Walk through the mazes and pumpkin patch; pet the animals and purchase organically grown produce at a Boulder family farm. On weekends, ride a steam engine, learn about farming methods from the early 1900s or take a hay ride for $3.
Take a train ride, wearing your cozy pajamas where Santa's elves entertain. After a 30 minute ride, the train reaches the "North Pole" where Santa boards the train to pass out a holiday bell to each child as he visits with the children. $30-$69.
Register to enable kids to help other kids, face-to-face so that the givers get to see and feel the difference that they've made for another child. See Denver Nuggets, KOOL105 Radio, and hear the Colorado Children's Chorale perform. Registration opens late October but December 9 is the date for giving. Later dates can be arranged.
Watch the lighting of tens of thousands of lights after a consecutive countdown from Denver Union Station up the 16th Street Mall to the City and County Building and then enjoy them throughout the season.
Sign up to run a fast and scenic 10K or 2 mile course with family and friends. $18-$20 for 2 mile; $20-$24 for 10K. Sample goodies in the Vendor Village after the race. Reservations required. Call for group rate information.
Buy local from young business owners who display and sell their unique products to the local community. All products are handmade and personally sold by the owners. Find beaded jewelry, greeting cards, bath products, home baked goodies, artwork, and more.
Watch as a chosen honoree lights the farolitos – paper bags filled with sand and illuminated with candles – in the open-air courtyard of The Fort in an alternative tree lighting ceremony. Hot cider, Mexican hot chocolate and biscochito cookies are served.
Gather around the Town Tree and join the Mayor and the Parker Chorale in a Sing-a-long to Silent Night to kick off the event before the official lighting. Once the park is lit up, stroll around O’Brien Park and take in the sights of the fun holiday ice sculpture displays, or run into some holiday…