Enjoy Denver's Magical Holiday Season

Oct 28, 2010, 11:18 ET from VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau

Mile High Holidays Deliver New Experiences and Old Traditions

DENVER, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the Rocky Mountains providing a snow-capped backdrop, along with incredible Mile High Holidays hotel rates as low as $52.80*, Denver is a magical place to be during the holiday season.  

Festive parades and lighting spectacles accompany traditional holiday concerts.  Santa arrives to the Rocky Mountains for a series of appearances, while numerous outdoor events, including a new, free downtown ice-skating rink, carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides and even a tuba concert entertain throughout the season. The Mile High City then rings in the New Year with fireworks, countdown parties, concerts, and more.  

Denver boasts some of the nation's most colorful holiday lighting shows, with more than one million twinkling lights along the 16th St. Mall, Denver's mile-long pedestrian promenade, as well as new-fashioned LED blubs that will illuminate the Denver City & County Building.  Just down the street, 300,000 lights turn historic Larimer Square into a dazzling nighttime sight.

From the timelessness of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at Stage Theatre to the wonder of floats and seasonal spirit in the 9News Parade of Lights and from holiday classics such as The Nutcracker to the beautiful glowing luminarias lining Santa Fe Boulevard, the holidays in Denver enliven the spirit.

For a complete list of events, hotel specials and shopping information, visit www.visitdenver.com or call 1-800-2DENVER.  For deals on hotels, events and cultural attractions, go to www.MileHighHolidays.com.  

*Second night at select properties.  See website for more details.

Santa Comes to Denver

Breakfast With Santa

Downtown Aquarium

December 4-5, 11, 18-24, 2010

Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet at Downtown Aquarium with a scuba-diving Santa

Claus, as well as Sharkey and Java, the Aquarium's mascots.  

Santa Claus Special

Colorado Railroad Museum

December 4, 11-12, 18, 2010

This year, Santa has replaced his sleigh and reindeer with Colorado Railroad Museum's steam locomotive and a team of historic passenger cars all decked out for the holidays.  Children will want to bring their wish list to share with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the museum's authentic Red Caboose, then enjoy hot chocolate by the Depot General Store.  Here, they'll find a generous supply of railroad toys and a huge selection of Thomas the Tank Engine gifts.  Special Santa Claus rides, free with admission, depart every 20 minutes.  

Lighting Up The Town

Grand Illumination of Downtown

November 26, 2010

This year's Grand Illumination of downtown Denver features beautiful lighting displays at the City & County Building, Larimer Square, Denver Pavilions, Union Station, Skyline Park, the 16th Street Mall and the historic D&F Tower.  Downtown's festive atmosphere is sure to get folks in the holiday spirit.  Events at Denver Union Station begin at 5:30 p.m., with a countdown to "light the lights" live with 9NEWS at approximately 6:30 p.m.  

City & County Building Holiday Lights

November 26, 2010January 2011

The largest lighting display in Denver comes on nightly at 6 p.m. at the Denver City & County Building, where 600,000 LED-lights deck the neo-classical building.  The bell tower plays carols nightly as well.

16th Street Mall Holiday Lights

November 26, 2010January 2011

Denver's mile-long pedestrian promenade, the 16th Street Mall, is decorated with more than one million white lights.  Horse-drawn carriages ride up and down the mall nightly beginning at 6 p.m., creating a special way to view the display.  

2010 Farolito Lighting

November 28, 2010

The Tesoro Cultural Center kicks off the holiday season with live musical entertainment, seasonal carols and the lighting of the farolitos (also known as luminarias), a traditional Southwestern lighting display.  

Blossoms of Light

December 3, 2010January 2, 2011

Embrace the holiday season at "Blossoms of Light" at Denver Botanic Gardens (York St.  location).  More than one million colorful lights draped in elegant designs highlight the gardens' winter beauty.  Romantic and popular kissing spots will return, as well as the always anticipated HoloSpex glasses, which magically transform the lights into shimmering 3-D shapes.  

Luminarias de Santa Fe

December 3, 2010

With Luminarias de Santa Fe, the ArtDistrict on Santa Fe celebrates the holiday season by decorating the street with hundreds of festive, glowing luminarias (paper bags illuminated by candle) along Santa Fe Drive between 10th and 6th streets.  

9NEWS Parade of Lights

December 4 (8 p.m.) and 5 (6 p.m.), 2010

The 9NEWS Parade of Lights is the signature event of the Downtown Denver holiday season.  The countless sparkling lights, marching bands, giant balloons, majestic floats and delightful characters will once again wow hundreds of thousands.  Viewing along the parade route is free, and grandstand tickets are sold for seating in front of the beautifully illuminated City & County Building.  

Butterfly Pavilion: Living Lights

December 11 – 19, 2010

Holiday lights are even more festive when they fly, flutter and crawl.  Marvel at Living Lights this winter, which showcases some of the world's smallest wonders as thousands of lights illuminate the Butterfly Pavilion's tropical rainforest and outdoor gardens.

Zoo Lights

December 10, 2010January 1, 2011

The Denver Zoo comes alive for the holiday season with Zoo Lights, a magical display of animals and holiday themes decked with millions of colorful lights along with music, entertainment and more.  

Special Holiday Events

Southwest Rink at Skyline Park

Opening November 26, 2010

A brand new addition to the Denver holiday scene, the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park (Arapahoe and 16th streets, downtown Denver) will kick off the holiday season with ice skating and family fun.  The rink is FREE and open to the public with the option to bring personal skates or rent a pair at a minimal cost.  

