A fun blizzard has landed in Denver, with even more Christmas events opening – and Film on the Rocks’ first winter season ends with the classic A Christmas Story.
Don’t miss our list of free events here; We also kept an eye on the holiday markets here. Now read on for fifteen more of the best things to do this weekend.
Until Monday, December 12th
Main Street, Breckenridge
The Ullr Fest, which is now in its 58th year, is intended to convince the Norse snow god to send even more precipitation of the powdery kind to Breckenridge. But you can also have fun, and that’s an easy task at a mountain winter festival, which includes a parade and an attempt to set the longest Shotski® “unofficial” world record, up to the weekend with a curling tournament and ice skating party and performance, a great snowboard adventure film and the unforgettable Ullr campfire festival. Check out the schedule and register for events with a ticket here.
Sunday, December 12th, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Colorado Chautauqua, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder
If you like partying with horse-drawn carriage rides and cool family outings in the great outdoors, WinterFest in Colorado Chautauqua is a vacation dream come true, a weekend of good, clean fun and a combination of free and paid events for all ages. Take a Christmas carol hike and sing your heart into the trees; Choose a historical tour of the national landmark grounds if you want to learn while walking. Visit Santa’s house or shop for a Christmas market. And don’t forget to vote for your favorite of fifteen bear sculptures decorated by local artists. More information, a schedule and tickets can be found here.
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South Pole: The Cave of the Yuletide Villains
Sunday, December 12th, 5 p.m.
Headquarters, 60 South Broadway
Andrew Novick is back with the immersive South Pole: The Cave of Yuletide Villains, a pop-up bar / art installation / performance that takes audiences into the pagan parallel universe of the old world’s North Pole – the South Pole, where all the Christmas villains hang out rum – while sipping themed cocktails over sausages and desserts. Applause! The event lasts well into December on selected dates and admission is $ 50 for a table for two; register and find out more here.
Don’t try this at home.
a Christmas Story
Film on the Rocks: Drive-In Cinema on Vacation
Sunday, December 12th, 4:30 p.m.
Red Rocks amphitheater
Film on the Rocks’ first Christmas season ends with A Christmas Story, which ends the season at 4:30 p.m. 12th of December. Entry is $ 59.50 per car; Further information and tickets can be found here.
The other Josh Cohen
Until May 1st, 7:30 p.m. every day except Mondays; 2:00 p.m. Sunday matinees at Garner Galleria Theater, Denver Performing Arts Complex
For theater fare without a single bell, The Other Josh Cohen by Steve Rosen and David Rossmer is the right choice. It’s a cute little rock and roll musical comedy starring two actors opening a long run at the Garner Galleria this weekend, separated by a period of a year. We could all use a laugh this time of year – or anytime. Tickets – $ 35 through December 16 and then $ 46 through May 1 – will sell out as early as 2022; Plan ahead and get yours here asap.
Connections: Towards Justice for Anna Mae Aquash
Wednesday, December 15, 12 noon, online
As part of the Insights & InPerson series hosted by History Colorado, retired Denver Police Detective Abe Alonzo will discuss his work on the 1975 kidnapping and murder of Anna Mae Pictou with investigators from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Aquash Oglala tribe member Mitch Pourier and FBI special agent James Graf embarked on a relentless ten-year journey whose sole aim was to bring justice to Anna Mae Aquash. Learn about past programs and register here for $ 5.
A very happy Dyketopia
Wednesday, December 15, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Bug Theater, 3654 Navajo Street
Are you ready to make your holiday season gay? Join local comedians Lee Robinson and Kate McLachlan in the bow for A Very Merry Dyketopia. The night will include stand-up comedy acts, games, and prizes, plus a special Drag Santa performance and other holiday goodies. Tickets, $ 12, went quickly; Here you can put your name on the waiting list for the event. Follow @dyketopiacomedy on Instagram for updates and more.
Happy campers in Lakewood.
