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Find Your Holiday Spirit: Denver's 2014 Best Holiday Shopping

From small boutiques and artist studios to large-scale shopping centers and entire neighborhoods, the Denver Metro Area shines bright for shoppers during the holidays. Fortunately, the holiday season is a month long extravaganza, giving everyone plenty of time to visit all of Denver's best gift-buying options.There are places where early birds can get their shopping done pronto, such as the 14th annual Denver Christkindl Market, which kicks off before Thanksgiving this year and includes not just shopping but also entertainment, food and drink. The Denver Art Museum Shops are stocked with creative and unusual gifts for all ages, and Larimer Square not only has a range of shops with enticing gifts, it, too, has restaurants and cafes to tuck into when you need a break from all that shopping. Even those who usually avoid malls should make an exception for Cherry Creek Shopping Center, where's this year's winter holiday theme is inspired by Disney's animated Academy Award-winner Frozen, with hands-on fun and photo ops for all. And if a one-of-a-kind holiday art piece is on your list to give or get, you can't do better than Blake Street Glass Studio, where 10 percent of ornament sales benefit Children's Hospital Colorado, combining shopping and charitable giving for the very essence of holiday spirit. So Denverites and visitors, get out there and shop to your heart's content. 



No, it's not really a place to shop--except for one wonderful thing: Vera's Lemon Cookies. Even if you don't sit down and eat at Maggiano's (but why wouldn't you?), this is one place to find the perfect gift for those people for whom there seems...  Read More



All the best things in the world are not electronic, though it often seems that way. There is still a place on our shelves and in our hearts for thought-provoking, brain-challenging, hand-eye-coordination-requiring items. Think jigsaw puzzles,...  Read More



One of Denver's most attractive neighborhoods for shopping and dining, Cherry Creek North boasts endless options for the perfect romantic date night. Dinner for two at one of the area's restaurants can transport you and your partner to a mini...  Read More



A locally owned and operated business, Silk Road carries artisan jewelry, gifts for the home, unusual clothing and baby items sourced from local artists and artists from around the globe. Shopping here is very much a multicultural experience,...  Read More



Cherry Creek Shopping Center has 160 stores for lots of holiday shopping power. More than 30 of these stores are exclusive to this center, meaning you won't find them anywhere else in the metro area. That includes such names as Neiman Marcus,...  Read More



Denver Art Museum has two stores. The North Building shop is family oriented and perfect for parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents who want to give the little ones in their lives toys, games, activity kits and books that delight and educate at...  Read More



At no time is Larimer Square more festive and welcoming than in November and December. The inviting combination of history and holiday cheer makes this city block shine especially bright, and it's not just the cascade of lights arching over the...  Read More



This is a seriously fun annual event. To celebrate the season, the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek, Second Home Kitchen + Bar and Cherry Creek North are hosting four Pop-Up Holiday Trunk Shows in the lobby of the JW. Each week features a...  Read More



Denver's authentic German Christmas market transports visitors to the old country and the famous Christmas markets that have been part of Germany and Austria for centuries. It brings together the sights, sounds and tastes of Europe, from...  Read More



If you want truly unique, this is your place. This year's 19th Annual Ornament Extravaganza is just one of reasons to visit Blake Street Glass Studio. The multi-hued, exquisitely crafted holiday pieces, including ornaments, menorahs and...  Read More


Meet Christine Loomis

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