events for families in Denver 2021 holiday season

The 2021 Holiday season is around the corner and we’re ready to celebrate this wonderful time of the year! Get ready with us and start planning your activities for the next months, there will be many fun and family-friendly events that you will not want to miss!
Take a look at these great events taking place in and around Denver and let the celebrations begin!

This is a must when it comes to family-friendly Christmas events!

Experience a ride to the North Pole aboard an authentic, coal-fired steam locomotive! During the ride, you’ll enjoy performances and holiday magic. You may even meet Santa himself!

Location:
Colorado Railroad Museum

DATES:
November 11 – December 23

This is a must-attend event for this holiday christmas season!

The Gardens’ signature event for over 30 years is an annual holiday lights extravaganza that transforms the Gardens into a twinkling winter wonderland!

Location:
Denver Botanic Gardens York Location

DATES:
Nov. 19 – Jan. 8 (closed Nov. 25 and Dec. 25), 4:30-9 p.m.

This is a must when it comes to family-friendly Christmas events!

Experience a ride to the North Pole aboard an authentic, coal-fired steam locomotive! During the ride, you’ll enjoy performances and holiday magic. You may even meet Santa himself!

Location:
Colorado Railroad Museum

DATES:
November 11 – December 23

Enjoy a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, who opens the show with a short set!

Location:
Denver Center for the Performing Arts

DATES:
November 19: 7 PM | November 20: 2 PM

Explore the magic of Europe during the holidays!

You’ll get to experience the warmth and charm of an authentic German holiday market right in the heart of Denver at the Denver Christkindlmarket!

Location:
Civic Center Park – Denver

DATES:
November 19- December 23

This is a great chance for you to get dressed up and create amazing holiday memories!

The whole family can enjoy this unforgettably magical Holiday party! Travel back in time and experience the wonder and joy of Christmas in the 1940s and 50s!

Location:
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

DATES:
December 3, December 4: 4 PM – 4 PM

This amazing musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol, based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, is essential to the holiday season in Denver! The entire family can enjoy this amazing show perfect for Christmas time!

Location:
Denver Center for the Performing Arts

DATES:
November 19- December 26. Times vary by day.

Another very popular holiday event in Denver is Zoo Lights!

Families will love visiting the zoo surrounded by over two million LED lights sparkling over 80 acres! Zoo Lights is Denver’s wildest holiday celebration.

Location:
Denver Zoo

DATES:
November 22 – January 2, 2022: 5  – 10 PM

The 2021 Annual Holiday Lighting will take place each night, at 5:45 PM and 6:45 PM, in which families will get to enjoy an interactive holiday show that will occur for 7 – 9 minutes, and then goes to a static holiday look until 10:45 PM.

Location:
City and County building

DATES:
November 24, 2021, | 05:45 PM – Sunday, January 23, 2022, | 10:45 PM

Trail of Lights will take families along a winding path glistening with lights that illuminate the Colorado countryside!

The glow of lights can be seen for miles, and you have the chance to enjoy it up-close!

Location:
Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms

DATES:
Nov. 26 – Jan. 2, Various evenings, 5-8:30 p.m.

This fantastic production tells the story of a beloved holiday favorite that both kids and adults love!

The production features all-new sets and costumes created especially for Colorado Ballet.

Location:
Ellie Caulkins Opera House

DATES:
OCT 18, 2021 – APR 18, 2023. Hours vary by day.

Celebrate the holidays at this fun and festive holiday concert by the amazing all-vocal rock band face! 

The band — using only their voices — meld popular tunes, complex harmonies, beat-box rhythms, and more into captivating concert performances.

Location:
Lone Tree Arts Center

DATES:
November 28, 7 PM

The whole family can enjoy this beautiful evening conducted by Colorado Symphony Chorus Assistant Conductor Taylor Martin. It will feature traditional Christmas carols, new winter tunes, and surprises!

