December is here, the official start of winter (December 22) is quickly approaching, and heavy snowfalls will be here any day now. If you love being out in the snow and engaging in outdoor winter activities, then Colorado is one of the best places to live/visit. The people and towns in Colorado, especially the Denver area, live for winter and celebrate it enthusiastically. From mid December all the way to early March, the Denver, Colorado, area has a plethora of outdoor festivals and activities that truly transform the city into a Winter Wonderland.

Here are just a few of the amazing options Denver, Colorado, has to offer for winter activities:

Southwest Rink at Skyline Park

When: November 24, 2015–February 15, 2016

Where: Skyline Park, the corner of 16th and Arapahoe

If normal walking is getting too boring and you want to add some adventure, throw on some ice skates and spend some time at the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park. Not only would it be a great time with family and friends, but it’s only $2 to rent skates—or you can bring your own pair and skate for free! There will be a DJ playing music on Friday nights, skating lessons Saturday mornings, live concerts Saturday nights, and family entertainment Sunday afternoons.

Winter Brew Fest

When: January 22­–23

Where: Mile High Station, 2027 W. Lower Colfax Avenue

Denver may be known for Coors Light, but the Winter Brew Fest, held at Mile High Station, looks to celebrate the craft beer culture in Colorado and around the United States. Not only is there going to be over 60 brewers there with beer to sample, but there will be live local music, food, and other vendors.

Sledding Hill Park

Where: S. Kipling Pkwy & W. Ken Caryl Ave. Littleton, CO 80128 (30–40 minutes south of Denver)

The skiing and snowboarding spots in Colorado are well known, heavily visited, and have steep prices for admission. Fortunately for Denver natives and families who do not want to travel two to four hours outside the city to the High Country in order to enjoy some slopes, Littleton, Colorado, offers us Sledding Hill Park. Parking may be difficult at high peak times, but there is plenty of space to enjoy the snow and it doesn’t cost a dime.

National Western Stock Show

Where: 4655 Humboldt Street Denver, CO 80126

Playing in the snow is not the only thing to look forward to when the temperature starts to drop in Denver; every January the National Western Stock Show comes into town and continues a tradition. This is a great event for all ages, especially the little ones who love horses and cows. Enjoy some professional bull riding, equestrian competitions, livestock shows, and Wild West shows. You can even experience a Rodeo Clown program backstage.

Evergreen Lake House

Where: 29614 Upper Bear Creek Road Evergreen, CO 80437 (40–50 minutes west of Denver)

If you’re looking for a place to enjoy all of your outdoor winter sports needs, the Lake House in Evergreen, Colorado, is where you need to go. During the winter, the lake freezes over and it is open for your imagination. You can ice skate, play some hockey, get a game of broomball together, and even go ice fishing. If it gets too cold out, head inside the house to warm up by the large stone fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate.

Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Where: 92 Crawford Gulch Road Golden, CO 80403 (25–30 minutes west of Denver)

Skiing in the High Country can be expensive, crowded, and a long drive away depending on where you live. If you live in Denver and are looking for a place to ski that is close by, does not cost much, and is not known by many tourists, head 25 to 30 minutes west to Golden Gate Canyon State Park. There is a wide range of slopes available—some suited for experts, and some for the less skillful. You won’t be able to rent any equipment so remember to bring your own.

Denver Parks

There are over 4,000 acres of traditional parks and parkways, including 2,500 urban natural acres, located in Denver, and in the winter these parks bring another meaning to the word beauty. City Park offers an amazing view of the skyline with the Rocky Mountains in the background, and Cheesman Park has large snowy expanses stretching out in front of you. These parks and more are perfect places to cross-country ski, sled, snowshoe, or have a snowball fight.

No matter what you do this winter, be sure to stay safe and stay warm. The Law Office of Andres R. Guevara hopes you have a wonderful winter season with your friends and family!