The Mile High City will put you in a festive mood. If you are looking for some new ways to celebrate Christmas with your friends and family, explore these holiday events. Don't miss out on great Denver hotel deals during the holiday weekend.
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.
WHEN: Nov. 27, 2020–Jan. 3, 2021
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms
Stroll through the Colorado countryside along a winding path glistening with lights. Features this year include a three-sided light tunnel, illuminated antique and model tractors, a children's play area and warms holiday food and drink. Visitors must purchase a ticket online for a specific day and time.
WHEN: Dec. 4–27, 2020
WHERE: Four Mile Historic Park
This family-friendly outdoor event features an ice skating rink, winter scavenger hunt, kids craft activities, seasonal snacks and beverages, art installations and life-sized, interactive video games from Oh Heck Yeah!
WHEN: Dec. 4–31, 2020
WHERE: Denver Zoo
It's official: Zoo Lights has been making magic, memories, and even marriages for 30 amazing years! Presented by Your Hometown Toyota Stores, this illuminating annual event transforms Denver Zoo into Colorado's WILDEST winter wonderland. Don't miss this year's historic celebration, with more than a million lights sparkling over 80 acres—plus a host of special measures to keep your family safe and healthy.
WHEN: Dec. 5, 2020–Jan. 2, 2021
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!
WHEN: Thru Dec. 24, 2020
WHERE: Stanley Marketplace, Aurora
Come get your Christmas tree at Stanley Marketplace! Neighborhood Christmas Tree Co. sources trees direct from farms in a variety of sizes and types, including Noble, Fraser, Nordman and Grand firs. They'll have a selection of Charlie Brown-inspired mini-trees, too, as well as a small assortment of holiday accessories, like wooden reindeer and wooden snowmen.
WHEN: Thru Dec. 31, 2020
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science
A new trove of remarkably preserved fossils found by paleontologists from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science near Colorado Springs paints a vivid picture of how Earth recovered after the devastating asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. See some of the very best fossils from the site at a brand-new bilingual pop-up exhibit to bring the discovery to life.
WHEN: Thru Jan. 3, 2021
WHERE: NEXT Gallery, Lakewood
NEXT Gallery will be open Fridays from 5 p.m.–10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Purchase artwork and support local artists!
WHEN: Thru Jan. 9, 2021
WHERE: Walker Fine Art
The turn of a new decade brought with it an intersectional crossroads. And as society shifts, so does the art world. The five artists featured in this exhibition are inspired by healing, hope and wonder, aesthetically working within the realm of ripples and repetition to convey their messages in an array of mediums.
WHEN: Thru Jan. 31, 2021
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
London-born, New York-based contemporary artist Shantell Martin has collaborated with iconic brands and artists from Puma and Nike to Max Mara and Kendrick Lamar. This interactive multimedia installation features Martin’s signature black and white drawings that explore intersectionality, identity and play.
WHEN: Thru Feb. 21, 2021
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens
Aspen-based artist Jody Guralnick explores the intersection of science and art, bringing to light the microscopic and often unnoticed structures of lichens, mushrooms, molds and more. For her, these tiny organisms are comparable to the first words of the earth — the building blocks of nature's language.
WHEN: Thru Mar. 7, 2021
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
Let there be light! This brilliant exhibition features around 250 pieces pulled from the Denver Art Museum's nine curatorial departments and explores humanity's drive to understand both physical light and metaphorical, spiritual and divine light.
WHEN: Dec. 13, 2020–Apr. 11, 2021
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
This collection is composed of more than 70 abstract and conceptual artworks by the internationally recognized artist, a prominent figure of the 1970s Black American avant-garde and Black Arts Movement.