Winter in Ouray

The winter season is fast approaching and nothing is better than a winter getaway in Ouray.  Whether you are looking for relaxation, adventure, peaceful snowscapes and cozy fires, or the famous Ouray ice and steam, you will find your authentic winter experience here.

Celebrate the holidays – Ouray’s Winterfest

In a perfectly authentic Victorian mountain town blanketed with sparkling snow, the holidays feel extra special.  Ouray has a fantastic lineup of special events, festivals and fun planned for this year.  Read on for a list of what you can do while visiting Ouray!

November 26th

  • Light Up Ouray: Dusk. Homes and businesses turn on their holiday lights for prizes and prestige.

November 27th

  • Thanksgiving Dinners: Feast for Thanksgiving at the Beaumont Hotel, the Bon Ton and the Outlaw Restaurant. Reservations required.

November 29th

  • Small Business Saturday: Ouray, all day. Find treasures in Ouray’s small independent businesses.
  • Ouray Community Tree Lighting: 7th Avenue & Main Street, 7 PM.  Caroling, treats, shopping, lights. Bring your smartphone!
  • “Pretty Faces” Film: Wright Opera House, 7 PM.  Skiing inspiration, presented by San Juan Mountain Guides.

December 2nd

  • PATT Holiday Pasta Bar: Ouray Community Center, 5:30-7:30 PM.  Support Ouray Schools and treat yourself to a delicious all-you-can-eat pasta feast and dessert auction. 

December 6th

  • Yule Night and Parade: Main Street, 6 PM.  Main Street Parade (prizes for best in show), photos & refreshments with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Ouray Elks Lodge, Main Street shops open late.

December 7th

  • Ouray County Chorus Holiday Concert: Ouray County 4-H Center, 7 PM.

December 9th

  • Ouray Library Angel Party: Ouray Public Library, 4-6 PM. Open house, treats, holiday stories and crafts.

December 12th

  • Toast and Taste Dinner:  Cavallo’s Restaurant, 5 PM.  Stony Mesa wines paired with a four-course meal.
  • “It’s a Wonderful Life” Live Radio Show: Wright Opera House, 7 PM. Live radio drama of the classic holiday story.

December 13th

  • Gingerbread House Decorating: Ouray Community Center, 10 AM -Noon. Families can reserve a spot with Weehawken Creative Arts for their very own edible holiday creation.
  • Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Fest: Ouray Community Center, 6-9 PM. Live music, food, wine & fun. Holiday lighting, holiday parade & costume contest winners announced at 8 PM.

December 14th

  • “It’s a Wonderful Life” Live Radio Show: Wright Opera House, 7 PM. Live radio drama of the classic holiday story.

December 20th

  • Shop, Search and Soak with Santa: Ouray Hot Springs Pool and Main Street, 12-7 PM.  Scavenger hunt, treats, prizes and Santa-themed Ouray Hot Springs day.

December 24th

  • Santa Delivers with the Ouray Elks: Santa visits home and hotel in Ouray & Ridgway. Call 970-325-4510 to schedule delivery.

December 24th, 25th

  • Christmas Dinners. Local restaurants open Christmas Eve, Christmas Day dinner at the Outlaw Restaurant. Reservations recommended.

December 27th

  • George Winston in concert: Wright Opera House, 7 PM.  Piano concert inspired by winter.

December 29th  – 31st

  • Snow Games
    • Dec. 29th - Beard and Ugly Sweater Contest: Ouray Ice Park, 3 PM.
    • Dec. 30th – Cross-Country Crawl: Ironton Park Nordic Area, 3 PM.
    • Dec. 31st – Broom Ball: Rotary Park Ice Skating Rink, 3 PM.

December 31st

  • New Years Eve celebrations: Special New Year's Eve dinners at the Beaumont Hotel, Cavallo's, Bon Ton, & the Outlaw. Parties at O'Brien's Pub and the Ouray Elks Lodge. New Years Day brunch at Cavallo's and dinner at the Outaw.
  • New Year’s Eve Fireworks: Main Street, Midnight. Enjoy the fireworks booming above the canyon walls.

January 3rd

  • Kids’ Climbing College: Ouray Ice Park.  Kids ages 7-17 can try ice climbing for free with San Juan Mountain Guides.

January 8th – 13th

  • 20th Annual Ouray Ice Festival: Ouray Ice Park.  Celebrate 20 years of the biggest ice festival in North America with clinics, presentations & parties. See www.ourayicepark.com/ice-festival/ for a complete list of events.

Ouray Chamber Resort Association 2014-2015 Photo Contest

Visitors have come to Ouray for centuries, to bathe in the natural, sulfur-free hot springs, to search for treasure in the surrounding mountain peaks, to connect with nature and loved ones. Ouray is beloved by generations of travelers, and capturing the stunning beauty, the thrilling adventures, and the joyful play of the young and old is a photographer’s dream.

Sharing vacation photos and memories is an important part of the travel experience cycle. Today’s technology allows photographers of all ages the opportunity to capture unique and spectacular images only available to professionals just a few short years ago. Now we would like you to share your special photographic memories with us!

Click here for all of the contest rules and to enter!

Ouray Ice and Steam Package

Enjoy the best of winter in Ouray, ice climbing and sulfur-free hot springs. For package details, click here.


About Ouray

Ouray has been a special destination of world travelers for more than 100 years. This small intimate community is nestled in some of the most rugged and towering peaks of the Rockies. Set at the narrow head of a valley at 7,792 feet and surrounded on three sides with 13,000 foot snowcapped peaks - Ouray is home to hundreds of miles of historic Jeep roads, sulfur-free hot springs with stunning views and the world-famous Ouray Ice Park.

Remarkably, two-thirds of Ouray's original Victorian structures, are still occupied, and have been lovingly restored in order to preserve their turn-of-the-century charm.

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