Denver has some culture filled events lined up this week. Start it off by learning more about Albert Bierstadt at Artful Insight and end it by getting crafty at Foul-Mouth Cross-Stitch. Whatever you end up doing, make sure to take a look at this roundup of events happening in Denver.

Monday, December 17

Artful Insight

Painting by Albert Bierstadt. Photo Courtesy of American Museum of Western Art-The Anschutz Collection‎.

When: December 17,  3 – 4:30 p.m. 

Where: American Museum of Western Art- The Anschutz Collection, 1727 Tremont Pl., Denver

Cost: $10 get tickets here

The Lowdown: American Museum of Western Art- The Anschutz Collection presents Artful Insight. The event features a chance to learn more about Albert Bierstadt, an artist and member of The Hudson River School and namesake of one of the famous 14-ers. Bierstadt took inspiration from western landscapes and created masterpieces, some of which are now on display in the American Museum of Western Art.

Zoo Lights

Photo Courtesy of Denver Zoo on Facebook

When: December 17 – January 6

Where: Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver 

Cost: $18 tickets available here

The Lowdown: Denver Zoo presents Zoo Lights. The 28th annual event features 70 acres of over two million lights, animal encounters, illuminated animal sculptures and more. You can nibble on sweet snacks and sip on hot drinks while you walk the zoo and see all of the amazing lights

Mistletoe Market

Photo Courtesy of Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek‎ on Facebook

When: December 17, 6 – 8 p.m. 

Where: Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek, 245 Columbine St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Halcyon hosts its second annual Mistletoe Market. The event features a day to shop from more than 20 shops in Cherry Creek North in a marketplace setting. You can explore boutiques such as Southern Roots Boutique, Inspyre Boutique, Denver Darling Boutique and more.

Blossoms of Light

Photo Courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens on Facebook

When: December 17 – January 1

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver 

Cost: $16 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Denver Botanic Gardens hosts its annual Blossoms of Light display this week. The interactive light display features animated LED lights that are sound reactive. You can sip on warm drinks, nibble on holiday treats and shop holiday souvenirs while you stroll through the lit up gardens.

Alamo Encore

Photo Courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse Denver‎ on Facebook

When: December 17, 4 – 6 p.m. 

Where: Alamo Drafthouse Denver, 4255 W Colfax Ave., Denver 

Cost: $13 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Alamo Drafthouse Denver presents Alamo Encore. The event features a screening of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. The wild Christmas film showcases a story about the Griswold family as they deal with SWAT teams, an exploding turkey, thousands of lights on their home and more.

Tuesday, December 18

Holiday Carousel

Holiday Carousel. Photo by Kyle Cooper.

When: December 18 – January 9 2018, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Where: Denver Pavilions 500 15th St., Denver 

Cost: $3 per ride

The Lowdown: The Holiday Carousel is back by popular demand. The carousel will run all through December and bring in the new year with New Year’s Eve rides. The ride will bring you back to your childhood years with magic and Christmas cheer. All proceeds from the rides will go toward Food Bank for the Rockies to help feed those in need.

Yoga with Kangaroos

Photo Courtesy of Zoo Chateau‎ on Facebook

When: December 18, 4 – 5 p.m. 

Where: Zoo Chateau, 21050 Indian Rd., Golden

Cost: $55 get tickets here

The Lowdown: You have heard of goat yoga but have you ever heard of kangaroo yoga? Zoo Chateau presents a chance to practice your vinyasas in the presence of the adorable animals from down under. The ticket price includes a spot with a mat, a 30-minute yoga class and interactions with kangaroos. Make sure to wear clothes that can get dirty.

Wednesday, December 19

Cirque Éloize Hotel

When: December 19 – 23

Where: Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1101 13th St., Denver 

Cost: $25 – $75 tickets available here

The Lowdown: Denver Center for the Performings Arts presents Cirque Éloize Hotel. The event features a performance of the play Cirque Éloize Hotel that follows the story of a hotel and those inhabit the rooms inside of it. You will be greeted by choreographed dances, acrobats, a colorful set and more. The play will fill your night with wonder and poetic grandeur.

Thursday, December 20

DIY Fluid Pouring Ornaments

Photo Courtesy of Spectra Art Space on Facebook

When: December 20, 7 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Spectra Art Space, 1836 S Broadway, Denver 

Cost: $12 – $20 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Spectra Art Space presents a DIY Fluid Pouring Ornaments class. The class features an instructional on how to create your own custom ornaments. The ticket price includes ornaments, paint, paint pens, wrapping tissue and more to carefully package your holiday baubles for the perfect gift.

Friday, December 21

Black Sheep Friday

Photo Courtesy of MCA.

When: December 21, 6 p.m. 

