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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Blossoms of Light

WHEN: TBA 2022
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 are required. 

2021 Annual Holiday Lighting

WHEN: TBA 2022
WHERE: City & County of Denver​ Building
Each night at 5:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., an interactive holiday show will occur for 7–9 minutes, then the lights go to a static holiday look until 10:45 p.m.

Night Lights Denver

WHEN: Permanent Installation
WHERE: Daniels & Fisher Tower
Night Lights Denver features rotating content designed by local artists and the community and projected on the Arapahoe Street side of the Daniels & Fisher Tower every Tuesday through Sunday evening.

More Holiday Fun

Santa's Flight Academy

WHEN: TBA 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. 

Christmas Three-course Dinner

WHEN: TBA 2022
WHERE: Downtown Aquarium 

Enjoy a quintessential holiday meal at this major attraction.

A Hudson Christmas: Extravaganza of Lights

WHEN: TBA 2022
WHERE: Hudson Gardens & Events Center, Littleton
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.

A Story Book Holiday in Evergreen

WHEN: TBA 2022
WHERE: Evergreen, various locations

A Story Book Holiday in Evergreen is coming back for a second year with classic Christmas stories depicted in ice. See "hidden" ice sculptures around the mountain community while Santa is flying in from the North Pole to do some special readings. Join the family-friendly scavenger hunt and support local businesses. 

Camp Christmas

WHEN: TBA 2022
WHERE: Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park, Lakewood

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. The experience is primarily outdoors, with several opportunities to visit decked-out indoor displays (and warm up!) throughout.

Christmas in Color (North)

WHEN: TBA 2022
WHERE: Water World
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 also experience the attraction at Bandimere Speedway in nearby Morrison. (Closed on Christmas Day.)

Christmas in Color (West)

WHEN: TBA 2022
WHERE: 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 also experience the attraction at Water World. (Closed on Christmas Day.)

December Delights

WHEN: TBA 2022
WHERE: Four Mile Historic Park

This family-friendly outdoor event features an ice skating rink, reindeer games, kids' craft activities, seasonal snacks and beverages, art installations and life-sized, interactive video games from Oh Heck Yeah!

Butterfly Pavilion's Living Lights

WHEN: TBA 2022
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.

Christmas Carol Rides

WHEN: TBA 2022
WHERE: Great Outdoors Adventures LLC
Enjoy a winter sleigh ride in a cozy off-road vehicle with Great Outdoors Adventures this Christmas season for a merry, merry time. Tour the stunning Pike National Forest in your own rented off-road vehicle as a self-guided tour with GPS navigation or a guided tour. 

Holiday Lights Mini Golf

WHEN: TBA 2022
WHERE: Adventure Golf & Raceway, Westminster
During the holiday season, Buccaneer Bay, Adventure Cove and The Lost Continent transform into beautiful holiday-themed light displays with more than 100,000 interactive lights on all three courses! 

Downtown Denver Rink

WHEN: Thru Feb. 20, 2022
WHERE: Skyline Park
Bundle up for some free ice skating in the heart of downtown and enjoy special events. 

Music & Performing Arts

Colorado Ballet Presents 'The Nutcracker'

WHEN: TBA 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.

'A Christmas Carol'

WHEN: TBA 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.

'Cirque Dreams Holidaze'

WHEN: TBA 2022
WHERE: Gaylord Rockies, Aurora

Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the stage in an awe-inspiring family holiday spectacular. Lights dim and music plays while a fantastical cast of holiday storybook characters come to life presenting an elaborate wonderland, invoking the stories behind a child’s eye as they dream on the most magical of nights. This annual tradition wraps a whimsical, Broadway-style musical infused with contemporary circus artistry into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family.

'The Other Josh Cohen'

WHEN: Thru May 1, 2022
WHERE: Garner Galleria Theatre & Bar

Enter the quirky world of Josh Cohen’s New York City apartment — as it's getting robbed. Broke and alone, all hope seems lost for Josh, until a mysterious letter arrives that changes his life forever. This 90-minute life-changing laugh-fest for the whole family will leave you feeling better about the world!

'Until the Flood'

WHEN: Thru Aug. 11, 2023
WHERE: Virtual/Online

After the death of Michael Brown, The Ferguson Unrest shook the nation to its core and put a spotlight on police brutality and discrimination. Using extensive interviews she conducted herself, Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner Dael Orlandersmith created eight fictional characters to represent the broad spectrum of perspectives that continue to define and divide our country at large.

