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Psst… 32 Things to do in Denver this December 201813 min read

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32 THINGS TO DO IN DENVER THIS DECEMBER 2018

#1 UNION STATION HOLIDAY MARKET BY DENVER FLEA
Denver Flea's Summer Flea | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Denver Flea

When: December 1 – 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.

#2 DENVER CHRISTKINDL MARKET
Denver Christkindl Market | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Denver Christkindl Market

When: December 1 – 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.

#3 COLORADO BALLET: THE NUTCRACKER
Colorado Ballet | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Mike Watson

When: December 1 – 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.

#4 A CHRISTMAS CAROL
A Christmas Carol

Photo Credit: ©Adams Visual Communications. 

When: December 1  – 24, 2018

here: 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.

#5 SANTA’S VILLAGE AT DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS AT CHATFIELD FARMS
Santa's Village at Chatfield Farms | The Denver Ear

Santa’s Village at Chatfield Farms – Photo (C) Denver Botanic Gardens. Photo by Scott Dressel-Martin

When: December 1 – 24, 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.

#6 DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS’ BLOSSOMS OF LIGHT
Blossoms of Light | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Denver Botanic Gardens

When: December 1 – 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.

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

Photo: ©The Hudson Gardens & Event Center

hen: December 1 – 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.

#8 DENVER ZOO LIGHTS
Denver Zoo | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Lyft Blog

When:  December 1 – 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.

#9 CAMPBELL HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR

Holiday Craft Fair | The Denver Ear

When: December 1, 2018

Where: Campbell Elementary School, 6500 Oak St, Arvada, CO 80004

Time: 10am – 5pm

Cost: Free

Visit Campbell Elementary School’s Holiday Fair and enjoy over 45 vendors selling a variety of handmade gifts, ornaments, jewelry, baked goods, decor and more!

Psst… Free Door Prizes featuring items donated from each vendor! 

#10 TEDXMILEHIGH: RESET
TEDxMileHigh | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©TEDxMileHigh

When: December 1, 2018

Where: Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 10am – 7pm

Cost: Starting from $48

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TEDxMileHigh: Reset will feature two live sessions of speakers, an interactive exhibits lounge, and a surrounding week of experiences that will create space for reflection and open doors for new opportunities and discovery!

#11 1940S WHITE CHRISTMAS BALL
1940s Ball | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©1940’s 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!

#12 9NEWS PARADE OF LIGHTS
9News Parade of Lights | The Denver Ear

Pnoto: ©9News Parade of Lights

When: December 1, 2018

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

Time: 6pm

Cost: Free; $16 – $19 Grandstand Tickets

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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.

#13 SING IT TO ME SANTA FEAT. THE FRAY & TRACKSUIT WEDDING
The Fray | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©The Fray

When: December 1, 2018

Where: Ogden Theatre, 935 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80218

Time: 8pm

Cost: $40 – $45

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97.3 KBCO Presents Sing It To Me Santa Featuring The Fray & Tracksuit Wedding at the Ogden Theatre.

#14 THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE™
The Price is Right Live | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©The Price is Right Live

When: December 2, 2018

Where: Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: Starting from $49

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The Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to hear their names called and “Come On Down” to win.  Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car! Play classic games just like on television’s longest running and most popular game show. From Plinko™ to Cliffhangers™  to The Big Wheel™ and even the fabulous Showcase.

#15 ALICE IN WINTERLAND FEAT. ONEREPUBLIC
OneRepublic | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©OneRepublic

When: December 4, 2018

Where: Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N Clarkson St, Denver, CO 80218

Time: 6pm

Cost: $53 – $84

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Alice 105.9 and Live Nation present Alice in Winterland featuring OneRepublic at the Fillmore Auditorium.

#16 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.

#17 FRIDAY NIGHT BAZAAR: HOLIDAY EDITION
DenverBazaar | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©DenverBazaar

When: December 7 – 9, 2018

Where: RiNo Arts District

Time: 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!

#18 MOSCOW BALLET’S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian

When: December 7 – 8, 2018

Where: Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80202

Time: Dec. 7 – 7pm, Dec. 8. 12pm, 4pm & 8pm

Cost: $28 – $89

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Christmas is coming and so is the one and only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Presenting world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and jubilant Nesting Dolls – Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages.

#19 YES PLEASE MAKERS MARKET
Yes Please | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Yes Please

When: December 8 – 9, 2018

Where: 10am – 5pm

Cost: Free

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Moore Collection x Craft Boner = Yes Please, a chic retail shop in North Denver, is hosting it’s second annual special Yes Please Makers Market. The Makers Market will feature over unique items and gifts from over 100 vendors.

Psst… First 50 to register will receive awesome totes!

