DENVER — The holiday season is here and there is a lot to do around Colorado.
From several ice skating options to Santa’s running down a street – Colorado is the best place to spend the holidays.
We have 31 events below – some for the whole family while others are just for the adults. And there’s even ways to give back to the community.
The events are in chronological order.
The Rink at Belmar
When: Nov. 16 – Jan. 28
Where: Belmar, 464 S Teller St. Lakewood, CO
Cost: $9.50 for adults, $7.50 for kids 12 and under, free for children under two and seniors over 65
The 7,000 foot ice rink is located on Belmar Plaza and has several different events throughout the season – including skating with Santa every Saturday in December. The price of admission includes skate rental.
Denver Christkindl Market
When: Nov. 17 – Dec. 23
Where: Skyline Park, 16th and Arapahoe Streets
The Denver Christkindl Market turns Skyline Park into an “old world” European Christmas village with several different vendors offering a variety of items and food. The market is open Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park
When: Nov. 22 – Feb. 14
Where: Skyline Park, 16th and Arapahoe Streets
Cost: Free admission; skate rentals $6-8
The Skyline Park skating rink is open for its 8th season. While skating is free, skate rental is available for $6 for kids 12 and under, and $8 for adults. You can also purchase a season pass for unlimited individual skate rentals for $35 for kids 12 and under, and $50 for adults. On Sundays, all kids 12 and under can rent skates for free.
FOX31 Serving Those Who Serve Toy Drive
When: Nov. 22 – Dec. 23
Where: 15 Front Range Hand & Stone locations
In part of Serving Those Who Serve, FOX31 Denver and The Salvation Army are proud to put on this year’s Serving Those Who Serve Toy Drive. All you have to do is purchase any variety of toy, visit any participating Hand and Stone location, and place the new, unwrapped toy in the Toy Drive barrel.
Channel 2 Angel Tree
When: Nov. 23 – Dec. 22
Where: 11 Front Range Macy’s locations
Channel 2, Macy’s, and The Salvation Army are proud to team up for Angel Tree. There will be toy barrels and Angel Trees at 11 area Macy’s locations. Meet some of the news team from Channel 2 at the Macy’s locations at Park Meadows, Cherry Creek, and Orchard on Dec. 9 from 1-3 p.m.
44th annual Turkey Trot
When: Nov. 23, 8 a.m. registration/ 10 a.m. race begins
Where: Washington Park
Cost: Free to watch/ $45 for adults to register, $35 for seniors and military members, $30 for kids 12 and under
FOX31 and Channel 2 are proud sponsors of this year’s Turkey Trot. Money raised will go directly to Mile High United Way and will be reinvested into the community, to fight for the education, health, and financial stability for everyone in metro Denver.
Miracle on Little Raven pop-up bar
When: Nov. 24 – Dec. 24, 6 p.m. – midnight
Where: Inside the Wayward restaurant, 1610 Little Raven St.
At Miracle on Little Raven, adults can enjoy holiday cocktails (some that are served in mugs like Santa’s lower half) inside a bar that’s decked out in holiday decorations and Christmas music.
Hot Cocoa Sleigh Rides
When: Thanksgiving – Easter
Where: Sombrero Stables at Snow Mountain Ranch, 1101 Co Rd 53, Granby, CO
Cost: $42 for adults, $36 for children 6-11, $18 for kids 3-5, under 3 are free
Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow covered forest with food and hot chocolate. Blankets are provided and they encourage caroling. The winter sleigh rides are offered every day at noon, 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 7 p.m. You can book your reservation online.
Denver International Airport Ice Rink
When: Nov. 24 – Jan. 7, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: Denver International Airport
The ice skating rink at the airport opened on the DEN Plaza last season and was such a hit that they brought it back this year.
When: Nov. 24
Where: Union Station, City and County Building, and other buildings
Downtown Denver landmarks will light up for the holidays during the Grand Illumination on Nov. 24. In addition to Union Station and the City and County Building, lights will also illuminate the 16th Street Mall, Skyline Park, the D&F Clock Tower, 14th Street, Larimer Square and more.
A Hudson Christmas
When: Nov. 24 – 25, Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-31, 5 p.m – 8 p.m.
Where: Hudson Gardens, 6115 S Santa Fe Dr. Littleton, CO
Cost: $9 for adults, $6 for children 4-12, $7 for military members, free for children 3 and under
Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanic Gardens
When: Nov. 24 – Jan. 1, 5-9 p.m.
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St.
Cost: For tickets in advance $15 for adults, $12 for children 3-15, $13 for military members and seniors over 65
The Blossoms of Light transforms the Botanic Gardens into a festive winter wonderland with several interactive LED light displays throughout the park.
Tickets are increased by $5 if you purchase them at the door. Members of the Botanic Gardens also get a $2 discount on admission.
Santa’s Village at Chatfield Farms
When: Nov. 24 – Dec. 24
Where: Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd. Littleton, CO
Cost: $20 for adults and children ages 3-15, $15 for military members and seniors over 65
Santa and Mrs. Claus work as Chatfield Farms is transformed into a Christmas village. It features hayrides, movies at Santa’s cinema, and unique gifts in Santa’s workshop.
St. Nick on the Bricks
When: Friday and Saturdays Nov. 24 – Dec. 23, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Boulder Visitor Information Center, 1301 Pearl St.
