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Psst… Over 40 Holiday Events to Attend in Denver this Winter15 min read

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Daylight Saving Time is a sign that “Winter is Coming,” and in order to prepare you for the upcoming festive holiday season, The Denver Ear is once again bringing you the largest holiday event guide on the web!

With over 40 featured Denver winter holiday events and festivals for 2018, we are sure you will be “Jing, Jing, Jingling” all season long.

OVER 40 HOLIDAY EVENTS TO ATTEND IN DENVER THIS WINTER

SANTA’S FLIGHT ACADEMY AT CHERRY CREEK SHOPPING CENTER

When: Now – December 24, 2018

Where: Cherry Creek Shopping Center, 3000 E 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80206

Time: View Schedule Online

Cost: View Photo Package Pricing Online

Santa’s Flight Academy, taking place in the Kaiser Permanente Grand Court at Cherry Creek Shopping Center, is an interactive and magical hero’s journey that transforms children into key members of Santa’s Flight Crew.

SANTA’S WORKSHOP AT PARK MEADOWS
Santa's Workshop at Park Meadows | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Park Meadows

When: Now – December 24, 2018

Where: Park Meadows, 8401 Park Meadows Center Dr, Lone Tree, CO 80124

Time & Cost: Varies

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True holiday magic will take place throughout Santa’s New Village located in the Dillard’s Court in Park Meadows. Discover a whole new Santa experience by walking inside an oversized Christmas tree featuring 3-D lights. Take in the sights and sounds with Santa’s sleigh, the snowman tree, festive reindeer, an over-sized Santa throne, custom costumes and interactive elements!

SANTA’S TOY FACTORY AT SOUTHWEST PLAZA

When: Now – December 24, 2018

Where: Southwest Plaza, 8501 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO 80123

Time & Cost: Varies

Embark on an exciting adventure at Santa’s Toy Factory at Southwest Plaza! Put on your safety hat, test new toys and even digitally design your own.

THE RINK AT BELMAR
Belmar | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of @Belmar

When: Now – January 27, 2019

Where: Belmar, 464 S Teller St, Lakewood, CO 80226

Time: View Schedule Online

Belmar kicks off its 14th season of ice skating with The Rink at Belmar. Whether it’s a family tradition or a first date, the center’s 7,000 sq. ft. outdoor ice rink located at the district’s Plaza is the place for good times this winter.

DENVER CHRISTKINDL MARKET
Denver Christkindl Market | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Denver Christkindl Market

When: Now – December 23, 2018

Where: Skyline Park, 16th St Mall, Denver CO 80202

Time: Sunday – Thursday 11am – 7pm; Friday & Saturday 11am – 9pm

Cost: Free

Denver Christkindl Market transforms Skyline Park into a magical “old world” European Christmas village, with wooden vendor huts, twinkling lights, festival music, and an authentic German Bier Hall.

Patrons will be transported to an authentic holiday market like the ones found in German public squares, to shop from thirty featured gift and craft artisans, bakers and chefs, many of whom have come to Denver from around the world.

‘RUN, RUN RUDOLPH’ AT THE OUTLETS AT CASTLE ROCK

Rudolph Reindeer | The Denver Ear

When: Now – December 24, 2018

Where: Outlets at Castle Rock, 5050 Factory Shops Blvd #437, Castle Rock, CO 80108

Celebrate the arrival of the holidays art the Outlets at Castle Rock! The ‘Run, Run Rudolph’ scavenger hunt is a self-guided tour around the center to find all 9 of Santa’s reindeer – including Rudolph – that will be on display throughout the holiday season. Participants are given a map and reindeer stickers at Customer Service and, after going on the hunt, those that return with the stickers placed over each correct location receive a special treat from Cinnabon.

DOWNTOWN DENVER RINK AT SKYLINE PARK
Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Downtown Denver Partnership

When: November 20 – December 24, 2018

Where: Skyline Park, 16th St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: Varies

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Cost: Free Admission; $6 – $8 Skate Rentals.

Psst… Free Rentals on Sundays!

The Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park presented by Capital One will be open for free skating, fun and more to the heart of Downtown Denver.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
A Christmas Carol | Denver Center for the Performing Arts | The Denver Ear

Photo Credit: ©Adams Visual Communications. Photograph courtesy of ©DCPA Press

When: November 21 – December 24, 2018

Where: Stage Theatre, 1101 Speer Blvd, Denver, CO 80204

Cost: Starting at $35

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A Christmas Carol, presented by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, is a  joyous and opulent musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel.

The story 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.

DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT’S ICE SKATING RINK
Denver International Airport | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Denver International Airport

When: November 23 – February 3, 2019

Where: Denver International Airport, 8500 Peña Blvd, Denver, CO 80249

Time: 9am – 9pm

Cost: Free

Enjoy a true Colorado winter experience on ice, complete with carolers and seasonal music, at Denver International Airport.

Psst… Complimentary skates available!

THE SANTALAND DIARIES
Denver Center for the Performing Arts | The Denver Ear

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When: November 23 – December 24, 2018

Where: The Jones Theatre, Speer Blvd & Arapahoe, Denver, CO 80204

Cost: Starting at $25

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The SantaLand Diaries, presented by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, tells the story of Crumpet the Elf’s stint as a Macy’s elf in New York City. This acclaimed one-man show based is on stories by David Sedaris.

UNION STATION’S GRAND ILLUMINATION

When: November 23, 2018

Where: Denver Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 4pm – 9pm

Cost: Free

Come kickoff the 2018 holiday season at the Grand Illumination of Union Station!  Watch as they light the building and view their brand new 40 ft. tall outdoor Christmas tree, as well as launching the inaugural Denver Union Station Holiday Market with the Denver Flea.  Complete with live music and holiday entertainment throughout the evening.

SANTA’S VILLAGE AT DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS AT CHATFIELD FARMS
Denver Botanic Gardens | The Denver Ear

Photo ©Denver Botanic Gardens. Photo by Scott Dressel-Martin

When: November 23 – December 23, 2018

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms, 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO 80128

Time: 4:30pm – 8:30pm

Cost: $15 – $20; Free for Children 2 & Under

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Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms is hosting Santa’s Village this holiday season. Meet Mrs. Claus, Santa and his reindeer while walking through colorful holiday lights that illuminate the night. Chatfield Farms will be transformed into a magical village. Hop on the hayride to catch a short movie at Santa’s cinema and find unique holiday gifts in his workshop.

A HUDSON CHRISTMAS
The Hudson Gardens & Event Center | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©The Hudson Gardens & Event Center

When: November 23 – December 31, 2018

Where: Hudson Gardens Event Center, 6115 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120

Time: 5pm – 9pm

Cost: $8 – $10.50

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A Hudson Christmas is a premier holiday light show with thousands of twinkling lights in majestic trees, visits with Santa and memories for the whole family. Stroll along a festively decorated outdoor walking path as you sip hot chocolate and experience dazzling displays of color and sound. In addition, Nixon’s Coffee House will be open and selling a variety of hot beverages and snacks to enjoy.

DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS’ BLOSSOMS OF LIGHT
Denver Botanic Gardens | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Denver Botanic Gardens

When: November 23 – January 1, 2019

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St, Denver, CO 80206

Time: 5pm – 9pm

Cost: $11 – $16; Free for Children 2 & Under

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Denver Botanic Gardens presents the 30th Anniversary of their Blossoms of Light, an annual family-friendly event that has become a tradition!

This annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms the York Street location’s Gardens into a twinkling winter wonderland, and includes an interactive light display, featuring a large field of sound-reactive, animated LED lights, Holiday treats, warm drinks, and a souvenir mug.

UNION STATION HOLIDAY MARKET BY DENVER FLEA
Denver Flea | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Denver Flea

When: November 23 – December 16, 2018

Where: Union Station

Time: Varies

Cost: $5

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Denver Flea returns for the holiday season with their biggest market yet! Gather your family and friends for the Union Station Holiday Market by Denver Flea, four weekends of shopping, festivities and winter fun, all at the historic Denver Union Station! 100s of Colorado’s best makers and artisan brands will pack the Plaza of Union Station each weekend for a holiday shopping wonderland in the heart of Mile High, paired with music, eats, drinks and more.

THE STREETS AT SOUTHGLENN’S HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING & SANTA’S ARRIVAL

When: November 23, 2018

Where: Commons Park at The Streets at SouthGlenn, 200 E Commons Ave, Centennial, CO 80122

Time: 6pm

Cost: Free

The Streets at SouthGlenn will host its annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival at Commons Park. The event will feature a festive and fun kick-off to the Holiday season.

Santa Claus will board a holiday-themed Clydesdale Carriage and will follow toy soldier drummers and Rockette-style dancers to make a grand entrance into Commons Park. Santa will light up thousands of lights on the tree and surrounding areas, including The Cube Ice Rink.

MOVIE AT THE SYMPHONY: HOME ALONE IN CONCERT

Home Alone

When: November 23, 2018

Where: Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: $15 – $89

Purchase Tickets Online

Movie at the Symphony: Home Alone in Concert is a holiday classic and features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live as the film is shown on large suspended screens in Boettcher Concert Hall!

