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Happy holidays!! Here is a roundup of exciting Denver holiday events happening this year.
This list includes holiday markets, light shows, parades, concerts, theater, and 21+ activities. Use the table of contents below to navigate to specific categories.
This is a partial list of Denver holiday events. If you know of a good one that should be added, let me know in the comments below.
Denver Holiday Markets
Nov 18th–Dec 23rd | Civic Center Park, Denver
The Denver Christkindlemarket is an authentic German Christmas market in the heart of Denver. Enjoy a range of locally-owned shops and free activities, such as the 110 ft tall digital Christmas tree right outside of the market.
Nov 26th–Dec 19th | Friday–Sunday | Dairy Block, Downtown Denver
The Après Holiday Market is a European ski-themed market it downtown Denver’s heated Dairy Block alleyway. Enjoy a variety of locally owned shops selling unique, high-quality goods.
Nov 27th–28th | 4751 North Broadway (North of RiNo)
The Horseshoe Market is a massive holiday market with over 100 local vendors. You can find a variety of gifts here, such as clothing, home decor, jewelry, art, and more.
Dec 4th–5th | Breckenridge Brewery in Littleton
The following weekend, there will be a smaller, more intimate version of the Horseshoe Market at Breckenridge Brewery in Littleton. There will be a holiday pop-up bar and a Christmas tree lot outside.
Denver Christmas Lights
Nov 18th–Jan 7th | Denver Botanic Gardens
See the Denver Botanic Gardens beautifully lit up for the holidays. Blossoms of Light is the Gardens’ signature yearly event. They go all out on light displays and build a fantastic immersive experience.
Nov 18th–Dec 31st | Civic Center Park
The Mile High Tree is a beautifully lit 110ft tall Christmas art installation in Civic Center Park. It’s the largest digital tree in the United States. Pair it with a trip to the popular Christkindlmarket next door.
Nov 25rd–Jan 1st | Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms (Littleton)
The Trail of Lights is a walk-through exhibit outside the city featuring glistening lights, singing Christmas trees, and a kids’ play area with synchronized music.
Music & Theater
Nov 18th to Dec 24th | Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Spending the holidays in Denver would not be complete without taking part in this beloved tradition. Every year, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts puts on a whimsical musical adoption of “A Christmas Carol.” It’s a wonderful show that both kids and adults will enjoy.
Select days from Nov 26th to Dec 24th | Colorado Ballet
Colorado Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” with dazzling new costumes and sets. Seeing The Nutcracker is a wonderful family tradition, and like in previous years, tickets are expected to sell fast.
Dec 9th to 11th | Colorado Symphony Orchestra
See the Colorado Symphony Orchestra perform your favorite classic and new holiday songs. The event is family-friendly, and you’re welcome to sing along or sit back and enjoy.
Dec 3rd | Downtown Denver
Denver’s Parade of Lights is the biggest holiday parade in the Rocky Mountain Region. You can expect beautiful floats, marching bands, horses, giant balloons, and surprise character appearances.
Dec 3rd | Pearl Street, Boulder
Skip the Denver crowds and traffic with the Lights of December Parade in downtown Boulder. There will be floats lit up and decorated by local businesses, marching bands, Christmas Carolers, and of course, Santa.
Dec 10th | Downtown Golden
For a smaller and more relaxed parade, consider visiting Golden on December 10th. There will be a Christmas parade downtown featuring holiday floats, a marching band, Victorian Christmas carolers, Christmas character appearances, and more.
Other Family Friendly Activities
Nov 23rd–Feb 4th | Skyline Park
Visit Skyline Park for ice skating in the heart of Denver. Skates are available for rent. Bring your own, and it’s completely free!
Nov 18th–Dec 23rd | Golden
Be transported to The Polar Express with this fully immersive and theatrical experience. Hop on the train and experience a theatrical performance of The Polar Express happening around you. Hot cocoa, cookies, and a silver bell are provided.
Bars, Clubs, & Nightlife
Nov 25th–Dec 27th | Union Station
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit a cocktail bar at the North Pole? Maybe not, but I’m sure you’re thinking about it now. Miracle at Union Station goes all-out with the Christmas decor and delicious seasonal cocktails.
Dec 3rd | Downtown Denver
Dress up and join the crowd of Santa’s taking over Denver’s bar scene on Saturday the 3rd. The Denver SantaCon bar crawl will give you cover-free access and specials to popular bars across downtown Denver.
Dec 2nd–31st | The Electric Cure | Edgewater, CO
Need a break from the sugarplums and need a little more spice? Check out the Krampus Room at The Electric Cure. It’s an odd little tiki bar with its own spin on a holiday pop-up.
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Denver is a large city with so many fun events going on! Please let me know in the comments below if there’s a holiday event that should be added to this list.