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

From holiday markets to Christmas concerts, there's so much to enjoy in Denver and around Colorado this holiday season.

COLORADO, USA — 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 in Denver and around Colorado this holiday season.

The 9NEWS Holiday Guide is always a work in progress. We'll be adding helpful links, recipes and Colorado-specific winter season events throughout the season, so bookmark this page and check back often.

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Holiday celebrations

Were you hoping to take your family or a special someone to a Christmas concert, musical or play this holiday season?

From presentations of "The Nutcracker" to a visit from Trans-Siberian Orchestra and tree lightings and outdoor celebrations, Colorado has no shortage of places to soak in the sights, sounds and smells of the holiday season.

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You can take a walking tour of Denver’s lights and sights this holiday season

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Massive model train display in Granby will put you in the Christmas spirit

America’s tallest digital tree to be featured at Denver’s Sculpture Park

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Drive-through Christmas displays with 1.5 million LED lights coming to Colorado

Denver Christkindl Market returns to downtown Denver

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Christmas Lights Map

Homes are twinkling through the night with gorgeous holiday displays across Colorado. Many Coloradans spend weeks putting together elaborate designs that dance to music, project scenes, or include interactive experiences.

If there's a house you love to visit every year or if you're especially proud of your decorations, submit the address, a description and a photo of the home here, and it will be added to our Christmas lights map.

With your help, we are compiling all the best holiday displays around Colorado so you can start planning your holiday light viewing route. Search for homes in your area here.

MAP: Where to find the best Christmas lights in Denver and Colorado

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Shopping season

Getting the perfect gift for that special someone or the person in your family who is difficult to shop for can be stressful, but that doesn't mean picking out gifts can't be fun. Here are resources to help you navigate the holiday season in stores.

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Holiday television & movies

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.

Christmas classics you can see in theatres for $5

NBC's holiday lineup from 'It's a Wonderful Life' to the 'Grinch'

Freeform's '25 Days of Christmas' movie lineup is here

Lifetime will have 30 new Christmas movies in 2019

AMC Networks unveils 'Best Christmas Ever' movie slate

All the holiday movies and shows coming to Netflix in 2019

Hallmark's Christmas lineup has 40 all-new original movies

NBC's 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center' to air Dec. 4

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Christmas music

There's no better way to get in the holiday spirit than by listening to the classics of Bing, Dino, Burl, Mariah, Barbra, Bublé, Mathis and Groban.

Denver's KOSI 101.1 and stations across Colorado provide us with 24/7 Christmas tunes and we gladly accept. 

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John Legend, Kelly Clarkson remake 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' to focus on consent

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Food and recipes

Food is also a big part of the Christmas season. Here are some must-try holiday recipes.

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Festive, easy Christmas tree pull-apart bread

Buttery Christmas 'spritz' cookies

Biscochos, traditional Mexican cookies for Christmas

Grammie’s Christmas Wreaths

How to make peppermint Oreo truffles

Easy, creative ideas to decorate cookies for Christmas

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Giving back

While you're out grinding the shopping aisles trying to find the perfect gift or chowing down some delicious food, remember: Not everyone is as fortunate. The holidays are the perfect season for giving back.

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Where to donate turkeys, food & money for Thanksgiving

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Before you head to Grandmother's house for the holidays, make sure you're prepared at the airport and on the roads so you can avoid unnecessary holiday stress.

Navigating parking near DIA during the holiday rush

Leaving Denver for Thanksgiving? Here's when you should hit the road

Pro tips to get through Denver International Airport

Here's when you shouldn't drive or fly for Thanksgiving

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Shipping deadlines

We are well into the holiday season and shoppers are taking their shopping lists and checking them twice, but do you know the shipping deadlines to ensure your gifts arrive on time for Christmas?

Here is a list of shipping deadlines to keep in mind if your want your package to be delivered before Dec. 25.

Holiday shipping deadlines: Here's how to make sure your gift arrives on time

How to get free shipping for the holidays

Tips to protect yourself from porch pirates 

Santa needs your letters: USPS launches Operation Santa in Denver

Christmas trees

From Rockefeller Center and Washington, D.C. to Castle Rock and Kremmling, massive Christmas trees are a festive sign of the season.

Where you can cut down your own Christmas tree in Colorado and how it works

Christmas tree arrives at Outlets at Castle Rock

White House Christmas tree set to be delivered

Melania Trump receives official White House Christmas tree

New Mexico spruce begins journey to be 2019 US Capitol Christmas tree

Colorado to provide next year’s Capitol Christmas tree

America’s tallest digital tree to be featured at Denver’s Sculpture Park this holiday season

Rockefeller Center selects Christmas Tree

NBC's 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center' returns Dec. 4

Proctor's Garden: Prepare your porch for the holidays

'Mr. Christmas tree' has been delivering the holidays to the state capitol for 25 years

9NEWS Parade of Lights

The 45th annual 9NEWS Parade of Lights brought sparkling lights, marching bands, giant balloons and colorful floats to the streets of downtown Denver on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7. The Colorado holiday tradition is the largest and most-watched parade in the Rocky Mountain region. 

WATCH: 9NEWS Parade of Lights 2019

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Thanksgiving arrives late this year, on Thursday, Nov. 28, but you can still count on turkey, stuffing, 5K runs, football and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on 9NEWS.

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Text your donations to Denver Rescue Mission's turkey drive

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John O’Hurley returns to host 18th annual National Dog Show on NBC

93rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to air on 9NEWS

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You can dine with, not on, the turkeys at this Thanksgiving dinner in Erie

Here's when you shouldn't drive or fly for Thanksgiving

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The 9NEWS Holiday Guide is always a work in progress and we'll be adding helpful links, recipes, events and Colorado-specific Christmas season events.

What would you like to see in our Holiday Guide? What part of the holidays in Colorado are you curious to know more about? Drop us a line at webteam@9news.com!

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