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December Events in Denver

Posted at 11/29/2019 01:45 PM by Pat O'Connor

december events in denver

Blossoms of Light | Now through Jan. 3 | Denver

Head to the Denver Botanic Gardens to see this holiday light extravaganza! Check their website for seasonal special entertainment on certain nights.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St.

5-9 p.m.

Santa’s Village at Chatfield Farms | Now through Dec. 22 | Littleton

Santa and his friends move to Chatfield Farms November 30! Chatfield Farms is transformed into a magical village. Join us for an exciting holiday experience for all ages. Hop on the hayride to catch a short movie at Santa’s cinema and find unique holiday gifts in his workshop.

Admission includes:

  • Take photos with Santa
  • Kids get to make a holiday keepsake to take home
  • Meet Santa’s live reindeer and get photos
  • Greet Santa's friend, the Snowman
  • Enjoy story time and sing-alongs with Mrs. Claus
  • Holiday lights
  • Hayrides
  • Santa’s Cinema shows a movie outside (If inclement weather occurs projection will be stopped until weather clears)
  • NEW! Enter a giant snow globe to play in the snow and get pictures

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd.

Nov. 29 – Dec. 22, 2019, open Fridays-Sundays: 4:30-8:30 p.m. (last entry at 7:30 p.m.)

Dec. 16-22, open nightly from 4:30-8:30 p.m.

(Daytime hours close early at 3 p.m. during Santa's Village)

A Christmas Carol | Now Through Dec. 24 | Denver

Keep the holiday spirit flowing with this classic Christmas tale from Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol is the ultimate holiday treat for theatergoers, young and old.

Stage Theater, 1101 13th St.

Times vary; check DCPA website

Christkindl Market | Now Through Dec. 23 | Denver

Celebrate the season at Denver's only authentic German Christmas Market. The Christkindl Market brings old world Christmas charm to downtown Denver with music, beer & Gluehwein, entertainment, gifts, crafts and, of course, holiday spirit. Vendors from Europe and the Colorado area share their unique wares with Denver.

Skyline Park, 1515 Arapahoe St.

Sunday - Tuesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
Wednesday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

December 8: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Dec. 16-23, extended weekday hours 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Zoo Lights | Nov. 29-Dec. 30 | Denver

Guests of this popular holiday tradition will experience a light safari with 60 brilliantly-illuminated acres of lights, featuring more than 150 animated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes and appear in places where they're least expected.

Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St.

5:30-8:30 p.m.

A Hudson Christmas | Nov. 29-30, Fri.-Sun. throughout December | Littleton

Don your warm apparel and get ready to create lifelong memories while you explore this unique display of holiday light artistry. Take as much time as you need to see how this woodsy terrain transforms into a winter wonderland where brightly lit trees weave neon colors into the night sky, reflect off surreal bodies of water, and illuminate happy faces. Share your holiday wishes with Santa Claus, take a family photo on Santa's sleigh, warm up in the yuletide yurts, sip a steaming cup of hot chocolate or spiced apple cider, and stop for holiday surprises along the way.

Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe

5-9 p.m.

Stapleton Holiday Bazaar | Nov. 29-Dec. 1 | Denver

Shop, Sip, and Mingle with Colorado’s finest craft, fashion, and art makers at Stapleton Holiday BAZAAR. The BAZAAR pops up for one full weekend at The Shops at Northfield, featuring over 60 innovative craft vendors, artists & fashion trucks sharing their creations just in time for the holiday shopping season.

Shops at Northfield, 8340 Northfield Blvd.

Friday & Saturday: Noon-8 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Holiday Flea | Nov. 30 - Dec. 15 | Denver

Denver Flea returns for the holiday season with the biggest market yet! Gather your family and friends for the best in shopping, festivities and winter fun, all at the historic Sports Castle! Enjoy music, eats, drinks and more. Tickets are good for entry/re-entry for the specific weekend for which they are purchased. Children 12 and under are free.

