The holiday season is upon us and there is no shortage in things to do this December whether in the mountains or down in Denver.  Here’s your distilled list!


Lighting of Denver City and County Building (December 1st – 31st)

For mere marketing purposes the beautiful Denver City and County Building could use a name change, but the architecture is absolutely perfect for this annual event.  All month long the City and County Building will be lit at 6pm daily with a thematic illumination that will take your breath away.  While the lights will be on for three hours, we highly recommend you arrive prior to six to experience the viscerally satisfying transition from darkness to luminescent beauty.

To learn more about the Lighting of Denver City and County Building click While You’re There, Petition for a New Building Name


Blossoms of Light (December 1st – 24th)

The Denver Botanical Gardens is hosting its annual holiday lights extravaganza all month.  The obvious draw is thet gorgeous light displays in a wintery setting (it’s even better on a snowy night) but a bonus is recognizing and appreciating the ingenuity of a botanical gardens in Denver remaining relevant in the dead of winter; kudos to them!  Bundle up for this outdoor activity and bring your camera (ahem, smart phone) for some fun and unique photo opportunities.

To learn more about Blossoms of Light click Flowers May Die but Business Doesn’t!

Vail Snowdays (December 8th – 10th)

You’ll be so busy with this event that you’ll be lucky to sneak away and get on the mountain for some skiing or snowboarding.  Vail Snowdays features live music, vendors with demos, and a snowshoe guided tour.  Concerts are completely free and there will be loads of apres fun throughout the town such as happy hour deals and special guests.  Come join this kickoff to the ski season!

To learn more about Vail Snowdays click Winter Forever

12 Days of Aspen (December 20th – 31st)

Bid 2017 a fond farewell by spending your last week of the year in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  At 12 Days of Aspen prepare yourself for free food, ice skating, live music, and even a LeAnn Rimes concert; note, not all of those are free (especially the concert which starts at $70).  On the 30th be sure to catch a show put on by Jason Latimer, one of the most renowned magicians in the world.  Be sure to set aside some time to just take in the beautiful views of the town.

To learn more about 12 Days of Aspen click “I’m talking about a little place called Aspen”

Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade in Winter Park (December 24th)

For one of the most memorable Christmas experiences one can partake in head over Berthoud Pass to Winter Park for their annual Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade.  “The big event begins with Christmas carols around the bonfire at the base, next to the Zephyr Lift, at 4pm. At 5:30pm, a procession of torch-bearing skiers and riders begin their way down Lower Hughes trail, followed by Santa Claus and his merry helpers.”  If that doesn’t sound tempting enough, add the fact that there will be a live fireworks show afterwards and you’re surely sold on a new tradition.

To learn more about Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade in Winter Park click Pretty Hill


Whether you’re venturing up to the mountains this holiday season or sticking close to the city we have plenty of fun and festive activities to partake in this December.