Southwest Rink at Skyline Park (credit: CBS)
Once Thanksgiving is over, the official holiday season has begun, despite the fact that Christmas decorations have been up in stores since mid-September. With all of the fun holiday events happening all over town, you can find lots of great ways to celebrate the season with the whole family. From special markets for shopping to ice skating, musicals and other entertainment, there really is something for everyone. There is no reason to sit at home every weekend this December, so take a look at these fun holiday events, plan a few with your family and get out to make some great memories.
Date: Weekends through Dec. 24, 2014
This annual German market offers you a great chance to find some special gifts for those hard-to-shop-for people in your life. The Denver Christkindl Market is open Thursday through Sunday, every weekend until Christmas Eve, and it’s always one of the more popular annual events in town. You can find beautiful handmade candles and Christmas ornaments and lots of stunning hand-crafted wooden figurines. While you are there, enjoy traditional Christmas carols and other live German music, sip on some hot spiced wine and have a wonderful time shopping and making memories with the whole family.
Ice Skating at Southwest Rink at Skyline Park
16th St. and Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80202
Date: Now through Feb. 16, 2015
Nothing says Christmas like floating on ice, hand in hand with your sweetheart, as traditional holiday music plays in the background. Strap on your skates and head to Skyline Park, in the heart of Downtown Denver, to enjoy a few hours of free ice skating for the holidays. Skating is totally free, and you can rent skates for only two dollars while you are there. If you need a few lessons so you don’t spend the majority of your skating time falling down, then make sure to visit on Wednesday or Saturday mornings, as you can get free skating lessons for the whole family. The rink is open long hours throughout the season, with both daytime and nighttime hours available, just be sure to dress warmly. Then prepare for a wonderful family night on the ice.
A Christmas Carol
Denver Center Theatre Company
1101 13th St.
Denver, CO 80204
Date: Through Dec. 28, 2014
What could be more Christmas than taking the whole family to see this perennial classic? “A Christmas Carol” is always an annual tradition, and the whole family will love watching this timeless tale come to vivid life on stage. It may be better for older kids, however, as there are the three spooky ghosts that appear to take Ebenezer Scrooge on a tour of his Christmas past, present and future. Just a few hours of this fantastic show and you’ll be filled with all of the Christmas joy and holiday love that you need to get through the packed shopping malls and the long checkout lines. Get your tickets early, as this one sells out every year.
Blossoms of Light
Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York St.
Denver, CO 80206
Date: Through Jan. 1, 2015
Just because it’s winter in Colorado doesn’t mean the Botanic Gardens close up shop for the season. Instead, these beautiful grounds are filled with more than a million colorful lights, all draped over and decorating the stunning floral and botanical displays throughout the grounds. You’ll find the walk-through Blossoms of Light to be one of the most romantic ways to spend a crisp December evening with your special someone. Make sure to grab the HoloSpex for a really fun look at all of the dancing lights. Then stop in the visitor center for some hot cocoa and apple cider, enjoy some live music and warm up before heading home.
Holiday High Tea
Molly Brown House Museum
1340 Pennsylvania St.
Denver, CO 80203
Date: Dec. 5, 6 and 7, 2014
Whether you have family coming in for the holidays, or if you just want to gather a few friends for a memorable afternoon, the Holiday High Tea at the Molly Brown House is the perfect way to have an elegant and joyful seasonal experience. You’ll dine on delicious treats and amazing tea in the historic home that was once owned by the unsinkable Molly Brown. Tickets also include a tour of the museum, and the entire event lasts about an hour and a half and is perfect for children ages six and up.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.