Things to do in January

From ice skating to selfies with the ice queen, winter activities begin in Aurora!

Uncover winter activities and sip on craft beer to welcome the new year. Remember to follow mask-wearing and social distancing guidelines enforced by the State of Colorado and provided by the CDC. View updated COVID-19 community resources to assist you in planning your visit.

Three friends carry shopping bags through Southlands Shopping Center in Aurora CO


Plan ahead. Buy tickets, sign-up online, or do a little research before attending these events and activities.

Virtual Bingo at Dry Dock
Where: Dry Dock Brewing Company (streaming virtually)
When: Every Thursday (Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28)

Aurora’s oldest brewery is bringing bingo to you! Stop by Dry Dock North Dock on Thursdays in January (3-6 PM) to grab your free with any to-go purchase Bingo card. Then, tune-in at 6:00 PM to Dry Dock’s Facebook Live event to play along at home.

Ice Cream & Selfies with the Ice Queen
Where: Town Center At Aurora
When: Jan. 16 from 2 PM – 4 PM

Perfect for kids, this frozen fun event is free to attend and will have ice cream, crafts, and photo ops with the Ice Queen herself. Stop by the Center Court between 2 and 4 PM to explore the wonders of winter.

Where: Gaylord Rockies
When: Now through Feb. 28

Winterfest offers a wide array of indoor and outdoor, family-friendly activities such as snow tubing, ice skating, and ice bumper cars outside on Glacier Point along with a Colorado-themed scavenger hunt inside the resort. Tickets for these activities, all designed in accordance with enhanced and rigorous cleanliness standards.

Paint a Droid Orb!
Where: Painting with A Twist, Aurora
When: Jan. 16

Feeling creative, Star Wars fans? Stop by Painting with a Twist for in-person painting. This two-hour class will give you all the tools you need to create a masterpiece. Paint and sip on your favorite beverage.

BARE: The Musical
Where: The People’s Building (also, streaming virtually)
When: Jan 21 – 31

This contemporary rock musical tackles issues of sexual identity, self-perception, and families coming together and breaking apart. Due to COVID restrictions, only 20 in-person audience members will be allowed per performance. Consider streaming online or purchase tickets in advance.

CARNE y Arena
Where: The Hangar at Stanley
When: Now through Jan 30

The award-winning artist, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, has created an immersive virtual reality experience representing the lives of immigrants and refugees. This VR experience has been described as ground-breaking and will leave visitors with a new perspective. Order tickets online.

Two girls smile as they stake the day away at The Pond Southlands in Aurora CO


The following will be open throughout January, making it easy to plan your laid-back adventures in Aurora.

Ice Skating

Hang out at The Pond this winter season! The Pond, located in Southlands Lifestyle Center, is open throughout the winter months. Visitors can rent skates on-site and enjoy the ice underneath the twinkling lights. There is a small admission-fee and remember to purchase tickets online. Perfect for families or shoppers looking for a break, The Pond is a seasonal tradition. Warm-up with a cup of hot chocolate or grab dinner at one of the nearby restaurants.

Snowy Hikes & Exploring

Stop by Cherry Creek State Park for a winter backdrop unlike any other in Aurora. Grab your warm clothing and set out for a hike. The good news, many of the trails are only partially covered in snow, making it easier to explore this park on foot. The Aurora Reservoir has an 8-mile loop trail around the water, making it the perfect place for viewing bald eagles swooping down and little critters scamping on the snowy terrain. Or consider the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge for a winter adventure. Visitors can expect to see a few animals on the ground and in the air along their hike.

Craft Beer Tasting

Celebrate 2021 by checking off that bucket list. Colorado is the nation's unofficial craft beer capital, so try some of Aurora's best local brews. Situated throughout the city, Aurora's microbrewers all have their flare. Bent Barley Brewing Company is known for its ales and lagers, while visitors can sip on more experimental beers at Ursula Brewing Company. New to the scene, Lady Justice Brewing Company has a creative space on Colfax Ave. and serves up classic and exciting beers.