The 9NEWS Parade of Lights is the signature event of the holiday season in downtown Denver. But that's not all! Check out other fabulous events like blockbuster museum exhibitions and holiday-themed events.
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9NEWS Parade of Lights
WHEN: TBA, 2018
See countless sparkling lights, marching bands, giant balloons, majestic floats and delightful characters. The 9NEWS Parade of Lights begins at the Denver City and County Building on 14th Avenue and Bannock Street and makes a rectangular, two-mile pattern, finishing on 14th Street and Glenarm Place. While viewing is free along the route, there is a ticket charge for grandstand seating at the City and County Building ($16 for children 2–12 and $19 for 13 and up. All tickets are $20 when purchased on the day of the event).
WHEN: Nov. 11, 2017–Apr. 22, 2018
WHERE: Garner Galleria Theatre at Denver Center for Performing Arts
A drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner when blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey in the endearing musical "First Date."
'JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR® DREAMCOAT'
WHEN: Nov. 17–Dec. 23, 2017
WHERE: Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
This family-friendly, Bible-based musical follows the life of Joseph, his family and his famed coat of many colors. Don't miss this holiday favorite, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat."
'A CHRISTMAS CAROL'
WHEN: Nov. 24–Dec. 24, 2017
WHERE: Stage Theatre, Denver Center for Performing Arts
Keep the holiday spirit flowing with this classic Christmas tale from Charles Dickens. "A Christmas Carol" is the ultimate holiday treat for theatergoers young and old.
WHEN: Nov. 26–Dec. 24, 2017
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Center for the Performing Arts
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.
OTHER HOLIDAY EVENTS
The Polar ExpressTM Train Ride
WHEN: Nov. 24–Dec. 23, 2017
WHERE: Colorado Railroad Museum
The story of The Polar ExpressTM is being theatrically re-created so you and your family can be immersed in the sights, sounds and intrigue of this classic children's tale. Prepare to be surrounded by the magic and wonder of the holiday season!
SANTA'S FLIGHT ACADEMY
WHEN: Nov. 9–Dec. 24, 2017
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. 17–Dec. 23, 2017
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!
DOWNTOWN DENVER RINK AT SKYLINE PARK
WHEN: Nov. 21, 2017–Feb. 14, 2018
WHERE: Skyline Park, the corner of 16th and Arapahoe
One of the most popular holiday events in Denver, the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park returns in 2016 with ice skating and family fun. The rink is free and open to the public with the option to bring your own skates or rent a pair at a minimal cost.
BLOSSOMS OF LIGHT
WHEN: Nov. 24, 2017–Jan. 1, 2018
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens
Embrace the holiday season at Blossoms of Light. The first night will display over one million colorful lights draped in elegant designs highlighting the Gardens' winter beauty. Enjoy sparkling passages, new displays and romantic kissing spots under the mistletoe, all made even more beautiful through HoloSpex glasses. Warm drinks and tasty treats will also be available.
SANTA'S VILLAGE AT CHATFIELD FARMS
WHEN: Nov. 24–Dec. 24, 2017
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Bring the kids to Santa's Village to meet Santa (and his reindeer), make crafts with Mrs. Claus and take a magical hayride under twinkling holiday lights. Afterward the whole family can shop for handcrafted gifts in Santa's workshop.
WHEN: Dec. 1–31, 2017
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.
HER PARIS: WOMEN ARTISTS IN THE AGE OF IMPRESSIONISM
WHEN: Thru Jan. 14, 2018
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
See remarkable works created by women in Paris from 1850 to 1900, a time of great social, cultural and artistic change. Her Paris features more than 80 paintings by 37 women artists from across Europe and America, ranging from well-known artists such as Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt and Rosa Bonheur to painters who are lesser known in the United States, including Anna Ancher and Paula Modersohn-Becker.
WHEN: Thru Jan. 15, 2018
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Meet T. rex’s biggest, baddest, newest members of the family! The exhibition Ultimate Dinosaurs goes beyond familiar dinosaurs to showcase some of the most spectacular fossils unearthed in recent years. Evolving in isolation, the new discoveries from Africa, South America and Madagascar are among the strangest creatures you’ve ever met.
BACKSTORY: WESTERN AMERICAN ART IN CONTEXT
WHEN: Thru Feb. 11, 2018
WHERE: History Colorado Center
Discover the American West through the juxtaposition of art and artifacts in Backstory: Western American Art in Context, an exhibit from History Colorado Center and Denver Art Museum.