Location:
Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

DATES:
December 10: 7:30 PM | December 12: 1 PM

Whether it comes from the vitality of the Renaissance, the glory of the Baroque, or the nostalgic jubilation in the music of Hollywood’s most popular Christmas movies, Holiday Brass will end 2021 on a high note.

Location:
Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

DATES:
December 14:  7 PM

The entire family will have a blast enjoying this beloved holiday spectacular: singers, holiday songs, dancers, and celebrity appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus! A great plan for a holiday event!

Location:
Lone Tree Arts Center

DATES:
Thursday, December 16 – Thursday, December 23, 2021. Hours vary by day.

Kids and families will love this performance of the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear, and Sam the Eagle! A perfect plan for a holiday event!

Location:
Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

DATES:
December 22, 23. 7 PM

Las Posadas celebration commemorates Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter on the night of baby Jesus’ birth. Families will enjoy Mexican hot chocolate, hot cider, and traditional bizcochitos!

Location:
The Fort Restaurant

DATES:
December 24, 4 PM – 5:30 PM

The whole family can relive this heartwarming holiday classic this holiday season on a giant screen as every note of John Debney’s wonderful score is played live to picture in Elf in Concert!

Location:
Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

DATES:
December 18, 7:30 PM  | December 19, 2:30 PM

A Story Book Christmas in Evergreen is coming back for a second year with Classic Christmas Stories depicted in Ice.

Santa will be joining for some special readings. You will not want to miss this amazing, family-friendly scavenger hunt!

Location:
Evergreen

DATES:
November 27- December 1 8 AM – 5 PM

Mollie McGee’s Craft Markets feature only the highest quality handcrafted items as well as a selection of unique items not found in most malls. You will get to shop over 150 booths with unique, hand-made artisan crafts!

Location:
Boulder County Fairgrounds

DATES:
November 21, 9 AM – 5 PM

The 16-block district will be adorned with more than a half-million twinkling lights, an interactive art installation, and more staff that will encourage visitors to play and collaborate together with both color and sound!

Location:
Cherry Creek North

DATES:
October 18, 19, 20. 10 AM – 10 PM

Night Lights Denver is a permanent way for The Denver Theatre District to support innovative artists with an experimental platform while attracting people downtown to experience a free, unique experience.

Location:
Daniels & Fisher Tower

DATES:
MAY 9, 2020 – DEC 31, 2021, 8 AM- 5 PM

Enjoy the views of towering trees draped in thousands of colorful lights, beloved holiday characters, and surprises at every turn will fill Hudson Gardens with holiday cheer!

Location:
Hudson Gardens & Events Center

DATES:
December 1-31: 8 AM- 5 PM

In this interactive theatre experience for children, classic holiday books are going to be brought to life!

Participants will enjoy an activity followed by four short plays, and each book will be available for purchase to bring the excitement of the season home!

Location:
Factory Five Five

DATES:
December 3-19: Friday on Dec 3 and Dec 10, at 6 PM | Saturday on Dec 4, Dec 11, and Dec 18 at 10 AM | Sunday on Dec 5, Dec 12, and Dec 19 matinees at 1 PM

You will not want to miss this holiday spectacular that features more than 40 units including extravagantly illuminated floats, giant helium-filled character balloons, magnificent marching bands, traditional equestrian units, and vibrant cultural displays!

Location:
Civic Center Park

DATES:
December 4, 6 PM

Get ready to enjoy an action-packed, choose your own adventure Dickens experience!

You will be transported to the 1800s with carolers, live-action, Father Christmas, a holiday market, and of course delicious food and drink.

Location:
Four Mile Historic Park

DATES:
December 11 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Create a seasonal wreath using wintry colors, pinecones, evergreen boughs, and more!

After you complete your wreath, bundle up and stroll around the Gardens with a scavenger hunt that explores the common varieties of evergreens onsite.

