Exotic orchid blooms during winter? You bet. Take a stroll through the Orchid Showcase for a winter escape through 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Feb. 19 at the Orangery and Marnie's Pavilion at Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver. Included with admission to the Gardens; botanicgardens.org/exhibits/orchid-showcase.
In it's 11th year, you can walk through, climb on or slide down the interactive sculptures at The Cripple Creek Ice Festival. If that's not your kind of thing, you can shop at the many street vendors or visit the ice bar with a liquor luge, Friday-Feb. 18, along Bennett Avenue, Cripple Creek; visitcripplecreek.com/event/ice-fest.