Old Fashioned Fun to State-of-the-Art Pyrotechnics, Denver Delivers Holiday Magic

With the Rocky Mountains as backdrop, Denver is pretty much always a holiday photograph just waiting for snow. And when the holiday season does arrive, the Mile High City offers plenty of cheer. To start there are lights galore, in downtown at the City and County Building and at Union Station, as well as at the stellar Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Zoo. Each November to February, part of Skyline Park in downtown is transformed into an old-fashioned ice rink, and for just one day each year, the simple joys and activities of a Victorian-era Christmas are brought to life at Four Mile Historic Park. Of course, there's also shopping but not just any shopping. Christkindl Market recreates an Old World European Christmas market at Skyline Park, complete with handcrafted items, entertainment and German holiday food and drink. And when it's time to ring in the new year, Denver has that covered, too, with spectacular fireworks shows right over downtown. So put on your holiday best (plus warm outerwear) and go celebrate all that the season has to offer.

Denver residents and visitors can ring in the New Year with a celebration along the 16th Street Mall and spectacular fireworks overhead. You don't even have to stay awake until midnight to if you don't want to because the city provides two...  Read More

Another annual shopping event, the Holiday Food & Gift Festival gives early birds a chance to cross gift shopping off their holiday to-do list. Located in the Colorado Convention Center, the show typically draws more than 250 exhibitors,...  Read More

Downtown Denver, from Union Station to the City and County Building, gets its holiday glow on in late November. For 2016, the date the lights go on is Nov. 25. Each year following a much-anticipated countdown, the switch is thrown at about 6:30...  Read More

In addition to its Denver city York Street holiday illumination event, Denver Botanic Gardens also creates a more rustic extravaganza of lights each year at its Chatfield Farms facility in Littleton. The winding trail through the Colorado...  Read More

Another of the great Denver holiday traditions, the Parade of Lights started back in 1975. Like other holiday festivities of the Denver Downtown Partnership, the parade is free. There are marching bands, huge floats and don't be surprised if...  Read More

For just one day each year, Four Mile Historic Park brings back the true spirit of Christmas, when the holiday was not about shopping deals and sales but rather about fun and connection with friends and family. This living history museum...  Read More

Zoo Lights is one of the city's largest holiday lighting events–and it's spectacular. Each night from 5:30-9 p.m. during the event, guests can experience a "light safari" across 60 acres, featuring more than 150 animated animal sculptures....  Read More

Each year, Denver eagerly awaits the opening of the ice skating rink in downtown. Sponsored by Southwest Airlines and one of the Downtown Denver Partnership premier holiday events, the rink is open each year from late November to mid-February in...  Read More

Each year, Denver visitors and residents get to experience an authentic German-Austrian Christmas market–and it's way more than just shopping. It's a full-on holiday experience for the whole family, complete with festive food and drink and...  Read More

Each year, the Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street illuminates a portion of its 24 acres, filling gardens and ponds with glowing spheres and fantastical light sculptures that create magical animated scenes. And each year it appears to get...  Read More


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Christine has written about every aspect of travel, from romance and adventure to family and wellness. She is also lucky to have had three major home states through the years: New York,...  More About Christine