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9 Holiday Activities To Do In Denver

by Josephine Hogan

Now that the holiday season is just around the corner, it’s time to start planning all the activities you want to do this year to get out and enjoy this season. It’s a definite reprieve we all need this year. And as always, Denver is full of great things for us to do. Today we’ve compiled a list of some of the things you can do this winter.

1) The Polar Express Train Ride

You don’t want to miss out on this amazing experience. At the Colorado Railroad Museum, you’ll be able to see The Polar Express theatrically re-created and combined with a magical train ride. It is an experience like none other. Be sure to check out their website for more information about the experience and to get your tickets.

  • Address:
    • Colorado Railroad Museum, 17155 W 44th Ave, Golden, CO 80403
  • When to go:
    • November 7 to December 23
  • Hours:
    • 5 pm, 6.30 pm, and 8 pm
  • How much does it cost:
    • Standard Seating: $95 per person and must be purchased in pairs at $190 per pair
    • First-Class Seating: $475 per table of four
    • Under two is free

2) Mile High Tree

The Mile High Tree installation is the largest of its kind in North America. Come see the dazzling beauty of Denver’s latest holiday attraction. To find out more about the Mile High Tree and the complete list of dates, head on over to their website.

  • Address:
    • 16th Street Mall at Welton Street
  • When to go:
    • November 20 to January 2
  • Hours:
    • 5 pm to 10 pm most Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and some Sundays
  • How much does it cost:
    • Free

3) Denver Christkindl Market

For the 20th Annual Denver Christkindl Market, the market is moving to a spacious, open-air location along the center promenade of Civic Center Park. Here you’ll be able to stroll through a European village festively decorated for the holiday season. To learn more about the market, check out their website.

  • Address:
    • Civic Center Park, 101 W 14th Ave, Denver, CO 80202
  • When to go:
    • November 20 to December 23
  • Hours:
    • Sunday – Wednesday: 11 am to 7 pm
    • Thursday – Saturday 11 am to 9 pm
    • Exceptions: Dec 17—23: 11 am to 9 pm; Thanksgiving: 11 am to 4 pm
  • How much does it cost:
    • Free
woman in black and brown furlined coat standing facing store

4) Zoo Lights

You don’t want to miss out on this year’s amazing celebration. There are over a million lights sparkling throughout over 80 acres. Be sure to check out their website for more information on Zoo Lights at the Denver Zoo.

  • Address:
    • Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver, CO 80205
  • When to go:
    • Dec 4 to Dec 31
  • Hours:
    • 5 pm to 10.30 pm
  • How much does it cost:
    • $15 – $25

5) Annual Organ Tour

Join the 9th Annual Pipe Organ Tour, where this year they are touring some of Capitol Hill’s largest venues. The tour begins at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, then head to the Scottish Rite Masonic Center and the First Baptist Church. There are only 50 spots to allow for social distancing to make sure to sign up early. Head over to the website to get your tickets now.

  • Address:
    • Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 1530 Logan, Denver, CO 80203
  • When to go:
    • December 5
  • Hours:
    • 9.30 am to 12.30 pm
  • How much does it cost:
    • $20-$30

6) The Nutcracker Suite

Attending the Nutcracker Suite feels like a quintessential part of the holiday season. And luckily this year we can still see it. To get your tickets, head on over to their website.

  • Address:
    • Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St. Lone Tree, CO 80124
  • When to go:
    • December 10-11, and 17-18
  • Hours:
    • Each day at 4 pm and 7 pm
    • With an extra performance on Dec 11 and 18 at 1 pm
  • How much does it cost:
    • Tickets are on sale soon, for prices check their website
nutcracker on gray table

7) Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum

If you’re looking for a fun family activity while learning about other cultures on how they celebrate the holidays, then this is the performance to check out. The blend of dance, music, and spoken word takes Granny on a celebration of the joy of the Holiday Times. For more information about the performance and to get your tickets, check out their website.

  • Address:
    • Online
  • When to go:
    • December 5 to January 2
  • Hours:
    • The show can be watched an unlimited number of times during the Dec 5 to Jan 2 window
  • How much does it cost:
    • $25-$75 per household

8) The Annual Holiday Show: Web-A-Thon Edition

Here you can enjoy some of your favorite local musicians as they perform holiday tunes. This epic fundraiser is going to be broadcast live and direct from the Stewart Auditorium. While the cost is free, they will be taking donations online and over the phone for the duration of the show for the Longmont Museum. For more information, go to their website.

  • Address:
    • Online
  • When to go:
    • December 5
  • Hours:
    • 2 pm to 10 pm
  • How much does it cost:
    • Free

9) Making Merry – Greatest Hits

Are you looking for a great performance but don’t want to go to a concert venue? Then Making Merry is perfect for you. Stories on Stage is going to be performing audience favorites during their 20th Annual Holiday Celebration. For more information or to get your tickets, head on over to their website found here.

  • Address:
    • This is online, you’ll be sent a link before the performance to watch the show
  • When to go:
    • Sunday, December 13
  • Hours:
    • 1.30 pm
  • How much does it cost:
    • $15 per person
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While this isn’t a complete list of all the things going on this holiday season, it is a great start to planning your holiday activities. Let us know in the comments what your favorite thing to do during the holiday season.

If you’re looking for a new apartment or interested in moving to the beautiful city with all these amazing outdoor attractions, find your next dream apartment here. And while checking that out, be sure to check out our blog on the breakdown of Denver’s central neighborhoods.

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