31 Things To Do in and Around Denver This Weekend

Denver has some jovial events lined up this weekend. Start it off by getting green at Little Man’s Holiday Tree Lot and end it with a little fright at Krampus Nacht. Whatever the week has planned for you, make sure to take a gander at this roundup of events happening in Denver.

Reminder, masks are mandatory at any of these in-person events.

READ: Vax or Mask: Denver’s New Mandate Goes Into Effect Tomorrow

Wednesday, December 1

Holiday Tree Lot

Photo Courtesy of Little Man Ice Cream on Facebook

When: December 1- December 24

Where: Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St., Denver 

Cost: Various prices

The Lowdown: Find the perfect greenery to decorate at Little Man Ice Cream’s Holiday Tree Lot. The lot offers trees of all sizes and shapes for a chance to find the perfect tree for your home. Sweet Cooie’s in Congress Park and DANG Soft Serve Ice Cream in Park Hill also hold lots as well.

Miracle Bar at Pindustry

Photo Courtesy of Dairy Block

When: December 1 – January 1

Where: Pindustry, 7939 E Arapahoe Rd., Greenwood Village

Cost: Free RSVP here

The Lowdown: Miracle Bar is back for the holiday season at Pindustry. The Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar will serve up craft cocktails in the setting of the kitschiest holiday decor you can imagine until January 1st.

Cherry Creek Holiday Market

Photo courtesy of Cherry Creek North.

When: December 1 – December 24

Where: Fillmore Plaza, 105 Fillmore St., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Check off some of your gift lists at the Cherry Creek Holiday Market. The outdoor market hosts 30 vendors offering products to purchase in convenient containers, live music from local bands and carolers and more throughout the month.

READ: Cherry Creek Holiday Market Returns for 37 Days of Holiday Cheer

Denver Christkindlmarket

Photo Courtesy of Denver Christkindlmarket on Facebook

When: December 1 – December 23

Where: Civic Center Park, 101 W. 14th Ave., Denver 

Cost: Free admission 

The Lowdown: Celebrate Weinachten season with the Denver Christkindlmarket. Christkindlmarket is Colorado’s biggest and most authentic Christkindl market. Stop by to shop for traditional German Christmas gifts, drink Glühwein (German hot mulled wine) and get a special Stein or mug. You can also visit the cookie house or brat house to munch on specialty German fare.

Zoo Lights

Photo by Lindsey Bartlett

When: December 1 – January 2

Where: Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver

Cost: $15 – $25, tickets available here

The Lowdown: Zoo Lights are back at the Denver Zoo. You can explore more than 80 acres of lit-up animals for a magical winter wonderland experience. Zoo Lights is widely popular so make sure to book your tickets soon.

A Christmas Carol

Photo Courtesy of Denver Center for the Performing Arts on Facebook

When: December 1 – December 26

Where: The Wolf Theatre, 1101 13th St., Denver

Cost: $35 – $90, get tickets here

The Lowdown: A Christmas Carol, a classic holiday experience is back in Denver. The musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ famous book features a story about the greedy Ebenezer Scrooge and his thrilling journey to improvement with laughter and holiday cheer.

December Delights

Photo Courtesy of Four Mile Historic Park on Facebook

When: December 1 – January 2

Where: Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St., Denver

Cost: $10 – $16, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Four Mile Historic Park celebrates the holidays with December Delights. You can snack on seasonal bites, imbibe in beverages, skate in an ice rink and more within the park’s spacious 12 acres. You can also experience art installations, surprises and outdoor video games.

Thursday, December 2

Cervezas for Causes

Photo Courtesy of Cervecería Colorado on Facebook

When: December 2, 5 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Cervecería Colorado, 1635 Platte St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Cervecería Colorado presents Cervezas for Causes. The event features a happy hour with a partnership with a local non-profit. This Thursday, Cervecería Colorado teams up with Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC). You can sip on some lovingly brewed beer and raise funds for the organization.

Bovine Metropolis Improv

Photo by Kori Hazel

When: December 2, 6:30 p.m. 

Where: Tattered Cover Colfax, 2626 E. Colfax Ave., Denver

Cost: $10, tickets available here

The Lowdown: Tattered Cover Colfax presents an evening of laughter with Bovine Metropolis Improv. You can watch as five actors and a moderator take on skits with prompts from the audience in a “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” style show.

Canine Christmas

Photo Courtesy of Denver Christkindlmarket on Facebook

When: December 2, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Where: Denver Christkindlmarket, Civic Center Park, 101 W. 14th Ave., Denver 

Cost: Free admission 

The Lowdown: Grab your pup for a Canine Christmas at the Denver Christkindlmarket. You and your four-legged buddies can have a photo taken with St. Nikolaus and take part in some fun activities throughout the day at the Christmas-themed marketplace.

Cookie Decorating and Holiday Movie at LUKI

Photo Courtesy of LUKI Brewery on Facebook

When: December 2, 6 – 8 p.m. 

