Holidays in the Mile High City

December in Denver is a magical time. The temperatures drop, the snow falls, and the holiday lights go up. The holiday season brings magic and cheers to the Mile High city. Check out these activities you do not want to miss this season.

Zoo Lights
A holiday tradition, Zoo Lights is a local favorite each holiday season. The zoo goes all out with lights, beginning in November. Explore the zoo at night for a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Zoo Lights are perfect for date night or a fun family outing, with beautiful light displays, animals, and holiday entertainment. You can also see a lot of the animals in their indoor exhibits, especially the elephants and giraffes.

Tip: Be sure to make your way to Santa’s village and grab a cup of hot chocolate.

Blossoms of Light
The Denver Botanical Gardens also decks the ground with beautiful holiday lights. This annual event happens every year and features beautiful lights making guests feel like they are walking in a winter wonderland. This fully immersive event is perfect for all ages and lights up Denver.

Tip: Purchase tickets in advance as this event does tend to sell out every year.

Holiday Cocktails at One of Denver’s Food Halls
Denver’s food and bar scenes are booming. Each restaurant loves to feature fun and unique holiday-themed craft cocktails and bites. Explore many of the Denver area food halls that decorate for the holiday, making each place cozy and comfortable. Some of the top food halls to be sure to check out during the season include Union Station, Avanti Food & Beverage, The Denver Central Market, and the Milk Market.

Tip: Looking for something new to try? Just ask your bartender for a great holiday recommendation.

Downtown Ice Skating
It might not be Rockefeller Square, but Denver’s Ice Rink is the perfect skate in the city. Located right downtown in the heart of the city center, Skyline Park is right off of the 16th Street Mall. Every winter, this park is transformed into an ice rink. Skate around the rink with a perfect winter city background. Grab your mittens and beanie and enjoy a fun classic winter activity. If you want to rent ice skates, prices are very affordable for both adults and kids!

Tip: Admission to the rink is absolutely free for those who bring their own skates!

Holiday Hike
Denver locals truly enjoy the outdoors all four seasons of the year. You can expect some cooler weather, but the sun does shine over 300 days a year. Take advantage of the sun and go for a drive and hike one of the beautiful hikes that Colorado has to offer. You are in for a treat of stunning views of the Mile High City and the surrounding nature. Take a short drive up to Boulder and hike the snow-covered Flatirons. Once you get to the top, the views of Boulder and the Front Range are unbelievable.  Another close by hike is Mount Falcon Park, which is a 2.3-mile loop just outside of Denver.

Tip: Wear comfortable shoes and be sure to enjoy the breathtaking nature Colorado has to offer.

Denver is the perfect place to spend your holiday season. For the perfect dose of picturesque snow, outdoor fun, and holiday spirit, start planning your next trip to Denver today.

Know Before You Go:

  • Bring a warm winter coat. Most activities are outside, and you want to be sure to stay warm.
  • Denver International Airport is a few miles outside the city center. If you do not plan to rent a car, there is the RTD train that will take you into Downtown for $10.50. Lyft is another great option for transportation.
  • Denver enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year, making it the destination for any quick getaway year-round.
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This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Jessie S. Are you interested in traveling to Denver? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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