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Denver Deals: Thanksgiving Deals and tickets to Disney’s Strange World

I love a good Ugly Sweater party or just to feel a bit more festive. I was so excited when I was sent a Holiday Camo skirt from Shinesty! It is so cute, I have a couple of different things I plan to wear it to already – but I may just wear to work one day,  just because. They have holiday-themed suits, dresses, and pajamas and they even have underwear so if you want to keep your holiday festivity a bit more…private.  

Strange World Movie. Explore the adventures beyond our world in Disney’s #StrangeWorld, only in theaters on November 23. Mile High Mamas wants to send you and your family to an advance screening on Monday, November 21, at 7 p.m. in #Denver to see it before anyone else! Just click the link to enter to win: https://forms.gle/zLmcrxATgYQ1z27p6 Be sure to list “Mile High Mamas”when asked where you heard about the contest. Winners will be notified via email by 11/18.

Thanksgiving in Denver. Thanksgiving is upon us so don’t miss our guide to where to eat your Thanksgiving dinner in Denver 2022. Also, if you have not used the Ibotta App, you can get your Thanksgiving Dinner completely free. Download these offers to your Ibotta account and then pick them up at Walmart or Target – Butterball 3 lb Turkey, Bob Evans Original Mashed Potatoes 24 oz, Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix 8.5 oz, McCormick Gravy Mix 0.87 oz, Kuner’s Green Beans OR Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce. This is a rebate.

Thanksgiving to Go. We almost always have Thanksgiving at my sister’s house. She knows not to have it at mine. And she’s so suspect of my cooking skills I often get asked to bring ice or salad. But I do love leftovers. Instead of cooking on my own I might just to a Thanksgiving to go this year. You do have to order ahead. Here are some of the best ones:

·         Boston Market – turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, rolls, apple pie or pumpkin pie for $139.99. This serves up to 12 people.

·         Cracker Barrel – two turkey breasts, cornbread dressing, gravy, cranberry relish, choice of two ‘sides’, sweet rolls, pumpkin pie and pecan pie for up to ten people cost $154.99

·         Sprouts – turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, kale and spinach, gravy, sauce, brioche rolls for up to eight people. Cost is $85.99

·         King Soopers – turkey, green bean casserole, sweet potato souffle, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, roles and pumpkin pie to serve eight people. Cost $80.

·         Safeway – turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce and rolls. Serves eight people. Cost $80. (a turkey breast dinner for two people is just $40).

·         Whole Foods – turkey, green beans with shallots, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and cranberry orange sauce for four people is $109.99

Holiday Fun in Denver. We just posted two lists as long as Clark Grizwold’s string of lights, of all the fantastic ways you can meet Santa and experience holiday lights throughout Denver. Also, don’t miss the  Ultimate Guide to the Holiday in Denver Denver’s Best Holiday Markets and Craft Fairs, our Colorado Holiday Gift Guide with 50+ ideas and Denver’s 7 Best Christmas Tree Farms. Don’t forget to give back this holiday season; check out these 15 holiday toy drives in Denver

Dominos Half Price. In our house, we always have such a hard time deciding what to make on the days leading up to Thanksgiving. We have ordered Chinese food or gotten hamburgers – because they were easy and someone else was doing the cooking. But we might reconsider this year and get a Domino’s pizza. The week of November 14-20, they are offering pizza at 50% off (offer available online or on app).

Black Friday. We are already gathering some of the best deals for Black Friday. Some stores are offering early Black Friday pricing (hello Target and JC Penney with some deals now and Walmart saying started already). If you know what you want to get someone, buy it now. While we may not have the same supply chain issues that we did in the heat of the pandemic, it still may become an issue this year.

Ski Season. Typically, Thanksgiving weekend is the last time to buy season tickets for the ski season. Several areas have opened already so you can buy your pass and use it right away!  Keystone has planned the family-friendly Winter Carnival and the Lighting of River run on Saturday, November 26. The event features free live holiday music, face painting, a photo booth and enjoy free cookies, cocoa and a visit with Santa. The Magic culminates in the lighting of the tree in the heart of River Run Village.

Where to find Denver’s best holiday light displays

I am not sure if anything says Christmas more than lights. We string lights on the tree, we put them atop our homes and we make an outing of going to look at the public displays of them. There are several public holiday displays of lights in Denver that will certainly wow every person in the family.  Most of the ones we found run through the season, so go any time that works in your schedule. I highly recommend the hot chocolate at any of these fun events. If you would like to take the kids for a drive, check out this Holiday Lights Map of Denver’s best neighborhood holiday lights (and be sure to add your own spectacular display). 

Denver Holiday Ideas for FamiliesImmersive Nutcracker

LIGHT IT UP! 

Do you want to light up your activities even more? Don’t waste your money at the events on glow sticks. This 6-pack holiday Christmas LED light-up bulb necklace is the perfect accessory or get a laugh with these 5 piece Christmas hats and headbands that include Santa Pants, an elf and more. 

Denver’s Best Holiday Light Displays 2022

 Parade of Lights. The streets of downtown Denver light up for the annual Parade of Lights 6: p.m. on December 3. The free parade features more than 40 illuminated floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, equestrian units, and SANTA! The parade begins at 14 & Bannock (by the City and County Building) and goes along 17th Street to Arapahoe, across to 15th street and down to Glenarm.

 Denver Zoo’s Zoo Lights. The first time I saw lights that were not just strung on a tree or on a person’s house was at the Denver Zoo. The zoo is not short on loads of lights illuminating all the trees in the zoo, but there are also lights that look like animals, and lights that are animated. Plus you can wander through while enjoying holiday food and drink! Tickets are $20 adults/$10 kids as a zoo member or $25 adults/$15 kids for non-members.