Cherry Creek Shopping Center: The Ice Palace

November 26December 19, 2010

Inspired by the magic of winter, Cherry Creek Shopping Center will unveil an immersive new holiday experience in 2010 – The Ice Palace.  This one-of-a-kind experience includes a magical snow and light show inside a soaring 22-foot dome encircled with a series of arches and snow globes featuring content from the highly anticipated feature film, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  Throughout the holidays, enjoy strolling carolers and photo opportunities with Santa Claus.  

A Colorado Christmas

December 5, 2010

Experience Four Mile House decked out for the holidays, play Victorian games with Father Christmas, make gingerbread sugarplums, create popcorn-and-cranberry ornaments for the Four Mile Tree, and much more.  Free admission.  

Charles Dickens Candlelight Christmas Tour

December 17 – 18, 2010

This grand holiday tradition started by none other than Mr.  Dickens himself.  Hear excerpts from "A Christmas Carol" in the "unsinkable" Molly Brown's festively decorated home.  Learn about the Brown's happiest Christmas, and enjoy cookies and cider on Mrs. Brown's third floor.  

Las Posadas

December 24, 2010

Enjoy a traditional Southwestern Christmas Eve celebrating Las Posadas, musicians singing traditional songs pertaining to Mary and Joseph in Spanish and English in the courtyard of The Fort Restaurant.  

New Year's Eve Fireworks

December 31, 2010

Ring in the New Year with Denver's annual New Year's Eve Fireworks from viewpoints along the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver.  Two shows: 9 p.m. and Midnight

National Western Stock Show

January 8 – 23, 2011

Holiday season events keep right on going into January when the National Western Stock Show gallops back into town with exciting rodeo action, horse shows, Old West shows and more at the National Western Complex.  

Holidays Sound Off

Christmas with the Children's Chorale

December 4 – 5, 2010

This performance is the biggest caroling party in town, with 400 singers on stage and 2,000 more in the audience joining together to "repeat the sounding joy" of the holiday season.  The December 5 show is a special matinee 2 p.m. performance, while the December 6 show begins at 7 p.m., both at the Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex.  

Colorado Christmas

December 10 – 12, 2010

Now in its 26th year, Colorado Christmas continues to ring in the Holiday spirit in grand orchestral style.  Join the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, CSO Chorus and Colorado Children's Chorale in a program that highlights beloved yuletide carols in Boettcher Concert Hall at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.  


December 12, 2010

Hundreds of tuba players play holiday classics at the annual TubaChristmas Concert in Skyline Park (Arapahoe and 16th streets).  

'Twas The Brass Before Christmas

December 12 and December 18, 2010

This magical, nostalgic holiday celebration is designed for the entire family, with Christmas favorites performed by the acclaimed Denver Brass.  The show features a carol sing-a-long and a special visit from Santa Claus that puts everyone in the holiday spirit.

A Jazz Christmas With Dianne Reeves

December 14, 2010

Virtuoso, multi-GRAMMY® award-winner and improvisational powerhouse, Dianne Reeves is one of the pre-eminent jazz vocalists in the world today.  Welcome Reeves home to Colorado for the holidays in this jazz inspired concert of the season, in Boettcher Concert Hall at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.  

Messiah by Candlelight

December 15 and 19, 2010

Handel's masterpiece was written in just over two weeks but has remained a staple in the holiday repertory for more than 250 years.  Don't miss this holiday classic at Montview Presbyterian Church performed in the warm glow of candlelight, an experience never to forget.  

Too Hot to Handel

December 17 – 18, 2010

For 12 consecutive seasons, Colorado crowds have smiled, cheered, and danced in the aisles to this R&B, jazz, and gospel reworking of Handel's Messiah: Too Hot To Handel.  At Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, come experience what sold-out audiences found at last year's performances.  

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

December 22, 2010

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, one of the top-selling concert acts in the world, creates one of the most captivating concert experiences on the road today, with radical re-imaginings of holiday favorites, accompanied by lasers, pyrotechnics and state of the art lighting at the Pepsi Center.  

A Night in Vienna

December 31, 2010

Start New Year's Eve off early with a Viennese-style concert of Polkas, Waltzes and Marches performed by the Colorado Symphony.  Afterward, stroll down to the 16th Street Mall for fireworks and still get home long before the clock strikes midnight.

Holiday Performing Arts, Theatre & Dance

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

November 13 – 14, 2010

Experience the magic of America's favorite holiday spectacle, as the famous kicking Rockettes take a trip to the North Pole to visit with Santa Claus at the Pepsi Center.  

The Nutcracker

November 27 – December 26, 2010

Performed for more than 100 years, this ballet event still gives audiences of all ages goose bumps.  Captivating costumes and scenery, unforgettable characters, and Tchaikovsky's treasured music make Colorado Ballet's rendition of The Nutcracker the ultimate holiday event at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.  

A Christmas Carol

December 2 – 24, 2010

The heart-warming holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, returns to the Stage Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.  Original songs, ghostly chills, laughter, and warmth deck the halls, as the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by the spirits of his past, present, and likely future.  This evergreen tale of generosity, kindness, and true Christmas spirit comes to joyous life with splendid period sets and costumes.  

Stories On Stage: Making Merry

December 12, 2010

A variety of holiday stories read live on stage at the Denver Performing Arts Complex make Making Merry a new Denver holiday tradition.  

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