Here are some top Denver things to do this weekend, Dec. 6-8. The 9News Parade of Lights returns with countless sparkling lights, marching bands, giant balloons, majestic floats and delightful characters. It’s also a great weekend to check out holiday lights displays and enjoy ‘Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum,’ a Denver holiday tradition by Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble.


Featured Events

9News Parade of Lights (Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7)

‘Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum’


Holiday Lights

Christmas Lights of Denver (Friday, Dec. 6)

Mile High Tree

Night Lights Denver

Zoo Lights

Blossoms of Light

A Hudson Christmas

Christmas in Color (Bandimere Speedway)

Christmas in Color (Water World)

Denver Lights & Sights Walking Tour (Friday, Dec. 6)


Museum Exhibitions

Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature

The Science Behind Pixar 

Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits

Altar’d Continuum

Beer Here! Brewing the New West

Written on the Land: Ute Voices, Ute History

Natura Obscura 

Bauhaus Centennial

Colorado Abstract +10: A History & A Survey

Shantell Martin: Words and Lines 

Still: Elemental

Stacey Steers: Edge of Alchemy

Jaguar: Grace, Space, Pace


Arts & Culture

One Fell Swoop by Patrick Dougherty

Black Cube Nomadic Museum

Holiday Mercado Arts & Crafts Sale (Saturday, Dec. 7)

Free First Saturday at Denver Art Museum (Saturday, Dec. 7)

Music in the Galleries: Spektral Quartet (Sunday Dec. 8)

First Friday Art Walks (Friday, Dec. 6)


Performing Arts

‘Love Actually’ in Concert (Friday, Dec. 6)

Passport to the Holidays: Around the World With DGMC! (Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7)

Christmas With the Children’s Chorale (Saturday, Dec. 7)

John Denver Holiday Celebration With the Colorado Symphony (Saturday, Dec. 7)

Lone Tree Symphony Presents a Very Cherry Christmas (Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday Dec. 8)

Celtic Woman: The Best of Christmas Tour (Sunday Dec. 8)

Handel’s ‘Messiah’ (Sunday Dec. 8)

‘Santa Claus Conquers the Martians’

Dr. Seuss’ ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical’

‘Tuck Everlasting’

‘Meet Me in St. Louis’

‘A Christmas Carol – The Musical’

Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’

‘Goodnight Moon’

‘Ella Enchanted’ at the Arvada Center

The Improvised Shakespeare Company


‘The Thanksgiving Play’

A Very Vintage Holiday Show

‘The Nutcracker’

Writes of Winter: Hidden Worlds & Strange Negotiations (Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7)



Dr. Fresch (Friday, Dec. 6)

Elektric Animals Single Release (Friday, Dec. 6)

Greensky Bluegrass (Friday, Dec. 6)

Honky Tonk Holiday Party (Friday, Dec. 6)

Jaden & Willow (Friday, Dec. 6)

Shpongle (Friday, Dec. 6)

The Late Set: Dawn Clement and Anisha Rush (Friday, Dec. 6)

Vintage Trouble (Friday, Dec. 6)

Ward Davis (Friday, Dec. 6)

Mike Cooley (Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7)

Dragon Smoke (Saturday, Dec. 7)

Greensky Bluegrass (Saturday, Dec. 7)

Lettuce (Saturday, Dec. 7)

Local Set w/ Isaac Sinclair & Paul Frost (Saturday, Dec. 7)

MIDIcinal Live Band (Saturday, Dec. 7)

Sharone (Saturday, Dec. 7)

Wolf van Elfmand (Saturday, Dec. 7)

A Blind Tiger Tribute to Anita O’Day (Sunday, Dec. 8)

Surrender Signal (Sunday, Dec. 8)

The Allman Family Revival (Sunday, Dec. 8)

The Threadbarons (Sunday, Dec. 8)

Timothy P. and the Rocky Mountain Stocking Stuffers Perform


Food & Drink

Drunk Christmas (Fiction Beer Company) (Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7)

Bake Sale (Saturday, Dec. 7)

10th Anniversary 1940s White Christmas Ball (Saturday, Dec. 7)

Wine & Paint! (Saturday, Dec. 7)

Christmas Beer and Cookies (Saturday, Dec. 7)

Denver SantaCon Crawl (Saturday, Dec. 7)

RiNo Holiday Bazaar: 3 Sundays in a Row! (Sunday, Dec. 8)

Miracle on Larimer Square

Nick's Holiday Putt Club and Bar



Holiday Fair & Artisan Market (Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7)

Sensory Friendly Concerts (Saturday, Dec. 7)

Swedish Christmas Market (Saturday, Dec. 7)

Hipster Santa is Comin’ to The Source (Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8)

Snowcats Cat Convention (Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8)

Breakfast With Santa (starts on Saturday, Dec. 7)

Disney on Ice: Mickey’s Search Party

Christkindl Market

Santa’s Flight Academy

Photos With Santa

VR Arcade

Holiday Family Sing-Along, A Time of Wonder

Fetch Holiday Markets (Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8)

Denver Museum of Nature & Science Free Day (Sunday, Dec. 8)

Tech en Familia

Santa’s Village at Chatfield Farms

Olde Golden Christmas

Camp Christmas

The Polar Express

Santa on the Square


Film & Literature

Movie & Martinis: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Sunday, Dec. 8)

‘Turtle Odyssey 3D’

‘Apollo 11: First Steps’ 

‘Superpower Dogs 3D’



Brad Williams (Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7)

Christopher Titus (Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7)


Sports & Fitness

2019 Jingle Bell Run 5K (Sunday, Dec. 8)

Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park​

4th Annual Ice Rink at Denver International Airport 


Planning a future trip to Denver. See our Reclaim the Weekend page. Also see our Denver 365 Event Calendar for activities, events and other stuff to do. Denver is a sunny outdoor city, full of urban adventures for the whole family.