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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. 

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! 

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.

Bret Thom Live @ Heaven Creamery Cherry Creek
Dec 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Holiday favorites, Frank Sinatra & Elvis Presley.

Free Day @ Four Mile Historic Park
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Travel back to 1859…for free! General admission is free on the second Friday of each month courtesy of the support provided by your Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Reserve your spot on the event website.

The Nutcracker: Colorado Conservatory of Dance @ Performing Arts Complex at PCS,
Dec 10 @ 1:00 pm – Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm
The CCD production, presented yearly since 1993, boasts gorgeous sets and costumes, stunning choreography, and professional guest artists from around the country. Following each performance, CCD is the only one in the Denver metro area that allows children to learn choreography from the ballet, while in their seats. This year, audience members will also have the opportunity to take socially-distanced photos with the Nutcracker Prince, Clara, and other characters from the ballet to complete the magical experience. 
Friday, December 10 at 6:30pm
Saturday, December 11 at 1pm & 6:30pm
Sunday, December 12 at 1pm
Saturday, December 18 at 1pm & 6:30pm
Sunday, December 19 at 1pm
Hot Chocolate with Santa @ Heaven Creamery
Dec 10 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Hot Chocolate with Santa!

Bring your camera! 

WInter Tales @ Factory Five Five
Dec 10 @ 6:00 pm – Dec 12 @ 8:00 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.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Detroit Red Wings @ Ball Arena
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Colorado Avalanche take on the Detroit Red Wings at Ball Arena!

A Colorado Christmas @ Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm – Dec 12 @ 9:00 pm

The warm sounds of the holidays fill the Hall with festive seasonal favorites including ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, narrated live from stage by beloved Denver vocalist Devin DeSantis! This family-friendly evening, conducted by Colorado Symphony Chorus Assistant Conductor Taylor Martin, features traditional Christmas carols, your favorite new winter tunes, and even some newly arranged surprises — all with a chance to sing along to your heart’s content! And you better not pout because Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to see who’s naughty and who’s nice in preparation for the big night!

Family Make and Take: Winter Wreaths @ Denver Botanic Gardens
Dec 11 @ 10:00 am – Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm

Create a seasonal wreath using wintry colors, pinecones, evergreen boughs and more! After you complete your wreath, bundle up and stroll around the Gardens with a scavenger hunt that explores the common varieties of evergreens onsite.


Family Make and Take programs offer a space for children and their grownups to connect with natural materials and create together. These self-guided and self-paced programs are designed to provide a creative environment that sparks imagination. The Gardens provides the space and supplies. You and your family provide the ideas and creativity 


Program Location: Weather depending, this program will take place outdoors. In the event of weather that prohibits the confortable use of our outdoor spaces, you have the choice of working in our indoor workspace or taking the materials home with you to complete your project.


 Audience: Materials provided are appropriate for families with children ages 5 and up.


 Price: $15 per project fee non-members; $12 per project fee members. Each project fee includes one undecorated wreath form and access to a variety of natural and manmade materials to use for decoration.

Holiday Parade December @ City of Golden
Dec 11 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

The parade returns in 2021 for one spectacular day with all the favorites including elves, marching bands, floats, Victorian carolers, antique cars, the Grinch, Buffalo Bill and, of course, Santa. The parade route runs down Washington Ave. from 10th St. to 13th St. starting at 10:30 a.m. After the parade, grab lunch at one of the many restaurants lining Washington Ave., or shop the galleries, boutiques and stores of colorful historic downtown Golden. 

Ballet Ariel’s Nutcracker @ Lakewood Cultural Center
Dec 11 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Ballet Ariel’s winsome interpretation of The Nutcracker returns to the Lakewood Cultural Center for six matinees and two evening performances from December 11th through the 23rd.  Beautifully performed to Tchaikovsky’s opulent score, the artistry of Ballet Ariel’s professional company, along with aspiring local youth dancers, will once again flood the theatre, enveloping everyone is the spirit of the season. Travel through the Land of Snow to the Land of Sweets with the brave and beautiful Clara and her handsome prince. An exquisite grand finale takes place in the Sugar Plum Fairy’s castle as dancers from different countries come together in celebration with Clara and the Nutcracker Prince.

Saturday, December 11 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, December 12 at 2:00 pm
Friday, December 17 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 18 at 2:00 and 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 19 at 2:00 pm
Wednesday, December 22 at 2:00 pm
Thursday, December 23 at 2:00 pm