Where to Go in Denver to See Sparkling Holiday Lights

Santa’s Village

When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 23–Dec. 23, 2018

Where: Chatfield Farms Botanic Gardens

Chatfield farms is transformed into a magical holiday village. Visitors can visit Santa’s live reindeer, craft with Mrs. Claus, see the holiday lights, take a hayride, and attend Santa’s Cinema on Elf Boulevard. Kids also get pictures with Santa, Snow Man, and the reindeer.

A Hudson Christmas

When: Nov. 23–24, Nov. 30–Dec. 2, Dec. 7–9, 14–24 and 26–31, 2018

Where: Hudson Gardens & Events Center

See how this woodsy terrain transforms into a brightly lit winter wonderland. Share your holiday wishes with Santa Claus, take a family photo on Santa’s sleigh, warm up in the yuletide yurts, sip a steaming cup of hot chocolate or spiced apple cider, and stop for holiday surprises along the way.

Blossoms of Light

When: Nov. 23, 2018–Jan. 1, 2019 (includes Dec. 24, 25 and 31)

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens

The Gardens’ signature event for over three decades, this annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms the York Street location into a twinkling winter wonderland. Don’t miss this interactive light display, featuring a large field of sound-reactive, animated LED lights.

9News Parade of Lights

When: Nov. 30, 2018 (8 p.m.) and Dec. 1, 2018 (6 p.m.)

Where: Downtown Denver, along the 16th Street Mall

This 44th annual event will include countless sparkling lights, marching bands, giant balloons, ornate floats and delightful characters will once again wow hundreds of thousands. Viewing along the two mile parade route is free.

Zoo Lights

When: Nov. 30, 2018–Jan. 6, 2019 (Closed Dec 25)

Where: Denver Zoo

The Denver Zoo’s Zoo Lights celebrates its 28th year and will include meetings with Santa, encounters with some of the animals, and beautiful lights that leap through treetops and enchant the visitors below.

Christmas Lights of Denver

When: Dec. 7, 2018

Where: History Colorado Center

Hop aboard a comfortable, heated bus as you cruise through some of Denver’s most beautiful neighborhoods, all lit up for the season, as a host delights and entertains you with stories of Denver’s holiday past. Then warm up with included hot chocolate and cookies.


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