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October 12, 2014 – February 8, 2015 all-day
Matisse and Friends: Selected Masterworks from the National Gallery of Art @ Denver Art Museum | Denver | Colorado | United States
Matisse and Friends: Selected Masterworks from the National Gallery of Art showcases 14 paintings from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., by artists Henri Matisse, André Derain, Albert Marquet, Maurice de Vlaminck, Raoul…

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Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia @ Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
October 30, 2014 – April 12, 2015 all-day
Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia @ Museum of Contemporary Art Denver | Denver | Colorado | United States
MCA Denver is proud to present the first retrospective of the work of Mark Mothersbaugh from the beginning of his career in the early 1970s through the present. Known throughout the world as a founding…

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November 16, 2014 – March 15, 2015 all-day
Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century @ Denver Arts Museum | Denver | Colorado | United States
The DAM will host the world-exclusive exhibition of Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, featuring stunning jewelry, timepieces, and precious objects created between 1900 and 1975. This exhibition highlights Cartier’s rise to preeminence—and the historical…

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November 20, 2014 – December 3, 2014 all-day
The Art of Remembrance: 150 Years Since Sand Creek @ Denver Art Museum | Denver | Colorado | United States
This November marks the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek massacre, a military action that has had a lasting effect on the Cheyenne and Arapaho peoples. This exhibition presents the works of five Cheyenne and…

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Holiday Food and Gift Festival @ Colorado Convention Center
November 21, 2014 – November 23, 2014 all-day
Holiday Food and Gift Festival @ Colorado Convention Center | Denver | Colorado | United States
The 28th Annual Holiday Food & Gift Festival returns to Denver November 21-23rd at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. This festival is the largest holiday celebration in the Midwest drawing many shoppers annually…

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November 21, 2014 @ 9:00 am – December 23, 2014 @ 10:00 pm
Denver Christkindl Market
The German American Chamber of Commerce will host a Christmas market in the spirit of an age-old German tradition. Craftspeople and artisans from all over rare, imported products, and food vendors will be dishing out…

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November 23, 2014 – May 17, 2015 all-day
William Matthews: Trespassing @ Denver Art Museum | Denver | Colorado | United States
William Matthews: Trespassing presents selected works from his early career to his most recent paintings. Matthews began working as a graphic designer, but dedicated himself to watercolor painting in 1990. The 27 artworks on view…

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November 25, 2014 – February 16, 2015 all-day
Southwest Rink at Skyline Park
Skyline Park is the place for family fun this holiday season! Southwest Airlines and the Downtown Denver Partnership invite you to grab your loved ones and head Downtown to take advantage of the Southwest Rink…

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A Christmas Carol @ Denver Performing Arts Complex
November 28, 2014 – December 28, 2014 all-day
A Christmas Carol @ Denver Performing Arts Complex | Denver | Colorado | United States
Essential to the holiday season in Denver, “A Christmas Carol” is a joyous and opulent musical adaptation that traces money-hoarding skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant overnight journey to redemption.
November 28, 2014 – November 30, 2014 all-day
O' Reilly Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Auto Show @ Colorado Convention Center | Denver | Colorado | United States
The 18th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Auto Show returns to Denver. Better known as the Crème de la Chrome of the Rockies, Denver’s most notable Thanksgiving weekend tradition will take place Friday, November…

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The SantaLand Diaries @ Denver Performing Arts Complex
November 28, 2014 – December 24, 2014 all-day
The SantaLand Diaries @ Denver Performing Arts Complex | Denver | Colorado | United States
David Sedaris’ off-beat tales from his stint as a Macy’s elf in New York City is the sure cure for the common Christmas show.
Grand Illumination @ Throughout Downtown
November 28, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
Grand Illumination @ Throughout Downtown
Winter in the City will be in full swing once Downtown Denver’s major landmarks officially light up for the holiday season during Grand Illumination, featuring entertainment and lighting ceremonies at Denver Union Station, the 16th…

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November 29, 2014 – November 30, 2014 all-day
Santa Visits Larimer Square @ Larimer Square | Denver | Colorado | United States
Little ones – and dogs – can place wishes directly with Santa in The Walkways beginning the Saturday after Thanksgiving and then every weekend in December.
The Nutcracker @ Denver Performing Arts Complex
November 29, 2014 – December 27, 2014 all-day
The Nutcracker @ Denver Performing Arts Complex | Denver | Colorado | United States
Colorado Ballet presents the 54th annual production of The Nutcracker, November 29 through December 27, 2014 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Kick off the holiday season in spectacular fashion with The Nutcracker, featuring unforgettable…

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Snooze @ Snooze
December 1, 2014 @ 6:30 am – 2:30 pm
Snooze @ Snooze | Centennial | Colorado | United States
Snooze and the Parade want to bring out the holiday spirit in you; which is why we’re combining delicious dining with community support. Whether you’re in the mood for breakfast or brunch, the Snooze Crew…

