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Celebrate Mile High Holidays in Denver!

The Mile High City offers fun and festive events, from lights extravaganzas and holiday markets to family-friendly activities and plenty of shopping.

The holiday season in Denver is bigger and brighter – and safer – than ever. Denver’s downtown lighting displays kick off on November 20 with the opening of the Mile High Tree, presenting sponsor Modelo®. Step inside this brilliantly-lit, 110-foot-tall immersive holiday tree – free all season long with safety and social distancing measures in place. On November 20, experience the Grand Illumination of landmark buildings in downtown Denver, including the City & County Building, Denver Union Station, Larimer Square and more. Check out the colorful projections of Night Lights Denver on the D&F Clocktower. Safely stroll through Zoo Lights at Denver Zoo and Blossoms of Light at Denver Botanic Gardens. Plus, enjoy Denver’s only free holiday light art walk through Cherry Creek North’s Fillmore Plaza during Winter Wanderland Light Walk

There’s something for everyone on your list in Denver! With craft markets, local boutiques and the best luxury brands, you can find gifts for the whole family – and maybe even a few for yourself. Shop local at Denver’s many shopping destinations, such as Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Cherry Creek North, Denver Pavilions and Larimer Square. Find unique gifts at the Denver Christkindl Market in Civic Center Park and Cherry Creek Holiday Market in Cherry Creek North. Or shop online at virtual markets like the Jackalope Virtual Holiday Market and at gift shops like Denver Botanic Gardens’ Shop at the Gardens.

The holiday season definitely looks different this year, but you can still carry on your favorite holiday traditions. From the new socially distanced, stationary 9NEWS Parade of Lights to Cleo Parker Robinson Dance’s online streaming performance of Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum, there are so many holiday traditions that you just can’t miss. Playing it safe doesn’t have to mean missing out on any of the fun. 

Ditch the canned ham for fresh ingredients and farm-to-table dishes. Denver’s restaurants are open for takeout, or BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket) and enjoy dining on extended patios throughout the city. Say cheers to the holidays with a craft beer or festive cocktail! From breweries and cideries to urban wineries and distilleries, The Mile High City has lots of options to take home and toast to the holiday season. 

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