KUSA – If you wake up from your Thanksgiving-induced food coma and actually feel like doing something, we're here to help.
From the Grand Illumination to an auto show to a festival celebrating chocolate (god bless America) to an elf crawl that supports both local drinking AND retail establishments, we hope this week's edition of #9Events appeals to everyone.
And, if your Thanksgiving weekend plans involve visiting friends rather than organized events, be sure to take a look at our travel guide, which includes useful information in addition to a synopsis of the DIA conspiracy (in case you need conversation fodder during a flight delay): http://on9news.tv/1ztWTQN
Have a safe and fun Thanksgiving and enjoy your official kickoff to the holiday season!
Also, with Thanksgiving fresh in all of our minds, check out our analysis of Thanksgiving dinner guests here: http://on9news.tv/1yZB9we
Grand Illumination – Nov. 28 – Downtown Denver http://on9news.tv/1FiZn8q
Even though it's starting to get dark at around 4 p.m., in Downtown Denver, it's about to get a heck of a lot lighter. That's because on Friday, it's time to light the city and county buildings, not to mention Union Station, 14th Street and the 16th Street Mall. Be sure to stop by Civic Center Park for the annual 9NEWS Light the Lights. In addition to seeing the light display, you can also watch the University of Colorado Denver's elite acapella group, MIX, the CU Buffoons and SOAR. Benjamin Wood, a baritone with the Boulder Opera Company, will perform the finale.
Creede Chocolate Festival – Nov. 28-29 – Creede http://bit.ly/1yyMOSz
Yes, this is a chocolate festival. And even though you think you might still be full from Thanksgiving, you won't, because chocolate. Tickets go fast (hmmm…. We wonder why?!) so be sure to buy them at the link above. They're $8 for adults and kids. Chocolate tasting lasts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days.
Rocky Mountain Auto Show – Nov. 28-30 – Colorado Convention Center http://bit.ly/1y32II3
Millions of dollars worth of cars, trucks and motorcycles will be on display for the masses at this celebration of the chrome-fixated aspect of American culture. This is your chance to see everything from mint conditions of this year's mass-produced cars to imaginative custom creations. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids. You can also buy tickets at O'Reilly Auto Parts for $12 for adults and $3 for kids.
Catch the Glow Lighted Parade & Celebration – Nov. 28-30 – Estes Parkhttp://bit.ly/1zYP8Dm
While many people will be in line at big-box stores at dusk on Thanksgiving hoping to catch "Black Friday" deals, you can hang out in downtown Estes Park and watch an incredible Christmas Parade. You can also interact with strolling animal characters, enjoy free hayrides and try to get on Santa's good side before he finalizes your gift. On Saturday and Sunday, you can catch Santa's Workshop at the Estes Park Events Complex, where your kids have the chance to do hands-on holiday-themed activities. For a full schedule, check out the link above.
Last weekend of Chihuly – Nov. 28 – 30 – Denver Botanic Gardens http://bit.ly/S9lg66
If you've been on social media, you've probably seen your friends post photos of Chihuly, the out-of-this world exhibit at the Botanic Gardens that you've got to see to believe. It's been at the gardens since June and now, it's your last chance to see this amazing exhibit in person. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $12 for students, $9 for kids 3-15 and free for children under 2.
Go ice skating – Nov. 28 – 30 – All around town http://on9news.tv/1CiOCVt
Even though it's actually expected to be pretty warm this weekend, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy this admittedly fun winter activity. The rink at Skyline Park opened for the season on Wednesday, and the numerous rinks around town are opening up as well. Grab your hot chocolate, practice your triple axel and get ready for the consummate winter activity.
Sand Creek Massacre 150th Anniversary Observance – Nov. 29 - http://bit.ly/1HGXrZw
Take a few moments to remember one of the most tragic chapters in American history 150 years after it happened. Monument Hill will be closed to the public while tribal descendants gather. Later in the day, a park ranger will describe the attack and remember Black Kettle, the Cheyenne leader who survived the massacre. If you can't make the three hour journey to the site itself, you can watch a screening of the documentary "The Sand Creek Massacre and the Civil War" at 2 p.m. at History Colorado. The director, David Emrich, will hold a brief Q&A after the movie.
Downtown Littleton Elf Crawl – Nov. 29 - http://bit.ly/1uSLL0y
This event combines multiple great things: supporting local, small businesses, eating good local food, dressing up in elf costumes and, of course, drinking. After finding a gift for your family in this quaint suburban downtown, be sure to stick around for the Elf Crawl, which supports Inter-Faith Community Services. A $20 donation gets you four drinks from participating establishments, a commemorative cup and an elf hat. If you need a place to crash, the Hampton Inn & Suites Denver/Highlands Ranch is offering a discounted rate. Uber is also offering a $20 discount for a safe ride home.
Watch the Broncos on Sunday Night Football – Nov. 30 – Your living room http://on9news.tv/1y34skn
Regardless of whether you think the Broncos are a Super Bowl contender or totally overrated, Sunday's a big day to cheer on your hometown team as they battle the Kansas City Chiefs in a season-defining matchup. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. on NBC (channel 9, aka your favorite channel).
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