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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. 

The Rink at Belmar @ Belmar
Nov 16 @ 5:06 pm – Dec 28 @ 6:06 pm

Belmar kicks off its 13th season of ice skating at the coolest place in town: The Rink at Belmar.  Whether it’s a family tradition or a first date, the 7000-square foot outdoor ice rink.

Denver Christkindl Market @  Downtown Denver
Nov 17 @ 11:00 am – Dec 23 @ 7:00 pm

Celebrate the season at Denver’s only authentic German Christmas Market. The Christkindl Market brings old world Christmas char to downtown Denver with music, beer & Gluehwein, entertainment, gifts, crafts and of course holiday spirit. Vendors from Europe and the Colorado area share their unique wares with Denver – so be sure to come and join us at Colorado’s only authentic Christkindl market!


The event will open on Friday, November 17th through Saturday, December 23rd, 2017.


Sunday through Thursday, from 11am until 7pm
Friday and Saturdays: from 11am until 9pm
On Thanksgiving Day, November 26th, 11am until 4pm

Winter Wonderlights @ Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra
Nov 18 2017 – Jan 7 2018 all-day

Winter Wonderlights will take place from November 18, 2017 through January 7, 2018 at the Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra, just east of the Promenade Shops retail center at U.S. Highway 34 and Interstate 25.

Each night, visitors and locals will revel in holiday string lights, twinkling bulbs, LED mappable snowflakes, illuminated African stone sculptures, the only 20’ LED mappable Christmas Tree in the state and 30-minute music and light shows. In addition to nightly lighting attractions, special weekend programming at the winter event from 5-9 PM Saturdays and 5-7 PM Sundays includes: Colorado’s largest inflatable igloo, weekend food and retail vendors, and exceptional performances sprinkled throughout the event calendar. Highlighted performers and groups include:

The Kutandara, a Zimbabwean Marimba dance troupe
Spinphony, a cutting edge classical pop fusion group consisting of four virtuosic string players and a DJ
Holiday-themed dances from A Dance Place
Chappelow Orchestra and Jazz Band
Golden Girls Baton Academy
Mountain View High School Choir
The event is free and open to the public. However, canned food donations will be accepted and will benefit the Larimer Food Bank.

DEN Ice Skating Rink @ Denver International Airport
Nov 24 2017 @ 9:00 am – Jan 7 2018 @ 9:00 pm

Once again, the DEN Plaza will be home to a FREE 34’wide X 60’length ice skating rink.

Blossoms of Light @ Denver Botanic Gardens
Nov 24 2017 @ 5:30 pm – Jan 1 2018 @ 9:00 pm

This annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms our York Street location into a twinkling winter wonderland.

Don’t miss:
Interacting with the Lumenscape, a large field of sound-reactive, animated LED lights
Warm drinks and tasty treats
Enjoy your stroll through Blossoms of Light while sipping a warm beverage in your souvenir mug

Santa’s Village at Chatfield Farms
Nov 24 @ 5:35 pm – Dec 24 @ 9:00 pm


Santa and his friends are moving to Chatfield Farms in November! Chatfield Farms will be transformed into a magical village. Join us for a new and exciting holiday experience for all ages. Hop on the hayride to catch a short movie at Santa’s cinema and find unique holiday gifts in his workshop.

Admission includes:

Meet Santa’s live reindeer
Kids get pictures with Santa, Snow Man and the reindeer
Craft with Mrs. Claus
Holiday lights
One hayride
Santa’s Cinema on Elf Boulevard
Santa’s Workshop will include craft vendors

A Christmas Carol @ Stage Theatre
Nov 24 @ 6:00 pm – Dec 24 @ 8:00 pm

Essential to the holiday season in Denver, A Christmas Carol promises to “warm your heart and renew your holiday spirit” according to the Examiner. Based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, this joyous and opulent musical adaptation traces money-hoarding skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant overnight journey to redemption. A Christmas Carol illuminates the meaning of the holiday season in a way that has resonated for generations.

Sam Gregory returns in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge with Director Melissa Rain Anderson at the helm of this beloved holiday tradition.

Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker @ Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Nov 25 @ 1:00 pm – Dec 24 @ 2:00 pm

Recently recognized as the best-loved Nutcracker in the U.S., Colorado Ballet’s holiday classic The Nutcracker features timeless choreography paired with Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. For nearly 60 years, Colorado Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker has delighted sold-out audiences. Find out what makes this ballet so enchanting by experiencing the tradition, humor, and holiday magic of this seasonal performance. This ballet is great for children ages 5 and up. Total run time is 1 hour and 50 minutes and that includes one intermission.

Olde Golden Christmas Parades @ City of Golden
Dec 2 @ 10:30 am – Dec 16 @ 12:30 pm

Saturdays in December, authentic and historic downtown Golden becomes a festive holiday center with traditional decorations and fun family events. The free Olde Golden Christmas Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. with cowboys on horses, floats, marching bands, old cars, elves on unicycles, the Grinch in his corvette, and of course, Santa Claus.  The parade winds down Washington Avenue with lots of activities before and after including snappy barbershop quartets, hot cider, Victorian carolers, and antique fire trucks. Presented by the Golden Chamber of Commerce.  *Rain, snow, or shine*

Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum @ Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
Dec 2 @ 3:58 pm – Dec 17 @ 4:58 pm

For 25 years, the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble 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.

The story: Granny’s memories are her gifts to those she loves, but she has forgotten many of her stories and the magical dances she’s seen and performed in her lifetime. In her youth, she danced in winter festivals honoring the birth of Christ, the African Harvest, the Native American Winter Solstice, the Celtic Yule Time, and Las Posadas in Mexico, Kwanzaa in the United States, the ancient Hebrew Festival of Lights, the Chinese New Year, and the Caribbean’s Junkanoo Day. Now Granny seeks to relive these memories of rich cultural traditions, bringing them alive again for her grandchildren TiSean and Nakia through dance, live music, and storytelling.

Electric Safari @ Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Dec 8 2017 – Jan 1 2018 all-day

‘Tis the season for lights, animals and holiday spirit at America’s only mountain zoo. Take in nearly one million sparkling lights illuminating the crisp winter night, warm up at one of the fires throughout the Zoo, then stop in and see Santa (through Dec. 23).

Story Time with Mrs. Claus @ Outlets at Castle Rock
Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm – Dec 15 @ 3:00 pm

Friday December 8th and December 15th, 2 PM
Join Mrs. Claus in the Food Court for fun holiday stories and munch on cookies and milk.