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Winter makes The Mile High City sparkle. There's plenty of snowy fun this year, from a Winter Brew Fest to a rare winter concert at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre. Denver is also the world's largest après ski town. It's a great place to gear up, find deals and acclimatize before you hit the higher Rocky Mountain ski slopes of Colorado. You can even ride a ski train from the city to the slopes via the new Winter Park Express

WINTER EVENTS

DOWNTOWN DENVER RINK AT SKYLINE PARK

WHEN: Nov. 21, 2017–Feb. 14, 2018
WHERE: Corner of 16th and Arapahoe
Take a spin on the ice — for free! Grab your family and friends and head to 16th and Arapahoe in downtown Denver to the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park in Downtown Denver! Skate rentals are $6-$8, or bring your own pair and skate for free. Free days for kids will take place throughout the season. Look for regularly scheduled entertainment and activities each week, including: Friday night DJs; Saturday morning skating lessons; Saturday night concerts; and Sunday afternoon family entertainment.

SANTA'S VILLAGE

WHEN: Nov. 24–Dec. 24, 2017
WHERE
Chatfield Farms Botanic Gardens
Explore Chatfield Farms as it is transformed into a magical Christmas village. Santa's Village is a family-friendly holiday event including hayrides, holiday gifts, a trail of lights, Santa’s Workshop and so much more.

BLOSSOMS OF LIGHT

WHEN: Nov. 24, 2017–Jan. 1, 2018
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Embrace the holiday season at Blossoms of Light. The first night will display over one million colorful lights draped in elegant designs highlighting the Gardens' winter beauty. Enjoy sparkling passages, new displays and romantic kissing spots under the mistletoe, all made even more beautiful through HoloSpex glasses. Warm drinks and tasty treats will also be available. 

ICE SKATING AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

WHEN: Nov. 24, 2017–Jan. 7, 2018
WHERE: Denver International Airport

Heading out of town? Get to Denver International Airport early and enjoy their free ice skating rink, entertainment and family-friendly music on the DEN plaza. Or make a special trip just for the fun of it!

ZOO LIGHTS

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.

DENVER PAVILIONS HOLIDAY CAROUSEL

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.

WINTER BREW FEST

WHEN: Jan. 26–27, 2018
WHERE: Mile High Station  
Toast the winter season at Winter Brew Fest. This annual event celebrates craft beverages from Colorado and across the U.S. and features live local music, food and other vendors. Cheers! 

WINTER SPORTING EVENTS

Denver Broncos
 

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Dec. 10, 2017
v. New York Jets

Dec. 31, 2017
v. Kansas City Chiefs

Colorado Avalanche
 

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Dec. 5, 2017
v. Buffalo Sabres

Dec. 14, 2017
v. Florida Panthers

Dec. 16, 2017
v. Tampa Bay Lightning

Dec. 18, 2017
v. Pittsburgh Penguins

 

 

 

Denver Nuggets
 

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Dec. 15, 2017
v. New Orleans Pelicans

Dec. 20, 2017
v. Minnesota Timberwolves

Dec. 26, 2017
v. Utah Jazz

Dec. 30, 2017
v. Philadelphia 76ers

Jan. 3, 2018
v. Phoenix Suns

Jan. 5, 2018
v. Utah Jazz

WINTER BEAUTY IN DENVER'S PARKS

The Mile High City boasts more than 4,000 acres of traditional parks and parkways, which include 2,500 urban natural acres. In the winter, they take on a wondrous glow, offering opportunities for cross-country skiing, sledding and snowshoeing. Stroll through City Park during this season and take in gorgeous views of the skyline, framed by the Rocky Mountains. Cheesman Park positively glitters in winter, with large snowy expanses stretching out in front of you. Snowball fight, anyone?

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