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Stunning Light Exhibits to Visit This Holiday Season

Ooh and ahh at the shimmering splendor of these events.


Everyone looks good in twinkly lights—especially with their eyes wide and a delighted smile spread across their face. Bask in the warmth (real or metaphorical) from thousands of lights at these glorious displays. Drive through, stroll, or snuggle close to your family for a festive pic.

Blossoms of Light

November 17-January 3, 5-9:45 p.m. Closed November 26
Twinkling lights and gardens are a perfect match to bring beauty and wonder this holiday season. Start your celebration with this extravaganza of light displays featuring treats, warm drinks, and plenty of pretty photo opportunities. Purchase timed tickets in advance online. $18-21, $16-19 members, free ages 2 and under (no ticket required). Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street, Denver.


Trail of Lights

November 27-December 13, Fri-Sun, 5-9 p.m.; December 18-January 3, Nightly, 5-9 p.m.
Wind through Chatfield Farms as glistening lights guide you along enchanting paths. A shorter route takes visitors to a children’s play area with synchronized music. An extended route covers the Green Farm Barn and silo area as well. Enjoy hot beverages you can pair with nuts and kettle corn. Find timed tickets online. $12.50 adult; $10.50 member, senior, military; $9 ages 3-12, $8 ages 3-12 member, free ages 2 and under (no ticket required). Chatfield Farms, Littleton.

Zoo Lights

November 23-December 31, Daily 5-10:30pm. Nov.23-Dec.3 dedicated to members only. Closed Nov. 26 and Dec. 25.
Don’t miss this year’s historic celebration, with more than a million lights sparkling over 80 acres, plus special measures to keep your family safe and healthy. $15-$25. Reserve tickets online, expected to sell out. Denver Zoo, Denver.

Electric Safari

December 4-6, 11-23, 25; January 1, 2021; 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Celebrate under the glow of 85 light sculptures across 50 acres at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Find warming fires, indoor animal exhibits, a sky ride, carousel, and hot cocoa stations. $14 adult, $12 senior, $11 military, $10 child, free members and age 2 and under; additional cost for some activities. Purchase tickets online. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs.

Winter Wonderlights

November 14-January 1, 5-9 p.m., performances every 30 minutes
Cozy up to your family, walk through the park, and enjoy more than 75,000 lights blinking back at you. Winter Wonderlights employs string lights, twinkling bulbs, LED mappable snowflakes, and illuminated sculptures, and a 30-minute music and light show each night. Donate canned food to benefit the Food Bank for Larimer County or unwrapped toys to benefit Santa Cops of Larimer County. Health and safety measures will be in place to keep families physically distanced. Free. Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra, Loveland.

Castle Rock Starlighting

November 21, 3-6 p.m.
Gather for yet another lighting of the star, a community event dating back to 1936. This year’s in-person event is sold out, but there’s a virtual option! Follow the Town of Castle Rock Government on Facebook Live and host your viewing party at home with hot chocolate. Free. Online.


Catch the Glow Festival of Lights

November 27-December 5, weekends, see website for updates
Flip the script on a classic parade; now you and the family are the ones promenading through Estes Park. Enjoy lights, holiday scenes, and music on your FM radio as you drive through this stationary parade. Free. Estes Park Events Complex, Estes Park.

Mile High Tree

November 20-January 2
Step inside the massive and magnificent Mile High Tree immersive art installation, in its new location on the 16th Street Mall. Watch thousands of lights choreographed to seasonal music. Free. 16th Street Mall, Denver.

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