Oh.My.Gourd! Colorado’s most unique fall festival is back! Punkin Chunkin, Colorado—Aurora’s legendary pumpkin launching competition—is flying into fall with all new activities like a larger-than-life pumpkin-carved display and Carve War’s chainsaw carving competition! This family friendly festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept.…
Listen to live musicians play customary Las Posadas songs, participate in a reenactment of Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem as depicted in the Christian bible, and enjoy complimentary bizcochito cookies with hot cider and Mexican hot chocolate.
Wear cozy pajamas and take a train ride, while 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.
$15 adults, $10 seniors, $5 children and free under age 2. Admission includes unlimited rides on the Steam Engine as well as entertainment throughout the grounds. Tickets available online or at the door.
Hop on the train that features the 1880s vintage passenger coach, and experience what it was like to travel 100 years ago. The Easter Bunny will be handing out candy, and the Depot General Store will have gift ideas for Easter baskets.
Enjoy Colorado's largest community celebration of the Day of the Dead, including music, dancing, sugar skull decorating, community altars, paper flower making, face painting, and Lady Catrina. Visitors are encouraged to come dressed in “calaca” (skeleton) apparel.
$25 adult, $21 seniors and military, $5 youth, $50 family of four
Celebrate the spirit of the holidays with more than 200 singers from six choirs. Shop a holiday market featuring handmade baked goods and locally made crafts. All vendors donate 20 percent of their profits to the Boulder Chorale.
Dec. 15-16. Sat, 7pm concert only; Sun, 3pm Santa reception and 4pm concert
$20 general admission, $15 students/seniors, $12 museum members
Join in for songs of the season and holiday cheer from a variety of musicians and performers in the region. Featuring excerpts from Longmont’s Centennial State Ballet Nutcracker. Special Santa reception with cookies and hot chocolate before the Dec. 16 matinee concert. Cash bar.
Attend a special performance of the traditional, family-friendly holiday favorite, The Nutcracker, presented by Colorado Conservatory of Dance. This performance is specifically offered for people with sensory needs.
Participate in the Race of the Santas, where hundreds of jolly look-alikes race down Main Street. After the race, stick around for the dog parade, and continue the festivities with the Lighting of Breckenridge, where Santa greets the holiday congregation from his horse-drawn carriage.
Enjoy live performances, trivia, a costume contest, and excerpts from the Star Wars Holiday Special. Go early for the "Darth Santa" photo booth and "Wookie-ookies." Everyone in attendance will receive a souvenir poster. Bring a can of food or a new, unopened toy for the holiday drive. All ages.
See Chevy Chase and company in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Don that festive sweater or dress up like Cousin Eddie and join this adults-only roller-coaster of a Christmas ride. Admission includes cocktails, wine, or beer, a Griswald Christmas dinner prepared by the in-house culinary team, and gourmet movie popcorn. Age 21 and up.
Oct. 5-31. Sun-Thu, 9am-6:30pm; Fri and Sat, 9am-10pm
Pick your own pumpkin from the fields, pet the animals, explore four corn mazes of different length and difficulty, and visit the family fun area. Cost for pumpkins and certain attractions (cash or check only).
See the Colorado Rockies mascot, Dinger, kick off the holidays by lighting a new 40-foot tall tree outside Denver Union Station, along with thousands of lights up the 16th Street Mall to the City and County Building. Watch a performance by the Denver Dolls, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, listen to Christmas carols, and…
$3 per person, per ride. Free rides will be given from Denver Pavilions restaurants, retailers, and entertainment venues with purchase, and from select hotel partners. Partial proceeds benefit Food Bank of the Rockies
Ride a holiday-themed carousel in the heart of downtown Denver.
Identical tours Oct. 20 and Oct. 27, 1pm and 2:30pm each day
Enjoy a tour of the Day of the Dead exhibition with bilingual tour guide Laura Zavala. Learn about ancient Mayan and Aztec origins of the celebration, how it blended with Spanish Catholic traditions, and how it became a part of the local culture in Longmont.
