Plan Your Denver Holiday Getaway
Visit the Mile High City during the holidays and take advantage of great hotel deals, only-in-Denver holiday events, diverse shopping, and 2-for-1 bargains on arts and cultural happenings.
Mile High Holidays: Hotels Starting at $52.80*
With room rates this low, there’s no excuse not to come to Denver to celebrate the holidays. Whether it’s a family trip or a romantic rendezvous, you’ll find plenty to do in Denver in December. *Hotel rates based on availability and subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Offer excludes New Year's Eve.
The Mile High City comes to life during the holiday season, thanks to the millions of lights hung with care throughout town. The season officially kicks off with the Grand Illumination of Downtown (Friday, November 29), featuring beautiful lighting displays at the City & County Building, Denver Pavilions, Union Station, Skyline Park, the 16th Street Mall, and the historic D&F Tower. A week later, the sparkling lights, marching bands, giant balloons, majestic floats and delightful characters of the 9News Parade of Lights (December 6-7) will once again wow hundreds of thousands. Also don’t miss the 38 brilliantly illuminated acres of lights, featuring more than 150 animated animal sculptures during the Denver Zoo’s "Zoo Lights" (December 6-January 5), as well as the gorgeous lighting displays, Trail of Lights and Blossoms of Light, at Denver Botanic Gardens’ two locations (Nov. 29-Jan. 1).
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Holiday Performing Arts
Denver’s vibrant performing arts world has plenty of holiday cheer to offer during December. Check out timeless classics like The Nutcracker (November 30-December 28) and A Christmas Carol (November 29-December 29) at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Sing along to the classics during Colorado Christmas (December 20-22) at Boettcher Concert Hall.
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Of course, it wouldn’t be the holiday season without a little holiday shopping. Head over to the chic Larimer Square, on Larimer Street between 14th and 15th streets find all kinds of holiday gifts among the high-end, regionally exclusive shops. If you’ve got a bookworm on your list, look no further than Tattered Cover, Denver’s beloved Lower Downtown bookseller, which offers great deals on books, cards and gift items.
Next, head up the 16th Street Mall to the newly renovated Denver Pavilions, between Welton and Tremont streets, home to Banana Republic, Niketown, Ann Taylor, Victoria’s Secret, Gap and Forever 21, among other upscale retailers. Ask about the Pavilions’ free gift-wrapping offer, and for locals, free delivery!
Head to Cherry Creek Shopping Center and shop to your heart’s content at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co., Nordstrom, and Macy’s. Enjoy the holiday décor and send the kids to sit on Santa’s lap. Did you bring Fido? Dogs have a special session with Santa on December 13. Out of town visitors receive an exclusive Passport to shopping, dining and big discounts to over 60 stores and restaurants. Across the street, Cherry Creek North’s 16 blocks are filled with holiday lights and décor highlighting the region’s largest collection of independently owned boutiques, home stores, restaurants and galleries.
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DENVER 2 for 1 TIX Deals
Denver deals galore! DENVER 2 for 1 TIX is a free program that provides weekly 2-for-1 ticket and admission discounts for metro Denver arts and entertainment. Double up on tickets to Denver theatre, film, music, dance and attractions.
Denver Dining and Nightlife
With an exploding restaurant and nightlife scene, the Mile High City’s after hours atmosphere is hotter than ever before this holiday season. Head to Larimer Square to check out some of Denver’s most beloved upscale eateries, as the city’s expert chefs mix and match local and international flavors with mouth-watering results. Larimer Square and nearby LoDo (Lower Downtown) are also home to numerous wine bars, night clubs, dance floors, and comedy clubs. The South Of Colfax (SoCo) Nightlife District offers admission to multiple cools clubs for one low price.
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