A Few Fun Facts about Valentine’s Day

Did you know…?

• Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s. (List25.com)

• 141 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged valentines-day-1182250annually, making Valentine’s Day the second-most popular greeting-card-giving occasion. (Hallmark)

• In addition to the U.S., Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Denmark, Italy and Japan. (History.com)

• Teachers receive the most Valentines, followed by kids, mothers, wives, and sweethearts. (Wisebread.com)

• Hallmark produced its first Valentine in 1913. (Wisebread.com)

• 15 percent of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day. (List25.com)

• Over 50 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the holiday, making Valentine’s Day a procrastinator’s delight. (List25.com)

• The phrase “Sweets for the sweet” is a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 1.

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Just incase you’re still figuring out your plans for the National Day of Love, check out a few of these unique guides to doing Denver Valentine’s Day right.

The Know: A unique guide to Valentine’s Day in Denver

Eventbrite: Valentine’s Day in Denver 

5280: Valentine’s Day

Open Table: Valentine’s Day Restaurant Reservations

Denver.org: Romantic Events Around the City

 

 

Holiday Activities in Denver

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Star Wars at Denver Art Museum: November 13 – April 2

Go behind the scenes for a special look at the costumes in the popular Star Wars films. Featuring original costumes from these classic films, you can see everything from Leia’s iconic gold bikini to Vader’s daunting suit. Exhibited with flair, you can learn more about the designs and concepts behind the costumes as you explore this special exhibit at the Denver Art Museum.

Skyline Ice Rink: November 22 – February 14

Nothing says winter better than ice skating beneath twinkling lights with a warm cup of hot cocoa to follow. Denver’s downtown ice rink is affordable fun for the whole family, with skate rentals for only $2 and free if you own your own skates! There is live music, skate lessons, and more throughout the season.

Turkey Trot: November 24

What better way to prepare for Thanksgiving festivities than a morning run, jog, or walk? Thanksgiving morning popular Wash Park is filled with families and friends participating in the annual Turkey Trot. In addition to a morning of fun, participants are supporting Mile High United Way’s work in the community. With live music, entertainment, and a beer garden sponsored by Great Divide Brewing Company, this year’s run is sure to be a good one!

Grand Illumination: November 25

Downtown Denver’s Winter in the City program is kicked off with the Grand Illumination. Bright lights illuminate the city from the City and County Building to Union Station. The exhilarating exhibition can be viewed until December, but the lighting ceremony itself is well worth seeing!

Blossom of Lights: November 25 – January 1

Every year the Denver Botanic Gardens is illuminated by thousands of holiday lights and brilliant light sculptures. The breathtaking view of the dark gardens filled with twinkling lights is an essential to the Denver holidays. Warm beverages and tasty treats can be purchased in the gift shop and enjoyed while strolling through the magical winter garden.

Nutcracker: November 26 – December 24

The Colorado Ballet’s annual performance of this classic holiday piece brings a quintessential holiday experience through the timeless music of Tchaikovsky. Visit the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and be transported into a world of magic, snow, and sugarplums through the exquisite performances of the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and Colorado Ballet.

Parade of Lights: December 2 & 3

An iconic Denver tradition since 1975, the Parade of Lights in Downtown Denver is not an event to miss! This free fun for the whole family features beautiful lights and decorative floats, with a special visit from Santa himself!

Zoo Lights: December 2 – January 1

This highly anticipated event is one of Denver’s most popular holiday attractions. Lights and illuminated animal sculptures cover 70 acres of the zoo’s campus, with exciting entertainment every night. Sculptures can be found swinging from trees, hiding in corners, and promising fun for all. You may even get to meet Santa! 

St. Patty’s Day Celebrations

Happy St. Patrick's DayWhile only around 33 million of United States population claim Irish descent, more than half of Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, which falls on Saturday, March 12 this year. Billions of dollars are spent on celebrations, and millions of pints of beer are consumed.

A beer-loving city, Denver is no exception to the plethora of celebrations and excitement! Pub crawls and 5k runs, bicycle rides and bar parties, and of course the downtown parade fill the weekend with fun and frivolities.

