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.
WHEN: Thru Dec. 11, 2020
WHERE: Aurora History Museum
For more than two decades, artists and other members of the community have decorated and donated wreaths for this holiday-themed fundraiser. Wreaths will be on display at the Aurora History Museum and sold through an online auction. This year's proceeds will help ensure the continuation of exhibits, programs and preservation efforts that have been affected by COVID-19. Reserve an entry time to visit the museum to view the wreaths and vote on your favorite!
WHEN: Thru Dec. 23, 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. 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.
WHEN: Thru Jan. 5, 2021
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.
WHEN: Nov. 18 and Dec. 9, 2020; Jan. 13, 2021
"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.
WHEN: Nov. 13–15, 2020
WHERE: Colorado Springs Event Center
Ring in the holidays with festive music and decorations while shopping 300 booths of holiday décor, clothing, jewelry, gourmet foods and so much more! You can also watch performances by students of local dance studios and, of course, bring the kiddos to meet Santa Claus. Pay once (tickets are $10) and return for free all three days! Parking is free, and children 13 years and under are free.
WHEN: Nov. 13–21, 2020
Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival is the longest-running women’s film festival in North America, honoring films and filmmakers that present the world as women experience it. This year, attendees will be able to watch 36 documentary and narrative films, shorts and animated films over nine days from the comfort of home.
WHEN: Nov. 13–22, 2020
WHERE: Various Denver Restaurants
Celebrate Denver's culinary scene during The Mile High City's first fall Denver Restaurant Week ever! Your favorite local restaurants will offer multi-course dinners for one of three tasty prices: $25, $35 or $45 per person. Dine-in, to-go and delivery options will be available.
WHEN: Nov. 19–Dec. 23, 2020
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.
WHEN: Nov. 19–Jan. 3, 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.
WHEN: Nov. 20–Dec. 23, 2020
WHERE: Civic Center Park
This outdoor event brings the most beloved elements of an authentic German holiday experience to The Mile High City. 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. This year, the Denver Christkindl Market is moving to a spacious, open-air location in Civic Center Park.
WHEN: Nov. 20, 2020–Jan. 16, 2021 (Closed Nov. 26 and Dec. 25)
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.
WHEN: Nov. 21, 2020
WHERE: Downtown Castle Rock
The Castle Rock “Lighting of the Star” is a beloved community event dating back to 1936. The same spirit of volunteerism, generosity and love of tradition exists today, as Castle Rock businesses and residents prepare to celebrate Starlighting downtown on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
WHEN: Nov. 27, 2020
WHERE: Denver Union Station
As part of Downtown Denver's Winter in the City program, Downtown Denver's Grand Illumination event will light up downtown, from Denver Union Station to the City and County Building at Civic Center Park.
WHEN: Nov. 27–Dec. 31, 2020
WHERE: Throughout downtown Denver
The Downtown Denver Partnership is transforming the community tradition, 9News Parade of Lights, in 2020! We are thrilled to announce that 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.
WHEN: Nov. 27, 2020–Jan. 3, 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.
WHEN: Nov. 28, 2020
WHERE: South Holly Church, Centennial
Enjoy this open-air market featuring handmade and vintage items from 40+ vendors. Find unique, one-of-a-kind gifts made by local artisans. Buy for your loved ones, or treat yourself! Items will include holiday and home décor, accessories, jewelry, kids toys, party supplies, vintage finds, art, candles, artisanal food and more!
WHEN: Nov. 28–Dec. 18, 2020
Make a list and check it twice before logging on to the Jackalope Virtual Holiday Market. Shop online for gifts from more than 100 artisans, including fashion and accessories, home decor, art, body products, food and much more, all from the comfort and safety of home!
WHEN: Dec. 4–6, 2020
Delight in the twinkling lights, seasonal greenery and beautiful music of CU Boulder’s Holiday Festival. The decades-old celebration brings together student choirs, bands and orchestras and world-class faculty performers for a concert of holiday favorites and new surprises. This year, enjoy a streaming video version the annual celebration.
WHEN: Dec. 4–27, 2020
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!
WHEN: Dec. 4–31, 2020
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.
WHEN: Dec. 5, 2020
This year, the Longmont Museum's epic annual fundraiser extravaganza broadcast will be streamed live and direct from the Stewart Auditorium. The free show features more than a dozen musical acts over eight hours. Enjoy some of your favorite local musicians as they perform original tunes and holiday standards. And, in classic telethon style, the museum will be taking donations online and over the phone for the duration of the show.
WHEN: January 23, 2021
WHERE: Mile High Station
Toast the winter season at Winter Brew Fest. This annual event at Mile High Station celebrates craft beverages from around Colorado and other U.S. microbrews and features live local music, food and other vendors. Cheers!