Downtown Denver Holiday Events

While life in Downtown Denver is elevated year-round, holidays are from the pages of a storybook. When making your seasonal plans, we invite you to discover the magic of Winter in the City! Downtown Denver is THE destination for a true merrymaking experience that encompasses everything from dining and shopping to events and accommodation options. There is no better place to eat, shop, play and stay than Downtown Denver for the holidays.

Throughout the holiday season, Winter in the City poses many events that attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to our winter wonderland. Be sure to mark your calendar for events happening only in Downtown Denver!

Denver Christkindl Market

November 20 – December 23
Skyline Park, 16th & Arapahoe
Open daily, hours vary


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 offer rare, imported products, and food vendors will be dishing out European fare. Grab a Brat and a Glühwein (spiced mulled wine) and warm up in the large holiday warming tent. Free music and dancing will be happening throughout the market. The calendar is packed with entertainment, including bands, choirs, dancing and much more! For more information, visit the website.


Southwest Rink at Skyline Park

November 24 – February 15
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Open Daily, hours vary

Ready. Set. Skate. Skyline Park is the place for fun this holiday season. Southwest Airlines and the Downtown Denver Partnership invite you and your family to join us for FREE skating at the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park, located at 16th & Arapahoe in Downtown Denver. Ice skating is free! You may bring your own skates or rent a pair for just $2. For more information, click here.


Grand Illumination

C& November 27, 6:00 p.m.
Throughout Downtown Denver

Join us for Downtown Denver’s festive holiday lighting ceremonies at Union Station and the City and County Building. In addition, thousands of lights at Skyline Park, D & F Tower and along the 16th Street Mall and 14th Street add even more magic to this special evening. This is a FREE public event. For more information, click here.


9NEWS Parade of Lights

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December 5, 6:00 p.m.
Throughout Downtown Denver, starting at Colfax & Bannock

The 9NEWS Parade of Lights continues to be the signature event in Downtown Denver during the holidays. You won’t want to miss the sparkling lights, marching bands, giant balloons, dazzling floats and delightful characters as they take the streets of Downtown. Spectator viewing for the Parade is free all along the two-mile route and grandstand tickets are available in front of the City & County Building. For more information and to support the event, visit



December 20, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Skyline Park, 17th & Arapahoe

Tap your toes to your favorite holiday tunes at the annual TubaChristmas concert in Skyline Park. Featuring 300 tuba players from all over the region, TubaChristmas is one of the most celebrated and longest-running holiday festivities in Colorado. For more information, click here.


New Year’s Eve Fireworks

December 31, 9:00 p.m. & Midnight
Viewing along the 16th Street Mall

To welcome the arrival of 2016, the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Downtown will once again fill the skies twice during the evening. The first show, at 9:00 p.m. will entertain families and others looking for an early celebration, while the second show officially marks the start of the New Year at midnight. The two fireworks programs are identical.