Colorado has transformed into a winter wonderland and we're not upset about it! Gather the whole family and enjoy all the activities December has to offer from mountain-top to metro.
your go-to guide for december events around the denver metro & surrounding areas
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D E N V E R M E T R O
Holiday Tree Lighting 2019
Tuesday, December 3rd | 5-7PM
Aurora Municipal Center
‘Tis the season to be merry and bright! Enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the holidays! Presented by the city of Aurora and BOK Financial we will have musical and dance performances, live reindeer, FREE hot chocolate and snacks, storytelling with Mrs. Claus and pictures with the one and only Santa Claus!
Holiday Lights Santa and Carols Wednesday, December 4th | 6-8PM Little Man Ice Cream, Denver
Kick off the Season of Lights with a night of pajama-clad carolers, tree lights, photos with Santa, Channukah candles and latkes for all! Join our community sing-along featuring local schools!
Winterfest on South Pearl Street Friday, December 6th | 5-9PM South Pearl Street
It’s the most Magical time of the year on South Pearl Street! Join us for Box Elder Horse and Wagon rides, a Saturday holiday market with gift and food vendors. Take a holiday photo with Olde World Santa. Enjoy a hot adult beverage as well as hot chocolate and cider for the kids. Get your holiday greenery from Pope Farms Produce and Garden Center outdoor tree lot.
2019 9NEWS Parade of Lights Friday, December 6th | 8-9PM Saturday, December 7th | 6-7PM Downtown Denver
Join us for the 9NEWS Parade of Lights, presented by American Furniture Warehouse and ENT Credit Union. The FREE parade features marching bands, ornate floats, and of course a special appearance by Major Waddles and Santa! Grab your hot chocolate and ear-muffs, this year is going to be better than ever!
Holiday Lighting Ceremony Saturday, December 7th | 5:30-8:30PM City of Westminster Parks, Recreation and Libraries
Experience the magical wonderland of lights at Westminster City Hall during the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony, complete with live holiday music, food trucks, carnival games, and of course, a visit with Santa! The full-size sleigh and kid-size train are perfect settings for family photos. Dress warmly—the event is mostly outside!
Holiday Pup Up Sunday, December 8th | 1-5PM Dumb Friends League
Shop our market for holiday gifts, enjoy cider and hot cocoa stations, take a picture with Santa (pets included!) and much more! We make celebrating the season and helping homeless pets as easy as finding Rudolph’s nose on a foggy night. Who knows, you may even find a new furry friend during our $25 off all adoptions special at the Leslie A. Malone Center.
A Colorado Christmas Friday, December 13th | 7:30-8:30PM Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver CO
The warm sounds of the holidays fill the Hall with festive seasonal favorites, including ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas narrated from stage by beloved Denver vocalist Devin DeSantis! This family-friendly evening, led by Assistant Conductor Bertie Baigent, features traditional Christmas carols, your favorite new winter tunes, and even some newly arranged surprises – all with a chance to sing along to your heart’s content! And you better not pout because Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to see who’s naughty and who’s nice in preparation for the big night!
2019 Holiday Fest Saturday, December 14th | 1-4PM Old South Gaylord Street
Join us on historic south gaylord street for hot chocolate, cookies, and Santa! Get your picture taken with Santa for only $5. The Denver Santa Claus shop will be there collecting donations for children in need.
Candy Cane Course Sunday, December 15th | 8-11AM City Park, Denver
Join us for the annual Candy Cane Course, a Christmas themed run that is perfect for the whole family. The fun includes great swag (designer shirt, custom snow globe medal), chip-timing, live results and awards, free photos, costumes, free kids dash, great post-race food, and plenty of fun activities. Grab your friends and family you are not going to want to miss this one!
2nd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater vs. Onesie Party Friday, December 20th | 7PM-2AM ROLL Denver
‘Twas 5 nights before Christmas and all through EXDO, all the creatures were stirring and laughing all hearty! So put on your best onesies, don your worst sweaters, lace up them skates, and come join the party! It’s our toy drive so bring a small toy for one free drink! *And yes, Santa will be here for a photo op this year!
Ugly Sweater Brew Run with Breckenridge Brewing Sunday, December 22nd | 10AM-1:30PM Breckenridge Brewery, Littleton CO
Wear your most festive, ugliest holiday gear and get ready for some magical winter fun! Join the social fun run/walk along the beautiful platte river trail and then enjoy seasonal brews or hot chocolate and a big ugly sweater contest. Cost: $35 includes run entry, seasonal Breckenridge brew, fun coaster, Colorado beer buff, ugly sweater party + contest and more fun giveaways from our sponsors.
