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: Dec. 1–31, 2017
WHERE: Denver Zoo
Zoo Lights spans 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. 24–Dec. 24, 2017
WHERE: Chatfield Farms Botanic Gardens
Explore Chatfield Farms as it is transformed into a magical village. Santa's Village is a family-friendly holiday event including hayrides, a trail of light, holiday gifts, Santa’s Workshop and so much more.
WHEN: Nov. 24, 2017–Jan. 1, 2018
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens
Embrace the holidays with thousands of colorful lights draped in elegant designs at Blossoms of Light. The 2017 event features new elements as well as the return of the grand illuminated O'Fallon Perennial Walk and the Romantic Gardens. Warm drinks and tasty treats and seasonal entertainment will be available, and thousands of lights in the Gardens' amphitheater are synchronized to your favorite holiday tunes. Note: Denver Botanic Gardens is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
WHEN: Dec. 31, 2017
WHERE: Downtown Denver
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.
WHEN: Dec. 31, 2017
WHERE: Pepsi Center
Fireworks on ice? Believe it. Come cheer on the Colorado Avalanche as they take on the New York Islanders, and stay for the post-game fireworks show — an Avs game first!
WHEN: Feb. 23–June 17, 2018
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science
From glowworms, to fireflies, to bioluminescent mushrooms, Mother Nature has her own way of lighting up the darkest places on the planet. This immersive exhibit explores the mysterious world of bioluminescence through lifelike models, simulations, unusual animals, videos and hands-on activities. It's truly an enlightening experience.