Whether you’re visiting for the first time, live in the neighborhood or are stopping by for a little R&R, there’s no better place to be than Cherry Creek North.

Here are the top 10 reasons why you won’t want to miss this winter wonderland during the holidays.

Small Business Saturday - CCN - BLOG1. Small Businesses – Haven for independent retailers

Every day is a big day for small businesses in Cherry Creek North. Of the area’s 250 retailers, 70 percent are independently owned. From art galleries and great restaurants to fashion boutiques and luxurious spas and salons, Cherry Creek North’s volume and variety of small businesses is unlike anywhere else.

On Saturday, Nov. 25, Cherry Creek North will celebrate Small Business Saturday, a nationwide event founded by American Express in 2010 to promote shopping at small businesses. Help make Small Business Saturday the biggest day of year in Cherry Creek North, Denver's premier shopping and dining district!

2. Walkability – Life within walking distance

Cherry Creek North boasts the highest walk score in Denver – 95! You can find everything within walking distance. Meander down the extra-wide sidewalks to any of your favorite grocery stores, dining options, fashion boutiques, hotels, art galleries, spas and more. Need more shopping options? Find an additional 160 stores directly across the street at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Life in Cherry Creek North is within walking distance.

3. Home furnishings – From knickknacks to sofas

Cherry Creek North is quickly becoming the home furnishings mecca of Denver and every interior decorator’s dream. Check out Design Within Reach’s new 12,00 square foot space along 1st Avenue, which is triple the size of the store’s previous location. Other favorites include Revampt, Show of Hands, The Brass Bed and West Elm.

4. Holidays – Everything you love about this time of year

Deck the halls is right! Cherry Creek North lights up during the holidays with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights strung from tree to tree, planters overflowing with winter greenery and decorations, carolers singing a seasonal soundtrack around the corner, and shoppers strolling through a winter wonderland in search of the perfect gift.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, you're invited to experience the true joy of the holiday season, including winter itself at the 2nd Annual Winter Fest. This festive celebration will culminate on Fillmore Plaza, transforming the street into a winter wonderland, featuring live ice carving, temporary fire pits, free giveaways and more. Businesses throughout the area will also be hosting Winter Fest activities, such as ornament decorating, entertainment and more. Winter Fest is a FREE, family-friendly event, so make your way around Cherry Creek North and soak up the holidays.

 

5. Spas and Salons – Pamper yourself

Cherry Creek North boasts 50 spas and salons a.k.a. 50 reasons to love life, relax and pamper yourself. Check out Antoine Du Chez, Massage Envy, Live Love Lash and more.

6. Accessibility – It’s easy to get here and get around

There are plenty of ways to get here, and endless things to do when you arrive. Cherry Creek North is just a hop, skip and jump from the commuter rail line connecting Denver International Airport and downtown Denver. There’s direct access to the Cherry Creek Regional Trail, a 40-mile path dedicated to bicyclists and hikers. In addition, there are more than 3,000 parking spaces available in eight public parking garages with $5 weekend and evening rates.

Cherry Creek’s newest transportation feature Eco-Rides USA, is a FREE shuttle service that provides door-to-door connections for anyone traveling within the Cherry Creek Area (6th Avenue to Cherry Creek Drive and University Boulevard to Colorado Boulevard), Eco-Rides operates daily from 10am-10pm. To hitch a ride, call 720-699-2669 or simply hail one whenever you see them drive by.

7. Art Galleries – Feel inspired

More than 15 galleries and art-related businesses dot the 16 blocks of Cherry Creek North. Discover world-class fine art, artisan craft wares, fine jewelry design, custom framing and more. Spend the day on a creative journey and follow the walking tour of galleries – stops include Masters Gallery, Mangelsen – Images of Nature Gallery and Saks Galleries.

Winter in Cherry Creek North8. Hotels – Variety of options and more on the way

With four hotels in 16 blocks and one more on the way, Cherry Creek North is becoming a top visitor’s destination. The Inn at Cherry Creek, JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek, Halcyon – a hotel in Cherry Creek, and the new Moxy all offer unique accommodation options with more than 550 rooms combined. With the completion of The Jacquard in 2018, the number of hotel rooms in the area will increase to more than 750. Come stay awhile!

9.  Restaurants – A foodie’s paradise

Searching for your tried and true favorite? NoRTH Italia and Cherry Creek Grill have you covered with classic dishes. Looking for the trendiest new hang outs? Take a seat at Quality Italian or Hedge Row. Craving the local’s favorite burger? The Cherry Cricket has been making them for 70 years! Cherry Creek North has it all with more than 50 dining options.

10. Shopping – Unique finds on 3rd Avenue

Cherry Creek North’s 3rd Avenue is lined with local fashion boutiques (check out Kaitlyn Collective and A Line Boutique), art galleries (have you been to Fascination St. Fine Art and Gallerie Rouge?), and unique specialty stores (check out Artisan Center and Spinster Sisters).

With an exceptional mix of classic and contemporary retail and restaurants, a great lineup of events year-round, and more grand openings on the way, Cherry Creek North has it all. Visit CherryCreekNorth.com to learn more.