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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 with your friends and family, explore these holiday events. Don't miss out on great Denver hotel deals during the holiday weekend.

We strive to post the most current and accurate event information, but changes and cancellations do occur, so please check the official event website to confirm all details before attending.​

FEATURED EVENTS

ZOO LIGHTS 

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Denver Zoo
It's official: Zoo Lights has been making magic, memories, and even marriages for 30 amazing years! Presented by Your Hometown Toyota Stores, this illuminating annual event transforms Denver Zoo into Colorado's WILDEST winter wonderland. Don't miss this year's historic celebration, with more than a million lights sparkling over 80 acres—plus a host of special measures to keep your family safe and healthy.

PARADE OF LIGHTS

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Throughout downtown Denver
The Downtown Denver Partnership is transforming the community tradition, 9News Parade of Lights, in 2020! This year's parade will be a multi-week, socially safe extravaganza of activities across downtown. The floats you know and love will be displayed throughout downtown, from Denver Pavilions to Denver Union Station, offering multiple chances for our community to relish in the charm and excitement of the holiday season again and again.

A STORYBOOK HOLIDAY IN EVERGREEN

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Throughout Evergreen

This ice extravaganza brings favorite holiday stories alive through a series of beautiful, life-size ice sculptures staged throughout Evergreen. Enjoy the sculptures as you meander through Evergreen while visiting local shops and restaurants. As the sun sets, the sculptures come to life as holiday lights illuminate them.

THE MILE HIGH TREE, PRESENTING SPONSOR MODELO®

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: 16th Street Mall at Welton Street

Join in the free festivities at this festive holiday attraction, the Mile High Tree. It’s a brilliantly lit, 110-foot-tall immersive art installation that provides a dazzling lights-and-music show. 

DENVER LIGHTS & SIGHTS WALKING TOUR

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Denver City & County Building

There's nothing quite like an evening stroll under twinkling holiday lights to celebrate the season! Embark on a fun-filled 1.5-hour Holiday Lights & Sights walking experience as you take in all of the magic and cheer of this festive time of year in The Mile High City. Along the way, you'll learn about the unique history, architecture and holiday traditions of Denver and Colorado.

GRANNY DANCES TO A HOLIDAY DRUM

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Online

A Denver family tradition for 29 years, this incredible blend of dance, music, and spoken word lifts the spirit and fills the heart with joy, love, and peace! Even in challenging times, the magic of Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum, presented by Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, continues. Guided by the Three Angels of the Rainbow, Granny visits Africa, the Americas, Mexico, Asia, and the Caribbean to celebrate the joy of Holiday Times! From the African Harvest to Kwanzaa, from the Chinese New Year to Junkanoo.... a celebration of both diversity and oneness!

TRAIL OF LIGHTS

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms

Stroll through the Colorado countryside along a winding path glistening with lights. Features this year include a three-sided light tunnel, illuminated antique and model tractors, a children's play area and warms holiday food and drink. Visitors must purchase a ticket online for a specific day and time.

PRISMATICA

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Cherry Creek North

Stroll through a modern ice palace with Prismatica, an interactive lighting exhibit where visitors can literally play with light by interacting with 25 pivoting prisms that reflect a rainbow of light and color. See it on Milwaukee Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

WINTER WANDERLAND LIGHT WALK

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Cherry Creek North
New for 2020, explore 16 sparkling blocks with more than a half-million lights and discover eight twinkling displays choreographed to music.

CHRISTMAS IN COLOR: BANDIMERE SPEEDWAY

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Bandimere Speedway, Morrison

Drive through millions of holiday lights perfectly synchronized to music you'll hear through your radio. Drive by giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways and more. 

CHRISTMAS IN COLOR: WATER WORLD

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Water World

Drive through millions of twinkling lights synchronized to holiday music you'll hear through your radio. Drive past giant candy canes, friendly snowmen, arched pathways and more. 

CAMP CHRISTMAS

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Online

This digital experience takes place on a web-based app where campers can explore fantastical places like Sweetsville, Fairy Forest and Treehouse Village. Each location includes multimedia content about the history and traditions surrounding the holiday season, as well as in-home activities. Campers can earn badges, track their progress and receive up to five packages featuring a wide variety of Christmas-themed activities.

BLOSSOMS OF LIGHT

WHEN: TBA 2021
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 and masks covering the face and nose are required. 

NEIGHBORHOOD CHRISTMAS TREE CO. CHRISTMAS TREE LOT

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Stanley Marketplace, Aurora

Come get your Christmas tree at Stanley MarketplaceNeighborhood Christmas Tree Co. sources trees direct from farms in a variety of sizes and types, including Noble, Fraser, Nordman and Grand firs. They'll have a selection of Charlie Brown-inspired mini-trees, too, as well as a small assortment of holiday accessories, like wooden reindeer and wooden snowmen.

DECEMBER DELIGHTS

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Four Mile Historic Park

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

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

SHANTELL MARTIN: WORDS AND LINES

WHEN: Thru May 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 features Martin’s signature black and white drawings that explore intersectionality, identity and play.

GREGG DEAL: PYRAMID LAKE PAIUTE

WHEN: Thru July 31, 2021
WHERE: History Colorado Center

What does America mean to a person whose ancestors were insulted in its founding document? Gregg Deal of the Pyramid Lake Paiute leads an Indigenous exploration of what democracy means in Indian Country through his unique, dynamic works.

FORTY YEARS ON THE ’FAX

WHEN: Thru Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Take a nostalgic ride down Colfax, with stops at the quirky and memorable places that gave the street its worldwide reputation.

SCULPTURE ON THE GREEN II: FEATURING ROBERT MANGOLD 

WHEN: Thru May 2022
WHERE
Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
MOA presents Sculpture on the Green II, 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.