Here’s the low-down on a few of Denver’s upcoming St. Patty’s Day events

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Denver’s popular parade is on Saturday, March 12, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The route goes throughout downtown Denver, and a list of best spots to watch are listed on the official parade website. It’s a popular and crowded event, so arrive early to stake out a spot, some people arrive as early as 6 a.m.! Parade features performances, floats, and lots of festive green.

Pub Crawls: Denver is full of incredible pubs with delicious, quality beer – and on Saturday the beer will be flowing! Here are a few pub crawls around Denver, tickets and more information can be found on Eventbrite.

2016 St. Pat’s Day Pub Crawl Denver – SoBo, March 12 at 12:00 p.m.

2016 Denver St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl on South Broadway, March 12 at 10:30 a.m.

Denver St. Paddy’s Weekend Pub Crawl, March 12 at 1:00 p.m.

5k Runs, Walks, Bikes, and More: Looking to burn a few calories before, or after, all that beer? Look no further than the various runs and walks going on around Denver!

5k for St. Patrick’s Day, March 12 at 10:00 a.m.

Pedaling for St. Patrick’s Day Bicycle Ride (in Colorado Springs), March 12 at 8:30 a.m.

Runnin’ of the Green Lucky 7k, March 13 at 10:15 a.m.

Leprechaun Leap 2 Mile Walk, March 13 at 10:15 a.m.

There are many other fun, and unique, St. Patty’s celebrations going on around Denver, like St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Sipping ‘n Painting on March 17, only $35; or Paddy Hard, at huge St. Patrick’s Day party at Fado Irish Pub.

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Ten Tips for a Happy Halloween

happy halloween banner1. Spooky, not scary!

Creepy is half the fun of Halloween, but don’t be too scary with your costumes and decorations. You              don’t want to scare your neighbors, friends and trick-or-treators away.

2. When trick-or-treating, say no to unwrapped candy or homemade treats.

This goes for trick-or-treators and the ones handing out the goodies! I know the homemade caramel       apple looks so good, but it’s better safe than sorry and you never know what extra things made it into the mix. And please, don’t put out a big bowl of unwrapped candy corn. It’s gross.

3. You’re never too old for pumpkin-carving.

And those roasted pumpkin seeds are just so good!

4. Drive carefully.

While this is always good advice, it is especially relevant on Halloween. Be careful of kiddos running around in the dark, and if you’re suffering from an intense sugar-coma or a little too much to drink, take an Uber.

5. Too much sugar and/or alcohol aren’t so fun the next day, snack smart and stay hydrated!

If you’re hosting a party, be sure to keep water and some healthy snacks available too. There are tons of creative, delicious Halloween recipes out there. You never know what your guests can and cannot eat…and we all know a few carrots definitely make all those Snickers bars okay.

6. Be thoughtful as you engage with trick-or-treators, you never know what allergies, social anxieties, disabilities or shy kid is behind the mask.

If a kid refuses your candy, maybe they aren’t rude, just shy or allergic. The TV show Parenthood did an excellent episode on Halloween and the anxiety two parents encounter going into trick-or-treating with their autistic son, Max. There are tons of organizations doing amazing work around this, like the Blue Pumpkin Project centered around Autism, and the Teal Pumpkin Project creating awareness for allergies. Be sensitive and caring, and believe the best about the cute little ghost. Maybe he isn’t being rude after all.

7. Dressing up is fun, but opt for creativity over cruelty and avoid offensive costumes.

Even if it seems really cool or funny, if it is caricaturing, misusing or misapporpriating someone’s culture, maybe go as something else. The options are infinite!

8. Don’t let the kiddos trick-or-treat alone.halloween-pumpkin

Halloween is great parent-bonding time, or make sure the little kids have an older sibling or friend with them. Don’t forget a flashlight!

9. Pick up those wrappers.

Parties are fun, and candy is delicious, but keep the environment in mind too. Here are a few tips for tidying up after Halloween mayhem.

10. Have fun!

It’s really the most important one.