Ouray, Colorado is nicknamed “Little Switzerland of America” because it’s quaint, a boxed-canyon town, and beautiful. Celebrating the holidays in Ouray is magical and this little town puts on quite a show of festivities.
With about 700 people living in Ouray, Colorado, one might think that Santa would pass this small town by. Not a chance. The locals here are geared up for their holiday celebrations and if you’re around the area, make sure you stop by. There’s fun for everyone.
December 5: Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale at the Elks Lodge from 10 am – 5 pm.
December 5: “The Nutcracker” presented by Weehawken Creative Arts at the Wright Opera House. The show begins at 2 pm.
December 9: Winter Band Concert performed by grades 5-12 from Ouray schools. This is a holiday concert featuring the school band and choir. Performance begins at 7 pm at Ouray School in the MPR room.
Deember 11: Annual Gingerbread House Workshop sponsored by Weehawken Creative Arts. A very popular event for all ages, you must be registered to attend. You can register online at www.weehawken.org or call 970 318-0150.
December 11: Annual Family Matinee Holiday Movie is from 1 -2:30 pm at the Main Stree Theater. The movie this year is A Christmas Story.
December 11: Yule Night celebrations begin with the annual Holiday Parade at 5 pm. There’ll be a bonfire and caroling throughout the evening. Santa makes a visit at the Elks Lodge and there will be a live Nativity Scene. This celebration goes until 8:30 pm, is free and fun for all ages.
December 11: 2nd Annual Wine & Chocolate Festival at the Wright Opera House from 7-10pm. Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for children. There will be a children’s beverage bar. Music will be performed by Dan Allen and Jessica Kastendieck. There will also be a silent auction. This is a judged event and awards will be given out for the chocolates.
December 12: Annual Ouray County Chorus Holiday Concert at the 4-H Event Center from 7-9 pm.
December 18: Ouray Elks Club Stocking Stuffing & Potluck Party from 6-8 pm. The public is welcome (Santa’s Helpers) to this annual event of stuffing stockings for children and the elderly. Call 970 325-0095 if you want to help volunteer for these deliveries on Dec. 24th. Please call by Dec. 22.
December 31: New Year’s Eve Karaoke Party at the Ouray Elks Lodge. The fun begins at 6 pm with drink specials, finger food, and local entertainment! Come join the merriment until Midnight when Ouray hosts their annual fireworks.
Sources: Weehawken Creative Arts
Ouray Chamber of Commerce