Buena Vista’s Christmas Opening

The First Saturday in December


Thank you to everyone who came out for Christmas Opening this year! We look forward to seeing you again in 2022 – the first Saturday of December! 

The Buena Vista Christmas Opening is a wonderful holiday tradition that unites our small businesses, residents, and visitors as we join together and share in the holiday spirit. 


2021 Events & Activities

Thank you to our Generous 2021 Sponsors

The Chocolate Walk – All Day December 4th & 5th
Pick up your playing cards 11/29 to 12/3 at the BV Chamber
Also available at The Heritage Museum on 12/4
Cards are $1 each with chances to win up to $200 in prizes

Photos with Santa – December 4th from 10a – 4p
Bring your kiddo to The Heritage Museum for a free photo with Santa! Don’t forget to bring your lists and drop them in the North Pole Mailbox as well! Times Vary.

Holiday Craft Fair – December 4th from 10a – 4p
Join us for your holiday shopping at Holiday Craft Fair at the Heritage Museum.

The Star, Free Movie for the Family  – December 4th at 10a and 12:30p
First Colorado Land is sponsoring the free showing of The Star at the Community Center. This family friendly movie will have two showings during the day. Reservations Required. 

Parade of Lights – December 4th at 5:15p
Starting at 5:15 on South Main and ending at Railroad and East Main with a recital of ’twas the Night Before Christmas and the Community Tree Lighting

The Polar Plunge – December 4th from 11:30a – 12:30p
Ever wonder what the Arkansas River feels like in December. Head out to The Surf Hotel and take a dip! All proceeds from this event will benefit Toys for Tikes. Register onsite. 

Santa’s Favorite Workshop – December 4th & 5th from 10a – 4p
Cloud City Toy Store will have holiday shopping available at The Heritage Museum. So come check out all the unique gifts for those special kiddos in your life!

Chili Cook-off – December 4th from 10a – 3:30p
Do you think you make the best chili in town? Well, here is your chance to prove it! Join us during Christmas Opening to test your skills!  Or, just stop by to vote for the best chili. For more information, visit BuenaVistaHeritage.org

Local Author’s Fair – December 4th 12p – 3p
Meet local authors at The BV Library during Christmas Opening, purchase signed copies, and enter a raffle to win free books!

Christmas Tree Permits Online
Purchase your Christmas Tree Permit online beginning November 9th. Although the Forest Service will not be at Christmas Opening in person, we want to ensure you have everything you need to deck the halls. Purchase Permit here

Carolers and Music Entertainment

And much more…

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

The Buena Vista Christmas Opening event is presented to you 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.