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Guide to Denver Easter Egg Hunts 2020

Here comes Peter Cottontail…and that means Easter egg hunts around the Denver area! Bring your basket and participate in one of the many Easter egg hunts and eggstravaganzas this spring.

NOTE: Dates and times are subject to change. Check before heading out and see our event calendar for full listings. 

Saturday, April 4

Hammond’s Easter Egg Hunt at Hammond’s Candies (Denver)
8:15 am – 1:15 pm
This day of family fun will include an Easter egg hunt, special Hammond’s lollipop, and a visit with the Easter Bunny! The participant fee is $5 per child, and reservations are required.

Easter Egg Hunt at Stenger Soccer Complex (Arvada)
9:30 am – 11:00 am
The 2020 Easter Egg Hunt will be at the Stenger Sports Complex! 11200 W. 58th Ave., Arvada, CO. The hunt starts at 11 am SHARP! Arrive early for games and more.

Easter Egg Hunt (Thornton, Northglenn and Ft. Lupton) at Crossroads Church 
9:30 am – 11:00 am
Enjoy Easter egg hunts in three locations.

The Great Egg Scramble at Belleview Park (Englewood)
9:30 am – 11:00 am
Hop on over and spend the morning collecting candy and prizes at the Great Egg Scramble! Bring a basket for your treasures. NEW: Accessible Hunt for anyone with special needs sponsored by Developmental Pathways.

Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt at South Fellowship Church (Littleton)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for one huge glow party on Saturday, April 4th! Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunts will be taking place every 20 minutes. We’ll also have games, snacks and a glow in the dark dance floor! This free event is open to the community and sponsored by the South Fellowship Kids Ministry.

Castle Rock Special Egg Hunt at Douglas County High School (Castle Rock)
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
You and your family are invited to join us for the 5th Annual Special Egg Hunt. This is an amazing community event designed for kids of all ages, including those with special needs. We will have egg hunts designed for the hearing, vision and mobility impaired, as well as age-specific traditional egg hunts. We have 25,000 eggs ready for you, your family and friends to join us.

Highpoint Kids Easter EGGstravaganza 2020 at Highpoint Church (Aurora)
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Get tickets for the upcoming Highpoint Kids Easter EGGstravaganza 2020 event at Highpoint Church Aurora.

Friday, April 10

Evergreen Easter Egg Hunt @ Buchanan Park Recreation Center (Evergreen)
5:30 pm – 6:45 pm
Evergreen Park & Recreation District’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held in the Buchanan Park Recreation Center Pool. Parents are encouraged to dress the kids in their swimsuits, grab their goggles and a plastic bag, and come have fun and collect Easter treats! The Easter Bunny will be on hand to pose for photos with kids.

Saturday, April 11

Community Easter Egg Hunt at The Ralton-Central Park (Arvada)
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Join us for a morning of smiles, refreshments, age-separated egg hunts, bounce house and more! FREE FUN

Easter Candy Hunt at Mile High Flea Market (Henderson)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hunt for candy, enter our kids and adult prize raffles, shop through tons of vendors, and enjoy the day full of family fun at the flea!

12th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Jared’s Nursery, Gift and Garden (Littleton)
10:00 am – 11:15 am
Jared’s is hosting the 12th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 11th. In 2019 there were over 20,000 Easter Eggs on site for many age groups.

Easter Egg Hunt at Calvary Bible Church (Denver)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Bring the kids age 12 and under, Easter baskets and your camera for a fun, free, egg hunt. Come anytime between 10 am and 12 pm. All are welcome!

Easter Egg Hunt at Maple Grove Park (Golden)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Come meet the Easter Bunny! Find a Golden Egg and win a prize.

Easter Egg Hunt 2020 at Roosevelt Park Pavilion (Longmont)
10:00 am – 11:15 am
Spring is on the way, which means Easter is near. At White Fields, this is the largest Easter Egg Hunt in Boulder County every year in Roosevelt Park.

Easter Egg Race at Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe (Boulder)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Every year, rain or shine, Grandrabbit’s Boulder location has Easter ‘Races’ in the courtyard behind the store. The Races happen the Saturday before Easter, and children ages 1 to 10 are welcome to participate. Every child that participates gets a certificate called Bunny Munny, and one lucky child will find the GOLDEN EGG.

Golden Family Easter Egg Hunt at Parfet Park (Golden)
10:00 am – 11:30 am
The Golden Kiwanis, and the Golden Chamber of Commerce with the support of Golden Downtown Merchants provide thousands of stuffed plastic eggs for the youth of Golden to enjoy at Easter.

Easter Egg Hunt 2020 at Northridge Park (Highlands Ranch)
10:00 am – 10:15 am
The Easter Bunny is coming to Highlands Ranch! Don’t forget your basket as there will be lots of goodies to take home. The Easter Egg Hunt is for children ages 1-11.

Spring Fling at The Urban Farm at Stapleton 
 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Spring has sprung and it is time for The Urban Farm’s annual Spring Fling! Head over to the hen house and rabbit hutch to learn about our heritage breed chickens and rabbits. Make sure you bring a basket or bucket to collect eggs & treats hidden throughout the farm. Enjoy crafts, games & farm activities including making a paper plate chicken or bunny, feeding the hens, grooming a mini horse, or playing pin the tail on a bunny.

Community Easter Egg Hunt at Mestizo-Curtis Park (Denver)
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join this community Easter egg hunt for popcorn, cotton candy, bounce castles, and crafts available FREE for kids and their families. Kids of all ages are welcome to participate in the fun!

Free Easter Egg Hunt at Wilmore Outdoor Living Center (Littleton)
11:00 am – 11:30 am
Fun for kids of all ages! Come and hunt for eggs around the property. You will want to get here early not only for a parking space, but this event starts at 11:00 on the dot. Trust me, it doesn’t take long for the kids to scoop up the 1,000+ eggs.

