Book

NEW YEAR'S EVE WEEKEND IN DENVER

Celebrate the new year with your family by checking out blockbuster museum exhibitions such as Dogs! A Science Tail, stunning lights displays like Zoo Lights and art shows all over town. Take advantage of great Denver hotel packages.

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

Here are some great ideas for celebrating New Year's Eve.

For more New Year's Eve activities, see our Denver 365 events calendar

ZOO LIGHTS

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Denver Zoo

t'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.

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. 

WINTER WANDERLAND LIGHT WALK & PRISMATICA

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. And, interact with prisms of rainbow light at the interactive exhibit, Prismatica

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.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY NEW YEAR'S ACTIVITIES

DILLON ICE CASTLES 

WHEN: Thru Feb. 28, 2021
WHERE: Dillon Town Park

This award-winning frozen attraction is built using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice artists. The castles include breathtaking LED-lit sculptures, ice-carved tunnels, frozen thrones, slides, fountains and more. 

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.

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.

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.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS MINI GOLF

WHEN: TBA 2021
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! 

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. 

MUSEUM & GALLERY EXHIBITIONS

LUMONICS MIND SPA: LIGHT INTERSECTION

WHEN: Thru Jan. 30, 2021
WHERE: Understudy Gallery
The Lumonics Mind Spa is a concept developed by Dorothy Tanner (1923-2020) who wanted her light sculptures and those of her late husband Mel Tanner to be experienced as a total art installation that fosters a state of comfort, relaxation, and creativity. The art work will be seen from several windows of the Understudy Gallery at the intersection of Stout and 14th Street in the Denver Theatre District, with each angle of gazing providing another perspective. Understudy Gallery is adjacent to the Convention Center RTD stop and viewable to all from the train. It is truly a Light Intersection.

CITIZENSHIP: A PRACTICE OF SOCIETY

WHEN: Thru Feb. 14, 2021
WHERE: MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

This exhibition posits art making as a critical civic act and exemplifies how artists act as citizens. Many of the works address specific political crises, such as the opioid epidemic and Flint, Michigan's battle for clean water. Others highlight specific legal issues that shape American society. 

WOMEN BEHAVING BADLY

WHEN: Thru Feb. 28, 2021
WHERE: History Colorado Center
In works combining watercolor with historical photography, news clippings and text, Denver-based artist Adri Norris highlights women who've made history. 

THE LIGHT SHOW

WHEN: Thru Mar. 7, 2021
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Let there be light! This brilliant exhibition features around 250 pieces pulled from the Denver Art Museum's nine curatorial departments and explores humanity's drive to understand both physical light and metaphorical, spiritual and divine light.

ANA MENDIETA: SUSPENDED FIRE

WHEN: Thru Mar. 7, 2021
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

This immersive installation features two films created by Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta. The two films portray the primordial element of fire. Active as an artist throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Mendieta used her body as a way to explore ideas of identity and displacement and its connection to the earth.

SENGA NENGUDI: TOPOLOGIES 

WHEN: Thru Apr. 11, 2021
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
This collection is composed of more than 70 abstract and conceptual artworks by the internationally recognized artist, a prominent figure of the 1970s Black American avant-garde and Black Arts Movement.

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.

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.