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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 and Hanukkah with your family, here are a few great places with holiday events in Denver.

Don't miss out on great Denver hotel deals during the holiday weekend.

FEATURED EVENTS

SANTA'S FLIGHT ACADEMY

WHEN: Nov. 7–Dec. 24, 2019
WHERE: Cherry Creek Shopping Center
Let your little ones help Santa ready his sleigh for the big day during Santa's Flight Academy! Visit with jolly St. Nick, try out his Flight Suit Visualizer and enjoy the magical snow and light show at Cherry Creek Shopping Center

DENVER CHRISTKINDL MARKET

WHEN: Nov. 22–Dec. 23, 2019
WHERE: Skyline Park
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! 

CHRISTMAS IN COLOR 

WHEN: Nov. 22, 2019–Jan. 24, 2020
WHERE: Water World and Bandimere Speedway (Morrison)
Load up your friends and family into the van (or car, or truck) and experience the holiday season like never before. Drive through acres of more than 1.5 million lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music you'll hear right through your radio. You'll drive by giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways and more. It's like being immersed in another world. You can experience the attraction at two locations. (Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.)

ICE SKATING AT DOWNTOWN DENVER RINK AT SKYLINE PARK 

WHEN: Nov. 26, 2019Feb. 16, 2020
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 $7-$9, 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 AT CHATFIELD FARMS

WHEN: Nov. 29–Dec. 22, 2019
WHERE
Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms
Explore Chatfield Farms as it is transformed into a magical holiday wonderland. Santa's Village is a family-friendly holiday event including hayrides, holiday gifts, Santa’s Workshop and so much more.

ZOO LIGHTS

WHEN: Nov. 29–Dec. 30, 2019
WHERE: Denver Zoo

Zoo Lights will span 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.

 

MILE HIGH TREE

WHEN: Nov. 30, 2019–Jan. 1, 2020, 5 p.m.–10:30 p.m., Jan. 2-31, 2020, 5:30 p.m.–9 p.m.; free shows every evening
WHERE: Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Join in the free nightly festivities at Denver’s newest holiday attraction, the Mile High Tree. It’s a brilliantly lit, 110-foot-tall immersive art installation that provides dazzling lights and music shows every 15 minutes throughout the evening. At 39-feet in diameter, the conical structure can host up to 140 guests at a time for an immersive viewing experience within the tree itself. There will be areas to purchase both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks as well as holiday treats. 

MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS

'CAMP CHRISTMAS'

WHEN: Nov. 21, 2019–Jan. 5, 2020
WHERE: Stanley Marketplace​

"Camp Christmas" is The Mile High City's newest holiday experience, where holiday traditions of the past and present get merrily mashed together in a giant 10,000-square-foot winter wonderland. This over-the-top indoor immersive installation turns the Christmas spirit all the way up with awe-inspiring displays of decorations that shift time and reality. 

'A CHRISTMAS CAROL - THE MUSICAL'

WHEN: Nov. 22–Dec. 22, 2019
WHEREArvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
Based on Charles Dickens' classic novel, this joyous and opulent musical adaptation traces money-hoarding skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge's triumphant overnight journey to redemption. "A Christmas Carol" illuminates the meaning of the holiday season in a way that has resonated for generations.

'THE NUTCRACKER'

WHEN: Nov. 30–Dec. 29, 2019
WHEREEllie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Performing Arts Complex
The holidays are not complete until you see the Colorado Ballet perform their annual "The Nutcracker," featuring unforgettable characters, dazzling costumes, classic choreography and Tchaikovsky's extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. This dazzling spectacle of glittering snowflakes and shimmering sugarplums will transport audiences to the Land of Sweets.

'GRANNY DANCES TO A HOLIDAY DRUM'

WHEN: Dec. 7–8, 13–15 and 20–22
WHERECleo Parker Robinson Dance
Enjoy this holiday favorite that blends dance, live music, spoken word and seasonal celebrations and customs from around the world in a story about Granny's memories. What makes "Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum" so unique and magical is that the memories are relived and told to her grandchildren through a beautiful display of dance, live music and storytelling. 

'HANDEL'S MESSIAH - AWAKENING'

WHEN: Dec. 20–21, 2019
WHEREBoettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
This beloved production has been reorganized to clearly present the narrative while maintaining the great traditions of this noble work. The Colorado Symphony Chorus will be divided between a chamber chorus and a larger chorus, and a narrator will present the masterpiece in a dramatic context that this story-telling composer would have appreciated.

'A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE ON STAGE'

WHEN: Dec. 22, 2019
WHERE: Paramount Theatre

Join Linus, Lucy, Charlie Brown and Snoopy as everyone's favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new touring production "A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage."

'HOLIDAY BRASS'

WHEN: Dec. 22, 2019
WHEREBoettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex
Come celebrate the brilliance and power of the Colorado Symphony Brass in a resounding program of seasonal favorites, featuring traditional carols, classical favorites, jazz transcriptions and music from beloved holiday movies and TV specials. Make your holiday season bright by joining the Colorado Symphony Brass in an unforgettable "Holiday Brass" program that hits all of the right Yuletide notes.

