Denver Real Estate News – April 2024

  Savvy Buyers and Sellers Shine Amidst Distracting Headlines!   The real estate world has been abuzz with news surrounding the National Association of Realtors’ proposed settlement in the Sitzer-Burnett case. Despite media projections of doom and gloom for real estate professionals, the Denver market remains resilient. The spring market has exceeded expectations, with metrics such as pending and closed transactions, as well as sales prices, all showing month-over-month increases. Another positive indicator of a bustling market is the Days on Market metric, which saw its percentage cut in half month over month – indicating that buyers are placing homes under contract twice as fast in March as they did in February.         While the price increases both month-over-month and year-over-year represent a more normalized pattern compared to the chaotic double-digit increases seen during the Covid years, certain aspects of the current market, such as multiple offers, appraisal and inspection limitations or waivers, and homes going under contract within days of listing, evoke memories of those turbulent times.   The most active and thus competitive price segment for detached properties continues to be the $500,000 to $749,000 range, with 1,277 closed sales and 1,573 active listings. Similarly, the most active and thus competitive price segment for attached properties remains the $300,000 to $499,999 range, with 364 closed sales and 765 active listings.       Info For Sellers   The increase in closed prices coupled with the significant decrease in Days on Market demonstrates that buyers are eager, placing properties under contract twice as fast as they did in February. While the spring market continues to heat up, it’s worth noting a seasonal trend observed in normal (non-Covid) years. According to the Denver Metro Association of Realtors, “In Denver, peak price premiums were observed in the second half of May, with sales commanding a 2.9 percent premium over the rest of the year.” This suggests that homes closing in late May likely went under contract in late April, as the under-contract process typically lasts about 30 days. After June, prices historically tend to decline until December. Therefore, if you’ve been contemplating selling, you may maximize profits by acting sooner rather than later.     Info For Buyers   Sellers seem to be responding to the Federal Reserve’s announcement of three rate cuts this year by slowly increasing inventory. Buyers are pleased to see additional options entering the market. However, it’s essential to remember that as sellers release their properties, they become your competition.    In a bustling real estate market like Denver’s, staying competitive as a buyer requires a strategic approach. First, getting pre-approved for a mortgage is key—it shows sellers you’re serious and ready to make a move. Working closely with a knowledgeable real estate agent who knows the ins and outs of the local scene can be a game-changer. It’s also important to keep an open mind about your preferences and be willing to act fast when you find a property you love. Making strong offers off the bat can help you stand out from the crowd. And above all, staying positive and persistent, even in the face of competition, can ultimately lead you to your dream home.   *We use reasonable efforts to include accurate and up-to-date information. The real estate market changes often. We make no guarantees of future real estate performance and assume no liability for any errors of omission in the content.    