Photos with the Easter Bunny + Easter Egg Hunt! at Avalanche Harley-Davidson (Golden)
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Come on out and meet the Easter bunny between 11-3 pm. There will also be an Easter Egg Hunt in the store for adults and kiddos.

Free Easter Egg Hunt at Riverside Church (Denver)
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The egg hunt will begin at 2p in the West Foyer and continue down through the Children’s Level. 

Paws in the Park at Commons Dog Park (Broomfield)
 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
It’s an Easter Egg Hunt for dogs. Join us for the Easter bonnet parade and pictures with the Easter Bunny. All friendly dogs are welcome and MUST be on a leash for this event. Please pick up after your pet and bring a basket for the dog treats.

Sunday, April 12

Easter Egg Hunt at Hero’s Pizzeria & Tavern 
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
The 25th Annual Easter egg hunt will feature the Easter bunny, prizes, classic cars and motorcycles, train ride, bake sale and much more.

Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt at the Mansion at Lumber Baron Inn & Gardens 
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Come to Denver’s favorite mansion for a gourmet brunch buffet, bar, and Easter Egg hunt. A delicious way to make memories awaits.

What’s your family’s love language?

My husband Jamie and I are different.

Sure, in many ways we think alike, have the same interests and similar methodology with raising our children.

But we go about life very differently. He is low-key. Methodical. Wise.

I am not.

One of the areas in which we are most different is how we need to connect. I am physical. I crave affection. My son Bode is the same whereas my Hadley barely likes to be touched. Jamie is somewhere in the middle.

We both work from home and in such a setting, you would think we see each other all day. This is not the case and he often spends most of the day (and sometimes the evening) holed up in his basement den.

At the conclusion of one such day, I desperately wanted to snuggle up and just talk to him.

He just wanted to unwind by watching TV.

Like an annoying younger sibling I kept pressing him for conversation while his eyes remained glued on the television. Finally, exasperated he said, “You know you talk too much.”

“But I just want to talk to you tonight,” I sulked.
“I AM talking to you,” he professed.
“Oh really? About what?”
“About not talking to me.”

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Your Love Language

Everyone has a different way of showing love to one another. A  few years ago, a friend introduced me to Dr. Gary Chapman’s The 5 Love Languages. According to him, there are five key categories, or five love languages, proved to be universal and comprehensive, which are:

*Words of Affirmation
*Quality Time
*Receiving Gifts
*Acts of Service
*Physical Touch

The key is identifying which of the love languages you most embrace in your life and recognizing which ones most resonate in others.

The Quiz

Dr. Chapman has a short online quiz for adults, children, teens and singles that helps with the identification process. The 5 Love Languages is not just about solidifying romantic relationships.

In fact, in going through the quiz for my children, I recognized how differently they respond to and need affection. My son was easy to figure out because we both love to snuggle. My daughter’s love language, however, is not physical touch and after taking the quiz, I realized she responds best to positive words of affirmation. This knowledge has helped me become a better mother because I understand how to fulfill each child’s individual needs.

So, be sure to head over to http://www.5lovelanguages.com/assessments/love/ and take the 30-question quiz and report back. The results may just surprise you…and help with your relationships.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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20 last-minute and inexpensive Valentine’s Day ideas

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Humor: A Valentine’s Day to Forget

14 awesome Valentine’s Day card ideas

 

 

A Valentine’s Day to Forget!

During my single years, the road was rocky as I attempted to find a man who would one day be legally required to be my Valentine.

Some people call it marriage.

My most memorable S.A.D. (Single Awareness Day) was my junior year of college. I had been casually dating a guy for a month. When I say casually, I mean casually. Even though we spent an inordinate amount of time together, he had shown no romantic inclinations towards me.

He was a bit of an anomaly: drop-dead gorgeous and absolutely clueless. Women fawned over him but he was immune to their charms. He was on the fast-track in business school but was also dirt poor and worked as an on-campus janitor at 4 a.m. One gal who lived in his apartment complex offered to drive him every morning. At 3:30 a.m. “Oh, she is just being nice,” he rationalized. “Besides, she drops me off on the way to the track.” The track that did not open until 5 a.m.

14 fun and easy Valentine’s Day card ideas!

Sure, you could buy the uninspired Valentine’s Day cards from your local grocery store…or you could spend a few extra minutes creating these darling Valentines! Here are 14 of our favorites. 

1.  Pencil-Heart Valentine

Because, really, can your students ever have enough pencils?

SOURCE: Bits of Everything

2. Crayon Box Treat

Ahh! The beloved smell of a fresh box of crayons.

SOURCE: Crazy Little Projects

3. Silly Straws

These will make your students cheer!

SOURCE: Kinzie’s Kreations

4. Glow-Stick Magic

Because our students light up our lives!

SOURCE: The Teacher Wife

5. Love Bugs

Love the mason jar template these little bugs come in.

SOURCE: Dandee

6. Pencil Arrows

Play Cupid and aim for your students’ hearts.

SOURCE: Remarkably Created

7. Cuties

A sweet message to go with a healthy treat.

SOURCE: The Cards We Drew

Remember, you can save a little money on your cuties by using the code TEACHERS when you choose Walmart’s Online Grocery Pickup.

8. Slinky

Tip: Buy mini-Slinky toys in bulk at the dollar store.

SOURCE: Two Thirty Five Designs

9. Crayon Hearts

This is a great project for using up all those crayon odds and ends.

SOURCE: A Sprinkle of This

10. You Rule!

Let them know: In your eyes, they measure up.

SOURCE: Relocated Living

11. Tic-Tac-Toe Fun

If you’re still trying to stay away from candy, you could use jewel stones or beads instead of M&M’s. (Just make sure you change the message!)

