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Deals: Gaylord Rockies Ice, Parade of Lights, Giving Tuesday & More

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I absolutely love it when a friend starts a conversation with, “you’d be so proud of me.” This usually means that they have found a whopper of a deal or found a way to stack a coupon on a coupon on a coupon (Thanks Kohl’s)! No doubt you too have had a whopper of a great deal over Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Even if you don’t have an awesome story of savings yet, never fear the entire shopping season is loaded with them. And not all great deals are things, many are amazing experiences that you can get for free or really cheap!

Gaylord Rockies Ice! While I’ve not had the opportunity to see this up close and personal yet, I do know some friends who have. They say that it is all that it is hyped up to be with skating, Ice Bumper Cars, 2 million pounds of ice and more! There are Groupon deals to get out to see it.

Parade of Lights. One of my perennial favorite holiday traditions is the Parade of Lights. Bands, floats, balloons and even Santa make their way through downtown Denver – not only lighting up the streets but lighting up the faces of young and not so young (me) alike! Grab a hot chocolate and your winter wear for this FREE event on Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m.

Highlands Ranch Hometown Holiday. The festive tree-lighting and celebration in Highlands Ranch will take place this Saturday, December 6 from 4: 30 – 7:30 p.m. Caroling, food, entertainment and of course an appearance by the ever-popular, Santa and tree lighting. You can also shop in the Winter Market for unique gifts.

Golden Candle Walk. Several years ago, my kids and I participated in this annual event – it remains a sweet memory of a fantastic (and free) holiday event. It is a totally unique and fun experience to get you in the holiday spirit. Every store and streetlight in the town of downtown Golden are turned off. Then carolers make their way down the street. As they carolers pass, you are invited to light your candle and join the carolers as they continue down the street to the park at the end of the street. The event will start at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, December 6. Tip: Make sure you and the kids are dressed for the weather – also, parking is a premium so get there early and enjoy a Golden area restaurant.

Governor’s Residence at Boettcher Mansion Tours. Tour our Governor’s residence this December 5 – 8 or December 12-15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tours are free – but there are no reservations and lines may be long. This is a rare opportunity to see the inside of the stately residence all decked out for the holidays (including Governor Polis’ Menorah)

Shopkick. Shopkick is the FREE app that pays you for the shopping you’re already doing! You can earn “kicks” (Shopkick’s reward currency) by walking into participating retailers, watching videos, or scanning items and receipts. Exchange kicks for FREE gift cards to your favorite retailers, including Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Sephora and more, and use them to save on gifts or to treat yourself! 

Giving Tuesday. GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world on December 3. Find your favorite non-profit and give today. 

DAM Fun. Denver Art Museum has all kinds of fun activities planned for kids this holiday season! Visit for Winter Break at the DAM (Dec. 21-Jan. 5, closed Dec. 25) with Create-n-Takes and the First Light Family Space available daily. Watch for performances of Art Emergency: Monet Edition weekdays during the break (except for Dec. 24 and 25 and Jan. 1). Stop in whenever the museum is open for hands-on creativity in the Paint Studio with artist demonstrations from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. All break week activities are included in general admission, which is free for kids 18 and younger. Other family-friendly events in December include Free First Saturday (Dec. 7; separate ticket for Monet required), Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives (Dec. 8) and Create Playdate (Dec. 11).

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