26 things to do in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
December in Denver is brimming with holiday magic. Check out Disney on Ice, Zoo Lights, the Denver Pavilions’ Holiday Carousel and Holidays in the Hangar.
Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment at the Pepsi Center
Dec 8 – 11
Enter the dazzling world of Disney magic LIVE ON ICE! Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment.
Denver Pavilions’ Holiday Carousel
Dec 9 – 23
Create Memories for years to come at the Denver Pavilions’ beautiful downtown holiday carousel. Cost is $3 per ride or FREE with voucher. Portion of proceeds benefit Food Bank of the Rockies.
Zoo Lights at the Denver Zoo
Dec 2, 2016 – Jan 1, 2017
Zoo Lights is the Rocky Mountain Region’s largest lighting event, spanning more than 70 acres of the Zoo’s campus. A great way to spend the holidays and kick off the New Year with friends, family and colleagues. This is the Zoo’s most anticipated annual event. Included are more than 150 animated animal sculptures, Santa Claus meet-and-greets, choirs, ice carvers, live animal demonstrations and more.
Wassail Days at Frisco, Colorado
Dec 2 – Dec 11
Frisco’s holiday festival, Wassail Days, is a weeklong ode to winter and the holidays headquartered on Frisco’s charming Main Street. From December 2–11, Frisco will host free Santa visits, a luminary and tree lighting, an Ugly Holiday Sweater Challenge, a soup soirée at the tubing hill and free wassail (hot spiced cider) tastings at 65-plus restaurants and shops around town.
56th Annual Georgetown Christmas Market
Dec 3 – 11
The 2016 Georgetown Christmas Market will be held the first and second weekends of December and admission is FREE. Christmas Market features an outdoor European marketplace with handcrafted gifts in addition to Georgetown’s charming year-round shopping experience. Beautiful and unique shops showcase Christmas ornaments and decorations, Victorian items for the home, art, Colorado wine, rare books, jewelry, exquisite clothing, antiques, and gifts.
Mrs. Claus: A Holiday Musical at Red Rocks Community College Theatre
Dec 3 – 17
Mrs. Claus: A Holiday Musical is a high-energy, interactive show created specifically for younger audiences. Can Santa’s elves save Christmas from being ruined by the villainous Mr. and Mrs. Fusspot? Will the official Christmas list fall into the wrong hands? Is it up to Mrs. Claus to save Christmas? This delightful show is certain to instill the holiday spirit in all audiences, while answering all of these questions.
A Colorado Christmas at the Boettcher Concert Hall
Dec 9 – 11
The warm sounds of the holidays fill Boettcher Concert Hall in this annual Christmas spectacular. Return for an evening full of new surprises as this season’s celebration focuses on the music and magic of the season, showcasing the Colorado Symphony’s annual collaboration with the Colorado Children’s Chorale and the Colorado Symphony Chorus. This family friendly evening features new sing-along surprises!
STORY TIME WITH MRS. CLAUS at the Outlets at Castle Rock
Friday, Dec. 9th & 16th 2-3pm
Join Mrs. Claus for a holiday story time with cookies and milk! Free for the kiddos in the Food Court from 2-3pm Dec. 9th & 16th.
Mike Super – Magic & Illusion at the Parker Arts, Culture & Events (PACE) Center
Dec 9, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
This award-winning magician has astonished millions of people with his craft and pioneered a new form of magic with his own interactive, down-to-earth style and personality. A show for all ages!
Miracle of the Season
Dec 9, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Barber’s Die Natali combines the warmth of traditional Christmas carols and the contrapuntal ingenuity of one of America’s greatest composers. Commissioned for the Boston Symphony Orchestra for its 75th anniversary, this masterpiece includes many favorites, such as O Come, Emmanuel, Lo, How a Rose e’er Blooming, We Three Kings of Orient are, God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen, Good King Wenceslas and Silent Night.
Denver Jackalope Holiday Market at the McNichols Civic Center Building, Denver Arts and Venues
Dec 10, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Celebrate the holiday season with Jackalope: an indie artisan market on December 10th and 11th from 10am-5pm. Come shop over 150 handmade vendors from art and photography, fashion and accessory design, home decor, housewares and more. Enjoy local food, full bar, and DIY workshops at this free and family friendly event!
Family Event: Gingerbread at the Denver Botanic Gardens
Dec 10 – 11
Discover the plants that make gingerbread a warm, delicious treat and learn how to build with gingerbread. Each family can make and decorate a gingerbread creation to take home with them.
Santa Claus and Paws at Larimer Square
Dec 10, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Bring your dog(s) to visit Santa on December 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Walkway on Larimer Square!
Holiday Pops: Jingle All the Way at Historic Grant Avenue
Dec 10, 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Denver Pops Orchestra along with Golden Concert Choir featuring holiday favorites.
Holidays In The Hangar at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum
Dec 11, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is excited to host the second annual Holidays at the Hangar event on Sunday, December 11th from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM. For the price of general admission, guests will enjoy carolers, live reindeer, mimosas, cookie decorating, a holiday movie in our theater and of course photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The little ones can also write a letter to Mr. & Mr. Claus to get them in the Holiday spirit.
Cirque Musica at Paramount Theatre
Dec 11, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
CIRQUE MUSICA HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR is a fun filled family holiday event featuring the cast of Cirque Musica together with all-time favorite holiday songs performed by a live orchestra. Cirque Musica is a concert and visual experience where audiences journey into a world of high-flying adventure with amazing acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer, too! The show blends the spell-binding grace and dare-devil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with the sensory majesty of the greatest holiday music of all time.
A Christmas Carol at Stage Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Nov 25 – Dec 24
Essential to the holiday season in Denver, A Christmas Carol promises to “warm your heart and renew your holiday spirit” according to the Examiner. Based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, this joyous and opulent musical adaptation traces money-hoarding skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant overnight journey to redemption.
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride at the Colorado Railroad Museum
Nov 10 – Dec 23
The story of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ is being theatrically re-created at the Colorado Railroad Museum so you and your family can be immersed in the sights, sounds and intrigue of this classic children’s tale. Prepare to be surrounded by the magic and wonder of the holiday season!
Winter on the Mountain at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Nov 11 – Dec 31
Take a scenic tram ride to the top of Iron Mountain in Glenwood Springs to experience Winter on the Mountain. One of Western Colorado’s largest displays of holiday lights, along with holiday displays, music, fire pits for roasting s’mores, and visits with Santa. Families will enjoy one of the state’s longest Alpine Coasters, a Zip Ride overlooking the Colorado River Valley, laser tag and the states only 4D Motion Theater.
Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume at the Denver Art Museum
Nov 13 2016 – Apr 2 2017
The characters of the Star Wars™ universe are brought to life through the dramatic presentation of more than 70 original costumes in Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume at the Denver Art Museum. The extensive exhibition closely examines the captivating process of costume design for iconic outfits featured in all seven films—from Queen Amidala’s lavish gowns to Darth Vader’s imposing armor.
Denver Christkindl Market at Skyline Park on the 16th Street Mall
Nov 18 – Dec 23
The Denver Christkindl Market transforms Skyline Park into a magical “old world” European Christmas village, with wooden vendor huts, twinkling lights, festival music, and an authentic German Bier Hall. Patrons will be transported to an authentic holiday market like the ones found in German public squares, to shop from thirty featured gift and craft artisans, bakers and chefs, many of whom have come to Denver from around the world.
Santa Express Train at the Royal Gorge Railroad
Nov 18 – Dec 24
We’ve all seen the movie Polar Express. Now you can experience the train that takes you to meet Santa Claus himself. The Santa Express Train is a winter wonderland, where children of all ages are encouraged to wear cozy pajamas and relax with family and friends on a journey you’ll treasure year after year.
Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanic Gardens
Nov 25. 2016 – Jan 1, 2017
Denver Botanic Gardens is proud to host this annual family-friendly event that has become a tradition! This holiday lights extravaganza features some new elements and includes the grand illuminated O’Fallon Perennial Walk and the Romantic Gardens. Gaze at twinkling lights through their popular HoloSpex glasses and enjoy warm drinks and tasty treats as you stroll this winter wonderland.
Trail of Lights at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Nov 25, 2016 – Jan 1, 2017
Come to Chatfield Farms to see colorful holiday lights illuminate a winding path through the Colorado countryside, set against a stunning foothills backdrop.Trail of Lights offers visitors a path that leads to the warming hut, the children’s area and on to Hildebrand Ranch.
Downtown Denver Grand Illumination
Nov 25 – Dec 31
Downtown Denver’s Grand Illumination event lights up Downtown, from Denver Union Station to the City and County Building. The whole family will marvel at the brightly colored floodlights illuminating the historic structure in the heart of Lower Downtown and its lighted tree in front. Light Exhibition runs through the end of December.
Shrek: The Musical at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Dec 1, 2016 – Jan 8, 2017
Shrek: The Musical follows this beloved unlikely hero and his wisecracking, best friend Donkey on a journey of a lifetime to rescue a feisty, headstrong princess. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with attitude and more than a dozen other fairytale misfits, and Shrek must learn to see the true hero within to succeed.