December 1st-2nd – 9News Parade of Lights: 16th Street Mall

“Begin your holiday season at the spectacular 43rd Annual 9NEWS Parade of Lights. The two-mile parade route in Downtown Denver is the stage for Colorado’s brightest holiday tradition. The FREE holiday spectacular features marching bands, ornate floats, and, of course, a special appearance by Major Waddles the Penguin and Santa! Grab your hot chocolate and ear-muffs, this year is going to be better than ever!” Learn More about the Parade of Lights

December 1st-31st – Zoo Lights: Denver Zoo

“Zoo Lights will span through 60 acres of Denver Zoo’s campus, with nightly entertainment, animal encounters, Santa meet-and-greets and, of course, illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected. Running the entire month of December, this is one of Denver’s most anticipated events, which is a great opportunity for folks of all ages to enjoy the holidays or kick off the New Year with family, friends and colleagues.” Get Tickets and Learn More about Zoo Lights

 

 

December 3rd – Very Merry Curtis Holiday Movie Night: Bad Santa: The Curtis

“The Curtis Hotel is excited to introduce the first Very Merry Curtis Holiday Movie Night this holiday season! Kicking off the festivities is ‘Bad Santa’, a 2003 black comedy stars Billy Bob Thornton as a small-time crook who plays Santa Claus at a shopping mall each holiday season so he can rob the stores at night! Join us at the Curtis Hotel for sweet and savory treats like popcorn and a hot chocolate bar as we gear up for the holiday season. Driving over? Enjoy discounted $10 parking in our garage!” Free Event (RSVP Required) Get Tickets for Bad Santa

December 9th – Winter Fest on Fillmore: Cherry Creek North Shopping District

“On December 9th, bring your friends and family to Fillmore Plaza for Winter Fest on Fillmore, a free community event featuring live ice carving, fire pits, carolers and more.” Learn More about Winter Fest

December 10th – Denver Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5K: Washington Park

“The Arthritis Foundation’s original Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get decked out and be festive, while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability. Put on your favorite holiday costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. ’Tis the season to live it up and be jolly for a reason! Bring a team of friends, family and co-workers to run or walk, spread smiles and good cheer … and be a Champion of Yes! 100 percent of your registration fee and fundraising efforts go to this great cause.” Register and Learn More about the Denver Jingle Bell Run

December 10th – Very Merry Curtis Holiday Movie Night: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: The Curtis

“We’re back on Sunday, December 10th with ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.’ The 1989 American holiday favorite written by John Hughes features Clark Griswold desperately trying to give his family a perfect, old-fashioned Christmas. Join us at the Curtis Hotel for sweet and savory treats like popcorn and a hot chocolate bar as we gear up for the holiday season. Driving over? Enjoy discounted $10 parking in our garage!” Free Event (RSVP Required) Get Tickets for Christmas Vacation

December 17th – Ready, Set, Glow: Greenwood Village

“Join us for our annual community Chanukah celebration! This year, we are bringing out the black lights, and letting it GLOW! Featuring awesome glow activities, bounce houses, crafts, and more! A de-LIGHT-ful lunch will be served!” Learn More about Ready, Set, Glow

December 17th – Very Merry Curtis Holiday Movie Night: A Christmas Story: The Curtis

“We’re wrapping up the season with ‘A Christmas Story.’ The 1983 classic, all nine-year-old Ralphie Parker wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. You’ll shoot your eye out! Join us at the Curtis Hotel for sweet and savory treats like popcorn and a hot chocolate bar as we gear up for the holiday season. Driving over? Enjoy discounted $10 parking in our garage!” Free Event (RSVP Required) Get Tickets for A Christmas Story

December 31st – Denver’s Grandest New Year’s Eve Party: Grand Hyatt Denver

“This downtown Denver New Year’s Eve Party includes open bar with premium pour, admission to three areas of entertainment, dinner buffet, champagne toast at midnight, party hats and favors, balloon drops galore and more. Move from one ballroom to another and dance the night away.” Get Tickets for Denver’s Grandest New Year’s Eve Party

December 31st – New Year’s Eve Fireworks: 16th Street Mall

“Looking for a fun, safe, free, family-friendly way to ring in the New Year? Well, then Downtown Denver is the place to celebrate. Now in its 16th year, the tradition continues with two fireworks shows that light up the skies and make the skyscrapers sparkle. The first, at 9pm, is great for you early-to-bed folks. (Us, too!) And then there’s midnight for the night owls and night Broncos. Both dazzling shows are identical and synchronized to music from DJs along the 16th Street Mall.” Learn More about the New Year’s Eve Fireworks