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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.​

FEATURED EVENTS

THE MILE HIGH TREE, PRESENTING SPONSOR MODELO®

WHEN: Thru Jan. 2, 2021 (5-9:30 p.m. on most Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; and 5-8 p.m. on some Sundays)
WHERE: 16th Street Mall at Welton Street

Join in the free festivities at this festive holiday attraction, the Mile High Tree. It’s a brilliantly lit, 110-foot-tall immersive art installation that provides a dazzling lights-and-music show. 

WINTER WANDERLAND LIGHT WALK

WHEN: Thru Jan. 3, 2021
WHERE: Cherry Creek North
New for 2020, explore 16 sparkling blocks with more than a half-million lights and discover eight twinkling displays choreographed to music.

CAMP CHRISTMAS

WHEN: Thru Jan. 5, 2021
WHERE: Online

This digital experience takes place on a web-based app where campers can explore fantastical places like Sweetsville, Fairy Forest and Treehouse Village. Each location includes multimedia content about the history and traditions surrounding the holiday season, as well as in-home activities. Campers can earn badges, track their progress and receive up to five packages featuring a wide variety of Christmas-themed activities.

BLOSSOMS OF LIGHT

WHEN: Thru Jan. 16, 2021 (Closed Nov. 26 and Dec. 25)
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. Pre-purchased timed tickets and masks covering the face and nose are required. 

DENVER LIGHTS & SIGHTS WALKING TOUR

WHEN: Nov. 27–Dec. 27, 2020
WHERE: Denver City & County Building

There's nothing quite like an evening stroll under twinkling holiday lights to celebrate the season! Embark on a fun-filled 1.5-hour Holiday Lights & Sights walking experience as you take in all of the magic and cheer of this festive time of year in The Mile High City. Along the way, you'll learn about the unique history, architecture and holiday traditions of Denver and Colorado.

 

PARADE OF LIGHTS

WHEN: Nov. 27–Dec. 31, 2020
WHERE: Throughout downtown Denver
The Downtown Denver Partnership is transforming the community tradition, 9News Parade of Lights, in 2020! This year's parade will be a multi-week, socially safe extravaganza of activities across downtown. The floats you know and love will be displayed throughout downtown, from Denver Pavilions to Denver Union Station, offering multiple chances for our community to relish in the charm and excitement of the holiday season again and again. Download the mobile app for the exact locations but here's where they are roughly located:

On Wynkoop Street between 17th and 18th streets 
Home for the Holidays Float Presented by American Furniture Warehouse 
Toybox Float Presented by 5280 Publishing

In the parking area off of Market Street between 18th and 19th streets
Jewelry Box Float Presented by The Crazy Merchant Inc.

In the courtyard at 16th and Lawrence streets
Gift Box Station Presented by Donor Alliance

On the plaza at 16th and Arapahoe streets 
Ram Station Presented by Colorado State University
Clocktower Float Presented by 9NEWS
Christmas Story Float Presented by Confluence Ministries 

On Glenarm Place between 15th and 16th streets
Santa Float Presented by Ent Credit Union
Share the Magic Presented by KOSI 101.1
Gingerbread House Float Presented by Xcel Energy

 

TRAIL OF LIGHTS

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.

DECEMBER DELIGHTS

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!

ZOO LIGHTS 

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.

GRANNY DANCES TO A HOLIDAY DRUM

WHEN: Dec. 5, 2020–Jan. 2, 2021
WHERE: Online

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!

NEIGHBORHOOD CHRISTMAS TREE CO. CHRISTMAS TREE LOT

WHEN: Thru Dec. 24, 2020
WHERE: Stanley Marketplace, Aurora

Come get your Christmas tree at Stanley MarketplaceNeighborhood 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.

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

AFTER THE ASTEROID: EARTH’S COMEBACK STORY

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.

WINTER ART MARKET 

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!

BEGIN AGAIN

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. 

SHANTELL MARTIN: WORDS AND LINES

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.

PRIMA LINGUA: FIRST WORDS OF THE EARTH

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.

THE LIGHT SHOW

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.

SENGA NENGUDI: TOPOLOGIES

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.