SOURCE: Creations by Kara

12. Foxy Pretzels

Your kids will love this foxy little valentine.

SOURCE: Pink Peppermint Design

13. Scrabble Valentine

Use Scrabble Cheez-Its (who knew?) and this template to play Valentine Words with Friends with your students.

SOURCE: Positively Splendid

14. Dinosaurs

Pick up an assorted bag of plastic dinos and some cute washi tape, and you’re good to go!

SOURCE: Kitchen Fun With My Three Sons

20 Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Ideas 2020

“I hate Valentine’s Day … it’s even worse than Earth Day!” — Liz Lemon, NBC’s “30 Rock”

Funny how a day set aside to celebrate love can solicit such vitriol.

At least some Valentine’s Day backlash is tied to the retail holiday marketing cycle, which has stores readying their pink-doily-heart displays even before the Christmas lights come down.

And while everyone should test-drive an ooey-gooey Valentine’s Day at least once in their lives — gifts, flowers, chocolates, dinner…. the works! — Cupid’s sneaky little secret is that the most memorable romantic overtures rarely cost much money.

Here are 10 ideas

Send a message a love from Loveland, the love capital of the world!

Send a message of love from the love capital of the world! 

Loveland receives more than 120,000 valentines from all 50 states and 110 countries across the world through its Valentine Re-mailing Program, the largest program of its kind. A group of 50 volunteers handstamps the collector’s stamp and postmark onto each individual valentine that comes through the city. 

2020 collector’s envelope artwork, remailing program deadlines announced

The 2020 collector’s envelope artwork was designed by Corry McDowell. It includes the following verse written by Teresa Boynton: “Dan Cupid continues to play his part. Though he doesn’t text or tweet, he knows a Loveland Valentine is a sweeter treat.”

To get this special collector’s envelope artwork and the special 2020 postmark, send your pre-addressed, pre-stamped valentines in an enclosed, larger 1st Class envelope. Then send this envelope to Postmaster – Attention Valentines, 446 E. 29th St., Loveland, CO 80538-9998. Once received, valentines will be removed from the larger envelope and stamped before being re-mailed to its intended recipient. 

All U.S. mail must be received by Feb. 7, and all Colorado mail must be received by Feb. 10 to ensure delivery by Valentine’s Day. Colorado residents can drop off their valentines at the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, 5400 Stone Creek Circle, Loveland, CO 80538 or at either Loveland post office by Feb. 8. Participants are encouraged to send their valentines to Loveland as soon as possible. loveland.org

Mountaineering Weekend at YMCA of the Rockies Brings Families Together for Fun, Educational Activities over President’s Day Weekend

Shortly after I moved to Colorado 17 years ago, I attended a family reunion at YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park where we delved into all the awesome things they had to offer–from mountain biking to fly fishing & ziplining to roller skating, mini-golf,  swimming and hiking. I have since become one of the biggest advocates for YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park and their Snow Mountain Ranch location for being Colorado’s most affordable and fun family vacations.

And it’s not just during the summer!

YMCA of the Rockies will hold the 4th Annual Mountaineering Weekend from February 14-17, 2020. Whether it’s your first time out, or your family has camped in national parks many times, this special event has activities and excursions for every level.

Located just 10-minutes outside of Estes Park, on 800+ acres bordering Rocky Mountain National Park, YMCA of the Rockies offers families an easy mountain getaway without the ski crowds of I-70. Mountaineering Weekend is a wonderful time to visit with many special activities on-site such as ice-anchor and ice climbing demonstrations, winter survival presentations, snow caves, ice broomball games, ​and a fascinating keynote by Quinn Brett, an experienced alpine climber and Rocky Mountain National Park ranger, technical rescuer and first responder.

Mountaineering Weekend activities are free for overnight guests, or day passes are available for $25/person. All ongoing activities at YMCA of the Rockies will be available such as ice skating on a natural pond, guided snowshoe hikes into Rocky Mountain National Park, sledding (new this year!), indoor rock climbing, rollerskating, and more.​

Cabins ranging from 2-4 bedrooms start at $109/night, and lodge rooms are available starting at $89/night, including two free breakfasts. Most rooms and cabins are TV-free too, providing an unplugged experience for your family, and no meal planning for mom and dad with access to the buffet-style dining hall for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Registration and lodging for Mountaineering Weekend is available at https://bit.ly/35V1vWj or by calling 888-613-9622.

The Best Christmas Ever: A Hilarous Parody by Matt Damon

No one parodies the life of a parent quite like “Saturday Night Live.” Add guest host Matt Damon to the mix and you have holiday magic.  Matt Damon joined forces with “SNL” cast member Cecily Strong’s rendition of what Christmas truly looks like for parents everywhere. It’s a quick reminder that even when the holidays are the worst, they’re the best.

The bit titled “Best Christmas Ever” features the show’s December 15th co-host Matt Damon and his on-screen wife sitting in front of the fireplace on Christmas night. The two are enjoying a glass of wine and reliving the day together. The charming scene is set straight out of a corny Hallmark movie, but as the two recall all the excitement throughout the day, their flashbacks show a not-so-perfect array of stressful holiday road bumps.

Happy Holidays, Bumps and All!

Love, The Mamas

55 family events in Denver this week

It’s the final countdown to Christmas with the Nutcracker Circus, SnowDome Spectacular, Handel’s Messiah – Awakening and TubaChristmas. See our event calendar for full listings. 

Also, don’t miss Family Travel: 40+ Holiday Vacation Ideas in Colorado and Denver guide to the holidays: Santa Arrivals & Christmas events!

Free Day at Plains Conservation Center 
Dec 19, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
This Aurora-based center helps students and adults grow their knowledge and appreciation of the prairie ecosystem and the cultural history of Colorado through a variety of educational programs managed by Denver Botanic Gardens. In cooperation with the City of Aurora.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Carolina Hurricanes at Pepsi Center 
Dec 19, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. Carolina Hurricanes live at the Pepsi Center!