$7-$20 depending on date, age, and membership status
See festive lights spanning 60 acres of the zoo's campus, along with nightly entertainment, animal encounters, Santa meet-and-greets, and illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns, and hide in bushes.
Skate for free. Bring your own skates or rent a pair for $6 age 12 and under, $8 age 13 and up
Skate in the heart of the city, at the base of the Daniels & Fisher Tower in downtown Denver. Every Sun, 9-1oam, join staff for free skate lessons for all ages and levels. Other events include Fri night DJs, 7-9pm, and Sat morning yoga, 9-9:45am.
Experience small town, authentic holiday charm during a monthlong celebration featuring Victorian carolers, live reindeer, free horse-drawn carriage rides, a lights display, barbershop quartets, and free Newfoundland dog-pulled cart rides.
Explore the wisdom and playfulness of nature and celebrate Earth Day. In this two-hour family friendly program, take a gentle 3-mile walk along the Highline Canal with camera in tow. Registration is required one week in advance at highlandsranch.org/signmeup.
Celebrate Independence Day with community exhibitor booths, ticketed bounce houses, and food concessions. There will also be free entertainment, a concert featuring The Nacho Men, and fireworks display.
See the performance, set in 1950’s Pueblo, where all 7-year-old Joaquin wants for Christmas is a new bike but times are tough. A talking dog with a cigar named Angel and a magical abuela make this a very merry Christmas.
Be part of a winter wonderland for adults with all-inclusive samplings of food, beer, wine, and spirits. There will also be live local musicians, warming fire pits, a chance to visit Santa Claus, and more than 85 staff-made light sculptures.
Find gifts directly from more than 50 young entrepreneurs. All products are handmade and personally sold by the owners and include jewelry, greeting cards, bath products, home-baked goodies, and artwork.
Attend an indoor event for the whole family, where children and parents can enjoy the fun and festive (not scary) spirit of the Halloween season, with trick-or-treating and fun activities. The first 100 children will get a free trick-or-treat bag with goodies inside.
Celebrate the season with a bounce house, annual pumpkin race, and other activities. Awards will be given for the window painting and pumpkin decorating contests. Reservations required through the recreation center.
Attend a New Year's Eve show with Taylor, who was a top 10 finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing and recently made her late-night debut on Conan. Rated PG-13. Age 18 and under must be with a legal guardian.
Participate in fun kids activities including: kid’s beach ball and balloon drop, a sparkling cider toast, contests and giveaways for the kids, photos with Sharkey, and animal interactions. Price includes free admission to the aquarium exhibits. Call 303-561-4450 to reserve a spot.
See the dance performance about Granny, who recalls for her grandchildren the dances she has seen and performed throughout her life. These include dances honoring Christ, the African Harvest, the Native American Winter Solstice, Celtic Yule Time, Las Posadas, and Kwanzaa.
Create gifts for Valentine's Day. Each child will make three wrapped gifts to take home. Parents are welcome to stay if they would like or feel free to drop off your child. Snacks will be available. Age 5 and up. Limited to 10 kids.
$35 adults, $30 children. If purchased with tickets to the Nutcracker performance, the cost is $30 for adults, $25 for children
Attend this special holiday event, hosted by the International Youth Ballet. Visit the Land of Sweets for tea treats, make a craft, and learn a dance from the Sugarplum Fairy. RSVP to email@example.com.
See Santa and Mrs. Claus make their grand entrance to The Hangar at Stanley, where they’ll be escorted by the Aurora Police Department (APD). Families can enjoy visits with Santa, storytime with Mrs. Claus, and admire the vehicles from APD.
Following the Denver Veterans Day Parade, participants and spectators are encouraged to stay for the Denver Veterans Day Festival. This family-friendly event offers a music stage, activities, and vendors.
$15, free age 1 and under. $20 per group for Santa photos
Enjoy milk, cookies, holiday activities, museum access, and watch the original Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Visit Santa and take a picture during one of four sessions. There will be a Happy Elf cash bar for ages 21 and up.
See students and community members perform alongside world-class international guest artists and local professionals. Children are invited on stage after every performance. Sensory-friendly performance available on Dec. 14.
