Christmas in Denver
Christmas 2016 in Denver can see holiday revelers enjoying any number of fun pursuits. Strolling through the Downtown area and checking out all the seasonal decorations is just one option for things to do. Searching for that perfect gift while shopping at the 16th Street Mall can also be a joy, and you won't want to overlook the city's events schedule. The Denver Christmas events add plenty of extra substance to the holiday season, and it only gets better when you consider the events that are held in nearby suburbs and cities.
Denver Christmas Market
Denver Christmas Market Image: Amy Aletheia Cahil (flickr), CC BY-SA 2.0
The Christmas season in Denver essentially begins with the opening of the Christkindl Market at downtown's Skyline Park. This annual market features German artisans selling their wares, not to mention food stalls that specialize in German food and German beer. You can also get some spiced wine at the Denver Christkindl Market, and depending on when you visit, you might get to see Santa or watch local church and school groups perform holiday season songs and shows. If you want to enjoy the festive atmosphere of the Denver Christkindl Market, it is open daily from late November to December 24. Sunday through Wednesday, the hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, it stays open two hours longer.
As far as the 2016 Denver Christmas events are concerned, none is grander than the Denver Parade of Lights. This two-day event in early December sees all kinds of jolly residents from the Rocky Mountain region parading down the streets of downtown Denver. The City & County Building at 14th Ave and Bannock Street is the starting point, while 14th Street and Glenarm Place is the ending point. Friday's parade kicks off at 8 p.m., while the Saturday version gets started at 6 p.m. General admission along the Denver Parade of Lights route is free, and for those who prefer it, limited grandstand seating is available for a fee.
In addition to considering the annual parade, those who are interested in Denver Christmas events might keep the Wild Lights festival in mind. This annual celebration at the Denver Zoo is based around an immaculate display of lights, many of which are affixed to mechanical animals. Early December is when the Wild Lights festival begins, and it doesn't end until early January. The daily hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and the tickets are reasonably priced. As for Denver Christmas Events that are of the show variety, you can hope to catch a performance of The Nutcracker at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House or try to secure tickets for A Christmas Carol at the Stage Theatre. Both the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and the Stage Theatre are part of the larger Denver Performing Arts Complex, which can be found downtown at the corner of Arapahoe and Speer.
When you're not enjoying the Christmas lights in Denver or taking in some fun seasonal events, you can always hit one of the fantastic Colorado ski resorts that can be found close by. You can also head to one of the other cities in the region and see what they have to offer during the holiday season. Over in Golden, every Saturday between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day sees Washington Street being used for a festive parade.
A side trip to the historic mountain town of Georgetown can also be rewarding during the holiday season. The lovely downtown area converts itself into a winter wonderland for the first two weeks in December. Thousands of visitors come from all around to eat roasted chestnuts, take horse-drawn carriage rides, and do some shopping.
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