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Holiday Guide 2018: Everything you need to know about celebrating the holidays in Colorado

From holiday markets to Christmas concerts, there's a lot going on in Denver and around Colorado this holiday season.
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It's the holiday season. The most wonderful time of the year.

And so to help make sure you make the most of it, we've put together this guide to make sure you know where to find Santa, the best places to celebrate the season and when to ship your gifts so they arrive on time!

Start making your plans now! From holiday markets to Christmas concerts, there's a lot going on this in Denver and around Colorado this holiday season.

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DETAILS | Colorado Springs hotel builds 13-foot tall replica out of gingerbread

Would you rather spend your holiday season snuggled up under a blanket with a mug of hot chocolate watching movies? Here's what will be on.

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Getting the perfect gift for that special someone or the person in your family who is difficult to shop for can be stressful. But picking out thoughtful gifts should be fun! Here are some tips and resources to keep it that way.

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The holiday season is a wonderful time to give back to people in your community. Here are some ideas.

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We've also got all the details to make sure your holiday goes smoothly. From how and where to go if you want to cut down your own tree, to travel tips, to when to ship packages so they show up on time, find all the information you need here.

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Food is also a big part of the Christmas season. Here are some recipes to try this year.

IDEAS | Easy, creative ideas to decorate cookies for Christmas

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RECIPE | Festive, easy Christmas tree pull-apart bread

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