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Rocky Mountain National Park is open year-round, but the events and activities in, and around the park, change with the seasons. From road openings and closings (like the very seasonal Trail Ridge Road), to festivals and activities in and around the park and gateway town Estes Park, we have your complete guide to the happenings in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Torchlight Parade and Christmas Eve at Winter Park Resort
The Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade is one of the most beloved Winter Park traditions. The event begins with Christmas carols around the bonfire at the base of Winter Park Resort, next to the Zephyr Lift at 4pm. At 5:30pm, a procession of torch-bearing skiers and riders begin their way down Lower Hughes trail, followed by Santa Claus and his merry helpers. A spectacular fireworks display and snowcats adorned with Christmas colors light up the slopes in a Christmas tree formation to conclude the festivities.
Celebrate the winter season in Estes Park at the Estes Park Winter Festival weekend! Be amazed by high-flying skiers and snowboarders demonstrating their skills on indoor trampolines, demo snowshoes, taste award-winning chili, and sip a variety of beers and wines at the Estes Park Winter Festival, Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend 2016 at the new Estes Park Events Complex!
Clanging bells, tooting whistles, and blaring horns will fill the Estes Park Conference Center on Feb. 13 and 14, 2016 as trains from the steam age to the present time roar along tracks of model railroad layouts at the 16th annual "Rails in the Rockies" exhibit.
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