HORSESHOE HOLIDAY MARKET

When: November 24 – 25, 2018

Where: 3550 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80211

Time: 10am – 5pm

Cost: Free

The Horseshoe Market is celebrating its 9th season with the Horseshoe Holiday Market. Shop for unique gifts this holiday, taste gourmet eats from local food trucks, and enjoy the festive holiday atmosphere.

COLORADO BALLET: THE NUTCRACKER
The Nutcracker | Colorado Ballet | The Denver Ear

Photo Credit: ©Mike Watson

When: November 24 – December 24, 2018

Where: Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80204

Time: Varies

Cost: $30 – $120

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Colorado Ballet‘s 58th annual production of The Nutcracker returns to Denver this holiday season.

The Nutcracker will feature more than 300 costumes, 30 Company dancers, 20 Studio Company dancers, 65 Academy dancers, scenery by José Varona and timeless choreography paired with Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

FRIDAY NIGHT BAZAAR: HOLIDAY EDITION
DenverBazaar | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©DenverBazaar

When: November 29, December 7 – 9, 2018

Where: Nov. 29 The Shops At Northfield Stapleton, Dec. 7-9  RiNo Arts District

Time: Nov. 29 4pm – 10pm, Dec. 7-9 View Schedule

Cost: Free – $5

Friday Night Bazaar, Produced by TheBigWonderful, is hosting two special holidays bazaars! The Stapleton Bazaar & RiNo Bazaar!

ZOO LIGHTS AT DENVER ZOO
Denver Zoo | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Denver Zoo

When:  November 30 – January 6, 2019

Where: Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St, Denver, CO 80205

Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Cost: $7 – $18

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Zoo Lights will span through 60 acres of Denver Zoo‘s campus, with nightly entertainment, animal encounters, Santa meet-and-greets and, of course, illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected.

9NEWS PARADE OF LIGHTS
9News Parade of Lights | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©9News Parade of Lights

When: November 30 – December 1, 2018

Where: Starting at W Colfax Ave & Bannock St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: Friday 8pm & Saturday 6pm

Cost: Free; $16 – $19 Grandstand Tickets

Purchase Grandstand Tickets Online

The 9NEWS Parade of Lights continues to be the signature event in Downtown Denver during the holidays. You won’t want to miss the sparkling lights, marching bands, giant balloons, dazzling floats and delightful characters as they take the streets of Downtown.

Psst… Spectator viewing for the Parade is free all along the two-mile route and grandstand tickets are available in front of the City & County Building.

WINTERFEST ON SOUTH PEARL STREET
South Pearl Street | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©South Pearl Street

When: November 30 – December 1, 2018

Where: South Pearl Street, Denver CO 80210

Time: Friday 5pm – 9pm & Saturday 11am – 5pm

Cost: Free

South Pearl Street is hosting a WinterFest celebration for the entire family. WinterFest will include a Box Elder Horse and Wagon rides, a holiday market with gift and food vendors, local merchant open house, and appearances by Santa!

HOLIDAY TEA WITH SANTA
Holiday Tea with Santa | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Visit Denver

When: December 1, 2018

Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Denver

Time: 1pm – 3pm

Cost: $35 – $59

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The second annual Holiday Tea with Santa taking place on the luxury hotel’s re-imagined Plaza Level of The Ritz-Carlton, Denver. Inspired by traditional afternoon tea, guests of all ages may enjoy tea sandwiches, petite pastries and cozy teas. Ritz Kids will enjoy a cookie decorating station for Santa, a card making activity to send to the North Pole plus printed photos with Santa to take home!

CHRISTMAS WITH THE CHILDREN’S CHORALE
Colorado Children's Chorale | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Colorado Children’s Chorale

When: December 1 – 16, 2018

Where: Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: Saturday 1pm & Sunday 6pm

Cost: $20 – $94

Purchase Tickets Online

Christmas with the Children’s Chorale, presented by Colorado Children’s Chorale, combines 400 young singers full of holiday spirit with traditions and stories of the season from around the world.

1940S WHITE CHRISTMAS BALL
1940s Ball | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©1940s Ball

When: December 1, 2018

Where: Hyatt Regency Downtown Denver Convention Center, 650 15th St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 5pm – 1am

Cost: General Admission $67

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The 1940’s White Christmas Ball will transport back in time this holiday season for an unforgettably magical 40’s and 50’s holiday party. Mix, mingle and dance among vintage vehicles, movie set lights and props, re-enactors, sleighs, Christmas trees, and a canopy of glistening lights. Enjoy live music, costumes, reenactments of classic holiday films, sleigh rides, food, drinks, and dancing!

Psst… This event raises money for The Colorado 10th Mountain Division and The Commemorative Airforce!

