Dec 23-25, 2022

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.

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More Holiday Fun

Après Ski Holiday Market

WHEN: Thru Dec. 18, 2022 (weekends)
WHERE: Dairy Block
Paying homage to the quaint European holiday festivals, the Aprés Ski-themed weekend festival takes place in the heated alleyway between all the Daily Block shops and restaurants. Running every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Aprés Holiday Market gives consumers the opportunity to engage with unique, independently owned and high-quality brands to shop while enjoying a beverage and embracing their inner ski vibes.

Denver Christkindlmarket

WHEN: Thru Dec. 23, 2022
WHERE: Civic Center Park

This outdoor event brings the most beloved elements of an authentic German holiday experience to The Mile High City. Stroll through a European village decorated for the holiday season as you shop for finely crafted artisan gifts and treats at charming wooden huts. Fuel your shopping with authentic Glühwein (mulled spiced wine), German Biers and hot chocolate, and nosh on Bavarian-style pretzels, fresh smoked salmon, Knödel, Goulasch, Nürnberger Sausages, pastries, caramels and European chocolates. 

The Polar ExpressTM Train Ride

WHEN: Thru Dec. 23, 2022
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. 

Cherry Creek Holiday Market

WHEN: Thru Dec. 24, 2022
WHERE: Cherry Creek North
The free Cherry Creek North Holiday Market at Fillmore Plaza features 30 local artisan vendors, live music, and festive drinks and decor.

Santa's Flight Academy

WHEN: Thru Dec. 24, 2022
WHERE: Cherry Creek Shopping Center
Your little ones can step inside a 22-foot-tall sleigh and experience the magical snowfall. They can also have their photos taken with Santa. Reservations are recommended. 

'Camp Christmas'

WHEN: Thru Dec. 24, 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 Hudson Christmas: Extravaganza of Lights

WHEN: Thru Dec. 31, 2022 (on select days)
WHERE: Hudson Gardens & Events Center
Hudson Christmas is back after two long years. You'll be enchanted by even more towering trees draped in thousands of colorful lights. A grove of dancing Christmas trees, a multi-colored forest inhabited by giant snowmen, the holiday light tunnel and glowing reindeer will light up Hudson Gardens into an extravaganza of holiday cheer.

Downtown Denver Rink

WHEN: Thru Feb. 14, 2023
WHERE: Skyline Park
Bundle up for some free ice skating in the heart of downtown and enjoy special events.

Bridge of Lights

WHEN: Dec. 1–4, Dec. 8–11 and Dec. 15–31, 2022 (excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas)
WHERE: Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, Cañon City
In an experience sure to become a time-honored Christmas tradition, you're invited to drive across the Royal Gorge Bridge, 1,000 feet above the Arkansas River, while it's decked out in thousands of holiday lights. Driving across the Royal Gorge Bridge is not regularly offered outside of pre-arranged car club groups, so this is truly something special! Guests can purchase hot cocoa, coffee or cider in a Bridge of Lights souvenir cup and holiday cookies to enjoy while driving through the light display.

McGregor Skate

WHEN: Dec. 2–31, 2022; 12–9 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Friday–Saturday, 12–6 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: McGregor Square plaza
The magic of winter has made its way to LoDo with McGregor Skate, an ice skating rink for all ages. Skates are available to rent at an on-site skate shop. Enjoy hot beverages from the upcoming holiday pop-up bar: Sleigh Bar at Milepost Zero. Note: The rink is closed on Dec. 24 and 25 and closes early at 4 p.m. on Dec. 31 for The Drop New Year's Eve event. There are special themed dates on Fridays from 6–8 p.m. with a live DJ. Dress up and head out on the ice:

Dec. 2: Santa Theme
Dec. 9: Ugly Sweater Theme
Dec. 16: Santa Theme
Dec. 23: Ugly Sweater Theme
Dec. 30: 80's Apres Ski Theme

Snow Days

WHEN: Dec. 3, 2022–Feb. 17, 2023
WHERE: Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
Spend your day gliding around the rink, sledding on REAL snow, warming up by a toasty fire and much, much more.

16th Street Mall Holiday Festival

WHEN: Dec. 10, 2022
WHERE: 16th Street Mall - Pedestrian Mall
This highly attended annual curated marketplace features an awesome selection of one-of-a-kind seasonal items, high-quality handcrafted goods, fabulous holiday gift ideas, delicious specialty foods, home décor and unique holiday gifts. While you shop, enjoy Christmas carolers, live entertainers and appearances by Santa!

Butterfly Pavilion's Living Lights

WHEN: Dec. 17, 2022–Jan. 2, 2023
WHERE: Butterfly Pavilion, Westminster
Your little ones will love Denver's newest and most immersive holiday tradition: an evening filled with luminous aerial artists and performers, glowing exhibits and a kids-glow-in-the-dark dance party with the Firefly Princess! Butterfly Pavilion will light up in a rainbow of colors as visitors walk through the exhibits and see the world of invertebrates in a new and enchanting way. Fun and entertaining, this indoor festival of lights helps support Butterfly Pavilion's mission of invertebrate conservation around the world.

Las Posadas

WHEN: Dec. 24, 2022; 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (free)
WHERE: The Fort Restaurant/Tesoro Cultural Center

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.

 

Music & Performing Arts

'A Christmas Story'

WHEN: Thru Dec. 23, 2022
WHERE: Miners Alley Playhouse, Golden

All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more. "A Christmas Story" is destined to become a theatrical holiday tradition!

'A Christmas Carol'

WHEN: Thru Dec. 24​, 2022
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: 'The Nutcracker'

WHEN: Thru Dec. 24, 2022
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.

Disney’s 'Beauty and the Beast'

WHEN: Thru Dec. 31, 2022
WHERE: Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities, Arvada

Be our guest this holiday season with a tale as old as time! When a prince is transformed into a Beast by a spell that can only be broken by true love, it’s up to the bookworm Belle to not only accept his love — but truly love him in return. Disney’s "Beauty and the Beast" brings together talking teapots, dancing candlesticks and beloved original songs from the movie classic for an enchanting night the whole family will enjoy.

'A Made for TV Holiday Homicide'

WHEN: Thru Jan. 7, 2023
WHERE: Adams Mystery Playhouse

Don your favorite ugly holiday sweater and join the Adams Mystery Playhouse crew for the filming of the made-for-TV movie "Let The Snow Fall Where It May." However, not everyone on the set is in a festive mood as tempers flare. Will the winter jubilee be ruined by a dastardly murder?

'Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation'

WHEN: Dec. 7–31, 2022; Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
WHERE: Garner Galleria Theatre & Bar
From "Frozen" to "Phantom of the Opera" to "Wicked," this all-new fall-down funny, satirical roast of over 30 Broadway hits features outrageous costumes, silly spoofs of the songs you know by heart and madcap impressions by a stellar cast! Newer spoofs include "Hamilton," "Dear Evan Hansen" and "Moulin Rouge."

Home for the Holidays

WHEN: Dec. 15–23, 2022
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 and a few spectacular surprises, Home for the Holidays is sure to delight and put you in the holiday spirit.

'Mean Girls'

WHEN: Dec. 20, 2022–Jan. 1, 2023; Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
WHERE: Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA)
Direct from Broadway, "Mean Girls" is the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team, including book writer Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), composer Jeff Richmond (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), lyricist Nell Benjamin ("Legally Blonde") and director Casey Nicholaw ("The Book of Mormon").

'Elf' in Concert

WHEN: Dec. 22–23, 2022 
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!

 

Museum & Gallery Exhibitions

The Center on Colfax Open Art Studio’s Exhibition

WHEN: Thru Dec. 24, 2022
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

The Center on Colfax opened in 1976 and has grown to become the largest LGBTQ community center in the Rocky Mountain region. The Open Art Studio launched in 2010, providing a safe space for individuals to come together to connect and create. This exhibit is a product of the Center's participants, talents, hopes, dreams, pain, tears, fears, love and more.

LAPS: A Journey Through Time

WHEN: Thru Dec. 24, 2022
WHERE: Cherry Creek North

In a world that seems to move at an increasingly rapid pace, this interactive art installation offers a moment to slow down and really enjoy the season. LAPS features six giant musical hourglasses that entice visitors to bend time and then sit back and watch as bursting light and dancing color fill the air.

By Design: Stories and Ideas Behind Objects

WHEN: Thru Dec. 30, 2022
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

A series of thematic installations drawn primarily from the architecture and design collection, this exhibition illustrates the abundance and versatility of approaches to design. How does it come into being? Who creates it and for what purpose? What trends inspire it? And how does it serve society?

