Top Ten December Events You Won’t Want to Miss

With the holiday buzz heavy in the air, it’s no wonder December is packed full of events to satisfy all your festive cravings!

  • The Polar Express Train Ride
  • 9News Parade of Lights
  • Blossoms of Light
  • Santa’s Village at Chatfield Farms
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Lady Gaga: Joanne World Tour
  • Elf the Musical
  • Denver Beer Festivus
  • Decadence
  • New Year’s Eve on the Rocks


The Polar Express Train Ride

When: November 9th – December 23rd (Select dates only)
Where: Colorado Railroad Museum

Be immersed in the sights, sounds, and wonder of this classic children’s book. Scenes from the story come to life as dancing chefs and waiters serve hot chocolate and cookies. Children are encouraged to engage with the characters as the story unfolds. Prepare to be surrounded by magic and wonder this holiday season while making lasting memories.

9News Parade of Lights

When: December 2nd @ 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Where: Downtown Denver

Don’t miss out on what many consider Colorado’s brightest tradition. This free holiday spectacular features ornate holiday themed floats, local marching bands, and an appearance by the famous Major Waddles the Penguin. Don your warmest clothes, grab some hot chocolate, and head downtown to kick off your holiday season right.

Blossoms of Light

When: November 24th – January 1st
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens

Head down to the Botanic Gardens and bare witness as York Street is transformed into a shining winter wonderland. You won’t want to miss the interactive LED light display, holidays treats, and warm drinks. Be sure to bundle up because this family-friendly event is all outdoors.

Santa’s Village at Chatfield Farms

When: November 24th – December 24th; Fridays, Saturdays & Sunday @ 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens – Chatfield Farms

This season, Chatfield Farms is Santa’s home for the holiday! This new and exciting experience transforms Chatfield Farms into a magical village that is sure to be fun for all ages. Meet Santa’s live reindeer, craft with Mrs. Claus, catch a short movie at Santa’s cinema, enjoy a hay ride, and watch as the colorful holiday lights illuminate the night!

A Christmas Carol

When: November 24th – December 24th
Where: The Stage Theater – Denver Performing Arts Center

A Christmas Carol is a joyous and opulent musical that is a holiday essential! Based on the classic novel by Charles Dickens, this adaptation will lift your heart and renew your holiday spirit.

Lady Gaga: Joanne World Tour

When: December 12th
Where: Pepsi Center

Joanne is the fifth studio album by Lady Gaga and the fourth album to reach number one in the United States. The music on the album features soft rock and dance-pop, while lyrically it dives into theme of family and life’s emotions. The death of her aunt, Joanne, had a major influence on the record.

Elf The Musical

When: December 13th – December 17th
Where: Buell Theater

This musical, based on the 2003 New Line Cinema hit, is a modern-day Christmas classic that is sure to make everyone embrace their inner Elf. Variety proclaims, “ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids, and plenty smart for adults!”

Denver Beer Fesitvus

When: December 16th @ 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Where: Wings Over The Rockies Air & Spaces Museum

The Denver Beer Festivus brings the city’s breweries together for one fantastic evening to allow locals and visitors the opportunity to taste all of these top-notch beers under one roof. Get your tickets to the best craft-beer-themed holiday party this side of the Mississippi!

Decadence 2017

When: December 30th & 31st
Where: Colorado Convention Center

Cast aside your worldly identities and carouse in a city of boundless indulgence. For two exhilarating nights, prepare to transcend time and reality as you are transported into the City Beyond Tomorrow! All fortunate enough to populate this futuristic utopia will experience unparalleled levels of excess as the magnificent Colorado Convention Center is transformed into a revolutionary metropolis that pushes the limits of the unknown.

New Year’s Eve on the Rocks

When: December 31st
Where: Red Rock Amphitheater

For the first time ever, Red Rocks will be hosting New Year’s Eve on the Rocks! Featuring an all-star lineup of today’s hottest hip hop artists. Migos, Post Malone, Young Thug, Lil Yachty, Dizzy Wright and King Green (of RDGLDGRN) will usher in the New Year. Don’t miss out on this ultimate Colorado inaugural event.

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