Winter in the City

When making your plans this holiday season, include these signature holiday events and activities.

Winter in the City Never Looked so Good!

Downtown Denver is home to many of the season’s time-honored traditions, making it a special destination during the holidays. Within blocks, you can have an entire holiday experience: dinner, shopping, ice skating, sparkling lights, and on some nights, music and entertainment. We hope you’ll come Downtown to experience the magic of the holidays with us. Explore your options to eat, shop and stay.

9NEWS Parade of Lights

December 6 and December 7
The 9NEWS Parade of Lights, presented by American Furniture Warehouse and produced by the Downtown Denver Partnership, has been a Colorado tradition for more than 40 years. You won’t want to miss the sparkling lights, marching bands, giant balloons, dazzling floats and delightful characters as they take to the streets of Downtown.

Downtown Denver RinkDowntown Denver Rink at Skyline Park

November 26 – February 16
The Downtown Denver Partnership invites you and your family to join us at the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park – Downtown’s destination for fun this winter.

The Downtown Denver Rink offers FREE ice skating seven days a week from November 26 until February 16. Skaters are welcomed to bring their own skates or rent a pair ($7, 12 & under / $9, 13 & up). Special entertainment and programming throughout the season includes Friday night DJs, Sunday Family Fun Day, a Broomball Challenge, and free Learn to Skate Lessons. Learn more!

National Western Stockshow DenverStockshow Kick-Off Parade

January 9
The traditional drive of Longhorn cattle, horses and western wagons makes its way through the streets of Downtown Denver to celebrate the start of the 2020 National Western Stock Show.  The parade begins at noon outside of Crawford’s very own name-sake hotel, The Crawford Hotel at Union Station. The parade marches fifteen blocks down 17th Street to Tremont.

Denver CarouselDenver Pavilions’ Holiday Carousel

December 20 – January 2
Conveniently located at Denver Pavilions (500 16th Street), the Holiday Carousel returns to Downtown Denver to enhance your holiday experience and create memories for years to come. Free rides will be given from Denver Pavilions restaurants, retailers and entertainment venues with purchase, and from select Downtown hotel partners. Partial proceeds will benefit Food Bank of the Rockies.

The Carousel runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit Denver Pavilions for more information.

New Years Eve Denver FireworksThe 18th Annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks Downtown

December 31
Looking for a place to close out 2019? Downtown Denver is the spot to be for your New Year’s Eve celebration. In its 18th year, the tradition continues with two fireworks displays that light up the skies of the Mile High City. The first show, at 9 p.m. is an ideal time for those looking for an earlier evening, while the second show, at midnight, officially marks the start of the New Year.

Both shows are identical, will run approximately eight minutes, and can be viewed anywhere along the 16th Street Mall. There also will be DJs along the Mall spinning tunes from 8 p.m. through the midnight fireworks show. Ring in the New Year with free rides from RTD.

Denver Grand IlluminationGrand Illumination

November 29
On Friday, November 29, Downtown Denver’s major landmarks will light up for the holidays during the Grand Illumination. The event features entertainment and lighting ceremonies at Denver Union Station and the City and County Building. Hundreds of thousands of lights will also illuminate the 16th Street Mall, Skyline Park, the D&F Clock Tower, 14th Street, Larimer Square and more.

Denver Christkindl MarketDenver Christkindl Market

November 22 – December 23
The German American Chamber of Commerce will host a Christmas market, in Skyline Park at 16th & Arapahoe in the spirit of an age-old German tradition. Craftspeople and artisans will offer rare, imported products, and food vendors will dish 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 event, open every day, is packed with entertainment, including bands, choirs, dancing and much more.