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Fun Winter Activities in Denver

Even with the snow and dropping temperatures, there’s still lots of fun to be had in the Mile-High City. With plenty of places to kick back or learn something new, here are a few things to check out if you’re looking for some enjoyable activities in downtown Denver.

Take a Ride on the West Denver Brewery Bike Loop

This fun bike ride will take you on a scenic view around west Denver between WestFax, Joyride, Hogshead, Oasis and Seedstock on the last Saturday of each month. Bike the loop and earn a free beer! Traveling to 5 West Denver Breweries, enjoy a cold beverage and FREE beer voucher at the end. Participate with friends or family for an unforgettable trip!

Warm Up with Hot Chocolate at Union Station

Often referred to as “Denver’s living room,” Union Station is a premier spot to eat, drink, mix and mingle with locals and visitors alike. If you’re trying to escape the cold, grab a cup of delicious hot cocoa as you see travelers coming and going from the active train platform in the back. It’s also a great place to bring friends to sip cocktails or enjoy a meal at one of the many award-winning restaurants inside.

Indulge at The Brown Palace Hotel

The iconic Hotel that has hosted many Presidents and Celebrities, offers tea and other treats every afternoon from noon to 4 p.m. Listen to a live pianist while being treated to top-notch service and beautiful spreads of freshly brewed herbal teas, scones and finger sandwiches.

Explore at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Where else can you see dinosaurs, Egyptian mummies and learn about far-away planets? The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is an experience that nobody forgets and is fun for the whole family. With all sorts of fun shows and activities, it’s the perfect place to spend a day off and learn something cool about science.

Spread your Wings at the Butterfly Pavilion

Tired of the cold? Denver’s Butterfly Pavilion is the perfect place to get a taste of the tropic here in Colorado. The pavilion is home to more than 1,600 free-flying butterflies and has more than 5,000 creatures living there. Tickets are $9 for kids, $13 for adults and must be purchased in advance.

Though these activities are great ways to spend the colder days in Colorado, they’re still available all throughout the year! With so many things to learn, do and see, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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N-ice Activities in Colorado

Winter in Colorado is a magical wonderland on its own. While the cold weather may send you running to curl up by the fireplace, there are special activities that you can learn and explore. Whether with family or friends, you can enjoy this season exploring these unique adventures in Colorado.

Ice Skating

Ice skating may seem like the typical Hallmark movie activity. However, it is a winter staple for a reason. With rinks in Fort Collins

and Denver, you can enjoy the lively atmosphere around the pedestrian areas and local cafes. With a picturesque mountain view, you can glide across the 40-acre Evergreen Lake. From Vail Resort to Ouray’s Swiss-like rink, there are many attractive options for you to skate in. Find your dream skating rink here.

Ice Fishing

Do you love to fish in the summer? Have you tried ice fishing yet? This experience is one of a kind. Sitting in a chair on a frozen lake and waiting for your catch, surrounded by the tranquility of nature, is truly a surreal experience. With Colorado’s abundant reservoirs and state parks, you have access to places designed to guarantee a catch. The only caveat: Be sure to get your fishing license. Add tension to your line at these spots.

Dog Sledding

With a powerful pack of huskies, you can sled your way through the beautiful Colorado mountains. This one-of-a-kind winter adventure takes you on a tour through the natural wonderland of Colorado’s backcountry. Several resorts in popular towns like Snowmass and Breckenridge offer dog sledding tours; local and family-owned dog sledding businesses also offer treks in various mountain towns. Learn more about this safe and exciting activity here.

Snowmobiling

With the snowy mountain tops, speeding through the powder is an activity one should not miss. If you feel the need for speed, snowmobiling is right up your alley. With family-friendly options, you can go on excursions in Colorado’s high country in popular areas, including Winter Park and Grand Lake. Embark upon your snowy adventure here.

With many seasonal activities out there, you can enjoy the unparalleled Coloradan lifestyle with your family and friends. Who says skiing and snowboarding are the only options for a thrill?

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Denver Holiday Fun 2016

From festive lights and holiday markets, to Christmas musicals and mountain winter festivals, now is the time to get your fill of the holiday festivities happening around Denver and Colorado!

See the Lights

Denver Holiday Fun

Blossoms of Light

When: November 25th – January 1st
Where: Botanic Gardens, York Street
Cost: $13 Adult, $11 Adult Member, $10 Child, $8 Child Member

Denver Botanic Gardens proudly hosts this annual family-friendly event that has become a tradition. This annual holiday light extravaganza features some new elements, and includes the grand illuminated O’Fallon Perennial Walk and the Romantic Gardens.

Trail of Lights

When: November 25th – January 1st
Where: Botanic Gardens, Chatfield Farms
Cost: Adult – $11, Adult Member – $9, Child – $8, Child Member – $6

Head to Chatfield Farms to see colorful holiday lights illuminate a winding path through the Colorado countryside, set against a stunning foothills backdrop. This annual rustic holiday lights extravaganza includes past favorites as well as new lighting elements.

