It’s holiday time in Denver, and it’s one of my favorite times of the year! There are so many amazing free, cheap and unique Denver holiday activities, that all you have to do is choose the best fit for your family!
Whether you are visiting Denver for the first time or planning the ultimate Denver staycation, I’ve rounded up some of our family favorites Christmas activities in Denver. And one special bonus New Year’s event that you won’t want to miss!
In no particular order, here are our top 18 picks of things to do in Denver with kids at Christmas time.
The Denver Botanic Gardens spend countless hours converting into magical Christmas nights for the whole family. Hundreds of thousands of gorgeous lights, food and drink for purchase. Fun for the whole family- all ages will enjoy this event. You can bring your own snacks and drinks too!
The Stapleton area is full of fun things to do for the holidays- and we love the Putt Club at Punch Bowl Social! Weekend evenings before Christmas you can enjoy delicious bites and a round of putt putt golf. Fun for the whole family! (Oh, and they do have heat lamps!)
Afterward, head to the 29th street plaza to see the Stapleton holiday tree, then hed to the corner of 33rd and Trenton to see the BEST Christmas lights set to music!
Buy your Christmas candy and learn how it is made! While you won't see Christmas candy actually being made at holiday time, kids love to see how candy is made, and this is a perfect daytime activity during Winter Break.
Visit the Union Station Christmas Tree and have a cold brew or a hot toddy. You can visit the Grand Illumination of the Christmas tree and building, and visit Santa on weekends. Check out their event page for more details.
I absolutely adore the Colorado Symphony's Christmas in Colorado program ever year. Handel's Messiah never fails, but everything else changes each year. Santa arrives, sometimes even the Grinch, and singing along is encouraged. This event is a great introduction to the Symphony for young children, and the atmosphere is relaxed and family friendly.
Mile High Holidays is an effort by Visit Denver to celebrate the holidays throughout Downtown Denver. Visit the lights at the justice center, visit the Mile High Christmas tree, find out about exclusive accommodations packages and more!
I think the Parade of Lights is the official kickoff to the holiday season in Denver. A longstanding Denver tradition sponsored by 9 News, you can see this event live or watch it from the comfort of your home on channel 9!
We love the Gaylord! In addition to their gorgeous grounds, super comfy rooms and amazing water park, at Christmas there are more activities than you can count. ICE! cirque. Tubing. Bumper Cars. Character breakfast. Oh, and awesome packages on all of it!
The holidays aren't over until we ring in the new year. Two of the best events in Denver are selling tickets now- and they will sell out! If fancy is your thing, try the New Year's Eve Black Tie Party. If you are into beer, NYE on Tap is your event.
Welcome! I’m Christa, a former high school teacher married to a handsome Costa Rican and mother of two bilingual daughters. I love all things Spanish and bi-cultural, (especially travel and food!) and you’ll find my observations on life here. Thanks for stopping by!