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Denver Events

Find Denver-area activities for kids in our event calendar!  

New feature: You may now add your own family-friendly event to our calendar below for free! Please no fundraisers, camps, or ongoing events (longer than a week).  Only two listings per organization per month. Events must be geared to families or will not be approved. 

Nov
18
Thu
Guide to the Holidays 2021: Denver’s Best Light Displays & Family Fun
Nov 18 2021 @ 4:36 pm – Jan 1 2022 @ 5:36 pm

Don’t miss Mile High Mamas’ comprehensive guide to the holidays with family-fun holiday activities that kids will love including bumper cars on ice, dreamy candlelight walks, a Trail of Lights, the Polar Express and so much more. Check it out here! 

Nov
27
Sat
Wassail Days @ Town of Frisco
Nov 27 @ 10:00 am – Dec 4 @ 10:00 pm

The Town of Frisco, known as the “Main Street of the Rockies” has an iconic Wassail Days celebration that truly embodies the holiday spirit. Each year, Frisco hosts a weeklong celebration of the winter and holiday season with wassail, a traditional warm Old English apple cider. Over the years, Frisco’s Main Street businesses have worked to perfect their own iterations of this holiday staple, collectively serving more than 5,000 complimentary cups to guests each year. G

This year’s Wassail Days, Saturday Nov. 27 – Sunday, Dec. 5, features a line-up of favorite Frisco holiday activities:

  • Small Business Saturday (Nov. 27)
  • Frisco Tree Lighting in the Historic Park (Nov. 27)
  • Santa Visits at the Historic Park (Nov. 28)
  • Free Nordic skiing and snowshoeing at the Frisco Nordic Center (Nov. 30)
  • Summit County Preschool’s Breakfast with Santa (Dec. 4)
  • Story Time at the Historic Park Gazebo (Dec. 4)
  • Santa Visit at the Historic Park (Dec. 4)
  • Carolers on Main Street (Dec. 4)
  • Carolers on Main Street (Dec. 5)
  • Après Wassail Concert at the Historic Park Gazebo (Dec. 5)

Guests are encouraged to taste a variety of styles and support local businesses while filling in their “12 Sips of Wassail Card.” Once the “12 Sips” card is complete, guests can turn them in at the Frisco/Copper Information Center in exchange for a commemorative Frisco Wassail Days mug designed by the artists of the Frisco Art Collective.

Nov
30
Tue
Fiestas Navidenas @ University of Denver | Newman Center for the Performing Arts
Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Kick off the holiday season with a feast for the senses! In this performance, Fiesta Colorado Dance Company, ArtistiCO, and Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra take the audience on a tour of Christmas celebrations throughout the country of Mexico. The dances performed will feature original choreography based on traditional dances from the Mexican and Spanish dance masters. The performances represent the many dance traditions that are now a part of the rich cultural roots of Colorado.

Dec
2
Thu
Bret Thom Live @ Heaven Creamery Cherry Creek
Dec 2 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Holiday favorites, Frank Sinatra & Elvis Presley.

Dec
3
Fri
Winter Tales @ Factory Five Five
Dec 3 @ 6:00 pm – Dec 5 @ 9:00 pm

Winter Tales is an interactive theater experience for children that brings four classic holiday stories to life: “The Chanukkah Guest” (Eric A. Kimmel), “Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa” (Donna L. Washington), “The Legend of the Poinsettia” (Tomie de Paola) and “The Shortest Day” (Susan Cooper).

 December 3-19

 Friday on Dec 3 and Dec 10, at 6PM

Saturday on Dec 4, Dec 11, and Dec 18 at 10 AM

Sunday on Dec 5, Dec 12, and Dec 19matinees at 1PM

Participants will enjoy an activity followed by four short plays. (Total show time: 1 hour, 15 minutes).

Directed by Christopher Page-Sanders from a playwright by Rita DiSibio, featuring original music by Raj Dulari.

Olde Golden Candelight Walk @ City of Golden
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Candlelight Nights: Be Merry, Be Bright Share Your Golden Light! Experience the beauty of the holiday season with a walk down Washington Avenue, candle in hand, singing holiday carols during this annual tradition. The walk starts at Foothills Art Center on 15th Street and Washington Avenue at 6:30 pm.and will culminate with a short, live entertainment program.

Dec
4
Sat
Christmas Marketplace @ South Fellowship Church
Dec 4 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Come enjoy fun, traditional Christmas festivities at our annual Christmas Marketplace!

Join us Saturday, Dec. 4th from 10 am-2 pm and enjoy perusing a wide variety of local vendors specializing in jewelry, home decor, accessories, and more. Plus, stop by the food trucks in our parking lot for a delicious bite to eat.

A portion of proceeds from this event will support Afghan refugee families

YouthBiz Holiday Marketplace @ Young Americans Center for Financial Education
Dec 4 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Find great holiday gifts while supporting young entrepreneurs ages 6-21.

The YouthBiz Holiday Marketplace is the ultimate buy-local, feel-good shopping experience. 40+ young business owners will be selling their handmade products – beaded jewelry, greeting cards, bath products, home baked goodies, artwork, and more – unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list!

Youthbiz Holiday Marketplace @ Young Americans Center for Financial Education
Dec 4 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Find great holiday gifts while supporting young entrepreneurs ages 6-21.

The YouthBiz Holiday Marketplace is the ultimate buy-local, feel-good experience. Young business owners sell their unique handmade products. You will find beaded jewelry, greeting cards, bath products, home baked goodies, artwork, and more – unique gifts for everyone on your shopping lis

FAB-YULE-US HOLIDAY Night @ Aspen Grove
Dec 4 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

It’s a new tradition for Aspen Grove. Ring in the holidays with our Fab-Yule-Us holiday event at the Aspen Grove Tree Lot! We will have a little something for everyone including:

  • Santa will be onsite for photos, Mrs Claus is hosting story time (4:30-5pm) and their reindeer will be there too!
  • Hop in our horse drawn carriage for a romantic ride or fabulous family photo opp!
  • Treat yourself to a Christmas Ale from Breckenridge Brewery, in our beer garden hosted by the Humane Society.
  • Create a fun holiday craft with Red Hen Createry.
  • Rebel Cookie will be serving complimentary cocoa to the first 50 kids to visit Mrs Claus and the BoneApetreat dog treat truck will be onsite to serve our furry friends!
  • Take a pic at our selfie wall in your ugly holiday sweater or tacky ski suit and post it to our contest for a chance to win!
  • BONUS: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will be OPEN! Catch a holiday movie while you are here, it’s right next to the event!

 

9News Parade of Lights @ Downtown Denver
Dec 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Are you ready to experience Colorado’s brightest holiday tradition? This FREE holiday spectacular features more than 40 units including extravagantly illuminated floats, giant helium-filled character balloons, magnificent marching bands, traditional equestrian units, and vibrant cultural displays. And of course, a special appearance by Major Waddles the Penguin and Santa! Join us for the live parade on December 4th at 6:00 pm and check out the floats displayed throughout the month of December.

Dec
5
Sun
Sensory Santa with Autism Speaks @ Cherry Creek Shopping Center
Dec 5 @ 10:00 am – Dec 12 @ 11:30 am

Sensory Santa is time set aside for Children with Special Needs.  Individuals with all spectrums of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session where extra care is taken to support the sensory, physical, and other developmental needs to make this a magical holiday experience.