A Hudson Christmas is the premier holiday light show in the Denver metro area, with thousands of twinkling lights in majestic trees, visits with Santa (through December 23) and memories for the whole family. Stroll along a festively-decorated outdoor walking path as you sip hot chocolate and experience dazzling displays of color and sound. Mark your calendars for this magical Littleton tradition. Tickets are $6-$9.
A Hudson Christmas happens Saturday, December 23rd and Sunday December 24th from 5 PM – 8 PM located at 6115 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO 80120.
Phone: (303) 797-8565
This annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms the Denver Botanic Garden’s York Street location into a twinkling winter wonderland. The colors are spectacular as visitors wind through these gorgeous gardens decked out in classic and contemporary light displays. You will not want to miss the incredible interactive LED light display. Warm up with hot cocoa and cider as you meander the gardens with your children taking in this wonderful holiday season. Tickets are $10-$20, and buying tickets in advance is recommended.
Don’t miss Blossoms of Light at the Botanical Gardens December 23rd, 24th, and 25th from 5 PM – 9 PM located at 1007 York St., Denver, CO 80206.
Get into the holiday spirit by taking a ride on Downtown’s 1st & only Holiday Carousel. While shopping for last minute gifts down the 16th street mall, you won’t want to miss this fun ride! Rekindle some childhood magic at Denver Pavilions. $3 per ride or FREE w/ a voucher from any Denver Pavilions merchant. A portion of proceeds goes to Food Bank for the Rockies.
The Holiday Carousel runs December 23rd, 24th, and 25 from 11 AM – 9 PM located at 500 16th St., Denver, CO 80202.
Winter Break at the Denver Art Museum means fun for the whole family! The 3D Studio, Create-n-Takes, and much more are open every day from Friday, December 22nd through Sunday, January 7th, except December 25th. Also, see special performances of the family-friendly play, Art Emergency: Stampede Edition at 11 am weekdays during winter break. All activities, including Art Emergency: Stampede Edition, are included in general admission, which is free for kids 18 and younger.
Winter Break happens at the Denver Art Museum December 23rd and 24th from 10 AM – 5 PM located at 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, CO 80204.
Guests of this popular holiday tradition will experience a light safari with 60 brilliantly-illuminated acres of lights, featuring more than 150 animated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected. It is recommended you reserve your tickets in advance. Tickets cost $12 – $17.
You won’t want your family to miss Zoo Lights this Year, December 23rd and 24th from 5:30 PM – 9 PM located at 2300 Steele St., Denver, CO 80205.
Come join the tradition! Combine graham crackers, candy, and icing to create a special holiday treat. This workshop lasts one hour and is designed for children and adults to create together. The workshop fee is $10. A regular admission fee of $6 applies to adults who attend but do not create their own house – they should not buy tickets. Reservations are required! Please call the museum for special arrangements regarding Scout troops and other groups of 10-18 children.
Saturday, December 23rd at 11 AM and 2 PM check out Gingerbread House Events hosted by Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys, located at 1880 Gaylord St., Denver, CO 80206.
Phone: (303) 322-1053
This holiday-themed film, based on the classic Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book written by Chris Van Allsburg, is directed by Oscar® winner Robert Zemeckis and stars two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks. Using state-of-the-art CGI and performance capture technology to create a unique blend of realism and fantasy, The Polar Express tells of a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole and embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Tickets cost $8-$10 and reservations in advance are recommended.
Check out The Polar Express in IMAX 3D on Saturday, December 23rd at 8:30 AM and 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 24th at 8:30AM located at 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80205.
Get in that last minute shopping with your family while strolling through Aspen Grove a lovely pocket of holiday cheer nestled in Littleton. Pick up some hot chocolate and treats while moseying through the streets and don’t miss the spectacular carols sung by the Original Dickens Carolers! Their wonderful tunes are sure to brighten your season and tickle your spirits! The cost of this event is free.
Check out the Dickens Christmas Carolers on Saturday, December 23rd from 1 PM – 3 PM at Aspen Grove, located at 7301 S Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, CO 80120.
The Christmas Mitzvah Project has been a tradition in the local Jewish community for over 20 years. On December 25th, volunteers will prepare meals, collect gifts, answer phone calls, facilitate activities, and staff gift shops at local non-profits. No special skills required! The cost of this event is free.
The Christmas Mitzvah Project happens Monday, December 25th from 8 AM – 5 PM located at 300 S. Dahlia Street, Suite 300 Denver, CO 80246.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping by to enjoy breakfast with you and yours and to jot down everyone’s wish list. Families will enjoy a breakfast buffet. Adults can sip bloody marys and mimosas (for an additional charge) while the kids make festive crafts and give their wish lists to Santa. Don’t forget to bring your camera! The cost of this event is $14 – $20.
Breakfast with Santa happens Saturday, December 23rd from 9 AM – 11 AM at CU South Denver, 10035 S Peoria St, Parker, CO 80134.
Celebrated in Mexico and throughout the United States from December 16th to 24th, the Las Posadas celebration commemorates Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter on the night of baby Jesus’ birth. Tesoro partners with the Christian Life Movement to present this traditional event. Enjoy Mexican hot chocolate, hot cider, and traditional biscochitos. This is an outside event – dress warmly. The cost of this event is free.
Sunday, December 24th from 4 PM – 6 PM bring your family to Las Posadas Nativity Reenactment located at The Fort Restaurant, 19192 CO-8, Morrison, CO 80465.
Lights, Animals and Holiday Spirit! Celebrate holiday lights and cheer during Electric Safari with 85 light sculptures on over 50 acres! Warming fires throughout the Zoo offer a reprieve from the chill, as do select indoor animal exhibits that remain open during the event. Top off this astounding display by gazing out at the city’s lights and watch all of Colorado Springs sparkle. Tickets cost $6.75 – $9.75.
The Electric Safari happens Saturday, December 23rd and Monday, December 25th from 5:30 – 8:30 PM located at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd. Colorado Springs, CO, 80906.
Phone: (719) 633-9925
Bring your family to City Center to see the beaming holiday lights on Capitol Hill! The largest lighting display in Denver comes on nightly at 6 pm at the City & County Building, where 600,000 lights deck the neo-classical building. The bell tower plays carols nightly as well.
Your family won’t want to miss this! This event is free.
Check out the City and County Building Holiday Lights Saturday, December 23rd, Sunday December 24th, and Monday December 25th from 6 PM – 11 PM located at 1437 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80202.
During winter break at the Denver Art Museum bring your family to a wonderful play while exploring everything the DAM has to offer! See special performances of the family-friendly play, Art Emergency: Stampede Edition. Tickets cost $8 – $10 and kids 18 and younger will be admitted at no charge!
Art Emergency Stampede Edition plays at the Denver Art Museum Saturday, December 23rd and Sunday, December 24th starting at 11 AM located at 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, CO 80204.
Whether it’s a family tradition or a first date, the 7000-square foot outdoor ice rink located on the Belmar Plaza is the place for good times this winter. Glide through this holiday season during this wonderful event that’s wintery, cheerful, and family friends. Tickets cost $5 – $9.50.
Saturday, December 23rd 11 AM – 10 PM and Sunday, December 24th 11 AM – 4 PM head to the Rink at Belmar.
Phone: (303) 742-1520