One of the most heartwarming elements of the holiday season is unwrapping something new and unexpected. In Denver’s case, that means savoring the surprises at Lower Downtown’s (LoDo) hottest new winter destination, Dairy Block. The historic location of Windsor Dairy is ringing in the holidays with carolers sharing heartwarming songs, new shopping and beverage outlets, and visits from jolly old St. Nicholas.

Santa and his sleigh are flying in for free family photos at the Denver Milk Market lobby entrance from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on December 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23. Every child who has a photo taken with Santa is invited to visit Morning Jones inside the market for free gingerbread cookies and milk.  

Dairy Block alley in DenverStrolling the pedestrian alley adorned with dozens of suspended twinkling balls of lights, decked-out Christmas trees and stunning silver pots filled with stylish décor is truly magical. Don’t miss stepping indoors to admire the gorgeous trees in the Dairy Block and The Maven hotel lobbies, and stop by for a drink or a bite to eat at Poka Lola Social Club and Kachina Cantina or a cup of joe at Huckleberry Roasters, all located in the hotel. 

The Maven invites guests to “Stay Cozy” this holiday season with special room rates starting at $179 per night, including 50 percent off valet parking and a waived destination amenity fee, which includes a free craft beer or margarita served from the shiny silver Gulf Stream trailer in the hotel’s lobby, a variety of discounts for Denver Milk Market and more. 

Chef Frank Bonanno’s Denver Milk Market, a 16-venue dining cornerstone of the Dairy Block, also offers a wide variety of scrumptious choices including Engine Room Pizza, now serving thin-slice New York-style pizza and thick crust Sicilian pizza in the Dairy Block Alley on Friday and Saturday nights from 5 p.m. – 3 a.m., perfect for holiday revelers. 

Invite friends and family to toast the season with a cocktail at the recently opened Seven Grand, which features one of the largest selections of premium whiskeys in the West (more than 700), along with a variety of specialty classic and seasonal cocktail creations. The intimate space has pool tables and private event areas for festive gatherings and is the perfect backdrop for regular live music and weekly tastings.

Also on the beverage front, Blanchard Family Wines is set to open in December for a Sonoma-style wine country experience in the heart of The Mile High City with a curated list of award-winning, sip-worthy boutique wines. 

Dairy Block in DenverHoliday shoppers also can rejoice with two recently opened apparel stores: Berkeley Supply, the second location of the Tennyson Street shop specializing in high-quality menswear with a focus on American-made products, and Blue Ruby, a men’s and women’s boutique from the team responsible for the popular store on Larimer Square. The Perfect Petal is another recent addition, offering fresh florals, potted succulents, housewares, greeting cards, jewelry, journals and trinkets.

If the people on your holiday gift list prefer something hands-on, head straight for the Futures United Network (F.U.N.) Pop-Up inside Denver Milk Market to purchase unique Denver experiences. It might be a guided architectural tour of the Denver Art Museum’s North Building expansion and a private dinner with Chef Frank Bonanno and DAM curator Florence Müller that explores the new Dior: From Paris to the World exhibition or perhaps admission to exclusive events at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. F.U.N. is open Dec. 1–23 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

For the full line-up of Dairy Block festivities, visit www.dairyblock.com.  

Credits: Top, The Maven lobby (courtesy of The Maven), hand sculpture by Andrew Ramiro Tirado; side, the Dairy Block's alley; and Kachina Cantina, Berkeley Supply, and Poka Lola Social Club.