The holiday season officially kicks off in Denver Thanksgiving weekend.

Mile High Holidays runs from Thanksgiving weekend through the middle of January.

During the celebration, visitors will see thousands of lights across the city, watch parades, performing arts, shopping and other activities.

Mayor Michael announced the beginning of the holiday season at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center Thursday.

Mile High Holidays is sponsored by VISIT DENVER, the City of Denver and more than two dozen partners.

Check out some fun holiday light displays and events here: