City Attractions

Friday, December 15 – Sunday, December 17, 2017

THE 16TH STREET MALL located in downtown Denver. Just a few blocks from the Auraria Campus. The mile-long, pedestrian-friendly Mall is packed with shopping, restaurants and attractions. The mall shuttle runs the length of the mall, picks up on every corner on the Mall, and is free and runs from 4:30 am to 1:30 am. 

The Mall offers outdoor cafes, and shopping. The Denver Pavilions, near the south end of the Mall, is a shopping and dining complex with 12 movie theaters and more than two dozen shops and restaurants. Points of interest along the Mall include the D&F Tower, a two-thirds replica of the Campanile of St. Marks in Venice that was the highest building west of the Mississippi when it was built in 1909.

At the south east end of the 16th Street Mall is Civic Center Park, from there you can walk a few blocks west to view the Holiday Lights on The City and County Buildinga favorite of visitors and locals. The lights will be lit daily November 25th – January 22, 2018 from 6-11pm.

Other Events in Denver

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Stage Theatre. 1400 Curtis St., Denver CO 80202 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.
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. November 24, 2017 – December 24, 2017. Tickets vary $47-$92. (303)-893-4100.

A COLORADO CHRISTMAS Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. 1400 Curtis Street, Denver CO 80202 The warm sounds of the holidays fill Boettcher Concert Hall with your favorite songs this December. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, narrated live from stage, will put a smile on your face and set a festive tone for this treasured holiday program, and you won’t want to miss other favorite works like “Sleigh Ride,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from The Nutcracker, and more! This family-friendly evening features traditional Christmas carols, highlights from our popular production of Too Hot to Handel with a chance to sing along to a few of your favorite “Frozen” winter tunes. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to see who’s naughty and who’s nice in preparation for the big night!
Recurring daily. December 15, 2017-December 17, 2017. Friday: 7:30 PM, Saturday: 2:30 PM & 6:00 PM, Sunday: 1:00 PM. Tickets vary $15-$89. (720-865-4220)

DREAM BIG 3D Denver Museum of Nature & Science IMAX Theatre. 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver CO 80205 Dream Big 3D will transform how you think about the E in STEM. This adventure takes you around the world to explore engineering marvels both large and small, ancient and modern. From the Great Wall of China to the high-tech Shanghai Tower, from underwater robots to solar powered cars, you will see how human ingenuity pushes the limits of innovation. Dream Big celebrates engineers who build, invent, and shape our world, and inspire the youth of today who will be the great minds of tomorrow.
Recurring daily. December 2, 2017 – June 1, 2018. 11:30 AM & 3:00 PM. $7 Adults, $6 Seniors, $6 Children, Free Children under 3. Requires Museum Admission. (303) 315-9448.

BLOSSOMS OF LIGHT Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York St., Denver CO 80206
This annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms our York Street location into a twinkling winter wonderland. Don’t miss: Interacting with the Lumenscape, a large field of sound-reactive, animated LED lights Warm drinks and tasty treats. Enjoy your stroll through Blossoms of Light while sipping a warm beverage in your souvenir mug.
Recurring November 24, 2017-January 1, 2018. Tickets Adult $15, Adult Member $13, Senior $11, Child (3-15) $10, Under 2 FREE. (720) 865-3500.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Downtown Aquarium 700 Water St., Denver CO 80211 Join Sharkey and Santa for a delicious breakfast buffet, exhibit discounts and more! (Reservations Required). December 16-17, 2017. 303)-561-4450.

DENVER CHRISTKINDL MARKET Skyline Park. 16th St and Arapahoe, Denver CO 80202 Celebrate the season at Denver’s only authentic German Christmas Market. The Christkindl Market brings old world Christmas char to downtown Denver with music, beer & Gluehwein, entertainment, gifts, crafts and of course holiday spirit. Vendors from Europe and the Colorado area share their unique wares with Denver – so be sure to come and join us at Colorado’s only authentic Christkindl market!
Recurring daily. November 17, 2017 – December 23, 2017. From: 11:00 AM to 07:00 PM. Free Entry.

DENVER PAVILIONS HOLIDAY CAROUSEL Denver Pavilions. 500 16th St., Denver CO 80202
Get into the holiday spirit by taking a ride on Downtown’s 1st & only Holiday Carousel. As featured in the Jennifer Lopez movie Selena. Due to popular demand, the carousel has been extended through the new year, with NEW YEAR’S EVE RIDES! So, rekindle some of that childhood magic at Denver Pavilions. $3 per ride of free with a voucher from any Denver Pavilions merchant.
Recurring daily. December 15, 2017-December 21, 2017. 11 am to 9 pm. $3 per ride or Free w/ a voucher from any Denver Pavilions merchant.

DOWNTOWN DENVER RINK AT SKYLINE PARK  16th St and Arapahoe, Denver CO 80202 Ready. Set. Skate. Skyline Park is the place for fun this holiday season. The Downtown Denver Partnership invites you and your family to join us for FREE skating at the Skyline Rink, located at 16th & Arapahoe in Downtown Denver. Ice skating is free! You may bring your own skates or rent a pair for just $2.
Recurring daily. November 21, 2017-February 16, 2018. 11:00 AM -7:00 PM. Free or $2 skate rental.

EL ALBRIJE Denver Museum of Nature & Science. 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver CO 80205, (303) 315-9448. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science features the new display, El Alebrije: Una historia en común, brought to Denver in collaboration with the Museo de Arte Popular and the Mexican Cultural Center of Denver with support from the Consulate General of Mexico. The alebrijes are beautiful, brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures depicting wild and mythical creatures, handcrafted by artisans in Mexico.
Recurring daily. September 9, 2017-January 30, 2018.From: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. General Admission.

ELF THE MUSICAL Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. 1400 Curtis St., Denver CO 80202
ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern-day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner Elf.
Recurring daily. December 13, 2017 – December 17, 2017. Tickets vary $25-$95. (800) 440-8539.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE EVENTS 1880 Gaylord St., Denver CO 80206 Come join the tradition! Combine graham crackers, candy and icing to create a special holiday treat. This event lasts one hour and is designed for children and adults to create together. The event fee is $10. A regular admission fees of $6 applies to adults who attend but do not create their own house. Reservations are required! Please call the museum for special arrangements regarding Scout troops and other groups of 10-18 children.
December 2, 2017-December 23, 2017: 11AM-12:00PM. $10

HOLIDAY CHEER Central Presbyterian Church. 1660 Sherman St., Denver CO 80203 Voices soar from two choruses, Colorado Repertory Singers and Young Voices of Colorado, as they join our orchestra to celebrate the season! Revel in beloved holiday classics from The Nutcracker to Home Alone. An annual favorite, Holiday Cheer! Enriches your spirit with music that will send you back to your childhood — complete with cocoa and caroling!
December 15, 2017 7:30PM, December 16 2:00PM, Adults: $25, Senior $17, Student $12, 12 and under FREE. (303) 839-5500.

NATURE’S AMAZING MACHINES Denver Museum of Nature & Science IMAX Theatre. 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver CO 80205 Nature’s Amazing Machines uses real objects, scientific models, and hands-on elements to show the marvels of natural engineering. Discover how a giraffe’s heart pumps blood up its long neck, how a toucan stays cool in the jungle, and how it might feel to fly. You’ll also see modern designs inspired by natural adaptations, like Velcro, wind turbines, and chainsaws. Opening June 16 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
Recurring daily. June 16, 2017 – January 1, 2018. Starting: 10:00 AM. General Admission. (303) 315-9448.

THE NUTCRACKER Ellie Caukins Opera House. 1400 Curtis St., Denver CO 80202 The season continues with the holiday classic The Nutcracker, November 25 through December 24, 2017 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The 57th annual production features timeless choreography paired with Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. In addition to being the largest production of The Nutcracker in the state, Colorado Ballet’s 2016 production was named the best-loved Nutcracker in the U.S. in the 10th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award contest.
November 26, 2017-December 23, 2017. 1:00PM, 6:30PM, 7:30PM. Tickets vary $30-$155. (720) 865-4220.

THE SANTALAND DIARIES The Jones. 1400 Curtis Street, Denver CO 80202 Looking for a little more snark in your stocking? Crumpet the Elf returns for more hilarious hijinks in this acclaimed one-man show based on stories by David Sedaris. Crumpet’s twisted tales from his stint in Macy’s SantaLand are the cure for the common Christmas show. Release your holiday stress, get all of those obnoxious carols out of your head and check out even more late-night options this year. Age 16+ Recommended.
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. November 24, 2017 – December 24, 2017. Tickets vary $25-$53. (800) 641-1222.

