Rocky Mountains. Cheesman Park and Washington “Wash” Park are also worth strolling when blanketed in snow.
4. Playing in the Mountains is Never Out of the Question
Frosty doesn’t have to worry about melting in Denver, as the mountains are never far off. Denver’s backyard boasts some of the world’s best skiing and snowboarding. Just one hour west of Denver in Summit County, skiers and snowboarders will find plenty of ski resorts to play in the snow like Cooper Mountain, Keystone and Breckenridge. Also within reach of Denver by day is Winter Park, one of the largest ski resorts in Colorado. Winter Park makes Frosty types happy with 350 inches of snowfall each year.
5. Urban and Country Ice Skating
You don’t have to be a skier to appreciate winter in the Denver area. The city also satisfies inner snowmen and snowwomen with ice skating opportunities both in urban and country settings. Right in downtown, you can take advantage of free ice-skating at the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park. The rink sits at 16th and Arapahoe and remains open daily from November through February. For more idyllic ice-skating, you can head to the foothills town of Evergreen. Ironically the name of the setting in the film Frosty the Snowman, Colorado’s Evergreen sits just 30 minutes from Denver. The town boasts the world’s largest Zamboni groomed outdoor ice rink on Evergreen Lake. Ice skaters can delight in 8.5 acres of ice set amidst ponderosa pine sheltered mountains.
Vacationing in Denver—it’s no wonder Frosty was a jolly, happy soul!
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