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!
UNBOX STRESS-FREE HOLIDAYS
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.
DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY GUIDE
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.
OLD TOWN SPREE
What would YOU do with an Old Town Fort Collins shopping spree?
This November and December, Downtown Fort Collins and nearly 45+ 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!
GIVE THE GIFT OF OLD TOWN WITH A DOWNTOWN GIFT CARD
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 150 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.
Take a night off from cooking and enjoy a meal at one of the many amazing restaurants in Downtown!
UNBOX THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT
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, 2021 – February 14, 2022
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 $450 in Downtown Gift Cards!
November 19, 2021 – December 19, 2021
The Old Town Skate Rink is returning Wednesday, November 24! Skate rentals and admission are FREE!
November 24, 2021 – February 5, 2022
Visit with Santa
Santa Claus and his workshop will return Downtown to make the holidays magical! Santa will be ready to hear the kids wishlists starting November 24.
November 24, 2021 – December 24, 2021
We’ve compiled the holiday hours from businesses in Downtown so you can easily know when you can get your shopping done and grab something to eat or drink!
Worried about parking Downtown? We’re here to help! The City of Fort Collins will again offer free parking in city parking structures (Firehouse Alley Parking Structure, Old Town Parking Structure and Civic Center Parking Structure) on Saturdays and holidays this year to help promote Downtown shopping.
Free Saturday parking begins Saturday, November 27, 2021 and continues through Saturday, January 1, 2022.
In addition, free parking will also be offered this year on Thanksgiving (November 25), Black Friday (November 26), Christmas Eve (December 24), and New Year’s Eve (December 31).
Parking in structures is always free on Sundays.