 Blossoms of Light. Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street becomes Blossoms of Light for the holiday season. Dazzling and sparkling don’t even come close to explaining the beauty of thousands of [led] lights that light up and delight families at the Blossoms of light. Every corner brings another light display. Tickets are timed (and not sold on-site). Tickets are $24 for a non-member adult/ $20child age 3-15/ or $22 for a student. There are also military and senior discounts.

 Trail of Lights. Trail of Lights is at Denver Botanic Garden’s Chatfield Farm. If a winding path and more of a country feel is what you’re looking for head out to Trail of Lights. The mile-long winding path (there is also a shorter path to take) – is illuminated with thousands of lights. There is even a singing Christmas tree, lighted tunnels, and Santa is on hand. Tickets are timed and have to be purchased in advance. Non-member Adult $14/child age 3-15 $10/student $14.

 A Hudson Christmas. A Hudson Christmas at Hudson’s Garden The lighted forest of towering trees will enchant guests of all ages. Sing and dance to your favorite holiday songs in the grove of dancing Christmas Trees. Stroll through a winter wonderland, say ‘hello’ to some of the giant snowmen and glowing reindeer or enjoy a walk through the holiday light tunnel. Dated tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for children aged 4-12 and kids 3 and under are free. Flex Tickets (not sure of the date you want to go) Adults $20; Child age 4-13 $17; child 3 and under is free.  

Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle. Your family will be enchanted by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s sweeping music, including iconic selections like “The March of the Toys” and “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” as they are immersed in 500,000 cubic feet of holiday wonder at the Lighthouse ArtSpace Denver. From $30. 

 Luminova at Elitch’s. This is the second year for Luminova at Elitch Gardens including 4 million lights, a 65’ Christmas Tree, a 25 ft snowman (that never melts), a 300 ft candy cane tunnel, ornaments and presents over 16 feet tall, light swings, a giant wall of lights and rides on limited Elitch Gardens attractions, Santa visit and other interactive activities.  

 Christmas in Color. Drive through acres of lights synchronized to holiday music that is heard on your radio. You can see these lights at either Water World, Bandimere Speedway or Arapahoe County Fairgrounds. One price is for the whole car – no matter how many people are in the car. One car is $35 or you can buy the Party Pack which includes light-up wands, glasses, lightbulb necklaces, Rudolph noses and a car air freshener for $55.

 City & County Building. Light the Lights Celebration takes place on November 23 at 4:30 p.m. but the lights stay up through the Stock Show. An 8-minute choreographed light and music show will occur every night at 5:45 and 6:45 p.m.

Mile High Tree. Stand under/inside the Mile High Tree enjoying music and a lights show. The tree and Christkindl market will be in Civic Center Park. (Featured image; Visit Denver)

 Union Station. The Grand Illumination will take place on November 25. The event will feature live entertainment, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and of course the tree-lighting. Plus, if it is a date night for you, you might consider attending the Miracle at Union Station pop-up cocktail bar that promises to immerse you into a non-negotiable state of Christmas Spirit(s).

 Cherry Creek North Winter Wanderland. Stroll the streets of Cherry Creek North –  notice the musical light walk under a million twinkling lights. There are eight sparkling streets choreographed with winter tunes. While you are there scan the QR code at each tree for your chance to win a $1000 Cherry Creek North shopping spree.

 Camp Christmas. Camp Christmas is a production partnership with Denver Center for Performing arts with lights, over-the-top decorations, music and memorabilia as you explore yuletide scenes across six acres. Camp Christmas is at Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park.

 Gaylord Rockies. Gaylord Rockies has a LOT of Christmas happening from an ice-skating rink and tubing hill to story time with Mrs. Claus and a Cirque show. Christmas kicks off Friday, November 18. 

Olde Golden Candlelight Walk. While not specifically about lights that stay up all season long, this is honestly one of my favorite events of the season! Join me on December 2 starting at 5 p.m. Sing carols and join in as carolers walk down Washington Avenue as the street becomes illuminated by the addition of more people as the crowd makes its way to the “switch” to turn on all the holiday lights along downtown and Clear Creek. Stores will be open and there will be hot cider, cocoa and cafes to enjoy along the way.

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Santa is Coming! Where to visit with Santa in Denver

I feel a bit like the character ‘Elf’ when I see Santa. I sort of still want to loudly declare that I know him. And as recently as last year, I may have dropped a letter to Santa at the local Macy’s drop box. So, naturally, I look for where I can find Santa in Denver – and it may or may not be partially for me as much as it is for kids so don’t miss our guide for where to find Santa in Denver for 2022.

And, if you want to dress it up for those cute pictures and check out these darling reindeer antlers Santa hats or if you suspect your little one might freak out during their Santa visit, this Grinch Who Stole Christmas laplander hat would be a memorable photo opp. 

Also, don’t miss the Ultimate Guide to the Holiday in Denver Denver’s Best Holiday Markets and Craft Fairs, our Colorado Holiday Gift Guide with 50+ ideas and Denver’s 7 Best Christmas Tree Farms

Santa Locations in Denver 2022

 Outlets at Castle Rock. Santa’s arrival is a big deal at the Outlets of Castle Rock. They have created a whole event of their tree-lighting. This year the annual concert will feature JAX (who sings I know Victoria’s Secret). Put Saturday, November 12 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on your calendar to join in on all the fun (and great deals at the Outlet stores). And after all the fun festivities, Santa will be there most weekdays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Santa’s Flight Academy arrives again at Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Santa’s Grand Arrival will take place on Friday, November 11. Step inside the 22-foot-tall sleigh and experience snowfall in the center! Plus, the Tree Lighting and after-party will take place on Saturday, November 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Valet plaza. If you want a photo with Santa there is a charge, but just to visit there is no cost. They are taking reservations online.

 FlatIron Crossing. When Santa arrives at a mall he’s not about cookies and milk, he’s about breakfast! Join FlatIron Crossing for Santa’s Arrival and Breakfast on November, 12 at 9:30 a.m. in the Food Court. The morning will include entertainment, face painting, balloon twisting, crafts, and of course breakfast!

