Denver. This major crossroads of the West offers a variety of activities urban and in the great outdoors, owing to its formidable presence in the industry and the arts and its proximity to the Rockies. Snowboarding, nature hikes, art exhibitions, concerts, food festivals, and foot races are just some of the activities you can find here during the holiday season. So whether you’re planning a visit, returning home to see friends and family, or a local looking for things to do around home, read on for some of our favorite ways to spend the holidays here around the Mile High City.
At Denver Christkindlmarkt, visitors can celebrate the holiday season with a festive, central European flare among schnaps, baked goods, intricate souvenirs, live music, and unique experiences all in a charming open-air market. Groups, families, couples and solo travelers alike will all delight in the variety and lights during this event. Community-oriented events such as the ugly sweater parties and hymns are great for those who want to participate, while polka concerts, an appearance by The Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, (and Krampus, beware) are all things visitors should look out for. Looking for something to take home? Shop ornaments, Andean fleece wares, Russian dolls, and a rotating cast of interesting items, or local wines and honey. Roasted nuts, chocolates, strudels, and pierogies are also just some of the tasty options for dining when attending, so don’t worry about planning for meals with so many great choices on location!
9News Parade of Lights
Every year, Colorado’s liveliest holiday tradition comes to the streets of Denver, with over 40 mammoth floats, giant character balloons, marching bands and troupes, horseback riders, cultural arts teams, and appearances by one Major Waddles and Santa Claus! From the hundreds of thousands of lights, music, joy, and a strong sense of community at this event, for visitors and locals alike this is a great event to attend over the holiday season. The central location of the parade route also makes this event convenient with many other travel plans, in proximity to the number of cultural, entertainment, and dining options around downtown Denver. Bring the whole group to attend the 9News Parade of Lights and experience something truly memorable while you’re in Denver.
Camp Christmas is truly a unique experience to the Denver area, a combination of the region’s love for the holidays and the strong appreciation for Colorado outdoors. This one-of-a-kind spectacle is part show, part tour, and part camp, an outdoor performance that takes place outdoors! Along with the talented performers of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts are intricate and colorful sets, dazzling lights, and an environment that will truly take the audience into the holiday spirit upon their visit to Camp Christmas! Catch this truly special event while you’re in Denver and enjoy the pageantry, talent, and holiday spirit at Camp Christmas.
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