Sports Castle, 1000 Broadway

Saturdays: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sundays: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Dec. 6 & 13: 6-10 p.m.

Santa Paws Festival | Nov. 30-Dec. 1 | Lakewood

This annual holiday bazaar features baked goods, cat themed gifts, and Santa for the kids! All proceeds benefit the cats at CCS.

Cat Care Society Shelter, 5787 W. 6th Ave.

11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Holiday FETCH Fair | Dec. 1 | Englewood

The Santa Paws Pictures and Holiday Party will offer food, fun and lots of prizes.

CRCG Englewood Clinic, 3760 S. Lipan St.

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

30th Annual Candlelight Walk | Dec. 6 | Golden

Since 1988, Golden’s Candlelight Walk has been a traditional favorite. This free community event brings thousands of families and friends together. Holding a candle and singing holiday songs, everyone walks down Washington Avenue from 15th Street where Santa and the mayor will help “light the lights” of Golden.  Experience the “hometown” feel of the holiday season in historic downtown Golden.

Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St.

6:30 p.m.

9News Parade of Lights | Dec. 6-7 | Denver

The Downtown Denver Partnership invites you to attend the 9News Parade of Lights, presented by American Furniture Warehouse. The free parade features marching bands, ornate floats, and of course, a special appearance by Major Waddles and Santa. Grab your hot chocolate and ear-muffs, this year is going to be better than ever!

See website for more information on parade route

Friday, 8-9 p.m.

Saturday, 6-7 p.m.

WinterFest on South Pearl | Dec. 6-7 | Denver

It’s the most Magical time of the year on South Pearl Street! Join us for Box Elder Horse and Wagon rides, a Saturday holiday market with gift and food vendors, and local merchant open house from the 1200 – 1900 blocks. Take a holiday photo with Olde World Santa. Enjoy a hot adult beverage as well as hot chocolate and cider for the kids. Get your holiday greenery from Pope Farms Produce & Garden Center outdoor tree lot.

Old South Pearl, 1400 & 1500 blocks

Friday, 5-9 p.m.

Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Santa Stampede 5K/10K | Dec. 7 | Littleton

Join us for a Christmas Classic. The Santa Stampede 5K/10K is a flat and fast 5K and 10K held along the banks of the scenic South Platte River. The holidays can be stressful, so why not keep the stress away with a family friendly run and walk. All runners will get a Santa hat with registration, as well as a top-notch timing chip, a race logo shirt, finisher’s medals, gift certificate awards from Runner’s Roost and finish line expo with vendors and food.

Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe Dr.

5K – 9 a.m. | 10K – 10 a.m.

Youthbiz Marketplace | Dec. 7 & 14 | Denver and Lakewood

Find exquisite gifts direct from 50+ young entrepreneurs The YouthBiz Marketplace is the ultimate buy local experience. Young business owners display and sell their unique products to the local community.  All products are handmade and personally sold by the owners. You will find beaded jewelry, greeting cards, bath products, home baked goodies, artwork and more unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list. The event is free for the public to attend and has free parking nearby. Credit cards are accepted at some shops.

3550 E. 1st Ave.

Saturday, Dec. 7: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

401 S. Pierce St.

Saturday, Dec. 14f: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa | Dec. 7 & 14 | Denver

Visit the Denver Zoo and enjoy a buffet breakfast, prize drawings and photos with Santa. Includes access to the zoo after the event.

Denver Zoo, 2900 E. 23rd Ave.

9-11 a.m.

Olde Golden Christmas Parades | Dec. 7, 14 & 21 | Golden

Saturdays in December, authentic and historic downtown Golden becomes a festive holiday center with traditional decorations and fun family events. See cowboys on horses, floats, marching bands, old cars, elves on unicycles, the Grinch in his corvette, and of course, Santa Claus.  The parade winds down Washington Avenue with lots of activities before and after including snappy barbershop quartets, hot cider, Victorian carolers, and antique fire trucks. Presented by the Golden Chamber of Commerce. *Rain, snow, or shine*

Downtown Golden

11 a.m.