Where: LUKI Brewery, 14715 W. 64th Ave. Units A&B, Arvada

Cost: $15 per person, order here

The Lowdown: Get your creative juices flowing with Cookie Decorating and Holiday Movie viewing at LUKI Brewery. You can decorate six cookies from pastry chef Sarah of Elevated Pastries for $15, get 10% off of your tab and watch a fun holiday movie as you work.

Art Journaling December Pass

Photo Courtesy of Eventbrite on Facebook

When: December 2, 6 – 7:30 p.m. 

Where: Online 

Cost: $59.99, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Explore your artsy side during Art Journaling December Pass. The series will dive into different prompts, focusing on one per week. You can use paint, collage, writing and more for your visual diary.

Friday, December 3

Snowed In Maple Release

Photo Courtesy Copper Kettle Brewing Company on Facebook

When: December 3, 12 – 10 p.m.

Where: Copper Kettle Brewing Company, 1338 S. Valentia St., Ste. 100, Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Copper Kettle Brewing Company is back with a brand new Snowed In release. The 2021 Snowed In Maple Oatmeal Stout will grace the taproom this Friday with a 19-ounce can and draughts available for purchase. You can beat the chill of the air with the beer aged in bourbon barrels made with real maple syrup.

Black Sheep Friday

Photo Courtesy of MCA Denver on Facebook

When: December 3, 6 p.m. 

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, 1485 Delgany St., Denver 

Cost: $20, tickets available here

The Lowdown: Museum of Contemporary Art Denver partners with an artist and local comedian to continue its Black Sheep Fridays series with You Quack Me Up – Rubber Duckie Decorating & Comedy Show. The event will test your art skills while you giggle to some hilarious comedic sets.

11th Annual 1940s White Christmas Ball

Photo Courtesy of Eventbrite on Facebook

When: December 3, 4 – 11:59 p.m. 

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver At Colorado Convention Center, 650 15th St., Denver 

Cost: $109 – $260, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Dress up in your best 1940’s fashion for the 11th Annual 1940’s White Christmas Ball. You can dance all night long, imbibe in vintage-inspired libations and listen to some sweet swing tunes throughout the throwback evening.

First Friday Art Walk

Art District on Santa Fe. Photo by Lukas Crosby

When: December 3, 5 – 9:30 p.m. 

Where: Art District on Santa Fe, 525 Santa Fe Dr., Denver 

Cost: Free and open to the public

The Lowdown: Every first Friday of the month the Art District opens for a special walk to take a peek inside more than 100 participating businesses and galleries. This Friday you can walk down the Santa Fe Art District for the First Friday Art Walk to explore art, hear live music and more.

Holiday Market at Museo

Photo courtesy of Museo De Las Americas on Facebook

When: December 3, 5 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Museo De Las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Dr., Denver

Cost: Free admission 

The Lowdown: Shop local during the Holiday Market at Museo. You can purchase handmade items, art, holiday ornaments and more from 20 local and Latinx vendors at the seasonal market.

2nd Annual Après Ski Holiday Market

Photo Courtesy of Dairy Block

When: December 3 – 5

Where: Dairy Block, 1800 Wazee St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Dairy Block partners with American Field for the 2nd Annual Après Ski Holiday Market. The outdoor market offers a variety of local Coloradan and national vendors as well as food and drink specials to fuel your shopping ventures.

Saturday, December 4

9News Parade of Lights

Photo Courtesy of 9NEWS Parade of Lights on Facebook

When: December 4, 6 p.m. 

Where: Starts at Civic Center Park, 1480 Bannock St., Denver

Cost: Free – $1,500, get tickets here

The Lowdown: The annual 9News Parade of Lights returns for the holiday season. This year the parade will begin its route in Civic Center Park on Bannock Street and end around Glenarm Place and 13th Street. You can watch as magnificent floats take on the streets of Denver, marching bands fill the air with music and more. If you miss the parade, don’t fret, as floats will be displayed throughout the city in locations such as Denver Union Station and Denver Pavilions following the parade. For more information, check here.

MCA Penny Admission

Photo Courtesy of MCA Denver on Facebook

When: December 4, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, 1485 Delgany St., Denver 

Cost: $0.01 at entry, RSVP here

The Lowdown: Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA) is back with its Penny Admission. You can peruse current exhibitions such as Jason Moran: Bathing the Room With Blues and Deborah Roberts: I’m. during an allotted time slot for just one cent.

Buche de Noel Candlelight Release

Photo Courtesy of Burns Family Artisan Ales on Facebook

When: December 4, 8 – 11 p.m. 

Where: Burns Family Artisan Ales, 2505 W. 2nd Ave. Unit 13, Denver 

Cost: $30, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Burns Family Artisan Ales presents the Buche de Noel Candlelight Release to celebrate the start of the holiday season. You can grab a pour of the brew and take home a 500-ml bottle of the Buche de Noel Breckenridge barrel-aged imperial stout – perfect for your holiday festivities.

U.F.O. | Unidentified Freaky Objects

Photo Courtesy of X BAR on Facebook

When: December 4, 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. 

