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Top 9 Family Friendly Holiday Events in The Denver Area

Tom Gross, CRS, ABR

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Feb 6 5 minutes read

The holidays are here! You don’t want to miss the Top Ten family events for 2017. You can access the information about these holiday events below.

Happy Holidays!

Zoo Lights -

When: December 1 – 31, 2017
Where: Denver Zoo
Price: $9.00 - $17.00   **The lowest ticket prices are from December 1 – 14 when you buy your tickets on line.**

Stroll through 60 acres of illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns and hide in bushes. Enjoy nightly entertainment and of course, Santa meet-and-greets.

Blossom of Lights

When: November 24, 2017 - January 1, 2018
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens
Price: $10.00 - $20.00, Free for children 2 or younger

This annual holiday lights spectacular event transforms the Botanic Gardens into a twinkling winter wonderland featuring interactive light displays, sound-reactive, animated LED lights and of course don't miss Santa's house.

A Christmas Carol

When: November 24 - December 24, 2017
Where: Stage Theatre and Denver Center of the Performing Arts
Price: $35.00 - $85.00

Perfect family holiday tradition! 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 Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant overnight journey to redemption.

Parker Christmas Carriage Parade

When: Noon on Saturday, December 9, 2017
Where: Mainstreet in downtown Parker
Price: Free

The theme for the 2017 Parker Christmas Parade is "Magic on Mainstreet" This all-equestrian parade is made up of dozens of horse-drawn carriages, wagons, minis and marching bands, surreys, and stagecoaches from across Colorado, all dressed up for the holidays.This is  a family favorite and a holiday tradition!

Ice Skating

 The Pond at Southlands - Pricing: $8.50 (no skate rental); $2.50 Skate Rental

  Skyline Park Denver - Price: Free or $6.00-$8.00 skate rental.

  DIA Ice Skating Rink - Price: Free

  Rink at the Rock - Price: $6.00 - $8.00 plus $3.00 skate rental

Parker Ice Trail at Discovery Park - Price: $6.00 - $8.00 plus $4 skate rental

**For a limited time only, purchase a 4-Visit Pass, for only $30! The pass includes skate rental and can be used for any age and for multiple people. There is no expiration date. **

A Hudson Christmas

When: November 24 - December 31, 2017
Where: Husdon Gradens
Price: $7.00 - $9.00, children and 3 and under are free

A Hudson Christmas is the premier holiday light show in the Denver metro area, with thousands of twinkling lights in majestic trees, visits with Santa and memories for the whole family. Stroll along a festively-decorated outdoor walking path as you sip hot chocolate and experience dazzling displays of color and sound.

Denver Pavilions Holiday Carousel

When: December 15, 2017 - January 2, 2018
Where: Denver Pavilions, 16th Street Mall
Price: $3.00 or FREE with Denver Pavilions Merchant Voucher

Get into the holiday spirit and rekindle some of that childhood magic by taking a ride on Downtown Denver's Holiday Carousel.


Elf The Broadway Musical

When: December 13 - 17, 2017
Where: Buell Theater
Price: Tickets start at $25.00

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

Holidays at the Hangar

When: December 10 from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
Price: $8.50 - $15.00, Children 3 & under are FREE

Your family will enjoy carolers, holiday treats, crafts and games. Take your picture  with Santa, Mrs. Claus, Santa's elves and live reindeer. Want early access? Purchase tickets to Brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus to receive a delicious holiday brunch and early access to Holidays at the Hangar!

57th Annual Georgetown Christmas Market

When: December 2, 3, 9 and 10, 2017
Where: 6th Street, Georgetown, CO
Price: FREE

Each December the town of Georgetown transforms for two weekends into a bustling Christmas scene reminiscent of Christmas of long ago.  Experience a traditional holiday where Christmas hasn't changed in 100 years: roasted chestnuts, holiday shopping, horse-drawn wagon rides through historic Georgetown, and wonderful sights and smells.


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