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Christmas Lights 2021-2022

Beautiful spots for a winter evening stroll


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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 in Downtown Denver (November 27–December 31, 2020)

Downtown Denver has been hosting the 9NEWS Parade of Lights since 1975. In 2020, organizers are transforming this community tradition. This year’s parade will not be a conventional procession. Instead, it will be a multi-week extravaganza of activities all over downtown, from Denver Pavilions to Denver Union Station. The traditional floats will be displayed across downtown for over a month starting on Friday, November 27. For those who can't make it to Downtown Denver, 9News will broadcast an hour-long special show to convey the spirit of the magical Denver tradition.

Downtown Denver Grand Illumination (November 20, 2020)

Downtown Denver Grand Illumination is a must-see during holidays. Starting from beautiful Union Station to the City and County Building—everything is shimmering, sparkling, and glowing. One of Denver's newest yet most impressive Christmas traditions is the Mile High Tree on the 16th Street Mall at Welton Street. The 110-foot (34-m) tall tree will also be illuminated on November 20, and stay on until January 2, 2021. Local authorities are working hard to make sure all the Grand Illumination visitors stay safe and healthy.

Blossoms of Light at Denver Botanic Gardens (November 20, 2020–January 16, 2021)

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 23–December 31, 2020)

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.