Until Sunday, January 2nd, 5pm to 10pm
Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Circle
Are you looking for something else in the holiday lighting category? Elitch Gardens is set to shine this season with the arrival of Luminova, a three million lightbulb display that includes a 20-foot-tall Christmas tree, as well as a giant snowman and larger-than-life ornaments and gift boxes. Visitors can also stroll through a candy cane tunnel lit by glowing lights, enjoy limited rides at amusement parks, play a game of light ascension, and talk to old Saint Nick and his elves. Entry is $ 24.99 to $ 34.99; Tickets and details are available here.
A Hudson Christmas
Until December 31, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (selected nights)
Hudson Gardens, 6115 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton
After a two-year hiatus, Hudson Gardens is again hosting the A Hudson Christmas light show, celebrating the return with more lights on more trees – towering trees, dancing trees, and just beautiful trees in rainbow colors – and giant snowmen. a curved tunnel of light, glittering reindeer and more. Tickets range from $ 12 to $ 20 (children under three have free entry) and must be purchased online here in advance.
Light trail at Chatfield Farms
Until January 2nd, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Chatfield Farms, 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton
The Denver Botanic Gardens will illuminate their Chatfield Farm location with LED lights along the path through the Green Farm, Crossroads, the Deer Creek Discovery children’s play area and the Hildebrand Ranch homestead from the 1880s. Special features include synchronized music in the children’s play area, singing Christmas trees, illuminated antique and model tractors as well as hot drinks, nuts and kettle corn for sale. Tickets are $ 15 for adults, $ 10 for children and members; get all the details here.
Flowers of light
Until January 8th from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street
Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanic Gardens is a real beauty: a wonderland flashing with millions of LED lights in colors that rival the beauty of the botanical attraction’s summer flowers. Perfect for Christmas light nerds of all ages. One of the best reasons in town to let the little ones stay up late on a frosty winter night sipping hot chocolate. And don’t miss the new 60m long and 5m high tunnel of animated lights that lines the O’Fallon Perennial Walk. Find information and tickets here for time-limited admission between $ 16-21.
Cirque Dreams Holidayze
Until January 2nd
Gaylord Rockies Resort, 6700 North Gaylord Rockies Boulevard, Aurora
Have a fun acrobatic vacation with Cirque Dreams Holidaze, just one of the many vacation attractions the Gaylord Rockies has to offer – and one of the few that will delight multi-generation audiences with their classic Cirque-style Christmas themes. Tickets start at $ 29 and circulate quickly; get yours here.
Until January 2nd
Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park, 801 South Yarrow Street, Lakewood
Immersive master Lonnie Hanzon outdid himself to bring Camp Christmas, which used to be an indoor affair, to life in a six acre outdoor setting. But he’s had a lot of experience in the past with outdoor Christmas exhibitions, Hudson Gardens, the Houston Zoo, and even the Denver Parade of Lights. Camp Christmas, a collaboration with the Denver Center for Performing Arts off-center, is a different type of Christmas display: it has a campy personality that dictates displays such as pun trees, a glamping Santa, emotional baggage control, and drag queen tours . There is also a bar suitable for a fairy queen! See for yourself; Check out the schedule (hours vary) and get tickets between $ 8 and $ 25 (with optional add-ons available) here.
Zoo Lights: A toast to love, 125 years and beyond
Until January 2nd, 5pm to 10pm
Denver Zoo, 2350 Steele Street
In celebration of the Denver Zoo’s 125th anniversary, this year’s Zoo Lights extravaganza has been spiced up with new installations and portable bars serving Christmas craft cocktails and nightly ice carving demos have returned. While zoo animal viewing is limited to indoor habitats and a few hardy outdoor beasts, chances are, people are primarily staring at the lights. Admission ranges from $ 15 to $ 25; buy tickets here.
Are you looking for more to do? Check out our list of all the holiday events in 2021.
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