STAMPEDE: ANIMALS IN ART Denver Art Museum. 100 W. 14th Ave Pkwy., Denver CO 80204 See how animals have captivated artists throughout history in Stampede: Animals in Art. This cross-departmental exhibition will bring together more than 300 objects from the Denver Art Museum’s collection to explore the presence of animals in art throughout centuries and across cultures.
The large-scale exhibition will open on level 3 of the Hamilton Building on September 10, 2017, and will expand to level 4 on December 3, 2017.
Stampede will create an opportunity for visitors to discover and consider the role animals play through themes such as personal connections with animals, how animal materials have been used in art, how animals are used to tell stories or represent political ideas, and how artists use animals in imaginative ways. It will include visitor favorites such as a Nick Cave Soundsuit, four-faced Hamat’sa Mask, Deborah Butterfield’s horse sculptures, paintings by Frederic Remington and Georgia O’Keeffe, as well as rarely seen works.
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. September 10, 2017 – May 9, 2019. Starting: 10:00 AM. General Admission. Adult $13.00, Adult Colorado Resident $10.00, 18 and under FREE. (720) 865-5000.

STILL & ART Clyfford Still Museum. 1250 Bannock St., Denver CO 80204
At the time of his mammoth 1979 retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Clyfford Still provocatively declared, “My work is not influenced by anybody.” While many observers have regarded this view
as merely typical of the artist’s notoriously unyielding singularity, in hindsight Still’s words ring true at a deeper level.
The concept of “influence” suggests external forces acting upon a passive mind. Still’s vision, however, was intensely active. His deep knowledge of world art history enabled him to “take and break” a wealth of images and ideas ranging from the distant to the recent past. Still & Art illustrates how he channeled these points of reference into his own intensely personal style.
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. September 29, 2017 – January 21, 2018. Starting: 10:00 AM. General Admission. Tickets: Adult $10, Senior $8, Youth Free. (720) 354-4880.

THEN, NOW, NEXT Evolution of an Architectural Icon Denver Art Museum. 100 W 1th Ave. Pkwy., Denver CO 80204
Punctuating the DAM’s upcoming North Building revitalization project, Then, Now, Next: Evolution of an Architectural Icon is an exhibition on the renowned modernist building, its history, and its future. The exhibition will feature historical photos, original architectural sketches, building models, and project renderings to tell the story of the North Building’s evolution.
Tracing the building’s history, Then, Now, Next showcases architect Gio Ponti’s original vision for the building, and explores how the North Building has served an expanding and diversifying community since opening its doors in 1971. It features the museum’s future plans and outlines the guiding principles for the revitalization project: Responsibly managing and caring for buildings and collections, offering a superior visitor experience, unifying the campus, and inviting the whole community to enjoy the museum and its programs.
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. February 19, 2017 – February 25, 2018. Starting: 10:00 AM. General Admission. Adult $13.00, Adult Colorado Resident $10.00, 18 and under FREE. (720)865-5000.

ULTIMATE DINOSAURS Denver Museum of Nature & Science. 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver CO 80205
Meet T. rex’s biggest, baddest, newest members of the family! The exhibition Ultimate Dinosaurs goes beyond familiar dinosaurs to showcase some of the most spectacular fossils unearthed in recent years. Evolving in isolation, the new discoveries from Africa, South America, and Madagascar are among the strangest creatures you’ve ever met.
Wander among dozens of life-size fossils and casts, and use augmented reality to watch them in lifelike settings. Activities for all ages explore how the continents changed and influenced dinosaur evolution, how fossils form, and the processes that lead to new science. From the tiny Eoraptor to the massive Giganotosaurus, you will see why human curiosity about these prehistoric legends will never go extinct.
Recurring daily. October 6, 2017 – January 15, 2018. From: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. (303) 370-6000. FREE with Museum Admission. Adult $16.95, Child $11.95, Senior $13.95. (303) 315-9448.

ZOO LIGHTS Denver Zoo 2300 Steele St., Denver, CO 80205 Guests of this popular holiday tradition will experience a light safari with 60 brilliantly-illuminated acres of lights, featuring more than 150 animated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected.
December 1, 2017-December 31, 2017 5:30PM-9:00PM
Non-Member: Adult (Ages 12-64) $17, Children (Ages 3-11) $12, Seniors (Ages 65+) $14, Online Discount: $2. Member: Adult (Ages 12-64) $15, Children (Ages 3-11) $10, Seniors (Ages 65+) $12, Online Discount: $2. (720) 337-1400.