Visiting Durango

Winter Events

Winter events not to be missed

Winter time brings some fun events to Durango. Here are a few favorite local events not to be missed.

Singing With Santa

Kick off the holidays with this annual holiday event. Meet Santa and sing Christmas carols down Main Avenue to Buckley Park. At the park we will count down the lighting of the community Christmas tree. Free hot chocolate and cookies are available. Plus, a free photo with Santa! Bring your own camera!





Noel Nite

Noel Nite is a merchant-led effort that offers one day of deals, discounts and holiday fun. This event is on Friday, December 3, 2021. The event will include over 80 plus businesses that will be offering discounts and special deals for one day only. A list of participating businesses and the offers they will have on Noel Nite will be published here one week prior to the event.





Bar D Wranglers Christmas Jubilee

Durango's Much loved cowboy musicians visit the community Concert Hall for their traditional cowboy Christmas show. There performance brings the traditional loved Christmas tunes with a cowboy twist and some fantastic humor. This is a fun-loving show for the whole family that brings you back to the true meaning of the holidays. Check the Community Concert Hall's Website for more information and tickets.





Nutcracker Ballet

The holiday wouldn’t be complete with out "The Nutcracker". The State Street ballet of Santa Barbara and Durango’s own San Juan Symphony create the magical story that is a holiday favorite for all ages. Guests will enjoy the backdrops of glittering snowflakes, waltzing flowers, Sugar Plum Fairy and all the enchanting castle of characters. A traditional holiday event you won't want to miss!





Holiday Farmer's Market

Christmas shop at the Holiday Farmer's Market, Saturday, December 11 from 9-2pm. The market is located at the La Plata County Fairgrounds inside the Exhibit Hall. The event offers a wide variety of artisans and local farmers. You'll find a variety of handmade holiday gift items as well fresh vegetables, meats, cheeses and more! This is a great way to pick up holiday gifts for everyone on your list!




The Polar Express Train Ride

Enjoy the magical recreation of the classic holiday story of the Polar express aboard a vintage steam train that travels from Durango to the North Pole. During the journey to the North Pole visitors will enjoy the reading of the award-wining book by Chris Van Allsburg. Each rider will receive cookies and hot chocolate as they make their way to the North Pole with a light show set to holiday music. The book comes to life through the chefs, hobos, conductor, Hero Boy, Billy, Santa and all the elves on the historic Steam train. It’s a magical experience for all ages. Do you believe? Book your golden ticket!

Tickets are available from November 19, 2021 to January 1, 2022






Durango's winter carnival filled with a week filled with fantastic fun wacky events. For over 40 years Durango has enjoyed the fun celebration of Snowdown. Offering a host events and themed costumes there is something for everyone to enjoy. This 5-day event offers over 100 events including the annual Parade of Lights down Main Avenue. Other fun events include adult only fashion shows, to winter sporting contests. It's a epic party that brings some fun and humor and many family friendly events to Downtown Durango.