 Streets at Southglenn.The Grand Holiday Parade with Santa’s Arrival and Tree Lighting will take place on Friday, November 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The fun will include Clydesdale carriage rides, free photos with Santa, live reindeer, cookies & Cocoa with elves.

 Castle Rock Star Lighting. November 19 from 2 p.m. to 6 pm. Festivities will take place in Wilcox Square. Ongoing festivities include strolling carolers, dance groups and live entertainment. There is a kids’ zone, hot chocolate and games. Plus, food trucks, booths with holiday goodies and trinkets. Visit Santa Clause and then, at 5 p.m. the ceremony to light The Star will begin.  

 Bass Pro Shop and Cabela’s. Santa’s first appearance of the season was last weekend, November 5 at the Santa’s Wonderland inside of Bass Pro Shop. At Santa’s Wonderland you can get a free photo with the big man himself, play in the toy shop, or write and mail your letter.

 Colorado Mills. Starting November 18 Santa will be available most days to listen to your kid’s wishes at Santa’s Cabin in the food court.

 Park Meadows Mall. Santa will be available for visits and photos. Pets can sit with Santa too on special nights. And if your child might need a low-sensory visit that will take place on Dec 4 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Southwest Plaza. Visit Santa for Free or buy a photo package. Plus, for just $121 after your visit, you can go ice-skating!

Orchard Town Center. Winterfest begins on November 12 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. when Santa and his reindeer will be on-site to light the two-story tree and take photos. Orchard Town Center is one of the few places you can snap a free photo with Santa!  Weekends through December 24.  

 Union Station. The Grand Illumination will take place on November 25. The event will feature live entertainment, Santa and Mrs. Claus and of course the tree-lighting.

 Mile High Farms. Mile High Farms in Bennett is having its 2nd Annual Winter Festival opening on November 24 & 25 on Saturdays and Sundays through December 18. When you are there you can take part in hay ride, petting zoo, crafts, games and other fun activities. Get a photo with Santa for just $7.  

 Heaven Creamery. Santa is everywhere, not just malls! You can have hot chocolate with Santa at heaven Creamery (299 Milwaukee) on December 10 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Gaylord Rockies. Gaylord Rockies has a LOT of Christmas happening from an ice-skating rink and tubing hill to story time with Mrs. Claus and a Cirque show. Christmas kicks off Friday, November 18th.  

Olde Golden Candlelight Walk. While not specifically about Santa, this is honestly one of my favorite events of the season! Join me on December 2 starting at 5 p.m. Sing carols and join in as carolers walk down Washington Avenue as the street becomes illuminated by the addition of more people as the crowd makes its way to the “switch” to turn on all the holiday lights along downtown and Clear Creek. Stores will be open and there will be hot cider, cocoa and cafes to enjoy along the way.

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Deals: Election Day Freebies, Veteran’s Day Discounts & More

I have donated here and there for causes that were close to me or friends who were doing a fundraiser for one thing or another. This year, my finances are a bit tighter than they have been in the past. I don’t have the same pocketbook to donate as regular. So, I volunteered. The event I volunteered for is a fundraiser for Food Bank of the Rockies. And together the group has raised just shy of $20,000. Far more than the money I had on my own to donate! So as we roll into the holiday season, I want to remind you that giving can come in the form of giving your time.

 Election Day. Election Day is a cause to celebrate and be sure to check out our guide to watching the best midterm election coverage with Comcast NBCUniversal (bilingual!) Also, check out these election-day deals:

  • Krispy Kreme. Show your “I voted” sticker and get a free doughnut at participating locations.
  • Burger King. New app users who place an online order for $3 or more can enjoy a free Whopper.
  • Jimmy John’s. Sign up for their Freaky Fast Rewards and you’ll earn a free sandwich (place your first order by Nov. 8)
  • Cheesecake Factory. Get a complimentary slice of cheesecake when spending $25 or more on a pickup order before 3 p.m. Enter LUNCHSLICE at checkout.
  • Popeyes. Buy one, get one free chicken sandwich starting Nov. 3-9 using the app or website to order.
  • Sonic. When ordering through the Sonic app or online, get the Sonic Cheeseburger for half price every Tuesday until 4 p.m. 

Outlets at Castle Rock. Santa’s arrival is a big deal at the Outlets of Castle Rock. They have created a whole event of their tree-lighting. This year the annual concert will feature JAX (who sings I know Victoria’s Secret). Put Saturday, November 12 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on your calendar to join in on all the fun (and great deals at the Outlet stores). 

Get a FREE Ride. RTD along with the Colorado Secretary of State wants to make voting easier for you. RTD will offer FREE service for everyone on election day, Tuesday, November 8.

 Veteran’s Day. If you are or you know a Veteran, beyond thanking you for your service – we have rounded up some great deals for you that will happen on Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 11.

·         Denver Biscuit Company – Alpine Banks has partnered with Denver Biscuit Company for a free breakfast for our Veterans!

·         Post Chicken & Beer –  Thanks to the help of Alpine Bank, Post Chicken & Beer will serve a free 2-piece chicken, said and biscuit + a pint of El Corn Amber Lager lunch or dinner to veterans.

·         Arby’s (my dad’s favorite – and he’s a vet) – Veterans and active military get a free Classic Roast Beef Sandwich on Veteran’s Day.

·         Bad Daddy Burger – Vets can get a free All-American Burger and side of chips from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 11

·         Applebee’s and Chili’s – Vets can get a free entrée on November 11 from a special menu.

·         Great Clips – Veterans can get a free haircut (or get a card good for a free haircut another day) on Veteran’s Day (Sports Clips is offering a haircut too).

·         Jiffy Lube – Jiffy Lube is offering active and retired military a free conventional oil change.

National Parks. Entrance to National Parks is free on Veteran’s Day, November 11.    

