Northern Colorado is primped and primed for an outstanding 2019 Holiday Season! We have so many suggestions for holiday fun, there won’t be a moment to rest between now and Christmas! There is something for everyone - families, couples, singles, pets -- you name it!
Get your jingle bells on and check out our Ultimate NoCo Holiday Events Guide - you’re sure to find one of the MBD elves at some of these fun stops!
Thanksgiving Day Trots and Races - Fort Collins & Greeley, CO
You can burn some calories before you stuff yourself with all the turkey and trimmings! Both Fort Collins and Greeley will host their own Turkey Trot Races. You can register for the Fort Collins Thanksgiving Day Run here: http://www.fctdayrun.com/ and the Greeley event here: https://ncmcfoundation.org/event/ncmc-turkey-trot-2k5k-fun-runwalk/
Greeley Lights the Night Parade - Greeley, CO
This lighted holiday parade kicks of the Christmas season in downtown Greeley! There will be over 70 lighted parade floats that will lead revelers through downtown Greeley to Lincoln Park where the holiday light switch will be thrown! Make plans to attend this fun, FREE event!
Wellington Carriage Rides - Wellington, CO
The city of Wellington will help you get into the holiday spirit by offering carriage rides throughout the holiday season. Rides are $5 a person (kids under 12 are free). The fun goes from 5:00-7:00PM on weekends.
Cookie Decorating at Old Colorado Brewing Co - Wellington, CO
Simply Cakes will be set up in the Old Colorado Brewing Company’s taproom to teach you how to decorate a variety of holiday cookies and treats!
Santa’s Reindeer Return to Bath Garden Center - Fort Collins, CO
Make plans to meet up with Santa’s back up reindeer at the Bath Garden Center in Fort Collins. They will be greeting visitors on three Saturdays throughout the month of December.
Holiday Wreath Making Workshop @ Studio Vino - Loveland, CO
Local florist Wild Posies will provide all the tools and supplies to create a beautiful fresh holiday wreath!
Parade of Lights Preview - Fort Collins, CO
What could be better than free entertainment? The Colorado State Marching Band will be putting their final preparations on their Parade of Lights performance. Pick a spot on the route and watch the band’s light filled practice parade!
Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer Musical - Greeley, CO
Get your tickets early for this popular holiday show! Rudolph will be performed at the Union Colony Civic Theater:
Timnath Holiday Lighting Festival - Timnath, CO
Everyone is invited to help Timnath kick off the holiday season! There will be tons of holiday activities for you to partake in - and Christmas lights galore!
Homesteaders Holiday - Greeley, CO
This family friendly event benefits the Friends of the Greeley Museums. You’ll be able to tour festively decorated historical homes and enjoy activities for the entire family. Relive holidays from the past at this fun event!
Wellington’s Annual Christmas Parade of Lights -Wellington, CO
Make plans to attend Wellington’s Parade of Lights starting at 5:00PM. Santa Claus will be there to help kick off the holiday celebration! You can even promote your business in the parade!
Winter Maker’s Market @ New Belgium - Fort Collins, CO
Over 40 local vendors, hot drinks, food trucks, and live music will be set up from 11am-5pm at New Belgium! Word is Santa will be there too!
Windsor Wonderland - Windsor, CO
Santa Claus is coming to town! Windsor Wonderland will have holiday treats, live performances, a tree lighting ceremony and free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus!
Johnstown Jingle - Johnstown, CO
Another town holiday celebration! There will be pictures with Santa, reindeer to meet, carolers to enjoy, holiday shopping, gingerbread houses and more!
A Christmas Nightmare Day @ Ice Rink at The Promenade Shops - Loveland, CO
It’s a Friday 13th Christmas Mash Up! Come skate, dressed up as your favorite character from everyone’s favorite Christmas Nightmare movie!
TUBA Christmas in Oak Street Plaza - Fort Collins, CO
This fun event has been a staple of downtown holiday celebrations since 1974. Come listen to a plethora of tubas, sousaphones, euphoniums and baritone horns play your holiday favorites!
Chocolate and Tequila Pairing @ Wicked Tequila - Loveland, CO
Yum! Two favorites - chocolate and tequila! Wicked Tequila Room will be partnering with Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory from Estes Park for this fun and tasty event!
Light the Menorah - Greeley, CO
Chabad of Northern Colorado will be celebrating Hanukkah with the lighting of the Menorah on the 9th St. Plaza in downtown Greeley.