The Nutcracker with Ballet Ariel at Lakewood Cultural Center 
Dec 20  – Dec 23
Ballet Ariel’s imaginative and winsome interpretation of The Nutcracker returns at the height of the holiday season to the Lakewood Cultural Center. Tickets are on sale now. Ballet Ariel’s professional company and 30 students from the Ballet Ariel School and Lakewood Dance Academy brilliantly perform this eternal classic. Directed by Ilena Norton and Oleg Dedogryuk, Ballet Ariel’s The Nutcracker once again defines the season.

Holiday Cheer at Central Presbyterian Church 
Dec 20  – 21 
Visions of sugar plums dance in your head — and down the aisles — at Holiday Cheer! Showcasing selections from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s popular wintertime ballet, The Nutcracker, Cherry Creek Dance transports you into a young girl’s Christmas dream of tin soldiers, dancing snowflakes and sugary sweets. Arvada Chorale joins in the festivities to sing more of your beloved carols at everyone’s favorite seasonal celebration.

Brewery Lights at Anheuser-Busch Biergarten and Tour Center 
Dec 20  –  22
The holiday lights are lit, the cocoa is hot, and the 30-foot inflatable snowman is back – it’s beginning to look a lot like Brewery Lights at the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten and Tour Center in Fort Collins! The fifth annual Brewery Lights celebration begins Nov. 15, with guests of all ages invited to spread holiday cheer at a variety of festive activities during the wonderful holiday experience.

SnowDome Spectacular at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery 
Dec 20, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Celebrate the holidays at FCMoD! Stop by the museum for holiday crafts, cookies, cocoa, and a few surprises… Enjoy holiday tunes and stunning festive imagery with our special Holiday of LaserDome in the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater. And don’t forget to wear your ugly sweaters.

The Nutcracker Circus at Newman Center for the Performing Arts – University of Denver 
Dec 20 – Dec 27 
Whisk away to the Land of Snow, and Land of the Sweets, and experience the story of Clara and her beloved Nutcracker doll. Set to the music of Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker Circus features acrobatics, jugglers, aerialists, and characters bringing this holiday classic to life in a whole new way. Seven shows at various times!

Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timbervolves at Pepsi Center 
Dec 20, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves at Pepsi Center.

Longs Peak Chorus 2019 Christmas Concert at Heart of Longmont United Methodist Church 
Dec 20, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The Longs Peak Chorus proudly presents our 2019 Christmas Concert, “Ring De Christmas Bells” on Dec 20 and 21. $2 of every ticket will go to “Hope for Longmont.” Hear your favorite holiday season songs sung in 4-part a cappella harmony.

The Christmas Revels: A Midwinter Night’s Revels at The Dairy Arts Center 
Dec 20  – 26
In songs both profound and profane, Rocky Mountain Revels will take the stage at the Gordon Gamm Theater to drive the dark away and celebrate the return of the light. Join Rocky Mountain Revels as we sing and dance in celebration of the rituals and traditions of the Winter Solstice and of Christmas. This year we will be joined by the Boulder Renaissance Consort and by members of Solis. Our look at the secular and the sacred music of the Elizabethan Era will feature madrigals, rounds, catches AND returning Revels favorites like The Lord of the Dance, Sussex Mummers Carol, and the Shortest Day.

Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance 
Dec 20  – 22 
For 28 years, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble (CPRD) 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. A Denver original, Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum is a family favorite that inspires audiences of all ages to discover, celebrate and honor the holiday traditions of cultures from around the world.

Handel’s Messiah – Awakening @ Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex 
Dec 20  – Dec 21
A storied holiday classic returns with a freshly enriched design to experience the beloved masterpiece, Messiah. This innovative production is newly organized to clearly present the narrative while still maintaining the great traditions of this noble work. The Colorado Symphony Chorus will be divided between a chamber chorus and a larger chorus, and a narrator is introduced to seamlessly present Handel and librettist Charles Jennens masterpiece in the dramatic context that this story-telling composer would have appreciated.

The Nutcracker Circus at Newman Center for the Performing Arts 
Dec 20  – Dec 22
Whisk away to the Land of the Snow, and Land of the Sweets, and experience the story of Clara and her beloved Nutcracker doll. Set to the music of Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker Circus features acrobats, jugglers, aerialists, and characters bringing this holiday classic to life in a whole new way.

Breakfast with Santa at Downtown Aquarium
Dec 21  – 24 @
Santa is stopping by the Aquarium this holiday season! Dine with him and our mascot, Sharkey, and enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, exhibit discounts and more!

Inside the Orchestra’s Christmas Tiny Tots Concert at McNichols Civic Center Building, Denver Arts & Venues 
Dec 21, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tiny Tots gets children truly inside the orchestra by seating the audience on the floor and surrounding them with a 30+ piece orchestra. Designed for children six and under, this 45-minute program gives young ones the chance to interact with the music and learn about the instruments in the process.

Museum Takeover: Snow Day at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery 
Dec 21, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Do you want to build a snowman? Come chill with us at the museum! Discover all about the science of snow, and how important ice is to our world’s climate. There will be hands-on activities and experiments for all ages. It will be snow much fun! Museum Takeover is a monthly series where we deep dive into a particular subject with fun and educational activity stations in the exhibits gallery. Activities are open to all ages, but recommended for children 5 and older.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Chicago Blackhawks at Pepsi Center 
Dec 21, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. Chicago Blackhawks live at the Pepsi Center!

3rd Annual Improv for a Claus at The Studio at Mainstreet 
Dec 21, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
This is an original sketch comedy show & charity fundraiser, written by Colorado talent with holiday & Colorado themes and presented in the style of a Second City Revue. Directed by a former member of The Second City – Chicago.

