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9Things to do in Denver & Colorado this Christmas 2021 weekend

9Things to do in Denver & Colorado this Christmas 2021 weekend

Christmas weekend arrives within the Centennial State with festivals, festivals and family-friendly winter occasions.

COLORADO, USA — Colorado celebrates winter’s arrival with vacation lights, vacation reveals and extra.

Denver Zoo Lights, A Hudson Christmas and Winter Wonderlights are simply a number of the must-see traditions in Denver and Colorado this weekend together with the return of “A Christmas Carol” in Denver. New Colorado traditions “Mission: Save Christmas,” “Cirque Desires Holidaze” and “Camp Christmas” spotlight are serving to to unfold the magic of the season.

Rejoice the vacation season this weekend by experiencing the distinctive tradition, meals and geography that makes Colorado so particular at certainly one of these enjoyable occasions this December weekend.

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COLORADO — Piling into the automotive, singing carols, sipping on sizzling chocolate and searching for homes with essentially the most festive Christmas lights is among the greatest methods to have a good time the vacation season. In case you’re searching for slightly assist planning your vacation gentle viewing route, we’ve got some recommendations to hit the preferred shows. 

If in case you have a favourite show, add it to the “Close to Me” part of the 9NEWS app. Your images might be added to a statewide map highlighting the perfect locations to see gentle shows across the state.

READ MORE: Use these maps to see the perfect Christmas lights in your neighborhood

LAKEWOOD — Company can journey via Denver Heart for the Performing Arts’ largest vacation expertise ever at Camp Christmas. New this yr, the expertise might be an out of doors/indoor extravaganza at Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park, that includes artist Lonnie Hanzon’s fantastical wonderland of lights, dazzling decorations, music and memorabilia in varied yuletide scenes throughout a six-acre panorama. Camp Christmas runs via Sunday, Jan 2. Get your tickets at DenverCenter.org.

RELATED: 7 of the largest vacation gentle occasions within the Denver space

DENVER — The seven-story tall, 39-foot diameter Mile Excessive Tree options gentle reveals choreographed to vacation music on the tallest pixel LED expertise tree within the nation. The large tree is showing for a second-straight yr on the sixteenth Avenue Mall at Welton Avenue. The Mile Excessive Tree might be lit up nightly via Saturday, Jan. 1 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Entry to see the tree is free and open to the general public.

DENVER — Merry & Vivid Lights transforms the outside of Denver’s Union Station right into a spectacular canvas spreading vacation cheer. This out of doors gentle present options interactive visible imagery created by native Denver artists projected throughout the Station’s historic façade. With traditional vacation music accompanying the joyful imagery, Merry & Vivid Lights is a can’t miss vacation expertise that continues via Monday, Dec. 27.

FEDERAL HEIGHTS & MORRISON — Denver’s largest drive-through Christmas gentle shows are open for an additional vacation season. Christmas in Colour has drive-through gentle shows at Water World in Federal Heights and Bandimere Speedway in Morrison. The show options multiple million LED lights organized into tunnels, timber, big sweet canes, snowflakes and extra, all synchronized to festive vacation music on the FM radio dial. Tickets are on sale now at ChristmasinColor.internet. The shows might be open via Sunday, Jan. 2.

RELATED: 2 drive-through Christmas shows with 1 million LED lights every returning to Colorado

WESTMINSTER — Butterfly Pavilion’s Dwelling Lights will gentle up in a rainbow of colours as guests stroll amongst displays and see the world of invertebrates in a brand new means. This entertaining and academic occasion options biofluorescent invertebrates together with scorpions, glowing displays, a Firefly Forest with aerial artists and charming performers culminating in an electrifying child’s glow-in-the-dark dance get together and unveiling of the Firefly Princess. Dwelling Lights runs nightly via Sunday, Jan 2. To be taught extra and buy tickets, go to Butterflies.org.

COLORADO SPRINGS — The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Electrical Safari affords 60 gentle sculptures illuminating the zoo’s 50 acres. Together with the warming fires all through the zoo, the astounding shows will fill you with heat and vacation spirit as you gaze out on the glowing lights of Colorado Springs. Electrical Safari is open most nights via Saturday, Jan. 1. Reserve your passes at CMZoo.org.