What to do in Denver in April 2024

  April Events around town!       April 8th-10th: Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks “Come cheer on the Rockies!” Get Tickets!             April 11th-14th: Women + Film Festival “Women+Film Festival is a four-day live event screening over a dozen of outstanding features, shorts, and documentaries celebrating female filmmakers behind the camera and stories of women on the screen. Produced by Denver Film, our programming team promises a lineup of the best new films to inspire and transform paired with exciting events supporting local talent.” Schedule & More Info!           April 13th: Future Fest “Bring your friends to this free event that’s all about YOUth! Make new friends! Try an activity! Meet your Mayor! Enter a creative competition! Watch a performance! Check out future careers! Take part in a sports clinic! HAVE FUN! YOUth belong at Future Fest 2024! Brought to you by the City and County of Denver.” More Info!             April 20th: 420 on the Rocks “AEG Presents: Wiz Khalifa & Flatbush Zombies – 420 ON THE ROCKS with Earthgang, Chevy Woods and DJ Bonics live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.” Tickets & More Info!             April 25th-28th: A Midsummer Night’s Dream “Deep in the forest, Oberon and Tytania, the fairy king and queen, are quarreling. Oberon enlists his henchman Puck to find a magic plant and cast a spell on Tytania. Meanwhile, four Athenian lovers run away to the forest, and they are quickly entwined in Puck’s trickery. Join Lamont Opera Theatre and Lamont Symphony Orchestra performers for magic, mischief, romance, and sheer enchantment in Benjamin Britten’s setting of Shakespeare’s classic comedy.” Tickets & More Info!           May 3rd: First Friday  “The First Friday Art Walks are the signature event of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe. All year round, rain or shine, the District comes alive on the first Friday of each month as thousands descend upon Santa Fe Drive for the First Friday Art Walks from 5:30-9:30 p.m. View art from hundreds of artists in galleries, studios, co-ops, upstairs, downstairs, in alleys, on the street—everywhere!” More Info!           May 4th: Denver Derby Day “Celebrate the excitement of the Kentucky Derby with a luxurious viewing party on the Terrace and delicious brunch at The Ritz-Carlton. Get ready to experience the thrill of the Kentucky Derby like never before at our party with multiple 10 ft video screens and live entertainment all day long! Don’t miss out on the ultimate Derby celebration with two dance floors, giant interior event spaces, and a chance to show off your best outfit on our runway. Come rain or shine, our Derby Party offers ample indoor space to ensure the party continues uninterrupted or for those looking to seek refuge from the sun. Get ready to strut your stuff in our Best Dressed Contest and compete for amazing prizes while enjoying the sounds of our live band and multiple DJs. From interactive photo opportunities to amazing performers, our Derby Party has something for everyone, so gather your friends and come party with us! No need to wait for your drinks at our fast-serve bars with plenty of drink specials all day long, including the classic Mint Julep, so come thirsty and ready to celebrate. With a 21+ age requirement, our Derby Party is the perfect place to let loose and have fun with friends while experiencing the magic of the Kentucky Derby.” Get Tickets!           May 4-5th: Cinco de Mayo Festival “A weekend filled with food, fun and culture, Denver’s Cinco de Mayo ‘Celebrate Culture’ Festival puts the spotlight on The Mile High City’s vibrant Latino population. With more than 400,000 attendees expected, it’s one of Denver’s most fun and family-friendly events.” More Info!           Have an amazing April!    

Denver Real Estate News – March 2024

  Will Buyers or Sellers Strike Luck This March?   Billy Zane famously said in Titanic, “A real man makes his own luck.” What better way for buyers and sellers to step into the Denver real estate market this month than by crafting their own luck with a strategic approach tailored to capitalize on current market conditions.      As interest rates fluctuate between 6-7%, the delicate balance of market advantage shifts between buyers and sellers. Sellers are capitalizing on the bustling spring season by presenting their homes in the best light possible. Well-maintained, staged, and appropriately priced properties are garnering multiple offers and going under contract within days of hitting the market. Meanwhile, buyers are facing substantial house payments, maintaining high expectations. While some are willing to invest heavily in their dream homes, others are strategically seeking deals on properties that have lingered due to issues like deferred maintenance or overpricing.   The month-over-month metrics prove that the spring market is heating up just as anticipated. With a jump in inventory, more homes going under contract and closing, rising sales prices, and a decrease in days on the market, it’s clear that the spring real estate market is charging full steam ahead. Whether you’re searching for your dream home or looking to capitalize on your property’s value, it’s essential to have a knowledgeable real estate agent by your side to help you navigate the process with ease.   Info for Sellers: Make Sure Your Home is Show-Ready for Success   As new listings increased 29.12 percent, paired with a 12.70 percent increase in pending sales, it’s clear that buyers are taking their time to choose the right home for their needs.   Despite buyers’ knowledge of growing inventory making them more discerning, it’s evident sellers are still receiving strong offers with overall increases in Average & Median Close Prices as well as Close-Price-to-List-Price ratios, thus proving the unique vantage for both buyers and sellers in the same market. Sellers can maximize their profits by pricing their homes strategically and staging them to showcase their best features to attract qualified buyers and hopefully multiple offers.       Info for Buyers: More Listings, More Luck     The best nugget of gold for buyers this month is that inventory is up significantly with 5,511 Active Listings at Month’s End, a 13.14 percent jump month-over-month and a whopping 45.87 percent increase year-over-year! As more inventory comes to the market, there are options. With options comes more room for negotiation upfront on price and terms. In addition, we are still seeing plenty of negotiation under contract on inspection items. With a little luck and a lot of perseverance, you just might find your own pot of gold in Denver’s housing market!   (Info Source: D.M.A.R. (The Denver Metro Association of Realtors, YCRE Analysis)   *We use reasonable efforts to include accurate and up-to-date information. The real estate market changes often. We make no guarantees of future real estate performance and assume no liability for any errors of omission in the content.          

