WinterFest 2022

 December 9 – 11

Celebrate the holiday season at Chautauqua with this beloved annual tradition!
Bring your friends and family and kick off the holidays with a tree lighting ceremony, horse-drawn carriage ride, Santa’s Cottage, a historic cottage tour, festive market, guided hikes and more!

Events and Activities

WinterFest Pass

WinterFest Pass

Take advantage of Chautauqua’s WinterFest Pass! Bring your family and friends and enjoy an entire fun-filled day of WinterFest activities. The WinterFest day pass includes: 

  • A horse-drawn carriage ride around the Chautauqua Green 
  • A visit to Santa’s Cottage 
  • Cyber-Scavenger Hunt with prizes 
  • Festive crafts and cookies for children 
  • A keepsake polaroid with the WinterFest bear 

Available Saturday and Sunday as individual passes or choose one of our family four packs and save more.

Free for kids 2 and under


WinterFest Pass Includes

Horse drawn by two large white horses

Carriage Rides 

Make WinterFest 2022 a lasting memory with a cozy carriage ride around the picturesque Chautauqua Green. Gather your friends and family and take in the crisp mountain air, festive lights and incomparable views of the Flatirons. This scenic journey will be a highlight of your WinterFest experience! 

Santa’s Cottage 

Bring your family to this one-of-a-kind meet and greet! Visit Santa in the historic Missions House Lodge, all spruced up for the holidays, and listen to a holiday tale from jolly ol’ Kris Kringle himself. Keep an eye out for Mrs. Claus, too! 

Horse drawn by two large white horses

Cookies & Crafts 

Create a thoughtful holiday keepsake by the warmth of a cozy fire. The simple pleasure of making crafts with friends and family will make for a cherished, nostalgic memory of your WinterFest experience.  

Horse drawn by two large white horses

Scavenger Hunt 

Explore the beautiful, historic Chautauqua campus while playing a digital scavenger hunt. This interactive experience will have you solving riddles and puzzles, answering trivia, taking creative photos with virtual images, and more!  

Ticketed Activities

Historic Cottage Tour

Don’t miss this opportunity to peek behind the doors of five charming cottages especially selected for the WinterFest 2022 Historic Cottage Tour and all decked out for the holidays! This year, the tour includes the recently restored Mary H. Galey Cottage, long-time home of Mary Hindman Galey, who was instrumental in preserving the Colorado Chautauqua, as well as four other unique cottages constructed during the first half of the 20th Century. Refreshments included.
Free for kids 12 and under.

Jeff And Paige's Holiday Concert - SOLD OUT!

Jeff and Paige, who have six albums and have won several awards, have reached thousands of children with their playful spirit and passion for ecological awareness. Using songs, storytelling and interactive play, they engage children (ages 3 – 9) with nature, music and movement. This event blends their nature and science-themed kids’ music with fun/familiar holiday favorites! Expect educational skits, quick costume changes, loads of audience participation, and an interactive, family-friendly connection to the holiday season and winter wildlife adaptations. Kids are invited to wear PJs and bring a favorite stuffed animal. Let’s get cozy!

Community House
Friday, December 9
4:30 PM  

Free Activities

Tree Lighting 

Kick off WinterFest 2021 on Friday, December 9th at 5:30 PM as Chautauqua’s historic buildings and majestic evergreens are transformed into a glistening wonderland with the help of our friends from Colorado Christmas Lights! Musical guests too.

Outside the Community House
Friday, December 9
5:30 PM


WinterFest Market 

Visit our WinterFest Market and shop specially curated treasures from local artists and vendors. Or find something special for the Chautauqua-lover on your list and choose from a wide variety of Chautauqua-branded merchandise.

Community House
Saturday, December 10
and Sunday, December 11

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Art In The Park 

The bears are back! This year’s Art in The Park bear installation starts December 9 and continues through April 16 when you can bid on your favorite bear. Proceeds from Art In The Park benefit participating artists, Chautauqua community events and non-profit partners.

Caroling Hike  

Join musician, Jeff Kagan (of Jeff & Paige) and OSMP staff for a mellow holiday hike and caroling with your fellow hikers. Expect a moderate group stroll through the Chautauqua meadow with a handful of stops along the way to sing some holiday favorites. Suitable for all ages. 