Tropical Smoothie Café. Want a full week of free smoothies? Sign up for Tropic Rewards. Download the app; pop in daily through Nov 13; redeem your free smoothie with any food purchase!

 Winnie the Pooh at Newman Center. DU is thrilled to share Disney’s new musical stage adaption of Winnie the Pooh for five performances, November 11-13 featuring music and songs and awesome life-size puppets the whole family will enjoy!

Donate Candy. You can donate unwanted and unopened candy to Operation Shoebox on or before November 22 and get PAID for it! Get $10 per pound of candy up to $100 per person. Then that candy will be added to Shoeboxes that go to support American troops overseas. For other leftover Halloween candy ideas, be sure to check out our other recommendations

Ibotta Thanksgiving Dinner. If you have not used the Ibotta App, now is the time. You can get your Thanksgiving Dinner completely free. Download these offers to your Ibotta account and then pick them up at Walmart or Target – Butterball 3 lb Turkey, Bob Evans Original Mashed Potatoes 24 oz, Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix 8.5 oz, McCormick Gravy Mix 0.87 oz, Kuner’s Green Beans OR Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce. This is a rebate.

 Crocs. Are they in or are they out? Either way, Crocs is having an awesome sale (and they are a Colorado company). Grab 25% off when you use promo code FLASH25. Crocs Classic Slides are as low as $11.25 with the coupon. I love to slip on some Crocs after snowboarding when I know I’m just going to be sitting in the car (so maybe a new classic lined for me).

Black Friday. We are already gathering some of the best deals for Black Friday. Some stores are offering early Black Friday pricing (hello Target and JC Penney with some deals now and Walmart saying they will start Nov 7). If you know what you want to get someone, buy it now. While we may not have the same supply chain issues that we did in the heat of the pandemic, it still may become an issue this year.

Colorado Country Christmas. Al the great boutique shops you could want to shop in for the holidays under one roof? Yep, that is sort of what Colorado Country Christmas is all about. There are three days of shopping all at the Colorado Convention Center. Visit Santa or watch the Model Train! Tickets are $1 off when you use the Promo Code 1WEEK. Also, check out Denver’s Best Holiday Markets and Craft Fairs 2022

 Christmas Entertainment. There is always so many fun things to do around the holidays. In addition to shopping, these kinds of things can get pretty expensive, so we have found a few deals for you.

·         Gaylord Rockies – They say it is “So.Much.Christmas” and that is true – ice rink, Santa, games, gingerbread house decorating, frozen sculptures, tubing and snow bumper cars, Naughty or Nice Escape Room, snacks and more. Plus lights and decorations, cookies and story time with Mrs. Claus this is a full day of fun. Currently Groupon has a coupon for 25% off on General-Admission ticket. But grab it now before the deal expires.

·         Camp Christmas – Belmar Park in Lakewood will once again become home to Camp Christmas! The décor transforms this park into Santa’s Glamp site. Tickets are on sale now, and you can get better deals on different days, so be careful which day you are buying tickets for to save big bucks (over 50% off).

·         Luminova – the awesome lights display at Elitch Gardens is offering a family 4-pack of tickets

Ski Season! Yay. Let ski season begin, I know there are some ski areas open already. Breckenridge opens on November 9. Ringing in the season at Peak 8 that morning you can get free waffles all while hanging with Rockstar DJ Cat!

If you have not signed your grades 3-6 kids up yet for Colorado Ski Country Ski Passport now is the time! Kids get access to 20 ski areas – 4 days at each for just $59! This is an AMAZING deal that won’t last long.

Deals: Halloween candy leftover ides, Sephora, Winie the Pooh (win tickets!)

I know several people who have said they can not wait until the election is over (so they can stop hearing all the ads). But simply put, I will say vote! Your voice is important and this is a good lesson for our kids on how our country’s democracy works.

Donate Candy. You can donate unwanted and unopened candy to Operation Shoebox on or before November 22 and get PAID for it! Get $10 per pound of candy up to $100 per person. Then that candy will be added to Shoeboxes that go to support American troops overseas. For other leftover Halloween candy ideas, be sure to check out our other recommendations

(CONTEST) Winnie the Pooh at Newman Center. DU is thrilled to share Disney’s new musical stage adaption of Winnie the Pooh for five performances, November 11-13 featuring music and songs and awesome life-size puppets the whole family will enjoy. Win tickets! 

 Outlets at Castle Rock. Santa’s arrival is a big deal at the Outlets of Castle Rock. They have created a whole event of their tree-lighting. This year the annual concert will feature JAX (who sings I know Victoria’s Secret). Put Saturday, November 12 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on your calendar to join in on all the fun (and great deals at the Outlet stores).

Sephora. Sephora is having a Holiday savings event now through November 7. The deal includes 30% off Sephora Collection and deals on top Brands including Dyson, NARS, Dior, and others when you use the code SAVINGS at checkout.   

BolderBoulder CleaRUNce Sale. I’ve run the Bolder Boulder a couple of times. And I was proud to wear that t-shirt the next week. Friday, November 4, the Bolder Boulder (and Colder Bolder) will be having a sale at their warehouse from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ibotta Thanksgiving Dinner. If you have not used the Ibotta App, now is the time. You can get your Thanksgiving Dinner completely free. Download these offers to your Ibotta account and then pick them up at Walmart or Target – Butterball 3 lb Turkey, Bob Evans Original Mashed Potatoes 24 oz, Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix 8.5 oz, McCormick Gravy Mix 0.87 oz, Kuner’s Green Beans OR Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce. This is a rebate.

 Black Friday. We are already gathering some of the best deals for Black Friday. Some stores are offering early Black Friday pricing (hello Target and JC Penney with some deals now and Walmart saying they will start Nov 7). If you know what you want to get someone, buy it now. While we may not have the same supply chain issues that we did in the heat of the pandemic, it still may become an issue this year.