Christmas Glass Dipping Experience hosted by Makers Mark Monday, December 23rd | 6-9PM The Bluegrass - Olde Town Arvada Join us for our final Naughty Elf Workshop of the Noel season. Bring your family and friends for the day before Christmas eve for this great wax dipping experience. Makers Mark will be bringing their wax dipping set to our Christmas Pop Up Bar, where we will have lots of holiday tunes and cheer. Regular Bluegrass Menu and Christmas snacks will be available for purchase. Tickets are $35 and include your own personalized Makers Mark glass along with 1 Christmas Drink. Also feel free to bring your favorite NON-BRANDED glass or flask from home to dip as well.
M O U N T A I N
Fire Ball and Fire on the Mountain Friday, December 6th | 9PM-2AM Telluride Fire Festival 532 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, Colorado 81435
An event that provides the opportunity to attend workshops, see, touch and feel unusual creative fire art & watch fire dancers. Come be a part of the art and express your creativity in elegant formal attire or festive apparel. Be prepared to dance to LVDY Music and Brock Benson (AKA DJBrockMasters) all night long, Cash bar with snacks & sandwiches will be available too.
Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas Saturday, December 7th | 3-9PM Ski Country Resorts, Breckenridge CO
During the first weekend in December, Breckenridge transforms into its notoriously noted 'Christmas Town' look & feel. Celebrate with us by watching on as the sparkly lights along Main Street are lit. Join hundreds of other Santa adorned participants (dogs included!) in the Race of the Santas. And, new this year, Reindeer Run for children 12 and under.
7th Annual Tree Lighting Sunday, December 8th | 5-6PM The Little Nell, Aspen CO
This festive, family-friendly event welcomes guests and the community to the courtyard at The Little Nell. Countdown to the exciting tree lighting as you enjoy complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, carolers and photos with Santa Claus. The Aspen Animal Shelter will be on-site once again with “reindeer” pups.
PCACC Cowboy Christmas in Bailey Sunday, December 8th | 1-6PM Platte Canyon Chamber
Cowboy Christmas in Bailey is Sunday, December 8th! Join us at 83 Main Street in Bailey, Colorado from 1-4 pm for this fun and free annual event! Pictures with Santa, kids crafts and activities, face painting, chili cook off, turkey give-a-ways, s'mores and more! Community announcements and caroling at 4 pm followed by the parade of lights at 5. See you there!
Breckenridge Ullr Fest Wednesday, December 11th - Sunday, December 15th
Ullr Fest will celebrate 57 years this year, and the Town of Breckenridge invites snow lovers of all ages to join the party. During Ullr Fest in Breckenridge, don’t be surprised to see horned Viking hats adorning the heads of skiers and snowboarders, the biggest bonfire in town, and more than 12,000 Ullr enthusiasts filling the streets for the Ullr Parade with crazy float participants skiing off jumps on Main Street or gliding along town in a hot tub. Join us to rejoice with Ullr himself… he’s ready for a good party.
A Musical Holiday at Hiwan Thursday, December 12th | 5-7PM Hiwan Heritage Park, Evergreen CO
Enjoy live music, crafts, cookie decorating, light refreshments, and general merriment. Free. All ages welcome. No registration required.
Holiday Wreath Making Workshop Monday, December 16th | 5:30-8PM Sweetwater Boutique 28125 Highway 74, Evergreen, Colorado 80439
Ring in the holiday season with a night of craft beer, friends and seasonal crafts! Join us at Sweetwater Boutique for an evening of holiday cheer and crafts! Sam with Little Shop of Floral will be leading this hands-on workshop where you'll learn how to and create your very own holiday wreath. Bring your friends, your mom, your girlfriend for a night of tasty drinks and holiday cheer. Tickets are limited as is our space. Light snacks will also be provided. Private parties are also available by request. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries and availability!
A Christmas Carol Friday, December 20th | 7:30-9:30PM The Evergreen Players 27608 Fireweed Dr, Evergreen, Colorado 80439
Season's Readings presents A Christmas Carol: Six stellar actors play all the parts in Evergreen Players' exclusive version of Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL. A beloved Players holiday tradition.