Best Christmas Events in Denver

Dec 3, 2019

Christmas Events in Denver that You're Sure to Love!

Denver has got a sleigh-full of incredible holiday events coming at you, my friends. From old-school traditions to new favorites, there is no shortage of ways to celebrate the season. So, to get you into the holiday spirit, we've got the best Christmas events and shows in Denver this year.

Here is our guide to some of the best 2019 Christmas events in Denver:

Explore The Illuminated 110-Foot-Tall Mile High Tree From Inside Out

This new holiday attraction is one of the most anticipated Christmas events in Denver that is not to be missed. Nothing rings the Christmas batter than a super lit tree. But wait, it can get better with a giant 110-foot tall tree art.

The enormous tapering construction houses up to 140 people at a time and features light and music shows every 30 minutes with your favorite classic holiday songs. You can also enjoy the recorded performance by the Colorado Symphony in between shows.

Dates: November 30 - January 31

Location: Sculpture Park


The Nutcracker

The sensational story of mouse king and the nutcracker has become a true holiday classic countrywide, meaning your Christmas festivities are not complete until you see the annual performance of "The Nutcracker," by Colorado Ballet.

So, get ready to experience the unforgettable characters, classic choreography, dazzling costumes, and Tchaikovsky's remarkable score live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. This stunning demonstration of sparkling snowflakes and glittering sugarplums will surely transport you to the Land of Sweets.

Location: Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Performing Arts Complex

Dates: November 30–December 29

Cost: Tickets start at $27

Zoo Lights And Enjoy 70 Acres of Light Displays

Lions and tigers, Friday and glistening light displays, oh my! Oh my!

I am a fan of dazzling lights, but if someone knows how to make it more fun, it’s the Denver Zoo. Each year, the zoo transforms into a magical location where light sculptures come to life right alongside live animals. Children or adults, everyone is sure to enjoy it. So, get ready and explore the zoo in a whole new ‘lights.’

Dates: November 29 - December 30

Location: Denver Zoo

Cost: Adult tickets start at $13

Enjoy German Cuisine at the Christkindl Market

The German cuisine fair is back with the best Christmas activities in Denver. So, get ready to indulge in your favorite German food and refreshments like schnapps and Glühwein while enjoying the live entertainment and getting some holiday shopping done.

Location: 1515 Arapahoe Street

Date: November 22 - December 23

A Christmas Carol: The Musical

Based on Charles Dickens' classic novel, this joyous musical adaptation is one of the most anticipated Christmas events in Denver.

With the story of money-hoarding skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey to redemption, A Christmas Carol demonstrates the true meaning of the holiday season in a way that has vibrated for generations.

Dates: Run through Dec. 22, 2019

Location: Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities

'DR. SEUSS’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Who does not love the holiday loving Whos? Yes, exactly.

Therefore, Buell Theater is bringing the fantastic tale of Mr. Grinch to life with a vibrant musical featuring our favorite classic songs like “Welcome Christmas” and “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch.” Kids and adults alike will enjoy this joyous retelling of the traditional Christmas movie.

Dates: December 3- 8

Location: Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex

Cost: Tickets start at $35

1940s Retro "White Christmas" Ball

Are you looking for some wild and fun Christmas activities? Then, get ready because the party of the year is about to begin with the crazy 1940s/1950s theme.

So, put on your best retro ensemble and get lost into a night of dancing to big band music, antique cars, plenty of sparkling lights, and much more. And yes, there will be a Rat Pack tribute.

Location: Hyatt Regency Downtown Denver Convention Center

Dates: December 7

Cost: $75 (general admission free)

WinterFest (Free Horse and Wagon Ride)

Love horses and wagon rides? Then mark the date for taking a trip back in time at Winterfest Colorado that brings back old school holiday traditions.

After the rides, explore the holiday market, get a photo op with Old World Santa, listen to carolers, and browse stores taking part in the local merchant open house and finally collect your tree from the outdoor lot.

Dates: December 6 - December 7

Location: South Pearl Street

44th Annual Parade of Lights

Illuminated floats, the giant bearded guy himself and marching bands will all be making their way through Downtown for the 44th annual parade.

It's a Christmas event in Denver that you don't want to miss. So, mark your calendar, and don’t forget to bring a thermos full of hot cocoa (or your favorite beverage to keep warm with) and enjoy the sights as they pass by.

Location: Downtown Denver

Dates: December 6 - December 7

Annual Fireworks Show To Welcome 2020 With A Bang in Denver

Denver tradition continues with two awesome shows- one for family-friendly viewing at 9 pm and one when the clock strikes midnight.

The event is undoubtedly New Year’s Eve favorite as the fireworks can be viewed from many prime points Downtown. However, get our insider tip and gather along the 16th Street Mall to enjoy the magnificent sight.

Dates: December 31st

Location: Downtown Denver

More Christmas Events in Denver

We've only scratched the surface regarding the amazing shows and Christmas events in Denver during the 2019 holiday season. From festivals to light shows to theatrical performances, Christmas is everywhere in the Mile High City.

Be sure to bookmark the OTL City Guides Holiday and Gift Ideas section, as we'll be adding more fun tips, tricks, and things to do over the Christmas season and beyond.

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