There’s nothing quite like an evening stroll under twinkling holidays lights to celebrate the season. The Mile High City has plenty of brilliant lights displays to enjoy.​ Make a weekend of it and find great hotel deals starting at $99!


WHEN: Nov. 29–Dec. 22, 2019
Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms
Explore Chatfield Farms as it is transformed into a magical holiday wonderland. Santa's Village is a family-friendly holiday event including hayrides, holiday gifts, Santa’s Workshop and so much more.


WHEN: Nov. 29–Dec. 31, 2019
WHERE: Denver Zoo

Zoo Lights will span 70 acres of Denver Zoo's campus with nightly entertainment, animal encounters, Santa meet-and-greets and, of course, illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected.


WHEN: Nov 29–30 and Dec. 6–8, 13–24 and 26–31, 2019
WHERE: Hudson Gardens & Events Center
Bundle up for a visit with Santa at Hudson Gardens in Littleton. After sharing your list with Ol' Saint Nick, sip hot chocolate as you stroll the outdoor paths lined with trees decked with more than a million twinkling lights.


WHEN: Nov. 29, 2019–Jan. 1, 2020
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens is proud to host Blossoms of Light, an annual family-friendly event that has become a tradition for people across Colorado. Come interact with incredible light displays — a large field of sound-reactive, animated LED lights — plus sip warm drinks and nibble on tasty treats as you stroll. 


WHENNov. 30, 2019
WHERE: Downtown Denver
The Grand Illumination features beautiful lighting displays in the LoDo District and Denver Union Station. Downtown's unique holiday atmosphere is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Festivities at Denver Union Station include a countdown to this year's holiday lighting, carolers and treats, drinks at Terminal Bar and more.

Light the Lights

WHEN: Nov. 30, 2019
WHERE: Civic Center Park

The City and County of Denver and 9News present the annual lighting of Denver's City and County Building. This fun and heart-warming tradition is nearly 100 years old and is the perfect kick-off to the holiday season! Don't miss the ceremonial flipping of the light switch between 6:30 and 7 p.m. Be sure to explore the winter festival in Civic Center Park and bring hats, gloves and scarfs for the Giving Tree to benefit for Denver families in need.


WHEN: Nov. 30–Dec. 31, 2019
WHERE: 1010 Washington Ave., Golden
Olde Golden Christmas includes a community candlelight walk, Victorian carolers, free Newfoundland dog-pulled cart rides, a holiday art market, parades, shopping, music and theater productions, Santa Claus and twinkling holiday lights!


WHEN: Dec. 6, 2019
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Hop aboard a comfortable, heated bus as you cruise through some of Denver's most beautiful neighborhoods, all lit up for the season. You'll also learn about the state’s historic holiday traditions and warm up with hot chocolate and cookies.


WHEN: Dec. 6–7, 2019
WHERE: Downtown Denver 

The 9NEWS Parade of Lights is the signature event of the downtown Denver holiday season. The countless sparkling lights, marching bands, giant balloons, majestic floats and delightful characters will once again wow hundreds of thousands. Viewing along the parade route is free, and grandstand tickets are sold for seating in front of the beautifully illuminated City & County Building.


WHEN: Dec. 31, 2019
WHERE: 16th Street Mall - Pedestrian Mall

Ring in the New Year with Denver's annual New Year's Eve Fireworks with viewpoints along the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver. There will be two displays, one at the family-friendly hour of 9 p.m. and the other at midnight. Costumed entertainers will interact with crowds between shows, featuring magicians, costumed characters, balloon artists, stilt walkers, comedians and more.

Lights and Ice Festival

WHEN: TBA 2019
WHERE: Civic Center Park

Holiday cheer will abound at this family-friendly winter festival. There'll be hot chocolate, cold adult beverages, food trucks and the Sugar Plum Bazaar at the McNichols Building. Dress your four-legged friends in their fanciest holiday outfits to compete in the first-ever Yellow Snow Dog Race! Denver Public Library's Wheelie the Book Bike will also be there with free books and holiday crafts.

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