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Larimer Square’s unique experiences & holiday displays

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Larimer Square is your Hometown for the Holidays. Come experience the season on Larimer Square like never before!

  • Holiday Display & Family Christmas Tree Lot – Christmas Tree Lot & Holiday Display: Family Christmas Trees is honored to bring the freshest and fullest Christmas trees to Larimer Square this holiday season.
    • Open Wednesday – Sunday from 11 – 7 p.m.
    • Delivery is available to downtown residences!
  • Larimer Square Scavenger Hunts – Follow @LarimerSquare on Instagram for clues on where our holiday elf is hidden on the block each week. Find the item, snap a photo and tag us on Instagram to win $25 to spend anywhere on the block.
  • Live Music – Click here for a schedule of daily live music on Larimer Square through the month of December.
  • Seasonal Bites & Beverages – Join us for complimentary cider or cocoa, and grown-up beverages and bites available for purchase every Thursday – Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon through Christmas.
  • Take the Perfect Holiday Photos – It’s the most Instagrammable time of the year, and there’s no place like Larimer Square for the holidays. Get a selfie in front of our holiday display or capture a family photo under the twinkling lights and banners of the Square. And if you’re thinking of popping the question to that special someone, there is no better place in the city.
  • Larimer Square Holiday Market in Partnership with Denver Bazaar – Shop 40 curated local makers, artists, food vendors & more spread out through the top two floors of the Larimer Square Parking Garage (Larimer Uprooted)! Capacity is limited, so get your timed tickets now to guarantee your entry during your preferred shopping window.
    • Friday, December 11 – Sunday, December 13 | 11AM – 5PM

Larimer Square’s Unique Experiences

Like so many of history’s brilliant thinkers, Josh Sampson has a difficult time explaining the genesis of his genius. “I just wake up with these things,” says the owner of Good Baby Management, a Denver real estate and brand development company that counts the Big Wonderful, a pop-up beer garden and festival, among its concepts. One of his latest thunderbolts: Garage Sale, a Larimer Square vintage clothing and vinyl shop that also serves cocktails and tacos. “No one has done it here,” Sampson says, adding that LoDo’s Dairy Block is “mainly a food hall.” Hair-splitting aside, Garage Sale’s conceit is distinctive—though uniqueness itself is becoming commonplace on Larimer as the district looks to novel ideas to reverse its pandemic plunge.

After being saved from demolition in the 1960s by preservationist Dana Crawford, Larimer Square has become one of the most sought-after shopping locations in the city. COVID-19 and its social-distancing requirements, however, hurt brick-and-mortar retail across the country, including in Denver. Sales here dropped 7.9 percent from July 2019 to July 2020, but restaurants (down 43.2 percent) and clothing stores (26.4 percent), Larimer Square’s lifeblood, were wounded more than other sectors. Grace Buttorff, owner of the Hailee Grace boutique on Larimer, says sales plummeted 75 percent in April. Urban Villages, the district’s property manager, restructured leases, according to Kyle Mason, director of property management. But by October, eight of Larimer’s tenants had left the square (only two departed due to the coronavirus, according to Urban Villages). Meanwhile, nonstore retail in Denver—mostly e-commerce—more than doubled over the same time period.

In its desperation not to cede even more territory to online behemoths, Urban Villages is experimenting with experiential shopping.

 

 

 

-Spencer Campbell, 5280

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