9News Parade of Lights

When: December 2nd & December 3rd
Where: Downtown Denver
Cost: Free

A Holiday tradition in Downtown Denver! Join 9NEWS for the Parade of Lights that will feature 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!

Denver Zoo Lights

When: December 2nd – January 1st
Where: Denver Zoo
Cost: varies based on date

Zoo Lights will span through 70 acres of Denver Zoo’s campus, with nightly entertainment, animal encounters, Santa meet-and-greets, and illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes, and appear in places where they’re least expected.

Markets

Denver Holiday Fun

Denver ChristKindl Market

When: November 18th – December 23rd
Where: Skyline Park, 16th Street Mall

What can you find at the Denver Christkindl Market? Music, beer, and Gluehwein (mulled wine), entertainment, gifts, crafts, and of course holiday spirit! Vendors from all over Europe and Colorado are invited to share their unique wares with Denver – so be sure to head down to Colorado’s only authentic Christkindl market!

 

The Denver Flea: Holiday Flea

When: December 2nd – December 4th
Where: Sports Castle at 1000 Broadway

The Holiday Flea is your one-stop shop for merriment, locally made goods, crafts, drinks, and more! Join the 11th pop-up marketplace and 3rd annual Holiday Flea this December 2nd, 3rd, and 4th inside the iconic former Sports Castle building at 1000 Broadway Street.

55th Annual Georgetown Christmas Market

When: December 5th – December 13th
Where: Downtown Georgetown, Colorado

Each December the town of Georgetown transforms for two weekends into a bustling Christmas scene reminiscent of Christmas of long ago. Come enjoy appearances by St. Nicholas in his traditional dress and the daily procession of the Santa Lucia, as well as carolers in Victorian costume, dancers, and other family entertainment.

Arts & Culture

Denver Holiday Fun

The Nutcracker

When: Various dates between November 26th – December 24th
Where: Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Cost: Varies based on seating

Colorado Ballet’s 56th annual production of The Nutcracker will feature more than 300 costumes, 31 Company dancers, 25 Studio Company dancers, 76 Academy dancers, scenery by José Varona, and timeless choreography paired with Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

The Santa Land Diaries

When: November 28th – December 27th
Where: The Jones Theater at Denver Performing Arts Center
Cost: Tickets start at $25

Crumpet the Elf returns for more hilarious holiday hijinks in this acclaimed one-man show from Boulder Ensemble Theater Company, presented by Off-Center. Looking for a little more snark in your stocking this year? David Sedaris’ off-beat tales from his stint as a Macy’s elf in New York City is the sure cure for the common Christmas show.

A Christmas Carol

When: November 28th – December 28th
Where: The Stage Theater, Denver Performing Arts Center
Cost: Ticket prices starting at $49

Essential to the holiday season in Denver, A Christmas Carol promises to “warm your heart and renew your holiday spirit” according to the Examiner. Based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, this joyous and opulent musical adaptation traces money-hoarding skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant overnight journey to redemption. A Christmas Carol illuminates the meaning of the holiday season in a way that has resonated for generations.

Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer: The Musical

When: December 16th – December 18th
Where: The Buell Theater
Cost: Ticket prices starting at $20

The beloved TV classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, and of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.

Icelantic’s Winter on the Rocks

When: January 27th
Where: Red Rocks Amphitheater
Cost: $45 – $55

Held in conjunction with the SIA SnowShow, this benchmark event will host a collection of snow sports enthusiasts, outdoor lifestyle devotees, and a variety of passionate folks looking to celebrate winter in Colorado at one of the most iconic venues in the world. This event feature’s National headlining musicians, a value packed partner village, a custom fire feature, and plenty of energetic individuals ready coming together to celebrate winter lifestyle in Colorado.

Mountain Festivals

Denver Holiday Fun

Vail Snow Daze

When: December 9th – December 11th
Where: Vail, Colorado

Vail Snow Daze, the largest early-season mountain bash in North America, returns! Enjoy fresh tracks on the mountain, the sponsor expo village by day, and après parties and free live concerts by night.

12 Days of Aspen

When: December 20th – December 31st
Where: Aspen, Colorado

Over the holidays, Aspen is transformed into a Winter Wonderland. During the 12 Days of Aspen, Aspen comes alive with everything from free ice skating, holiday treats, and carolers. Even Santa joins in the celebration! To top it all off, join us in celebrating New Year’s Eve with fireworks over Aspen Mountain.

Ullr Fest: Breckenridge

When: Januray 11th – January 14th
Where: Breckenridge, Colorado

Ullr Fest celebrates 54 years this January and 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, Ullympic competitors flinging frying pans for prizes, more than 12,000 Ullr enthusiasts filling the streets for the Ullr Parade, and crazy float participants skiing off jumps on Main Street or gliding along town in a hot tub. Join us to rejoice with Ullr himself.

