Holiday HUB

Holidays UnBoxed

As the holidays approach there is an abundance of things to see and do in Downtown Fort Collins. Buzzing with excitement, decorations, and lights, Downtown is the place to be. Whether it’s shopping, dining, taking part in holiday promotions, or strolling through the streets, Downtown is your HUB for the holidays. 

Find gift inspiration, ideas for fun things to do with family and friends, and much more below!


Let Downtown make the holidays a stress-free time! Browse the Holiday Guide for gift inspiration, purchase a Downtown Gift Card for the hard to buy for person in your life, or take the night off from cooking and enjoy a meal Downtown.


Treat your family and friends to something special for the holidays; Downtown Fort Collins has everything you need to make the holidays memorable.

From fashionistas to foodies, artists to adventurers, and everyone in between, the Downtown Holiday Guide is filled with gift-giving inspiration and experience ideas.

It’s easy to check everyone off your list with hidden gems waiting to be discovered at Downtown’s unique, independently owned businesses.

Additionally, local businesses are here to help make your holiday shopping experience smooth from start to finish with personalized recommendations, exceptional customer service and a variety of convenient ways to shop.

Make your list (and check it twice) and begin shopping early to avoid added holiday stress.  To help you get started, check out the Downtown Holiday Guide.

View the Holiday Guide


What would YOU do with an Old Town Fort Collins shopping spree?

This November and December, Downtown Fort Collins and nearly 40+ locally owned and operated businesses are inviting shoppers and diners to enter to win thousands of dollars in Downtown Gift Cards!

Simply shop and dine in Old Town for a chance to win and check off some items on your holiday list!

Plan Your Spree


Having trouble finding that perfect gift?

The Downtown Fort Collins Gift Card comes in all sizes!

From restaurants and retail stores, to entertainment venues and personal services, Downtown Gift Cards can be used to make purchases at over 160 businesses in Old Town. It’s truly a one-size-fits-all gift that covers the hard to shop for people on your list!

Downtown Gift Cards can be loaded with any value from $5 to $500. Gift cards are available for purchase in-person at three locations in downtown! We encourage online orders to be placed early to allow for any mail delays.

Purchase a Downtown Gift Card

Dine out

Take a night off from cooking and enjoy a meal at one of the many amazing restaurants in Downtown!

Browse Dining Options


Get in the Holiday spirit this year with festive (and free!) activities in Downtown. Take an evening stroll under the twinkling holiday lights, go for a spin around the skate rink, or search for the hidden Santas in business windows.

Downtown Holiday Lights

Experience the magic of the holidays in Downtown Fort Collins under the brilliance of the Downtown Holiday Lights.  Each evening, over 22 block faces in Old Town are illuminated by tens of thousands of twinkling LED lights.  There really is no better time of the year to visit Downtown Fort Collins!

Early November, 2022 – February 14, 2023

See the Holiday Lights

Santas Quest

The Downtown Santas Quest tradition continues! Families are invited to explore Downtown on a quest to find Santa Claus figurines cleverly hidden in storefront windows of participating Old Town businesses. Collect all the unique Santa names and enter to win $1,000 in Downtown Gift Cards!

November 18, 2022 – December 18, 2022

Get Ready for Your Quest

Skate Rink

The Old Town Skate Rink is returning Wednesday, November 23! Skate rentals and admission are FREE!

November 23, 2022 – January 29, 2023

Skate Rink Hours

Visit with Santa

Santa Claus is coming to town!  At noon on Friday, November 25, he will arrive in Old Town Square by horse-drawn carriage.  PLUS: Don’t miss your opportunity to view live reindeer from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm.

Make the holidays magical with an in person visit at his downtown workshop.  Santa is excited to hear everyone’s holiday wishes, so get those lists ready!

November 25 – December 24, 2022

Visit Santa

Carriage Rides

Book a carriage ride under the twinkling holiday lights! Diamond SR Carriages is the carriage company and they can be reached for reservations via email at diamondsrcarriage@gmail.com or on their website www.diamondsrcarriage.com

$65 for the first 1- 4 people and $5/person after the initial 4 up to 6-8 people in total

Holiday Parking

Free weekend parking begins Saturday, November 26, 2022, and continues through Sunday, January 1, 2023.Parking in Downtown is easy and convenient!

As a special holiday treat, the City of Fort Collins will offer FREE parking in all three garages, including: Firehouse Alley Parking Structure, Old Town Parking Structure, and Civic Center Parking Structure, on Saturdays and City holidays.

In addition, free parking will also be offered on: Thanksgiving Day (November 24), Black Friday (November 25), Christmas Eve (December 24), and New Year’s Eve (December 31).

Getting Around Downtown