Here are some top Denver things to do this weekend, Dec. 14-16, 2018. TubaChristmas returns with 300 tuba players entertaining the crowd at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Also, John Legend is in town and beer lovers won’t want to miss the Denver Beer Festivus, an unofficial city-wide craft beer-themed holiday party.


Special Events

Denver Beer Festivus (Saturday, Dec. 15)

80’s Snowpants Party + Shop & Show in the Snow (Saturday, Dec. 15)

TubaChristmas (Sunday, Dec. 16)


Museum Exhibitions

Dior: From Paris to the World

The Art of the Board


El Infinito

Above and Beyond

Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker

Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects

Stampede: Animals in Art

Mindbender Mansion

Welded & Fabricated Poetry: The Artistic Life of Elizabeth Yanish Shwayder

A Daughter’s Eye / A Daughter’s Voice 

Tara Donovan: Fieldwork

Play Ball!


Arts & Culture

Clyfford Still Museum Free Evening (Friday, Dec. 14)

Light in All Darkness: Images and Icons From William Hart McNichols 

The DaVinci X – The Machines & You (last chance on Sunday, Dec. 16


Performing Arts

St. Martin’s Chamber Choir (Friday, Dec. 14)

Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum 

‘The Santaland Diaries’ 

‘The Nutcracker’ - Colorado Ballet

‘Corduroy’ (Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16)

A Kantorei Christmas (Sunday, Dec. 16)

A Colorado Christmas 

Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’ (last chance on Saturday, Dec. 15)

‘Joaquin’s Christmas’

‘A Christmas Carol’ 

'Elf – The Musical' 



Alone for the Holidays (2-for-1 tickets available) 



Bone Thugs N Harmony (Friday, Dec. 14)

Brent Cowles (Friday, Dec. 14)

EOTO (Friday, Dec. 14)

The New Mastersounds & DJ Williams Shots Fired (Friday, Dec. 14)

FACE Vocal Band (Saturday, Dec. 15)

John Legend: A Legendary Christmas (Saturday, Dec. 15)

Khruangbin (Saturday, Dec. 15)

Rebirth Brass Band Late Show (Saturday, Dec. 15)

Rebirth Brass Band Early Show (Saturday, Dec. 15)

The Travelin’ McCourys (Saturday, Dec. 15)


Food & Drink

2nd Annual Gingerbread Invitational (Saturday, Dec. 15)

12 Bars of Charity (Saturday, Dec. 15)

3rd Annual 80’s Ski Party (Saturday, Dec. 15)

Urban Brunch 

Yuletide Teas (last chance on Sunday, Dec. 16)

Shop Small, Sip Big 



Four Mile Historic Park Free Day (Friday, Dec. 14)

Breakfast With Santa at Downtown Aquarium (Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16)

Santa on the Square (Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16)

Inside the Orchestra’s Christmas Tiny Tots 

Holiday Market by Denver Flea (last chance on Sunday, Dec. 16)

A Hudson Christmas 

Santa’s Village at Chatfield Farms 

Christkindl Market 

Santa’s Flight Academy 

The Polar Express

Christmas in Color

Holiday Carousel 


Film & Literature

Movie & Martinis: ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ 

National Theatre Live: ‘The Madness of George III’

Cuba in IMAX 

‘Pandas 3D’



Jeremy Hotz (Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15)

Matt Iseman (Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15)

Chris Voth (Sunday, Dec. 16; 2-for-1 tickets available)

Mitch Fatel’s Holiday Showcase (Sunday, Dec. 16; 2-for-1 tickets available)


Sports & Outdoor Recreation

Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (Friday, Dec. 14)

Colorado Avalanche vs. Dallas Stars (Saturday, Dec. 15)

Denver Broncos vs. Cleveland Browns (Saturday, Dec. 15)

Scramblin’ Scrooge 1M/5K/10K & Youth Fun Run 2018 (Saturday, Dec. 15)

Denver Nuggets vs. Toronto Raptors (Sunday, Dec. 16)

Rocky Mountain Goat Yoga (Sunday, Dec. 16)

Blossoms of Light 

Zoo Lights 

Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park 

Ice Skating 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.