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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
WHERE: Downtown
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).

PERFORMING ARTS 

'FIRST DATE'

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.

'THE NUTCRACKER'

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.

'CHICAGO'

WHEN: Nov. 28–Dec. 3, 2017
WHERE: Buell Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Experience "Chicago," the longest-running American musical in Broadway's history — and all that jazz! This tale of music, murder, fame and fortune is the winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations.

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. 

ZOO LIGHTS

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.