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🌟 Holiday Events & Light Displays on the Front Range in 2020

By Kari Ploysa, Macaroni Kid Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Administrative & Marketing Assistant November 10, 2020
AURORA • Aurora Municipal Center

Holiday Tree Lighting
Safely enjoy the holiday spirit this year virtually! Tune in to Aurora's virtual channels and you and your family won't miss an ounce of perfectly splendid holiday cheer. The joyful spirit of Santa, reindeer, dancing, storytelling, and of course, the ceremonial switching on of the holiday tree lights by Aurora's city Mayor awaits!

  • Thursday, December 10, 6:00 PM
  • FREE
  • This year the event will be Live Streamed
AURORA • Christmas at Gaylord Rockies

Christmas at Gaylord Rockies
Explore acres of twinkling lights and decorations and exciting holiday activities, shows, and events, from snow tubing and ice skating to the all-new I Love Christmas Movies™ pop-up experience!

  • November 20, 2020 through January 3, 2021
  • Admission to I Love Christmas Movies: Child (4-11): $13.99 | Adult: $24.99
  • Bundle with other activities to save up to 40%
BOULDER • Downtown Boulder

Lights of December Motorcade
Crowds will enjoy floats created and decorated by local businesses, churches, schools and civic groups. The grand finale includes an appearance by the jolly old man himself — Santa Claus! Participants in the parade will stay inside their vehicles at all times.

  • Saturday, December 5 at 6:00 PM
  • FREE
  • This year the event will be Live Streamed
COLORADO SPRINGS • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Electric Safari
Celebrate holiday lights and cheer with 85 light sculptures on over 50 acres! Warming fires throughout the Zoo and select indoor animal exhibits offer a reprieve from the chill. Free unlimited visits for members (reserve tickets online).

  • December 4-6, December 11-23, December 25–January 1, 2021 from 5:20–8:30 PM
  • Infants (0-2): $0.75 | Children (3-11): $10.75 | Adults: $14.75 (Advance Tickets Only)
DENVER • Botanic Gardens at York Street

Blossoms of Lights™
The Gardens’ signature event for over three decades, this annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms the Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street into a twinkling winter wonderland. Holiday treats and warm drinks will be available for purchase at the Hive Garden Bistro.

  • November 20, 2020 through January 16, 2021 from 4:30–9:45 PM
  • Closed November 26 and December 25
  • Children (3-15): $18 | Adults: $21 (Advance Tickets Only)
DENVER • Cherry Creek North

Winter Wanderland
The holiday season in Cherry Creek North will feature a festive 16-block holiday light walk with more than a half million lights, a one-of-a-kind interactive light art installation, and a brand new outdoor holiday market.

  • November 19, 2020 through January 3, 2021
  • Shop the Holiday Market every Thursday (except Thanksgiving)
DENVER • City & County Building

Light the Lights
The largest lighting display in Denver can be seen at the City & County Building, located at 1435 Bannock Street, where 600,000 lights decorate the building. The annual ceremony will be live streamed the week prior to Thanksgiving.

  • Friday, November 20, 2020
  • The live-stream will begin at dusk
DENVER • Denver Zoo

Zoo Lights • Illuminated with Life
Zoo Lights celebrates its 30th year as one of Denver’s most beloved and popular holiday traditions, spanning 80 acres with illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes, and appear in places where they're least expected.

  • November 23–December 31 from 5:00–10:00 PM
  • Closed November 26 and December 25
  • Children (3-11): $15 | Adults: $25 (Advance Tickets Only; Max of 5 per Reservation)
DENVER • Downtown Denver

Parade of Lights
The Parade floats you know and love will be displayed from Denver Pavilions to Denver Union Station for several weeks, offering the community the chance to revel in the charm and excitement of the holiday season again and again. Bundle up and download an app to access a map of the most festive lights, decorations, markets, music, and more!

  • Opening Friday, November 27
  • Special Broadcast on 9News: December 4 at 8:00 PM 
  • FREE!
DENVER • Four Mile Historic Park

December Delight
This winter spectacular features seasonal snacks and beverages, crafts, ice skating, and a winter scavenger hunt will provide families with plenty to do across the Park’s twelve acres. Placemaking artist and designer, Brian Corrigan, is creating a life-sized holiday card, and Oh Heck Yeah! brings live action video games to the Park.

  • December 4–27: Fridays-Sundays from 5:00–10:30 PM
  • Youth (7-17): $10 | Adults: $14 | Children 6 and under are FREE!
DENVER • Union Station

Grand Illumination
An iconic holiday tradition returns! Join Denver Union Station for the ceremonious lighting of the building and our 40 foot-tall Plaza Christmas tree. 

