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Holiday HUB

Downtown Fort Collins is the place to be for the holidays! Dine, shop, and explore under the twinkling of the holiday lights. Enjoy a delicious meal at one of our many amazing restaurants with something everyone will love and check off that holiday shopping list at our local shops that are ready to help you find that perfect gift. Check out the businesses that have extended holiday hours to help you with your holiday shopping. Bonus, shop at Old Town Spree participating businesses for a chance to win a $100 Downtown Fort Collins Gift Card. Need some family activities? Visit with Santa, play at the skate rink in Old Town Square, or search for all the Santas in Santas Quest. Looking for a date night? Anything you do will be 100 times more magical under the twinkling holiday lights!

Old Town Spree

Shop. Dine. Win! November 1 - December 31

This November and December, locally owned and operated businesses in Downtown Fort Collins invite shoppers and diners to enter to win thousands of dollars in Downtown Fort Collins Gift Card prizes!

Old Town Spree

Santas Quest

Search for all the hidden Santas from November 17 - December 17

The Holiday season has stirred up a sense of nostalgia with fond family memories and special traditions. Santas Quest has been a beloved promotion since 2012 and is back for another year, just in time to spread Holiday cheer!  Families are encouraged to explore downtown and seek out the hidden Santa figurines located inside businesses or their storefront windows. Find all the hidden Santas and submit your Quest Card to be entered to win a $100 Downtown Fort Collins Gift Card!

Santas Quest

Downtown Holiday Lights

Every night from the first week in November through Valentine's Day, the lights will be turned on in Old Town Fort Collins. 22 block-faces of downtown will be illuminated with thousands of strands of lights in alleyways, along sidewalks, and within tree-tops. The impressive display of low-energy and sustainable LED lights can be enjoyed anywhere along College Avenue, the northern boundary of Laporte Avenue, and continuing south to Magnolia Street. Trees will be lit along Walnut Street, Linden Street, Pine Street, Old Town Square, Oak Street Plaza, and Mountain Avenue as well.

The Downtown Holiday Lights is a partnership between the City of Fort Collins and Downtown Development Authority.

Downtown Fort Collins First Friday Art Walk™

Art Walk December 1, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Downtown Fort Collins First Friday Art Walk™ is a monthly self-guided walking tour that celebrates creativity, culture, and community in Downtown Fort Collins every month! From fine to funky, Art Walk showcases a spectrum of artistic styles to entertain and engage amateurs and art aficionados of all ages, interests, and backgrounds.

Art Walk

Fort Collins Foodie Walk™

Foodie Walk December 15, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Fort Collins Foodie Walk™ is a monthly self-guided walking tour from 5:00 – 8:00 pm on the third Friday of each month and celebrates the culinary culture and thriving foodie scene in Downtown Fort Collins. Join Downtown’s finest culinary shops each month for interactive showcases, seasonal flavors, and exciting taste experiences! 

Foodie Walk

Skate Rink

Skate Rink opens Wednesday, November 22 

Enjoy free skating and skate rentals fun a fun winter activity in downtown.

Skate Rink Schedule

Santa's Workshop

Santa arrives with his reindeer Friday, November 24

Santa is coming to town with one of his reindeer on Friday, November 24. He'll be at his workshop for visits afterward.

Visit Santa

Free Parking

In an effort to help support downtown businesses during the holiday season, the City of Fort Collins, Parking Services, will again offer free parking in the public parking structures on Saturdays and City holidays.

City holidays during free parking period; Thursday- November 24th & Friday- November 25th, Monday- December 26th, and Monday- January 2nd.

Free Saturdays begin November 26th and run through December 31st, and Sundays are always free.

As a reminder- parking in the parking structures is always free on Sundays and City holidays. On all other days, parking is free for the first hour and $1 each hour after; in all three parking structures.


Holiday Events

Check out other festive holiday events happening in downtown on the event calendar.

Event Calendar