To help make the holiday season a little brighter for those in need and to celebrate the 125th milestone anniversaries of two Denver icons, the Brown Palace Hotel and Spa and the Denver Post, are joining forces for an incredible Champagne Cascade event, which will benefit 50 Denver nonprofits.

The Champagne Cascade has been an annual event at The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa for 30 years, but in 2017, since it is both the hotel’s and the Denver Post’s 125th anniversary, the two neighbors are  planning  something special. 

Champagne Cascade Brown PalaceAt noon on November 19, 2017 in the spectacular atrium lobby of The Brown Palace, the event will feature master swordsmen using Napoleonic sabers to sever the bottlenecks of Moet & Chandon Champagne bottles. The Champagne is then poured into the uppermost glass of an incredible two-story high, 6,000+ glass pyramid. As the champagne overflows the top glass, it cascades into the glasses below, creating a dazzling display as the bubbly liquid flows down from row to row.  Hundreds of spectators lining all levels of the eight-story atrium lobby cheer.

To mark the 125th anniversaries, two free “museums” are being created for the event.  One will feature historic photos and artifacts from The Brown Palace’s 125-year history, while the other will have photos, historic newspapers and other momentos from the 125-year history of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Denver Post.  Historians will be on hand to answer questions about both Denver institutions. Guests will be able to visit form 12:30 – 2 p.m., following the Cascade.

Both The Denver Post and The Brown Palace Hotel were founded in 1892 and have played pivotal roles in transforming Denver from a rough and tumble frontier town into the sophisticated, world-famous city it is today.

The public is invited to witness the one-of-a-kind holiday event for free from floors 4-7, all overlooking the grand atrium.  The VIP area on the Mezzanine floor offers complimentary VIP photo, champagne, hors d’oevres, beer, wine and of course the best views of the Cascade. 


All funds raised through this event are matched at .50 per dollar by DaVita, and are then distributed through a grant process to Denver metro-area charities that benefit children and youth, homelessness, hunger and health and wellness.  Donations for the campaign are accepted Nov. 1 - Dec. 31 at

Visitors to the event will also have the first peak at the Brown Palace’s amazing holiday decorations. It takes a team of 20 people two days to set up the decorations, which include: A 25x25-foot chandelier; 250,000 crystal beads; 60,000+ LED lights; 500 pounds of glitter; and 4,800 ornaments. The decorations will remain up during The Brown’s famous daily Holiday Tea program and through the end of the National Western Stock Show, during which the public will have an opportunity to pose for free photos with the Grand Prize winning champion steer on January 19, 2018.