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Vacation time means light, music, entertainment, shopping and lots of kids off school. Whether you want to make this season magical or just want to find festive things to pass the days on, these Denver events should be high on your list. Not only are they fun for the younger set, adults will also enjoy the glitz and red-green glamor.
Vacation in the highlands at Nostalgic Homes
3737 West 32nd Avenue Saturday
December 7th, 12pm to 2pm
Immerse yourself in the spirit of the season at this annual event in the highlands. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride and goodies from Happy Cakes, visit Santa Claus and have Bloom Portraits photograph you professionally and drink plenty of hot chocolate. The event is free for everyone. However, you are encouraged to donate to the new toy and clothing campaign that will benefit children and young people in need through Mercy Housing. Go here on Saturday, December 7th, from 12pm to 2pm
December Parade Lights in Boulder
Starts on 15th and Walnut Streets
Saturday, December 7th, 6 p.m.
Watch as Santa and his wife go by in a sleigh during this joyful gathering. But before the man in red shows up, enjoy the festive floats that are decorated and run by boulder churches, businesses, civic groups and schools. Get there before the parade starts at 6 p.m. to secure a spot along the route that starts on 15th Street and Walnut Street and heads west towards Broadway, then north on Broadway and east on Spruce to Final leads on 15th Street and Spruce Street.
See how the Grinch stole Christmas at the Buell Theater.
Dr. Seuss How the Grinch stole Christmas! The musical at the Buell Theater
1350 Curtis Street
Now through December 8th
You can download the old, new and live versions of this Dr. See Seuss classics on TV … or you can watch the musical for a very special vacation adventure. Hear classic songs like “You’re a Mean Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” as Max the dog tells the story of this furry green grump. Tickets start at $ 30 and go up to $ 115. The times vary.
Freezie Fest on Pearl Street Mall
11th through 15th streets along Pearl Street in Boulder
Saturday, December 14th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On Saturday December 14th, during this festival from 11am to 3pm, relax snowman-style with everything winter, snow, and fun to do with. Take part in the Find Freezie competition, which starts at 11am and then takes place every hour on the hour in various stores along the mall. To win, go to any of the stores listed on the website and look for a plush snowman. If you find it, the staff can swap it for a bell that can be exchanged for a $ 25 gift card for shops in downtown Boulder. Also, expect to see Santa Claus, hear Christmas carols, make crafts, ride a little train, and enjoy more holiday-themed activities.
Holiday applause! on the Antonia Brico stage in the Central Presbyterian Church
1660 Sherman Street
Saturday, December 20th at 7.30pm and Saturday, December 21st at 3pm
Add music to your vacation this year that means you don’t have to shop at the mall or listen to out of tune Christmas carols by going to Central Presbyterian Church on December 20th and 21st. Under the direction of the conductor Lawrence Golan there are favorites for Christmas carols thanks to the Arvada Choral, but also pieces from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, paired with ballet by Cherry Creek Dance. Tickets are $ 25 for adults, $ 17 for seniors, and $ 12 for students. Children under the age of twelve have free entry.
Santa’s lighted forest
Exit Devil’s Gate Depot at 646 Loop Drive in Georgetown
Now through Tuesday, December 24th
For a memorable vacation getaway, head to Georgetown and hop on the train. Every year the Georgetown Loop welcomes Santa Claus as a special passenger, and from now until December 24th, you can catch him wandering the aisles. But it’s not just this funny character that the little ones will enjoy. As the train travels through the mountains, you’ll see lights decorating trees and small houses. The illuminated forest runs every day from 5 p.m., 6.30 p.m. and 8 p.m. There are other merry Christmas train rides as well, such as Santa’s North Pole Adventure by Day and the celebration of the Victorian Holidays.
Zoo lights at the Denver Zoo
Now through December 30th
Get wild this holiday season and frolic in the zoo to see the stunning annual light show. We’re talking about a giant hippopotamus to walk through, glowing monkeys “swinging” in the trees, an outdoor aquarium, “hopping” kangaroos, and much more. It’s a great way to get outside in the cool, fresh air and walk around while feeling festive. Also, keep an eye out for a hula hoop dance party and Christmas shopping bazaar. While you’re there, enjoy a cup of hot apple cider and a bag of popcorn. Prices range from $ 15 to $ 20. Book tickets in advance.
A tunnel of light on the light blooms of the Denver Botanic Gardens.
Denver Botanic Gardens
Light blossoms in the Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York Street
Now through January 3rd
Every year, Denver’s most beautiful gardens host a spectacular light show that illuminates trees, bushes and structures. Yes, the flowers may be dormant now, but space lives on in this sprawling winter wonderland. Bundle up and rummage in the paths of bright colors, play with the interactive light field and warm up in the winter garden. This year there is a new 360-degree experience with immersive light and HoloSpex glasses that make the event even more festive. You can also buy food and drink there. So take a dinner out and make it a night out. Tickets range from $ 16 to $ 21, and children under two are free. Each ticket is timed. Order your ticket ASAP to secure a seat.
Camp Christmas is a new vacation-themed wonderland to discover this year.
Camp Christmas in the hangar at Stanley Marketplace
2501 Dallas Street, Aurora
Now through Saturday 5th January
Now until January 5th the whole family can enjoy this new extravaganza. We’re talking about Camp Christmas, a 10,000-square-foot wonderland created by Denver artist Lonnie Hanzon, who created the exterior of the wizard’s box and worked on Zoo Lights, among other things. Expect a lot of Santa Claus and glitter, but also a pink room, a baroque sleigh and endless surprises. It’s a light show, an impressive installation, an Instagram paradise, and much more. The best way to believe in magic is to see it. Tickets range from $ 8 to $ 21, depending on the date and time. Children under two years of age have free entry.
Holiday mini golf starts now.
Hyland Hills Adventure Golf and Raceway
Holiday Lights Mini Golf at the Hyland Hills Adventure Golf and Raceway
9650 North Sheridan Boulevard, Westminster
But now on January 5th
Imagine thousands upon thousands of lights twinkling as you play a round of mini golf with your little ones. Get just that when you go to this venue Friday through Sunday from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. It costs just $ 10 for adults, $ 8 for children and seniors, and is free for children under three. From December 20th, the park is open every day except on Christmas Eve and during the day. All of the seats are decked out for the holidays, and it’s a fun family day out to get you moving and working from that plate of biscuits.
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Returning to Denver after living in New York City for thirteen years, Linnea Covington couldn’t be happier to be home, explore Mile High, and eat as much as possible, especially when it comes to pizza or ice cream.