Marvelling at massive light displays is a cherished holiday tradition, and Denver has plenty of spots for walks and drives. So don't miss the chance to see beautiful Colorado Christmas lights, as they are usually gone by New Year's Eve!
9NEWS Parade of Lights (December 3, 2022)
Downtown Denver has been hosting the 9NEWS Parade of Lights since 1975. Denver's favorite community tradition features more than 40 illuminated floats, giant inflatables, marching bands, equestrian units, and a speial appearance of the Major Waddles the Penguin and Santa. The live parade starts at 6 pm. But those who can't make it to the downtown, 9News telecasts the show on the day of the parade. What's more, the channel rebroadcasts the parade throughout the whole month of December.
Grand Illumination (November 26, 2022)
The annual Grand Illumination at Denver Union Station is a must-see during holidays. The facade of the city's landmark turns into the shimmering canvas each night from late November through late December. The highlight of the show is a 40-foot (12-m) tall Christmas tree, wrapped up in 7,000 lights. In addition to festive lights display, you can enjoy regular visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. These honored guests are available at the station on selected Sundays from 4 am to 4 pm.
Blossoms of Light at Denver Botanic Gardens (November 18, 2022–January 7, 2023)
Visiting Blossoms of Light at Denver Botanic Gardens is one of the most popular Christmas traditions in Denver. The Botanic Gardens lights turn on at 5:30 pm and people rush to walk around its illuminated alleys and observe the central display, which is a large field of LED lights synchronized to music and animation. Warm drinks and live entertainment are also available. For a socially safe visit, timed tickets must be purchased in advance.
Denver Zoo Lights at Denver Zoo (November 21, 2022–January 15, 2023)
Denver Zoo Lights is the 'wildest' annual light display in the city. Marvelous light installation of animals, cartoon characters, and holiday symbols cover 80 acres (32 ha). Visitors are entertained with live music, animal sightings, festive food, and drinks. The highlights of the seasonal attraction are animated sculptures and Santa's residence. Tickets are available only online, and they sell out quickly.
A Hudson Christmas (November 25–December 31, 2022)
Hudson Gardens & Event Center in Littleton, some 12 miles (19 km) southwest of Denver, hosts a dazzling holiday event—A Hudson Christmas. On select dates throughout December visitors can enjoy Christmas trees dancing to traditional holiday music, walk along the trails decorated with thousands of lights, and visit Santa.