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

WRITTEN ON THE LAND: UTE VOICES, UTE HISTORY 

WHEN: Dec. 8, 2018–Sept. 2, 2021
WHERE: History Colorado Center
The Ute are Colorado's longest continuous residents. In History Colorado Center's Written on the Land, you'll journey to the places they call home and hear their stories, told in their own voices through art, photography and video.

NATURA OBSCURA

WHEN: Jan 11–Dec. 29, 2019
WHEREMuseum of Outdoor Arts
Step inside a surrealist, dreamlike forest that combines art, sculpture and the latest in virtual, augmented and digital technologies. Designed and produced by the Museum of Outdoor Arts in Englewood and featuring more than 30 Colorado-based artists and creatives.

BAUHAUS CENTENNIAL

WHEN: Jan 25–Dec. 31, 2019
WHEREKirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
The Bauhaus school of art and design in Weimar, Germany, was only open for a few years before the Nazis forced it to close. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of this influential art style, the Kirkland Museum is highlighting Bauhaus pieces from its permanent collection, including many not usually on display.

IMAGES FROM THE TRACKS: PHOTOGRAPHS OF WILLIAM HENRY JACKSON

WHEN: Jan. 28, 2019–Jan. 5, 2020
WHEREColorado Railroad Museum
One of the foremost photographers to photograph the great American West, William Henry Jackson's images had an immense influence on the public's perception of the American West. A portion of those images were captured here in Colorado as Jackson traveled throughout the west by rail. See it at the Colorado Railroad Museum.

ONE FELL SWOOP BY PATRICK DOUGHERTY

WHEN: Apr. 27–Dec. 30, 2019
WHEREDenver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms​
Artist Patrick Dougherty weaves flexible, sustainably harvested saplings into complex and whimsical architectural forms with the help of staff and volunteers. The stickwork installations remain on view until they naturally fall apart, some lasting for years! See it at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms

THE LIGHT SHOW

WHEN: June 2, 2019–May 3, 2020
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
The Light Show at Denver Art Museum features more than 200 objects drawn from the museum's nine curatorial departments that explore both physical and symbolic representations of light in art. 

COLORADO ABSTRACT +10: A HISTORY & A SURVEY

WHEN: Sept. 6, 2019–Jan. 12, 2020
WHERE: Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
Kirkland Museum presents an exhibition of two and three-dimensional artworks created by the artists featured in the watershed book Colorado Abstract: Paintings and Sculpture, by Michael Paglia and Mary Voelz Chandler, tracing the history and development of this artistic style in Colorado. 

ALTAR'D CONTINUUM

WHEN: Sept. 13, 2019–Feb. 1, 2020
WHERE: Museo de las Americas
Altar'd Continuum juxtaposes contemporary artists alongside religious ofrendas, retablos and other iconography from the museum's collections to illustrate the altar’s inherent transcendence of time and space.

FRANCESCA WOODMAN: PORTRAIT OF A REPUTATION

WHEN: Sept. 20, 2019–Apr. 5, 2020
WHERE: MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
Featuring more than 40 vintage prints, as well as notes, letters, postcards and other ephemera related to the artist's burgeoning career, this exhibition details American artist Francesca Woodman's creative coming-of-age during the years 1975–79. 

TERESA HUBBARD/ALEXANDER BIRCHLER: FLORA

WHEN: Sept. 20, 2019–Apr. 5, 2020
WHERE: MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
This exhibition brings to light work by a previously unknown American artist, Flora Mayo. 

STILL: ELEMENTAL

WHEN: Sept. 26, 2019–Jan. 12, 2020
WHERE: Clyfford Still Museum
This exhibit explores Still's work in relation to the five perennial elements of Greek philosophy: earth, water, air, fire and æther. Like nature itself, Still's often large-scale, colorful abstract work is intended to be transcendent, experiential and to impact viewers on an intrinsic, emotional level.

SHANTELL MARTIN: WORDS AND LINES

WHEN: Sept. 27, 2019–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 at Denver Art Museum features Martin’s signature black and white drawings that explore intersectionality, identity and play.

AFTER THE ASTEROID: EARTH’S COMEBACK STORY

WHEN: Nov. 1, 2019–Mar. 8, 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.

EYES ON: ANTHONY MCCALL

WHEN: Nov. 24, 2019–May 31, 2020
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
Between 1972 and 1974, London-born, New York-based artist Anthony McCall recorded a suite of seven fire performances. Landscape for Fire presents five performers dressed in white walking a precisely choreographed pattern across an airfield in North Weald, England, igniting small fires. Shifting configurations of light and dark unfold across a thirty-six-point grid, as the field of grass becomes a meadow of light. See it at Denver Art Museum.

SPORTING EVENTS

COLORADO AVALANCHE

Dec. 21, 2019: Chicago Blackhawks

Dec. 27, 2019: Minnesota Wild

DENVER NUGGETS

Dec. 20, 2019: Minnesota Timberwolves

Dec. 25, 2019: New Orleans Pelicans

Dec. 28, 2019: Memphis Grizzlies

Dec. 29, 2019: Sacramento Kings

DENVER BRONCOS

Dec. 29, 2019: Oakland Raiders