What to do in Denver in March 2024

  Fun Things Going on in March!       March 9th-17th: Denver Jewish Film Festival “Tickets are on sale now for the 28th Annual Denver Jewish Film Festival which runs from March 9-17, 2024 at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center at the JCC. The festival features 20 entertaining and educational films including documentaries, narratives and shorts, and highlights work by Jewish or Israeli filmmakers or actors and themes. The Denver Jewish Film Festival includes a curated selection of thought-provoking stories, heartfelt drama, and inspiring documentaries that bring to life the unique perspectives of Jewish and Israeli filmmakers.” Tickets & More Info!           March 13th-17th: Cirque du Soleil: Crystal “Cirque du Soleil Crystal™ is more than an ice show. For the first time, Cirque du Soleil® pushes the boundaries of performance, redefining the artistic possibilities of ice. Watch as world-class ice skaters and acrobats claim their frozen playground with speed and grace, challenging the laws of gravity with daring acrobatics. Feel the thrill of poetry in motion as our protagonist Crystal’s journey towards empowerment is brought to life on ice. Enter a dreamlike world fueled by her imagination, where boundless creativity transforms the everyday into something extraordinary. Crystal invites you to suspend reality and glide into a world that springs to colorful life with astounding visual projections and a soundtrack that seamlessly blends popular music with the quintessential sound of Cirque du Soleil.” Get Tickets!           March 14th-17th: Shrek the Musical “And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Yes, your favorite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar®-winning, smash hit, DreamWorks animated film. This Tony Award®-winning fairy tale musical adventure features songs from Jeanine Tesori (Kimberly Akimbo; Caroline, or Change), a sidesplitting book by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Kimberly Akimbo) and brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life. USA Today raves, “Altogether irresistible!” You’ll be a “believer” too as there’s more to the story than meets the ears.” Get Tickets!           March 14th-17th: 2024 Colorado Dragon Boat Film Festival “We are Colorado’s only all-Asian & Asian American film festival! This Film Festival is organized by 501(c)3 non-profit organization Colorado Dragon Boat. We highlight and promote the culture, contributions, and accomplishments of Asian and Asian Pacific American communities through film.” Tickets & More Info!               March 15th-17th: Denver March Powwow “Since 1984, the heritage of American Indians has been celebrated in Denver every year at the Denver March Powwow, one of the largest events of its kind in the country. The Powwow features more than 1,600 dancers from close to 100 tribes from 38 states and three Canadian provinces. The three-day event in the Denver Coliseum is packed with singing, dancing, storytelling, food, art and more, ensuring a wonderful experience for everyone.” More Info!           March 16th: Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade “2024 Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 16, 2024. Presented by Bellco Credit Union. Be part of one of the greatest and longest-running Denver traditions…” More Info!               March 22nd-24th: Denver Home Show “The Denver Home Show is a vibrant marketplace where you can shop for home-related products and services, experience stunning displays to help inspire your next home project, connect with industry experts, and enjoy informative presentations from renowned local and international home professionals. Whether you’re joining us at the National Western Complex with a specific project in mind or just looking for some inspiration, our local home professionals have you covered. With 400+ booths to explore and several unique feature displays to enjoy, this is a valuable event for all Denver homeowners.” Tickets & More Info!           March 23rd: 5280 Brunch Event “The hugely popular 5280 Brunch event returns in March! Treat yourself to an afternoon of ALL THINGS BRUNCH featuring bites from our city’s best brunch spots.” Tickets & More Info!           Have a marvelous March!      