Museum & Gallery Exhibitions

Smoking Mirrors: A Reflection on Identity in Mexico and the USA, 1821-2021

WHEN: Thru Feb. 26, 2022
WHERE: Museo de las Americas

This visual arts exhibit curated by the Chicano/a Murals of Colorado Project honors the Colorado Chicano/a mural tradition of using public art in service to the people and communities that are historically dehumanized and oppressed in U.S. society.

By Design: Stories and Ideas Behind Objects

WHEN: Thru March 1, 2022
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

A series of thematic installations drawn primarily from the architecture and design collection, By Design: Stories and Ideas Behind Objects illustrates the abundance and versatility of approaches to design. How does it come into being? Who creates it and for what purpose? How does it serve society? What trends inspire it?

Black in Denver

WHEN: Thru March 5, 2022
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Narkita Gold is a Denver-based artist who's been honing her skills in digital photography since 2009. Her exhibition Black in Denver is a portrait and interview series that takes delves into Black life in Denver.

A Decade of Discovery: Clyfford Still in Denver

WHEN: Thru March 6, 2022
WHERE: Clyfford Still Museum

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Clyfford Still Museum, this exhibition takes inspiration from the museum’s beloved inaugural exhibition while highlighting some of its most compelling revelations since. Featured surprises include photographs of lost paintings from the 1930s, undocumented and mysterious artworks found during inventory, ways in which our understanding of Still’s earliest years and artistic training has expanded, and even a few architectural quirks of the building.

Indelible Garden

WHEN: Thru April 3, 2022
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Born and raised in the mountains of Nagano, Japan, Taiko Chandler’s life has been shaped by the presence of the natural world. Recollections of the wild forests near her hometown, her father’s garden and her mother’s ikebana (traditional flower arranging) suffuse her artwork, finding form in the organic, layered shapes of her prints and installations. Chandler’s plant-like forms are not intended as literal representations of nature, but rather interpret its foundational influence on family and memory.

State Historical Fund Retrospective

WHEN: Thru April 30, 2022
WHERE: History Colorado Center

This exhibit explores the rich contributions of History Colorado's State Historical Fund. Through the preservation of the built environment, the SHF has enhanced vibrant communities across the state for more than three decades.

The Power of Horses

WHEN: Thru May 9, 2022
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Horses, humans and history come together in this exciting new exhibition revealing the strength, majesty and diversity in Colorado's history through fun and fascinating stories of horses throughout our state. This exhibit features a mix of captivating artifacts, pop-culture cues and engaging activities to explore the power of horses. No stone is left unturned on this meandering journey through Colorado history, from prehistoric horses and Ute tribal traditions to contemporary Black horsemanship and even therapeutic horses. Visitors can explore the many ways these beautiful animals have shaped Colorado communities, as working animals, sources of entertainment, treasured companions or symbols of freedom.

Sculpture on the Green II: Featuring Robert Mangold

WHEN: Thru May 2022
WHERE: Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, Greenwood Village

MOA presents Sculpture on the Green II at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, the second installation of an ongoing, annual, rotating exhibition. This year features Colorado sculptor Robert Mangold. The sculptures are made from industrial steel piping. Some are painted a brilliant red, while others are simply polished, allowing for the beauty in the raw material to be revealed.

Revisión: Art in the Americas

WHEN: Thru July 17, 2022
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

This thematic presentation will explore land, people and place by linking ancient and contemporary artworks that address political and social issues at the heart of the region’s cultural heritage as well as expand the narrative through voices that include women artists and contemporary voices that speak to the diversity of the Americas.

Brick & Soul // Armando Geneyro

WHEN: Thru July 30, 2022
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Local photographer Armando Geneyro connects the build environment with the people who shape its meaning. A versatile photographer, Armando specializes in events coverage and photojournalism. His passion for street photography allows him to connect to his subjects and immerse himself in different cultures.

Seeing the Invisible

WHEN: Thru Aug. 1, 2022
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Seeing the Invisible presents virtual works that engage with existing features of the natural landscape. The augmented reality exhibition features new works by international artists including Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui, John Gerrard, Ori Gersht, Mohammed Kazem and Sigalit Landau — including several artists’ first works in AR. Beyond the boundaries of what is possible with physical artworks, many of the works created for the exhibition address themes of nature, environment, sustainability and the intersection of the physical world with the digital one.

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.