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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

THE POLAR EXPRESS TM TRAIN RIDE

WHEN: Nov. 9–10, 13–17, 20–24, 29–30 and Dec. 1, 4–8, 11–15 and 17–23, 2019
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.

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! 

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. 31, 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.

A HUDSON CHRISTMAS

WHEN: Nov. 29–30 and Dec. 6–8, 13–24 and 26–31, 2019
WHERE: Hudson Gardens & Events Center
Bundle up for a visit with Santa at Hudson Gardens in Littleton. After sharing your list with Ol' Saint Nick, sip hot chocolate as you stroll the outdoor paths lined with trees decked with more than a million twinkling lights.

BLOSSOMS OF LIGHT

WHEN: Nov. 29, 2019–Jan. 1, 2020
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. 

OLDE GOLDEN CHRISTMAS

WHEN: Nov. 30–Dec. 31, 2019
WHERE: 1010 Washington Ave., Golden
Olde Golden Christmas includes a community candlelight walk, Victorian carolers, free Newfoundland dog-pulled cart rides, a holiday art market, parades, shopping, music and theater productions, Santa Claus and twinkling holiday lights!

L'ESPRIT DE NOËL HOLIDAY HOME TOUR

WHEN: TBA 2019
WHERE: 740 South Jackson Street
This two-day walking tour features six magnificent homes in Denver’s Bonnie Brae and Belcaro neighborhoods, each one beautifully decorated for the holidays by some of the area’s most accomplished florists and table designers. Proceeds support the Central City Opera.

DENVER PAVILIONS HOLIDAY CAROUSEL

WHEN: TBA 2019
WHERE: Denver Pavilions

Create Memories for years to come at the Denver Pavilions beautiful downtown Holiday Carousel. Throughout December, families can enjoy the magic of the holidays from the perch of a horse on a beautiful carousel. $3 per ride.

SANTA ON THE SQUARE

WHEN: TBA 2019
WHERE: Larimer Square
It's the happiest season of all at Larimer Square, where historic charm meets holiday cheer. With festive dining options and boutiques filled with treasures for everyone on your 'Nice' list, Larimer Square help you celebrate in style. There are also carolers, carriage rides and Santa on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season. Visits with Santa are free and open to the public.

ICE SKATING AT DOWNTOWN DENVER RINK AT SKYLINE PARK 

WHEN: TBA 2019
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 $6–$8, 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.

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. 

'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.

'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.

'GRANNY DANCES TO A HOLIDAY DRUM'

WHEN: TBA
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. 

'ELF – THE MUSICAL'

WHEN: TBA 2019
WHEREArvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
Tag along with Buddy the Elf as he leaves the North Pole for New York City in search of his real father in this family favorite come to life.

'A CHRISTMAS CAROL'

WHEN: TBA 2019
WHEREStage Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
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 SANTALAND DIARIES'

WHEN: TBA 2019
WHEREThe Jones in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
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.

MARK O’CONNOR AND FRIENDS AN APPALACHIAN CHRISTMAS

WHEN: TBA 2019
WHEREParamount Theatre
Last year the Mark O'Connor Band won a GRAMMY Award for Best Bluegrass Album, and this December they're gracing the stage at the Paramount Theatre with a holiday performance that blends country and pop with Americana, bluegrass and chamber music.

'TOO HOT TO HANDEL'

WHEN: TBA 2019
WHEREBoettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Back by popular demand, this exhilarating jazz, gospel, and R&B-infused concert brilliantly reinvents Handel’s "Messiah" for the 2019 holiday season! "Too Hot to Handel" features associate conductor Christopher Dragon at the podium, guest soloists Cynthia Renée Saffron and Lawrence Clayton, and members of the Colorado Symphony Chorus.

'A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS'

WHEN: TBA 2019
WHEREParamount Theatre
Keep the holiday spirit flowing with this Christmas-themed cirque. Featuring magic, circus acrobatics, comedy, live music and caroling, "A Magical Cirque Christmas" will blow you away. 

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

WRITTEN ON THE LAND: UTE VOICES, UTE HISTORY 

WHEN: Dec. 8, 2018–Apr. 17, 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.

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. 

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