  • November 20, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 PM
  • FREE
FEDERAL HEIGHTS • Water World Parking Lot

Christmas in Color
Load up your friends and family into your car, truck, or minivan and experience Christmas like never before. Drive through acres of more than 1.5 million lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music you’ll hear right through your radio. Drive by giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways, and more.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS and use discount code KID2020 to receive 15% Off!

  • November 20–January 3, 2021 from 5:30–10:00 PM
  • Closed November 26 and December 25
  • $30 per vehicle (Advanced Tickets Only)

GOLDEN • Downtown Golden

Olde Golden Christmas
Olde Golden Christmas events are a longstanding tradition, beloved by all. Golden is unable to host public gatherings, but the city still warmly welcomes holiday revelers and offers several safe ways to celebrate the spirit of the holidays. Enjoy these fun holiday activities: Christmas in the History Park and Golden Pop-Ups: Ice Sculptures. Holiday lights will illuminate buildings and parks along Washington Avenue, Clear Creek, and Clear Creek History Park.

  • Opens December 5
  • FREE

GOLDEN • Colorado Railroad Museum

The Polar Express™ Train Ride
The Colorado Railroad Museum is pleased to announce a revised and updated show for 2020, featuring all your favorite characters and the Magic of THE POLAR EXPRESS™! Put on your pajamas and your most fashionable mask, and bring the family to enjoy hot cocoa, cookies, song and dance, stories, and much more!

  • Select dates in November and December
  • Prices start at $95 per person for ages 2+
HIGHLANDS RANCH • Cherry Hills Community Church

"Light" Christmas at Cherry Hills
Experience the story of Christmas through a spectacular light display on the Cherry Hills campus. Cars will be able to drive the entire campus where there will be multiple scenes that share the story of one family’s Christmas traditions through the generations. 

  • November 27-December 24, 2020, times vary
  • FREE! Reservations are required
LITTLETON • Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms

Trail of Lights
Trail of Lights offers visitors a choice of paths: a shorter route that takes visitors directly through the children’s play area and an extended path allows visitors to explore the outside area of the Green Farm Barn and silo before continuing through the children’s area and 1880's homestead. Fun features this year include synchronized music in children’s play area, a three-sided light tunnel, and illuminated antique and model tractors on display.

  • November 27 through December 13, 2020: Fridays-Sundays from 5:00–9:00 PM
  • December 18, 2020 through January 3, 2021: Nightly from 5:00–9:00 PM
  • Closed December 25
  • Children (3-12): $10 | Adults: $13.50 (Advance Tickets Only)
LONE TREE • Schweiger Ranch

Holiday Caravan
Schweiger Ranch is offering a drive-through Holiday Caravan for a spectacular view of their holiday light display, all from the safety and comfort of your car. Free apple cider and hot cocoa will be passed out for passengers to enjoy while viewing the holiday lights. Pick up a candy cane as you exit and drop off your letter to Santa. He’ll send you off with a festive wave. 

  • Caravan is Saturday, December 5, from 5:00–7:00 PM
  • Holiday Light Display will be available to view from the parking lot and along the trail November 26-January 1, 2021
  • FREE!
MORRISON • Bandimere Speedway

Christmas in Color
Load up your friends and family into your car, truck, or minivan and experience Christmas like never before. Drive through acres of more than 1.5 million lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music you’ll hear right through your radio. You’ll drive by giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways, and more.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS and use discount code KID2020 to receive 15% Off!

  • November 20–January 3, 2021 from 5:30–10:00 PM
  • Closed November 26 and December 25
  • $30 per vehicle (Advanced Tickets Only)
WESTMINSTER • Adventure Golf & Raceway

Holiday Lights Mini Golf 
It's the most wonderful time of year when Adventure Golf and Raceway transforms the park to Holiday Lights Mini Golf. It is a fantastical journey through 54 holes of miniature golf, with over 100,000 twinkling colorful lights and beautifully decorated features throughout. Pre-packaged snacks are available for purchase.

  • November 6–January 3, 2021 from 5:00–9:00 PM
  • Closed November 26, December 24, and December 25
  • Children (4-12): $8 | Adults: $10

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Due to COVID-19, the following events have been canceled for 2020:

  • A Hudson Christmas @ Hudson Gardens in Littleton
  • Candlelight Walk @ Downtown Littleton
  • Mountain Illumination Festival @ Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs
  • Olde Golden Holiday Parade @ Downtown Golden
  • Santa's North Pole Adventure & Santa's Lighted Forest @ Georgetown Loop Railway in Georgetown