While there are a lot of fun events big and small here in Northern Colorado and the Denver area, we must not forget there are a lot of magical celebrations going on this season in the mountains.

If you'd like to get away for a day, weekend, or a little longer, check out one of these mountainous events going on in other parts of Colorado that I found through AAA.

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    Santa Express Train on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad

    Ride a real-life Polar Express with the kids on the Royal Gorge's Santa Express Train from November 18 through December 24. Kids are encouraged to wear pajamas on the 30-minute ride to the North Pole, where Santa will hop on board and hand out holiday bells to passengers.

    Tickets range from $30-50 per child ages 1-12, depending on which class you'd like them to be seated in (coach, club, or Vista Dome). Adult prices range from $40-60 per head.

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    Salida Mountain Lighting & Parade of Lights

    Skip the Black Friday shopping and opt for a spectacular winter experience in downtown Salida for its annual Parade of Lights and lighting of Christmas Mountain on November 25. Enjoy free hot cocoa, cookies, and entertainment from 6 to 8 p.m.

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    12 Days of Aspen

    Count down the last 12 days of December 2016 with free ice skating, visits from Santa's reindeer, hot cocoa, holiday drink specials, holiday lights, and more in Aspen from December 20-31. The New Year will come in with a bang (literally), when a fireworks show will be set off over Aspen Mountain.

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    Vail Snow Daze

    Romp through the snowy streets and slopes by day and enjoy a tree lighting ceremony and free live concerts at night during Vail Snow Daze outside Solaris in Vail Village from December 9-11.

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