Denver Real Estate News – February 2024

  Shadow or No Shadow, Real Estate Shines Bright as Spring Approaches   An early spring isn’t just limited to the anticipation of warmer weather — as we’ve been predicting, a busy real estate season is beginning to bloom! Buyers have started to turn up to the market in droves, thanks to mortgage rates that have dropped a full percentage point since October. Due to this decline in rates, homebuyers with a $3,000 monthly budget have gained nearly $40,000 in purchasing power. That paired with a welcome increase in inventory is providing them more choices than they’ve had in a long time.   New listings increased almost 15% year-over-year to 3,280 and pending home sales increased 6.5% to 3,294. Although buyer activity has increased, many buyers still seem to be choosier than they have in years past. Prices are still at all-time highs and buyers want more bang for their buck, desiring move-in ready homes to help alleviate the sticker shock of current home prices. Median days in MLS has increased by almost 6% to 36 days. Closed sales have declined by about 6.25%, although that shouldn’t be surprising as these homes likely went under contract in December which is our traditionally lowest inventory month of the year.    The Fed did not adjust interest rates this past month and likely won’t make an adjustment for a few more months. Many buyers are sitting on the fence in anticipation of the coming rate drops, which is increasing pent-up demand. When rates do start declining, we may see inventory tighten up, creating competitive scenarios once again. Our local real estate market feels like it continues to hover near balance, with delicate ebbs and flows of buyers or sellers having more favor based on our current most influential driver – the pesky and ever-changing interest rate!    Info for Sellers Buyers’ Budgets Bloom, Yet Hunger for Added Value! With the onset of an early spring real estate season ahead, sellers have an opportunity to capitalize on current market dynamics. The significant drop in mortgage rates since October has fueled a surge in buyer interest, with buyers gaining substantial purchasing power as mentioned above. As these buyers are more discerning than those in years past, it’s still wise to put your best foot forward when listing your home.    Consider enhancing your property’s curb appeal, addressing any necessary repairs, and showcasing its unique features. Additionally, as the median days on the market have increased, strategic pricing and effective marketing can help maintain buyer interest and expedite the selling process. It’s crucial to stay informed about local market trends and consult with a knowledgeable real estate professional to make informed decisions that align with the current ebb and flow of buyer demands and market conditions.   Info for Buyers As Borrowing Power Grows, Competition Flowers With rates down, purchasing power is up and more rate drops are on the horizon. As borrowing power increases, buyers should be prepared for competition, especially for more desirable homes. We are already seeing new listings with multiple offers going under contract in a matter of days. If a home is priced correctly, is in good condition, and is in a desirable location, it’s unlikely that you’ll be its only suitor. Keeping a close eye on the market is also essential, as these potential rate declines bring increased demand that will lead to a subsequent tightening of inventory. Collaborating with a knowledgeable real estate professional can provide valuable insights and guidance, helping buyers navigate the delicate dance of Denver real estate! (Info Source: D.M.A.R. (The Denver Metro Association of Realtors, YCRE Analysis)   *We use reasonable efforts to include accurate and up-to-date information. The real estate market changes often. We make no guarantees of future real estate performance and assume no liability for any errors of omission in the content.          

