It's time for the holiday season - welcome Santa to town, shop small, gift guide and more.

Downtown Boulder

Nov 18, 2015

News You Can Use

This Sunday: Switch on the Holidays

Sunday, November 22 | 5 pm | 1300 Block of Pearl Street

The grand illumination of the holiday lights on the Boulder County Courthouse and along the Pearl Street Mall is a holiday tradition for the entire family! The Boulder Chorale will welcome Santa Claus to town with a holiday performance. After the lighting ceremony, stick around to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus until 7 pm.

Switch on the Holidays

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 28 | Throughout Downtown

Pledge to Shop Small® this holiday season and support your local businesses and community! On Small Business Saturday (the Saturday following Thanksgiving) enjoy promotions and in store special events at participating downtown businesses.

Make a big difference by shopping locally on the biggest shopping weekend of the year!

Participating businesses

Small Business Spotlights

Small Business Spotlights

Are you curious about the people behind the amazing shops and restaurants that make up downtown Boulder? Check out the Love the Local: Small Business Spotlights for a glimpse into the lives of our downtown business owners and operators.

Recent spotlights include Shine Restaurant, Art + Soul Gallery, Organic Sandwich Company, Topo Designs, ten20, Firefly Garden, Sherpani, Seeds Cafe, and Fabricate.


Downtown Boulder Holiday Gift Guide

The gifting possibilities are endless in downtown Boulder! Our holiday gift guide is just a sampling of what's out there. With over 300 specialty shops, you'll find everything from books and shoes, to the Spice of the Month Club.

Need a simple, local, thoughtful gift? The Downtown Boulder Gift Card is available in amounts from $10 - $500 and good at 200 downtown businesses. Special gift-with-purchase starts Monday for in person orders.


More Holiday Events

St. Nick on the Bricks

Kids of all ages can visit with Santa Claus at the downtown Visitor Information Center (free photo ops) on Friday, November 27 and Saturdays November 28 - December 19, from 11 am - 2 pm.

Lights of December Parade

On Saturday, December 5 at 6 pm, spectators will enjoy floats created and decorated by local businesses, schools, churches, and civic groups. The grand finale includes an appearance from Santa Claus himself!

Lights of December 1 Mile Run

Lead off the Lights of December Parade with a 1-mile run! Jog (or walk) two loops on the parade route ahead of the floats and stay to watch the parade. Race day registration begins at 4:30 pm or register today!


Celebrate in Downtown

There's no better way to celebrate the holidays!

Many restaurants and venues have party or event space available for your holiday bash! Contact the individual businesses to book today.

Enjoy a delicious meal this holiday season! See our list of restaurants open on Thanksgiving and/or Christmas.


Last Boulder Farmers Market

Saturday, November 21 | 8AM - 2PM | 13th St between Canyon and Arapahoe

Don't miss the last outdoor Boulder Farmers Market of the season! This year, the Boulder and Longmont farmers markets have had the highest produce sales in the history of the organization. Come celebrate the end of the season this Saturday.


Found Downtown

This photo from our Instagram was taken downtown.

Email the location of this photo to with "Found Downtown" in the subject line for a chance to win a $25 Downtown Boulder Gift Card. Winner will be notified by Tuesday, December 1.

Congratulations Salem M., winner of last Found Downtown (Woody Creek Cafe).


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Upcoming Events


1 Million Cups
9 - 10 am / Galvanize

Alex Honnold with "Alone on the Wall"
7:30 pm / First Congregational

Bikes! Sex! Films!
8 pm - 10 pm / Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place

Paint "Starry Night"
6:30 pm - 9 pm / POSHsplat

TacoRita Wednesday!
10 pm until we sell out / Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery

Wednesday Mexiburger
4 pm - close / Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace


3rd Annual Chief Niwot Forum: Searching for Truth and Reconciliation; The Colorado Example
7 pm - 8:30 pm / Museum of Boulder

Bluegrass, BBQ, & Bourbon Thursdays
8 pm - close / West End Tavern

Late Night Happy Hour
9 pm - midnight / West End Tavern

NewCo Boulder
8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Old Time Bluegrass Jam
7:30 pm / West Flanders Brewing Company

Purple Squirrel
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm / St Julien Hotel and Spa

SheSays Boulder
6 pm - 8 pm / Galvanize

STUART SCHAAR -- "Eqbal Ahmad"
7:30 pm / Boulder Book Store

Sunset Series w/ DJ Royal Swan and Friends- Free in the Restaurant!
Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place

2 pm / The Dairy Center For The Arts

Vinyasa Yoga with Liana @ Amana Yoga
6 pm - 7:15 pm / vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda


Ben Hanna with Whiskey Autumn & Hunter Stone
8 pm - 10 pm / Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place

Danny Bastos Collective
10 pm / Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub & Restaurant

Friday Lunch and Early Happy Hour
Lunch from 11:30 am - 3 pm, Happy Hour from 3 - 6 pm / Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace

Late Night Happy Hour
9 pm - midnight / West End Tavern

Paint "Full Moon"
6:30 pm - 9 pm / POSHsplat

Pig Roast Fridays
5 - 9 pm / Aji

Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil and Rally
6:45 pm - 9 pm / 1300 Block of Pearl

5 pm - 8 pm / Goorin Bros. Hat Shop


Afternoon Tea
3 - 5 pm / Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant

Afternoon Tea
2 pm / St Julien Hotel and Spa

Boulder Farmers Market
8 am - 2 pm / Central Park

Closing: First Bite Boulder Restaurant Week
Please check with restaurants for times

Late Night Happy Hour
9 pm - midnight / West End Tavern

Niya Performance
8 pm - 9 pm / 1600 Block of Pearl Street

ORVIS Fly Fishing 101
1 pm - 2 pm / Front Range Anglers

Paint "Hitting the Slopes"
6:30 pm - 9 pm / POSHsplat

Signature Saturday Series
10 am - 2 pm / Front Range Anglers

Closing: Viva la Vie Bohème
7 pm - 10 pm / First Presbyterian Church


All Night Happy Hour
3 pm - close / Aji

Communikey presents Rise and Shine Sunday Brunch – Free in the Restaurant!
10: 30 am - 3:30 pm / Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place

Family Day Paint "Owl Eyes"
2 pm - 4 pm / POSHsplat

10 pm - 1 am / Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery

Live Music
Sundays from 2 - 5 pm, Happy Hour from 3 - 6 pm / Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace

Sacred House Sunday Gathers
Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place

Switch on the Holidays
5 pm / 1300 Block of Pearl