As flurries begin falling and temperatures drop, Durango, Colorado comes to life with an exciting array of seasonal activities. From thrilling outdoor recreation to festive events that make the holidays magical, the quintessential mountain town heats things up with frosty fun.
Festivals and Events
A flurry of festive events highlight Durango as a holiday hot spot. Fill your stockings and support local businesses at Noel Night, a town-wide tradition showcasing Durango’s best seasonal offerings. The 38th annual Snowdown celebration guarantees a week of revelry and entertainment, with this year’s bodacious 80’s theme offering plenty of opportunities for winter fun.
Hit the Slopes
Nothing entices outdoor enthusiasts more than Durango’s promise of snow-capped slopes and fresh powder during winter. Ski, snowboard, sleigh, sled or snowshoe your way through the town’s stunning recreational offers. Carve through sensational snow at Purgatory Resort, an outdoor haven for beginners and professionals alike. 
Arts and Culture
A diverse and cheerful lineup of cultural events ensures that jingle bells won’t be the only sounds brightening chilly Durango nights this winter. Celebrate the season by taking in a festive show and enjoying music that provides all the warmth and seasonal merriment necessary to combat any winter chill. For gifts that reflect the Southwest, you’ll find unique and artisan gifts at nationally acclaimed local galleries.
Festive Train Ride
Take in stunning views of snowy peaks and frosty rivers as you ride the rails of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Pajama-clad families board the Polar Express for a night of carols, hot chocolate and festive fun. Choose and chop your own Christmas tree from the wilderness of Cascade Canyon on the Christmas Tree Train.
Historic Downtown

Whether you’re looking for stocking stuffers or merely taking in the twinkling, tree-lined streets, Durango offers opportunities to beat the brrrrr. Local businesses showcase unique shopping. Hot springs and spa retreats combat the chill. Taste the best Durango has to offer in the exceptional dining and food scene. Historic and easily accessible lodging provides a holiday hideaway.
Whether snowfall finds you exploring the natural splendor of the area or tasting the cultural and artistic adventures that make the town so singular, there’s something for everyone this holiday. Surrounded by magnificent wilderness and brimming with unique and memorable experiences, winter chills can’t cool the hot holiday offerings in Durango.