Menorah Making at JCC Denver 
Dec 22, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Menorah Making, Sunday, Dec. 22, 10 a.m.-Noon: Get ready for the first night of Hanukkah by making your own Menorah. We will have a scavenger hunt around the JCC to collect different materials to create your masterpiece. You can also get in a few rounds of Dreidel and win some gelt! $18 per person for members, $25 per person for guests. All ages.

Ugly Sweater Brew Run at Farm House at Breckenridge Brewery 
Dec 22, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Wear your most festive, ugliest holiday gear and get ready for some magical winter fun! Join the social fun run/walk along the beautiful Platte river trail and then enjoy seasonal brews or hot chocolate and a big ugly sweater contest.

TubaChristmas at DPAC/Denver Performing Arts Complex 
Dec 22, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Tired of the same old holiday soundtrack? Revive your holiday spirit at the Annual TubaChristmas Concert at the Denver Performing Arts Complex! Tap your toes to your favorite holiday tunes being played by 300 tuba players from all over the region.

Denver Broncos vs. Detroit Lions at Empower Field at Mile High 
Dec 22, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Denver Broncos vs. Detroit Lions at Broncos Stadium at Mile High!

Holiday Brass at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex 
Dec 22, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Brian Buerkle, conductor
Colorado Symphony Brass & Percussion. Holiday Brass is our festive tradition featuring the best of brass! Witness the brilliance and power of the Colorado Symphony brass in a resounding program of seasonal ballads, carols, and more. Whether it comes from the vitality of the Renaissance, the glory of the Baroque, or the nostalgic jubilation in the music of Hollywood’s most popular Christmas movies, Holiday Brass will end your 2019 on a high note.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage at Paramount Theatre 
Dec 22, 2:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new touring production A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage!

Scotty Wiese Mile High Magic at Bovine Metropolis Theater 
Dec 22, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mile High Magic is an unforgettable theater experience presented by world-renowned magician Scotty Wiese. What makes Mile High Magic so unique is the tremendous way Scotty blends magic and his life experiences to tell stories, form a community, and motivate others to chase their own dreams.

Sensory-friendly Home for the Holidays 2019 at Lone Tree Arts Center 
Dec 22, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holidays are about traditions, so continue yours with hometown favorite Home for the Holidays. There’s something for everyone in this family-friendly holiday spectacular: dancers, singers, drummers, holiday songs, and of course, a celebrity appearance by you know who! With a revised storyline for 2019, Home for the Holidays is sure to delight and put you in the holiday spirit.

Twas the Night Before Christmas at Paramount Theatre 
Dec 24, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Start a brand new holiday tradition with your family at this not-to-be-missed show! When Santa’s Naughty and Nice list goes missing, a few dancing mice, a little girl and a wacky elf need to save the day before Santa boards his sleigh!

Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans at Pepsi Center 
Dec 25, 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans at Pepsi Center.

Jim Brickman – A Christmas Celebration at Paramount Theatre 
Dec 27, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Jim Brickman returns to Denver this Christmas to wow the crowd with his uplifting, family-friendly, holiday concert tradition. “Jim Brickman A Christmas Celebration” LIVE, at the Paramount Theatre on Friday, December 27, 2019.

ONGOING EVENTS

Blossoms of Light at Denver Botanic Gardens
Nov. 29, 2019 – Jan. 3, 2020
IThe Gardens’ signature event for over three decades, this annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms our York Street location into a twinkling winter wonderland. With fresh and exciting new features, along with some fan favorites, this year’s display is brighter and more expansive than ever before. Join us for this family-friendly event that has become a holiday tradition for thousands of Front Range families. botanicgardens.org

Santa’s Village at Chatfield Farms
Nov. 29 – Dec. 15
Santa and his friends transform Chatfield Farms into a magical village! Hop on the hayride to catch a short movie at Santa’s Cinema or walk under the magical light displays. Stop at Elf Boulevard to drop off your letters to Santa. Let the kids play in a real elf house and see the elves hard at work. Enter a life-size snow globe.www.botanicgardens.org

Fetch Holiday Markets at Denver Sports Castle
Nov. 30 – Dec. 15
For three weekends this winter, that gigantic, historic building on Broadway will be your home for all things holly-jolly. This is so much more than shopping, though. We’re filling it with festive drinks, activities, and gifts for everyone on your list! It’s going to be the kind of Christmas party you wish your company could throw — with hundreds of makers, artists, creators and YOU. thisisfetch.com/holiday-markets

A Christmas Carol at Simpich Showcase
Nov. 8 – Dec. 4
A CHRISTMAS CAROL’s timeless narrative is brought to life with sparkling vitality on the Simpich stage with over twenty handmade marionette actors animated by Dickens himself. In this original adaptation by puppeteer David Simpich, Ebenezer Scrooge is launched into and transformed by a night of delightful and poignant Christmas remembrances and foreboding forecasts. The outcome is both a continuing inspiration and celebration of the Promise of the Season. tickets.vendini.com

Camp Christmas at the Hangar at Stanley Marketplace
Nov. 21, 2019 – Jan 5, 2020
Not for the faint of festivity, this over-the-top indoor immersive installation turns the holiday spirit all the way up with mesmerizing displays of decorations that shift time and reality. Camp Christmas is Denver’s newest holiday experience, where yuletide traditions of the past and present get merrily mashed together in a massive 10,000-square-foot wonderland. It’s not just pretty lights and mistletoe. denvercenter.org

A Christmas Carol – The Musical  at Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
Nov. 22, 2019 – Dec 22, 2019
Bring the whole family to enjoy this holiday classic,  Charles Dickens’ classic tale takes us on a journey to the past, present and future this holiday season! With music by Alan Menken ( Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid ) and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical ), this musical version of curmudgeonly Ebenezer Scrooge’s life and ultimate redemption is the perfect holiday tradition for the entire family. christkindlmarketdenver.com