Location:
Denver Botanic Gardens

DATES:
December 11: 11:00 pm – 11:00 pm & 10:00 am – 10:00 am | December 12: 10:00 am – 10:00 am & 1:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The sky will once again sparkle over downtown at the close of 2021 with the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Downtown!

The whole family can enjoy the two spectacular fireworks shows that will be synced to a music playlist from live DJs along the mall!

Location:
Pedestrian Mall

DATES:
December 31 9 PM

This year, Luminova Holidays will brighten up the Mile High city when Elitch Gardens hosts its first-ever Holiday Event!

The entire family is invited to follow the lights to be dazzled and entertained by the very best holiday fun, all in one place.

Location:
Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park

DATES:
November 26, 2021 – January 2, 2022, 5 PM- 10 PM

Kids will need to collect an assortment of small twigs in their yards or recent walk, and they will glue them together and craft an adorable assortment of twiggy trees!

Location:
Online

DATES:
November 6 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

In this online workshop for all ages and abilities, families will make Gingerbread cottages!

They will share how to make a battery-operated tea light holder and ornaments, and how to add glitter to your creations.

Location:
Online

DATES:
November 16 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Kids will get to make some adorable holiday handprint cards!

With the handprint card kit by The Best Ideas for Kids, they will be shown how to make their own Santa, elf, reindeer, snowmen, and more cards!

Location:
Online

DATES:
November 20  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Meredith Hahn-Petrovic is a Product Developer for Creativity for Kids and Faber-Castell USA. As a Certified Play Expert, and with a background in Art Education, she brings the joy of exploring different mediums to this line of arts and craft kits.

Location:
Online

DATES:
November 30 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Kids can join the fun online for 12 days of the Winter Workshop!

On the first day, your mini maker will create a truck ornament out of craft sticks. The recommended age is 3+.

Location:
Online

DATES:
December 1 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Children will get to make some fun and easy paper roll holiday characters – an elf, Santa, snowman, and reindeer.

These cute characters are not only fun to make but they make great holiday decor too!

Location:
Online

DATES:
December 14 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Kids can join these 12 days of the Winter Workshop!

On the twelfth day, they will use clay to create a picture holder. The recommended age is 4+.

Location:
Online

DATES:
December 12 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Kids can join 12 days of the Winter Workshop!

On the eleventh day, they will paint a winter scene on a picture frame. The recommended age is 4+.

Location:
Online

DATES:
December 11 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Kids can join 12 days of Winter Workshop!

On the second day, they will create a fun holiday window scene. The recommended age is 4+.

Location:
Online

DATES:
December 2 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Kids can enjoy this workshop online for 12 days: Winter Workshop!

On the third day, they will create ornaments out of clay. The recommended age is 4+.

Location:
Online

DATES:
December 3 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Kids can join this online workshop for 12 days: Winter Workshop!

On the fourth day, gnome puppets will come to life using craft sticks and felt. The recommended age is 4+.

Location:
Online

DATES:
December 4 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Kids can enjoy 12 online days of Winter Workshop!

On the sixth day, they will make and decorate foam Christmas trees. The recommended age is 4+.

Location:
Online

DATES:
December 6 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Kids can enjoy 12 online days of Winter Workshop!

On the eighth day, we will make a card with a fun pop-up design. The recommended age is 4+.

Location:
Online

DATES:
December 8 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Kids can enjoy 12 online days of Winter Workshop!

On the tenth day, we will use tissue paper to create a colorful collage. The recommended age is 4+.

Location:
Online

DATES:
December 10 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Kids of all ages are invited to the Curtis Center for the Arts to create colorful and whimsical holiday-themed paintings. Each program will feature a different holiday-themed painting.

Location:
Curtis Center for the Arts

DATES:
December 7- 17 | 4.30- 6 PM

For this outside event, join Tesoro and honor a member of the community who has enlightened the hearts and minds of others.

Feel the warmth and watch as pinecones are tossed into the courtyard fire, sending good thoughts and prayers into the night sky.

Location:
The Fort Restaurant

DATES:
November 28 | 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm