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The Mile High City will put you in a festive mood. If you are looking for some new ways to celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah with your family, here are a few great places with holiday events in Denver.

Don't miss out on great Denver hotel deals during the holiday weekend.

FEATURED EVENTS

BLOSSOMS OF LIGHT

WHEN: Nov. 25 - Jan. 1, 2017
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens is proud to host Blossoms of Light, an annual family-friendly event that has become a tradition for people across Colorado. The 2015 event features new elements, including the return of the grand illuminated O'Fallon Perennial Walk and the Romantic Gardens. Enjoy thousands of twinkling lights throughout the Gardens, as well as the always anticipated HoloSpex glasses. Note: Denver Botanic Gardens is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. 

'A CHRISTMAS CAROL'

WHEN: Nov. 25 - Dec. 24, 2016
WHERE: The Stage Theatre

Essential to the holiday season in Denver, "A Christmas Carol" promises to "warm your heart and renew your holiday spirit" according to the Examiner. Based on Charles Dickens' classic novel, this joyous and opulent musical adaptation traces money-hoarding skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge's triumphant overnight journey to redemption.

COLORADO BALLET'S 'THE NUTCRACKER'

WHEN: Nov. 28 - Dec. 27, 2016 
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Children and adults will enjoy Colorado Ballet's 56th annual production of "The Nutcracker," featuring fantastic characters, brilliant dancing, exquisite sets, dazzling costumes, timeless choreography and Tchaikovsky's extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

ZOO LIGHTS

WHEN: Dec. 2, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017 
WHERE: Denver Zoo

Zoo Lights will span through 70 acres of Denver Zoo's campus with nightly entertainment, animal encounters, Santa meet-and-greets and, of course, illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected. This year, the event will incorporate the zoo's traveling exhibit, Washed Ashore, Art to Save the Sea, presented by CH2M, which features 15 giant sculptures of marine life constructed from debris recovered from beaches.

DOWNTOWN DENVER HOLIDAY CAROUSEL

WHEN: Dec. 9-23, 2016
WHERE: Denver Pavilions

Create Memories for years to come at the Denver Pavilions beautiful downtown Holiday Carousel. Throughout December, families can enjoy the magic of the holidays from the perch of a horse on a beautiful carousel. $3 per ride or free with voucher or a canned food donation.

CELEBRATE HANUKKAH IN DENVER

COMMUNITY MENORAH LIGHTING CELEBRATION

WHEN: Dec. 4 (5:30 p.m.) & Dec. 8 (6:30 p.m.)
WHERE: O'Brien Park, Parker (Dec. 4); Eastridge Recreation Center, Highlands Ranch (Dec. 8) 

Join the community for a menorah lighting, plus hot latkes, donuts, and entertainment and gifts for children.

HOLIDAY SPORTS

DENVER NUGGETS VS. ATLANTA HAWKS

WHEN: Dec. 23, 2016
WHERE: Pepsi Center

Come out to cheer on your Denver Nuggets as they take on the Atlanta Hawks at downtown Denver's Pepsi Center.

COLORADO AVALANCHE VS. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

WHEN: Dec. 22, 2016
WHERE: Pepsi Center

The Colorado Avalanche look to defend home ice against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs at Denver's Pepsi Center.