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.
Nov. 19 through Jan. 8, 4:30 to 9 p.m. Closed Nov. 25 and Dec. 25
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.
Nov. 26 through December 12, Fri-Sun; Dec. 17 through Jan. 2, Nightly; 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Wind a mile through the illuminated countryside at Chatfield Farms (shorter route available) and find a children’s play area, singing Christmas trees, light tunnels, and antique farm equipment on display. Treat yourself with hot beverages, plus nuts and kettle corn. Find timed tickets online. $10-$15. Chatfield Farms, Littleton.
Nov. 22 to Dec. 5 (members only), Dec. 6 to Jan. 2. Closed Nov. 25 and Dec. 25.
With more than two million lights sparkling across the campus, this is a holiday treat not to miss. Purchase up-close looks such as giraffe feedings, or seasonal food and drink to elevate the experience. $20-$25 adult, $10-$15 kid. Reserve tickets online, expected to sell out. Denver Zoo, Denver.
Dec. 3 through 5, 10 through 23, 25 through Jan. 1; 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Celebrate the holiday season with sparkling lights, animals, and fun for the whole family. See over 85 unique light sculptures cozy up at a hot cocoa station, and take a photo with Santa (Dec. 3-23). You can even be a secret Santa for the animals—view a safari wish list online and bring a toy or treat for your wild friends. $14 adult, $12 senior, $11 military, $10 child, free members and age 2 and under. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs.
Nightly, 5 to 9 p.m.; Nov. 13 and 20, Dec. 4 and 11 (Winter Wonderlights LIVE events)
Wander through a park full of illuminated art set to the tune of six songs. You can’t miss the 20 foot tall LED Christmas tree, or large inflatable igloo. Local vendors will be onsite and special programming during select weekends. Free. Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra, Loveland.
Nov. 20, 2 to 6 p.m.
Gather for yet another lighting of the star, a community event dating back to 1936. Join in the festivities including hot chocolate/adult beverages, food trucks, nonprofit booths, strolling entertainers, and music. Shop local to support the community. If you are unable to attend, consider hosting a virtual viewing party with your family via livestream. Free. Historic Wilcox Square, Castle Rock.
November 26, 5:30 p.m.
The Town of Estes Park’s parade kicks off the holiday season with a procession of sparkling, lighted floats, live music, elves, and other beloved characters. Enjoy classic, quaint, mountain town fun culminating in the arrival of Santa Claus himself, all under the backdrop of the high Rocky Mountains. Free. Downtown Estes Park.
Nov. 19 through Jan. 1
Step inside the massive and magnificent Mile High Tree immersive art installation to experience a light show set to music. Free. Downtown Denver, 16th and Welton streets.