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, 1483 Delgany St., Denver 

Cost: Free – $5, RSVP here

The Lowdown: Museum of Contemporary Art Denver presents Black Sheep Friday. The event features a craft fair with Ladies Fancywork Society and Fancy Tiger Crafts. You can stop in and participate with crafts, purchase items and more. The event is free with $5 museum admission.

Christmas at the Sie

Image courtesy of the Sie FilmCenter on Facebook.

When: December 21, 7 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E Colfax Ave., Denver 

Cost: $9.50 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Sie FilmCenter hosts Christmas at the Sie. The event features a screening of It’s A Wonderful Life. The film follows the journey of George Bailey as he faces hardships and is brought back in time by a guardian angel named Clarence to see all the good that George did in the world.

Illegal Pete’s Presents: Biz Markie

Photo Courtesy of Ticketmaster‎ on Facebook

When: December 21, 8 p.m. 

Where: Summit Denver, 1902 Blake St., Denver 

Cost: $15 – $45 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Summit Denver hosts Illegal Pete’s Presents: Biz Markie. The event features a night of bangin’ beats from Biz Markie, a rapper, DJ, actor and comedian. Biz Markie is known for his popping rhymes and killer rhythm.

Midnight Madness

Photo Courtesy of Landmark’s Esquire Theatre‎ on Facebook

When: December 21 – 22, 11:59 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Where: Landmark’s Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St., Denver 

Cost: $9.50 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Landmark’s Esquire Theatre presents Midnight Madness. The event features two-midnight screenings of Edward Scissorhands. The Tim Burton film follows the adventures of Edward Scissorhands — a lonely creation of a scientist — who finds love with a girl in a town near his home.


Photo Courtesy of Liyana the Movie‎ on Facebook

When: December 21 – 27

Where: Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E Colfax Ave., Denver 

Cost: $9.50 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Sie FilmCenter hosts the opening of Liyana in Denver. The event features a screening of the film Liyana which follows the story of five orphaned Swazi children who come together to create a fairytale of their own. After the screening, you can participate in a Q&A with directors Aaron and Amanda Kopp.

Saturday, December 22

The Grawlix, Home for the Holidays

Photo courtesy of The Bug Theatre on Facebook

When: December 22, 10 – 11:55 p.m. 

Where: The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., Denver 

Cost: $20 get tickets here

The Lowdown: The Bug Theatre hosts The Grawlix, Home for the Holidays. The event features a night of hilarity with a lineup of comedians performing comedy sets. The Grawlix is composed of comedians Andrew Orvedahl, Ben Roy and Adam Cayton-Holland.

Christmas Carol Classic 5k/10k/1m

Denver skyline across city park in autumn

When: December 22, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Where: Denver City Park, 3001 E 17th Ave., Denver 

Cost: Free – $70 register here

The Lowdown: Lace up your sneakers for the Christmas Carol Classic 5k/10k/1m. The event features races around Denver’s City Park to burn some calories before racking them up this Christmas. The ticket price includes a place in the races, a t-shirt and more.

Cosmic Pineapple X~Mas Premiere

Photo Courtesy of Moon Magnet Studios‎ on Facebook

When: December 22, 10:15 – 11:59 p.m. 

Where: Alamo Drafthouse Denver, 4255 W Colfax Ave., Denver 

Cost: $5 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Alamo Drafthouse Denver presents the Cosmic Pineapple X~Mas Premiere. The event features a screening of the new television series Cosmic Pineapple. The show features the journey of the pop sensation Cosmic Pineapple as they battle morality, hygiene, roommates and more.

The Nutcracker Ballet

Photo Courtesy of Rocky Mountain Ballet Academy on Facebook

When: December 22 – 23

Where: Rocky Mountain Ballet Academy, 7400 E Hampden Ave., Denver 

Cost: $25 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Rocky Mountain Ballet Academy presents The Nutcracker Ballet. The event features a performance of the classic holiday ballet with the story of Clara as she travels into a land of wonder and sugar plum fairies, a rat king and more.

Sunday, December 23

Foul-Mouth Cross-Stitch

Photo courtesy of Grandma’s House on Facebook

When: December 23, 12 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Grandma’s House, 1710 S Broadway, Denver 

Cost: $5 at entry

The Lowdown: Grandma’s House is back at it with Foul-Mouth Cross-Stitch. You can create your own scandalous cross-stitch with the instruction of one of Grandma’s House best instructors. The materials are free with the purchase of a full beer or for the price of $5. Come with a dirty phrase or pattern in mind to create your naughty masterpiece.

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Mark Your Calendars

Hollywood Favorite

When: December 28 – January 5

Where: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver

Cost: $9.95 tickets available here

Tropical Trails Tour

When: December 29, 2 – 3 p.m. 

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver 

Cost: $14 tickets available here

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

When: December 31, 8 p.m. – 12:08 a.m. 

Where: 16th Street Mall, 16th St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission