29 holiday events and fun things to do this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
Welcome to December! Awesome events include 9News’ Parade of Lights, the Holiday Flea, a candlelight walk and more. See our event calendar for full details.
9News Parade of Lights
Dec 1 –2
Begin your holiday season at the spectacular 43rd Annual 9NEWS Parade of Lights. The two-mile parade route in Downtown Denver is the stage for Colorado’s brightest holiday tradition. The FREE holiday spectacular features marching bands, ornate floats, and, of course, a special appearance by Major Waddles the Penguin and Santa.
Peace: A Holiday Concert
Dec 1 – 2
Celebrate the holiday season with the Colorado Repertory Singers as we bring cherished favorites to the stage and reflect on our need for peace through music and lyrics. From traditional carols to modern winter themes, this choral program brings to life the sounds and songs of the season from a variety of cultures, time periods, and religions. Join us for this December staple in the Broomfield community and an audience favorite.
Ultimate Family Dino Fun at Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Nov 30, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
There’s a different dino to delight everyone in the family at this prehistoric party celebrating our latest temporary exhibition Ultimate Dinosaurs. Check out some of the most spectacular fossils unearthed in recent years as you venture through the exhibition, find out how fossils form, and make your own family fossil to take home.
Stuff Your Stocking: A First Friday of Small Gifts & Big Giving at the Ink Lounge
Join Ink Lounge and a select group of local makers for Stuff Your Stocking, a First Friday Micro Market featuring small gifts with a big impact. From jams to jewelry and chocolate to clay, each artist has a unique craft that is sure to please everyone on your list.
Dec 1 –3, 5:00 pm
Come spread the holiday cheer and drink the spiced punch! The next Denver Flea is going down December 1st – December 3rd at a top secret location (released soon). They’ll kick things off Friday night from 6-9PM with a full-on holiday party. This is your exclusive ticket for pre-Flea shopping paired with festive drinks, good food and groovy tunes.
Ugly Sweater Night with Santa at Park Meadows Retail Resort
Dec 1, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Put on Your Ugliest Sweater for Santa! Break out your ugliest holiday sweater (you know the one) and take a fun photo with Santa. Whether its adorned with pom pom snowmen or glitter gingerbread man, the sillier the sweater the better.
30th Annual Candlelight Walk at City of Golden
Dec 1, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Since 1988 Golden’s Candlelight Walk has been a traditional favorite. This FREE community event brings thousands of families and friends into Golden.
STEAM Powered | Dream Big at CU South Denver
Dec 1, 6:00 – 9:30 pm
This Friday evening series is designed to celebrate advances in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) through unique programming centered around our amazing 3D Daily Films.
Gateway Classic Cars Holiday Party at Gateway Classic Cars of Denver
Celebrate Christmas Season with Gateway Classic Cars on December 2nd from 10am – 3pm! Bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. In return you will receive Free Admission! Enjoy lunch, classic cars, exotic cars, and of course Santa! Bring the whole family and give to a great charity making childrens dreams come true! Lunch will be served from 11am till 2pm.
Breakfast With Santa at CU South Denver
Dec 2, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping by to enjoy breakfast with you and yours and to jot down everyone’s wish list. Families will enjoy a breakfast buffet. Adults can sip bloody marys and mimosas (for an additional charge) while the kids make festive crafts and give their wish lists to Santa.
Breakfast with Santa at Hard Rock Cafe
Dec 2, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Now is your time to bring your lil’ rockers to Hard Rock Cafe Denver for this year’s memorable Breakfast with Santa.
Brunch with Father Christmas at Four Mile Historic Park
Dec 2, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Before settling in for a long winter’s nap, settle in by the fireplace for a morning with the big guy himself. Father Christmas hosts this occasion for families to feast on seasonal fare—served up by Relish Catering and Events—and participate in traditional holiday merrymaking at the site of Denver’s oldest standing house.
Wiggins Elementary Holiday Craft Fair
Dec 2, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Join us for a Holiday Craft Show, free chili lunch and local entertainment. December 2, 2017 at the Wiggins elementary School.
