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December 2012 Events in Denver

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For holiday events, make sure to visit the Twelve Days of Christmas or the Eight Nights of Hanukkah.

  • Parade of Lights
    Date: Fri. Nov. 30 - Sat. Dec. 1, 2012
    Locations: Downtown Denver
    Time: 8 p.m. Fri., 6 p.m. Sat.
    What: 9News sponsors the annual parade starting in front of Civic Center Park.
    Cost: Free admission along the parade route. Grandstand tickets are $16 for children and $18 for adults.
    Contact: 1-866-464-2626

  • Free Day at the Denver Art Museum
    Date: Sat. Dec. 1, 2012
    Location: 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway
    Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    What: Free admission for Colorado residents.
    Contact: 720-865-5000

  • Denver Broncos vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Date: Sun. Dec. 2, 2012
    Location: Sports Authority Field
    Time: 2:05 p.m.
    What: The Broncos game will be broadcast on FOX.

  • Chris Isaak Concert
    Date: Tues. Dec. 4, 2012
    Location: Paramount Theatre
    Times: 8 p.m.
    What: The crooner brings his velvet vocals to the Mile High City.
    Cost: Tickets are $49.50 - $69.50.
    Contact: 866-461-6556

  • Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream Opening Night
    Date: Thurs. Dec. 6, 2012
    Location: Pepsi Center
    Time: 7 p.m.
    What: Join your favorite Disney characters on ice through Dec. 9 2012. One show in Spanish is scheduled for Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.
    Cost: Tickets are $15 - $75.
    Contact: 866-461-6556

  • First Friday Art Walk
    Date: Fri. Dec. 7, 2012
    Location: Santa Fe Art District, 5th to 10th Ave. on Santa Fe Dr.
    Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
    What: Free admission to art galleries along Santa Fe Dr.

  • Happy Hanukkah
    Date: Tues. Dec. 8, 2012
    What: Hanukkah begins at sundown and lasts for eight nights.

  • Free Day at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
    Date: Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012
    Location: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd.
    Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    What: Free admission for Colorado residents.
    Contact: 303-322-7009

  • Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
    Date: Sun. Dec. 9, 2012
    Location: Paramount Theatre
    Times: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
    What: The Nutcracker ballet by Russian composer Tchaikovsky returns to its roots.
    Cost: Tickets are $28 - $88.
    Contact: 866-461-6556

  • Eddie Money Concert
    Date: Fri. Dec. 14, 2012
    Location: Ogden Theatre
    Times: 8 p.m.
    What: Eddie Money is banking on a show in the Mile High City.
    Cost: Tickets are $37.50.
    Contact: 303-832-1874

  • Christmas with the Children's Chorale
    Dates: Sat. Dec. 15, 2012
    Sun. Dec. 16, 2012
    Location: Boettcher Concert Hall
    Times: 2 p.m. both days
    What: The choir celebrates the season with holiday favorites.
    Cost: Tickets are $14 - $80.
    Contact: 303-830-TIXS

  • Denver Gay Men's Chorus: Sing We Merry, Gentlemen
    Date: Thurs. Dec. 20, 2012
    Location: Newman Center, University of Denver
    Times: 7:30 p.m.
    What: The chorus celebrates the holiday season.
    Cost: Tickets are $18 - $40.
    Contact: 303-871-7720

  • Winter Solstice
    Date: Fri. Dec. 21, 2012
    What: The Winter Solstice marks the beginning of winter.

  • Colorado Symphony Orchestra: Too Hot to Handel
    Dates: Fri. Dec. 21, 2012
    Sat. Dec. 22, 2012
    Location: Boettcher Concert Hall
    Time: 7:30 p.m. on Sat., 2 p.m. on Sun.
    What: The CSO fires up some Handel for the holidays.
    Cost: Tickets are $25 - $88.
    Contact: 303-830-TIXS

  • Merry Christmas
    Date: Tues. Dec. 25, 2012
    What: Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

  • STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) Concert
    Dates: Sat. Dec. 29, 2012
    Sun. Dec. 30, 2012
    Mon. Dec. 31, 2012
    Location: Fillmore Auditorium
    Times: 7 p.m. on Sat. and Sun, Mon. at 8 p.m.
    What: STS9 visits the Mile High City for three nights.
    Cost: Tickets are $37.50 - $75. A three-day pass is $150.
    Contact: 800-745-3000

  • Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs
    Date: Sun. Dec. 30, 2012
    Location: Sports Authority Field
    Time: 2:25 p.m.
    What: The Broncos game will be broadcast on CBS.

  • Happy New Year
    Date: Mon. Dec. 31, 2012
    What: Celebrate the last day of the year in Mile High style.

    Ongoing Events:

    • "The Nutcracker"
      Date: Through Dec. 24, 2012
      Location: Ellie Caulkins Opera House
      Time: 2 p.m. matinee, 7:30 p.m. evening performance
      What: The Colorado Ballet presents this holiday confection following Clara and her magical present of a nutcracker through Dec. 24.
      Cost: Tickets are $28 - $154.
      Contact: 303-830-TIXS

    • "White Christmas"
      Date: Through Dec. 24, 2011
      Location: Buell Theatre
      Time: Varies
      What: The musical based on the classic film shows with music by Irving Berlin follows two World War II veterans as they travel through the battlefield of love.
      Cost: Tickets are $10 - $60.
      Contact: 303-893-4100

    • Blossoms of Lights Display
      Date: NThrough Jan. 1, 2013
      Location: Denver Botanic Gardens at York St.
      Time: 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. nightly
      What: The Botanic Gardens is draped in light for the holidays.
      Cost: $10 - $12 for adults and $7 - $9 for children.
      Contact: 303-220-7000

    • Trail of Lights Display
      Date: Through Jan. 1, 2013
      Location: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
      Time: 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. nightly
      What: The nature preserve springs to life with more than one million lights in the winter.
      Cost: $10 - $12 for adults and $7 - $9 for children.
      Contact: 303-220-7000

    • Zoo Lights Display
      Date: Through Jan. 1, 2013
      Location: Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St.
      Time: 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. nightly
      What: The zoo transforms into a wild haven for sparkling animal shapes. Cost: $10 for adults, $6 for children and $8 for seniors.
      Contact: 303-376-4800
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