Christmas Train in Georgetown, Colorado with Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck

I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck, are going on the Christmas train.   We love trains and we love Christmas and we love Georgetown.

Georgetown, Colorado

Georgetown, Colorado

A perfect time for us.   Arriving early, while still daylight, we find the path to the warming hut and our train.

Path to train station and white warming hut

Path to train station and white warming hut

But first we see Jeremy roasting chestnuts.

Jeremy is roasting chestnuts

Jeremy is roasting chestnuts

Of course we try some.   Very nice.   Our first time eating roasted chestnuts.    Jeff shows us some knives he recently made.   He is a blacksmith and also carves the handles for his knives.

Jeff makes and sells great knives

Jeff makes and sells great knives

Some of the handles are bone, some are antlers or animal horns.   All the knives he makes are one of a kind and personally crafted by Jeff.   Heading to the train station, we love these guys in the canoe.

Canoe with friends in Clear Creek

Canoe with friends in Clear Creek

They are floating on the partially frozen Clear Creek.   This creek also winds through downtown Denver.  Looking the other direction on Clear Creek, we see the train crossing Devil’s Gate High Bridge.

Train on Devil's Gate High Bridge

Train on Devil’s Gate High Bridge

The train will cross Clear Creek 4 times on this loop ride.   This narrow gauge train was completed in 1884 to connect the two mining towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume.   Now it is primarily a tourist train.   It is rather chilly here in the mountains, so we head to the warming hut.   Inside we admire the decorations.

Inside warming hut

Inside warming hut

Our train has not arrived yet, but this one is here.  Freight cars decorated for the Christmas season.

Decorated train cars

Decorated train cars

There are lights everywhere.   Inside our train, there are more lights.

Inside night train

Inside night train

It is dark outside now, and we pass so many displays of lights.   Some lighting displays are synchronized with music.   Since this is a Christmas train, Santa is here.

Santa in train

Santa in train

We ducks tell Santa what we want for Christmas.   Maybe we will get it?  Maybe not?  But, we love Santa and we love this train ride.   The towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume are only 2 miles (3.2 km) apart, but climbing the mountain, we ride 4.5 miles (7.2 km) on this train.   Returning to the Georgetown train station, we enjoy hot chocolate and sugar cookies from Steph.

Hot chocolate and sugar cookies here

Hot chocolate and sugar cookies here

Looking back, we love the lights leading to the train.   If you visit Colorado this month, we hope you ride the Georgetown Christmas train.   We think you will love it as much as we did.

Denver’s Annual Christmas Light Display

The City and County building in Denver, Colorado has spectacular Christmas lights.

City and County Building of Denver, Colorado

City and County Building of Denver, Colorado

Zeb the Duck here, reporting that mom drove us to view this Christmas display.   WOW!!!  The lights are beautiful.

While we there, we heard Christmas carols.  The lights changed colors as the music played.

The colors change

The colors change

The evening we visited was mild and clear.  It was just like a Christmas movie.

Denver’s City and County building has been decorated for Christmas since 1935.  So many people experience this lighting masterpiece every year.

Colors change again

Colors change again

Usually this building is lit every night during the Christmas season.  The lights remain on the building through January and the building is illuminated again during the Denver’s National Western Stock Show and Rodeo.  Our stock show visitors also enjoy this display.

I am so happy to live near Denver so I could watch in amazement as the lights changed and the music played.

I love this!

I love this!