Fantastic Brush: Twentieth-Century Chinese Ink Art from the Robert and Lisa Kessler Collection

WHEN: Thru Dec. 30, 2022
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

The 23 ink paintings featured in this exhibit showcase some of the most important artists in twentieth-century China, including Zhang Daqian, Qi Baishi, Xu Beihong, Wu Changshuo and Wu Guanzhong. The collection includes examples by teachers and students, friends and colleagues. The artists come from very different backgrounds: some traveled to Europe to study Western art, some went to Japan to study Japanese art and Western art as filtered through Japanese experience, and others never went abroad. Nevertheless, all were well-versed in traditional Chinese ink art.

Immersive Nutcracker

WHEN: Thru Dec. 31, 2022
WHERE: Lighthouse Art Space

This festive season, treat your family to The Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle — an unforgettable holiday extravaganza! For nearly 130 years, "The Nutcracker" has enchanted children around the world. Now your family can experience the timeless holiday tale like never before, brought to life on a majestic scale! You will be enchanted by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s sweeping music, including iconic selections like “The March of the Toys” and “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” as they are immersed in holiday wonder.

At the Heart of The Flames

WHEN: Thru Dec. 31, 2022
WHERE: Denver Firefighters Museum

At the Heart of the Flames is made entirely of art created by active and retired Denver firefighters to showcase their creativity. 

Gio Ponti: Designer of a Thousand Talents

WHEN: Thru Jan. 1, 2023
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Gio Ponti was one of the most inventive Italian architects and designers of his time. For more than 60 years, Ponti’s exuberant approach found expression in public and private commissions from buildings, interiors and furniture to glass, ceramics and flatware, influencing international design for more than 50 years. 

Seeing Red: Botanical Art & Illustration

WHEN: Thru Jan. 1, 2023
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Featuring work by students and faculty of Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art & Illustration, Seeing Red spotlights the vibrant shades of red found in plants and fungi. From peppers to hibiscus and apples to poinsettias, red is found throughout the natural world. Works in a variety of media feature red flowers, foliage, fungi, fruits and vegetables.

Immersive Monet & The Impressionists

WHEN: Thru Jan. 2, 2023
WHERE: Lighthouse Art Space

From the creators and producers of the original Immersive Van Gogh exhibit, Immersive Monet & The Impressionists showcases more than 500 iconic paintings, brought to life! From Monet’s celebrated water lilies to Degas’s graceful dancers, step inside living art that strives to capture the transient nature of beauty and the timeless beauty of nature.

Frank Lloyd Wright: Inside the Walls

WHEN: Thru Jan. 8, 2023
WHERE: Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

The exhibition will explore the relationship between Wright’s architecture and decorative art. Wright believed in the concept of “a total work of art,” with the accessories and furnishings of a building complementing the architecture to create a unified whole.

Planet Pioneers

WHEN: Thru Jan. 8, 2023
WHERE: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

Composed of 17 hands-on exhibits, Planet Pioneers puts budding astronauts and space explorers to the test as they attempt to source their own food, shelter and solve problems in an unknown world. Colonizing the planet is no trivial task, and visitors should prepare for full-body challenges, including driving a 4-D Surface Exploration Vehicle, flying a virtual drone to solve environmental issues and experiencing G-Force in a spinning capsule.

Front Range Contemporary Quilters - Complements to the Chef

WHEN: Thru Jan. 14, 2023
WHERE: Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden

Front Range Contemporary Quilters were invited to explore any food-related topic for this unique exhibition: food is grown, harvested, transported, purchased, prepared, cooked, served and eaten. Example include a backyard herb garden, a baby’s face after eating blueberries, a field of corn, a stunning supermarket display, a fancy restaurant setting, a family meal and a simple cup of tea.

Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition

WHEN: Thru Jan. 15, 2023
WHERE: Cherry Creek Shopping Center

Rome comes to Denver! Skip the long lines at the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City and view the world-renowned work of Michelangelo close enough to touch God's finger in Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition. This special collection of the artist’s renowned ceiling frescoes is reproduced in a format that allows viewers to get face-to-face with the masterpieces through 34 artfully displayed reproductions paired with an audio narrative.

Abundant Future: Cultivating Diversity in Garden, Farm and Field

WHEN: Thru Jan. 15, 2023
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Featuring 40 original botanical illustrations, this exhibition highlights the history and importance of biological diversity in cultivated plants grown for clothing, healing and — most of all — for food. The subjects of these works were discovered on international travels, picked up at the farmer’s market or harvested from the artists’ gardens. The works illustrate the artistry of plant breeding, the challenges of maintaining genetic diversity in domesticated crops, and the potential for rejuvenation found in heirloom and ancient plant revival.

