Holiday favorites give you the chance to do as the locals do during the holidays in Denver. Read below for some of our most beloved winter rituals and events. Make a weekend of it with hotel deals starting at $99!


WHEN: Nov. 16–19, 24–26 and 29–30; Dec. 1–3, 6–10 and 13–23, 2017
WHERE: Colorado Railroad Museum

The story of The Polar ExpressTM is theatrically re-created and combined with a magical train ride at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Children get to meet Santa and experience all the sights and sounds of this classic tale as if happening all around them.


WHEN: Nov. 17–Dec. 23, 2017
WHERE: Skyline Park
The Christkindl Market includes vendors from Germany and other countries, as well as local artisans, offering high-quality, handcrafted gifts such as traditional hand-carved wooden figurines, handmade candles and ornaments. Traditional German food will tempt your taste buds. Sip on warm Glühwein (hot spiced wine) as you listen to traditional Christmas carols and live German music. Entry is free and the entire family is invited to enjoy this great tradition! 

Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park

WHEN: Nov. 21, 2017–Feb. 14, 2018
WHERE: Skyline Park, the corner of 16th and Arapahoe
One of the most popular holiday events in Denver, the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park in Downtown Denver returns in 2017 with ice skating and family fun. The rink is free and open to the public with the option to bring your own skates or rent a pair at a minimal cost.


WHEN: Nov. 25–Dec. 24, 2017
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House

It's not the holidays until you see visions of sugar-plum fairies dancing before your eyes. Colorado Ballet's "The Nutcracker" is a cherished family holiday tradition and the largest production of the holiday favorite in Colorado.


WHEN: Dec. 17, 2017
WHERE: Downtown Denver
Tired of the same old holiday soundtrack? Revive your holiday spirit at the Annual TubaChristmas Concert in Skyline Park! Tap your toes to your favorite holiday tunes being played by 300 tuba players from all over the region. Skyline Park will be decorated for the season, making it a perfect setting to experience this holiday spectacular.


WHEN: Dec. 15, 2017–Jan. 2, 2018
WHERE: Denver Pavilions

Create Memories for years to come at the Denver Pavilions beautiful downtown Holiday Carousel. Throughout December, families can enjoy the magic of the holidays from the perch of a horse on a beautiful carousel. $3 per ride or free with voucher or a canned food donation.

Olde Golden Christmas

WHEN: Candlelight Walk, Dec. 1, 2017; Christmas Parades, Dec. 2, 9 and 16, 2017
WHERE: 911 10th Street, Golden

Olde Golden Christmas includes a community candlelight walk, Victorian carolers, free Newfoundland dog-pulled cart rides, holiday art market, parades, shopping, music and theater productions, Santa Claus, holiday lights, art and more!


WHEN: Dec. 31, 2017
WHERE: Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus

Enjoy the sights, sounds. and excitement of Times Square, all before bedtime! Each hour, count down to a glittering ball drop and pop bubble wrap fireworks as fountains of confetti flutter all around for Noon Year's Eve!


WHEN: Dec. 31, 2017
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Known as one of Denver’s Top New Year Eve Parties, the NYE Great Gatsby White Rose Gala is a high end and elegant charity event where you are enveloped by musical and theatrical performances that take you back to the Roaring 20’s.


WHEN: Jan. 6–21, 2018
WHERE: National Western Complex

Held every January, the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo is the world's largest stock show, involving more than 15,000 animals. Enjoy rodeos featuring top-notch bull riders, horse shows, livestock competitions and auctions.