Kids can meet Santa for free every Friday and Saturday throughout December in Boulder. Bring your camera and your wishlist to capture a holiday memory.
Holiday Lighting and Wine Walk
When: Nov. 24, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Downtown Glenwood Springs
You can kick off the holidays in Glenwood Springs with a lighting at Hotel Colorado followed by a light show in downtown Glenwood Springs. For the adults, there’s a wine walk in local businesses throughout downtown.
Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker
When: Nov. 25 – Dec. 24
Where: Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Cost: $30 – $155
The 57th annual production of The Nutcracker puts on a show that was named the best-loved Nutcracker in the U.S. in 2016. Tickets are still available for most shows, but are quickly selling out.
Denver Zoo Lights
When: Dec. 1 – 31, 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Where: Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. Denver, CO
Cost: $13 for adults, $9 for children ages 3-11, $11 for seniors over 65 (Dec. 1 -14)
The Denver Zoo is lights up for the holiday season during Zoo Lights as illuminated animal sculptures swing through trees and appear in places around the park.
Admission for Zoo Lights goes up on Dec. 15 to $17 for adults, $12 for children, and $14 for seniors. There’s a $2 discount for zoo members and those who buy tickets online.
Louisville Parade of Lights
When: Dec. 1, 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Where: Downtown Louisville
Enjoy a night in downtown Louisville starting with an art walk from 5-6:30 p.m. with choirs, Santa, carolers, ice skating and more. The parade starts at 7 p.m. and features local schools and churches providing music along with a petting zoo and Santa.
Denver Holiday Flea
When: Dec. 1-3
Where: The Sports Castle, 1000 Broadway
On Dec. 1, those over 21 years old can attend a holiday party for pre-Flea shopping. The cost for admission is $35. Everyone of all ages are welcome to attend on Saturday and Sunday when the cost is $5 starting at 10 a.m. to stock up on gifts for everyone on your list. You can buy your tickets online.
Parade of Lights
When: Dec. 1 & 2
Where: Civic Center Park
This holiday tradition has been part of the holiday’s in Denver since 1975. The parade features marching bands, floats, and Santa all lit up and ready to warm you up. The parade starts at 8 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday. The two-mile route begins at Civic Center Park.
Georgetown Christmas Marketplace
When: Dec. 2 & 3, 9 & 10
Where: 6th Street in Georgetown
The 57th annual Christmas market features free holiday entertainment along with horse-drawn wagon rides and appearances by Santa.
Race of the Santa’s and Lighting of Breckenridge
When: Dec. 3
Where: Main Street, Breckenridge
After a lighting at Blue River Plaza, 100’s of Santa’s run, skip, walk, and jump down Main Street in Breck in the annual Race of the Santa’s.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
When: Dec. 9-10
Where: Buell Theatre, 14th and Curtis Streets
Cost: Starting at $44
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday favorite for more than 30 years. It features their Christmas classics in an intimate setting with multimedia effects.
ELF: The Musical
When: Dec. 13-17
Where: Buell Theatre, 14th and Curtis Streets
Cost: Starting at $25
The musical is based on the hit movie that tells the tale of Buddy, a human that mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. He then embarks on a journey to find his father in New York City. Tickets are available for purchase online.
Denver Pavilions’ Holiday Carousel
When: Dec. 15 – Jan. 2, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: Denver Pavilions, 500 16th Street
Cost: $3 or free with voucher from a Denver Pavilions merchant
The carousel is the Denver’s first and only carousel downtown. It is also the same carousel featured in the movie “Selena” starring Jennifer Lopez, according to the pavilions. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Food Bank for the Rockies.
Colorado Symphony: A Colorado Christmas
When: Dec. 15-17
Where: Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St
The Colorado Symphony will perform your favorite holiday songs throughout four shows at Boettcher Concert Hall. There will also be an oppertunity to meet Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.
Discounted lift tickets at Aspen Snowmass
When: Dec. 15
Where: Aspen Snowmass Ski Resort, 120 Carriage Way, Snowmass Village, CO
In honor of their 50th anniversary, Aspen Snowmass will have $6.50 single-day lift tickets on Dec. 15. It’s the same price the resort charged when they opened in 1967. There will be several other events that will take place to celebrate on Dec. 16 and 17.
When: Dec. 17, 1-2 p.m.
Where: Skyline Park
More than 300 tuba and baritone players will put on the 43rd annual TubaChristmas concert. It is one of the longest running holiday events in Colorado.
Denver New Year’s Eve fireworks
When: Dec. 31
Where: 16th Street Mall
You can close out 2017 with fireworks in downtown Denver. Each year the city puts on two shows – one at 9 p.m. for families and another at midnight to officially mark the start of 2018.
First Night Fort Collins
When: Dec. 31, 5:30 – 10 p.m.
Where: Downtown Fort Collins
Celebrate the new year in Fort Collins. It’s a family-friendly event that is non-alcoholic. It’s an art-based celebration with over 30 performances across seven venues throughout downtown Fort Collins. There’s a fireworks show at 10 p.m. from Civic Center Park.
Torchlight Parade and Fireworks in Steamboat
When: Dec. 31, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Base of Steamboat Ski Area in Gondola Square
The torchlight parade is one of three Steamboat Springs does each year – the others on Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day. The on-snow parade down the mountain is lit only by torches. Following the parade, a fireworks show will provide a great ending to the evening.