OPINION: Top 9 Events in Denver for the Holiday Season



As the holidays quickly approach, many people look for events to get into the giving spirit. Here are the top 9 holiday events in Denver this year.

9. Colorado Symphony: A Colorado Christmas

When: Dec. 15 – 17 (Performance times vary)

Where: Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St, Denver, CO 80202

Cost: $20 – $94

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Enjoy the musical sounds of the season performed by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, which also features the Colorado Symphony Chorus. The performance also includes The Rocky Mountain Ringers, a handbell chorus that has been together since 1996. Whether young or old, this performance encompasses enjoyment for everyone.

8. Denver Botanic Garden’s “Blossoms of Light”

When: Nov. 24, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St, Denver, CO

Cost: $13 – $15 (per person)

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Whether you’re a person who loves Christmas lights or likes being outdoors, the Botanic Gardens “Blossoms of Light” is perfect for you. Located at the Denver Botanic Gardens on York Street, the light show is a must see this holiday season. When visiting, be sure you don’t miss the interactive light display in a large field of sound-reactive, animated LED lights. Besides light viewing, the Botanic Gardens offers holiday treats, warm drinks and HoloSpex glasses for purchase.

7. Denver Christkindl Market

When: Nov. 17 – Dec. 23


Sunday – Thursday, 11am – 7pm

Friday and Saturday, 11am – 9pm

Thanksgiving Day, 11am – 4pm

December 18 – 23, Extended Weekday Hours 11am – 9pm

Where: Skyline Park (16th Street Mall and Arapahoe St.)

Cost: Free

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Looking for some last minute holiday shopping or gifts that you can’t find anywhere else? If you answered yes to this question, be sure to visit the Denver Christkindl Market. Located at Skyline Park in Denver, the Denver Christkindl Market offers the unique experience of shopping outside in the heart of Downtown Denver. In addition to shopping, the market offers performances of traditional German music as well as Christmas and holiday music that can be enjoyed while you shop.

6. TubaChristmas

When: Sun. Dec, 17 @ 1 P.M.

Where: Skyline Park Denver

Cost: Free

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Rather than listening to Christmas and holiday music on the radio, enjoy live music in Denver at a TubaChristmas. With free admission, the entire family can enjoy Christmas music in the heart of Denver.

5. “A Christmas Carol”

When: Nov. 24 – Dec. 24 (Performance times vary)

Where: Denver Center for Performing Arts Complex (DCPA)

Cost: $47 – $102

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Based on the highly acclaimed book “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol” offers some of the best holiday entertainment of the season. Follow Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey through Christmas past, present and future while enjoying the spirit of Christmas and what it means to give back. The musical is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit, and a reminder that Christmas is about the gift of giving.

4. Colorado Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

When: Nov. 25 – Dec. 24

Where: Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Cost: $30 – $120

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Aside from being an annual show in Denver, the Colorado Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” is a holiday favorite. Filled with exciting music by Pyotr Llyich Tchaikovsky, follow Clara and her nutcracker on a journey through several enchanted lands.

3. A Hudson Christmas

When: Nov. 24 – Dec. 31

Where: Hudson Gardens  

Cost: $6 – $9

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Similar to the Denver Zoo Lights and the Botanical Garden’s “Blossoms of Light”, A Hudson Christmas is a must see light display this holiday season. Featuring a visit from Santa, interactive lights, and holiday refreshments, A Hudson Christmas is an event that provides fun for the entire family.

2. “Elf: The Musical”

When:  Dec. 13 – 17
Where: Buell Theatre

Cost: $25 – $100

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Based on the hit 2003 movie “Elf”, “Elf: The Musical” tells the beloved story of Buddy the Elf as he makes his journey through Manhattan in order to find his dad. The musical features exciting music, humor and enjoyment for the entire family. This is an event you wouldn’t want to miss.

1. Denver Zoo Lights

When: Dec. 1 – 31

Where: Denver Zoo

Cost: $9 – $17

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After becoming an annual holiday tradition for many families in Denver, the Denver Zoo Lights is a must see this holiday season. Even though the zoo’s target audience is children, the Denver Zoo Lights offers entertainment for the entire family. The exhibit features thousands of lights, including animated animals.