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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. 

A Christmas Carol, The Musical
Nov 9 @ 7:30 pm – Dec 23 @ 9:00 pm

A Christmas Carol, the Musical is a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens’ most well-known story by Broadway heavy hitters, Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once on This Island). Ebenezer Scrooge believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooge is forced to face his selfish ways on Christmas Eve when three ghosts visit to lead him through his Past, Present and Future.

The Polar Express @ Colorado Railroad Museum
Nov 10 @ 8:20 pm – Dec 23 @ 9:20 pm

2018 Polar Express Train Ride performances run select dates November through December. Show Times: 5:00PM, 6:30PM & 8:00PM
Each performance will last approximately 75 minutes.

Blossoms of Light @ Denver Botanic Gardens
Nov 23 2018 @ 5:00 pm – Jan 1 2019 @ 9:00 pm

This annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms our York Street location into a twinkling winter wonderland. Don’t miss:

The interactive light display, featuring a large field of sound-reactive, animated LED lights
Seasonal entertainment available on select evenings

The Nutcracker @ Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Nov 24 @ 1:00 pm – Dec 23 @ 6:30 pm

Just in time for the holidays, Colorado Ballet’s acclaimed production of The Nutcracker returns for its 58th year. In addition to being the largest production of The Nutcracker in the state, Colorado Ballet’s 2016 production was named the best-loved Nutcracker in the U.S. in the 10th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award Contest.

Live music will be performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. Last season’s performance of The Nutcracker sold out, so be sure to get your tickets early!

Colorado Ballet: The Nutcracker @ Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Nov 24 @ 7:00 pm – Dec 24 @ 10:00 pm

Colorado Ballet will present its 58th annual production of The Nutcracker with 27 performances, November 24 through December 24 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, with live music featuring the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

 “Even after 57 seasons, Colorado Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker remains one of Denver’s favorite holiday traditions,” states Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs. “We invite families and friends to make lifelong memories by attending this timeless ballet—showcasing our exceptional dancers performing to Tchaikovsky’s beloved music. We strive to make each performance more magical than the last, and audiences can’t get enough of this classic. With a story that sparks the imagination of audiences young and old, The Nutcracker will whisk you away to distant lands with its whimsical battles, hypnotizing snow flurries and celebratory sets and costumes.”


The popularity of The Nutcracker continues to grow, and this season Colorado Ballet will increase the number of offerings to 27 performances from Thanksgiving weekend to Christmas Eve. Many performances sell out before opening night, so patrons are encouraged to purchase their tickets early to secure the best available seats and avoid disappointment.

A Christmas Carol – The Radio Show
Nov 30 @ 2:30 pm – Dec 23 @ 7:30 pm

It’s Christmas Eve, and with the actors snowed in and unable to make it to the studios of WXMS for the live radio performance of A Christmas Carol, the sound effects person decides to take the audience through the classic tale himself.

In an impressive and amusing feat, this telling is performed as a 1940s radio play with one person providing all of the characters’ voices and sound effects.

Zoo Lights @ Denver Zoo
Nov 30 2018 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 6 2019 @ 9:00 pm

Always a memory-making sell-out, be sure to get your Zoo Lights tickets early. Zoo Lights, now in its 28th year and presented by your Hometown Toyota Stores, is Denver’s premier light show spread across 60 acres with over a million bright lights, animated animal sculptures, Santa and Mrs. Claus visits, animal encounters, exciting entertainment, and treats for kids of all ages. 

The Nutcracker of Parker
Dec 14 @ 6:21 pm – Dec 22 @ 7:21 pm

With a Sugar Plum Fairy and a mystical Nutcracker, comes a Town of Parker tradition. Douglas County’s premier dance school welcomes the entire family to their production of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic. 

Inside the Orchestra’s Christmas Tiny Tots @ McNichols Civic Center Building, Denver Arts & Venues
Dec 15 @ 6:29 pm – Dec 21 @ 7:29 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 holiday program gives young ones the chance to interact with the music and learn about the instruments in the process. Tiny Tots audiences receive an up-close-and-personal performance in a festive, fun environment.

Highlights of the Christmas Tiny Tots season: Have fun with the orchestra as we sing along with your favorite Christmas carols, hear Christmas music from around the world, and even watch Santa conduct the orchestra! Make your own Christmas ornament and enjoy interactive activities at this one-of-a-kind holiday experience!

Denver Nuggets vs. Dallas Mavericks @ Pepsi Center
Dec 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Denver Nuggets face off against the Dallas Mavericks.

Celtic Woman: The Best of Christmas Tour @ Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Dec 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Celebrate this holiday season with the celestial voices of multi-platinum Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman as they present The Best of Christmas Tour with your Colorado Symphony. The evening features music from the all-female ensemble’s most favorite Yuletide songs performed by them over the years. Prepare for an enchanting and festive evening filled with mesmerizing music, performance, and holiday cheer.

Cirque Éloize Hotel @ Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Dec 19 @ 2:25 pm – Dec 23 @ 3:25 pm

Acrobatics, theatre, dance and live music, will draw spectators into a colorful, timeless world. All that remains is to enter through the lobby door and get swept away by the grandeur and poetry of Hotel.