#20 DENVER JACKALOPE: AN INDIE ARTISAN FAIR
Jackalope Arts | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Jackalope Arts

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.

#21 IL DIVO
Il Divo | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Il Divo

When: December 11, 2018

Where: Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 7pm

Cost: $30 – $250

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Il Divo will be performing live at the Bellco Theatre.

#22 TRAVIS SCOTT
Travis Scott

Photo: ©Travis Scott

When: December 12, 2018

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

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: $29 – $105

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Travis Scott will be performing live at the Pepsi Center.

#23 CONAN & FRIENDS: AN EVENING OF STAND-UP & INVESTMENT TIPS
Team Coco Presents Conan and Friends: An Evening of Stand-Up and Investment Tips

Photo: ©New York Comedy Festival

When: December 12, 2018

Where: Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: $61 – $75

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Team Coco Presents Conan & Friends: An Evening of Stand-up and Investment Tips with Ron Funches, Laurie Kilmartin, Moses Storm, and Flula Borg at the Paramount Theatre.

#24 NELLY AT TEMPLE
Nelly | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Nelly

When: December 12, 2018

Where: Temple Nightclub Denver, 1136 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203

Time: 10pm – 2am

Cost: $20

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Nelly will be performing live at Temple Nightclub!

#25 BECOMING: AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION WITH MICHELLE OBAMA
Michelle Obama

Photo: ©Altitude Tickets

When: December 13, 2018

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

Time: 8pm

Cost: $260 – $1,250

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Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama will feature intimate and honest conversations between Mrs. Obama and moderated by Reese Witherspoon, reflective of the extraordinary stories shared in the wide-ranging chapters of her upcoming memoir. Attendees will hear firsthand about Mrs. Obama’s inspirational triumphs and personal setbacks, from childhood to the White House.

#26 DENVER BEER FESTIVUS
Denver Beer Festivus | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Sabrina Hayes

When: December 15, 2018

Where: Denver Sports Castle, 1000 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203

Time: 3pm – 6pm

Cost: Starting from $40

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The Denver [only] Beer Festivus brings the city’s breweries together for one fantastic evening to allow locals and visitors the opportunity to taste all of these top-notch beers under one roof.

#27 PARADE OF LASERS
Parade of Lasers | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Parade of Lasers

When: December 15, 2018

Where: Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N Clarkson St, Denver, CO 80218

Time: 7pm

Cost: $34 – $55

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Crowdsurf presents the 6th Annual Parade Of Lasers, a breathtaking visual experience, featuring Getter, PARTY FAVOR, Blunts & Blondes and Ubur.

#28 JOHN LEGEND: A LEGENDARY CHRISTMAS
John Legend

Photo: ©John Legend

When: December 15, 2018

Where: Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 8pm

Cost: $39.50 – $149.50

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John Legend will be performing live at the Bellco Theatre with his first Christmas tour!

#29 HALCYON’S MISTLETOE MARKETPLACE
Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek

When: December 17, 2018

Where: HALCYON, a hotel in Cherry Creek, 245 Columbine St, Denver, CO 80206

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Cost: Free

This holiday season, Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek is curating exclusive access to some of Cherry Creek North’s most unique boutiques with the 1st annual Mistletoe Marketplace. Providing a backdrop for 20 Cherry Creek North retailers in the Halcyon Ballroom, this will be the perfect one-stop-shop to pick up stocking stuffers and treats for everyone on your list.

For added yuletide vibe, Alice 105.9 will be rocking around the tree with Stocking giveaways. Snack on seasonal treats and enjoy one free drink ticket to the cash bar.

#30 PAW PATROL LIVE: THE GREAT PIRATE ADVENTURE
 PAW Patrol Live! | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©PAW Patrol Live!

When: December 28 – 29, 2018

Where: Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 10am & 2pm

Cost: $22 – $62

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X barks the spot in the new tour PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure”! It’s Pirate Day in Adventure Bay, and Mayor Goodway is getting ready for a big celebration! But first, Ryder and his team of pirate pups must rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. When they do, they also discover a secret pirate treasure map! The PAW Patrol set out over land and sea to find the treasure for Mayor Goodway’s celebration before Mayor Humdinger finds it first!

#31 AN EVENING WITH THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT
The String Cheese Incident NYE | 1STBANK Center | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Dylan Langille.

When: December 28 – 29 & 31, 2018

Where: 1STBANK Center, 11450 Broomfield Ln, Broomfield, CO 80021

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: Starting from $55

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The String Cheese Incident will be performing live three nights at 1stBank Center!

#32 THE BEACH BOYS
The Beach Boys | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©The Beach Boys

When: December 30, 2018

Where: Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 7pm

Cost: $50 – $90

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The Beach Boys will be performing live at the Paramount Theatre!

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