Our 5 Favorite December Events in Denver!


The year is winding down that the holidays are among us!

We put together a list of our 5 favorite December events in Denver, CO. Ring in the new year with adventures and memories!

1. Blossom of Light

Held at the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Blossom of the Light is one of our favorite annual events. Transforming the naked garden into a illuminated twinkle wonderland. Our favorite part is the interactive Lumenscape, which is a large field of sound-reactive LED lights. Play the keys or drums and watch the field shimmer with beautiful light displays. We recommend getting your tickets ahead of time, arriving 10-15 min prior to 5PM and wear all your layers!


Denver Botanic Gardens

1007 York St. Denver, CO 80206


Nov. 25, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018

5PM to 9PM

More details at: https://www.botanicgardens.org/events/special-events/blossoms-light

2. Zoo lights

Take a stroll though the 60 acres of the Denver Zoo with animal encounters, nightly entertainment and you can even meet Santa! The illuminated Zoo includes animal sculptures that swing through the trees and hide all around the shrubbery! Keep your eyes open, you’ll never know when one will pop out! Keep in mind the Zoo is closed for Christmas day ( December 25, 2017). Be sure to bring some warm clothing!


Denver Zoo

2300 Steele St. Denver, CO 80205


Dec. 1, 2017 – Dec. 31, 2018

5:30PM to 9PM

More details at : https://www.denverzoo.org/zoolights2017

3. Ugly Sweater Run

What better way to ring in the holidays than run around downtown Denver in your ugliest holiday sweater! We have all been eating a little extra, it’s not you, it’s just that time of year. The 3.1 mile run will take you through Denver’s downtown city streets and scenic parks. The start line includes photo stations, holiday tunes and massive inflatables!


2000 Market St.

Denver, CO 80205


Dec. 16, 2017

11:00 AM

More details at: http://theuglysweaterrun.com/locations/denver-colorado/

4. Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park

Looking for a date night idea? Want to take the kids on a little adventure downtown? The ice rink at Skyline Park is definitely a holiday favorite. You can rent a pair of skates for $6-$8 or bring your own and skate for free!


16th and Arapahoe St.

Denver, CO 80202


Nov. 21 – Feb. 14, 2018

11AM – 7PM

5. New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Denver

Get this, Denver will be putting on TWO firework displays for New Year’s Eve! 16th St. Mall is going to be scattered with mascots, balloon artist, comedians, magicians and DJs. Not interesting in staying up till midnight? The first showing is at 9PM and the second at 12AM. See the sky line light up with two incredible displays of fire-y light!


16th St. Mall

Denver, CO 80202


Dec. 31, 2017

9PM & 12AM

The LUX. Denver Team wishes you a very happy Holiday and New Year!