There is no doubt that the Fort Collins holiday light displays are some of the best around in all of Colorado. Fort Collins truly is a magical place during the holiday season and we would like to share that with you. In doing so, we have compiled a list of the best outdoor holiday light displays you must see when staying in Fort Collins during this holiday season.


Downtown Holiday Lights

Fort Collins Holiday Light Displays

As it always has, Historic Old Town Fort Collins will light up with thousands of strands of holiday lights that illuminate alleyways, sidewalks, and street-tops throughout all beautiful downtown Fort Collins. The switch will be flipped on Nov 1st and the streets will look absolutely beautiful. You can experience the downtown lights every night all the way into Feb 14th. 

The stunning display of low-energy/sustainable LED lights spans seven blocks, illuminating Old Town’s trees, European-inspired alleyways, and beautiful storefronts. You can experience the holiday lights anywhere along College Ave. down to Laporte Ave. and continuing south to Magnolia Street. Trees will be lit along Walnut Ave, Linden St., Pine St., Old Town Square, Oak Street Plaza, and Mountain Ave as well.


Gardens on Spring Creek Holiday Lights


One of Northern Colorado’s best holiday traditions includes the Garden of Lights twinkling lights at the Gardens on Spring Creek. The switch gets flipped on these lights starting December 10th and will last all the way through December 26th. The lights can be seen every evening from 5:00-9:00 p.m. during that time period including Christmas Eve but will be closed on Christmas Day.

Bring the family out for a stroll through the Gardens on Spring Creek, Fort Collins’ community botanical gardens, and enjoy the creatively lit festive gardens covered by hundreds of thousands of LED lights.

You can see your favorite perennial flower beds, huge sculptural flowers, a brilliant blue LED pond, John Deere tractor, cornfields, and farmer, and a Primordial Forest with dinosaurs—all created entirely from holiday lights!

And as an added bonus you can visit Santa during the weekends (Friday, Sat, Sun), while listening to holiday music, making seasonal crafts, and enjoying warm drinks.


Fort Collins Winter Wonderland

 Winter Wonderland is an outdoor drive-thru display of marvelous twinkling lights and sculptures themed around wildlife. The drive is about 1 mile long and takes about 15 minutes to complete.

Nov. 25 – Dec. 18 (Wed.–Sat.)
Dec. 20–25 (Sun.–Sat.)
Times vary. Get your tickets here.


Lights, Ice Skating, and Holiday Displays at Foothills Mall


Bundle up to ice skate and enjoy the colorful holiday displays at The Foothills Mall . Get into the holiday spirit as you stroll through the sparkling lit plaza with a hot coffee or cocoa in hand and take in all the lights hanging from the trees, not to mention the opportunity to get some of your holiday shopping done at the same time. The lights will be up the entire month of December and the mall will be open from 10 AM to 8 PM each day of the week.


Front Range Village Holiday Lights

Front Range Village Holiday Horse and Carraige

The Front Range Holiday Lights typically roll out on December 1st and will include a number of family-friendly events during the celebration. Plus the large tree will be lit at dusk.


Plan Your Holiday Trip to Fort Collins Today!

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Holiday Lights