Ready to get into the Christmas spirit? Nestled amid the Victorian-era streets of Georgetown, Colorado in the Rocky Mountains, the annual Georgetown Christmas Market is perfect for Colorado locals and visitors seeking a quintessential Christmas experience. This December, I wandered through the town’s snow-covered streets, enjoying hot cider, Bavarian pretzels, and milk chocolate from Georgetown Valley Candy Company, while shopping for Christmas gifts for my friends and family on 6th Street. Keep reading for my ultimate guide to the Georgetown Christmas Market, including the creative boutiques to shop, the live entertainment to watch, and the top activities to do (hint: horse-drawn wagon rides).
Frequently Asked Qs
What is the History of the Georgetown Christmas Market?
Since 1960, the Georgetown Christmas Market has hosted a variety of European-style festivities and traditions. Fun fact: in the 1980s, John Denver starred in The Christmas Gift, which was filmed in historic Georgetown. Georgetown’s Annual Christmas Market has also been featured in the Top 20 Best Christmas Markets in the United States!
Where is the Georgetown Christmas Market?
📍 6th Street, Georgetown, CO 80444
You can find Georgetown 45 miles west of downtown Denver. The Christmas Market is located in Strousse Park and along 6th Street.
When is the Georgetown Christmas Market?
The Georgetown Christmas Market is held on the 1st and 2nd weekend of December. It’s open from 10 am to 5 pm!
What to Wear to the Georgetown Christmas Market?
To make the most of your Georgetown Christmas Market experience, make sure to dress warmly. Don’t forget to bring gloves, a beanie, and a cozy scarf. These are my favorite winter styles to shop.
10 Things to Do at the Georgetown Christmas Market
1. Walk to the Outdoor European Marketplace
The Christmas Market features an outdoor European marketplace with handcrafted gifts, such as Christmas ornaments, Colorado wines, rare books, jewelry, and antiques. It’s the perfect opportunity to find one-of-a-kind presents for your loved ones. Plus, you can enjoy the seasonal treats offered by the market’s food vendors, from hot cider to Bavarian pretzels.
2. Stop by the Book Nook
Every year, locals and Colorado authors gather in the Georgetown Community Center to display, sign, and sell their books. I loved stopping by and browsing all the fiction, non-fiction, YA literature, fantasy, sci-fi, and mystery novels!
3. Browse Shoppe Internationale
A year-round Christmas shop with gifts and home decor. Their specialty? European glass, fabrics, and jewelry. I love that this little shop has a thousand different things to look at. In one of the photographs below, you can see one of their special German-made items: matchboxes filled with miniature Christmas scenes.
4. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at the Georgetown Valley Candy Company
This candy shop has been family-owned and operated since 1982! They specialize in homemade candy, handcrafted chocolates, and gifts for all occasions.
5. Take a Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride
Experience the magic of Georgetown by taking a romantic horse-drawn wagon ride for only $6!
6. Enjoy Live Entertainment at the Library Stage
The Georgetown Christmas Market isn’t just a shopping destination; it’s a celebration! Stop by and watch the live performances held on the Library Stage at the corner of 6th Street and Rose Street. Make sure to check the city’s event schedule for all the details.
7. Watch Santa Lucia Children’s Procession
When the Alpine Hose Museum’s clock strikes noon, the Santa Lucia Children Carolers walk through the Town of Georgetown to Library Stage. Along the way, they sing the Santa Lucia song, a Swedish Christmas tradition!
8. Drink at Rue De Noël
Located at 6th Street and Taos Street, Rue De Noë is the perfect place to enjoy local craft breweries beer and wine.
9. Shop at the Trading Post
An old-west shopping experience! The Trading Post has plenty of hats, hides, unique jewelry, collectibles, candles, and locally-made soaps.
10. Book a Ride on the Georgetown Loop Railroad
Take a one-hour festive journey aboard the Georgetown Loop Holiday Train. You’ll have the chance to meet Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Santa’s helpers as the train winds through the snow-covered Colorado Rocky Mountains. Your trip includes complimentary treats, including hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes, and more!
Finish off your day with a leisurely evening stroll on 6th Street before heading home. Whether you’re seeking Christmas gifts, or simply the joy of the Christmas season, I hope this market gives you a magical experience. Now that you’ve learned more about the Georgetown Christmas Market, it’s time to plan your visit!