Here are some top picks for spending a spectacular Thanksgiving weekend in Denver, Nov. 24-27, 2016. There’s plenty of family-friendly fun to get you out of the house like lights extravaganzas. Plus, laugh with nationally known comedians as they make a Denver homecoming, attend some great concerts and start your holiday shopping.       


Museum Exhibitions

Star WarsTM and the Power of Costume (Denver Art Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day)

Extreme Mammals

Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs 

Washed Ashore, Art to Save the Sea

Awkward Family Photos (History Colorado Center is closed on Thanksgiving Day)


Lights Extravaganzas

Downtown Denver Grand Illumination (starts Friday)

Blossoms of Light (starts Friday)


holiday-performing-artsPerforming Arts

‘A Christmas Carol’ (starts Friday)

‘The SantaLand Diaries’ (adult language, starts Friday)

‘The Nutcracker’ (starts Saturday)



The Fray (Saturday)

Drums of the World (Sunday)

Elephant Revival with the Colorado Symphony (Saturday)



Home for the Holidays’ at Comedy Works (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday; 2-for-1 tickets)


Holiday Fun

Mile High United Way Turkey Trot (Thanksgiving Day)

The Polar Express TrainTM Ride

Santa's Flight Academy

Santa Meet & Greet (starts Saturday)


Outdoor Fun

Southwest Rink at Skyline Park



Denver Christkindl Market

Also, check out our Holiday Shopping page for tips on where to go on Black Friday. And the following day is Small Business Saturday, featuring great gift ideas all over town. Here are some tips for enjoying Cherry Creek North.



Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (Friday)

Colorado Avalanche vs. Vancouver Canucks (Saturday)

Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs (Sunday)


For more activities, see the Denver 365 Event Calendar.