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

When the holiday season arrives, 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 there are opportunities to rekindle the spirit of a non-commercial holiday season with traditional and free activities and a chance to meet Father Christmas himself. 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 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

Four Mile Historic Park sits on 12 acres along the banks of Cherry Creek, just four miles from downtown Denver. It's home to Denver's oldest standing structure and celebrates the spirit of early Colorado. One day each year, the Park also brings...  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. Now located in the National Western Complex in Denver, the show typically draws more than 400...  Read More

Downtown Denver, from Union Station to the City and County Building, gets its holiday glow on in late November. For 2017, the date the lights go on is Nov. 24. Each year following a much-anticipated countdown, the switch is thrown at about 6:30...  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

Be prepared for something new! Santa's Village at Chatfield Farms is a departure from Trail of Lights, the traditional illumination event at Denver Botanic Gardens' Littleton outpost. It combines the beloved illumination extravaganza with live...  Read More

Each year, Denver eagerly awaits the opening of the ice skating rink in downtown, one of the Downtown Denver Partnership premier holiday events. The rink, which typically opens each year in late November and closes mid-February, is located 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

Zoo Lights is one of the city's largest holiday illumination events, and it's spectacular. Each night in December from 5:30-9 p.m. animal sculptures light up—in the trees and bushes and across the zoo's lawns. It's an enormous event, taking zoo...  Read More

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


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