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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. 

Santa on the Square @ Lincoln Hall
Nov 8 @ 10:00 am – Nov 30 @ 4:00 pm

FREE! – Lincoln Hall (lobby) – 1415 Larimer Street (look for The Bent Lens)

Kicking off after Thanksgiving, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting Larimer Square on Saturdays throughout the holiday season.
Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus are free but please bring your own camera.
Saturdays throughout the holiday season starting on Saturday, November 30
10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

First Bite: Boulder County Restaurant Week @ Boulder County
Nov 8 @ 2:00 pm – Nov 16 @ 10:45 pm

Among a number of improvements this year, First Bite: Boulder County Restaurant Week (Nov. 8-16, 2019) has selected five area nonprofits and secured matches for its new partnership program, announced details for its Local Table Tours collaboration and released the names of the more than 40 participating restaurants that have already signed up.



More than 50 Boulder County restaurants are expected to participate in First Bite with unique $29 or $49 per person three-course prix-fixe menus. In addition to returning beloved favorites, never-before-featured restaurants that have signed on this year (as of Sept. 15) include Acreage Ciderhouse & Eatery, Arcana, Oak at Fourteenth, Osaka’s Restaurant, Pepper the Noshery, Steakhouse No. 316, Strade Bianche Cafe and Teocalli Cocina. With new creative licensing within the flexible pricing and three-course format, restaurants are thinking outside the box to roll out the red carpet for guests. Acreage Ciderhouse & Eatery is inviting guests to an interactive dining experience guided by its executive chef Eric Lee. The one-of-kind, family-style, guided tour will focus on local, sustainable food with in-house crafted cider pairings. Just 30 seats will be available each evening for the progressive dinner that begins with a welcome cider and cellar tour, followed by an intimate farm-to-table dinner in the barrel room, finishing with fireside desserts in the cider garden. 

The Polar Express @ Colorado Railroad Museum
Nov 13 @ 5:00 pm – Nov 17 @ 9:00 pm

The story of The Polar Express is being theatrically re-created so you and your family can be immersed in the sights, sounds and intrigue of this classic children’s tale. Prepare to be surrounded by the magic and wonder of the holiday season!

Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum @ Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
Nov 13 @ 7:30 pm – Nov 15 @ 10:00 pm

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. Matinees and evening shows available. 

The fifth annual Brewery Lights @ Anheuser-Busch Biergarten and Tour Center
Nov 15 @ 5:00 pm – Nov 17 @ 9:00 pm

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.

 To kick off the holiday season, the community is invited to a festive lighting ceremony on Nov. 15. The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will be in town to help Mayor Wade Troxell and Brewery General Manager Gene Bocis “flip the switch” at 5 p.m. to officially mark the start of this year’s Brewery Lights celebrations.

 The Budweiser Clydesdales will be available for photos during the opening ceremony until 7:00 p.m. For those who can’t wait until opening night, the Clydesdales will be available for photos on Sunday, Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ahead of the Brewery Lights kickoff. The Clydesdales will also be available for photos after Brewery Lights is underway, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 17, 23 and 24.

 Outside of these photo opportunities, the Clydesdales will be in the stables and out in the paddock for guests to view and enjoy during regular hours at the Biergarten from Nov 7-24.

 Brewery Lights is open every Friday through Sunday, from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 15 through Dec. 29. New this year, guests can participate in a unique 4D holiday photo opportunity that puts them in the center of an oversized lighted present.

The Nutcracker with Denver Academy of Ballet @ Lone Tree Arts Center
Nov 15 @ 6:00 pm – Nov 16 @ 10:00 pm

A holiday tradition that can’t be missed!

The Nutcracker Synopsis
Act I
Herr Stahlbaum and his wife are giving a Christmas Party. Clara and Fritz, their children, greet the guests. The parents give toys to all the children. Suddenly, the mysterious Dr. Drosselmeyer arrives and entertains the children with his magical tricks and wind-up dolls.

Dr. Drosselmeyer brings a special gift for Clara – a wooden nutcracker. In a jealous fit, Fritz breaks it. Dr. Drosselmeyer quickly repairs it. The party ends, the guests leave, and the Stahlbaums retire for the night. Clara awakens as a mouse runs through her room. The clock strikes midnight. Suddenly, the room fills with giant mice who attack Clara. Life-size toy soldiers, led by her valiant Nutcracker, come to her rescue. The King Rat attacks the Nutcracker, but Clara hits him with her shoe and the Nutcracker wins the battle.

Denver Academy of Ballet was established in 2001 to offer the best technical training available to students interested in pursuing a career in dance and to those who simply wish to have fun. The Academy encourages technical skill, enjoyment, self-esteem, musicality and personal growth for all students.

From class size, to ballet technique, to the dedicated & experienced instructors, Denver Academy of Ballet offers an atmosphere of growth and learning through dance training for children and adults. Directors of DAB, Rob and Chandra Kuykendall, thank you for your interest in their school and look forward to nurturing your child’s love of dance.

A Taste of Carmen @ Caffè Sole
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 16 @ 9:00 pm
Experience the captivating music of bizet’s most beloved opera, Carmen, at Caffè Sole in Boulder. A tragic tale of love, lust, and murder, this is one of the world’s most popular opera! Bizet’s masterpiece about a soldier’s ill-fated obsession with Sevillia’s favorite gypsy is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Boulder Opera’s own Phoenix Gayles will be directing, and she reinvents this production with brand new dialogue to thread the scenes together, in collaboration with pianist Bradley Haag.
We recommend that you come early to get a table and enjoy Caffè Sole’s excellent bistro menu, beer and wine.
Dining services and seating begin at 6:00 P.M.
A Broadway Christmas Carol @ CU Presents
Nov 15 @ 7:30 pm – Nov 22 @ 9:00 pm

What the dickens happened to Scrooge? He sings (show tunes), he dances (time steps and classic Fosse), he turns into a ham (and we’re not talking spiral-cut). In an event that’s perfect for both the young and young at heart, Charles Dickens’ famous festive tale is whipped into a holidaze confection, peppered with hilarious parodies of dozens of your favorite Broadway songs.

Bud Coleman directs a cast of CU Theatre & Dance & Dance’s talented student performers in the elegant University Theatre.

Friday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.

It’s A Wonderful Life: An Opera in Two Acts @ Macky Auditorium, CU Boulder
Nov 15 @ 7:30 pm – Nov 16 @ 9:00 pm

It may be Christmas, but for George Bailey it is anything but the most wonderful time of the year. Based on the 1946 movie of the same name, Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s brand new opera adaptation of “It’s a Wonderful Life” follows a young guardian angel named Clara as she attempts—with heart and just a bit of holiday magic—to prove to George what an incredible impact he’s had on his small town.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” is presented by the Eklund Opera Program. CU College of Music faculty and students—often joined by guest artists—bring spine-tingling musicianship to CU’s stunning Macky Auditorium. With lavish scenery and costumes and the CU Symphony in the pit, it’s opera of the highest order.

The Nutcracker with Ballet Melange @ Lakewood Cultural Center
Nov 15 @ 7:30 pm – Nov 17 @ 9:30 pm

Ballet Melange is a new Colorado nonprofit dance performance company and trainee program with a mission to bring high-quality dance performances to a wide range of audiences, especially those without regular access to the arts. In keeping with this mission, Ballet Melange invites groups of school children and seniors to see The Nutcracker on Friday, November 15, at 11 am for the amazing price of $5 per ticket.


Qualified groups can contact the Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office at 303-987-7845 to purchase tickets at this special discount. Regular tickets prices are $30 (adults), $20 (seniors), and $15 (children) and can be purchased through the Box Office website at


In operation for just over one year, Ballet Melange is rapidly gaining a reputation for excellence in training early career artists. Dancing alongside Classical Ballet Academy, trainees and students won first place in the ensemble category at the 2019 Youth America Grand Prix. Ballet Melange’s first trainee program graduate is dancing professionally at the National Ballet of Ukraine.

Beech-Nut’s Million Meals at the Movies @ JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center
Nov 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join us for a free family movie fundraiser and storytime, benefitting No Kid Hungry. We will be screening “Born to Be Wild” – an award-winning nature film narrated by Morgan Freeman. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about food insecurity and how every dollar donated to No Kid Hungry helps hungry children across the United States.

Register to reserve your space and to make a tax-deductible donation to No Kid Hungry. You can also donate on No Kid Hungry’s web site by clicking

In Colorado, more than 15 percent of children are hungry. Beech-Nut is partnering with No Kid Hungry because all kids should have access to real food.

Beech-Nut’s Million Meals at the Movies @ The Elaine Wolf Theatre at the JCC
Nov 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:15 pm

No Kid Hungry, because all kids should have access to real food. Beech-Nut’s Million Meals at the Movies is a family movie night and story time at The Elaine Wolf Theatre at the JCC on Saturday, November 16th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The event is FREE to attend, but tax-deductible donations to No Kid Hungry will be welcomed (every $5 donated can help provide up to 50 meals for a child who is facing hunger!)