25 Things To Do in and Around Denver This Weekend

Denver has some merry events lined up this week. Kick it off by getting festive at A Christmas Carol and end it by getting a BINGO at a Drag Queen Bingo Brunch. Wherever the weekend takes you, make sure to take a peep 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 22

A Christmas Carol

Photo Courtesy of Denver Center for the Performing Arts on Facebook

When: December 22 – 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, returns to 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.

Miracle Bar at Pindustry

Photo Courtesy of Dairy Block

When: December 22 – 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.

Zoo Lights

Photo by Lindsey Bartlett

When: December 22 – January 2

Where: Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver

Cost: $15 – $25, tickets available here

The Lowdown: Zoo Lights return 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.

12 Days of Firkins

Photo Courtesy of Copper Kettle Brewing Company‎ on Facebook

When: December 22 – 24 

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

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: The 12 Days of Firkins. The event features a tapping of 12 “firkins” over the 12 days leading up to Christmas. The challenge? You must partake in each firkin each day until December 24 to be able to win a prize, so make sure to get a stamp for every beer. This week you can sip on a Belgian table beer, a Mexican chocolate Snowed In, a blueberry cheesecake pastry sour, a Christmas ale and a Tawny port Snowed In. See the event page for the full list of firkins.

Holiday Tree Lot

Photo Courtesy of Little Man Ice Cream on Facebook

When: December 22 – December 24

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

Cost: Various prices

The Lowdown: Grab 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.

Denver Christkindlmarket

Photo Courtesy of Denver Christkindlmarket on Facebook

When: December 22 – December 23

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

Cost: Free admission 

The Lowdown: Celebrate the upcoming Weinachten season at 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.

Cherry Creek Holiday Market

Photo courtesy of Cherry Creek North.

When: December 22 – December 24

Where: Fillmore Plaza, 105 Fillmore St., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Grab those last-minute gifts 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

Days of Giving Food Drive

Photo Courtesy of Little Man Ice Cream on Facebook

When: December 22 – January 2

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

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Little Man Ice Cream hosts a Days of Giving Food Drive. You can give back through the month of December to Bienvenidos Food Bank to help those in need through the holidays. Canned and packaged non-perishable food donations are welcome as well as cash donations.

The Nutcracker Ballet

Photo Courtesy of Denver Ballet Theatre Academy on Facebook

When: December 22

Where: Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver 

Cost: $35 – $40, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Denver Ballet Theatre 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.

READ: Colorado Ballet Returns For In-Person Performances

Winter So/Social Art Party

Photo courtesy of Mutiny Information Cafe Facebook

When: December 22, 5 – 11 p.m. 

Where: Mutiny Information Cafe, 2 S. Broadway, Denver 

Cost: Free admission 

The Lowdown: Mutiny Information Cafe hosts a Winter So/Social Art Party. You can celebrate the Winter Solstice with local artists, creatives and more while jamming to live music and exploring amazing art.

Disney’s A Muppet Christmas Carol in Concert

Photo Courtesy of Colorado Symphony on Facebook

When: December 22, 7 – 9:30 p.m. 

Where: Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St., Denver

Cost: $15 – $89, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Get into the Christmas spirit with the Colorado Symphony during Disney’s A Muppet Christmas Carol in Concert. You can experience the Colorado Symphony performing the film’s score live as the film is projected onto a large screen above.

 Open Rope Lab

Photo Courtesy of Studio Friction on Facebook

When: December 22, 7 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Studio Friction, 740 Lipan St., Denver 

Cost: $20, register here

The Lowdown: Studio Friction hosts an Open Rope Lab for members and non-members to explore and practice rope work. You can take part in the open lab or observe the workings in a safe and knowledgeable environment.

Thursday, December 23

Holiday Themed Trivia

Photo Courtesy of Fiction Beer Company on Facebook

When: December 23, 7:30 p.m. 

Where: Fiction Beer Company, 7101 E. Colfax Ave., Denver 

Cost: Free admission 

The Lowdown: Get your noggen ready for a Holiday Themed Trivia night. Fiction Beer Company hosts the evening with questions about holiday history, traditions, current events and more to keep you guessing. You have the chance to win themed prizes throughout the night and sip on beers while doing so.

Improv for a Claus!

Photo Courtesy of The Bug Theatre on Facebook

When: December 23, 7:30 – 9 p.m. 

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

Cost: $20, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Let out a laugh during Improv for a Claus. The comedy show and charity fundraiser combination directed by Grant Garrison offers giggles all night long while 100% of the ticket proceeds benefit Feed My Starving Children.

Horror Movie Trivia

Photo Courtesy of Kuma’s Corner Denver on Facebook

When: December 23, 6:30 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Kuma’s Corner Denver, 3500 Delgany St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission 

The Lowdown: Put together a team of six to flex your knowledge on all things horror film for a Horror Movie Trivia night. You can have a chance at winning food, gift cards, drinks and more throughout the evening. Call 720.500.5077 to make a reservation.

Elevated Beats

Photo Courtesy of 54thirty on Facebook

When: December 23, 6 – 9 p.m. 

Where: 54thirty, 1475 California St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission 

The Lowdown: 54thirty hosts Elevated Beats. You can shake your stuff on the rooftop with beats from DJ Manos as you take in the Denver skyline.

