11/18 – 12/23 Denver Christkindl Market
The Christkindl Market includes vendors from Germany and other countries, as well as local artisans, offering high-quality, handcrafted gifts such as traditional hand-carved wooden figurines, handmade candles and ornaments. Traditional German food will tempt your taste buds. Sip on warm Glühwein (hot spiced wine) as you listen to traditional Christmas carols and live German music. Entry is free and the entire family is invited to enjoy this great tradition!
11/22 – 2/14 Southwest Rink at Skyline Park
Southwest Rink at Skyline Park, the corner of 16th and Arapahoe
One of the most popular holiday events in Denver, the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park returns in 2016 with ice skating and family fun. The rink is free and open to the public with the option to bring your own skates or rent a pair at a minimal cost.
11/25 – 12/31 CITY & COUNTY BUILDING HOLIDAY LIGHTS
City & County Building, 1437 Bannock St., Denver 80204
The largest lighting display in Denver comes on nightly at 6 p.m. at the City & County Building, where 600,000 lights deck the neo-classical building. The bell tower plays carols nightly as well. See some of the best holiday lights in Denver at this free event.
12/1 – 12/31 6pm – 8:15pm Denver Holiday Lights Tour
Take a Denver Holiday Lights Tour with Aspire Tours and see many of the city’s famous landmarks lit up in full regalia. Starting at Denver Union Station, the tour heads through the streets of Lower Downtown (LoDo), Larimer Square and midtown, stopping at Civic Center Park. The tour then heads into some of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods before arriving at Denver Botanic Gardens for the Blossoms of Light show. Snap photos, enjoy new friends and warm drinks in the comfort of an upscale vehicle. The cost is $59 per person for adults and $57 for ldren and includes entrance to the Botanic Gardens. Learn more and book tours on Aspire’s website.
12/2 9am – 4pm Mizel Museum
400 S. Kearney St., Denver 80224
12/2 at 8pm, 12/3 at 6pm 9News Parade of Lights
The 9NEWS Parade of Lights is the signature event of the downtown Denver holiday season. The countless sparkling lights, marching bands, giant balloons, majestic floats and delightful characters will once again wow hundreds of thousands. Viewing along the parade route is free, and grandstand tickets are sold for seating in front of the beautifully illuminated City & County Building.
12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/30 5 – 8pm Clyfford Still Museum
Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St, Denver 80204
In appreciation of the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), and in the spirit of community engagement, the Clyfford Still Museum offers free admission on select days throughout the year. Free every Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. (excluding April 22, 2016)
12/3 6pm Lights of December Parade
Pearl St., Boulder, CO
In its 29th year, spectators will enjoy floats created and decorated by local businesses, churches and civic groups. Crowds will enjoy marching bands, lit fire engines, holiday carolers and much more. The grand finale includes an appearance by the…
12/3-4 5:30 – 8:30pm Lakewood Lights
Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S Yarrow St, Lakewood 80226
Lakewood’s premier holiday event, featuring the annual tree lighting with the Mayor on Friday night (only) at 6 pm. FREE museum tours. ractoTr pulled hay-wagon rides, photos with Santa, Hot cocoa and holiday cookies in the White Way Grill Diner. Holiday ornament making in the Country School. Local choirs sing traditional and contemporary holiday songs and carols. Unique gift shopping in the 20th Century Emporium.
12/3 9:30 – 10:30 am CU Wizards
University of Colorado, Boulder
FREE S.T.E.A.M. Show for KIDS! Why is the Sky Blue? Why are sunsets orange? Professor Brown’s show “The Chemistry of the Atmosphere” brings “What’s up with air?” down to Earth, highlighting unique properties air’s main ingredients: nitrogen, oxygen,…
12/3 Denver Art Museum
100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver 80204
12/3 – 12/11 Annual Georgetown Christmas Market
6th Street, Georgetown
Come celebrate an Old World Christmas in quaint Georgetown. The Georgetown Christmas Market is a marvelous outdoor European-inspired Market featuring handcrafted gifts, horse-drawn wagon rides, carolers, roasted chestnuts, appearances by St. Nicholas in his traditional robes, and the Santa Lucia Children’s Procession.
Saturdays12/3 – 12/24 11am – 2pm St. Nick on the Bricks
1301 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO
Kids of all ages can visit with Santa at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center for FREE. Bring your list and a camera to capture priceless holiday memories.
12/4 3 and 5pm Sadko’s Song: A Russian Tale
1137 S. Huron, Denver, CO
A Russian Tale,” rich in music and lore, is a gentle reminder to be true to ourselves for the rewards in life are fleeting and we must not forget to celebrate the gifts we have been given.
12/4 Denver Museum of Miatures, Dolls, and Toys Community Day
1880 Gaylord St, Denver 80206
12/6 Colorado Gives Day
12/6 4- 8pm Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, 2121 Children’s Museum Dr, Denver 80211
First Tuesday night of every month from 4-8 pm Target is committed to giving back to the communities where their guests and team members live and work. Through their generous sponsorship of the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, families can play for FREE the first Tuesday of each month from 4 – 8 pm.
12/6 5:30 – 9pm Lagniappe
7525 W. 57th Ave, Arvada, CO
Free, except carriage rides ($10 adults, $5 kids)
Celebrate Lagniappe (lawn-yahp) as our local business owners stay open late and thank their loyal customers with small gifts of appreciation. The Arvada Chorale performs at 5:30pm in the square and the Mayor will begin the festivities by lighting the tree.