Christmas Entertainment. There is always so many fun things to do around the holidays. In addition to shopping, these kinds of things can get pretty expensive, so we have found a few deals for you.

·         Gaylord Rockies – They say it is “So.Much.Christmas” and that is true – ice rink, Santa, games, gingerbread house decorating, frozen sculptures, tubing and snow bumper cars, Naughty or Nice Escape Room, snacks and more. Plus lights and decorations, cookies and story time with Mrs. Claus this is a full day of fun. Currently Groupon has a coupon for 25% off on General-Admission ticket. But grab it now before the deal expires.

·         Camp Christmas – Belmar Park in Lakewood will once again become home to Camp Christmas! The décor transforms this park into Santa’s Glamp site. Tickets are on sale now, and you can get better deals on different days, so be careful which day you are buying tickets for to save big bucks (over 50% off).

Salonpas. I know you may have heard the ads and had no idea what Salonpas really is. It is a Pain relieving patch. If you are interested in trying it Hisamitsu America, a subsidiary of Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Co., Inc., and the manufacturers of the Salonpas® line of pain relief products, announce the availability of the Salonpas® Pain Relieving FLEX Patch Lidocaine 4% featuring thin, flexible, and highly adhesive patch technology.  Get a free FLEX patch at TrySalonpas.com while supplies last.

Deals: Halloween Night Freebies in Denver, Fall Fun and More

Do you have your Halloween costume ready or are you still scrambling? Do you make one or do you buy? We’ve seen the ugly sweater take on a bigger life for Christmas and with the melding of the holidays, I recently saw a Halloween Ugly Sweater (at Sam’s Club and they are on sale). Maybe I will just wear that.

Don’t miss the 120 best Halloween movies for families (including 2022’s new releases) and your Guide to the Best Halloween Movies with their candy counterparts (so fun!)

 Fall Fun in Denver. Don’t miss our ultimate guide to fall in Colorado with Colorado’s best fall colorsbest pumpkin patches and mazes and more. 

 Halloween Night Deals. In addition to all the fall fun and trick-or-treat streets across town from malls to Denver Broncos. There are plenty of ways for your kids to get their fill of candy. But if you are trick or treating the old-fashioned way (on Halloween night in neighborhoods) – you may want to fill up on a real meal before going!

·         MiciOn Halloween, kids dressed in costume on October 31 will get to eat FREE from Mici’s Bambini Menu, with purchase of an adult entrée. With eight locations, there is certain to be one near you.

·         ChipotleThe Boorito is back. If you are a member of Chipotle Rewards , when you visit on October 31 from 3 p.m. to close dressed up in a costume you can get a $6 entrée. They are having a couple other contests where you can win burritos or cash. For more details visit the app.

·         Applebees. Kids 12 and under eat for free on October 31 – up to two kids per adult entrée.

·         IHOP. Get a Scary Face pancake for free with purchase of adult entrée from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

·         Noodles & Company. Get a Halloween Boo-Go deal on October 31 – purchase a regular entrée get a small entrée free.  

·         Free Ride. Thanks again to the Sawaya Law Firm – get a free ride home if you are out trick or drinking.

·         Platterful. Are you having people over at your house? Consider Platterful. Platterful is the first all-in-one charcuterie subscription gift, available in a standard, gluten-free or vegan option. Subscribers get a select box with new meats, cheeses and accompaniments delivered month, along with step-by step instructions and how-to videos to create the boards. Subscriptions are available in a variety of sizes and price points, or as a one-off box.

 McDonald’s Treat Packs. Mcdonald’s is once again offering the treat packs with 12 coupons for free food – for just a $1. TBH, I have bought these hoping we don’t get many trick-or-treaters and I can use them myself.

 Shake Shack Shake Deal. Shake Shack is not just about awesome burgers, but also awesome shakes (Hello, it is in the name). Fall shake flavors include Apple Cider Donut, Pumpkin Patch and Choco Salted Toffee. Until November 20 you can get a buy-one-get-one-free shake. Order on the app or online, add two shakes to your order, make sure the order is scheduled for 8 p.m. or later, use promo code: SHAKENIGHT at check out. One of the shakes will be free!  

 Subway Soups. Warm up the fall with $1 off soups every weekend in October. Yes – this is our Souped Up weekends deal. They are also running a promotion where you get $2 off 2 footlongs.

 Coors Light and Tide Team Up. Coors Light and Tide are pairing up to make your football Saturdays more fun. Drop your laundry at Brother’s Bar and Grill (1920 Market St) between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. this Saturday and it will be sent to a local Tide Cleaners location to be washed, dried and returned to your doorstep. And you can enter to win laundry services at coorslightchoreslight.com. Saturdays are for college football not chores!

 Bath & Body Works. Get a Fall 3-wick scented candle for just $12.95. And check your mail for a coupon for 20% off your entire purchase.

 Winnie the Pooh at Newman Center. DU is thrilled to share Disney’s new musical stage adaption of Winnie the Pooh for five performances, November 11-13 featuring music and songs and awesome life-size puppets the whole family will enjoy!

Boo at 9+CO. The family-friendly Boo at 9+ CO  on Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. will include fun for everyone. Pick a pumpkin from the patch, concoct witches brew at Postino drink tent, jump in the photobooth, get your face painted, jam to the tunes of the live DJ and let the kids go trick or treating. There will also be a costume contest for kids, parents and dogs. Tickets are just $5 and benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boo-9co-tickets-415034217517

 Donate Candy. You can donate unwanted and unopened candy to Operation Shoebox on or before November 22 and get PAID for it! Get $10 per pound of candy up to $100 per person. Then that candy will be added to Shoeboxes that go to support American troops overseas. Find out other ideas for donating/having fun with your Halloween candy. 

