Kick off your holiday season with a visit to one of these epic Christmas light displays in and around Denver. From holiday parades that light the night to downtown winter wonderlands, you’ll feel the joy of the season when you visit. Here’s some of the best places to see Christmas lights in Denver.

photo: Denver Botanic Gardens

Blossoms of Light

Denver Botanic Gardens is proud to host Blossoms of Light, an annual family-friendly event that has become a tradition for people across Colorado. Come interact with incredible light displays—a large field of sound-reactive, animated LED lights—plus sip warm drinks and nibble on tasty treats as you stroll. 

Dates: Nov. 29-Jan. 3
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Night Lights Denver

The Denver Theatre District's ongoing, year-round projection mapping installation will be projected on the Arapahoe Street side of the Daniels & Fisher Tower every Thursday through Saturday evening. Night Lights Denver will include rotating content, designed by artists and the community, featuring a wide range of art. 

Dates: Thurs.-Sat. at 5:30 p.m.
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Denver Zoo Lights

Zoo Lights celebrates its 29th year as one of Denver’s most beloved and popular holiday traditions. With more than a million lights twinkling over 80 acres, it’s the perfect way to make special holiday memories in Denver’s most beloved community gathering place. 

Dates: Nov. 29-Dec. 30
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Holiday Lights in Golden

Plan to visit Golden during the holiday season for the thousands of lights that decorate the City! The lights will be up right around Nov. 25 and the official date for the lighting is during the Candlelight Walk on Dec. 6. Some of the lights will stay up until Valentine's Day.

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photo: Denver Parade of Lights

Denver Parade of Lights

The free parade features marching bands, ornate floats and of course a special appearance by Major Waddles and Santa! Grab your hot chocolate and ear-muffs, this year is going to be better than ever.

Dates: Dec. 6-7
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Holiday Tree Lighting at The Streets at SouthGlenn

Kick off the season with this festive holiday community tradition! Enjoy a figure skating ice show, Santa's arrival, FREE photos with Santa (bring your camera to capture the moment) and free family fun.

Date: Nov. 22
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Santa's Village at Chatfield Farms

Santa and his friends transform Chatfield Farms (8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO) into a magical village! Hop on the hayride to catch a short movie at Santa’s Cinema or walk under the magical light displays. Stop at Elf Boulevard to drop off your letters to Santa. Let the kids play in a real elf house and see the elves hard at work. Enter a giant snow globe.

Dates: Nov. 29-Dec. 22
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photo: Evan Semon Photography

Mile High Holidays

Create a new family tradition and join in the free nightly festivities at Denver’s newest holiday attraction, including a dazzling lights and music show every 30 minutes throughout the evening. The Mile High Tree is the largest installation of its kind in North America.

Dates: Nov. 30-Jan. 31
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photo: Stan Obert/Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau

City and County of Denver Light the Lights

This fun and heart-warming event is a Denver tradition and the perfect kick-off to the holiday season. There will be a variety of free, family-friendly activities and lots of merriment.

Date: Nov. 29
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—Kate Loweth


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