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.

December

Après Ski Holiday Market

WHEN: Thru Dec. 18, 2022 (weekends)
WHERE: Dairy Block
Paying homage to the quaint European holiday festivals, the Aprés Ski-themed weekend festival takes place in the heated alleyway between all the Daily Block shops and restaurants. Running every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Aprés Holiday Market gives consumers the opportunity to engage with unique, independently owned and high-quality brands to shop while enjoying a beverage and embracing their inner ski vibes.

The Polar ExpressTM Train Ride

WHEN: Thru Dec. 23, 2022
WHERE: Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden
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. 

Denver Christkindlmarket

WHEN: Thru Dec. 23, 2022
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. 

Cherry Creek North Winter Wanderland Light Walk

WHEN: Thru Dec. 24, 2022
WHERE: Cherry Creek North
At Cherry Creek North, savor the season with a musical light walk under a million twinkling lights. Children of all ages will enjoy searching for eight sparkling trees that are choreographed to winter melodies in a beautifully timed show. Scan the QR code at each tree for a chance to win a $1,000 Cherry Creek North shopping spree.

Cherry Creek Holiday Market

WHEN: Thru Dec. 24, 2022
WHERE: Cherry Creek North
The free Cherry Creek North Holiday Market at Fillmore Plaza features 30 local artisan vendors, live music, and festive drinks and decor.

'Camp Christmas'

WHEN: Thru Dec. 24, 2022
WHERE: Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park
An over-the-top, outdoor/indoor extravaganza as big as the season it celebrates! Leave your worries behind and immerse yourself in Denver Center for the Performing Arts' (DCPA's) biggest holiday experience ever! Journey through artist Lonnie Hanzon’s fantastical wonderland of lights, dazzling decorations, music and memorabilia as you explore mesmerizing yuletide scenes spread across a six-acre landscape. Most importantly, "Camp Christmas" is an opportunity to rediscover (and reimagine!) the holiday spirit and connect with people you love.

Merry & Bright Lights Show — Miracle at Union Station Cocktail Bar — Santa Visits  

WHEN: Thru Dec. 27, 2022
WHERE: Denver Union Station
Stop by Denver Union Station to admire the 40-foot-tall outdoor Christmas tree that features more than 7,000 holiday lights. In the evening, visit for the Merry & Bright Lights  show, which will once again transform the exterior façade of Denver’s landmark train station into a spectacular canvas spreading holiday cheer. You can see it each night of the season while you sip on seasonal-themed libations at Miracle at Union Station , a whimsical pop-up cocktail bar. Meanwhile, Santa and Mrs. Claus   will be making regular appearances at the station from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 5, 12 and 19

The Mile High Tree presented by XCEL Energy & Xfinity

WHEN: Thru Dec. 31, 2022
WHERE: Civic Center Park
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. 

A Hudson Christmas: Extravaganza of Lights

WHEN: Thru Dec. 31, 2022 (on select days)
WHERE: Hudson Gardens & Events Center, Littleton
Hudson Christmas is back after two long years. You'll be enchanted by even more towering trees draped in thousands of colorful lights. A grove of dancing Christmas trees, a multi-colored forest inhabited by giant snowmen, the holiday light tunnel and glowing reindeer will light up Hudson Gardens into an extravaganza of holiday cheer.

Denver Holiday Lights & Sights Tour

WHEN: Thru Jan. 1, 2023
WHERE: Downtown Denver
This holiday season, embark on a fun-filled, two-hour Denver holiday lights walking tour experience as you take in all of the magic and cheer of this festive time of year in the Mile High City. Enjoy the unique history, architecture and beauty of Denver’s holiday lights and top sights at night during this limited-run Denver holiday lights experience! This experience was designed to give you views and great photo opportunities of Denver’s most beautiful and famous landmarks, magnificently lit up for this cheery time of year. Besides getting the inside scoop on the famous and incredibly lit-up sights, you'll hear about holiday traditions that got their start right here in Denver.

Trail of Lights

WHEN: Thru Jan. 1, 2023; 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (closed December 25)
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, Littleton
Stroll through the Colorado countryside along a winding path glistening with lights. Features this year include singing Christmas trees, two three-sided light tunnels, illuminated antique and model tractors, a children's play area with synchronized music, and warm holiday food and drink for purchase.

Luminova Holidays

WHEN: Thru Jan. 1, 2023
WHERE: Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park​
Making its Colorado debut, this family-friend event brings larger-than-life holiday displays and immersive experiences for all to enjoy. It features more than 3 million dazzling lights, a 65-foot-tall Christmas tree, a 25-foot-tall snowman that never melts, a 200-foot-long candy cane tunnel, giant ornaments, a wall of lights, rides on limited Elitch Gardens attractions, train rides for the kids (and the kids at heart), interactive activities like a light-up hopscotch, strolling holiday entertainers, Old Saint Nick and his elves, and more. 

Christmas in Color (North)

WHEN: Thru Jan. 2, 2023
WHERE: Water World, Federal Heights
Load up your friends and family into the van (or car, or truck) and experience the holiday season like never before. Drive through acres of more than 1.5 million lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music you'll hear right through your radio. You'll drive by giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways and more. It's like being immersed in another world. (Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.)

