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4 Ways to Celebrate the Magical Holiday this Year

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ICE! A Charlie Brown Christmas

Bundle up and enjoy the two million pounds of colorful ice featuring the classic Charlie Brown Christmas this December. The family will love this immersive experience with adored characters, and the ice sculptures that are carefully made into magical creations. Enjoy your favorite scenes that have been recreated, and don’t forget to take a plunge down the ice slides! The exhibit is kept cool to keep the ice from melting, so dress accordingly and there will be parkas provided for guests to keep the chill away. The last day to experience the ice exhibit is January 1, so reserve a ticket online today. 

Location: Gaylord Hotel, Aurora



Light Up the Holidays

The streets of Boulder shine bright this winter with Light Up the Holidays. With the twinkling bulbs and decorations, and the Christmas-themed events, everyone will start feeling festive. Light Up the Holidays has special activities and promotions that take place downtown, so stop by some of the cutest local businesses to grab a gift or snack. Right off Pearl Street, enjoy St. Nick on the Bricks event every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All the kids can meet Santa this Christmas for free. While you wait, take a ride on the Snowflake Express along Peal Street. 

Location: Pearl Street, Boulder


Winter Wanderland

Through the month of December, Cherry Creek North sets up its annual Winter Wanderland Light Walk where visitors can see nearly one million twinkling lights throughout the entire neighborhood. Bring your phone and scan the QR code on all the Christmas trees for a chance to win a gift card for a Cherry Creek North shopping spree! Check the calendar to see what types of events are going on including the Holiday Market where you can enjoy live music while you shop for the best Christmas presents. 

Location: Cherry Creek North, Denver



Mile High Tree

The best way to enjoy the holiday is with the bright, 110-foot tall Mile High Tree in the heart of downtown. The tree is open all season long (and it’s free!) so everyone has a chance to enjoy festive music that is in sync with a unique light show. Viewers can step inside the magnificent tree to take beautiful, holiday pictures any day from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. 

Location: Corner of 16th and Welton Street, Denver (Waiting for confirmation – location)


Festival of Trees & Wreaths

The annual Festival of Trees and Wreaths is back in Durango this year with a weekend full of beautiful decorations and exciting activities. This free seasonal event takes guests through the enchanted forest of Christmas trees and wreaths. The festival takes place between December 2 and 4, so make time to head to Durango and grab a creative gift while you’re there. Vote for your favorite creation and participate in the auction that supports the Community Connections organization. Its mission is to help people with disabilities in Southwest Colorado. There is a virtual option for the event as well that allows viewers to bid on items and watch the beautiful festival from the comfort of their homes.  

Location: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum



The Nutcracker

The Colorado Ballet brings back the beloved classic performance The Nutcracker. Through the month of December, travel to the land of magic and follow the fascinating story of a girl who becomes friends with a nutcracker. 

Location: Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

The dearly loved Christmas story, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, is brought to the Denver Center of Performing Arts this Christmas. On the weekend of December 16, watch the heartwarming tale about friendship. 

Location: Denver Center of Performing Arts


Home for the Holidays

Beginning December 15, watch the Home for the Holidays performance by Lone Tree Arts Center. Enjoy your favorite holiday songs and see the O’ so great Santa and Mrs. Claus on a night of Christmas fun.

Location: Lone Tree Arts Center

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