Jingle All The Way To BWB’s Top 15 Safe Holiday Events In Denver

Posted on December 4, 2020 by BWBacon. Tagged: For Candidates, Colorado Culture, For Clients

‘Tis the season for bundling up and enjoying some of the best, safe holiday events Denver has to offer. The inadvertent theme of many holiday events this year is about social distancing, and creating new ways for people to enjoy the traditions they love. Before this year, did anyone else ever consider the added warmth wearing a nice mask brings to frosted cheeks and noses that a scarf never seems to cover? It's growing on us...

After the trials of 2020, we all need a little extra holiday spirit and time to de-stress! While any celebrating you choose to do in public settings is up to your comfort level, with the right precautions we can still have small doses of this season’s splendor. From virtual and car-only events, to outdoor extravaganzas like Blossoms of Light and Zoo Lights, each of events in this post have added elements of social distancing and safety, without lacking any of the festivities.

What's Happening Around Denver?

We'll admit, when starting to research what was happening in Denver this month, we weren't expecting too much. As holiday season enthusiasts, it’s been a task to reimagine all the ways to still celebrate with loved ones and spread Christmas cheer, not COVID. As it turns out, Coloradans are wildly creative and we are lucky to live in a place with so many options still being offered! We may not see the typical huge crowds for the Parade of Lights and other events, but it’s giving some traditions a facelift and chance to try something new.

Whether you like exploring outdoor winter wonderlands or finding the perfect gift, there is something for everyone. So, take a look at our categories, broken into things to do, virtual happenings, and places to safely do your shopping

Baby, It’s Not Too Cold Outside For Safe Holiday Events

See The Lights

Did you know? While lights have been used to decorate Christmas trees since 1882, it wasn’t until President Grover Cleveland used lights on the White House Christmas Tree in 1895 that they became a national sensation. One of the most magical parts of this time of year is seeing the glorious displays of lights all over the city from traditions both new and old…

  • The Mile-High Tree: Created by a globally renowned Spanish lighting production company, this 110-foot installation is the largest of its kind in North America. Besides its impressive size, it naturally comes with a music and lights show. One of the best parts? It’s free, and open to the public from 5PM-9:30 PM most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and from 5PM-8PM on some Sundays.
  • Christmas In Color Driving Tours: We can’t wait to try this pandemic-friendly driving tour, happening at two locations in Colorado this year. Bring hot chocolate and never leave the comfort of your car while you drive through tunnels of lights by the thousands at Bandimere Speedway or Water World.
  • Zoo Lights: It’s the 30th anniversary of this classic Denver light display! This year staff has worked hard to make sure families can walk the Zoo safely, and tickets are going quickly. Reserve your spot for a timed entry and up to 5 people now through New Year’s Eve.
  • Blossoms of Light: This popular holiday wonderland put on by Denver Botanic Gardens has sold a lot of tickets, but it’s not too late!! Get your tickets here, members can get tickets at a discounted price. Another option for light viewing is to check out DBG’s other location at Chatfield Farms which also has a walking lights tour great for the whole family, the Trail of Lights.

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Stay Active With The Family

Work off the cookies by getting outdoors at any of Denver's wonderful parks like City Park and Wash Park with your pod. Or, opt into a fun run this December, check out #8 on this list for outdoor walking and running events around town!

Or, take a day trip away from the city to explore Rocky Mountain National Park or visit one of Colorado’s many winter resorts for skiing, tubing, and other winter activities.

Don’t forget local walking tours! The Parade of Lights is an ongoing event this year, where you can stroll on a route to see the parade’s holiday floats near 16th street mall all month long. If you just need to take a drive somewhere, this post from 5280 outlines how to see all the best houses that go all out on their decorations around town. Do you prefer the Gingerbread House or It’s a Wonderful Light?

Have Yourself A Virtual Little Holiday

  • Camp Christmas: In 2019, Camp Christmas took over the Stanley Marketplace in the Central Park neighborhood to bring a fully immersive, vintage-decorated labyrinth of rooms, holiday cocktail bars, and Christmas activities to Denverites. Made by local artists, this year’s Camp Christmas delivers curated craft boxes and themed activities directly to campers’ homes for an interactive holiday experience that’s paired with their visual recreation of an all original Christmasland.
  • Colorado Ballet Presents The Nutcracker: Broadcasted on Rocky Mountain PBS, it’s free to watch the Colorado Ballet perform The Nutcracker for it’s 59th year. Talk about a holiday tradition, the performance moving virtual this year simply means the show must go on. You can watch it on Dec 18th at 9PM, Dec 24th at 7PM, and December 25th 12AM (if you’re still waiting up for Santa at that point, or just record it!)
  • Drive-In Christmas Movies: Does a drive-in theater count as a virtual event? We think so! If you’re feeling cooped up at home, head to the 88 Drive-in Theatre at 8780 Rosemary St. in Commerce City to see Elf, A Christmas Story, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation showing now, and The Polar Express later this month on the big screen.
  • Latkes & Light, A Virtual Family Hanukkah Celebration: Join the JCC on this great virtual event for families to light and bless your Menorahs. Leaders will sing and dance, do Hanukkah-themed activities, and talk about the importance of tzedakah.

Safely Shop At Open Air Markets And Support Local!

  • Denver Christkindl Market: Moving to Civic Center Park for its 20th season in Denver, the Christkindl Market has free admission. Come browse the artisan vendors for Christmas gifts, or enjoy a Bavarian pretzel with a hot drink. Open this month on Sundays through Wednesdays, 11 AM to 7 PM, and Thursdays through Saturdays, 11 AM to 9 PM (with a few exceptions.)
  • Cherry Creek Holiday Market: This is the first year for a new pop-up holiday market on the Filmore Plaza in Cherry Creek, and will host over 30 local vendors for gift buying, and options for food and drink. Happening now Sunday-Wednesday from 10 AM – 6 PM, and Thursday-Saturday from 10 AM – 8 PM through December 23rd, no tickets are required for entry.
  • Holiday BAZAAR at Belleview Station: Yet another winter event supporting local vendors from all over the State, the Holiday BAZAAR at Belleview Station is happening for two more weekends this month, Dec 12-13 and Dec 19-20, 11AM- 4PM. Stop by the Jingle Bar first, then peruse over 40 artists and sellers of gifts and fashion to check everyone off of your list. They also have a Denver BAZAAR virtual shopping platform if you prefer staying home.
  • (Online) Mile High Holiday Mart: The Junior League of Denver has put together this awesome online marketplace to showcase local artists and vendors with a huge range of items. You can pretty much find anything you’re looking for form home goods to cocktail kits to virtual experiences, and more. If you’re wondering the best way to support local businesses this year for the holiday season, this is a great place to start.

We hope this extensive list of safe holiday events in Denver and opportunities to buy local brings a little hope to your heart, and pep in your step. Which events are you planning to check out? Let us know in the comments below, and Happy Holidays!


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