Friday, December 24

Bar Dough Feast of the Seven Fishes

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When: December 24, 4 – 10:15 p.m. 

Where: Bar Dough, 2227 W. 32nd Ave., Denver 

Cost: Varying prices, reserve here

The Lowdown: Chef Russell of Bar Dough presents a Feast of the Seven Fishes. The four-course Italian-American tradition takes on a Bar Dough twist with festive dishes including succulent seafood.

Christmas Eve Dinner at Le French

Photo Courtesy of Le French Denver on Facebook

When: December 24, 5:30 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Le French, 4901 S. Newport St., Denver

Cost: $85 per person, here

The Lowdown: Le French Denver offers a four-course holiday meal this Christmas Eve. You can delight in a menu with choices Foie Gras Crème Brûlée, Salad Lyonnaise, Lobster Thermidor, Pomegranate-orange Pavlova and more. Le French also offers a New Year’s Eve Dinner with reservations here.

READ: 25+ Festive Holiday Dinners, Meal Kits, Takeouts and More

¡Venga Viernes! Tacos & Cervezas

Photo Courtesy of Cervecería Colorado on Facebook

When: December 24, 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. 

Where: Cervecería Colorado, 1635 Platte St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission 

The Lowdown:Cervecería Colorado presents ¡Venga Viernes! Tacos & Cervezas. You can dive into a special of three tacos and ¡Venga! Mexican lager for $12 for a flavor-filled day.

Kachina Cantina’s Family-Style Meal Kits

Photo courtesy of Kachina Denver on Facebook

When: December 24 – 25

Where: Kachina Cantina, 1890 Wazee St., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Put down your kitchen tools and take a breath with Family-Style Meal Kits from Kachina Cantina. The to-do kits offer chicken enchiladas for $75 that feed four to six or chicken and carnitas tacos for $85 that feed four to six. Both dishes are served with arroz rojo, black beans, chips, salsa and a guac sampler. For an extra $10 you can add on Cajeta-filled churros for dessert. Order here. Kachina also offers a New Year’s Eve dine-in special of a 12-ounce butter-aged ribeye.

Navidad Celebration

Photo Courtesy of Centro Mexican Kitchen on Facebook

When: December 24 & December 26

Where: Centro Mexican Kitchen, 950 Pearl St., Boulder

Cost: Varying prices, reserve here

The Lowdown: Centro Mexican Kitchen hosts a Navidad Celebration. You can delight in specials of seafood chile Relleno, grilled bone-in pork chop, white Christmas margaritas, mistletoe margaritas and more.

Saturday, December 25

Orphan’s Christmas Party

Photo Courtesy of Bierstadt Lagerhaus on Facebook

When: December 25, 5 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Bierstadt Lagerhaus, 2875 Blake St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission 

The Lowdown: If you don’t have a place to hang on Christmas day, rock out at the Orphan’s Christmas Party. You chill out in the beer hall with movies on the big screen, play games, listen to music and imbibe in some pours of holiday brews.

Jill’s Restaurant Christmas Brunch & Dinner

Photo Courtesy of St Julien Hotel & Spa

When: December 25, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & December 25, 4:30 p.m. 

Where: Jill’s Restaurant & Bistro, 900 Walnut St., Boulder

Cost: $85 per person ($35 for four to 12), reserve here

The Lowdown: Start Christmas off with a holiday brunch at Jill’s Restaurant for $84 per person. You can also leave your dinner prep to the professionals with a candlelight Christmas dinner offering a prix fixe menu of holiday selections for $85 per person. Call 720.406.7399 or book online to create a reservation.

Sunday, December 26

The Morning After Bingo Brunch

Photo Courtesy of The Triangle Denver on Facebook

When: December 26, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Where: The Triangle Denver, 2036 N. Broadway, Denver 

Cost: Free admission, reserve here

The Lowdown: Revive yourself from the holiday bustle with The Morning After Bingo Brunch. You can book a table for mimosas and bloody marys while watching performances from Dixie Krystals, Zarah Misdemeanor and Shiksa Mess.

Drag Queen Bingo Brunch

Photo Courtesy of Dairy Block on Facebook

When: December 26, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Where: Dairy Block, 1800 Wazee St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission 

The Lowdown: Dairy Block teams up with Denver Milk Market for a Drag Queen Bingo Brunch. You can enjoy a flavor-filled brunch while playing bingo with the help of local drag performers. You can also have a chance at winning prizes throughout the afternoon. Spots are first-come-first-serve, so make sure to arrive early to snag a seat.

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Mark Your Calendar

Active Minds: Whiskey

When: December 28, 5 p.m. 

Where: Tattered Cover Colfax, 2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver

Cost: Free, register here

Guitar Sessions: Anna Morsett

When: January 6, 7 – 8:30 p.m. 

Where: Online

Cost: $10, tickets available here

First Friday Art Walk

When: January 7, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

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

Cost: Free admission

Jason Moran Artist Talk

When: January 15, 6 p.m.

Where: The Holiday Theatre, 2644 W. 32nd St., Denver 

Cost: $15 – $35, tickets available here