A Hudson Christmas
Nov. 29 – Dec. 31
A Hudson Christmas has become a holiday tradition for thousands of families and friends from across the Denver area! Walk arm-in-arm with loved ones at this winter wonderland decorated with thousands of outdoor lights. Explore the trails where bursts of light and color wrap around trees, shimmer on bodies of water, illuminate happy faces, and bring a twinkle to your eye. Share your holiday wish list with Santa Claus, watch Christmas trees dance to holiday music, sip a steaming cup of hot chocolate, and stop for photo opportunities along the way. www.altitudetickets.com

The Nutcracker at Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Nov. 30 -Dec. 29
Audiences simply can’t get enough of Colorado Ballet’s acclaimed production of The Nutcracker. Returning for its 59th season, this beloved holiday favorite sells out every year. Experience this whimsical trip to the sugar plum kingdom where magical dances come alive. Secure your seats early for this holiday tradition as most performances fill up prior to opening night. tickets.coloradoballet.org

Christkindl Market at Skyline Park
Nov 22, 2019 – Dec 23, 2019
This annual event brings authentic German and European holiday traditions to Denver! This market opens every year on the Friday before Thanksgiving, and lasts through the 23rd of December. Guests can find delicious cuisine, festive German drinks, handmade jewelry, toys, clothing, gifts and much more. Live entertainment is featured inside the festival tent every evening, and dancing is highly encouraged!

Ella Enchanted at the Arvada Center
October 11-December 29, 2019
Join Ella as we journey to the fairytale land of Frell on a path to self-discovery! The stage musical of Ella Enchanted has recently been adapted from the beloved Newbery Honor book by Gail Carson Levine. Ella must navigate her world with the “gift” of complete obedience given by her misguided fairy godmother. Adventures will ensue with ogres, giants, elves, wicked stepsisters, and true friends that help Ella find her voice! These whimsical characters make this a captivating tale for children and adults of all ages. arvadacenter.org/ella-enchanted

Christmas in Color at Water World
Nov. 22 – Jan. 4
Load up your friends and family into the van (or car, or truck) and experience Christmas like never before. Drive through acres of more than 1.5 million lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music you’ll hear right through your radio. You’ll drive by giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways and more. It’s like being immersed in another world. In fact, we won’t judge you if you join the kids with your face pressed against the window. www.showclix.com

Night Light Denver at the Daniels & Fisher Tower
Nov. 7 – Jan. 31, 2020
The Denver Theatre District’s ongoing, year-round projection mapping installation will be projected on the Arapahoe Street side of the Daniels & Fisher Tower every Thursday through Saturday evening. Night Lights Denver will include rotating content, designed by artists and the community, featuring a wide range of art. nightlightsdenver.com

Mile High Tree
Nov. 30 – Jan. 31
Denver’s holiday season just got bigger and brighter with the spectacular new Mile High Tree! Experience the Mile High Tree by stepping inside this brilliantly lit, 110-foot tall immersive holiday tree, opening November 30 in Sculpture Park at Denver Performing Arts Complex – free every evening for the whole family! Amazing lights and music shows take place every 30 minutes along with holiday treats, drinks and photo ops. www.denver.org/milehighholidays/tree

Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park
Nov. 26, 2019 – Feb 16, 2020
The Downtown Denver Partnership proudly invites you and your family to join us at the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park – Downtown’s destination for fun this winter. Winter of 2019 celebrates one decade of the Downtown Denver Rink which offers free ice skating seven days a week from November to February.  Entry is free! Skate rentals are $7 for kids 12 & under and $9 for adults 13 & older. Purchase your season pass at the Rink for $35 for kids 12 and under and $50 for adults. Skaters are welcome to bring their own skates.

Goodnight Moon at the DPAC/The Randy Weeks Conservatory Theatre
October 4, 2019 – February 16, 2020
A musical twist on the beloved bedtime story. For the past 72 years, families around the world have made Goodnight Moon a part of their bedtime ritual. Now, the beloved children’s book comes to life on stage for a musical adventure! As the clock strikes seven o’clock, it’s time for Bunny to go to sleep. Say goodnight with magical moments filled with songs, kittens and mittens, bears and chairs, a red balloon, a quiet old lady, and – of course – the moon in this delightful tale. denvercenter.org

Zoo Lights: Illuminated with Life
Nov. 29 – Dec 30
Zoo Lights celebrates its 29th year as one of Denver’s most beloved and popular holiday traditions. To protect the magic of the season tickets are limited by date and issued for a one-hour entry time window. Most evenings sell out in advance and tickets will not be available at the door for evenings that sell out. www.denverzoo.org/events/zoolights/

Denver Pavilions’ Holiday Carousel at 16th Street Mall and Glenarm Place
Dec. 20 – Jan. 2
The Denver Pavilions’ Holiday Carousel returns to Downtown Denver. This year the Blue Knights Brass Ensemble will kick off the season with a free performance in front of the carousel at 2 pm on Sat. December 21. Rides will be offered for a nominal fee of $3 or free with a voucher from any Denver Pavilions’ merchant or community partner. Food Bank of the Rockies has once again been chosen as Denver Pavilions’ designated charity partner for the attraction. Partial proceeds from rides will be donated to this vital charity within the community that helps fight food insecurity in the area. denverpavilions.com

Olde Golden Christmas
Nov. 30 – Dec. 31
Each year during the holiday season, Golden takes a step back in time. Back to a simpler time of strong family traditions and small-town holiday celebrations. The authentic and historic main street of Golden will be the central festive location for Olde Golden Christmas, a city-wide, month-long celebration from November 30th to December 31st including a candlelight walk, holiday art market, live theater, a dazzling light display along Clear Creek, Santa encounters, shopping, dining, and so much more. visitgolden.com/olde-golden-christmas/