Deals: National Taco Day, Fall Fun in Denver

Did you know that Colorado has a growing wine industry? I was invited to taste the 12 wines that were selected for the 2022 Governor’s Cup Wine Collection. You can too at the Colorado UnCorked event on November 4 at the History Colorado Center. The highest standards applied to the wines all made in Colorado – these rival [and are in many cases better] any wine I’ve had elsewhere and I’m proud they are all made right here in Colorado! I think I know what my favorite is – but you will have to try them all on your own to decide your own faves.

Fall Fun in Denver. Don’t miss our ultimate guide to fall in Colorado with Colorado’s best fall colors, best pumpkin patches and mazes and more. 

Amazon Prime. Yeah, yeah, Amazon Prime Day was earlier this year. However, the new sale on Amazon is Prime Early Access Sale. The sale will take place Tuesday, October 11 & Wednesday, October 12. Amazon says that you will find deals in just about every category – fashion, beauty, home, kitchen, furniture and electronics. This could be your chance to jump on your Christmas shopping early.

 Target Deals. This sort of feels like the question of did the egg come first or the chicken [I’m talking about deals at Amazon and Target], but Target is having deals this week too. October 6-8 score some great deals at Target both online and in stores. Get up to 50% off select toys; save $50 on Xbox console and controller; Save 40% off kitchen, sweatshirts, sweatpants, sleep, socks and more. Or get bonus cards when you spend $25 on beauty get $5 Target Card or spend $50 on food get $10 Target Card. Target will price match longer this year if you are doing your holiday shopping now rest assured you will get the best price through December 24.

 National Taco Day: October 4 is National Taco Day. There are some pretty sweet deals making this maybe the best Taco Tuesday all year!

Fuzzy’s Tacos. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop wants to celebrate with select tacos for just $1.50! And if you order through the app you will be entered into the drawing for free tacos for a year (two tacos each week).

On The Border. Get tacos for just $2 all day (dine-in only)

Chuy’s Tacos. Get a ground beef taco for just $1 add on to any dine-in entrée.

Del Taco. Get three snack tacos for $1.69 and check their app for more deals.

Taco Bell. For one day only (Oct. 4) buy your Taco Lover’s Pass for $10 on the app and get 30 days of one taco per day!

 Panda Express. My family’s favorite dish is the Orange Chicken. Now if you are a vegetarian, Panda Express has a new version of their popular Orange chicken made with Beyond Meat’s plant-based chicken. Through October 9, buy a Beyond the Original Orange Chicken Bowl get a second bowl free (order online using promo code BEYOND).

 Panera Bread. MyPanera Week is September 29 – October 5. Loyalty program members will get special perks all week long. Perks include: Sept 29 – two month’s membership of Sip Club Free (to new members) or $2 off barista beverages and smoothies (for existing members); Sept. 30 – $0 delivery fee; Oct. 1 – Free baguette with in-app purchase; Oct. 2 – $2 off Broccoli Cheddar Soup Bowl; Oct. 3 – 20% off Panera Bread gift cards; Oct. 4 – Special gift from Panera partner; Oct. 5 – cooking class with Panera’s head chef; Oct 6. – Starter of choice

 Consignment. We do still have several fall consignment sales happening. These sales are great for used kid’s clothes. For a full list visit our round-up. This week’s featured sales is the Just Between Friends of Broomfield/Brighton at the Adams County Fairgrounds. Thursday, October 6 – Sunday, October 9.

Boo at 9+CO. The family-friendly Boo at 9+ CO  on Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. will include fun for everyone. Pick a pumpkin from the patch, concoct witches brew at Postino drink tent, jump in the photobooth, get your face painted, jam to the tunes of the live DJ and let the kids go trick or treating. There will also be a costume contest for kids, parents and dogs. Tickets are just $5 and benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boo-9co-tickets-415034217517

 Polar Express. Tickets are on sale for the Polar Express at the Colorado Railroad Museum today. The train ride returns November 11-December 23 and is certain to get you in the holiday spirit and make family memories. Tickets include a visit with Santa and a silver bell! Get tickets here: www.ColoradoRailroadMuseum.org/Polar-Express.

Deals: National Coffee Day Discounts, Wienermobile in Denver, Prime Early Access Sale

I like a good coffee drink – but I’m not sure if I love it for the taste of the coffee or the things that I put in it. PSL anyone? This last week I tried WhatIf Food’s BamNut Milk in my coffee. I like to test the milk alternatives and this one was pretty good. It was creamy milk made with Bamnuts. The taste was better than a lot of the nut milk we’ve tried and BamNuts are better for the environment as they are regenerative. They also sent me noodles that my daughter liked – and said, “they are better than ramen.” Which is a high compliment from her as she loves ramen.  

Amazon Prime. Yeah, yeah, Amazon Prime Day was earlier this year. However, the new sale on Amazon is Prime Early Access Sale. The sale will take place Tuesday, October 11 & Wednesday, October 12. Amazon says that you will find deals in just about every category – fashion, beauty, home, kitchen, furniture and electronics. This could be your chance to jump on your Christmas shopping early.

National Coffee Day. Let’s celebrate America’s favorite morning buzz – coffee! National Coffee Day is Thursday September 29. Here are some deals we found:

·       Boyer’s Coffee – Celebrate all week long with deals like 2.25 lb bags for just $16.50 and 11& 12oz bags for $6.50. No coupon needed. Then on Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. enjoy the fun at the mobile café (7295 Washington St.) taste free drip coffees, the first 200 customers will get free pancakes and that day get 50% off all specialty beverages and 25% off all coffee bags.

·       Caribou Coffee – get a medium handcrafted beverage when you are a Caribou Perks Member for just $3 on National Coffee Day. Plus, if you are a new Caribou Perks member, you get a free drink after your fist visit.

·       Dunkin’ Donuts – DD Perms members can get a free medium hot or iced coffee when you buy anything at Dunkin’ on National Coffee Day.

·       McDonalds – Us the App to get a $1 premium roast or iced coffee (every day not just Coffee Day).

