December is finally here and if you can't feel the holiday spirit in the air you are not trying very hard. So get out of the house, smell the fresh cut pine and enjoy some roasted chestnuts and hot cocoa at any number of holiday-inspired events.

9NEWS Parade of Lights: December 1 at 8 p.m. and December 2 at 6 p.m.

The 9NEWS Parade of Lights is a 42-year-old Denver tradition that is not to be missed.

This parade starts at the Denver City and County Building and features all of your favorite holiday symbols including sparkling lights, local marching bands, giant balloons, plenty of floats and even an appearance from Santa.

So bundle up, grab the kids and a thermos of hot cocoa and head on down to this beautiful celebration of the holiday season.

Tickets for the Grandstand are $19 for adults, and $16 per child but to stand along the parade route is free.

Georgetown’s Holiday Charms on December Weekends: December 2- 3 from 10am-5 pm

The metro area has many holiday markets (click here for a special seasonal page listing them), but Georgetown’s Christmas Market is unique. This the gateway town to the high country transforms itself into a bustling old-fashioned Christmas scene, as it has for more than half a century. Think a quaint European-style outdoor Christmas market, roasted chestnuts, holiday shopping for unique gifts, horse-drawn wagon rides through Historic Georgetown, appearances by St. Nicolas in his traditional dress, the Santa Lucia children’s procession, carolers in Victorian costume, dancers and other family entertainment.

Holiday lights and Christmas greenery adorn buildings in Historic Georgetown. A lovely little market on 6th Street takes place on two weekends, Saturday & Sunday, December 2 & 3 and again December 9 & 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take I-70 to Exit 228 and follow the signs to downtown. For more information, call 720-725-6617.

This article was first published by

For more local deals and discounts go to

Lakewood Lights: December 1 (Tree lighting) and 2 at 5:30 p.m.

There is more to the Lakewood Mayor’s tree lighting ceremony at the Lakewood Heritage Center than just twinkling lights.

There is plenty of holiday entertainment for you and your family including Hay Wagon Rides, Photos with Santa, Crafts, Museum tours and all the holiday music you could want.

Don’t worry if you forget to bring snacks, they will be providing hot chocolate, cookies, and is that roasted chestnuts you smell? It sure is.

This is a free event.

Golden’s Historic Downtown Hosts Holiday Events: December 2 and 3 at 10:30 a.m.

Olde Golden Christmas merriment is apparent on Saturday mornings, December 2, 9 & 16, at 10:30 a.m. with the Olde Golden Christmas parade features floats, clowns, holiday characters, antique fire trucks, dance groups and more, and downtown shopkeepers offer treats, music, cider, hot chocolate, visits with Santa and bargains. There are FREE hayrides each Saturday for one-hour after the parades with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Pick up point is in front of Gold Mine Cupcakes (700 12th St.). FREE horse-drawn carriage rides run from noon to 3 p.m. weather permitting. Click here for a full calendar of Olde Golden holiday events.

This article was first published by

For more local deals and discounts go to

Tiny House Holiday Village: December 4-10 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

What could possibly be more adorable than a tiny house village? A Tiny House Village decorated for the holiday season!

The Shops at Northfield Stapleton has decorated all of their Tiny Houses with festive lights and holiday décor for you to tour.

Each home will have posted information about living a greener lifestyle.

Santa’s Village at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms: December 1,2, and 3 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Santa and his friends are moving to Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms. Santa’s Village opens Friday, November 24 and runs through Sunday, December 24 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 4:30 .m. to 8:30 p.m. (with last entry at 7:30 p.m.)

Chatfield Farms will be transformed into a magical village. Hop on the hayride to catch a short movie at Santa’s cinema and find unique holiday gifts in his workshop. Santa’s Village replaces Trail of Lights but continues many of the popular light displays along with new hands-on activities and displays that feature the North Pole and Santa’s workshop.

