The annual holiday light parade meanders through downtown's streets with floats lit up for the holiday season. The parade will be held on two days this year: Fri. Nov. 30, 2012 at 8 p.m. and Sat. Dec. 1, 2012 at 6 p.m. Free admission along the parade route. Limited grandstand seating is available for $18 for adults and $16 for children.
Clara's magical gift of a nutcracker opens up a new world of sugarplum fairies and other delights. The Christmas classic from Tchaikovsky is showing at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House with matinee and evening performances from Nov. 24 – Dec 24, 2012. Tickets range from $28 - $154.
3. Zoo Lights
The Denver Zoo brings a menagerie of animals to life with holiday lights, while the real animals stay inside where it's cozy. Zoo Lights is open from 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. every day from Nov. 30, 2012 – Jan. 1, 2013. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children. Zoo members receive a $2 discount on tickets.
Delicate finger sandwiches, scones and miniature pastries accompany your choice of gourmet tea served in a silver teapot. Denver's oldest hotel opens its grand atrium for high tea during the afternoons from noon - 4 p.m. every day. Make reservations now by calling 303-297-3111 as times fill up fast, especially for the weekends.
Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas at the Molly Brown house with their Under the Mistletoe tour. The candlelight tour takes place on Fri. Dec. 14, 2012 at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sat. Dec. 15, 2012 at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults and $13 for seniors and children.
The classic film with music by Irving Berlin is re-imagined for the stage, as two World War II veterans fall in love with two sisters at a picturesque Vermont inn. "White Christmas" is showing from Nov. 23 - Dec. 24, 2012 at the Buell Theatre. Tickets range from $10 - $60. No children under the age of four admitted to the performance.
Whether you've been naughty or nice, Santa wants to hear about it at Larimer Square in downtown Denver. Jolly Old St. Nick will be holding court beginning on Sat. Nov. 24, 2012. Santa will be visiting the square Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas Eve. Free admission, and no charge for photos with a personal camera.
The Colorado Symphony Orchestra presents a gospel version of Handel's Messiah in performances of "Messiah by Candlelight" on Tues. Dec. 11, Wed. Dec. 12 and Sun. Dec. 16, 2012. Tickets are $25 - $88 for the concerts held at Montview Presbyterian Church. Make sure to buy tickets early as the performances usually sell out.
Ice skate in the great outdoors on the frozen lake located about 20 minutes from Denver. Weather permitting, the 40-acre Evergreen lake opens for the holidays from Dec. 22, 2012 - Jan. 8, 2013 for ice skating. Call the skating hotline at 720-880-1391 to check if the lake is frozen enough for skating.
The Blossoms of Light returns to the Denver Botanic Gardens on York Street this year from Nov. 30, 2012 - Jan. 1, 2013. The Blossoms of Light is open from 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. nightly. The Trail of Lights will also transform the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield from 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. during the same time period. Tickets are $10 - $12 for adults and $7 - $9 for children at both venues, but each event requires separate admission.
A Victorian Christmas awaits in the historic mountain town west of Denver. During the weekends of Dec. 1 - 2, 2012 and Dec. 8 - 9, 2012, Georgetown's 6th St. transforms into a Christmas vision from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.. Free admission.