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!