Olde Golden Christmas Parades at City of Golden
Dec 2 –16
Saturdays in December, authentic and historic downtown Golden becomes a festive holiday center with traditional decorations and fun family events. The free Olde Golden Christmas Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. with cowboys on horses, floats, marching bands, old cars, elves on unicycles, the Grinch in his corvette, and of course, Santa Claus.
St. Nick on the Bricks
Dec 2, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Kids of all ages can visit with Santa at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center for FREE. Bring your list and a camera to capture priceless holiday memories.
Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
Dec 2 – 17
For 25 years, the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble has been blending dance, live music, spoken word, and seasonal celebrations and customs from around the world into a memorable holiday tradition like none other.
Lights of December Parade
Dec 2, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
In its 30th year, spectators will enjoy floats created and decorated by local businesses, churches and civic groups. Crowds will enjoy marching bands, lit fire engines, holiday carolers and much more. The grand finale includes an appearance by the jolly old man himself – Santa Claus!
Dolls’ Tea Party at The Oxford Hotel
Experience one of Denver’s favorite family traditions this holiday season with The Oxford Hotel Dolls’ Tea Party on Sunday, Dec. 3rd. Held for more than 50 years at LoDo’s most historic boutique hotel, The Oxford Dolls’ Tea is a classic tea party featuring hot cocoa and treats for the children and tea and a light sandwich snack for the adults
The Nutcracker at Joanna Ramsey Theatre
This Christmas, treat yourself to a magical evening with Clara and the Nutcracker as Littleton Youth Ballet and Littleton Ballet Academy cast a spell over you and your entire family with its captivating production of The Nutcracker.
Christmas with Cody at Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave
Dec 3, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The entire family will enjoy meeting Santa Cody! Create crafts, meet historic figures, and tour the Museum during the FREE holiday celebration. See website for times.
Peppa Pig Live! at Paramount Theatre
Dec 3, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Peppa Pig, the #1 Family show of 2016, is back with an action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters in Peppa Pig’s Surprise! Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more in an all singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and surprises.
Boulder Opera: Cinderella at Longmont Museum
Dec 3, 3:00 – 4:15 pm
Boulder Opera presents Cinderella, a perfect introduction for children to the spellbinding world of opera. Based on the much loved fairytale, this rare 19th century work will be presented as a specially reduced one hour version.
Ongoing Holiday Events
Blossoms of Light, Denver Botanic Gardens
Nov 24 – Jan 1, 2018
This annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms our York Street location into a twinkling winter wonderland.
Santa’s Village at Chatfield Farms
Nov 24 – Dec 24
Santa and his friends are moving to Chatfield Farms in November! Chatfield Farms will be transformed into a magical village. Join us for a new and exciting holiday experience for all ages. Hop on the hayride to catch a short movie at Santa’s cinema and find unique holiday gifts in his workshop.
DEN Ice Skating Rink at Denver International Airport
Nov 24, 2017 – Jan 7, 2018
Once again, the DEN Plaza will be home to a FREE 34’wide X 60’length ice skating rink.
Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park
Nov 21 – Feb. 14, 2018
Ready. Set. Skate. Skyline Park is the place for fun this holiday season. The Downtown Denver Partnership invites you and your family to join us for FREE skating at the Skyline Rink, located at 16th & Arapahoe in Downtown Denver. Ice skating is free! You may bring your own skates or rent a pair for just $2. Through February 14.
A Christmas Carol at Stage Theatre
Nov 24 – 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. A Christmas Carol illuminates the meaning of the holiday season in a way that has resonated for generations.
Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker at Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Nov 25 – Dec 24
Recently recognized as the best-loved Nutcracker in the U.S., Colorado Ballet’s holiday classic The Nutcracker features timeless choreography paired with Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.
Winter Wonderlights at Chapungu Sculpture Park
Nov 18 – Jan 7, 2018
Each night, visitors and locals will revel in holiday string lights, twinkling bulbs, LED mappable snowflakes, illuminated African stone sculptures, the only 20’ LED mappable Christmas Tree in the state and 30-minute music and light shows.