Loveland, Colorado for the Holidays
Loveland, Colorado still has a small town feel, but it has the offerings of a big city, especially during the holiday season.
Shop til you drop in Loveland
The city is a shopper’s delight with everything from a full-service mall to a charming historic downtown district. The Promenade Shops at Centerra is an outdoor walking mall where shoppers will find everything from big box stores such as Best Buy to the Cottage Nest Holiday Gift Market. The market features more than 25 Colorado businesses selling everything from handmade clothing to edible treats.
Santa comes to the Promenade Shops from November 16 through December 24, plus, there are free horse and carriage rides on Sundays. The large ice rink in front of Bent Fork is open through February 21. For a list of all events taking place at The Promenade Shops at Centerra, visit their calendar.
With its twinkling lights and multiple dining locations, downtown Loveland is a wonderful destination for shopping. Whether you’re looking for a hard-to-find antique or a stunning piece of handcrafted jewelry, you’ll find it on Fourth Street.
Be entertained in Loveland
Loveland’s historic Rialto Theater in downtown is alive with the sounds of the holidays this December. There’s a Holiday Sing Along on December 6, as well as other Christmas events taking place at this beautiful venue throughout the month.
Enjoy a delightful Christmas Walk in the Woods in West Loveland this year. A new production, occurring December 12, 13, 19 and 20th, this family-friendly event features the Dickens Carolers and Santa in a unique outdoor setting. Bundle up and don’t forget the camera.
Stay and play in Loveland
Extend your Loveland holiday visit by booking a room. From now until December 28, Embassy Suites in Loveland is home to a life size gingerbread village. Your children will be nothing short of totally amazed.
Embassy Suites has amenities that include an indoor pool, made-to-order breakfast and two-room suites. The hotel’s proximity to The Promenade Shops at Centerra, just five minutes by car, makes it a perfect place for a weekend shopping extravaganza in Loveland.
Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch has western style accommodations that make a postcard perfect holiday getaway next to the Little Thompson River at the mouth of the Big Thompson Canyon. Curl up next to the wood burning stove in your cozy cabin, take a hike or play a game with the family. Make your visit even more memorable by adding on a holiday wagon ride or s’mores basket to your package.
Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is a freelance writer and founder of HeidiTown.com, the place for entertaining stories about Colorado festivals and travel.