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Thanksgiving Weekend

Forget about the turkey — Denver's Thanksgiving Weekend returns with fun (and free) events, performing arts, live music and plenty of family-friendly activities.

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Denver Christkindl Market

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

The Christkindl Market includes vendors from Germany, Ukraine, Ireland and other countries — as well as local artisans — offering high-quality gifts, such as 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!

Mile High United Way Turkey Trot

WHEN: Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 2016
WHERE: Washington Park

Run your yams off at the 43rd annual Mile High United Way Turkey Trot in Denver's beautiful Washington Park. The four-mile race and quarter-mile family fun run is expected to host over 10,000 participants in support of Mile High United Way's work in the community to improve the lives of children, families and individuals in need. This year's Turkey Trot will include a start and finish village featuring entertainment, music, booths and a beer garden sponsored by Great Divide Brewing Co.

Downtown Denver Grand Illumination

WHEN: Nov. 25, 2016
WHERE: Downtown Denver

As part of Downtown Denver's Winter in the City program, at 6 p.m. on Nov 25, 2016, Downtown Denver's Grand Illumination event will light up Downtown, from Denver Union Station to the City and County Building at Civic Center Park. Following a countdown shortly after 6:30 p.m., Denver Union Station will be ablaze with brightly colored floodlights illuminating the historic structure in the heart of Lower Downtown and its lighted tree in front. The lights stay on through the end of December.

Blossoms of Light

WHEN: Nov. 25, 2016–Jan. 1, 2017
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Embrace the holiday season at Blossoms of Light. The first night will display over one million colorful lights draped in elegant designs highlighting the Gardens' winter beauty. Enjoy sparkling passages, new displays and romantic kissing spots under the mistletoe, all made even more beautiful through HoloSpex glasses. Warm drinks and tasty treats will also be available.

Drums of the World

WHEN: Nov. 27, 2016 
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall

This popular annual family concert takes attendees on a musical trip around the globe. Drums of the World features your very own Colorado Symphony percussionists playing rhythmic instruments new and old — it'll be everything but the kitchen sink! Arrive early for pre-concert activities in the lobby.

A Christmas Carol

WHEN: Nov. 25–Dec. 24, 2016 
WHERE: 
Denver Center for the Performing Arts
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. 

The SantaLand Diaries

WHEN: Nov. 25–Dec. 24, 2016 
WHERE: 
Denver Center for the Performing Arts
For a less-traditional take on the holiday season, don't miss The SantaLand Diaries, based on author David Sedaris' hilarious account of his stint as a Macy's Christmas elf in New York City. This one-man show isn't for kids, but it will leave adults roaring with holiday cheer. 

Extreme Mammals

WHEN: Sept. 23, 2016–Jan. 8, 2017 
WHERE: 
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Fill some of your family time Thanksgiving weekend with a trip to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science's Extreme Mammals exhibit, where you'll meet some of the largest, smallest and most extreme mammals Mother Nature has ever dreamed up. 

Washed Ashore, Art to Save the Sea

WHEN: Sept. 24-Jan. 16, 2017
WHERE: 
Denver Zoo
See 15 giant sculptures of sea life made almost entirely from debris collected from beaches. Developed by the non-profit group The Washed Ashore Project, the exhibit is meant to create awareness about marine debris and plastic pollution though art. Washed Ashore, Art to Save the Sea will be open for the public to enjoy daily, weather pending and will be free with regular admission to the zoo.

Star WarsTM and the Power of Costume

WHEN: Nov. 13, 2016–Apr. 2, 2017 
WHERE: 
Denver Art Museum
Have a sci-fi or fantasy fan in your family? Then they won't want to miss the Star Wars and the Power of Costume exhibit at Denver Art Museum, featuring original costumes from the films. 

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