·       Panera Bread – Unlimited Sip Club subscribers get two months’ membership free. And existing Sip Club Members get $2 off select barista beverages and smoothies (when you use the app).

·       Peet’s – Free small drip coffee with any purchase, 20% off coffee beans, 20% off when you shop online, $0 delivery fee for Peetnik Rewards Members.

·       Amora Coffee – Enjoy 50% off orders over $50. Use promo code 50off50

·       Starbucks – Starbucks has not confirmed any deals but they do say to check your app.

Panda Express. My family’s favorite dish is the Orange Chicken. Now if you are a vegetarian, Panda Express has a new version of their popular Orange chicken made with Beyond Meat’s plant-based chicken. Through October 9, buy a Beyond the Original Orange Chicken Bowl get a second bowl free (order online using promo code BEYOND).

Panera Bread. MyPanera Week is September 29 – October 5. Loyalty program members will get special perks all week long. Perks include: Sept 29 – two month’s membership of Sip Club Free (to new members) or $2 off barista beverages and smoothies (for existing members); Sept. 30 – $0 delivery fee; Oct. 1 – Free baguette with in-app purchase; Oct. 2 – $2 off Broccoli Cheddar Soup Bowl; Oct. 3 – 20% off Panera Bread gift cards; Oct. 4 – Special gift from Panera partner; Oct. 5 – cooking class with Panera’s head chef; Oct 6. – Starter of choice

Wienermobile. That vehicle that is a 27-foot-long hotdog is in town! As they make their way across America. They will be at Yum Yum’s Hotdog Ice Cream Party on Sunday, Oct 2 from 12:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 2423 S Downing Street. Have a “bun”derful day with the kids and “meat” the Hotdoggers while you enjoy live music, face painting, ice cream and an Oscar Meyer grill out.

Redbox. You can get your movies that local kiosks or rent movies on demand. Redbox has some great deals. New movies at the kiosk (movies like Light Year, Minions, and Jurassic World) are just $2 and you can find some of the hit movies on demand for the same price (House of Gucci, Clifford and Sonic). Slightly older movies are just $1; and even older movies can be streamed for FREE!

Bandaloop at DU Campus. I saw Bandaloop perform several years ago at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. They are mesmerizing as they dance vertically against the outer walls of buildings. They will be performing against the Ritchie School of Engineering and Science and the Sie Complex at the University of Denver on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 4:30 p.m.

Consignment. We do still have several fall consignment sales happening. These sales are great for used kids clothes. For a full list visit our round up. This week’s featured sales is the Just Between Friends of Arvada Sale September 29-October 2 at the Flatiron Marketplace in Broomfield.

Denver Deals: Giant Pumpkin Festival, Harvest Day & Fall Fun

It seems like there are so many “fast casual” places to eat these days. Just serve me my food in a place to sit. That concept was all turned on it’s head for me when my daughter and I went to Mici’s newest location at Southglenn. The manager [and owner] were there. They made suggestions on their popular pizzas and what salad would go with and don’t forget the cannoli and gelato. They made a point to stop by our table to see how it was (this was not something they did just for us as we watched them do this to several other tables). They say Italians are about the food and about the best food you can get is to get invited to an Italian Kitchen. This is the closest thing fast casual can do for that!

Also, don’t miss our guides to Denver’s Best Pumpin Patches & Corn Mazes and Colorado’s Best Fall Colors: Best drives, hikes, ghost towns and farms.

Giant Pumpkin Festival. Mile High Mama’s own Amber Johnson knows a thing or two about big pumpkins, but if you’re curious to get up close to one of these 2,000 squashes join Jared’s Nursery on September 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for free celebration including weigh-off, music, straw maze, face painting, bounce houses, corn pit, food trucks and more. Jared’s is at 10500 W Bowles Ave.

 ConceiveAbilities.  Exciting news from ConceiveAbilities Surrogacy and Egg Donor. Earlier this summer they launched a 3-month #MilkBankChallenge to help families during the infant formula shortage. The campaign was so successful –inspiring women to donate nearly 50,000 ounces of much-needed breast milk to local milk banks– that they are extending the initiative until the end of 2022. They are offering any lactating woman who donates to a milk bank a one-time $250 gift card to help with pumping expenses (or whatever she needs) and we will match any one-time financial donation up to $250 for those who want to get involved but are unable to pump. 

 Natural Grocers. Natural Grocers is celebrating a Grand Opening of their Brighton Store (903 S. 8th Ave) on Friday, September 30. The first 150 customers will get Natural Grocers Mystery Gift Cards (worth $5-$500), a prize wheel, sweepstakes with awesome prizes and loads of deals!

Harvest Day. CALF Lowell Ranch (south of Castle Rock on the east I-25 frontage road) will celebrate Harvest Day on Saturday, September 24. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. enjoy pumpkins, hay rides and games in the traditional old-fashioned family fall festival.

 Consignment Sales. I love consignment sales especially when it is kid’s clothes. We have once again rounded up the season’s best sales for you! Visit our page for details all season long. This week’s featured sales is the Boulder County Kids Sale at the Boulder Valley Christian Church on September 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Noodles & Co. Enjoy a free entrée every weekend through September at Noodles & Co. Get a free small with the purchase of any regular sized meal. Sign up at noodles.com/rewards.

National Chai Day. National Chai Day is September 21 and Ziggi’s Coffee is celebrating by having chai beverages for ½ price on that day! [Don’t worry coffee drinkers your national day is next week].

Go Karting on Ice. Go Karting on Ice is back this weekend at the Big Bear Arena. The slip sliding fun of an ice rink in a cart! There is also music and lights to set the mood for this fun. Get 20% off when you use the code ICE20 to sign up. This is fun with the kids or as a date night.

Fun in Cheyenne. A little weekend getaway doesn’t have to mean airplane rides and long road trips. Check out all the fun in Cheyenne! Just this weekend there are several fun events!

