Holiday Activities in Denver, Colorado

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Colorado is a great place to visit during the winter months.

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And Denver has got it going on offering plenty of holiday activities for couples and families alike!

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 We happened to be in the right place at the right time when we visited Little Man Ice Cream in downtown Denver.

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 How serendipitous it was for us to stumble upon this annual holiday event!

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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!

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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!!

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On our way to the Denver Botanic Gardens, we stumbled upon this holiday spectacle. City & County Building Holiday Lights (takes place November 29 – January).

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Again, we felt that it was very serendipitous for us to come across this on our way to another holiday event in downtown Denver.

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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.

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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.

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More than one million colorful lights draped in elegant designs highlight the Gardens’ winter beauty.

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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.

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We stopped under this festive light display (pictured above) to purchase some incredible-smelling candied nuts and hot chocolate!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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 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.

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