X-Games Aspen

When: January 26th – January 29th
Where: Aspen, Colorado

X Games returns to Aspen, Colorado’s Buttermilk Mountain for the world’s best action sports, music, and festival experience — on snow! All sport competitions are free and open to the public. All musical performances will take place at the stage at Buttermilk Mountain. Live coverage of the event will air on ESPN and ABC.

Winter Dew Tour Breckenridge

When: December 8th – December 11th
Where: Breckenridge, Colorado

Dew Tour will return to Breckenridge with a newly revamped winter ski and snowboard competition. The top ski and snowboard athletes in the world will be taking over Breckenridge Ski Resort’s famed Freeway Terrain Park to put the new courses to the test in both individual slopestyle and pipe competitions as well as compete alongside teammates in the new team challenge.

 

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Winter Fun Beyond The Slopes

ThinkstockPhotos-153493573The winter months are when Colorado truly sparkles. Skiing and snowboarding might be the first things that come to mind when thinking about winter in Colorado, but there are plenty of other family friendly activities right here in Denver to take advantage of this season. It’s time to bundle up and enjoy all of the holiday cheer the Mile High City has to offer!

Olde Golden Christmas
Downtown Golden
November 2 – December 31

For an authentic hometown Christmas experience, plan to visit Golden, Colorado where the holiday spirit is all around you. Olde Golden Christmas includes a community candlelight walk, Victorian carolers, live theater, holiday parades, shopping events and sales, musical concerts, Santa Claus, Newfoundland dogs, holiday lights, art, and so much more! 

Foothills Holiday Art Market
Foothills Art Center
November 14 – December 31

Shop gifts created by more than 80 Colorado artists working in the highest standards of handcraft. With fine ceramics, fiber, glasswork, jewelry, paintings, woodworking, photography, holiday items, and more, there’s something special for everyone to celebrate the holiday season.

The Rink at Belmar
Belmar Shopping Center
November 19 – January 3 (Open Daily)
January 7 – January 31 (Open Weekends)

In the winter, the Belmar Plaza becomes an ice skating rink and a social hub for the holidays. The Rink at Belmar has lots of special events that will make your holidays so much more interesting. Tuesdays are Date & Skate night, where you can get 2-for-1 deals on skating and at select Belmar restaurants. On Saturdays, bring your kids down for the opportunity to swirl around the ice with Santa and catch a few photos. So lace up your ice skates and skate into the 2015-16 holiday season!

German ChristKindl Market
Arapahoe & 16th Street
November 20 – December 23

What can you find at the Denver Christkindl Market? Traditional German music, beer, mulled wine, food, entertainment, gifts, crafts and of course holiday spirit! Artisans from all over Europe and the Colorado area are invited to share their high-quality, unique wares with Denver. Find handcrafted gifts such as traditional handcrafted wooden figurines, and handmade candles and ornaments. Entry is free so bring the family and experience Colorado’s only authentic Christkindl market.

Southwest Rink at Skyline Park
Arapahoe & 16th Street
November 24 – February 15

Nothing says winter like ice skating! At the Southwest rink at Skyline Park you can skate for free all winter long. If you don’t have your own ice skates you can rent them for just $2. The rink is nestled right in the heart of downtown Denver, with the city-scape as a beautiful backdrop. This scenic skating experience is wonderful for the whole family.

Trail of Lights
Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms
November 27 – January 2

With the foothills as a stunning backdrop, colorful lights illuminate a winding path through the Colorado countryside. Spread throughout Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, the Trail of Lights offers visitors a choice of paths; a shorter route takes visitors directly to the children’s play area, while an extended path allows visitors to explore the Green Farm Barn and silo before continuing onto the children’s area and 1880’s homestead.

9 News Parade of Lights
Downtown Denver
December 4 – December 5

Begin your holiday season at the spectacular 41st Annual 9NEWS Parade of Lights. The two-mile parade route in Downtown Denver is the stage for Colorado’s brightest holiday tradition. The free holiday spectacular features marching bands, ornate floats, and, of course, a special appearance by Major Waddles the Penguin and Santa. Grab your hot chocolate and ear-muffs, this year is going to be better than ever!

Zoo Lights
Denver Zoo
December 4 – January 3

Zoo Lights will nearly double in size this year, spanning 70 acres of Denver Zoo’s campus, with nightly entertainment, animal encounters, Santa meet-and-greets and, of course, illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected. This is one of Denver’s most anticipated events and a great opportunity to enjoy the holidays with family, friends and colleagues! 

Vail Snow Daze
Solaris in the heart of Vail Village
December 11 – December 13

Vail Snow Daze is the largest early-season mountain bash in North America. Enjoy making fresh tracks in the snow and attending the ski expo during the day, then indulge in parties and live music from great national music acts by night. Friday night Big Head Todd & The Monsters, who originally formed in Colorado, are headlining. On the 12th, the Southern rock jam band JJ Grey and Mofro will perform. The best part? All events are free to the public!