The Mile High City will put you in a festive mood. If you are looking for some new ways to celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah with your family, here are a few great places with holiday events in Denver.
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WHEN: Nov. 10–Dec. 23, 2018
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.
SANTA'S FLIGHT ACADEMY
WHEN: Nov. 10–Dec. 24, 2018
WHERE: Cherry Creek Shopping Center
Santa's Flight Academy is a wholly interactive and magical hero's journey that transforms children into key members of Santa's Flight Crew. Create memorable and sharable moments for families, including the Flight Suit Visualizer and the Flight Navigation Station. Experience a magical snow and light show inside Santa's sleigh and, of course, a visit with Santa Claus.
WHEN: Nov. 16–Dec. 23, 2018
WHERE: Skyline Park, Corner of 16th and Arapahoe St.
The Christkindl Market includes vendors from Germany and other countries, as well as local artisans, offering high-quality, handcrafted gifts such as traditional hand-carved wooden figurines, handmade candles and ornaments. Traditional German food will tempt your taste buds. Sip on warm Glühwein (hot spiced wine) as you listen to traditional Christmas carols and live German music. Entry is free and the entire family is invited to enjoy this great tradition!
WHEN: Nov. 20, 2018–Feb. 3, 2019
WHERE: Skyline Park, the corner of 16th and Arapahoe
Grab your family and friends and head to 16th and Arapahoe in downtown Denver to the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park. Skate rentals are $2, or bring your own pair and take a spin on the ice 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.
WHEN: Nov. 21–Dec. 24, 2018
WHERE: Stage Theatre
Essential to the holiday season in Denver, "A Christmas Carol" promises to "warm your heart and renew your holiday spirit" according to the Examiner. Based on Charles Dickens' classic novel, this joyous and opulent musical adaptation traces money-hoarding skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge's triumphant overnight journey to redemption.
WHEN: Nov. 23–Dec. 24, 2018
WHERE: The Jones
Crumpet the Elf returns for more hilarious holiday hijinks in this acclaimed one-man show. Looking for a little more snark in your stocking this year? David Sedaris' offbeat tales from his stint as a Macy's elf in New York City is the sure cure for the common Christmas show. Because of mature language, "The Santaland Diaries" is best enjoyed by adults.
WHEN: Nov. 23–Dec. 23, 2018
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, holiday gifts, Santa’s Workshop and so much more.
WHEN: Nov. 23, 2018–Jan. 1, 2019
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.
WHEN: Nov. 24–Dec. 24, 2018
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Children and adults will enjoy Colorado Ballet's annual production of "The Nutcracker," featuring fantastic characters, brilliant dancing, exquisite sets, dazzling costumes, timeless choreography and Tchaikovsky's extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.
WHEN: Nov. 30, 2018–Jan. 1, 2019
WHERE: Denver Zoo
Zoo Lights will span through 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: Dec. 1–Dec. 31, 2018
WHERE: 1010 Washington Ave., Golden
Olde Golden Christmas includes a community candlelight walk, Victorian carolers, free Newfoundland dog-pulled cart rides, holiday art market, parades, shopping, music and theater productions, Santa Claus, holiday lights, art and more!
WHEN: Dec. 8–9, 15–16 and 22–24, 2018
WHERE: Downtown Aquarium
Join Sharkey and Santa for a delicious breakfast buffet at Denver's Downtown Aquarium! After breakfast, explore the Aquarium Adventure Exhibit with more than one million gallons of extraordinary marine life.
WHEN: Dec. 21–22, 2019
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex
Too Hot to Handel is an exuberant jazz, gospel and R&B-infused concert that brilliantly reinvents Handel’s Messiah and returns by popular demand for the 2018 holiday season! With audience-favorite guest soloists and members of the Colorado Symphony Chorus, this night of music will have you rejoicing in the aisles.