A Very Vintage Holiday Show at The Galleria at the Arts Complex
Dec. 5-21
This delightful show is a tribute to Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters, during the nostalgic White Christmas era. A Very Vintage Holiday blends upbeat vocal harmonies and engaging showmanship with a little bit of comedy and plenty of nostalgic holiday tunes to provide festive entertainment for all ages. Featuring The Denver Dolls and s12pecial guests, this show will warm any Colorado heart on even the coldest winter day!  These are FREE events presented by The Next Stage NOW. www.artscomplex.com

  Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits at Denver Museum of Nature and Science
September 13, 2019 – April 12, 2020
“Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits” takes guests inside the minds and bodies of extreme athletes to explore the psychology, physiology and physicality of some of the most extreme activities in the world. In this high-energy exhibition, guests experience the thrill of extreme sports in exciting, interactive exhibits and immersive environments. Meet passionate athletes, hear their incredible stories and take in the artistry, motivation and thoughtfulness that goes into everything they do. dmns.org
 
Tiger Encounter at the Denver Zoo
Nov. 8 – Dec. 31, 2019
Experience The EDGE through the eyes of a tiger! This tour will take you behind the scenes at The Edge, Denver Zoo’s Amur tiger exhibit. You will get an up close view of a training session with one of The Edge’s resident tigers and learn from animal care experts about what they do every day to ensure that these cats receive the best care. You’ll be in awe of the amazing relationship animal care staff have with these 400-pound furry felines! Please note that because of safety regulations, guests will not receive direct contact with the tigers, but rather will get a closer look than public perspective allows with exclusive access and interactions. denverzoo.org
 
Christmas at Gaylord Rockies
Nov 22, 2019 – Jan 5, 2020
The season-long experience will include ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a larger-than-life ice sculpture adventure; exclusive Cirque Dreams Holidaze theatrical performances; ice skating, tubing and bumper cars; a Naughty or Nice Escape Room; character breakfast; family-friendly activities; and themed décor with an impressive holiday light display. marriott.com
 
Images from the Tracks at the Colorado Railroad Museum
January 28, 2019 – January 5, 2020
One of the foremost photographers to photograph the great American West, William Henry Jackson’s images had an immense influence on the public’s perception of the American West. A portion of those images were captured here in Colorado as Jackson traveled throughout the west by rail. This exhibit not only showcases the Museum’s collection of Jackson photographs but provides visitors with the opportunity to visit the rail car he traveled and lived in – the Denver & Rio Grande Western business car – the Rico.

Marine Biologist for a Day at the Downtown Aquarium
Jan 1- Dec 31, 2019
See if you have what it takes to become a Marine Biologist! Spend a day behind the scenes where all the scientific action happens. Experience close encounters with exotic species from the deep sea to shallow reef and everywhere in between. You’ll even get to dissect a squid! Program includes guided tour, biologist dive show, squid dissection, animal feedings and much more! T-shirts & lunch included.

First Light Family Space at the Denver Art Museum
June 1-Dec. 31, 2019
Step into the shining world of the new First Light Family Space and try hands-on activities inspired by the exhibition, The Light Show. Trace a shadow, make a mirror, play with patterns and create a colorful city. The museum of free for kids under 18 for kids. Have fun learning about artwork with gallery games similar to I spy, bingo, and memory matching with Gallery Games. Create Playdate’s artmaking with little ones is on the second Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. DenverArtMuseum.org.

30 New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Denver

Whether you want to cuddle up at home or hit the town, there are plenty of great ideas for celebrating New Year’s Eve in Denver.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY NEW YEAR’S ACTIVITIES

SKATE THE LAKE – NEW YEAR’S EVE FESTIVAL

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2019
WHERE: Evergreen Lake
Join the Evergreen Chamber and their local mountain community for the family-friendly, alcohol-free 24th annual New Year’s Eve Skate the Lake event at the Evergreen Lake. There will be opening skating, fireworks at 8 p.m., broomball, firepits, marshmallows, Mini Putt-Putt, games and more. Tickets $20 in advance, $30 at the door / Children 5 and under are free.

CHRISTMAS IN COLOR  

WHEN: Nov. 22, 2019–Jan. 24, 2020
WHERE: Water World and Bandimere Speedway (Morrison)
Load up your friends and family into the van (or car, or truck) and experience the holiday season like never before. Drive through acres of more than 1.5 million lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music you’ll hear right through your radio. You’ll drive by giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways and more. It’s like being immersed in another world. You can experience the attraction at two locations. (Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.)

ICE SKATING AT DOWNTOWN DENVER RINK AT SKYLINE PARK  

WHEN: Nov. 26, 2019Feb. 16, 2020
WHERE: Corner of 16th and Arapahoe
Take a spin on the ice — for free! Grab your family and friends and head to 16th and Arapahoe in downtown Denver to the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park in Downtown Denver! Skate rentals are $7-$9, or bring your own pair and skate for free. Free days for kids will take place throughout the season. Look for regularly scheduled entertainment and activities each week, including Friday night DJs; Saturday morning skating lessons; Saturday night concerts; and Sunday afternoon family entertainment.

BLOSSOMS OF LIGHT 

WHEN: Nov. 29, 2019–Jan. 3, 2020
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens is proud to host Blossoms of Light, an annual family-friendly event that has become a tradition for people across Colorado. Come interact with incredible light displays — a large field of sound-reactive, animated LED lights — plus sip warm drinks and nibble on tasty treats as you stroll. 

OLDE GOLDEN CHRISTMAS 

WHEN: Nov. 30–Dec. 31, 2019
WHERE: 1010 Washington Ave., Golden
Olde Golden Christmas includes a community candlelight walk, Victorian carolers, free Newfoundland dog-pulled cart rides, a holiday art market, parades, shopping, music and theater productions, Santa Claus, holiday lights and more!

