There are a million reasons I love living in Colorado. But, one of my favorites is how generous the people here are. Last week, there was Giving Tuesday. This week – Colorado Gives Day is something extra special (last year there was a $1 million incentive given to the non-profits). Coloradans come together with the common goal to strengthen the community by helping to power nonprofits. Community First Foundation and FirstBank partner to make this day rewarding for givers, nonprofits and the community as a whole. Colorado Gives Day has grown to be the state’s largest one-day online giving event, raising more than $182 million since it began in 2010.
If you’re looking for free holiday events, our Event Calendar
is brimming with ideas.
First Friday Art Walk and Luminarias. The First Friday Art Walk and Luminarias Festival unite on Friday, December 7 for a free evening in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, starting at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy artists displaying their work as well as a visit for Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Free Tours. The Governor’s Residence, Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund, American Society of Interior Designers and Colorado Homes & Lifestyles welcomes the public to attend our FREE holiday tours offered Thursday, December 6th, through Sunday, December 9th, from 10 AM to 2 PM and again from Thursday, December 13th, through Sunday, December 16th, from 10 AM to 2 PM. The theme this year is “Colorado Through the Decades.” For the drawing room, that means a lesson about how women impacted Colorado in the years from 1908 to 1920. milehighmamas.com
Horseshow Holiday Markets at Belmar in Lakewood. Dec 8 & 9, Dec 15 & 16, Dec 22 & 23 (Saturdays and Sundays). Voted Denver’s Best Flea Market, the Horseshoe Market will be hosting ‘pop up’ markets with over 70 new vendors each market, every weekend through December 23rd. Shop local and support small businesses. Indoors & cozy, free admission, free covered parking at Belmar and right next to ice rink at Belmar. Plus artisanal food, baked goods, coffee, hot cocoa and cocktails. The first 25 customers each day of the market receive a shopping tote and the first few lucky customers each day get free ice skating passes to the Rink at Belmar. Dog and family-friendly! Saturdays, 10 am-8 pm, Sundays, 11 am-6 pm. horseshoemarket.com
GetOutPass. There is a new “fun pass” in Colorado that almost feels too good to be true. It’s called The GetOutPass and with this one pass you can go to over 30 venues at least once, and sometimes multiple times per year! Best of all, they have many of the biggest and best attractions in the state participating, including Elitch Gardens, Water World, ski resorts, climbing centers, golfing, bowling, jump houses, and so much more! The GetOutPass is a 12-month membership that can be paid for in two ways, making it affordable for everyone. You can pay the full yearly price up front for $119.40 or you can $12.95 per month per person. This is great because the pass is affordable for everyone! If you have the money now you can get savings but if money is tight, the monthly option makes the pass affordable for all families. If you use code FUN30 at checkout you’ll get 30% off the yearly price, making the pass just $83.58 per person. When you think about it, the price of Elitch Gardens and WaterWorld is already over $80 plus taxes per person, but with the GetOutPass, you can go to both of those places as well as dozens of others for the same price.
Paw Patrol Live. All paws on deck! Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group present PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure,” an action-packed, music-filled production, presented by Pedigree. The heroic pups from the top-rated animated preschool series PAW Patrol, produced by Spin Master Entertainment, embark on a pirate-themed adventure to uncover hidden treasure during the hit live stage show, playing at the Bellco Theatre Dec. 28 & 29, 2018. Tickets for all four performances are currently on sale and can be purchased at www.AXS.com. Save 25% off using code: ALLIED *Some restrictions apply.
National Cookie Day. National Cookie Day is Tuesday, December 4. Maybe you haven’t really made your own famous cookies yet this year. That’s ok. Get a FREE one at Great American Cookies – and just ask for one (nicely); Buy a cookie at Mrs. Fields get one free; DoubleTree by Hilton will give you a free cookie even if you’re not a guest there; or order your cookies from Cheryl’s get 50% off of holiday cookie boxes filled with 48 assorted cookies at retail locations or 30% off all Holiday Towers when shopping online.
Risas Dental and Braces. Risas Dental and Braces will open its sixth Denver-area location in Commerce City (6091 Dexter St., Commerce City, CO 80022) To celebrate the expansion, the doctors and staff will provide free dental care to its first 100 patients at the grand opening. On Saturday, Dec. 15, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., patients can select from one of four free services, including: Basic Teeth Cleaning; Cavity Filling; Simple Tooth Extraction; or Complete Exam with X-Rays. The grand opening will kick off with music provided by local radio stations, fun activities for kids, and complimentary breakfast for attendees waiting in line. Free treatment is limited to the first 100 patients in line and no appointments are accepted. In addition to offering free dental services, Risas’ staff will provide braces consultations and schedule follow-up services as needed.
Great Clips. Our family almost always gets our hair cut at Great Clips. They are running a great deal right now – pre-paid haircuts for just$10.99 each (they are normally $17/haircut). You can buy as many as you want in increments of $10.99. Plus, they never expire.
Bonus Card Deals. Through the holidays we will continue to update our list. But here are some of the bonus gift card with gift card purchases that we know about so far.
· Noodles & Co. – Purchase a gift card for $25 get a bonus $5 card.
· Smashburger – for just $50 grab a Holiday Smash Pass. Passholders will get a coupon each day between Dec 17 and Jan 16 for a FREE entrée.
· Burger King – While you’re out shopping get one of their great deals like three pancakes for just 89 cents, or 10-piece nuggets for just $1.
· AMF Bowling. Purchase a gift card for $50 get a bonus card valued at $10.
· Applebee’s. Bonus $10 gift card with purchase of $50 gift card.
· Firehouse Subs. Get a free medium sandwich when you purchase a $25 gift card.
· DSW Shoe Warehouse. Get a $5 bonus when you purchase a $50 gift card; $20 bonus when you purchase a $100 gift card and $30 bonus when you purchase a $150 gift card. (P.S. I have some shoes I have my eyes on…anyone…anyone…)
· Aspen Grove Shopping. Spend $200 or more at Aspen Grove stores, restaurants and our theater and receive a FREE GIFT! Choose from tickets for A Hudson Christmas, one pound of See’s Candies or tickets to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (Plus, if you buy an Alamo Draft House gift card valued at $25 you get a bonus $5 Snack Pass)! Collect your receipts from Black Friday through Christmas Eve and redeem them on weekends between noon and 4p.m. at the Aspen Grove Management Office.
· Ace Hardware. When you purchase a $30 gift card at Ace Hardware, you get two free tickets to Zoo Lights!