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Holiday Traditions

Making plans for a Mile High holiday? The festive season will soon be here, and there are several Denver holiday traditions you won't want to miss out on. Start planning your Denver winter getaway around the best Denver holiday events and activities to please the whole family. Also, don't miss out on great hotel deals starting at $99! 


WHEN: Nov. 10-Dec. 23, 2016
WHERE: Colorado Railroad Museum, 17155 W 44th Ave., Golden

The story of The Polar ExpressTM is being theatrically re-created so you and your family can be immersed in the sights, sounds and intrigue of this classic children's tale. Prepare to be surrounded by the magic and wonder of the holiday season!  


WHEN: Nov. 18-Dec. 23, 2016
WHERE: Skyline Park

The Christkindl Market includes vendors from Germany and other countries, as well as local artisans, offering high-quality, handcrafted gifts such as traditional hand-carved wooden figurines, handmade candles and ornaments. Traditional German food will tempt your taste buds. Sip on warm Glühwein (hot spiced wine) as you listen to traditional Christmas carols and live German music. Entry is free and the entire family is invited to enjoy this great tradition! 

Southwest Rink at Skyline Park

WHEN: Nov. 22, 2016-Feb. 14, 2017
WHERE: Southwest Rink at Skyline Park, the corner of 16th and Arapahoe

One of the most popular holiday events in Denver, the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park returns in 2016 with ice skating and family fun. The rink is free and open to the public with the option to bring your own skates or rent a pair at a minimal cost.

Colorado Ballet's The Nutcracker

WHEN: Nov. 26-Dec. 24, 2016
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House

It's not the holidays until you see visions of sugar-plum fairies dancing before your eyes. Colorado Ballet's "The Nutcracker" is a cherished family holiday tradition and the largest production of the holiday favorite in Colorado. 

Holiday Festivities at Denver Pavilions

WHEN: Throughout December
WHERE: Denver Pavilions, 500 16th St.

Located on the 16th Street Mall, the Denver Pavilions is a 350,000 square foot open-air retail, restaurant, and entertainment complex. With 40 restaurants, shops & entertainment venues, Denver Pavilions is your convenient and fun resource for holiday festivities. Valet parking available nightly for only $5 after 5pm with a same day purchase from the Center. The Denver Pavilions Holiday Carousel returns to the 16th St. Mall and complements additional holiday activities at the shopping center.

Annual Georgetown Christmas Market

WHEN: Dec. 3-11, 2016 
WHERE: 6th Street, Georgetown
Come celebrate an Old World Christmas in quaint Georgetown. The Georgetown Christmas Market is a marvelous outdoor European-inspired Market featuring handcrafted gifts, horse-drawn wagon rides, carolers, roasted chestnuts, appearances by St. Nicholas in his traditional robes, and the Santa Lucia Children's Procession.

Brass & Angels Sing

WHEN: Dec. 17-18, 2016
WHERE: Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave.

Remember the wonder and the awe of your first Christmas memories? Experience the thrill again at Brass & Angels Sing! Cozy up with The Denver Brass, the Colorado Chorale and Rocky Mountain Children’s Choir for an evening of inspiring seasonal harmonies, warmth and good cheer.

Annual TubaChristmas

WHEN: Dec. 18, 2016 
WHERE: Skyline Park
Tired of the same old holiday soundtrack? Revive your holiday spirit at the 42nd Annual TubaChristmas concert in Skyline Park! Tap your toes to your favorite holiday tunes being played by 300 tuba players from all over the region. Skyline Park will be decorated for the season, making it a perfect setting to experience this holiday spectacular.

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