It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and holiday events are popping up all across Denver. Savor the chilly winter days outdoors with a walk among festive lights. Or stay warm inside and celebrate the season with a classic performance. No matter your preference, Denver’s holiday events are sure to make the season spent around CU in the City perfect.
Holiday Market by Denver Flea
Dec. 14 – 16
Don’t miss the final weekend of the 12 Days of Flea, a perfect place to eat, drink and find gifts for everyone on your list. Browse booths from 130 local and regional shops with products ranging from illustrations to candles to handmade jewelry and more. You’re guaranteed to find one-of-a-kind gifts or a treat-yourself goodie.
Denver Christkindl Market
Through Dec. 23
If you’ve dreamed of wandering through a European Christmas village, head to the Denver Christkindl Market. The market is filled with wooden vendor huts, live music and an authentic German Bier Hall. Enter for free and shop local craft and food vendors, as well as makers and bakers who have traveled to Denver from around the world.
Light shows: $$
Botanic Gardens Blossoms of Light
Through Jan. 1
Denver Botanic Gardens
This signature event is one of Denver Botanic Gardens’ biggest celebrations of the year. Listen to carolers, wander through twinkling, snow-covered trees and stroll through a field of sound-reactive LED lights. Tickets sell quickly for this event, so act quickly!
Through Jan. 6
With over 70 acres packed with 2 million lights, animal sculptures and a festival of lanterns, the annual Zoo Lights celebration has proved itself to be one of the top ways to celebrate the season in the city. Attendees can get a special pass to meet some of the animals. Get your tickets before Dec. 13 to get a $5 discount.
Outdoor fun: $
New Year’s Eve fireworks
16th Street Mall
Head downtown to ring in the new year with two fireworks shows. You could even watch the sky light up from campus, as you reflect on 2018 and make your 2019 resolutions.
Downtown Denver Rink
Through Feb. 3
The holiday season would be incomplete without ice skating, and the Downtown Denver Rink, a short walk from campus, is the perfect place to skate. You can enter the rink for free and rent skates for a minimal charge. Take skating lessons on Saturdays, watch figure skating performances or skate to the tunes of local DJs.
Holiday performances: $$
Colorado Symphony: A Colorado Christmas
Through Dec. 22
Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Bring the whole family to sing along to traditional Christmas carols and hear classic holiday songs, including those performed in the popular production Too Hot to Handel. Bonus: Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to meet the audience. If you’re a student or teacher, use promo code “LISTEN” to purchase a $10 ticket for the show.
“A Christmas Carol”
Through Dec. 24
Stage Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Looking for a classic holiday musical? “A Christmas Carol” chronicles Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey to understanding the true meaning of the season. Based on Charles Dickens’ original story, this tale is sure to bring on the holiday spirit. Students can check online for discounts on select shows.