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Denver's fall and winter months are filled with some of The Mile High City’s greatest events, from the biggest beer festival in the country to a citywide week of arts.

THE POLAR EXPRESS TM TRAIN RIDE

WHEN: TBA 2021
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. This year, a whole host of carefully crafted updates have been made in order to ensure the health and safety of guests, cast and crew, so put on your pajamas and your most fashionable mask and bring the family to enjoy sharing hot cocoa and cookies together as the "Hot, Hot, Hot—Chocolate" song and dance unfolds before your eyes.

CHERRY CREEK HOLIDAY MARKET

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Fillmore Plaza

Join the festivities this holiday season as Cherry Creek North visitors fill Fillmore Plaza between 1st and 2nd. Shop from 30 vendors featuring products in European chalet-style clad shipping containers; enjoy live music by bands and carolers, and sip cocktails and hot beverages throughout Fillmore Plaza.

DENVER CHRISTKINDL MARKET 

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Civic Center Park

This outdoor event brings the most beloved elements of an authentic German holiday experience to Denver's Civic Center Park. Stroll through a European village decorated for the holiday season as you shop for finely crafted artisan gifts and treats at charming wooden huts. Fuel your shopping with authentic Glühwein (mulled spiced wine), German Biers and hot chocolate, and nosh on Bavarian-style pretzels, fresh smoked salmon, Knödel, Goulasch, Nürnberger Sausages, pastries, caramels and European chocolates. 

DENVER BAZAAR ONLINE

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Online
Shop gifts and home goods from more than 50 of the best Colorado makers, artists, food purveyors and more! Visit often, as new vendors are added every day! 

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!

INDIGENOUS FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Online

"Why?" you may ask, "is a law and policy research institute organizing a film festival?" Because film — especially good films written, produced and directed by indigenous peoples — is perhaps the most expressive medium we have for communicating messages about who we were, who we are and who we are striving to become.

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. 

'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!

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.

WINTER ART MARKET

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: NEXT Gallery, Lakewood

NEXT Gallery will be open Fridays from 5 p.m.–10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Purchase artwork and support local artists!

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. 

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