Where: X Bar, 629 E. Colfax Ave., Denver 

Cost: Free admission 

The Lowdown: Let your freak flag fly at U.F.O. | Unidentified Freaky Objects. You can watch performances from local drag performers, hear commentary from hosts Lisa Frank 666 and Transwitch, and more throughout the wild and wondrous show.

Pray For Snow

Photo Courtesy of 10 Barrel Brewing Company (Denver) on Facebook

When: December 4, 5 – 10 p.m. 

Where: 10 Barrel Brewing Company Denver, 2620 Walnut St., Denver 

Cost: Free, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Summon the snow gods at a Pray For Snow party. The event, hosted by 10 Barrel Brewing Company presents a winter celebration to welcome the coming of snow. You can sip on libations while dancing to live music from DJs, snag gear giveaways and kick off the winter season.

Belleview Station Holiday Bazaar

Photo Courtesy of DenverBazaar‎ on Facebook

When: December 4 – 5

Where: Belleview Station, 6785 E. Chenango Ave., Denver

Cost: Free – $40, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Denver Bazaar hosts the Belleview Station Holiday Bazaar to tick off your holiday shopping. You can peruse more than 100 local vendors, sip on local beverages and more throughout the two-day bazaar. Music will fill the air as you munch on bites from food trucks and peruse the makers.

Privilege and Consequence

“Nature Morte” by Whitney Blue. Courtesy of Colorado Photographic Arts Center on Facebook

When: December 4, 5 – 8 p.m. 

Where: Colorado Photographic Arts Center, 1070 Bannock St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission 

The Lowdown: Colorado Photographic Arts Center presents the opening reception for Privilege and Consequence. The exhibition features works from 20 different artists including Whitney Blue, Peter Baker and Cecilia Borgenstam throughout the gallery.

Horseshoe Holiday Market

Photo Courtesy of Horseshoe Craft & Flea Market on Facebook

When: December 4 – 5

Where: Breckenridge Brewery, 2920 Brewery Ln., Littleton

Cost: Suggested $5 donation, register here

The Lowdown: Complete your holiday gift lists at the Horseshoe Holiday Market. You can explore over 100 local makers, vintage vendors, artisans and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Food Bank of the Rockies.

Ugly Sweater Party

Photo Courtesy of Bruz Off Fax on Facebook

When: December 4, 2 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Bruz Off Fax, 1495 York St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission 

The Lowdown: Bruz Off Fax hosts an Ugly Sweater Party. You can don your best and ugliest sweater to delight in happy hour-priced beers, shop from a pop-up holiday market, snag prizes and more.

Sunday, December 5

LoDo Gives Back

Photo Courtesy of Market Station Denver on Facebook

When: December 5, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Where: Various locations check here

Cost: Varying donations

The Lowdown: Get charitable with LoDo Gives Back. Market Station, Denver Union Station, Dairy Block and McGregor Square will be hosting holiday-themed activities in an effort to raise funds for four Colorado-based nonprofit organizations. You can sip on hot chocolate, meet Santa, jam to live music and more for a good cause.

Yoga & Wine

Photo Courtesy of The Infinite Monkey Theorem on Facebook

When: December 5, 1 – 2:30 p.m.  

Where: The Infinite Monkey Theorem, 3200 Larimer St., Denver 

Cost: $25, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Stretch out with The Infinite Monkey Theorem and Denver Yoga Social during Yoga & Wine. You can get zen during a one-hour yoga class guided by instructor Shannon Chalmers. Following the session, you can sip on a glass of wine from Infinite Monkey.

Laws Whiskey Origins X Release & Holiday Party Open House

Photo Courtesy of Laws Whiskey House on Facebook

When: December 5, 2 – 6 p.m. 

Where: Laws Whiskey House, 1420 S. Acoma St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission 

The Lowdown: Laws Whiskey House presents an Origins X Release and Holiday Party Open House in honor of the distillery’s 10th anniversary. You can grab a bottle of the limited edition Origins X – Laws Whiskey’s oldest whiskey they have ever released, sip on cocktail specials and nosh on bites from a food truck. If you bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots, you can receive one free cocktail.

Krampus Nacht

Photo Courtesy of Denver Christkindlmarket on Facebook

When: December 5, 4 – 7 p.m. 

Where: Denver Christkindl Market‎, 1515 Arapahoe St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission 

The Lowdown: Denver Christkindl Market hosts its annual Krampus Nacht. While exploring the market Krampus, the mystical darker companion of St. Nikolaus, will pick out the naughty children who didn’t make the nice list and punish them. All in good jest of course.

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Mark Your Calendar

Colorado Gives Day

When: December 7

Where: Varying locations 

Cost: Donation-based giving here

Live Stream with Michael J. Fox, In Conversation with Willie Geist

When: December 7, 5 p.m. 

Where: Online 

Cost: Free – $23, register here

Indigenous Film: From Earth to Sky

When: December 8, 7 – 8 p.m. 

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

Cost: Free, register here

Staged: Three Deuces Performance Activation

When: December 11, 2 p.m. 

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, 1485 Delgany St., Denver 

Cost: $20 – $25, tickets available here