Don't miss these wonderful holiday shows in Denver during the year's most festive season! These old favorites and new classics are perfect for planning a winter trip around.
Bring the family and start (or carry on) a Denver holiday tradition.

The Polar ExpressTM Train Ride 

WHEN: Nov. 11–Dec. 23, 2022
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 it's 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. 

'Camp Christmas' 

WHEN: Nov. 17–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.

'A Christmas Carol' 

WHEN: Nov. 18–Dec. 24​, 2022
WHERE: Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Wolf Theatre

Essential to the holiday season in Denver, "A Christmas Carol" is a joyous and opulent musical adaptation that traces money-hoarding curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant overnight journey to redemption.

Colorado Ballet: 'The Nutcracker'

WHEN: Nov. 26–Dec. 24, 2022
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House

The beloved holiday favorite returns in a dazzling production like no one's ever seen, featuring all-new sets and costumes created especially for Colorado Ballet. A sellout every year, this magical tale of Clara, the Nutcracker and the Mouse King is going to be dreamier than ever.

Disney On Ice: Road Trip Adventures

WHEN: Dec. 2–4, 2022
WHERE: Ball Arena

Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey Mouse and his friends embark on a wild ride to your favorite Disney destinations.


WHEN: Dec. 8–18, 2022 (Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday)
WHERE: Wonderbound (new temporary space at 3865 Grape St, Unit #2​)
Spice up your holiday season with this new wintry delight. A tongue-in-cheek exploration of the 1960s through chilly landscapes, quirky vignettes and sultry escapades. Who’s been naughty and who’s been nice?

'Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum'

WHEN: Dec. 10, 11, 17 & 18, 2022 (afternoon shows 2 p.m.); Dec. 10, 15, 16 & 17, 2022 (evening shows 7:30 p.m.)
WHERE: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
A Denver family tradition for 30 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!

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

WHEN: Dec. 11–12, 2022
Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Grammy Award-winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics in the distinctive Mannheim sound. 

Home for the Holidays

WHEN: Dec. 15–23, 2022
WHERE: Lone Tree Arts Center

There’s something for everyone in this beloved holiday spectacular: dancers, singers, holiday songs, and, of course, celebrity appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus. With an updated storyline and a few spectacular surprises, Home for the Holidays is sure to delight and put you in the holiday spirit.

‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical’

WHEN: Dec. 16–18, 2022
Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
The beloved TV classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season at the Buell Theatre.

'A Night in Vienna'

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2022
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
A Colorado cultural tradition returns featuring your symphony waltzing with you into 2022! Start your celebration in style with the Colorado Symphony’s presentation of "A Night in Vienna," a rousing selection of polkas, waltzes and marches. The festive evening is the perfect sendoff to 2021 and a can't-miss holiday mainstay conducted by your very own Christopher Dragon!

'Elf' in Concert

WHEN: Dec. 22–23, 2022 
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

In this heartwarming movie, Buddy is accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn't fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. This holiday season relive this holiday classic on a giant screen as every note of John Debney's wonderful score is played live to movie. This performance will be conducted by the film's composer himself, John Debney!

Las Posadas

WHEN: Dec. 24, 2022; 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (free)
WHERE: The Fort Restaurant/Tesoro Cultural Center

Celebrated in Mexico and throughout the United States from Dec. 16 to 24, the Las Posadas celebration commemorates Mary and Joseph's journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter on the night of baby Jesus' birth. The Tesoro Cultural Center partners with The Fraternas to present this traditional event. Enjoy Mexican hot chocolate, hot cider and traditional biscochitos.

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