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Enjoying the Winter of the Past with December Delights

By Kari Ploysa, Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Administration & Marketing Assistant December 8, 2020

December Delights at Four Mile Historic Park
December 4th through 27th, 2020
(Friday – Sunday)

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Adults: $14 | Children: $10

The big question this year is: How do we make fun holiday memories while staying safe? Four Mile Historic Park has the answer for you! December Delights is full of outdoor fun for all ages!

As we entered the park, we couldn't help but gasp at the beautiful lights and sights all around us. We came upon a tree that was adorned with ribbon, garland, and large hanging balls. Underneath was an art installation of two giant deer on ice skates that looked like they were drawn in the Victorian era. 

My 7-year-old son, Samuel, ran right up to the deer in awe of the size! We stood underneath the tree looking up at the beauty above us. It made me feel like twirling in childlike wonder.




At the ticket counter, we had received a map with a set of six riddles for the scavenger hunt, which guides you clockwise through the park where you can enjoy the sights and activities along the way. Our first clue read:

"Some prizes are small
Some will be big
Your first one awaits
Near Clover and Tig!"




My boys said it felt like they had a treasure map and were searching for treasure!

The first stamp was the hardest for us because we weren't quite sure what we were looking for. Once we figured out that we needed to search for a large glass jar, we had an easier time finding the rest. 

In each jar there is a gorgeous hand-carved stamp wrapped in cloth, made with great care by the site manager. The jar also held an ink pad, a small light for easy visibility, and hand sanitizer for keeping ourselves clean and safe.




After finding the second stamp and taking a few photo ops, including an art installation that represented the style of the first generation of holiday cards, we arrived at the ice rink. 

This rink is made of white glossy mats that won't melt in the sun. It is great for learning to ice skate. The skates we used were new out of the box as this is the first season for ice skating at Four Mile Historic Park!

Samuel was the first on the ice. He was a bit shaky, but quickly found his groove. My 2-year-old son, Christian, even got on the ice for a little bit, holding on to me tightly as we made our way around the rink. He seemed happy to have tried it at least once.

At the rink there was a beautiful view of the lights that would make a great background for a holiday card.


We could have spent hours there, but there was more to see and we hadn't finished the scavenger hunt. I was pleasantly surprised by how excited Samuel was to read the clues, decipher the text, and find his "treasure"!

The boys had an impromptu dance party to Christmas music at The Grove under the light of a disco ball. Adults can warm up with a drink from the nearby beverage bar.



We ended our journey at the Bee House where there were craft stations for the children. We really enjoyed making the waterless snow globes and snowflake crowns.




The final clue led us to the path to the gift shop. We made sure to take in the view one last time. I asked the boys what they thought about the whole experience. Samuel looked at me with wide eyes and said "It was amazing!" 

The whole experience harkened back to a simpler time where people could gather outside together and just enjoy the holidays. So in a way, Samuel said it best: in the simplest form, it was amazing.

Know Before You Go:

  • Dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes; you will be doing plenty of walking and may even travel over snow.
  • Ice hockey skates are required for skating. You may bring your own or they can provide them for you.
  • The smallest size of ice skates that they have are child size 11. If you need anything smaller, make sure to bring your own.
  • Take your crafts with you to make at home. You will want the extra time to see the sights.
  • Bathrooms are located in the entrance at the Grant Family Education Center, the Gate House, and the Bee House. 
  • Masks are required at the park at all times. Social distancing is required. Sanitizer stations are available to all guests and employees.
  • Purchase your tickets online in advance to reduce the amount of time in line. 
  • Visit the gift shop on the way out for numerous stocking stuffers including local honey, stuffed animals, ornaments, and more.

Four Mile Historic Park
715 S. Forest St., Denver, CO 80246
(720) 865-0800

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Disclaimer: I received complimentary tickets to December Delights for myself and my family for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was provided. The opinions expressed are 100% my own.