12/7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
12/8 Aurora History Museum
15051 E. Alameda Parkway Aurora 80012
The only public, FREE museum in Aurora, Colorado, the Aurora History Museum is a community-based cultural center featuring changing history, natural history, culture, fine and decorative arts exhibits and programs. Tuesday—Friday, 9am—4pm https://www.auroragov.org/ThingsToDo/ArtsandCulture/Museum/index.htm
12/9 7pm Tidings from Bethlehem Christmas Concert
10150 E. Belleview Ave., Englewood, CO
Be part of a Denver tradition! For over 30 years, Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church has offered a free Christmas Concert to our community. Get in the Christmas spirit with our 80+ voice choir and professional orchestra, conducted by Ken Cox, the Vocal…
12/9 12 noon – 4pm Four Mile Historic Park
715 S Forest St Denver 80246
Take a tour of the Four Mile House Museum, check out historic demonstrations, explore our 12-acre grounds, sample a treat from our summer kitchen, and greet our farm animals. Admission is free thanks to the support provided by your Scientific & Cultural Facilities District. Tours are at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30pm and are first come, first served. We’ll be offering our Hay Bales & Tall Tales story time from 12:00-1:00 pm.
12/9 – 12/23 Holiday Festivities at the Denver Pavilions
Denver Pavilions, 16th Street Mall
With 40 restaurants, shops and entertainment venues, Denver Pavilions is your convenient and fun resource for holiday festivities. Valet parking available nightly for only $5 after 5 p.m. with a same day purchase from the Center. The Denver Pavilions Holiday Carousel returns to the 16th Street Mall and complements additional holiday activities at the shopping center.
12/10, 12/14, 12/16, 12/21, 12/31 MOA – Museum of Outdoor Arts
Englewood Parkway Suite 2-230 Englewood 80110
MOA offers indoor galleries, studios and special events and programs. http://www.moaonline.org/HOME/tabid/36/Default.aspx
Through 12/11 10am – 5pm First Annual Gingerbread House Competition
History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, Denver 80203
The History Colorado Center is proud to present its first annual Gingerbread House Competition with a focus on historic Denver houses. Enjoy the sights and smells of gingerbread houses built by Art Institute of Colorado culinary students.
12/12 Denver Museum of Nature and Science
2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver 80205
12/11 The Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock in 1620
12/16 7:30pm A Canto Deo Christmas
830 Elm St., Denver, CO 80220
Enjoy and get in the true spirit of Christmas with this choral concert with full orchestra. This is our 10th Christmas concert and will be full of fun for the family with sing a-longs and music that will bring the heart of Christmas to the listener.
12/16 Las Posadas
12/18 11am – 1pm “Just in time for Chanukah!” Festival of Lights in Morrison
4716 South Coors Lane, Morrison, CO
Festival of Lights comes to Jefferson County! Come catch the Colorado Hebrew Chorale.
12/18 Annual TubaChristmas
Tired of the same old holiday soundtrack? Revive your holiday spirit at the Annual TubaChristmas Concert in Skyline Park! Tap your toes to your favorite holiday tunes being played by 300 tuba players from all over the region. Skyline Park will be decorated for the season, making it a perfect setting to experience this holiday spectacular.
12/21 First Day of Winter
12/24 Hanukkah begins at Sundown
12/24 Christmas Eve
Norad Santa Tracker http://www.noradsanta.org/
Track Santa’s journey and visit the North Pole
12/25 Christmas Day
12/31 9pm and 12 midnight New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Downtown Denver 16th Street Mall
Ring in the New Year with Denver’s annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks with viewpoints along the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver. There will be two displays, one at the family friendly hour of 9 p.m. and the other at midnight. Costumed entertainers will interact with crowds between shows, featuring magicians, costumed characters, balloon artists, stilt walkers, comedians and more.
Daily Free Denver Public Art Tours
Denver Arts & Venues invites art and architecture lovers to participate in free Public Art Tours – on foot, bike and scooter. These free guided tours focus on small segments of the City’s Public Art Collection and give citizens and visitors the opportunity to venture inside venues such as the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Colorado Convention Center to view works and hear the intimate details of their creation and installation.
Daily U.S. Mint Tour
Learn how to make money! The U.S. Mint produces 50 million coins a day, each one stamped with a little “D” for Denver. Free tours show every step in the process of turning a dull, blank, metal slug into shiny pocket change.
Daily Dinosaur Ridge
See some dinos – or what’s left of them anyway. Dinosaur Ridge features famous Jurassic dinosaur bones, such as Stegosaurus and Apatosaurus, discovered in 1877, and Cretaceous dinosaur footprints. A guidebook is available for use on self-guided tours.
Daily National Center for Atmospheric Research
Learn about global warming, the 21st century’s hottest topic, at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. See a hailstone the size of a softball, watch as a miniature tornado is whipped up in front of your eyes, and get an up close look at how lightning is created.
2016 LoDo Aglow
Starting on November 25 and running through the holiday season, some of our member businesses will be decking out their windows for this year’s LoDo Aglow. While many have tapped into their in-house creative talent to design and build their windows,…
Week ends Olde Golden Christmas
For an authentic hometown Christmas experience, plan to visit Golden Colorado where the holiday spirit is all around you from the natural beauty of Clear Creek in the winter.