Holiday Lights – Family Events In Denver
The Denver Zoo Lights span 70 acres of Denver Zoo’s campus. The illuminated animal sculptures are all over the zoo. Some in trees, some hiding in the bushes and some out on the grass. The best time we have there is trying to find our favorite animal in lights! There is always nightly entertainment, some animal encounters, and pictures with Santa!
This Littleton tradition is a festive evening of holiday lights and music for the whole family. Sip hot cider, listen to holiday music and see reindeer! Santa Claus and his sleigh will start down Main Street at 6:30pm magically illuminating more than one million lights in the trees as he passes each block. When he reaches the end of Main Street, Santa throws the switch on the big Christmas Tree in the plaza. After that, he will make his way to Town Hall Arts Center for photos and to listen to the first wishes of the season.
If you have ever driven downtown during the holidays you will see the City & County Building beautifully lit up. The colors are simply amazing. The official kick-off to the largest lighting display in Denver happens on November 24 at 6 p.m. at the City & County Building, where 600,000 lights deck the neo-classical building. You can enjoy fun, food, and live music in the light of the City and County Building, this is a great family friendly event. If you cannot make the kick off event you should make a point to visit sometime during the holiday season.
The 9NEWS Parade of Lights is the signature event of the downtown Denver holiday season. The sparkling lights, marching bands, giant balloons, floats and fun characters will wow hundreds of thousands. Viewing along the parade route is free, and grandstand tickets are sold for seating in front of the beautifully illuminated City & County Building.
Estes park has a great day event that then turns into an evening parade. Sounds great for all ages. Kick off the season in Estes Park on the day after Thanksgiving with carolers, pony rides, hay rides, shopping and, of course, Santa and his elves. When dusk falls, the magical Catch the Glow Parade begins. It’s a 45-minute lighting ceremony with bands, floats and dancers.
Embrace the holidays with thousands of colorful lights draped in elegant designs at Blossoms of Light. The 2017 event features new elements, including the return of the grand illuminated O’Fallon Perennial Walk and the Romantic Gardens. Warm drinks and tasty treats and seasonal entertainment will be available, and thousands of lights in the Gardens’ amphitheater are synchronized to your favorite holiday tunes.
Locations – Denver Botanic Gardens
Dates – Nov. 24 – Dec. 24, 2017