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.