Dec 18

[ARCHIVED] How to have a wonderful winter in Parker

The original item was published from December 18, 2018 11:07 AM to December 14, 2021 10:11 AM

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Winter is a welcomed time of year in Parker. Not only are there the snow-capped Rockies on the horizon to appreciate every day, but a full calendar’s worth of activities, performances, and special events to enjoy out in the chilly air or while cozy indoors. Get a glimpse of all that’s in store with this seasonal preview.

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 Stroll Among the Lights: See downtown Parker in its holiday best when illuminated by 90,000-plus twinkling lights. The lights, which were switched on at the Mayor’s Holiday Lighting, shine in O’Brien Park and along Mainstreet through early January.

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 Skate the Ice Trail: Take a lap, or several, on the Parker Ice Trail at Discovery Park. As one of only a few ice trails in the country, this winter park feature allows skaters to meander across a path reminiscent of a frozen river or canal. Skaters or visitors alike can stay warm next to any of the three fire pits adjacent to the ice trail, or enjoy hot chocolate while watching skaters pass by.

 Warm Up with Indoor Activities: Even with all the days of sunshine in Colorado, sometimes you just want to stay inside. Keep cozy with a Parker Arts performance like Disney’s Newsies, Howie Mandel at the PACE Center, The Odd Couple, Friday Night Jazz, Comedy & Cocktails, Wonderbound and more listed on the Shows and Events Calendar. Art galleries at the PACE Center and The Schoolhouse, and educational classes provide even more entertainment opportunities.

Parker Parks and Recreation’s catalog of winter adult sports, youth sports, fitness classes and camps has plenty of options, too, to keep active and warm. And if winter has you dreaming of summer days, Parker Recreation Center’s indoor pool is balmy every day of the year!

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 Take Part in a Special Event: Put on your tiara for the Princess Ball in January or lace up your sneakers for the Love ‘em or Leave ‘em Valentine’s Day 5K/10K in February. Parents’ Night Out and Saturday Skate Nights hosted by Parker Rec are also a fantastic option any time of year.

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Create Your Own Trip: Plan your visit to the Town of Parker at and find more things to do on the Town Calendar, Parker Parks and Recreation Calendar and Parker Arts Calendar.

 Share Your Adventures: Document and share your winter fun in Parker on the Town’s social media accounts by using #TownofParkerCO, #ParkerRec or #ParkerArts.