What to do in Denver in February 2024

  Check out these February events!       Throughout February: Black History Month “Each February, Black History Month honors the achievements and contributions of African Americans to the country. Here’s how you can celebrate throughout the Denver metro area with lectures, dramatic performances, music and more, both before and after Black History Month!” How to Celebrate!           February 9th-11th: Monster Jam “Experience full-throttle family fun at Monster Jam, where the world’s best drivers and their 12,000-pound monster trucks tear up the dirt in wide-open competitions of speed and skill. You will be on the edge of your seat watching your favorites like the legendary Grave Digger, mighty Megalodon® and more show off crazy skills, massive stunts and all-out racing. Monster Jam. As Big As It Gets!” Tickets & More Info!           February 11th: Super Bowl LVIII “How to watch the 2024 Super Bowl – Date: Sunday, Feb. 11. Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Allegiant Stadium (Las Vegas). TV: CBS, Nickelodeon Stream: Available via Paramount+ on all platforms, or sign in with your TV provider on or CBS Sports apps. Note: This marks the first time in NFL history that the Super Bowl will be broadcast in two different formats, with CBS carrying the traditional broadcast of the game and Nickelodeon airing an exclusive kids- and family-friendly telecast. The CBS broadcast will be available to stream via Paramount+.”           February 13th-25th: Message in a Bottle “Message In A Bottle is a spectacular new dance-theatre show from five-time Olivier Award nominee, Kate Prince, inspired by and set to the iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting, including “Every Breath You Take,” “Roxanne,” “Walking On The Moon” and more.” Tickets & More Info!             February 16th-18th: Colorado Golf Expo “The Colorado Golf Expo, held annually in February at the Colorado Convention Center, is the Rocky Mountain region’s hottest event for the golf industry. Enjoy free lessons, skills challenges, connect with the many amazing golf courses in our community, and see the great deals at Lenny’s Golf Demo Area. There is no better way to get ready for the golf season.” Tickets & More Info!           February 24th: Cupid’s Undie Run “Every February, thousands of undie runners in cities across the U.S. come together, whether it be in-person or virtually, to support those affected by NF, a group of genetic conditions that cause tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. Cupid’s Undie Run kicks off with drinking and dancing, then we jog it out with a mile(ish) run and end it all with an epic dance party!” Registration & More Info!           February 24th-25th: George Lopez “George Lopez: Alllriiiighhttt tour live at the Paramount for two nights!” Get Tickets!               February 24th– March 3rd: Colorado Garden & Home Show “The 2024 Colorado Garden & Home Show takes place February 24 – Mar. 3, 2024, at the Colorado Convention Center. Discover the Rocky Mountain region’s largest and most prestigious garden and home show – a nine-day spectacular event at the Colorado Convention Center– where you can find inspiration from the latest ideas and trends in landscaping, gardening, and home improvement.” Tickets & More Info!           Have a fantastic February!      

What to do in Denver in January 2024

Check out these January events!       National Western Stock Show & Rodeo – Jan. 6–21, 2024 Held every January at the National Western Complex, it’s the nation’s premier livestock, rodeo and horse show, serving agricultural producers and consumers throughout the world. Enjoy rodeos featuring top-notch bull riders, horse shows, livestock competitions and auctions. And don’t miss acres of shopping at Colorado’s largest Western trade show. Get tickets here…         Harlem Globetrotters – Jan. 9, 2024 See the 2024 tour featuring these amazing athletes. See them at Ball Arena. Get tickets here…           Litton Conducts feat. the NYC Ballet – Jan. 12–14, 2024) Andrew Litton once served as music director of the Colorado Symphony and since then has led the illustrious New York City Ballet. Learn more and get tickets here…           42nd Annual Colorado Indian Market & Southwest Art Fest – Jan. 12–14, 2024 This cultural celebration of visual and performing arts will take place at the Colorado Convention Center. The longstanding tradition features the works of 180 fine artists and craftsmen representing Native American arts and Southwest heritage, alongside colorful dances and entertainment. Learn more and get tickets here…           Martin Luther King Marade – March and Parade – Jan. 15, 2024 Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy is commemorated in The Mile High City every January with what has grown to be one of the largest MLK Jr. Day celebrations in the U.S. — even larger than that of Washington, D.C.! Learn more about the day’s activities here…             Drake with J. Cole  – Jan. 18–19, 2024 See the legendary rapper, Drake, and singer perform along with J. Cole at Ball Arena. Get tickets here…               Jesus Christ Superstar  – Jan. 23-28, 2024 Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and helmed by the acclaimed director Timothy Sheader (“Crazy for You,” “Into the Woods”) and cutting-edge choreographer Drew McOnie (“King Kong,” “Strictly Ballroom”), this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades. Appealing to both theater audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring. Learn more and get tickets here…           Light Up the New Year – Thru Jan. 28, 2024 Continue your holiday season celebrations as the gardens will transform to feature an entirely new exhibit to ring in the new year! Join your friends and family and immerse yourself in the colorful nautilus forest, color cubes, mesmerizing sphere and more. Learn more and get tickets here…           Have an amazing January!      