Christmas in Color (West)

WHEN: Thru Jan. 2, 2023
WHERE: Bandimere Speedway, Morrison
Load up your friends and family into the van (or car, or truck) and experience the holiday season like never before. Drive through acres of more than 1.5 million lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music you'll hear right through your radio. You'll drive by giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways and more. It's like being immersed in another world. (Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.)

Christmas in Color (East)

WHEN: Thru Jan. 2, 2023
WHERE: Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, Aurora
Load up your friends and family into the van (or car, or truck) and experience the holiday season like never before. Drive through acres of more than 1.5 million lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music you'll hear right through your radio. You'll drive by giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways and more. It's like being immersed in another world. (Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.)

Blossoms of Light

WHEN: Thru Jan. 7, 2023
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens
This annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms Denver Botanic Gardens into a twinkling winter wonderland. Sip warm drinks and nibble on tasty treats as you stroll.

Light the Lights

WHEN: Thru Jan. 22, 2023
WHERE: City & County of Denver​ Building in Civic Center Park
Each night, at 5:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., an eight-minute choreographed light and music holiday show will light up the night. It then goes to a festive, static holiday disply until 10:45 p.m. The light and music shows will not play on Mondays because of City Council meetings, but the static light display will still shine. There will be a special light schedule on December 3, to highlight activities as the 9 News Parade of Lights begins in front of the City and County Building. The building will remain completely dark for an annual memorial vigil honoring persons experiencing homelessness on December 20. Be there when the magic begins with the Light the Lights Celebration on November 23 from 4:30–5:30 p.m. Denver7 News Anchor Anne Trujillo will host this year’s program which will feature live holiday music performed by the Denver Municipal Band. At approximately 5:15 pm, Mayor Michael B. Hancock will flip Denver’s giant light switch which will turn on the first holiday light and music show of the season.

Downtown Denver Rink

WHEN: Thru Feb. 14, 2023
WHERE: Skyline Park
Bundle up for some free ice skating in the heart of downtown and enjoy special events. 

Bridge of Lights

WHEN: Dec. 1–4, Dec. 8–11 and Dec. 15–31, 2022 (excluding Christmas)
WHERE: Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, Cañon City
In an experience sure to become a time-honored Christmas tradition, you're invited to drive across the Royal Gorge Bridge, 1,000 feet above the Arkansas River, while it's decked out in thousands of holiday lights. Driving across the Royal Gorge Bridge is not regularly offered outside of pre-arranged car club groups, so this is truly something special! Guests can purchase hot cocoa, coffee or cider in a Bridge of Lights souvenir cup and holiday cookies to enjoy while driving through the light display.

Olde Golden Candlelight Walk

WHEN: Dec. 2, 2022; 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: City of Golden
Experience the beauty of the holiday season with a candlelit walk down Washington Avenue in historic Golden. Sing carols with neighbors and friends and marvel as the street is illuminated by thousands of glowing candles and the warmth of the festive, small-town holiday atmosphere. Many of the shops along Washington Avenue will be open and there will hot cider, cocoa and outdoor cafes to enjoy along the way. At the conclusion of the walk, the “switch” for Golden’s 50,000 holiday lights along Clear Creek and throughout downtown will be flipped, marking the official start to Golden’s holiday season. Pre-walk festivities and entertainment, including holiday dancers and music, will be on stage near the Golden Visitors Center at 10th and Washington Avenue starting at 5 p.m., and the walk begins in front of Foothills Art Center at 15th Street and Washington Avenue at 6:30 p.m. 

First Friday Local Artist Market

WHEN: Dec. 2, 2022
WHERE: Tennyson
Head top Tennyson on the first Friday of each month for a market featuring freshly baked pastries and sweet treats from Vegan Epicurist; handcrafted jewelry from Rock + Textile & Wingspan Studios; herbal remedies and tea blends from Herbalist Riot & Magia Botanica; vintage and upcycled clothing from Damn Fine Denim & Swan Soup Adornments; tacos, margs and stone-fired pizza from Mas Kaos; and more!

CU Boulder Holiday Festival 2022

WHEN: Dec. 2–4, 2022
WHERE: Macky Auditorium, University of Colorado at Boulder
Delight in the twinkling lights, seasonal greenery and beautiful music at CU Boulder’s Holiday Festival, an annual tradition that’s enchanting for all ages. The decades-old celebration brings together student choirs, bands and orchestras — along with world-class faculty performers — for a concert of holiday favorites and new surprises.

Downtown Lakewood Holiday BAZAAR

WHEN: Dec. 2–4 and Dec. 16–18, 2022
WHERE: Belmar District, Lakewood

The free Holiday BAZAAR returns to Belmar District, taking over a huge 27,000-square-foot indoor space right next to the plaza with more than 80 craft vendors and fashion trucks, holiday-themed pop-up bars, food trucks, live entertainment and the highly anticipated return of the Belmar Plaza outdoor ice skating rink!