MILE HIGH TREE

WHEN: Nov. 30, 2019–Jan. 31, 2020, 5 p.m.–10:30 p.m., free shows every evening
WHERE: Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Join in the free nightly festivities at Denver’s newest holiday attraction, the Mile High Tree. It’s a brilliantly lit, 110-foot-tall immersive art installation that provides dazzling lights and music shows every 15 minutes throughout the evening. At 39-feet in diameter, the conical structure can host up to 140 guests at a time for an immersive viewing experience within the tree itself. There will be areas to purchase both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks as well as holiday treats. 

A HUDSON CHRISTMAS 

WHEN: Dec. 6–8, 13–24 and 26–31, 2019
WHERE: Hudson Gardens & Events Center
Bundle up for a visit with Santa at Hudson Gardens in Littleton. After sharing your list with Ol’ Saint Nick, sip hot chocolate as you stroll the outdoor paths lined with trees decked with more than a million twinkling lights.

DENVER PAVILIONS’ HOLIDAY CAROUSEL 

WHEN: Dec. 20, 2019–Jan. 2, 2020
WHERE: Denver Pavilions
Create Memories for years to come at the Denver Pavilions beautiful downtown Holiday Carousel. Throughout December, families can enjoy the magic of the holidays from the perch of a horse on a beautiful carousel. $3 per ride. The carousel was featured in the film “Selena” starring Jennifer Lopez. Partial proceeds benefit Food Bank of the Rockies. 

BUNK WITH THE BEASTS 

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2019-Jan. 1, 2019
WHERE: Denver Zoo
Children are invited to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a sleepover at Denver Zoo’s Bunk with the Beasts adventure! They will explore Zoo Lights, and celebrate the new year in a safe and fun environment, while parents get a night out on the town! The evening will include a pizza dinner, an evening snack and a warm morning breakfast.

NOON YEAR’S EVE 

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2019
WHERE: Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus

Children can experience the excitement, thrills and festive fun of New Year’s Eve in Times Square right here in Denver — all before bedtime! Noon Year’s Eve celebrates the New Year with glittery ball drops, rainbows of confetti and huge sheets of bubble wrap (the museum’s version of fireworks) for kids to stomp on. After the ball drops, the celebration keeps going with sparkling art projects and heaps of activities on the plaza. 

NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS IN DENVER 

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2019 
WHERE: 16th Street Mall

The sky will once again sparkle over downtown at the close of 2019 with the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Downtown. The two spectacular fireworks shows will occur at 9 p.m. and midnight. For the best viewpoints, stand along the 16th Street Mall. The identical fireworks shows will be synched to a music playlist from live DJs along the mall. Each show will run for about eight minutes and can be viewed from anywhere along the mall. The DJs will play tunes from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Please note, between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m., RTD Light Rail trains will not cross the 16th Street Mall, and MallRide shuttles will stop temporarily during the two fireworks shows.

RESOLUTION NYE 2019 

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2019
WHERE: McNichols Civic Center Building, Denver Arts and Venues

This New Year’s bash boasts three floors of DJs, dance parties, live music, art installations and open bars. Don’t want to miss the fireworks? You don’t have to! The McNichols Building offers a direct view of the Denver New Year’s Eve Fireworks show.

NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH DENVER UNION STATION 

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2019
WHERE: Denver Union Station

Ring in 2019 with three rollicking New Year’s Eve parties at Denver Union Station.

DENVER’S GRANDEST NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY 

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2019
WHERE: Grand Hyatt Denver

Can’t decide what to do for NYE? Enjoy four parties in one at the Grand Hyatt Denver! Rock out to the sounds of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s with the Nacho Men; dance to today’s hottest sounds with Club X Band, visit the Silent Disco or there’s karaoke in the lobby bar. Denver’s Grandest New Year’s Eve Party includes an open bar with premium pour, a dinner buffet, balloon drops and a champagne toast at midnight. 

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DENVER NYE – WHITE ROSE GALA 

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2019
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House

It’s been nearly a century, but the Roaring ’20s are still the epitome of glitz and glamor, swing and style — everything you want in a New Year’s Eve celebration. Don your best flapper dress or fedora and enjoy multiple rooms of music, from live swing bands to DJs spinning the latest club music and hip-hop. 

NOCTURNE NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA 

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2019
WHERE: Nocturne

Sip the night away with Champagne and sublime cocktails as you enjoy delectable flavors created by the kitchen and take in the sounds of the ever-swinging Peter Sommer Quintet.

DECADENCE 

WHEN: Dec. 30–31, 2019
WHERE: Colorado Convention Center

Prepare for another year of America’s largest New Year’s Eve dance celebration. This year’s event features 20 renowned performers and DJs, including GRiZ, Bassnectar, Marshmello, Skrillex, Alison Wonderland and more. 

RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT THE SHERATON DENVER WEST 

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2019
WHERE: Sheraton Denver West Hotel & Conference Center

Ring in the new year with a balloon drop, appetizers and champagne toast. Take the elevator home after a night full of dancing, then enjoy a full breakfast buffet for two the next morning at Beau’s Kitchen & Tavern .

For more parties and activities, see our Denver 365 events calendar

 SPORTING EVENTS

COLORADO AVALANCHE 
 Dec. 27, 2019: Minnesota Wild

Dec. 31, 2019: Winnipeg Jets

Jan. 2, 2020: St. Louis Blues

DENVER NUGGETS 
 Dec. 28, 2019: Memphis Grizzlies

Dec. 29, 2019: Sacramento Kings

DENVER BRONCOS 
 Dec. 29, 2019: Oakland Raiders

-Happy New Year!

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