'Theater of the Mind'

WHEN: Thru Jan. 22, 2023
WHERE: York Street Yards

"Theater of the Mind" from Denver Center for the Performing Arts will take audience members through an immersive journey in a 15,000-square-foot historic warehouse within the adaptive reuse campus of York Street Yards in the Clayton neighborhood. Audiences will explore how they perceive the world through sensory experiments that reveal the inner mysteries of the brain as they are led by a Guide whose stories are inspired by the creators' lives. It's a journey of self-reflection, discovery and imagination, inspired by and grounded in neuroscience, co-created by Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and writer Mala Gaonkar.

Disruption

WHEN: Thru Jan. 23, 2023
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Works from the Vicki and Kent Logan Collection presents about 50 artworks including paintings, sculptures, photographs, mixed-media works, and several artworks never before displayed at the museum. This outstanding collection features many works by noted North American and international contemporary artists including Kent Monkman, Yang Shaobin, Zhang Dali, Elmgreen and Dragset, Agustina Woodgate, Glenn Ligon, and Jenny Saville.

DALÍ ALIVE

WHEN: Thru Jan. 29, 2023
WHERE: Stanley Marketplace, Aurora

Experience DALÍ ALIVE, an immersive look into Salvador Dalí's life from Grande Experiences, world leaders in multi-sensory art and culture experiences, in cooperation with The Dalí Museum. The exhibit will further redefine the way audiences connect with art and culture, engaging and inspiring guests to explore the life, art and triumphant accomplishments of Salvador Dalí. A powerful and vibrant symphony of light, color, captivating imagery, stirring soundscapes and evocative aromas take you out of your world and immerse you inside the surreal visions synonymous with the renowned artist.

The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse

WHEN: Thru Feb. 5, 2023
WHERE: MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

This exhibition explores the aesthetic legacies and traditions of Black Culture in the African American South as seen through the lens of contemporary Black musical expression. Lauded by critics, it argues for the importance of the American South and Black culture as critical to our understanding of America’s past, present and future. 

You Select: A Community-Curated Exhibition

WHEN: Thru Feb. 12, 2023
WHERE: Clyfford Still Museum

In the culminating exhibition of the Clyfford Still Museum's tenth anniversary year, You Select: A Community-Curated Exhibition hands the curatorial reins to art lovers from the surrounding Denver community and beyond. This exhibit is designed to foster far-reaching engagement and appreciation of Clyfford Still’s art and artistic legacy.

Luis Barragán: A Legacy. New Works Undressing the Mexican Soul

WHEN: Thru Feb. 18, 2023
WHERE: Museo de las Americas

Museo de las Americas presents a new collective exhibition, Luis Barragán: a Legacy. New Works Undressing the Mexican Soul. Curated by Artemio García Uribe from Guadalajara, MX, this exhibition celebrates the legacy of one of the most iconic and well-known Mexican architects of the 20th century. With this exhibit, Museo de las Americas will explore how his influence has manifested in the work of five Mexican artists who will create a mosaic of interpretations of what Barragán and his works mean to them. 

Other People's Pictures

WHEN: Thru Feb. 26, 2023
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

This exhibition of more than 70 photographic works from a collection donated to the DAM in 2018 by Robert and Kerstin Adams explores the reciprocal relationships among artists and their creative exchange of objects. It also examines the themes of collecting, the pleasure of looking, and how diverse points of view interact to shape perspectives.

Memory Mirror

WHEN: Thru March 5, 2023
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Lares Feliciano's Memory Mirror is an immersive installation that invites visitors to explore their relationship with memory through animation, dioramas and interactive storytelling. Designed to evoke the memory of a relative's living room, this exhibition will transform the museum's Precourt Family Discovery Hall into a surreal domestic den that is both familiar and fantastic.

Her Brush: Japanese Women Artists from the Fong-Johnstone Collection

WHEN: Thru May 13, 2023
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

This exhibition takes a nuanced approach to questions of artistic voice, gender and agency through more than 100 works of painting, calligraphy and ceramics from 1600s to 1900s Japan. Many of these artworks will be on view for the first time to the public. 

Return of the Corn Mothers

WHEN: Thru Sept. 30, 2023
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Return of the Corn Mothers marks a three-year effort to honor 22 new Corn Mothers in 2022. What began in 2007 with a small grant from the Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute and eight local women has now expanded to include more than 70 women. Join in the rich tradition of honoring Southwest women through this revitalized exhibit.

 

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