Parade of Lights

WHEN: Dec. 3, 2022; 6 p.m.
WHERE: Denver Zoo
This free holiday spectacular features extravagantly illuminated floats, giant helium-filled character balloons, magnificent marching bands, traditional equestrian units, and vibrant cultural displays. And of course, special appearances by Major Waddles the Penguin and Santa! You'll also be able to check out the floats displayed throughout the month of December.​

Holiday BrassFest

WHEN: Dec. 3, 2022
WHERE: DPAC/Denver Performing Arts Complex
Deck the halls with Denver Brass as they make the sounds of the season ring through DPAC. This favorite holiday tradition features a free concert of heartwarming holiday music with some of our favorite guest artists: you! Give back to your city through song. All brass players at any level are encouraged to register. 

Saturday Night Lights at Cherry Creek North

WHEN: Dec. 3–17, 2022; Saturdays
WHERE: Cherry Creek North
Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the season and enjoy complimentary treats as you wander beneath 600 illuminated and musically choreographed trees throughout Cherry Creek North. Watch as stilt walkers, acrobats, jugglers and other performers add to the festive atmosphere, creating an evening to remember for the whole family.

Zoo Lights

WHEN: Dec. 3, 2022–Jan. 15, 2023; 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Denver Zoo
It's official: Zoo Lights has been making magic, memories and even marriages for more than 30 amazing years! 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 60 acres — animated animal sculptures, Santa and Mrs. Claus visits, animal encounters, exciting entertainment and treats for kids of all ages. 

Call to Arms Big Holiday Energy

WHEN: Dec. 3–17, 2022
WHERE: Call to Arms Brewing
Call to Arms Brewing in the Berkeley neighborhood is transforming its tasting room into a winter wonderland with a full slate of holiday events and activities planned throughout December. Visitors can also enjoy a hot chocolate station each weekend on Dec. 3–4, 10–11 and 17–18, as well as holiday movies playing in the taproom throughout the month, and the chance to drink beers from Wally Moose Mugs made famous in "National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation" movie. Planned events are as follows:

Dec. 3: Baby It's Drag Inside (drag show), 6–8 p.m.
Dec. 8: Rescue Puppy Adoption & Holiday Movie Night, 6 p.m.
Dec. 10: The Holiday Market, 1–4 p.m.
Dec. 11 & 18: Pictures with Santa, 1–4 p.m.
Dec. 15: Calling All Santas!! (dress like Santa), 5–7 p.m.
Dec. 16: Funky Christmas (ugly sweaters), 6–9 p.m.
Dec. 17: Krampus Christmas Party (dress like Krampus), 7–9 p.m.

4th Annual Mountain Toad Holiday Market

WHEN: Dec. 4, 2022
WHERE: Mountain Toad Brewing, Golden

Head to Golden for Mountain Toad Brewing's free 4th Annual Holiday Market and shop for all your favorites for yourself and others, beer in hand!

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

WHEN: Dec. 6, 2022
WHERE: Aurora Municipal Center, Aurora

Witness the illumination of thousands of strands of lights. This event will have holiday-themed activities, treats, live entertainment and a visit from a special guest in a jolly red suit...

16th Street Mall Holiday Festival

WHEN: Dec. 10, 2022
WHERE: 16th Street Mall - Pedestrian Mall
This highly attended annual curated marketplace features an awesome selection of one of-a-kind seasonal items, high-quality handcrafted goods, fabulous holiday gift ideas, delicious specialty foods, home décor and unique holiday gifts. While you shop, enjoy Christmas carolers, live entertainers and appearances by Santa!

Belleview Station Holiday BAZAAR

WHEN: Dec. 10–11, 2022
WHERE: Belleview Station

Still on the hunt for the perfect present? Sip and shop at the Belleview Station Holiday BAZAAR in the Denver Tech Center this December! This outdoor market will feature more than 70 carefully curated vendors, fashion trucks, food trucks and street food, pop-up bars and heated beer garden featuring festive holiday sips and more!

Denver Makers Market

WHEN: Dec. 11, 2022
WHERE: 8200 S Colorado Blvd., Centennial
Browse good from more than 70 local artisans, crafters, farmers and vendors at this free indoor/outdoor market. There will be food trucks on site to fuel your shopping. The market is free, but be sure to sign up in advance with a General Admission Ticket to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway. Also, the first 50 shoppers to arrive will receive a VIP gift when they check in!

Black Sheep Fridays: XXX-Mas Craft Fair and Makers Market

WHEN: Dec. 16, 2022
WHERE: MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
At this adults-only market and craft workshop, you'll shop local craft vendors and create butt, boob and ball bobbles to decorate your house with sexy, body-positive holiday cheer! Learn how to design and make these ornaments in addition to the basic sewing skills used to assemble and decorate these pro-body holiday ornaments. Access to vendors comes with general museum admission. Tickets are limited for the craft and required for entry.

Chanukah Celebration

WHEN: Dec. 18, 2022
WHERE: Cherry Creek North
Celebrate the first night of Chanukah with Chabad of Cherry Creek. Families and guests of all ages will enjoy what is truly a festival of lights with face painting, fire juggling, festive treats and crafts.

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