11 festive actions in Denver this weekend (November 20-22)

Courtesy Denver Botanic Gardens (Facebook)

With new COVID-19 restrictions going into effect in the subway, there are still plenty of festive and socially distant outdoor activities planned to get you in the holiday mood.

Christmas lights are the predominant theme in Denver this weekend as a variety of displays and holiday markets are set to go live this weekend. Many of the light displays and holiday activities are meant to last throughout the holiday season.

* Please note that certain COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions may apply to in-person events. Visit the website of each event for more information before you attend. *

Denver Events on Friday November 20th

Flowers of light

When: November 20th to January 16th
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver
Costs: Varies

These extravagant annual Christmas lights transform York Street in the Denver Botanic Gardens into a sparkling winter wonderland.

Great lighting

When: 20th November
Where: Denver Union Station, downtown Denver
Costs: Free

Downtown Denver’s top attractions light up during the Grand Illumination for the holiday season. Hundreds of thousands of lights illuminate Denver Union Station, the City and County Building, 16th Street Mall, Skyline Park, D&F Clock Tower, 14th Street, Larimer Square, Mile High Tree, and more.

Mile high tree

When: November 20th to January 2nd
Where: 16th & Welton, Denver
Costs: Free

Start the holiday season with a visit to the Mile High Tree in downtown Denver. Enter the 30 meter high immersive art installation with brilliant lights and festive music. Read more about the Mile High Tree.

Denver Christmas Market

When: November 20th – December 23rd
Where: Civic Center Park, 101 W. 14th Ave., Denver
Costs: Free admission

This annual event brings authentic German and European holiday traditions to Denver! The event offers an authentic German vacation experience, including the chance to meet St. Nikolaus, Krampus, and more. Read more about the Christmas market.

Denver Events on Saturday November 21st

Castle Rock Starlighting

When: 21st November
Where: Downtown Castle Rock
Costs: Free

The Castle Rock Star lighting is an annual tradition, although this year’s event will be different. The city is planning fireworks on the rock and inviting small group get-togethers instead of the traditional Castle Rock Festival downtown.

Melissa Villaseñor at Comedy Works

When: November 20-21
Where: Comedy Works South at Landmark, 5345 Landmark Pl, Greenwood Village
Costs: $ 26

Melissa Villaseñor broke barriers when she became the first Latina cast member on Saturday Night Live. As an expert on comedic impressions, she started as a semi-finalist on America’s Got Talent.

Miracle Bar: Christmas pop-up bars

When: Until December 31st
Where: Three locations in Denver
Costs: Varies

Visit Miracle in Larmier Square, Miracle in Avanti Wolf Bar and Sippin ‘Santa in Arvada Tavern for a selection of fun and festive drinks or use Miracle at Home and order a Christmapolitan, Jolly Koala, Snowball Old Fashioned or Jingle Ball Nog.

The Polar Express travels by train

When: November 20th – December 23rd
Where: Colorado Railroad Museum, 17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden
Costs: Standard seating – $ 95 per person

Hop on and travel to the North Pole as more scenes from the film unfold on board the train. Read more about winter trains.

Denver events on Sunday, November 22nd

Boulder Symphony: The show has to go on

When: November 22
Where: Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street, Boulder
Costs: $ 40- $ 65

From serenity to virtuosity to today’s spirit, the combination of Dvorak’s great string symphony, Sarasate’s Gypsy Airs with violinist Yumi Hwang-Williams and Caroline Shaw’s brave and forward-looking voice will be an amazing way to get back into the concert hall.

Cherry Creek Holiday Market

When: November 19 – December 23
Where: Cherry Creek North, Fillmore Plaza, 105 Fillmore Street, Denver
Costs: Free

30 local manufacturers, designers and creators offer a one-stop shopping experience for all of your gifting needs this holiday season.


When: November 19th to January 3rd
Where: Cherry Creek North, Gart Plaza, 3rd & Milwaukee
Costs: Free

A brilliant light art installation with 25 swiveling prisms that burst with light and dance with color.

What are you doing in Denver this weekend? Are there any fun things we missed on our list? Comment below.

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