·         Fashion Experience (Sept. 22). Enjoy a fashion show featuring the latest fall fashions in Cheyenne boutiques and following the event head to boutiques in town for in-store specials. https://www.cheyennedba.com

·         Oktoberfest (Sept. 24). Historic Depot Plaza will feature German food, music and beers! Along with the food fun – there will be music and games from noon to 11 p.m. on O’Neil Avenue.

·         End of the Trail Kite Festival (Sept. 24). Every year this kite festival features participants from professional to amateur kite flyers. Fun for the whole family with kites, entertainment, interactive programs (kite design and flying workshops too!)

Broncos Deals. If you are a fan of the Broncos or deals (or both) we encourage you to take advantage of the promotional deals they are a part of. The day after a win enjoy a donut from King Soopers, the day after any game enjoy a free cup of coffee at Conoco or after every game head to McDonalds for a free order of 6-piece Chicken McNuggets with the purchase of $1 or more.

Fall BreakHaven’t made plans for your fall break yet? What about Snow Mountain Ranch? “One-Tank Trip” promotion for road trips to Snow Mountain Ranch: https://ymcarockies.org/specials. If you stay two nights, they get the third night free when booking a mid-week stay in a cabin or lodge room, Monday -Friday, anytime in October and November (with the exception of blackout dates of November 21-25). A perfect fall getaway. October 8 also features the Zombie 5K run in the dark.

Denver Deals: Fall Fest, Longest Hopscotch Game, Oktoberfest & More!

When someone asks me what my favorite dessert is, I almost always answer ‘fruit’ because honestly, I love a palisade peach, a Jonathan apple (only available in late Sept/early oct), a pear in the fall. But barring that – I will ALWAYS pick ice cream. Some days I love to try a new flavor and some days I return to my favorite (I’m talking about cake batter).

 VanLeeuwan Ice Cream. A couple of years ago, I did a summer-long ice cream tour of some of Denver’s best local ice cream shops (my daughter thought Little Man was the winner while I liked the Inventing Room). Van Leeuwan is not local – but it should definitely be on your list of must-visit ice cream shops. They open their first Colorado location at Larimer Square on September 15 with $1 scoops from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. They are well known for their unique flavors (Kraft Mac & Cheese and Grey Poupon) but they also have normal ice cream flavors. The Colorado shop will have a special flavor too – the Crooked Stave, a raspberry blueberry sorbet made with the brewery’s sour ale and rose. Even those that are vegan and non-dairy friendly will find awesome flavors made with oat or cashew milk.

 Smithsonian Night at the Museums. Saturday, September 17 is Smithsonian Museum Day! During this one-day event museums and cultural places all across the country (including Denver) offer free information. Download one ticket per email address. The ticket will provide you with free general admission for two people. For more details or to download your ticket visit their website at: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2022/

 Ulta. Ulta is having a 21 Days of Beauty Sale now through September 17. Each day for 21 Days specific beauty brands/products will be on sale at Ulta. Many as much as 50% off! Plus, they post what is coming up on sale, you can plan ahead too!

World’s Longest Hopscotch Game. Generation Wild, created by Great Outdoors Colorado connects kids with nature – by increasing the amount of time spent outside in unstructured play. As part of the 99 Days Outdoors campaign, on Sunday, September 18 at 10 a.m. at Chatfield State Park a 4.5-mile hopscotch game should make it the World record holder for the longest hopscotch game. The course will stay available for kids to play on. Find out more about 99 Days Outdoors on their Facebook page.

 Consignment Sales. I love consignment sales especially when it is kid’s clothes. We have once again rounded up the season’s best sales for you! Sales will begin again on September 15 with the Just Between Friends of Douglas County sale! Visit our page for details all season long.

Oktoberfest. I love a good Oktoberfest and there are several around town to get your fill of beer and pretzels and let the kids have some fun too.

·         Denver’s Oktoberfest will be two weekends – September 16 – 18 and September 23-25 at Larimer and 21st. Free general admission and fun! Prost.

·         Castle Rock will have Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 17  at Wilcox Square. Fun for the whole family includes German dancers, street fair, bounce house, craft vendors…and BEER.

·         Highlands Ranch Oktoberfest will be fun for the whole family from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, September 17 with entertainment, food, music, biers and Dachshund races.

· Gluten-Free Oktoberfest. There is still a way to celebrate all things Oktoberfest if you are gluten-free. September 17  from 12 noon to 10 p.m. at the Holiday Golden Taproom. Beer tapping, food trucks (with Gluten free offerings, music, stein holding and games.

Mama Mia Sing Along. My daughter wants to go to Greece and knows Abba songs thanks to the awesome movie, Mama Mia, Here We Go Again! So, we will be at the free outdoor sing-along at 9+CO on Saturday, September 17. Join us! Bring blankets, chairs, and picnics. There will be a costume contest and kettle corn! Plus, you could get a to-go family box from Blanco or Culinary Dropout.

Fall Break. Haven’t made plans for your fall break yet? What about Snow Mountain Ranch? “One-Tank Trip” promotion for road trips to Snow Mountain Ranch: https://ymcarockies.org/specials. If you stay two nights, they get the third night free when booking a mid-week stay in a cabin or lodge room, Monday -Friday, anytime in October and November (with the exception of blackout dates of November 21-25). A perfect fall getaway. October 8 also features the Zombie 5K run in the dark.

 Children’s Museum. September 16 (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.) is Joy Park Free Night at the Children’s Museum of Denver. Kids can play in the 60,000 square feet of fun – climbing, zip-lining, splashing, digging and…JOY. Reservations are required for guaranteed entry.

 Boulder Fall Fest. Pearl Street in Boulder will come alive with this fall tradition. It is three days of food, beer, music and family fun September 16-18.  

Noodles & Co. Enjoy a free entrée every weekend through September at Noodles & Co. Get a free small with the purchase of any regular sized meal. Sign up at noodles.com/rewards.