Bring on the Holiday Cheer: Denver’s 10 Best Holiday Events for Families

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Kick the holiday season off right. We gathered up our favorite holiday events around Denver and you’ll want to mark your calendars for all the festivities. From Christmas light displays to Polar Express holiday trains to places to see Santa, we’ve got them all and MORE!

photo: Guy Rhodes

All Aboard the Polar Express Train Ride

The story of The Polar Express is being theatrically re-created so you and your family can be immersed in the sights, sounds and intrigue of this classic children’s tale. Prepare to be surrounded by the magic and wonder of the holiday season! Select dates through Dec. 21. Event details

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I Love Christmas Movies at the Gaylord Rockies

I Love Christmas Movies presents a fully immersive exhibit featuring key moments from some of the most iconic Warner Bros. Pictures Christmas movies including THE POLAR EXPRESS™, A CHRISTMAS STORY™, ELF™, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION™, and THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS™. As guests young and young at heart navigate the multi-sensory exhibits, they will enjoy over 13 fully immersive scenes complete with replicas of film props, audio clips and more, making participants feel as if they have stepped into part of the actual story. Nov. 20-Jan. 3. Event details

photo: Stan Obert/Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau

Celebrate Mile High Holidays

Create a new family tradition and join in the free nightly festivities at Denver’s newest holiday attraction, including a dazzling lights and music show every 30 minutes throughout the evening. Daily through Jan. 2. Event details

Visit Denver Christkindl Market

This annual event brings authentic German and European holiday traditions to Denver! Guests can find delicious cuisine, festive German drinks, handmade jewelry, toys, clothing, gifts and much more. Make note of the new location for 2020. Nov. 20-Dec. 23. Event details

Check Out the Holiday Lights in Golden

Plan to visit Golden during the holiday season for the thousands of lights that decorate the City! Nov. 27-Feb. 15. Event details

Santa's Wonderland Comes to Bass Pro

Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops and families are invited to enjoy this magical Christmas village with a few changes for 2020. You'll need to book your free reservation in advance. You'll get a "contactless Claus" visit when you arrive and free craft kits. Make sure to wear your holiday mask! Daily through Dec. 24. Event details

photo: Denver Botanic Gardens

Blossoms of Light

Denver Botanic Gardens is proud to host Blossoms of Light, an annual family-friendly event that has become a tradition for people across Colorado. Come interact with incredible light displays—a large field of sound-reactive, animated LED lights—plus sip warm drinks and nibble on tasty treats as you stroll. Nov. 20-Jan. 16. Event details

Night Lights Denver

The Denver Theatre District's ongoing, year-round projection mapping installation will be projected on the Arapahoe Street side of the Daniels & Fisher Tower every Thursday through Saturday evening. Night Lights Denver will include rotating content, designed by artists and the community, featuring a wide range of art. Thurs.-Sat. at 5:30 p.m. Event details

Denver Zoo Lights

It's official: Zoo Lights has been making magic, memories, and even marriages for 30 amazing years! Presented by Your Hometown Toyota Stores, this illuminating annual event transforms Denver Zoo into Colorado's WILDEST winter wonderland. Don't miss this year's historic celebration, with more than a million lights sparkling over 80 acres—plus a host of special measures to keep your family safe and healthy. Nov. 23-Dec. 30. Event details.

Trail of Lights at Chatfield Farms

Spread throughout Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, Trail of Lights offers visitors a choice of paths; a shorter route takes visitors directly through the children’s play area, while an extended path allows visitors to explore the outside area of the Green Farm Barn and silo before continuing through the children’s area and 1880s homestead. Various evenings through Jan. 3. Event details

—Kate Loweth


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