Denver Real Estate News – January 2024

Looking Back at 2023 & What to Expect in 2024   2023 was marked by high mortgage interest rates that presented a significant hurdle for both buyers and sellers. These rates not only priced buyers out of the market but also placed a strain on housing inventory as sellers held on tight to their previously locked rates. Dubbed the “golden handcuffs” or the “mortgage lock,” this phenomenon kept potential home sellers stuck in place and their properties off the market. Despite the impact of high interest rates, the market still didn’t crash and only proved to be a roller coaster ride with prices remaining steady despite declining home sales.    What 2024 will bring to the Denver real estate market seems to hang in the balance of mortgage interest rates. On a national level, experts predict a slight increase in inventory with prices remaining stable. Thankfully the Denver real estate market often outperforms the rest of the country, due to its highly desirable locale, among other reasons. Although we can’t predict the future, we can anticipate at least these mild improvements based on local economic factors, such as migration, job growth, and lower inflation.    We are hopeful these factors will create a more favorable mortgage interest rate environment and have a positive effect for both buyers and sellers. We are already experiencing signs that there are better days ahead, such as declining interest rates, “on-the-fence” buyers returning to the market, and increased inventory in existing home sales.    Overall, Denver’s market has endured many challenges and demonstrated great resilience. If rates continue to trend downward, we can anticipate rate-adverse buyers and sellers to come off the fence. This pent-up demand will likely increase home prices, although at a much slower and more stable rate than in years past. Hopefully, these anticipated gradual changes will bring more normalized growth and balance to the market, a welcome change from the chaos of the pandemic years.        Info for Sellers Better Days Around the Corner   Lower rates will bring the competition and spring is still looking poised to be a hot one! If you have been on the fence, now is a great time to develop a game plan and get the wheels in motion for your home sale. We anticipate buyer activity to begin earlier this year due to favorable conditions such as declining interest rates, more buyers in the market, and mild weather. By striking right as the iron gets hot, you may be able to get top dollar simply by being ready – don’t wing something as complex as a home sale.    Info for Buyers Avoid the Rush With the expectation that the Federal Reserve will cut rates 3 times in 2024, buyers can anticipate better affordability in a mortgage. However, rate cuts will bring more buyers to the market and competition could lead to bidding wars and other challenges of a hot market. Our outlook for buyers remains the same as it has been for the last few months. Now is the time to take advantage of stale listings and a greater probability of favorable price, concession, and inspection negotiations. If you can afford the down payment and mortgage, there’s no need to wait for rate drops that will bring an influx of buyers. Make your 2024 move today!  (Info Source: D.M.A.R. (The Denver Metro Association of Realtors, YCRE Analysis)   *We use reasonable efforts to include accurate and up-to-date information. The real estate market changes often. We make no guarantees of future real estate performance and assume no liability for any errors of omission in the content.          