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December 3, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery Wicked Elf Tapping @ Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery | Denver | Colorado | United States
What do you pair with the best parade in Denver? A local brewed beer of course! Join us at the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery on 16th and Curtis to tap their special “Wicked Elf.”…

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Blossoms of Light @ Botanic Gardens
December 5, 2014 – January 1, 2015 all-day
Blossoms of Light @ Botanic Gardens | Denver | Colorado | United States
Embrace the holiday season at Denver Botanic Gardens’ annual holiday light show, Blossoms of Light! Over one million colorful lights draped in elegant designs highlight the Gardens’ winter beauty. Warm drinks and tasty treats will…

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Zoo Lights @ Denver Zoo
December 5, 2014 – January 5, 2015 all-day
Zoo Lights @ Denver Zoo | Denver | Colorado | United States
Come and experience a holiday light safari with more than 38 brilliantly-illuminated acres of lights, featuring more than 150 animated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes and appear in…

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9NEWS Parade of Lights @ Throughout Downtown Denver
December 5, 2014 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
9NEWS Parade of Lights @ Throughout Downtown Denver
Bright lights in the big city! The 9NEWS Parade of Lights, presented by American Furniture Warehouse and AutoNation, has been a Colorado tradition for four decades. You won’t want to miss the sparkling lights, marching…

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Breakfast With Santa @ Downtown Aquarium
December 6, 2014 – December 7, 2014 all-day
Breakfast With Santa @ Downtown Aquarium | Denver | Colorado | United States
Join Sharkey and Santa for a delicious breakfast Buffet. Reservations need to be made in advance, half price exhibit ticket with each purchase.
December 6, 2014 – December 7, 2014 all-day
Hard Rock Cafe Denver Hosts Breakfast With Santa @ Hard Rock Cafe Denver | Denver | Colorado | United States
This holiday season, bring your lil’ rockers to Hard Rock Cafe Denver for a memorable Breakfast with Santa! Enjoy a visit, story time and pictures with Santa, a breakfast buffet and arts and crafts. In…

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December 6, 2014 – December 7, 2014 all-day
Santa Visits Larimer Square @ Larimer Square | Denver | Colorado | United States
Little ones – and dogs – can place wishes directly with Santa in The Walkways beginning the Saturday after Thanksgiving and then every weekend in December.
Free First Saturday @ Denver Art Museum
December 6, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free First Saturday @ Denver Art Museum | Denver | Colorado | United States
On the first Saturday of every month, enjoy the museum’s art collections and non-ticketed exhibitions without spending a dime! Be sure to check out some of the museum’s many family and kid-friendly activities, available daily…

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Yuletide Window Walk @ Larimer Square
December 6, 2014 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Yuletide Window Walk @ Larimer Square | Denver | Colorado | United States
On December 6, watch as artists create a series of masterpieces on the Larimer Square windows for the third annual Yuletide Window Walk. Artists will be on hand from 12:00 to 4:00 pm on debut…

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December 6, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
9NEWS Parade of Lights
Bright lights in the big city! The 9NEWS Parade of Lights, presented by American Furniture Warehouse and AutoNation, has been a Colorado tradition for four decades. You won’t want to miss the sparkling lights, marching…

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December 7, 2014 – November 27, 2016 all-day
Glitterati: Portraits & Jewelry from Colonial Latin America @ Denver Art Museum | Denver | Colorado | United States
During the Spanish Colonial period in Latin America (1521–1850), precious gold and silver were crafted into elegant jewelry then embellished with emeralds from Colombia, coral from Mexico, and pearls from Venezuela. Wanting to demonstrate their…

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December 10, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Create Playdate: Gems and Jewels @ Denver Art Museum  | Denver | Colorado | United States
Drop in with your little ones, aged 3 to 5, to make art that drips in Gems and Jewelsas we dive into decadence. Create art, read stories, and play art games in the galleries.
December 12, 2014 – December 21, 2014 all-day
Denver Pavilions' Holiday Carousel @ Denver Pavilions | Denver | Colorado | United States
Conveniently located at Denver Pavilions, the new carousel will enhance your Downtown Denver Holiday experience and create memories for years to come. Free rides will be given from Denver Pavilions restaurants, retailers and entertainment venues…

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December 12, 2014 – December 13, 2014 all-day
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker @ Paramount Theatre | Denver | Colorado | United States
Welcome to the annual North American tour of Moscow Ballet’s spectacular Great Russian Nutcracker! Bring your whole family to the party at Mayor Stahlbaum’s home on Christmas Eve. Join in the fun as magical Uncle…

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Breakfast With Santa @ Downtown Aquarium
December 13, 2014 – December 14, 2014 all-day
Breakfast With Santa @ Downtown Aquarium | Denver | Colorado | United States
Join Sharkey and Santa for a delicious breakfast Buffet. Reservations need to be made in advance, half price exhibit ticket with each purchase.