With holidays coming up, that means there’s bound to be a whole lot of holiday festivities in Denver. One of our favorite ways to spend the holiday season is to go on a light tour and look at all the amazing light shows around the city. Some of these dazzling light installations have been on a two year hiatus, while some were forced to be drive-thru experiences only, but this year, things are back to their original formats and we’re so incredibly excited to share them with you. Here are 7 magical, must-see light shows in or around Denver.
Starting this Thursday the 18th of November, enjoy this walking tour through at winter wonderland right in the Cherry Creek North neighborhood. Wander 16 blocks of lights twirled around trees that add up to more than half a million lights. Among them are eight interactive, twinkling displays choreographed to music that you can find. On Saturdays, during the Saturday Night Lights shows, you can enjoy free festive treats from 5pm to 7pm. There’s also a brand new domino art installation that displays a dazzling array of colors alongside music.
When: Nov 18th – Dec 31st.
Where: 2401 E 2nd Ave #150, Denver, CO 80206
Enjoy Denver’s wildest winter wonderland again this year the Denver Zoo. They’ve been putting on their beloved light display for the past 30 years, and the whole family can enjoy! Enjoy over a million twinkling lights over 80 acres alongside wild animals (the ones who thrive in colder weather). This year, they’re even added a few new art installations, nightly ice carvings, and more!
When: Nov 22nd to Jan 2nd
Where: 2300 Steele St., Denver, CO 80205
The Denver Botanic Gardens will be hosting their family-favorite annual event, Blossoms of Lights, for a spectacular light show that’s close by. This year, they’ve even got a new feature — a 200-foot long, 17-foot-tall tunnel of animated lights, perfect for photo opps. To check out this path, head to the O’Fallen Perennial Walk.
When: Nov 19th – Jan 8th (closed Nov. 25 and Dec. 25)
Where: 1007 York St, Denver, CO 80206
Elitch Gardens and Luminova Holidays are partnering up this year to transform the theme park into a spectacular light show. Over 3 million dazzling lights will be set up into amazing light displays and art installations, including a 65-foot-tall Christmas tree, a 25-foot-tall snowman, and a 200-foot-long candy cane tunnel of lights. Aside from that, there will be hot cocoa, train rides for the kids, and of course, Elitch’s many rides to enjoy.
When: Nov 24th – Jan 2nd
Where: 2000 Elitch Cir, Denver, CO 80204
Touted as “Denver’s living room,” you know it, you love it, the Denver Union Station. As always, the station will be hosting Santa visits, projected light shows, beautifully decorated Christmas trees, and more. The Grand Illumination show will take place on November 26th from 5 – 8pm with a live performance by the Denver Dolls singing classic holiday hits. The Merry & Bright Light Shows decorating the front of the station will take place November 26th through Dec 27th from 5-10pm with a myriad of different projections spreading holiday cheer.
When: Nov 26h – Dec 27th 5-10pm
Where: 1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202
The Trail of Lights at Chatfield Farms, sponsored by Denver Botanic Gardens, is taking place again this year if you’re looking for something a bit further out of town. Wander through the Coloradan countryside through a dazzling trail of lights just under a mile. Experience synchronized music in the children’s playgrounds, singing trees, two three-sided tunnels, and of course, hot cocoa and kettle corn to keep you fueled.
When: Nov 26th – Jan 2nd
Where: 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO 80128, United States
The Hudson Gardens will be holding their illuminated Extravaganza of Lights again after a two-year-long hiatus. Now for their triumphant return, they’ll be amping up the “dazzlemeter” with more lights, more installations, and just overall more festive cheer. There’ll be snowmen, colorful trees, glowing reindeer, and a holiday light tunnel.
When: Nov 26 – Dec 31
Where: 6115 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120