5 Unique Things to Do Near Denver for the Holidays

This holiday season, take advantage of all of the festive activities that are offered to Colorado residents and visitors, whether it’s hanging with Santa or escaping to the mountains for some bliss. No matter what activity you do, there are always opportunities to eat or drink Paleo so you can maintain your healthy eating habits during the hectic holidays. We offer some advice on how to do so below.

Five unique holiday activities spoken highly of by local residents include:

1. Book a cabin in the mountains.

For Denver city-dwellers, getting away from the hustle and bustle of life – especially during the holidays – may appeal to some. Enjoy the serenity of the mountains in an affordable cabin – check out Airbnb.com or the HotelTonight app, which offers great last-minute discounts. 

Curl up near the fire and read a good book or play a board game with the family, activities we’re rarely able to set time aside for in our daily lives. Stock your chalet fridge with your Paleo meal prep by Caveman Chefs to avoid high-priced mountain food.

2. Visit Denver Zoo Lights.

Make a cup of paleo hot chocolate – yes there’s such a thing, which simply consists of cocoa powder, maple syrup and non-dairy milk like almond or coconut milk. Leave glass containers or straws at home as they’re not allowed. 

Families who purchase tickets to Denver Zoo Lights have access to exhibits, such as a Carol Train Sing-along aboard Denver Zoo Railroad, presented by Union Pacific Railroad, and a grass maze. Learn more.

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3. See Santa run (or run as Santa yourself) in Breckenridge.

Kick off the holiday season and watch the annual Race of the Santas on Dec. 7th down Main Street in Breckenridge, about two and a half hours from Denver. The race is only three-fourths of a mile, and you can either walk or run it in a Santa costume or cheer from the sidelines. Directly after, anyone can view the lighting of Breckenridge at 5 p.m. ET, meet Santa and see a free concert to cap off the night.

4. Sing along with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

Have a Colorado Christmas with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra where you’ll hear a narration of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” and hear your favorite holiday classics. There are four shows total during the month of December.

5. Take a ride on the Santa Express train.

Every year, families hop aboard the Santa Express Train on the Royal Gorge Route just two hours outside of Denver to see the North Pole. Train riders have the opportunity to sing along to holiday classics and grub on fresh-to-order entrees from the grill, cookies and hot cocoa. Each guest will be greeted by Santa and his elves once the train reaches the North Pole. Don’t miss out on this exciting adventure with your family!

During the busy holiday season, leave the cooking to someone else. Order your Paleo meals from Caveman Chefs to continue eating in a convenient, yet healthy manner, leaving you more time to do festive activities like the above with your family. Make it even easier by signing up for a subscription that allows you to set up a day you want to receive your meals in advance. Choose the meals that are tailored to meet your needs: low FODMAP/SIBO, Paleo, vegan, vegetarian and/or Whole30.

About Caveman Chefs

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Written by Amanda Donohue, blogger and a student pursuing an M.S. in clinical nutrition

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