Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact the Aspen Mine Center:
Phone: 719-689-3584
Email: info@aspenminecenter.org

Christmas Program at the Aspen Mine Center in Cripple Creek, Colorado

Since 2006, Community of Caring has stepped in to meet the needs of struggling families for Christmas. Each year, Community of Caring spends money on Walmart gift cards and selects children from the Angel Tree by local families for gift giving. These are just a few of the programs the Aspen Mine Center has to help families and children in need. Staff and volunteers spend time organizing and calling families and picking up community donations of food and gifts for the Christmas Programs. Other Christmas events that the Aspen Mine Center hosts or helps sponsor include:

  • Gold Camp Christmas Tree Decorating Contest/Auction and Benevolence Tree
  • Soup for the Soul Contest
  • Greatest Gold Camp Cookie Contest
  • AMC Toy Drive
  • Angel Tree Gift Distribution
  • Shop With a Hero
  • Lighted Headframe Guided Tour
  • Christmas Parade
  • Visit with Santa
  • Colorado Springs Chorale


A Whoville Christmas in the Gold Camps

November 11December 14, 2023

Escape from the modern distractions, and celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas in Cripple Creek and Victor.

Holiday activities will kick off with the nightly Gold Camp Christmas Holiday Headframe Lighting throughout Cripple Creek and Victor. Experience the lights in the Gold Camp by taking a drive (with your favorite Christmas tunes playing) on a self-guided tour through our area as our mine headframes are decorated with large Christmas light displays. Would you prefer a guided tour? Then be sure to check out the detailed schedule of events for the time and date for the guided tour over the main event weekend.

Holiday Headframe Lighting – self-guided tour – Nov 26th-Jan 1st

2023 Tentative SCHEDULE 

2023 Theme – “A Whoville Christmas“

November 11
11:30 Cup of Christmas Tea, Aspen Mine Center East

November 17th
2:00-5:00 pm City Party Decorating Party, First Street & Bennett Avenue

November 19th
5:00-7:00 pm Victor Thanksgiving Dinner, Victor Elks Lodge

November 22nd
11:30-3:00 Cripple Creek Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Aspen Mine Center East

November 24th – December 31
Headframe Lighting, every evening at dusk, throughout the Gold Camp

November 25th – December 31st
“Angel of the Christmas Mine”, The Butte Theater
CLICK HERE to reserve your seats.

November 30th – December 7th
Christmas Wreath Decorating Sessions @ Aspen Mine Center East during office hours
(make your own wreath – supplies provided or bring your own – wreaths will be entered in the silent auction, the winner has an option to keep their wreath)
CLICK HERE to enter the wreath decorating contest.

December 7th
3:30-6:30 pm Winter Wonderland Reception, Aspen Mine Center East

December 7th – 9th
Christmas Tree Silent Auction at Aspen Mine Center East during office hours
CLICK HERE for tree decorating entry form. Submit your form to the Aspen Mine Center.

December 8th
11:30-1:00 Soup for the Soul and Christmas Cookie Contest, Aspen Mine Center East
for entry form for soup and/or cookies. Submit your form to the Aspen Mine Center.

December 8th
5:30 pm Headframe Lights Guided Tour, bus leaves from Aspen Mine Center East
6:00 pm Victor Parade of Lights, Victor Main Street
CLICK HERE to enter a float in the parade
6:30 pm Victor Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Victor
6:45 pm Victor Christmas, Victor Elks Lodge
7:00 pm Victor Jingle Bell Ball, Victor Elks Lodge

December 9th
9:00-3:00 Annual Gold Camp Christmas Craft Fair, June Hack Community Center, Parks & Recreation
11:00-1:30 Annual Luncheon, Aspen Mine Center East
11:00-1:30 Hot Chocolate/Cider and S’mores outside Aspen Mine Center East
12:00 pm Annual Gold Camp Christmas Parade, led by Ft. Carson Color Guard – Bennett Avenue
to enter a float in the parade. CLICK HERE for parade rules.
12:30 Visit with Santa @ Aspen Mine Center East
12:30-2:00 pm Children’s Indoor Activities, Aspen Mine Center East
1:30 pm Contest Awards & Silent Auction Ends @ Aspen Mine Center East
3:00-5:00 pm Colorado Springs Chorale FREE CONCERT, Cripple Creek Baptist Church

December 14th
4:30-7:00 pm Toys for Tots, Cripple Creek – Victor High School Cafetorium

What We Do

Programs & Services

Everything from food, clothing to financial assistance can be found at the Aspen Mine Center. Whatever your needs come visit us and see if we can help. Click on the image below to go to our services page to see what programs are available.

Donate to the Community of Caring Aspen Mine Center in Cripple Creek, CO

Partner Resources

The Aspen Mine Center has a number community partners that provide resources for a variety of needs such as mental and physical health, food, transportation, and social services. Click the image below to find out more about our partner agencies.

Emergency Resource Assistance

Depending on what situation you might have, we can often provide a safety net for you and your family’s basic needs. Click on the image below to go to our Client Case Management page to learn more about the types of assistance they can provide.

See Other Programs

Thrift Store & Gift Shoppe

Clothes Closet at the Aspen Mine Center in Cripple Creek

Providing a green resource for clothes, shoes, accessories, furniture, and other household items. Visit us to see our selection or shop online!

Food Pantry

Food Pantry in Cripple Creek at Aspen Mine Center

Make sure no one in the community goes hungry this year, by donating to the food pantry. We make sure all bellies are full and happy.

Client Case Management

Mental Health Services in the Aspen Mine Center in Cripple Creek

Our Client Case Management Program is your first stop. Welcome to compassion, commitment and a light at the end of your tunnel.