Brrrr! Subzero temperatures make the perfect weather to visit one of the Denver eateries featured on "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives." Guy Fieri, the host of the Food Network show, visited the Mile High City to round up the best of Denver diners. Warm up with a bowl of matzoh ball soup at the Bagel Deli, or douse your taste buds with green chili at Sam's No. 3. Steuben's also features comfort food such as chicken pot pies, the perfect antidote for a snowy day.
Get the party started for 2014! Denver nightclubs offer a Mile High welcome on New Year's Eve. From black-tie affairs at the D&F Tower to a casual vibe at the Ginn Mill, there is an option for every taste this New Year's Eve. Newly-minted hotspot the ViewHouse will celebrate its first New Year's Eve in LoDo, while Kevin Larson's the White Rose Gala will kick off its 12th year in the Denver Tech Center. What are your plans for New Year's Eve this year? Share in the comments section below.
Show out-of-town visitors the Mile High City without breaking the bank this holiday season. Denver offers a variety of free tourist attractions, from the Colorado State Capitol to Coors Brewery (pictured at right.) Get a free tour through history at the Capitol, or sample free beer at Coors. Denver parks such as Red Rocks Park, Four Mile Historic Park and Washington Park are also free.
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Black Friday keeps starting earlier every year, with several retail stores planning to open on Thanksgiving Day this year. According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, 23.5% of shoppers who are planning to hit the stores on Thanksgiving weekend, or 33 million Americans, also are planning to shop on Thanksgiving Day. "Though many people have already started to check off items from their holiday shopping lists, we fully expect to see many more come out on Thanksgiving Day and throughout the weekend to take in the festive sights and sounds -- and to take advantage of unbeatable deals," said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay in a statement.
Stores to Open on Thanksgiving Day
- Best Buy: Opens at 6 p.m. on. Thurs. Nov. 28 2013
- JC Penney: Opens at 8 p.m. on Thurs. Nov. 28, 2013
- Macy's: Opens at 8 p.m. on Thurs. Nov. 28, 2013
- Michaels: Opens at 4 p.m. on Thurs. Nov. 28, 2013
- Sears: Opens at 8 p.m. on Thurs. Nov. 28, 2013
- Target: Opens at 8 p.m. on Thurs. Nov. 28, 2013
- Toys "R" Us: Opens at 5 p.m. on Thurs. Nov. 28, 2013
- Walmart: Opens at 6 p.m. on Thurs. Nov. 28, 2013
However, some consumers say they will boycott retailers who open on Thanksgiving Day. Some retailers with Denver locations are also making a point of staying closed on Thanksgiving Day. "We believe it is important for our team members to be able to spend this time with their loved ones," said Travis Smith, president and CEO of Jo Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, in a statement.
Happy Hanukkah, Denver! The Jewish festival of lights begins at sundown, and lasts for eight days. This year, the first day of Hanukkah coincides with Thanksgiving for a holiday mash-up of Thanksgivingukkah. Spoonful offers 10 Must-Serve Dishes for Your Thanksgivingukkah Feast for cooks to combine both holiday traditions of latkes and turkey.
Santa Claus is coming to town! Get a photo with Jolly St. Nick at these locations in the Mile High City. Both Bass Pro Shops and Larimer Square offer free photos with Santa Claus, while shopping malls such as Cherry Creek and Park Meadows offer a variety of paid photo packages. Some locations also offer pet photos as well.
Photo courtesy of Bass Pro Shops
"Jackie & Me" hits a home run at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. The play about a time-traveling teenager who gets to meet his idol, Jackie Robinson, is showing through Dec. 22, 2013. "Jackie & Me," adapted from a novel by Dan Gutman, plays the Space Theater through Dec. 22, 2013. Regular tickets range from $37 - $47.
"The Book of Mormon" will return to Denver for a third engagement in 2015, the Denver Center for Performing Arts announced on Tuesday. The musical was created by "South Park" veterans Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with "Avenue Q" co-creator Robert Lopez. The 2015 engagement will be from Aug. 11 - Sept. 13, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Tickets go on sale on Monday, Nov. 25 at 10 a.m. for the general public. American Express cardholders can purchase tickets starting on Nov. 20 at 10 a.m.
The 36th Starz Denver Film Festival announced awards on Monday, including both audience and juried awards. The festival attracted more than 50,000 filmgoers over 12 days, according to organizers. "Demonstrated in both numbers and response, the Denver community, filmmakers and industry professionals who shared their work with our passionate audience were paramount in making it our most successful festival yet," said Festival Director Britta Erickson in a statement.
Starz People's Choice Awards
- Narrative Feature - "One Chance"
- Documentary Feature - "Code Black"
- Short Film - "What Do We Have In Our Pockets?"
Starz Juried Awards
- The Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for Best Foreign Feature Film - "Touch of Sin"
- Special Jury Award - "The Fifth Season"
- The Maysles Brothers Award for Best Documentary Film - "The Search For Emak Bakia"
- The New Directors Award -"Hide Your Smiling Faces"
- The Spike Lee Student Filmmaker Award - "Unorthodox"
- Liberty Global International Student Short Award - "Noah"
- Feature Screenplay - "Falfurrias"
- Shorts Screenplay - "Slip Kid"
"Lion Ark" director Tim Phillips discusses his documentary about rescuing 25 African lions from Bolivia with Animal Defenders International. After Bolivia banned circuses, the lions found a home nearly 5,000 miles away at Colorado's Wild Animal Sanctuary. "We had several sanctuaries that could take one or two lions but not all of them," Phillips said. "We really wanted to keep all of the lions together in their family prides, they had survived hell together and now we wanted them to enjoy freedom together." The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colo., took in all of the 25 lions.
Photo courtesy of Starz Denver Film Festival