$45 for up to two participants; $25 for extra pumpkin
Create a superb carved pumpkin under the guidance of a master pumpkin carver. All materials provided: Each registration receives one pumpkin, a pattern, and a mini-kit of Barry's favorite carving tools. Registration required.
Bring your favorite doll and enjoy a classic tea party with tea, tea sandwiches, hot cocoa and treats. Watch a ballet performance by the Arvada Dance Center, meet the ballerinas, and take photos with them after the show.
Receive a free Golden Ticket to the museum, decorate a train conductor hat, and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to the story, The Polar Express. Feel free to come in your favorite pajamas (optional).
Remember those who died serving in the armed forces around the world with a silent ride inspired by Scott Harrison, U.S.M.C. who created a menagerie of whimsical animals, restoring a carousel for others to enjoy.
See award-winning folk/Americana performers and songwriters Bettman & Halpin for an evening of music, playful banter, and storytelling about the ups, downs, and sideways of the holiday season. Age 21 and up.
$12 and up for the rodeo. $50 and up for the New Year's Bash
Ring in the new year with rodeo favorites including bareback riding, bullfighting, and mutton busting. The event is followed by a New Year's Bash at The Ranch. Watch the countdown and enjoy live entertainment.
Listen to a series of live readings about motherhood that take place in cities around the country, to celebrate Mother's Day. Complimentary snacks and wine are available before the show from 5-6:30pm, across the street at the Birth Center of Boulder, 2800 Folsom St. Ten percent of ticket sales benefit A Precious Child.
Celebrate winter and the holiday season with wassail, a warm Old English apple cider. Local businesses will offer free samples of their own recipes. Guests receive a commemorative mug after trying 12 samples and stamping their "12 Sips of Wassail" card.
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 bizcochito cookies will be served.
Celebrate spring in downtown Boulder with the Tulip Fairy, along with a parade of pint-size fairies and elves around the Pearl Street Mall to "wake up the tulips." Features special activities for kids.
Gather around the town tree and join in a sing-along to "Silent Night" before the official lighting. Once the park is lit up, stroll around and take in the sights of holiday ice sculpture displays, or visit Santa and Mrs. Claus. Enjoy tasty treats from local food vendors, complimentary carriage rides, caroling, and a Nutcracker…
Enjoy dancing to a DJ, crafts and refreshments. Semi-formal attire encouraged. For dads with daughters ages 3-8. Reservations required through the Louisville Recreation and Senior Center. Reference code: 12021-1.
Free to see the gingerbread house and snow showers. Lodging, day passes, and meals are extra
Get into the holiday spirit with a life-size gingerbread house, daily snow showers in the Grand Lobby, and visits from Santa. See hundreds of twinkling lights and enjoy dinner in the gingerbread house.
Let the Aurora Symphony and Aurora Dance Arts transport you to a magical world of brave toy soldiers and dancing candy canes. Follow Clara as she embarks on her journey filled with playful characters, beautiful costumes, and colorful scenery.
Celebrate a little early with live music, a light show, and fireworks. Bring a picnic or purchase from the available concessions. Hear a concert by Chris Daniels and The Kings and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
Watch the classic holiday film while the score by John Williams is performed live. Macaulay Culkin starts as a boy who is accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation and must defend his home against two thieves.
Ring in the new year with activities at the library, featuring juggling, mime, and dance with performer Peter Davison. All ages. Pick up a free ticket at the library to attend, starting one hour before each show.
Enjoy a holiday concert including acoustic renditions of everything from Chuck Berry's "Run Run Rudolph" to Perry Como's "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas" to "Oh Holy Night,” paired with stories and Christmas memories from the band.
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.
Shop a variety of quality artisan goods and food items, benefiting the Boulder Mountain Fire Department. Featuring performances, fire truck tours, and a free maker space for adults and kids, hosted by Bohemia: An Artful Space.
See Fillmore Plaza transformed into a winter wonderland with live ice carving, temporary fire pits, face painting, complimentary refreshments, and giveaways. Businesses throughout the area will host activities such as ornament decorating and entertainment.
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