CHERRY CREEK SHOPPING CENTER’S SANTA CLAUS & PAWS
Santa Claus & Paws | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Cherry Creek Shopping Center

When: December 2, 2018

Where: Cherry Creek Shopping Center, 3000 E 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80206

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Cost: Free

Join Cherry Creek Shopping Center for Santa Claus & Paws. Bring your fur babies to pose for a special photo with Santa! Dogs and cats large and small are invited to get their photo take with Santa. Stop by Santa’s Flight Academy presented by Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Grand Court.

IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS
BWC National Tour Company | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Jeremy Daniel Photography

When: December 5 – 15, 2018

Where: Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202

Time: Varies

Cost: Starting from $30

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Start this holiday season with a timeless tale of joy and good will, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs, top it off with glorious dancing and lots of snow and head on over to The Buell Theatre to see Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.

DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS: DARE TO DREAM
Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Disney on Ice

When: December 6 – 9, 2018

Where: Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir, Denver, CO 80204

Time: Varies

Cost: $20 – $80; Free for Children under 2 on lap

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Celebrate what’s possible as five Disney heroines spark the courage inside us all at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream! In her Disney On Ice debut, see how far Moana goes on a quest with demigod Maui to save her island and find her own identity. Anna’s devotion to her sister Elsa sets her on a journey to stop an eternal winter. Rapunzel goes to great lengths to realize her dream. Fearless Belle befriends the enchanted castle staff and uncovers the Beast’s gentleness. With help from her friends, Cinderella is determined to make her wish come true.

BRUNCH WITH FATHER CHRISTMAS AT FOUR MILE HISTORIC PARK

When: December 8, 2018

Where: Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St., Denver 80246

Time: 10am – 12pm

Cost: $13 – $25

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Four Mile Historic Park will be be ringing in the season with a special Brunch with Father Christmas. Families will feast on seasonal fare and participate in traditional holiday merrymaking.

CHERRY CREEK NORTH’S WINTER FEST ON FILLMORE PLAZA
Cherry Creek North | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Cherry Creek North

When: December 8, 2018

Where: Fillmore Plaza, Denver, CO 80206

Time: 10am – 2pm

Cost: Free

Experience the true joy of the holiday season, including winter itself at Winter Fest on Fillmore Plaza and at participating businesses throughout the Cherry Creek North area.

This festive celebration will culminate on Fillmore Plaza, transforming the street into a winter wonderland, featuring: Live ice carving, temporary fire pits, face painting, and complimentary treats and warm beverages.
Businesses throughout the area will also be hosting Winter Fest activities, such as ornament decorating, entertainment and more.

DENVER JACKALOPE: AN INDIE ARTISAN FAIR

When: December 8 – 9, 2018

Where: McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 10am – 5pm

Cost: Free

The Denver Jackalope: An Indie Artisan Fair is a weekend shopping destination featuring over 150 local, curated and hand-selected artisans, crafters, and DIY enthusiasts.

Shoppers can expect to find trendsetting indie goods including original fashion and jewelry design, ceramics and paper goods, innovative home decor and housewares, art and photography, plus much more.

DENVER PAVILIONS HOLIDAY CAROUSEL
Denver Pavilions | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Denver Pavilions

When: December 16, 2018 – January 3, 2018

Where: Denver Pavilions, 500 16th St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 11am – 9pm

Cost: $3; Free with Voucher from Denver Pavilions Merchants

Get into the holiday spirit by taking a ride on Downtown’s first and only Holiday Carousel at Denver Pavilions.
Rekindle some of that childhood magic at Denver Pavilions!

COLORADO SYMPHONY’S: A COLORADO CHRISTMAS
A Colorado Christmas | Colorado Symphony | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Colorado Symphony

When: December 14 – 16, 2018

Where: Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St, Denver, CO 80202

Time:Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 2:30pm & 6pm; Sunday 1pm

Cost: $15 – $89

Purchase Tickets Online

The Colorado Symphony will fill Boettcher Concert Hall with your favorite holiday songs with A Colorado Christmas. This family-friendly evening features traditional Christmas carols with a chance to sing along, and the opportunity to meet both Santa and Mrs. Claus! Plus, they’ll be performing holiday classics including highlights from the popular production of Too Hot to Handel.

A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS
A Magical Cirque Christmas | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©A Magical Cirque Christmas

When: December 26, 2018

Where: Paramount Theatre

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: $35 – $65

Purchase Tickets Online

A holiday entertainment blockbuster set to dazzle audiences of all ages. Featuring the best talent from around the globe, A Magical Cirque Christmas has it all – jaw-dropping magic, breathtaking circus acts, and the most angelic voices singing your favorite Christmas carols with incredible live musicians on stage. Be transported to the golden age of entertainment by the mind-blowing talents, stunning costumes, comedy and more.

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