In what hopefully feels like “a return to normal” for Denver residents this holiday season, the city’s fall and winter months are filled with some of The Mile High City’s most enjoyable events as they all come back to in-person this year! From downtown holiday markets to Cherry Creek light shows and even Denver Fashion Week, there are many options for locals to choose from that will even get the biggest “grinch” out of the house and excited for a day or night on the town. Here are our top recommendations.
Pixar Putt: thru November 27, 2022
Located at McGregor Square, Pixar Putt is a pop-up, open-air mini-golf experience made up of 18 interactive holes inspired by… you guessed it: the stories, characters and icons from some of Pixar’s favorite films, including “Toy Story,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Finding Nemo,” “Coco,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Wall-E” and “Inside Out.” Whether it’s a date night or trying to entertain the kids, this will appeal to all ages.
Butterfly Pavilion’s Monarch Magic: thru November 30, 2022
At the beautiful Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, the majestic butterflies hold an especially significant spot as one of the essential symbols in the Mexican tradition of Día de Los Muertos, or Day fof the Dead in early November. Butterfly Pavilion celebrates this cultural tradition by opening its doors and providing a peaceful and enchanting experience for all who wish to marvel at the monarchs.
Tinseltown “Where Everyday Is Christmas”: November 10–30, 2022
Tinseltown is coming to Zeppelin Station, right as winter descends on us! At the all-encompassing Christmas-themed pop-up, anticipate Santa, elves, presents, tinsel, festive tunes and lots of warm winter drinks, including a yummy Christmas cocktail menu for those who partake. The halls will also be fully decked with baubles, bows, hanging trees, wreaths and just about every festive goodie ever! Tickets include entry to the themed bar and a themed drink upon arrival.
Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show: November 11–13, 2022
Held at the Colorado Convention Center, and now in its 19th year, the Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show is the largest holiday gift show in Colorado, with more than 200 vendors of unique gifts, handmade items, specialty foods and more! Join in the festive fun and get pictures with Santa, visit Hammond’s Candy Land and watch model trains wind through holiday villages.
Denver Fashion Week: November 12–20, 2022
Named “one of the fastest-growing American fashion platforms” by Forbes Magazine, Denver Fashion Week (DFW) is returning for another fall season and in true DFW fashion, they’re making this season bigger and better than the last. They’ve added a new and amazing venue, more designers, more shows, new runway show concepts and upgraded runway production.
16th Street Mall Holiday Festival: November 12–13, November 19–20, November 26–27 and December 10, 2022
This highly attended annual curated marketplace on 16th Street Mall features an awesome selection of one-of-a-kind seasonal items, high-quality handcrafted goods, fabulous holiday gift ideas, delicious specialty foods, home décor and unique holiday gifts. While you shop, enjoy Christmas carolers, live entertainers and appearances by Santa!
Cherry Creek North Holiday Market + Winter Wonderland Light Walk: November 17–December 24, 2022
The free Cherry Creek North Holiday Market at Fillmore Plaza features 30 local artisan vendors, live music, and festive drinks and decor. Also, savor the season with a musical light walk under millions of twinkling lights. Children of all ages and parents alike will enjoy searching for eight sparkling trees that are choreographed to winter melodies in a beautifully timed show.
Light the Lights: November 23, 2022 – January 22, 2023
Every night except Mondays, at 5:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., an eight-minute choreographed light and music holiday show will light up the night at the City and County of Denver Building in Civic Center Park.
Following that, it will then go to a festive, static holiday display until 10:45 p.m. There will be a special light schedule on December 3 as well, to highlight activities as the 9News Parade of Lights begins in front of the City and County Building. Be there when the magic begins with the Light the Lights Celebration on November 23 from 4:30–5:30 p.m. Denver7 News Anchor Anne Trujillo will host this year’s program which will feature live holiday music performed by the Denver Municipal Band. At approximately 5:15 p.m., Mayor Michael B. Hancock will flip Denver’s giant light switch which will turn on the first holiday light and music show of the season.
*Updated November 4, 2022