Buena Vista’s Christmas Opening

The First Saturday in December


December 5, 2020

The Buena Vista Christmas Opening is a wonderful holiday tradition that unites our small businesses, visitors and residents to join together and share in the holiday spirit. Although this year may look slightly different, we hope to still carry on some of our long standing traditions. 

We invite you and your family to join us in some or all of the events taking place throughout Town, including;  

  • The Chocolate Walk (all week long)!
  • Photos with Santa (we are pretty sure he is the real Santa!
  • BV Adopt A Tree: For businesses, families, classrooms or other groups. For more information, go here. Presented by the BV Beautification Board. 


Other Happenings and Information

Some of the events that are not able to take place in person, will be brought to you virtually. This includes;

The Community Tree Lighting: You will be able to enjoy a video with Santa reciting ’twas the Night Before Christmas. Check back for the link to the YouTube video.

Mt. Princeton Punch Passes: Due to limited pool capacities, Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort will not be offering a holiday sale on punch passes. They appreciate your business during these trying times and look forward to hosting a greater number of guests in the future. Their standard Locals Punch Passes are always available. Please purchase your locals punch pass at the front desk or call 719-395-2447. 
Valid for Chaffee, Lake & Park Counties only. For more information, visit their website.

Purchasing your Christmas Tree Permit from the Forest Service: You can do that online by going here.

Viewing the Parade of Lights: If you prefer to stay home, you can watch the Parade of Lights via Facebook Live

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Chocolate Walk Saturday, December 5 - Saturday, December 12

A fun and delicious tour.  Pick up your playing card at the Buena Vista Welcome Center (343 US Hwy 24 South) beginning Tuesday, December 1st through Friday, December 5th between 10a and 4p. You may also download the card for $2 and print it from your home. Link coming soon. 

Then on during the entire week of December 5th through the 12th visit participating merchants, do some holiday shopping, see the amazing holiday products and services, taste exquisite chocolates and get your card stamped.  Prize drawings take place on December 14th, so return your completed participant card to be entered. *This year we have expanded the Chocolate Walk to a full week so you can enjoy shopping while not being in crowds. Take advantage of this week worth of sweets!


Visit Santa 10:00 pm to 4:30 pm

We want to keep Santa and his elves healthy and safe so he can deliver presents on Christmas Eve, therefore the FREE photos will be by appointment. To register for a time slot, please sign up here

Due to capacity limitations at the Community Center, please expect to wait outside for a short period of time. You are also required to wear a mask while inside. Temperature and symptom checks are also required at the door. 

Santa joins us from Harmony Workshops. Photos are sponsored by Bertram Media and Chaffee Arts. All photos will be available for download after the event. 



Parade of Lights - Postponed to 2021

It is with a heavy heart that we announce we will be canceling the Parade of Lights this year due to low participation. This was not an easy decision, along with the many difficult decisions that the COVID pandemic has forced us to make. The Parade of Lights is a long standing tradition in Buena Vista and we look forward to hosting it again in 2021 with the hopes of making it the BEST yet.
It is a priority that our community stays healthy and our businesses remain open. We are committed to doing whatever we can to make those things happen.


Shop Local and Online

Although we won’t be hosting our Craft Fair this year due to COVID restrictions, check out our local deals from businesses right here in BV.

Check out our Shop Local website for the most up-to-date deals!

Remember to #ShopBVFirst this holiday season!

The Buena Vista Christmas Opening event is sponsored by the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, or if your business is doing an activity or event that day, please reach out to events@buenavistacolorado.org.