The holiday season has officially begun. Bust out your favorite holiday playlist, grab some hot cocoa and check off as many of these fun festivities as you can!


  1. Mile High Tree. This 110-foot-tall immersive art installation is Denver’s newest holiday attraction. It features music and light shows every 30 minutes in the evenings. At 39-feet in diameter, the Mile High Tree’s conical structure can host up to 140 guests at a time for an immersive viewing experience within the tree itself. The tree will be open from Nov. 30 (official lighting) to Jan. 31.
  2. Christkindl Market. The Christkindl Market has been a beloved tradition in Denver for the past 19 years. Located in the center of downtown and across from the D&F Clock Tower, this artisan marketplace transports you back to a German tradition born in the 14th century. Starting on Nov. 22 and continuing until Dec. 23, the Christkindl Market offers free admission and holiday merriment for all ages. Enjoy authentic German cuisine, live entertainment and a well-decorated (and heated) Festival Hall to warm up and enjoy some Bavarian-style biers. Find unique, handmade gifts for loved ones and expand your imagination with cultural experiences like meeting Christkind, the traditional German gift-giver. This fairy-like female is often spotted throughout the market for added family fun.
  3. Ice Skating. Join in on the holiday fun by ice skating downtown. Opening on Nov. 26, entry is free and skate rentals are easily available at the Denver Downtown Rink at Skyline Park. Look for regularly scheduled entertainment and activities each week, including Friday night DJs; Saturday morning skating lessons; Saturday night concerts; and Sunday afternoon family entertainment. The rink is open seven days a week.
  4. Blossoms of Light. Get into the holiday spirit by visiting one of the jewels of the city, Denver Botanic Gardens on York Street. This time of year, the Gardens puts on its unforgettable Blossoms of Light, an interactive display of lights and color integrated throughout its gardens. This truly magical experience immerses you into a winter wonderland of twinkling lights with a new surprise around every bend.
  5. Zoo Lights. Looking for a wild wonderland? Denver Zoo takes that literally with its extravagant illumination for the holiday season. Take a date or the whole family to see the animals and a spectacular light show equipped with a holiday shopping bazaar, sing-along railroad and zookeeper talks.
  6. 9News Parade of Lights. See countless sparkling lights, marching bands, giant balloons, majestic floats and delightful characters like Major Waddles the Penguin and Santa. The 9NEWS Parade of Lights on Dec. 6 and 7 begins at the Denver City and County Building on 14th Avenue and Bannock Street and makes a rectangular, two-mile pattern, finishing on 14th Street and Glenarm Place.
  7.  Holiday Performing Arts. Denver has an incredible selection of holiday shows to leave you feeling merry and bright. Head to the Denver Performing Arts Complex for tickets to see classics like “The Nutcracker,” Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical,” and Handel’s “Messiah – Awakening,” plus a live performance of the entire album, “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas.” If you’re feeling like something more contemporary, grab tickets to the “Hip Hop Nutcracker” at the Buell Theatre.
  8. Fetch Holiday Markets. Enjoy three weekends of holiday shopping at Denver Sports Castle in late Nobember through mid-December.  The Holiday Fetch Markets will feature regional artists and craftspeople selling everything from clothing and jewe;ry to original art and artisanal foodstuffs. Warm up with food and beverages from local vendors.
  9. Polar Express™ Train Ride. All aboard for an enchanting ride like never before. The Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden recreates the story of the Polar Express and takes guests to the North Pole on a round trip to see Santa. Tickets sell out fast, so be sure to visit their website to get yours now.
  10. Santa’s Village at Chatfield Farms. Denver Botanic Gardens provides a second opportunity to embrace the magic of the holiday season at Chatfield Farms in Littleton. This farm transforms into Santa’s magical workshop, where families can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as his very real reindeer. Hayrides, Elf Boulevard and friendly characters like the Snowman will have you smiling from ear to ear as you walk through this whimsical display of lights and sing-alongs. If you were good this year, it’s also the perfect place to drop off your letter to Santa.


Previous Article

The Best Places to Cozy up and Embrace Winter in Denver

Next Article

Tampa/St. Petersburg: Craft Brewery Champions

Related Guides