Meet at the Ranger Cottage
Saturday, December 10 
12 – 1 PM  


Wildlife in Winter Hike 

Join naturalist, Kelly, on this family-friendly hike to explore how plants and animals survive the winter in different ecosystems. Make memories while playing kid-oriented nature games and learning about nature at Chautauqua. Bring warm drinks and snacks and be prepared for cold and snow. 

Meet at the Ranger Cottage
Saturday, December 10 
3 – 4 PM 

Enchanting Ecology Hike 

Join naturalist, Devyn, on this family-friendly hike to explore the superpowers of the ponderosa pine forest ecosystem in winter. Immerse yourself in a winter wonderland of snowy ponderosas while learning about forest ecology. Bring warm drinks and snacks and be prepared for cold and snow!

Meet at the Enchanted Mesa Trailhead
Sunday, December 11
12.30 – 1:30 PM 

snowy garden with FlatIrons

Chautauqua History Tour 

Stroll through the extraordinary grounds of the Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark and learn all about Boulder’s crown jewel. Our professional guide will walk you through our enchanting gardens and captivate you with fascinating stories about our iconic campus.

Meet at the north steps of Academic Hall
Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11
2:00 PM

snowy garden with FlatIrons

S’mores Station

Stay cozy by making s’mores over the campfire, with help from the Boulder Fire Department!


In Front of The General Store
Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Food Trucks

Kingcomo’s Quesadilla 

Arepas Caribbean

Scrooge Maki
(Saturday & Sunday)

Hot Chocolate – Provided by Abo’s
(Saturday & Sunday)

WinterFest Market Vendors

Tracy Travis Objects

Courageous Soap

I Love Me Gems

Plains & Prairie

Apron Wings

Big Bad Wolf Heirloom Jewelry

Noonday Collection

Sole By La

Beelieve Candles

Made for Lips

Map + Shuttle Info

Parking + Shuttle Info

Parking will be EXTREMELY limited at Chautauqua, so we highly recommend that you take advantage of ride share, public transportation, or our free shuttle service, provided by Via.

Parking and shuttle services will be available at New Vista High School (700 20th St, Boulder, CO 80302), and at the Broadway/27th way Park N Ride (601 27th Way, Boulder, CO 80305). The shuttle will stop at the Chautauqua Trolley Station on Baseline Rd.  Shuttles run approximately every 15 – 20 minutes from 11:45 am to 5:30 pm on December 10th and 11th.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are the tickets time-restricted?

A: No, the day passes and cottage tour tickets are both open house style, feel free to arrive any time between 12 PM and 5 PM on your selected day!

Q: Can I buy tickets for just the carriage rides?

A: No, this year carriage rides are only available through the day pass.

Q: Can I purchase tickets in-person?

A: Yes! On Saturday and Sunday during WinterFest you can buy day passes, family four-packs and cottage tour tickets from 11 AM to 4 PM at the box office kiosk in front of the auditorium (see map).

Q: How long does the cottage tour take?

A: You can spend as much or as little time in each cottage as you want, approximate time for full tour is roughly an hour.

Q: Does the cottage tour cover other WinterFest Activites

A: No, the cottage tour is a separate ticket. A WinterFest Passes is needed for Carriage Rides, Santa’s Cottage, cookies and crafts, and the souvenir Polaroid. However, all other events, including the market and guided hikes, are free.

Stay and Save!

WinterFest Discount

OCTOBER 17 – JANUARY 31, 2023

Experience the magic of the holiday season at Chautauqua! Stay in one of our cottages as the weather cools and the flurries start to fall on the Flatirons. For an extra special visit, book a cottage December 9 – 11 and stay during  WinterFest. Use code WFEST when booking for 10% off. 

  Subject to availability.

The Community Loves WinterFest!

“The event was simply wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed all the activities – the carriage ride (our driver was delightful and told us all about the horses), the scavenger hunt was a great mix of silly (picture with a polar bear) and informational, my girls loved the crafts, the cookies from cookie decorating were delicious, all the decorated bears around the grounds were fantastic…I could go on and on.” – 2021 Guest

Horse drawn by two large white horses

“Everything looks so beautiful. What a fun and special event!”
– 2021 Guest/Art In The Park Artist

My husband turned to me during our afternoon and said that this would definitely be an annual tradition for us. Thank you for such a wonderful event. My family will be visiting the Chautauqua many times throughout the year!” – 2021 Guest

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