The Georgetown Christmas Market is the quintessential winter town event, right out of a Christmas movie. No, literally. In the 1980s, John Denver starred in The Christmas Gift, filmed in the snowy streets of historic Georgetown, Colorado. Nestled in the towering peaks of the Rocky Mountains, Georgetown’s quaint Victorian era homes and atmosphere add to its festive charm.
You can find Georgetown 45 miles west of downtown Denver and an hour drive on Interstate 70 from Denver International Airport. Visit Georgetown during the 2020 holiday season for its 61st Annual Christmas Market Celebration! The event will take place on the weekend of December 4th-6th and the weekend of December 11th-13th! This is an occasion you and your family will not want to miss!
Christmas Market in Georgetown
Georgetown’s Annual Christmas Market is regularly ranked in the Top 20 Best Christmas Markets in the United States. Taking place during the first two weekends of December 2020 will be the town’s 61st year of celebration. European style festivities and traditions have been taking place in this sleepy town since 1960. What started out as a small gathering of locals has transformed to an event that draws enchanted visitors from all over the world.
During the holiday season, Georgetown turns into a Christmas wonderland. As winter hits, Georgetown dazzles with colors of red and green, twinkling lights, and a fresh blanket of fallen snow. The Christmas Market takes place in historic Strousse Park in downtown Georgetown. The happenings that occur in Strousse Park will surely enchant the most gleeful holiday spirit.
Strousse Park on 6th and Rose Street
The Christmas activities in Georgetown are continuous and abundant during the December celebrations. The town feels as if it were built around Strousse Park, the host of the Georgetown Christmas Market and its merchants. St. Nicholas graces the town with a visit, Victorian dressed carolers sing suitable melodies, and the smell of fire roasted chestnuts fills the mountain air.
Image of Saint Nicholas During Georgetown’s 2019 Christmas Market
When the Alpine Hose Museum’s clock strikes noon, the children who attend Georgetown Community School walk down Rose Street and sing the Santa Lucia song. The Santa Lucia is a song stemming from Swedish Christmas tradition, directly connected to the European roots that this popular celebration honors. The vendors within Strousse Park’s wooden booths are a great draw and put the “market” in Georgetown Christmas Market.
Christmas Market Vendors
Along the southeast perimeter of Strousse Park are vendors of all kinds selling delicious or charming goods from the booths that wait anxiously for the occasion. You can find anything your festive heart may desire amongst these vendors! From homemade jellies and spiced wines to hand crafted ornaments and pine scented candles, transactions and conversations with these vendors feel like a trip back into time.
The Christmas spirit is alive and flowing with the winter wind, encapsulating the experience’s energy. It’s impossible not to smile at the bundled up vendors, waiting for you to ask them what they have for purchase and about the love they put into making it for you. You may not find what’s available for purchase anywhere else, or at any other time of year — that’s what makes the vendors and their goods so special!
Downtown Georgetown, Colorado
Although Strousse Park is the central location of the Christmas Market celebration, the town of Georgetown is always bustling with many Christmas themed activities. The beauty of 6th Street, which most of the downtown shops line, is picture worthy day or night.
Image of the Busy Bee car from Georgetown’s 2019 Christmas Market
During the day, the streets fill with visitors and locals alike, all shopping the galleries, trading posts, and welcoming stores. It’s certainly not uncommon to be walking 6th Street and spot the Busy Bee taxi used in The Christmas Gift! At night, the Christmas lights throughout town shine so bright, they illuminate the mountains that surround the tiny town. Open restaurants, bars and breweries often have events and holiday specials running during the event’s dates. It seems the entire town is so hypnotized by the Christmas spirit. Every year the locals and visitors are equally eager for the festivities to return year after year.
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration
You can sense the beginning of the holiday season in Georgetown, much earlier than anywhere else. As the last golden leaves fall and the temperatures cool suddenly, snow drops by for a visit and the puffy, warm jackets come out of their slumbers. For many, the first two weekends of December seem much too far away to celebrate Christmas. If you can relate to this restlessness, you are in luck! The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration takes place in late November, right in Strousse Park!
If you’re able to make your way to Georgetown the day after Thanksgiving, the town’s Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration is an experience you’ll want to be a part of! On the corner of 6th and Rose Street at sunset, the ceremony is accompanied by a fire, hot chocolate and cider, and a beautiful carolers performance.
The lighting of Strousse Park’s Christmas tree is the spark that illuminates the holiday events to come! Mark the 61st Annual Georgetown Christmas Market in your calendar, happening the first two weekends of December this 2020 holiday season! Georgetown waits to celebrate with you then!