Admission includes: Meet Santa’s live reindeer Kids get pictures with Santa, Snow Man and the reindeer (Santa will not be at Chatfield Farms on Dec. 24, because he will be at the North Pole)
Craft with Mrs. Claus Holiday lights
One hayride Santa’s Cinema on Elf Boulevard
Santa’s Workshop will include craft vendors
You can also buy treats and hot drinks.

Tickets for Santa’s Village are $20/adults and children ages 3 to 15, $15/senior (65+) or military. Denver Botanic Gardens members get a $5 per ticket discount on the $20 tickets.

Buy tickets online or at the ticket booth in the Chatfield Farms parking lot during the event (if available). Ticket booth opens at 4:30 p.m. Advance tickets may also be purchased at the York Street Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center or Chatfield Farms Earl J. Sinnamon Visitor Center during public hours. Tickets are limited each night. Purchase in advance to ensure admittance on your desired date.

This article was first published by

For more local deals and discounts go to

Westminster Holiday Lighting Ceremony: December 2 from 5:30- 7:30 p.m.

Come one, come all as the Westminster City Hall turns in to a holiday wonderland.

The Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony includes holiday music, hot chocolate, cookies, Santa, bonfires, and a hayride.

There is even a full-sized sleigh and kid-sized train for you to take this year's family photos.

This event and some complimentary coffee are free.

Santa’s Flight Academy: December 1 and 2 at 10:00 a.m.

Feed your kids imagination as they take this interactive journey through what it would be like to be on Santa’s flight crew.

Santa’s Flight Academy, hosted at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center’s Kaiser Permanente Grand Court, allows kids to transform into a key part of Santa’s flight crew.

Your kids can play in the flight Suit Visualizer, the Flight Navigation Station, or enjoy a snow and light show inside Santa’s sleigh.

After completion, each child receives a personalized Cadet Badge and gets a special visit with Santa himself.

Friday Night Bazaar Returns To RiNo: December 1 from 4 pm-10 pm

Holiday shoppers who favor the evening hours to peruse local crafts will be happy to hear the Friday Night Bazaar returns to RiNo this holiday season, with three consecutive Friday night pop-up markets on November 24, December 1 & 8 at Denver Rock Drill. The Friday Night Bazaar hosts more than 80 local craft, fashion, and food vendors, and introduces the Colorado Tasting Room + Bottle Shop — showcasing the largest and most affordable selection of premium Colorado cider, wine, and spirits available for purchase this holiday season.

The Friday Night Bazaar is a carefully curated mixture of live music, cocktails, vintage wares, handcrafted jewelry and apparel, and local farm-fresh food. Music is provided by Le Pompe Jazz on November 24, Royal Street Ramblers on December 1 and Brothers of Brass on December 8, each performing two sets of holiday gypsy jazz.

A selection of Denver Metro’s best food trucks will be on hand to serve up fresh and delicious bites and flavors from around the world, with cocktails and a full bar available to enjoy.

New to the Friday Night Bazaar is the innovative Colorado Tasting Room + Bottle Shop, which showcases the booming local artisanal wine, cider, and spirit industry. Attendees will be able to try unlimited samples and purchase directly from more than 30 local cider, wine, and spirit makers from across Colorado.

That makes the Night Bazaar the only holiday market destination at which attendees can purchase bottles and cases of Colorado cider, wine, and spirits on site.

Admission to the Friday Night Bazaar is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. is FREE, then from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. costs $7 at the door ($5 if bought in advance online). If you RSVP online (scroll down about halfway down the page), you can also receive a FREE ticket.

There is a special charge to enjoy unlimited sampling in the Colorado Tasting Room + Bottle Shop. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., it will cost you $20 and those tickets are only available at the door. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Shop + Sip tickets are $30 at the door or $25 in advance.

Denver Rock Drill is located at 1717 E. 39th Ave., Denver.

This article was first published by

For more local deals and discounts go to

Do you have an event you would like us to feature? Email me at