41 Dazzling Things To Do This December In Denver

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41 Dazzling Things To Do This December In Denver

No matter what or how you celebrate, we hope that December (the last month of 2021 already!) will be one to remember. There’s plenty to do this December as the holiday cheer spreads across the entirety of the city. From ballets & musical performances, to new restaurants opening in the Mile High City, to cozy patios decked with garland and lights, and dazzling light installations that will take your breath away. We’ve got it all covered here in our list of 41 dazzling things to do this December in Denver. Enjoy and stay safe!

1. Buy tickets to an enchanting classical concert at a venue bathed in Candlelight

These enchanting candlelit evenings are wildly popular here in Denver and they’re here for another sensational season. This winter, enjoy the sounds of classical music and flickering candlelight with concerts featuring a tribute to Coldplay, a magical ballet special featuring the Nutcracker, and a holiday tribute to Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.

2. Indulge in a holiday-themed three-course-meal at this unique dinner for the senses

Imagine stepping inside a restaurant blanketed in darkness and being served a sublime three-course meal – the flavors and textures of which are intensified by your remaining senses. Sounds a little bit incredible, right? This is an experience that’s been backed by psychologists as an ‘amplified’ way to enjoy food, the enticing ‘Dining In The Dark’ made its debut this fall in Upper Larimer, and it’s sticking through the holiday season. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss, and this year, they’ll be featuring a holiday-themed menu full of the flavors of the season.

3. Go hunting for the prize in this scavenger hunt at the zoo

The Denver Zoo is partnering with Let’s Roam, the #1 scavenger-hunt app, to bring you a fun evening filled with clues, mystery, and rewards. Purchase your tickets and head to the zoo, where you can start the game anywhere, as long as you have your smart phone. Then be led across the different zones to engage with clues, sightsee the different animals, and hopefully find the prize at the very end.

4. Don your ugliest Christmas sweater and get bar crawling

“Join the Denver Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl on December 18th for their most festive event of the year. The Denver Ugly Sweater Crawl is back for its 7th year (4th year as Denvers biggest Christmas party). The hosts of the crawl will take you on a tour around up to 6 of the best Denver bars who will be offering $2-4 beers all day.”

5. Have a NYE to remember at this luxurious Orient Express-themed party

Step inside the Denver Union station, come dressed up in your best and most beautiful formal cocktail attire, and get ready to feel transported to a different time. This grand New Years Eve event full of timeless romance and glitz and glam starts on Friday, December 31st at 8pm and goes all the way until 1am. At midnight every guest can toast to 2022 with a glass of French champagne so good you’ll feel transported to Europe.

6-16. Cross everything off on this winter bucket list in and around Denver

Now that we’re in December there’s a ton of holiday cheer and festivities going around.  A lot of holiday light shows, festivities, and performances have just started up for the month, so we created this awesome guide to all things Denver (or near by) that you’ll want to knock off your bucket list this season. Enjoy and happy holidays!

  • Go ice skating
  • Take a road trip to a cute snowy mountain town
  • Catch a ballet

17. Indulge in brownie sundaes and more at this new ice cream parlor hitting Denver

Heaven Creamery is now opening their third location (with two of these locations opening just this year alone) in the RiNo location and they offer really interesting spins on classic flavors. Their most unique aspect is the way they serve some of their more intricate dishes, like their sundae that comes scooped on top of a halved coconut shell.

18-25. Be dazzled by these spectacular light shows all month long

For us, December means the return of light shows, and plenty of them, at some of Denver’s most enchanting spaces. From the Botanic Gardens to the Union Station and some other spots you may not have realized.

  • Cherry Creek North
  • Denver Union Station
  • Denver Zoo
  • Denver Botanic Garden
  • Chatfield Farms

26. Warm up with a hot bowl of ramen or dumplings at this new Asian restaurant

One of Denver’s best contemporary Asian restaurants, ChoLon, has been joined by another. Yumcha is a delicious noodle and dumpling spot that’s recently opened, and they’re serving up delicious ramen and dumplings inspired by the different flavors around Asia.

27. Be entertained by a campy Christmas performance

Camp Christmas will be returning this year after a year long hiatus and is said to be bigger and better than ever. To combat COVID, the event will take place outdoors at Heritage Lakewood Belmark Park with costumes, characters, lights, decorations, and more! Tickets are on sale now.

28. Be thrilled at Elith Garden’s amusement rides and light displays

Luminova Holiday has been setting up amazing holiday displays and they’re finally bringing their display to Denver. Elitch Gardens will be transformed into a winter wonderland with over 4 million lights. The light show will also include a 65 foot Christmas Tree, a never-melting 25 foot snowman, a 200 ft. illuminated “candy cane” tunnel, train rides for the kids, a meet and greet with Santa Claus himself, and plenty of amazing photoshoot opportunities at every turn.

29-33. Make a reservation at one of 4 holiday-themed bars returning to Denver

The popular Miracle Bars are back at four of Denver’s hottest venues, and we got the full scoop. Enjoy tiki-themed Christmas cocktails at Sippin’ Santa or enjoy a more classic, cozy Christmas spot decked out in dazzling lights.

34-40. Get cozy with a meal at one of these heated patios

Dine al-fresco at one of these outdoor (cozy) patios in Denver complete with string lights, mountain views, and some of Denver’s most amazing beer. Don’t even worry about being cold, as most of these spots come complete with fire pits or heat lamps. We’ll also be keeping an eye out for some amazing holiday igloos, chateaus, and greenhouses.

41. Enjoy a brand new biergarten in Highlands

Prost Brewing is Colorado’s answer to the biergarten that’s so popular in Germany, and in a city filled with American style brew, you can get your fill of lagers, weissbiers, and pilsners here. Their brand new location has recently opened in Highlands Ranch with a sprawling location complete with a walk-up window, a beer bar, and an outdoor biergarten with a fire pit to keep you warm and cozy this December.


[featured image by denverunionstation via instagram]

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