What to do in Denver in December 2023

December events and fun!       Now – December 24th: Camp Christmas “Make merry and immerse yourself in a 15,000-square-foot, 360-degree kaleidoscope of yuletide cheer at this year’s Camp Christmas! It’s fun, it’s fleeting and just the right amount of camp; it’s everything you love about the holidays wrapped into one sparkling experience. Created by Camp Director Lonnie Hanzon and his band of Denver-based magic makers, Camp Christmas is a dazzling dreamscape made just for you, an invitation to come in from the cold and wrap yourself up in the holiday rituals we all know and love. At Camp Christmas, you’ll leave your worries behind, discover your holiday superpower, visit Santa, and sample craft cocktails from the Base Camp and Fairy Bars. You’ll wander through a surreal mashup of nostalgic scenes, scratch your head at playful pun trees, and, most importantly, reconnect with the joy of the season. Welcome back Colorado’s campiest, quirkiest holiday tradition!” Tickets & More Info!         Now – December 31st: Luminova Holidays “Coloradans of all ages will be dazzled by millions of lights and entertainment when Luminova Holidays returns to transform Elitch Gardens into an even bigger, better, and brighter winter wonderland with more rides, more lights, and more holiday cheer! Stroll through the Park with over 200,000 square feet of larger-than-life light displays, a 65-ft. tree, twinkling snowmen who never melt, 300-ft. candy cane tunnel, photo ops galore, and more! See the lights from high above on the Ferris Wheel while sipping hot cocoa, listen to the holiday cheer of strolling carolers, and enjoy some of your favorite Elitch Gardens rides. Create memories that last well beyond the holidays at Luminova! *Days vary. Please check the event’s website.” Tickets & More Info!         Now – January 1st: Trail of Lights “Trail of Lights at Chatfield Farms takes you along a winding path glistening with lights that illuminate the Colorado countryside. Tucked into the foothills under the dark sky, the glow of lights can be seen for miles. Just under a mile of walking trail, the illumination of cottonwoods, boxelders and pine trees line the pathway through the Green Farm, Crossroads, Deer Creek Discovery Children’s Play Area and 1880s Hildebrand Ranch homestead. There is the option of an alternative path for those who want to take a shorter stroll. In line with our core value of sustainability, all lights used in the event are LED. Fun features this year: Lit props in the amphitheater dance to music, Synchronized music in the children’s play area, Enjoy singing Christmas trees, Stroll through multiple light tunnels, Illuminated antique and model tractors on display, Hot beverages, nuts and kettle corn are available for purchase at the start of the trail, as well as fudge and caramels available halfway through the trail in our warming hut. Purchase with cash, debit or credit card. Visit our Holiday Market to purchase your holiday gifts.” Tickets & More Info!         Now – January 7th: Zoo Lights “For 33 years, Zoo Lights has been the heart of your holidays. Now, with 80 acres boasting over two million lights, we’re still the one making spirits bright. We’re still your fave for family fun. We’re still the place where tradition stands tall, where romance runs wild—and where our sparkling features spark your brilliant smiles! This year, there’s more magic than ever—including new animated light sculptures, returning favorites, nightly ice-carving exhibitions and festive seasonal treats. And of course, it’s all happening at Denver Zoo! So there’s a good chance you’ll get to encounter an elephant, enjoy a tall boy with a giraffe or say hello to a hippo. Experience Denver’s Wildest Winter Wonderland.” Get Tickets!         Now – February 11th: Downtown Denver Rink “Downtown’s Destination for Fun This Winter. The Downtown Denver Partnership proudly invites you and your family to join us at the Downtown Denver Rink presented by Southwest Airlines – Downtown’s destination for fun this winter.” More Info!           December 17th: Ugly Sweater 5K “All participants will receive the following with their entry fee: A race logo shirt, A finishers medal, A well-stocked finish line assortment of goodies, A party-like atmosphere on course and at the finish line expo, Professional chip timing, and Free photo downloads after the event.” Registration & More Info!           December 30th-31st: New Year’s Eve Weekend Events “Celebrate the new year with your family by checking out fireworks, blockbuster museum exhibitions such as Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks, stunning lights displays like Zoo Lights and art shows all over town. Or party the night (and the year!) away at one of many New Year’s Eve parties taking place all over The Mile High City! Take advantage of great Denver hotel packages. The Regional Transportation Network (RTD) will offer free bus and rail service, including Access-a-Ride, FlexRide and SkyRide services, starting New Year’s Eve at 7 p.m. and running through 7 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Plan your trips and find route and schedule information on RTD’s website.” More Info!         December 31st: New Year’s Eve Fireworks  “The sky will once again sparkle over downtown at the close of 2023 with the New Year’s Eve Fireworks. The two 8-minute spectacular fireworks shows will occur at 9 p.m. and midnight. The identical fireworks shows can be seen near the Sheraton Hotel and near the middle of downtown near Curtis St. For the best NYE experience in downtown, book a restaurant reservation before the show and then stay the night at a hotel! The fireworks are presented by the Downtown Denver Partnership and co-sponsored by VISIT DENVER and the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District.”            Have an amazing December!