Menorah lighting and Chanukah Celebration - Fort Collins
Join in celebration with this Fort Collins tradition. The giant menorah will be lit in Old Town Square and will include Jewish holiday music and traditional Chanukah foods.
Crystal Ball 2019 - Estes Park
Ring in the New Year at the Stanley Hotel’s Crystal Ball celebration!
November 15-January 1 Winter Wonderlights - Loveland, CO
Celebrate the holidays in a new light! This walkable holiday attraction will be available for you to see throughout the holiday season. Stroll through the Chapungo Sculpture Park and marvel at all of the lights and tunnels. Weekends will include live entertainment and family friendly activities!
November 29-December 7 UCCC Festival of Trees - Greeley, CO
Join in a Greeley tradition and visit the 31st Annual Festival of Trees presented by the City of Greeley and the Greeley Philharmonic Guild. The beautiful tree displays are only part of the holiday fun served up at this event - there’s also a silent auction and other family friendly entertainment as well!
November 30-December 21 Downtown Winter Market - Loveland, CO
Get your holiday shopping done all in one spot, each weekend, November 30-December 21 in downtown Loveland, CO. The winter market runs from 3-7pm each Saturday.
December 6-8 Canyon Concert Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker” - Fort Collins, CO
Join the Canyon Concert Ballet troupe as they perform this holiday classic!
"Best Shucking Event Planners!"
The My Big Day team participated in the legendary Loveland Corn Shucking contest. Thousands of people gathered around to celebrate corn!
The Corn Roast Festival is famous! We were lucky to score a slot. "Best Shucking Event Planners!"
from our friends at the Loveland Fire & Ice Festival....
Warm Weather, Vandalism Trigger Transition from Snow Sculpting to Ice Sculpting at Loveland Fire and Ice Festival Feb. 13 and 14
In snow sculpting, they say that Mother Nature is the fourth teammate. Following days of 60+ degree weather, more warmth in the forecast and this weekend’s vandalism of produced snow and the snow making machine, the Loveland Fire and Ice Festival has had to alter its snow sculpting competition. Today, after consulting with participating snow sculpting teams, the event will instead feature an ice sculpting competition.
Despite the unseasonably warm weather, the Loveland Fire & Ice team has been working to create snow in preparation for the competition. The team was working on several contingency plans to ensure the competition had snow; however, the entire state of Colorado is feeling the impact of reduced snow and moisture.
We have been keeping an eye on the weather forecast while we have been working to make our own snow for the event and have been collaborating with some of our partners and contacts around the state to find alternative options to meet the needs of the competition,” said Nate Webb, owner of Blazen Illuminations and Loveland Fire and Ice event organizer. “Unfortunately, our snow pile and our snow machine at Fairgrounds Park were vandalized over the weekend, reducing the amount of snow that we have locally. The snow machine is currently inoperable, meaning we no longer have the capability of making snow locally. Even the high country is struggling to keep its snow count and that eliminates our Plan B. We have been working hard to ensure that our snow sculpting competition has the resources that it needs;however, with less than three days until the competition was set to start, we needed to take action.”
The Loveland Fire and Ice Festival snow sculpting competition will become an ice sculpting competition in 2015. Participating snow sculpting teams have been contacted and as of today, six teams will be participating, including the 2014snow sculpting champions, team Snice from Breckenridge and the 2014 snow sculpting People’s Choice Award winner, the Snow Fuddz. Ted Struckman with Struckman Sculpture Ice is providing 60 blocks of ice at 18” x 30” x 10”, the standard ice sculpting competition size. Instead of sculpting one 8’ x 8’ block of snow, each team will now have up to six blocks of ice to sculpt. Webb estimates that there should still be enough snow to pack 2-4 blocks during the snow stomping party on Wed. Feb. 11, but there isn’t enough to fill all blocks to keep the snow sculpting competition intact. The ice blocks will arrive Friday morning and that will be when ice sculpting teams can start to work.
Despite the changes with the snow sculpting competition, all other aspects of the Loveland Fire & Ice Festival remain the same.
Presented by Visit Loveland Colorado and Blazen Illuminations, the Loveland Fire & Ice Festival is a family-friendly event featuring a live show-stopping light show musical spectacular that will transform 4thStreet in downtown Loveland with lighting projections, illuminations and fireworks accompanied by snow and ice sculptures, a Snow Vehicle Car Show, live,free music and more. Programming kicks of at 3 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday, with the light show musical spectacular at 6:15 and 9 p.m. each evening.
“Loveland is known as the nation’s Sweetheart City and is the perfect place to host an unforgettable and uniqueValentine’s Day celebration,” said Webb. “We wanted to bring an event to Loveland that ties in with the city’s focus on Valentine’s Day, art and community, and one that is exciting and fun for the entire family. The festival was inspired by Disneyland’s Main Street USA light and fireworks show and Montréal En Lumière, making it a great way to celebrate the holiday.”
Buildings along 4thStreet in downtown Loveland will be illuminated with Valentine-themed red and white lights and designs. The light show musical spectacular will feature the lights dancing to live music and accompanied by a festive fireworks display. In addition to the special effects, lighting, fireworks and ice sculpting competition, attendees can experience:
· Live, free music and performances throughout the event
· Snow Vehicle Car Show with a collection of vintage and new snow machines and vehicles on display
· Romantic carriage rides along 4thStreet
· Hot chocolate and S’more stations for families
· Local Loveland food and artisan vendors and more.
Loveland’s Fire & Ice Festival brings Colorado’s best talent together to produce a show stopping light show and special effects display. Blazen Illuminations has been a major player in many Colorado productions including the Denver City and County building Christmas display,and developing Civic Center Conservancy’s concept for Denver’s Independence Eve lighting and firework display. Blazen has partnered with Angel Light Pyrotechnics for the event. Angel Light provides fireworks and special effects displays around Colorado including the nationally recognized Fourth of July show for the city of Loveland, Independence Eve for the city of Denver, and the Larimer County Fair.
In addition, the festival will showcase the many talents and products of local downtown businesses as vendors for event attendees coming to Loveland from other areas of Colorado and beyond.
The event is free and open to the public. Learn more at LovelandFireAndIce.com.
Raise Your Glass!
A toast to Grimm Brothers Brewhouse for bringing Oktoberfest here. They have a passion for authentic German style beers and are happy to share it with us. The owners of Grimm fell in love with the many styles of German beer and the way they have been made since the 1800’s. They learned how to make the many styles and perfected the process and tastes. Grimm Brothers decided everyone needs to share in this wonderful festival dedicated to BEER. That’s right your heard me, BEER.
They started the festival in their parking lot in 2010. It has become so popular they have steadily grown thought the years quickly. They are getting so popular they are needing to expand. This year they are moving to a bigger venue at Thunder Mountain Amphitheatre.
The Loveland Oktoberfest is just around the corner (September 20th) and they need volunteers!
If you like beer, love music, and are willing to volunteer, they need YOU!
Sign up to volunteer: CLICK HERE
More info on this year's Oktoberfest: CLICK HERE
My Big Day is a proud sponsor of the 2014 Loveland Oktoberfest!
A day or two after Christmas My Big Day starts to receive a flurry of phone calls, emails and website hits... folks are trying to figure out what to do for New Year's Eve.
My Big Day hosts an annual New Year's Eve Party that moves around, and has a different theme every year.
However, we are not the only party in town.
Find something to suit your NYE party style! We found fabulous parties in Loveland, Greeley, Johnstown, Fort Collins, and Estes Park!
Check out the list we compiled with the many ways to ring in the new year in Northern Colorado.
New Year's Eve To Do's in N. Colorado 2013/2014:
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You can smell the cinnamon and spices in the air! The holidays are here, which means the season for holiday craft fairs and festivals.
My Big Day uses a great resource for researching and posting craft shows.
Mile High on the Cheap is a website that allows you to research and list holiday shows up and down the front range. All listings are for FREE fair, unless otherwise indicated.
From Castle Rock to Fort Collins, you can find a comprehensive list for every craft fair. You'll even find holiday festivals at schools, churches, small bazaars, and HUGE extravaganzas!
Shop for unusual gifts, many handmade by local artists and artisans, at upcoming holiday arts and crafts shows, festivals and bazaars. Because you usually buy directly from the creators, prices are reasonable — and sometimes downright bargains.
CLICK HERE to go to the Mile High on the Cheap website and see the interactive map of listings, and long list of shows by date.
My Big Day was contacted by a gal who wanted to surprise her husband with a romantic/adventurous getaway to celebrate their 5 year wedding anniversary. We sat down and talked about everything they like together as a couple and as individuals, how far they wanted to travel, etc...
After researching mountain destinations, summer events, and consulting with my friend, Heidi (Mayor of Heiditown), Winter Park, CO was the obvious choice for their summer celebration.
We love a theme. Every party needs one, every event deserves one. Follow us on our journey down the path of creative party planning & exceptional events!