Colorado is a great place to visit during the winter months.
And Denver has got it going on offering plenty of holiday activities for couples and families alike!
We happened to be in the right place at the right time when we visited Little Man Ice Cream in downtown Denver.
How serendipitous it was for us to stumble upon this annual holiday event!
Carolers sang and led the crowd in Christmas carols. I was like a giddy little child with all of the holiday cheer in the air!
Santa made an appearance for the kids, carriage rides were available and free hot apple cider was provided. It was the perfect way to bring in the holiday season!!
On our way to the Denver Botanic Gardens, we stumbled upon this holiday spectacle. City & County Building Holiday Lights (takes place November 29 – January).
Again, we felt that it was very serendipitous for us to come across this on our way to another holiday event in downtown Denver.
This is the largest lighting display in Denver, which comes on nightly at 6 p.m. at the City & County Building, where 600,000 lights deck the neo-classical building. The bell tower plays carols nightly as well.
Our next and final stop on our week-long adventure in Colorado was the Denver Botanic Gardens (York Street location) for Blossoms of Lights, an annual holiday event that takes place nightly from November 29-January 1 from 5:30-9:30 p.m.
More than one million colorful lights draped in elegant designs highlight the Gardens’ winter beauty.
HoloSpex glasses are available for purchase, which magically transform the millions of lights into shimmering 3-D shapes, such as snowflakes or snowmen. We bought a pair to ship to our niece in Florida to use while she is out looking at Christmas lights.
We stopped under this festive light display (pictured above) to purchase some incredible-smelling candied nuts and hot chocolate!
The only thing that I felt was missing from this wonderful display was Christmas music playing throughout the gardens. There is seasonal entertainment on select nights, but holiday music playing throughout the gardens would’ve been a nice touch for every night of this event.
The night we enjoyed Blossoms of Lights was extremely busy! It probably had a lot to do with the fact that it was only the second night.
Even still, I recommend it as a festive, family-friendly holiday event. Bundle up and enjoy the magnificent display of lights with those you love!
For a quick-reference destination guide to what we did during our entire stay in North Central Colorado (including Denver, Boulder, & Grand County), click here.