5 Denver Christmas Traditions

 Blossoms of Light

Denver Botanic Gardens Blossoms of Light Photo: Steve Crecelius and VISIT DENVER.

Denver is nonstop with Christmas celebrations. Here are a few favorites, but don’t stop with these five. Share  your favorite Denver Christmas Traditions in comments.

Colorado Christmas – December 9 – 11, 2011
Colorado Christmas rings in the Holiday spirit in grand orchestral style. Join the Colorado Symphony, Chorus, Colorado Children’s Chorale, vocalists and dancers, special lighting in a program of your favorite traditional Christmas carols and songs. Expect a few magical guests from the North Pole.

Celebrating its 27th year, Colorado Christmas is a Denver classic. Tickets available for Colorado Christmas at the Boettcher Concert Hall Denver, CO Dec 9-11 2011

Blossoms of Light – December 2, 2011 – January 1, 2012
Seize the holiday season at Blossoms of Light in the Denver Botanic Gardens. The gardens of winter are a glow with more than one million colorful lights. Romantic and popular kissing spots will return, as well as the HoloSpex glasses that magically transform the lights into shimmering 3-D shapes.

Warm drinks and tasty treats are available. Seasonal entertainment will be available on select evenings, check the website to reserve. Denver Botanic Gardens, (York St. location).

Stories On Stage: Making Merry – December 10 – 11 2011
A variety of holiday stories read live on stage at the Denver Performing Arts Complex have made
Making Merry is a new Denver holiday tradition. Location:  Seawell Ballroom, Denver Performing Arts Complex.

Stories on Stage creates programs from the belief that literature is a rich source of powerful stories and actors enhance the impact of literature on people’s lives. Ticket information

*Skate rental is $2, or bring your own skates and skate for free. photo: SW Airlines

Southwest Rink at Skyline Park Denver – November 26 – December 24, 2011
The Southwest Rink at Skyline Park returns in 2011 with ice-skating and family fun. The rink is free and open to the public with the option to bring your own skates or rent a pair at a minimal cost.

Rink at Skyline Park (Arapahoe and 16th, next to the D&F Clocktower) Opening Nov. 25, 2011. Open on weekdays from noon to 10 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Nutcracker – November 26 – December 24, 2011
The ballet has been performed for more than 100 years. Captivating costumes and scenery, unforgettable characters, and Tchaikovsky’s treasured music make Colorado Ballet’s rendition of The Nutcracker the ultimate holiday event.

Performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, Colorado Ballet’s Nutcracker is filled with unforgettable characters and dazzling costumes at Denver Performing Arts Complex.


Denver Holiday Perfomance

Details – The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1101 13th St., Denver, CO 80204, Tickets & Tours: 303.893.4100, Administration: 303.893.4000

VISIT DENVER, The Convention and Visitors Bureau,1555 California Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80202, phone (303) 892-1112 Click to explore holiday dining and lodging options.

Where to Stay: Denver’s Mile High Holidays. Mile High Holiday packages plus Denver’s finest stores, restaurants and attractions offer deals and discounts.

Flexible Schedule? Denver 2 for 1 TIX provides weekly 2 for 1 ticket and admission discounts for metro Denver arts and entertainment.

Southwest Rink at Skyline Park Photo: Steve Crecelius

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