A nonprofit arts & culture organization  •  Nederland, CO  •  303.258.3457


FREE Rides Aug 12th & 13th

It’s that time of year again!  Join us for FREE RIDES this weekend to celebrate one of our favorite carousel friends who has passed on to “Somewhere Else.” The Carousel of Happiness will celebrate “Mary Wingate Days” this weekend, Aug. 12-13, with free carousel rides for all. Carousel hours are 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday, and local residents as well as visitors are encouraged to come by for a spin. The event honors Mary Quinlan Wingate, …

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Memorial Day Ceremony May 29th

Annual Ceremony Memorial Day Monday May 29 Noon to 1 pm at the Carousel of Happiness The annual celebration of Memorial Day is near and dear to the story of our carousel.  All are welcome to join us for a Memorial Day Ceremony here at the carousel.  Founder, carver, and veteran, Scott Harrison, will lead the ceremony.  Attendees can share the name of, or a story about, the service men and women they’d like to honor.  A special guest will …

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Keeping our century-old machine spinning

Last year, some work was done on the carousel to smooth out it’s spin.  We had some experts in antique carousels come for a visit to help us with that work, as well as determine a plan for maintaining our beautiful carousel for the next century.  After that visit, we fundraised and planned for extensive maintenance this year. The carousel board and staff are grateful to the Clinton Family Fund and the Maihaugen Foundation for supporting the costs of our …

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Easter Egg Hunt!

Join us here at the Caribou Village Shopping Center on Easter Sunday for lots of fun! Several businesses will be putting on an Easter Egg hunt, with a grand prize drawing.  Special thanks to Very Nice Brewing Company for helping us organize.  Stop by any participating business for a map of the egg hunt, and visit all the locations to collect eggs and do some crafts. And did you ever meet the Easter bunny?        You just might …

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Choose the Next Mayor of the Carousel!

Help us raise funds to keep the carousel spinning, and choose the next Mayor! Giraffe – Panda – Frog Purchase votes for a donation of $1 each. You may use your votes however you’d like, and vote as many times as you like. Votes can be purchased at the front desk, or online using the button below. Only one candidate per online transaction, $1 minimum donation. Thank You Carousel Constituents! SEE THE CANDIDATES VOTE NOW! The first Mayor of the …

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The Three Cherubs

Come and see the newest carved additions to the carousel!  This adorable group of cherubs, carved by Scott Harrison and installed on the carousel February 2, 2023, are ready to meet you.  With unique hair and skin colors, their magical star wands, and wings, this trio sits above the rafters, climbing towards the Twirling Girl.  You can get the best look at them from upstairs using the Carousel Overlook window. “I wish that friendship should have feet, as well as …

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We got the Gold! A Certified Green Business

The Carousel of Happiness recognized from the beginning that lessening our impact on the environment is deeply important to our community.  While planning the build, it was determined that the Carousel House could be a great demonstration opportunity for LEED design concepts and sustainable building strategies.  In June of 2022, the Town of Nederland launched it’s participation with the State Green Business Recognition Program, and the Carousel of Happiness was the first Nederland business to complete the certification process.  We …

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11am to 5pm






11am to 5pm


10am to 5pm


10am to 5pm


10am to 5pm

Last ride of the day at 4:45pm

Call (303) 258-3457 for more information


Friday September 22:

10am to 7pm

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