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The two-night 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 2020
WHERE: Downtown Denver
See countless sparkling lights, marching bands, giant balloons, majestic floats and delightful characters like Major Waddles the Penguin and Santa. 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 for advance tickets; $25 for all tickets when purchased on the day of the event.

PERFORMING ARTS 

'CAMP CHRISTMAS'

WHEN: TBA 2020
WHERE: Stanley Marketplace​

"Camp Christmas" is The Mile High City's newest holiday experience, where holiday traditions of the past and present get merrily mashed together in a giant 10,000-square-foot winter wonderland. This over-the-top indoor immersive installation turns the Christmas spirit all the way up with awe-inspiring displays of decorations that shift time and reality. 

'THE NUTCRACKER'

WHEN: TBA 2020
WHEREEllie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Performing Arts Complex
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.

'GRANNY DANCES TO A HOLIDAY DRUM'

WHEN: TBA 2020
WHERECleo Parker Robinson Dance
Enjoy this holiday favorite that blends dance, live music, spoken word and seasonal celebrations and customs from around the world in a story about Granny's memories. What makes "Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum" so unique and magical is that the memories are relived and told to her grandchildren through a beautiful display of dance, live music and storytelling. 

OTHER HOLIDAY EVENTS

ICE SKATING AT DOWNTOWN DENVER RINK AT SKYLINE PARK 

WHEN: TBA 2020
WHERE: Corner of 16th and Arapahoe
Take a spin on the ice — for free! Grab your family and friends and head to 16th and Arapahoe in downtown Denver to the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park in Downtown Denver! Skate rentals are $7-$9, or bring your own pair and skate for free. Free days for kids will take place throughout the season. Look for regularly scheduled entertainment and activities each week, including Friday night DJs; Saturday morning skating lessons; Saturday night concerts; and Sunday afternoon family entertainment.

SANTA'S FLIGHT ACADEMY

WHEN: TBA 2020
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: TBA 2020
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! 

SANTA'S VILLAGE AT CHATFIELD FARMS

WHEN: TBA 2020
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: TBA 2020
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.

THE POLAR EXPRESS TM TRAIN RIDE

WHEN: TBA 2020
WHERE: Colorado Railroad Museum

The story of The Polar ExpressTM is theatrically re-created and combined with a magical train ride at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Children get to meet Santa and experience all the sights and sounds of this classic tale as if happening all around them.

A HUDSON CHRISTMAS

WHEN: TBA 2020
WHERE: Hudson Gardens & Events Center
Bundle up for a visit with Santa at Hudson Gardens in Littleton. After sharing your list with Ol' Saint Nick, sip hot chocolate as you stroll the outdoor paths lined with trees decked with more than a million twinkling lights.

BLOSSOMS OF LIGHT

WHEN: Nov. 27, 2020-Jan. 3, 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. 

MILE HIGH TREE

WHEN: TBA 2020
WHERE: Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Join in the free nightly festivities at Denver’s newest holiday attraction, the Mile High Tree. It’s a brilliantly lit, 110-foot-tall immersive art installation that provides dazzling lights and music shows every 15 minutes throughout the evening. At 39-feet in diameter, the conical structure can host up to 140 guests at a time for an immersive viewing experience within the tree itself. There will be areas to purchase both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks as well as holiday treats. 

OLDE GOLDEN CHRISTMAS

WHEN: TBA 2020
WHERE: 1010 Washington Ave., Golden
Olde Golden Christmas includes a community candlelight walk, Victorian carolers, free Newfoundland dog-pulled cart rides, holiday art market, parades, shopping, music and theater productions, Santa Claus, holiday lights, art and more!

LAKEWOOD LIGHTS

WHEN: TBA 2020
WHERE: Lakewood Heritage Center
Get a free family photo with Santa, listen to Yuletide tunes and take a holiday hayride at Lakewood Lights, where all of the buildings at the Lakewood Heritage Center will be lit up in a display of seasonal cheer. Afterward, warm up in the Country Schoolhouse and make holiday ornaments while watching holiday films.

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

WRITTEN ON THE LAND: UTE VOICES, UTE HISTORY 

WHEN: Dec. 8, 2018–Sept. 2, 2021
WHERE: History Colorado Center
The Ute are Colorado's longest continuous residents. In History Colorado Center's Written on the Land, you'll journey to the places they call home and hear their stories, told in their own voices through art, photography and video.

SHANTELL MARTIN: WORDS AND LINES 

WHEN: Sept. 27, 2019–Jan. 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 at Denver Art Museum features Martin’s signature black and white drawings that explore intersectionality, identity and play.