Now that you've recovered from your turkey hangover, it's time to get into the holiday spirit!  There's no shortage of parades, markets, and opportunities to meet Santa Claus himself! 


Here are our top picks for December 1-3, 2017


9 News Parade of Lights

 December 1 at 8 p.m. and December 2 at 6 p.m.

The 9NEWS Parade of Lights is a 42-year-old Denver tradition that is not to be missed. 

This parade starts at the Denver City and County Building and features all of your favorite holiday symbols including sparkling lights, local marching bands, giant balloons, plenty of floats and even an appearance from Santa.

So bundle up, grab the kids and a thermos of hot cocoa and head on down to this beautiful celebration of the holiday season.

Tickets for the Grandstand are $19 for adults, and $16 per child but to stand along the parade route is free. 

Castle Rock WinterFest

Saturday December 2nd, 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Looking to burn off some extra calories from Thanksgiving?

Castle Rock’s premier outdoor extreme athletic competition takes place in Festival Park from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. To celebrate those who continue to stay active during our colder months, WinterFest is part cyclocross race, part 5K and part spectator.  

There'll be something for everyone to celebrate winter in the reimagined Festival Park! If you don’t feel like sweating it out, enjoy beer from award winning local breweries, live music, food trucks and local artisans ready to help you wrap up your holiday shopping.

Learn more and register to cycle.
Learn more and register to run.

Georgetown’s Holiday Charms on December Weekends

December 2- 3 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm 

The metro area has many holiday markets to choose from,  but Georgetown’s Christmas Market is one of our favorites. This quaint town transforms itself into a bustling old-fashioned Christmas scene, a tradition more than 50 years old. An outdoor Christmas market bursting with local vendors, roasted chestnuts, holiday shopping for unique gifts, horse-drawn wagon rides through Historic Georgetown, appearances by Santa Claus, carolers , dancers and other family entertainment.

Holiday lights and Christmas greenery adorn buildings in Historic Georgetown. A lovely little market on 6th Street takes place on two weekends, Saturday & Sunday, December 2 & 3 and again December 9 & 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take I-70 to Exit 228 and follow the signs to downtown. For more information, call 720-725-6617.

Santa’s Village at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms

December 1,2, and 3 from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Santa and his friends are moving to Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms. Santa’s Village opens Friday, November 24 and runs through Sunday, December 24 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 4:30 .m. to 8:30 p.m. (with last entry at 7:30 p.m.)

Chatfield Farms will be transformed into a magical village. Hop on the hayride to catch a short movie at Santa’s cinema and find unique holiday gifts in his workshop. Santa’s Village replaces Trail of Lights but continues many of the popular light displays along with new hands-on activities and displays that feature the North Pole and Santa’s workshop.

Admission includes: Meet Santa’s live reindeer Kids get pictures with Santa, Snow Man and the reindeer (Santa will not be at Chatfield Farms on Dec. 24, because he will be at the North Pole)
Craft with Mrs. Claus Holiday lights
One hayride Santa’s Cinema on Elf Boulevard
Santa’s Workshop will include craft vendors
You can also buy treats and hot drinks.

Tickets for Santa’s Village are $20/adults and children ages 3 to 15, $15/senior (65+) or military. Denver Botanic Gardens members get a $5 per ticket discount on the $20 tickets.

Buy tickets online or at the ticket booth in the Chatfield Farms parking lot during the event (if available). Ticket booth opens at 4:30 p.m. Advance tickets may also be purchased at the York Street Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center or Chatfield Farms Earl J. Sinnamon Visitor Center during public hours. Tickets are limited each night. Purchase in advance to ensure admittance on your desired date.

Schweiger Ranch Austrian Christmas: 

December 2 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Welcome all to this free event, celebrating Austrian food and drink, holiday lights, Santa Claus and real reindeer.  Inspired by the genuine holiday traditions of the Austrian immigrants who settled Schweiger Ranch.

Gather your friends and family and come enjoy this free event with Austrian food and beverages (available for purchase) holiday lights, Santa Claus real reindeer, and the band Austrian Connection. Visit Santa Claus, take a horse and buggy ride or spend a moment visiting with Denver’s Honorary Austrian Consulate.  The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will begin around 4:40 pm.

Other activities include:

  • Face Painting
  • Kids’ craft with South Suburban Parks & Rec
  • Storytime with Douglas County Libraries
  • Adult craft with Ladybird Poppy
  • Shop the Christkindl Market vendors
  • The first 100 kids to visit Santa will receive a free book!

Lone Tree Merry Days

Friday, December 1st from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

The holidays are in the air here in Lone Tree!  Come celebrate the most wonderful time of the year as we light the City Holiday Tree for the season and join many of our community partners in bringing the holiday spirit to the City of Lone Tree.  

Tree Lighting at the Lone Tree Arts Center: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Enjoy Christmas carols from the Denver Dolls, a hot cocoa bar and s’more roasting hosted by the Lone Tree Arts Center Guild, fun giveaways (while supplies last), and of course the Big Guy himself and his reindeer. Join Mayor Jacqueline A. Millet and members of the City Council in kicking off the holiday season with the lighting of the tree at 6:30pm. Entry is free. 

Story Time and Crafts at the Douglas County Library, Lone Tree: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Listen to some of your favorite holiday stories and make a fun holiday craft while snacking on candy canes and cider. Stories will be read at 6:15pm, 6:45pm and 7pm. Entry is free. 

Cookie Decorating and Christmas Card Making at MorningStar Senior Living RideGate: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Sing along to Christmas carols while decorating cookie and making Christmas cards for the seniors in the memory care unit. Entry is free. 

Parking: Target Parking Garage and the Douglas County Library for all Friday evening events.  There will be no parking at the Lone Tree Arts Center due to a private event.