The holiday season in Denver brings many theater, music and dance classic performances like 'A Christmas Carol' and 'The Nutcracker.' Come to The Mile High City and make a night of it with great hotel deals.

We strive to post the most current and accurate event information, but changes and cancellations do occur, so please check the official event website to confirm all details before attending.

THE POLAR EXPRESS TM TRAIN RIDE

WHEN: Nov 11–Dec. 23, 2021 (on select days)
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. This year, a whole host of carefully crafted updates have been made in order to ensure the health and safety of guests, cast and crew, so put on your pajamas and your most fashionable mask and bring the family to enjoy sharing hot cocoa and cookies together as the "Hot, Hot, Hot—Chocolate" song and dance unfolds before your eyes. 

CAMP CHRISTMAS

WHEN: Nov. 18, 2021-Jan. 2, 2022
WHERE: Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park

An over-the-top, outdoor/indoor extravaganza as big as the season it celebrates! Leave your worries behind and immerse yourself in Denver Center for the Performing Arts' (DCPA's) biggest holiday experience ever! Journey through artist Lonnie Hanzon’s fantastical wonderland of lights, dazzling decorations, music and memorabilia as you explore mesmerizing yuletide scenes spread across a six-acre landscape. Most importantly, Camp Christmas is an opportunity to rediscover (and reimagine!) the holiday spirit and connect with people you love.

'A CHRISTMAS CAROL'

WHEN: Nov. 19-Dec. 26, 2021
WHERE: Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Wolf Theatre

Essential to the holiday season in Denver, "A Christmas Carol" is a joyous and opulent musical adaptation that traces money-hoarding curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant overnight journey to redemption.

COLORADO BALLET PRESENTS 'THE NUTCRACKER'

WHEN: Nov. 27-Dec. 24, 2021
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House

The beloved holiday favorite returns in a dazzling production like no one's ever seen, featuring all-new sets and costumes created especially for Colorado Ballet. A sellout every year, this magical tale of Clara, the Nutcracker and the Mouse King is going to be dreamier than ever.

WINTERLAND: A DISCOTHEQUE CABARET

WHEN: Dec. 2-19, 2021
WHERE: Wonderbound

With jaunty jingles and titillating tales, the return of Wonderbound’s take on the theatrical revue will be your antidote to the cold-weather blues. 

'GRANNY DANCES TO A HOLIDAY DRUM'

WHEN: Dec. 11, 12, 18 & 19 (matinee shows 2 p.m.); Dec. 11, 16, 17 & 18 (evening shows 7:30 p.m.)
WHERE: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

A Denver family tradition for 29 years, this incredible blend of dance, music, and spoken word lifts the spirit and fills the heart with joy, love, and peace! Even in challenging times, the magic of "Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum," presented by Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, continues. Guided by the Three Angels of the Rainbow, Granny visits Africa, the Americas, Mexico, Asia, and the Caribbean to celebrate the joy of Holiday Times! From the African Harvest to Kwanzaa, from the Chinese New Year to Junkanoo.... a celebration of both diversity and oneness!

BALLET ARIEL'S 'NUTCRACKER' 2021

WHEN: Dec. 11-23, 2021
WHERE: Lakewood Cultural Center

Ballet Ariel’s winsome interpretation of "The Nutcracker" returns to the Lakewood Cultural Center for six matinees and two evening performances.

A VERY DEVOTCHKA HOLIDAY

WHEN: Dec. 16, 2021; 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

With its inspired use of Native American musical rhythms and African-American spiritual influences, Dvořák’s beloved “New World Symphony” heralded a new dawn for 20th-century American music. Virtuosic violinist Karen Gomyo joins guest conductor Jaime Martín to invigorate Tchaikovsky’s lush Violin Concerto — one of the preeminent Romantic works ever written for the instrument — filled with lyrical melodies suggestive of the Slavic and Russian folksongs that so often found their way into Tchaikovsky’s ballets. Kodály’s Dances of Galánta draws on the Hungarian folk elements so prevalent during the composer’s upbringing, exemplifying the bond between cultural musical sources and formal classical composition, and showing why it matters so much in today’s world.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

WHEN: Dec. 16-23, 2021
WHERE: Lone Tree Arts Center

There’s something for everyone in this beloved holiday spectacular: dancers, singers, holiday songs, and, of course, celebrity appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus. With an updated storyline for 2021 and a few spectacular surprises, Home for the Holidays is sure to delight and put you in the holiday spirit.

'ELF' IN CONCERT

WHEN: Dec. 18 & 19, 2021
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

In this heartwarming movie, Buddy is accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn't fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. This holiday season relive this holiday classic on a giant screen as every note of John Debney's wonderful score is played live to movie. This performance will be conducted by the film's composer himself, John Debney!

'HIP HOP NUTCRACKER'

WHEN: Dec. 19 & 20, 2021
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

A holiday mash-up for the whole family.  "The Hip Hop Nutcracker" is back and better than ever. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, this contemporary dance spectacle is set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music.

DISNEY’S 'A MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL IN CONCERT'

WHEN: Dec. 22 & 23, 2021
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Other Muppets — Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear, and Sam the Eagle — weave in and out of the story, while Scrooge receives visits from spirits of three Christmases — past, present, and future. They show him the error of his self-serving ways, but the miserable old man seems to be past any hope of redemption and happiness. The Colorado Symphony will be performing every note from the original full film score while the movie is simultaneously projected on screens.

LAS POSADAS

WHEN: Dec. 24, 2021; 4 p.m.
WHERE: The Fort Restaurant

Celebrated in Mexico and throughout the United States from Dec. 16 to 24, the Las Posadas celebration commemorates Mary and Joseph's journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter on the night of baby Jesus' birth. The Tesoro Cultural Center partners with The Fraternas to present this traditional event. Enjoy Mexican hot chocolate, hot cider and traditional biscochitos.

THE DOO WOP PROJECT CHRISTMAS

WHEN: Dec. 28, 2021; 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Lone Tree Arts Center

Back by popular demand after 2018 and 2019 sold-out holiday performances! Three parts Jersey Boys, two parts Motown, these five charismatic Broadway stars—with their five-piece band—tear it up with musicality, dancing and showmanship. They “re-doo” classic doo-wop songs from the ’50s and ’60s and make them sound fresh and new.

'A NIGHT IN VIENNA'

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2021; 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

A Colorado cultural tradition returns featuring your symphony waltzing with you into 2022! Start your celebration in style with the Colorado Symphony’s presentation of "A Night in Vienna," a rousing selection of polkas, waltzes and marches. The festive evening is the perfect sendoff to 2021 and a can't-miss holiday mainstay conducted by your very own Christopher Dragon!

 

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