Cider tasting, shopping, ice skating and more!
The holiday season has come to an end. Here’s a list of things to do this January. From craft beverage tasting to ice fishing, discover winter in Aurora.
Plan ahead. Buy tickets, signup online, or do a little research before attending these city-wide events and activities.
When: Saturday, Jan. 19
Where: Dry Dock North Dock
Celebrate the humble beer can at Dry Dock’s annual Can Bash this weekend. Open from 12:00 PM through 8:00 PM enjoy food trucks, raffle prizes, on-site screen printing, games, and live music while you sip on tasty microbrews and literally smash some cans. Learn more about this admission-free event.
SIP & SHOP STANLEY SIDEWALK SALE
When: Sunday, Jan. 20
Where: Stanley Marketplace
Get the best deals on winter apparel and merchandise from Stanley Marketplace vendors at the annual sidewalk sale. While you do a little shopping, enjoy drink specials from Stanley’s boozy businesses. No tickets are necessary.
PLAINS CONSERVATION WAGON TOUR
When: Saturday, Jan. 26
Where: Plains Conservation Center
Saddle up for a wagon ride across the wide-open plains of Colorado. At this family-friendly event, watch for wildlife on this guided tour through the Plains Conservation Center. Afterward, walk through the sod homestead, schoolhouse, and blacksmith shop alongside knowledgeable tour guides. Grab your tickets here.
COFFEE & LETTERING WORKSHOP
When: Sunday, Jan. 27
Where: Legends Coffee
Improve your lettering skills at this newly introduced coffee and lettering event at Legends Coffee. From 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, a professional will teach the basics of hand lettering while providing brush pens and paper. Grab tickets online to save your seat.
PAINT & CREATE
When: Wednesday, Jan. 29
Where: Peak to Peak Tap & Brew
Get crafty! Design your own wood canvas, coasters, or beer opener at Peak to Peak Tap & Brew’s paint and create night hosted by Craftbox. Grab your tickets soon to ensure your spot.
Take it easy. The following will be open throughout January, making it easy to plan your laid-back adventures in Aurora.
SNOWSHOEING AT PRONGHORN NATURAL AREA
Weather permitting, snowshoeing around the Pronghorn Natural Area is a great way to embrace Aurora’s winter activities. Get on the 1.2-mile trail, you’re likely to see mule deer, white-tailed deer, and pronghorns in the distance. Rent snowshoes for about $16 per day from Lenny’s Golf and Ski Shop in Aurora.
LIGHT! AT GAYLORD ROCKIES
Discover a world of magical lights at the newly opened Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center. This indoor/outdoor display of lights is walkable and for the whole family to enjoy. This admission-free activity is easily accompanied by dinner at one of Gaylord Rockies’ eight restaurants. Read more details.
THE POND AT SOUTHLANDS
Winter isn’t over yet! Lace up your skates for an afternoon at The Pond ice rink in Southlands. Located in the main plaza, this winter wonderland is open every day. However, we suggest checking their website to plan your visit. Skates can be rented on-site.
WILDLIFE VIEWING AT CHERRY CREEK STATE PARK
Colorado is home to thousands of native species. Spend the day hiking or walking around Cherry Creek State Park while searching for eastern cottontail rabbits, coyotes, beavers, white-tailed deer, and more. Visit their website to discover other winter activities.
CIDER TASTING AT HAYKIN FAMILY CIDER
The tasting room at Haykin Family Cider is the perfect blend of modern-meets-cozy, making it the best place to spend a snowy afternoon in Aurora. With rotating ciders, visitors are encouraged to stop by to try a variety of flavors. Read more about their hours.