Ho, ho, ho your way through the North Pole

Merry Christmas all the time at the North Pole. The kids won't forget this mountainside amusement park - the candy cane slide, a tame roller-coaster and Santa. 5050 Pikes Peak Highway, in Cascade, 684-9432, northpolecolorado.com.

By Linda Navarro Updated: May 12, 2018 at 1:01 pm • Published: May 11, 2018 0
photo - A portion of Santa’s Workshop in North Pole, Colorado, is seen on Friday, June 10, 2016. The park is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Photo by Ryan Jones, The Gazette.
A portion of Santa’s Workshop in North Pole, Colorado, is seen on Friday, June 10, 2016. The park is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Photo by Ryan Jones, The Gazette.

Merry Christmas all the time at the North Pole. The kids won't forget this mountainside amusement park - the candy cane slide, a tame roller-coaster and Santa. 5050 Pikes Peak Highway, in Cascade, 684-9432, northpolecolorado.com.

Along the way

Stay: The Cliff House at Pikes Peak is special. See its history in hallway photos, and enjoy its new luxuries. You'll be steps from all the quirkiness of a town that loves to be weird. 306 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 785-1000, thecliffhouse.com.

Eat: The place for a lakeside breakfast: The Pantry in Green Mountain Falls. It's a 60-year tradition with delicious bakery items, and don't miss the Cinnamon Roll French Toast. 6980 Lake St., 719-684-9018, thepantryingreenmtnfallsco.com. Later, don't miss the Keg Lounge, 730 Manitou Ave., has brews, pool and the best berry salad. Got a hankering for Mexican cruisine? Crystal Park Cantina, 178 Crystal Park Road, 719-685-5999.

Drink: Mention margaritas, and fingers point you toward The Loop At Manitou. They're giant. The Loop long has been one of the most popular watering holes. 965 Manitou Ave., 719-685-9344, theloopatmanitou.com.

Fun: The Manitou Springs Penny Arcade has antique skee-ball games with prizes, funhouse mirrors that reshape one and all, and more than 20 pinball games and 30 racing games, some from before the 1930s. Patsy's Candy & Gift Shop on site, 930 Manitou Ave., 719-685-9815, weknowcolorado.com.

Hidden gem: Get a hot tub or massage at Sun Water Spa, 514 El Paso Blvd., 719-695-7007, sunwellness.net. Grab a glass or bottle and meander to eight mineral springs, where taps sate your thirst for free with distinctive flavor. visitcos.com/areas/manitou-springs/manitou-mineral-springs/

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