Ugly Sweater Party | Dec. 13 | Denver

Bring your hideous, most horrendous, fugliest Christmas sweater to our Ugly Sweater Bash! The uglier, the better because your crime against fashion give you the chance to win a prize for ugliest sweater! Hilarious sweaters, an ugly sweater contest, drinks, live music and more sounds like a killer holiday party combination, doesn’t it? So hit the thrift store and come on down!

Howl at the Moon, 1735 19th St.

8 p.m.

Winterfest | Dec. 14 | Denver

You're invited to experience the true joy of the holiday season at Winter Fest on Fillmore Plaza and at participating businesses throughout the Cherry Creek North area.

This free and festive celebration will culminate on Fillmore Plaza, transforming the street into a winter wonderland, featuring: live ice carving , fire pits with outdoor seating, yuletide carolers, face painting, complimentary refreshments and giveaways.

Fillmore Plaza, Fillmore and 2nd Ave.

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Denver Jackalope Holiday Market | Dec. 14-15 | Aurora

A weekend shopping destination featuring over local, curated and hand-selected artisans, crafters, and DIY enthusiasts. Shoppers can expect to find trendsetting indie goods including original fashion and jewelry design, ceramics and paper goods, innovative home decor and housewares, art and photography, plus much more.

Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St.

11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Noon Year’s Eve | Dec. 31 | Denver

We’re bringing in the sights, sounds and excitement of Times Square to the Children’s Museum -- all before bedtime. The celebration is filled with ball drops and countdowns each hour, rainbow confetti, bubble wrap fireworks, art projects, music, special characters and more.

Children’s Museum, 2121 Children’s Museum Dr.

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

A Night in Vienna | Dec. 31 | Denver

A Colorado cultural tradition returns featuring your symphony waltzing with you into 2020! Start your celebration in style with the Colorado Symphony’s presentation of A Night in Vienna, a rousing selection of waltzes and marches. The festive evening is the perfect sendoff to 2019 – and the early start time ensures that you won’t miss the thrill of the 16th Street Mall fireworks. It’s a must-not-miss holiday mainstay conducted by your very own Music Director Brett Mitchell!

Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 - 14th St.

6:30 p.m.

Fireworks | Dec. 31 | Denver

Ring in the New Year on the 16th Street Mall,and catch one of two spectacular fireworks shows! Come Downtown and dine in one of the many fine restaurants, or make a night of it and stay in one of Downtown Denver's fabulous hotels.

16th Street Mall

9 p.m. and Midnight

Denver Union Station New Year’s Eve | Dec. 31 | Union Station

Ring in 2019 with three rollicking New Year’s Eve parties at Denver Union Station on Monday, Dec. 31st!

Great Hall Silent Disco & Light Show

Don’t miss the quintessential New Year's Eve celebration in Denver’s iconic landmark. Immerse yourself in an epic light show in the Great Hall while grooving to your choice of three live silent disco DJs.

Early bird and general admission available

VIP Lower Level Lounge

Ring in the new “Roaring Twenties” with an exclusive VIP speakeasy in the historic lower level of Union Station. VIP tickets include unlimited complimentary libations and hors d'oeuvres, an intimate piano performance and access to the Great Hall Silent Disco and Light Show.

Early bird and regular VIP admssion available

Dine in the Cooper Lounge

Countdown to midnight in the glamorous Cooper Lounge, located inside Denver Union Station on the mezzanine overlooking the historic Great Hall. Enjoy a selection of passed canapés and partake in a complimentary midnight toast featuring Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne. A private table reservation in the Cooper Lounge also includes access to the Great Hall Silent Disco and Light Show. Reservations can be made through The Cooper Lounge’s reservation service Tock.

All events require 21+ ID

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