Downtown Denver is twinkling like never before this holiday season. Take an evening stroll through the heart of the city by following this self-guided tour. All of these attractions are free and can be experienced throughout the holiday season.
You can start the tour at any point and easily get around using the free 16th Street MallRide. See the map below. Along the way, there are tons of places to dine or warm up with a coffee, tea, cocoa or hot toddy.
Denver Union Station
During Thanksgiving weekend each year, the switch gets flipped on the holiday lights at Denver Union Station, providing the perfect backdrop for selfies.
Just two blocks from Denver Union Station, Dairy Block created Denver's first fully activated alleyway and has become a year-round must-see in the city with access to the Denver Milk Market gourmet food hall and the Maven Hotel. For the holidays, the alley has taken on some special magical cheer.
Night Lights Denver at the Daniels & Fisher Tower
Along the 16th Street Mall, the Denver Theatre District launched Night Lights Denver in early November 2019. This year-round, cutting-edge projection mapping installation on the Arapahoe Street side of the Daniels & Fisher Tower (1601 Arapahoe St.) is on display every Thursday through Saturday evening. Don’t miss the chance to see ultra-creative minds utilize this iconic Denver landmark—once the tallest building in Denver and west of the Mississippi—as a cultural canvas for sharing their work. Night Lights Denver features works by Colorado-based artists.
The Mile High Tree, presenting sponsor Modelo®, on the 16th Street Mall
The spectacular Mile High Tree is located this year on the 16th Street Mall at Welton Street. Step inside this brilliantly lit, 110-foot-tall, 39-foot-wide immersive art installation.
It's the tallest digital tree in North America (and the tallest art installation in Denver’s history by the way) and features spectacular evening light shows using pixel LED technology choreographed to the classic holiday songs. The tree will be lit throughout the season for the public’s enjoyment and will be open for program viewings from 5-9:30 p.m. most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and from 5-8 p.m. on some Sundays. See the complete list of dates.
Denver City & County Building
It doesn't any more colorful than this. Denver’s annual lighting of the City & County Building on the day after Thanksgiving dates back almost 100 years. You can see the brilliant display nightly throughout the holiday season.
And there's more! Hundreds of thousands of lights also adorn the 16th Street Mall, Skyline Park, including Winter Aglow on Glenarm at Denver Pavilions, 14th Street, Larimer Square and more. Merry and magical moments are all over downtown just waiting to be unwrapped. Also, check out these lights extravaganzas at Denver Zoo, Denver Botanic Gardens and Cherry Creek North. See the popular floats from the 9News Parade of Lights, which will be on display throughout downtown. Download the mobile app for the exact locations. And the Denver Christkindl Market is a must-see holiday attraction in Civic Center Park with lights, food, music and, of course, unique gifts. It's open until 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (with some exceptions), so it's the perfect way to start or end your tour.
If you want a guided experiece where you can meet new people and learn more about the holiday traditions, check out Denver Local Tours and Denver Walking Tours. They are both offering tours that cover the aforementioned attractions and more. Custom tours are also available.