PHOTOS: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Electrical Safari 

DENVER —  The Denver Zoo will gentle greater than two million lights for its thirty first annual Zoo Lights celebration. Zoo Lights will span 80 acres and with new installations and choices in addition to returning favorites together with nightly ice-carving demonstrations. Zoo Lights runs via Sunday, Jan. 2 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Denver Zoo officers mentioned Zoo Lights tickets promote out annually. The zoo encourages people to e-book tickets on-line upfront to safe a spot.

PHOTOS: Zoo Lights on the Denver Zoo

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PUEBLO — ElectriCritters might be delighting youngsters of all ages for a twenty eighth yr on the Pueblo Zoo. The 2021 occasion continues via Sunday, Dec. 26. The Pueblo Zoo custom options 150 magical gentle creations, sizzling cocoa, tasty treats and vacation buying. Go to PuebloZoo.org for tickets.

LITTLETON — A Hudson Christmas is an out of doors pageant of Christmas lights at Hudson Gardens that’s certain to brighten your vacation spirit. Again after two lengthy years, the backyard’s woods are remodeled right into a winter wonderland of brightly lit timber set in opposition to the night time sky, reflecting off our bodies of water. With family and friends, sizzling chocolate, tasty treats and photograph alternatives, A Hudson Christmas is a must-see Colorado custom. A Hudson Christmas might be open choose dates via Friday, Dec. 31. Tickets could be discovered at HudsonGardens.org.

LOVELAND — Loveland’s Winter Wonderlights lights and musical gentle present runs each night time 5 to 9 p.m. via Sunday, Jan. 2. This yr, Winter Wonderlights has added 20,000 further lights, bringing its show to 100,000 vacation string lights, twinkling bulbs, LED mappable snowflakes and coronary heart arches, illuminated African stone sculptures and a brand new 23-foot LED mappable Christmas tree.

PHOTOS: Winter Wonderlights

RELATED: Winter Wonderlights returns to Loveland

DENVER — Colorado’s largest manufacturing of A Christmas Carol performs one closing weekend on the Denver Performing Arts Complicated. Based mostly on Charles Dickens’ traditional novel, the Denver musical adaptation traces curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant in a single day journey to redemption. A Christmas Carol will play the newly-renovated Wolf Theatre on the Denver Performing Arts Complicated via Sunday, Dec. 26. Tickets are on sale now at DenverCenter.org.

A Christmas Carol was final carried out by the Denver Heart for the Performing Arts (DCPA) Theatre Firm in 2018. The manufacturing was paused in 2019 for theater renovations and was canceled as a result of pandemic in 2020.

RELATED: ‘A Christmas Carol’ returns after 3-year absence

AURORA — A brand-new Christmas expertise is open at Gaylord Rockies this vacation season. Mission: Save Christmas that includes Elf might be open on the Aurora resort resort and conference middle via Sunday, Jan. 2. The brand new, all-ages multisensory marquee expertise lets company be part of Buddy the Elf in answering the decision from Santa to assist muster sufficient Christmas cheer to assist Santa’s sleigh fly. In a single day packages and occasion tickets could be bought at ChristmasatGaylordRockies.com. Advance on-line reservations are required for all ticketed occasions.

RELATED: New ‘Elf’ vacation expertise coming to Gaylord Rockies

AURORA — Gaylord Rockies’ household vacation present Cirque Desires Holidaze — which final performed on the Bubly theater at Gaylord Rockies in 2019 — is again this vacation season. A cirque journey and Broadway-style musical wrapped into one family-friendly vacation present, Cirque Desires Holidaze is a celebration of toy troopers, snowmen, reindeer, gingerbread, penguins, vacation characters and Santa. The present options greater than 300 dazzling costumes and world-class aerialists, singers and dancers. The present performs via Sunday, Jan. 2.

RELATED: ‘Cirque Desires Holidaze’ returns to Gaylord Rockies

Motion pictures this weekend

“Spider-Man: No Approach Residence” shattered pandemic-era field workplace data final weekend with $260 million and earned the third greatest opening of all time behind “Avengers: Endgame” and “Avengers: Infinity Struggle.” Earlier than final weekend, “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” held the file for greatest opening of the pandemic with $90.1 million. This weekend, three main sequels open!

Opening this weekend

  • Sing 2
  • The Matrix Resurrections
  • The King’s Man

Final weekend’s field workplace

  1. Spider-Man: No Approach Residence — $260 million
  2. Encanto — $6.5 million
  3. West Facet Story — $3.4 million
  4. Ghostbusters: Afterlife — $3.4 million
  5. Nightmare Alley — $2.8 million

RELATED: ‘Spider-Man’ nets third greatest opening of all time

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