One exciting adventure off the beaten path in Colorado over the holidays is the Santa Express Train. The train leaves the historic Santa Fe Depot in Canon City on an evening journey to the enchanting "North Pole." Kids listen to holiday classics and sip hot chocolate as the train winds its way around the Royal Gorge. Children can even dress in their pajamas in the spirit of the Santa Express Train. The ride is about 1.5 hours. Prices are $19 for kids ages 3-12, and $29 for adults.

The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs features holiday performances for the entire family, including a special presentation of singing and dancing by the Rocky Mountain Holiday Singers. Shows are scheduled throughout December. Call 800-634-7711 for reservations and information.

Pueblo's Riverwalk glitters with the Annual Holiday Lighting and Extravaganza. Enjoy the holiday lights, sip hot chocolate, enjoy boat rides with Santa down the Arkansas River, and listen to carol singers.

It is a Winter Wildland at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. This mountainside zoo has thousand of lights, holiday characters, and storytelling throughout the holiday season, both day and night. Santa pays a visit, too.

More Information: Royal GorgePueblo; Cheyenne Mountain Zoo  Or call 888-724-5748.