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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Denver's Best Christmas Activities & Events 2021

The Christmas season is upon us y'all! And what better way to celebrate the season than by checking out all the light displays, watching a beautiful rendition of the Nutcracker or popping by the latest pop-up bar? Below I've got a list of all my favorites (plus more I've been wanting to go to) and a map at the bottom for you to see what's closest to you. Denver is alive with holiday vibes, so get out there!

Lights & Decorations

Winter Wonderlights

Chapungu Sculpture Park in Loveland, Now–Jan. 2, 5pm–9pm, Free
If you live in this part of Colorado, I would recommend this one. It's fairly small but I loved the heart walk-thrus (see above).

Camp Christmas

Belmar Park, Now–Jan.2, hours vary $8–$25
Insane displays that are basically art, plus a bar serving up fanciful cocktails.

Blossoms of Light

Denver Botanic Gardens, Now–Jan. 8, 4:30pm–9pm, $16–$21
The gardens come alive with this incredible display of color. It is one of the more expensive options, but I love going every year. My suggestion is to pick a week day if you don't want a lot of families.

The Mile High Tree

16th Street Mall, Now–Jan. 1, Free
Go stand in the middle of this towering exhibit to see colors splashed in an array of designs.

Christmas in Color

Morrison, Now–Jan. 2, 5:30pm–10pm, $35 per car
This is a drive-thru light show and it is expensive, but if you get a bunch of friends piled into a car, not bad at all. I went with some friends and we had a blast listening to the music as the lights changed.

Denver Zoo Lights

Now–Jan. 2, 5pm–10pm, $15–$22
Explore the zoo at night when the paths are covered in dazzling light displays.

Trail of Lights

Chatfield Farms, Littleton, Now–Jan. 2, 5pm–8:30pm, $13–15
Something for those who live in south Denver!

Franktown Festival of Lights

Now–Jan. 3, 5pm–10pm
This light display looks insane!

Parade of Lights

Downtown Denver, Dec. 4, 6pm
You have to stake out a spot to see the massive penguin balloon make its way down 15th.

An Extravaganza of Lights

Hudson Gardens in Littleton, Now–Dec. 31, $12–20
I like to think of this as the cheaper Blossoms of Light. But it is just as good, in my opinion!

Festivals & Events

A Christmas Carol

Wolf Theatre, Now–Dec. 26, varying hours

Hip Hop Nutcracker

Buell Theatre, Now–Dec. 20, varying hours

The Nutcracker

Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Now–Dec. 24, varing ours

1940s White Christmas Ball

Hyatt Regency Denver Denver, Dec. 3–4, 4pm–12am

Holiday Celebration

Highlands Ranch Mansion, Dec. 4, 10am–3pm

Olde Golden Candlelight Walk

Dec. 3, 6:30pm

A Colorado Christmas

Colorado Symphony, Dec. 10–12, varying hours

Holiday Brass

Colorado Symphony, Dec. 14, 7pm

A Very DeVotchKa Holiday

Colorado Symphony, Dec. 16, 7:30pm

Elf in Concert

Colorado Symphony, Dec. 18–19, varying hours

Disney's A Muppet Christmas Carol in Concert

Colorado Symphony, Dec. 22–Dec. 23, 7pm


Belmar Holiday Bazaar

Lakewood, Dec. 3–Dec. 19, 5pm

Belleview Station Holiday Market

Denver, Dec. 4–Dec. 19, 11am–5pm

Lyons Holiday Artisan Market

Dec. 4–5, 10am–4pm

Cherry Creek Holiday Market

Fillmore Plaza, Now–Dec. 24, 11am–hours vary
This one is cute and ideal if you are already going to Cherry Creek to do some shopping.

Denver Christkindlmarket

Civic Center Park, Now–Dec. 23, 11am–9pm
Collecting each year's unique mulled wine cup is one of my favorite things to do. Plus, the potato pancakes and holiday cookies are a must-eat.

Georgetown Christmas Market

Strousse Park, Weekends: Dec. 4–Dec. 12, 10am–5pm

Boulder Winter Market

Boulder County Fairgrounds, Dec. 4–5, 9am–3pm


Avanti Food & Beverage Boulder, Now–Dec. 30, walk-ins only

Miracle at Union Station 

Denver, Open, accepting reservations

Avanti Food & Beverage, Denver, Open, accepting reservations

Miracle at Pindustry 

Greenwood Village, Open, accepting reservations

Miracle at Por Wine House 

Louisville, Open, accepting reservations 
 The Arvada Tavern, Open, accepting reservations


Denver, Dec. 1–Dec. 31, $17–21


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