20 Fun Family Activities In & Around Denver: 12/13 - 12/16

From winter markets to holiday festivals and everything in between, there’s lots to do in & around Denver this upcoming weekend! Check out 20 of our favorites that we’ve picked below:

Where: Chautauqua Park
When: Friday – Sunday | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

20 Fun Family Activities In & Around Denver: 12/13 - 12/16

Enjoy a weekend of holiday festivities at Chautauqua Park in Boulder!

Here you can experience horse-drawn carriage rides, ice skating, holiday lights, and so much more.

Where: Larimer Square | 1430 Larimer Square, Denver, CO 80202
When: Wednesday – Sunday | 12PM-9PM Wed/Thurs | 12PM-10PM Fri/Sat | 10AM-5PM Sun

20 Fun Family Activities In & Around Denver: 12/13 - 12/16

Head to Larimer Square to get some holiday shopping done and experience lots of fun entertainment!

This holiday market is family-friendly and features visits from Santa, live entertainment and much more.

Where: Belleview Park | 5001 S. Inca Drive, Englewood, CO 80110
When: Friday & Saturday | 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM

20 Fun Family Activities In & Around Denver: 12/13 - 12/16

See Belleview Park transformed into the North Pole!

Train lovers will have a blast hopping on the Holiday Express train rides, along with visits to Santa’s workshop for crafts, hot cocoa and smores by fire, and so much more.

Where: Olde Town Arvada | 5726 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80002
When: Saturday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

20 Fun Family Activities In & Around Denver: 12/13 - 12/16

Visit the Olde Town Holiday Market to get all of your holiday shopping done!

You can find clothes, toys and everything in between at this festive market. Santa will be available for pictures for free from 12-3 PM!

Where: Carpenter Park Fields | 3498 E 112th Ave, Thornton, CO 80233
When: Friday – Sunday | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Friday | 10:00 AM – 9 PM Saturday | 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM Sunday

20 Fun Family Activities In & Around Denver: 12/13 - 12/16

This three-day fest is packed with fun activities for the whole family!

Grab a spot on Friday to watch Santa himself light up Thornton, and enjoy an array of other activities throughout the weekend that include ice skating, Santa visits, choir performances, ice carvings, and more.

Where: Vail Resort | Vail, CO 81657
When: Saturday | 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

20 Fun Family Activities In & Around Denver: 12/13 - 12/16

If you’re heading to the mountains this weekend, consider heading to Vail for their Holiday Sweater Run!

Participate yourself or just sit back and watch as people dressed in their favorite holiday sweaters run a total of 2.5 miles around the village.

Where: Eastridge Rec Center | 9568 University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
When: Saturday | 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

20 Fun Family Activities In & Around Denver: 12/13 - 12/16

Bring your whole family to the Eastridge Rec Center to enjoy breakfast with Santa this Saturday!

Each kid will have a chance to meet Santa personally, and Mrs. Claus will be hosting crafts and telling stories!

Where: Bandimere Speedway | 3051 South Rooney Road, Morrison, CO 80465
When: Friday – Sunday: 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM

20 Fun Family Activities In & Around Denver: 12/13 - 12/16

Load your family in your vehicle and cruise over to the Brandimere Speedway in Morrison for an awesome Christmas lights experience!

Here you can drive through acres of more than 1.5 million lights set up & synced to holiday music that you can hear through your radio.

Where: Downtown Breckenridge | Breckenrdige, CO 80424
When:  Wednesday – Sunday | All day – see full list of events

20 Fun Family Activities In & Around Denver: 12/13 - 12/16

Ullr Fest returns for the 57th year showcasing a variety of awesome events, including the Ullr Ice Plunge, a huge parade, ski jumps on Main St, the biggest bonfire of the year, and so much more.

Don’t forget to bring your viking helmets and best Nordic gear!

Where: Balch Fieldhouse @ Folsom Field | 1951 Colorado Ave, Boulder, CO 80305
When: Saturday & Sunday | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

20 Fun Family Activities In & Around Denver: 12/13 - 12/16

Come see more than 100 artisan vendors and complete your holiday shopping this year.

There will also be live music, great food, and much more. Admission is free!

Where: Fillmore Plaza | Denver, CO 80206
When: Saturday | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

20 Fun Family Activities In & Around Denver: 12/13 - 12/16

This outdoor & free event is great for the whole family!

Enjoy large fire pits, complementary treats & beverages, ice carving, carolers, face painting and so much more.

Where: Vail Resort | Vail, CO 81657
When: Thursday – Sunday | All day – see website for full schedule of events

20 Fun Family Activities In & Around Denver: 12/6 - 12/8

Vail Snow Days is an annual, multi-day event that features free concerts & events for the whole family!

This year includes free concerts from Modest Mouse on Friday and The Head and the Heart on Saturday!

Where: Pearl Street Mall | 1942 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302
When: Saturday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

20 Fun Family Activities In & Around Denver: 12/13 - 12/16

At St. Nick on the Bricks, kids of all ages can meet with Mr. & Mrs. Claus for free!

You can also take a ride on the free Snowflake Express, an electric train that will take you up and down Pearl Street. Don’t forget your camera to capture these priceless memories!

Where: Pearl Street Mall | 1942 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302
When: Saturday | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

20 Fun Family Activities In & Around Denver: 12/13 - 12/16

Freezie Fest is a celebration of the holidays and all things snowman!

Here you can experience free train rides, face painting, crafts & games, Santa visits and much more.

Where: Gardens on Springs Creek | 2145 Centre Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80526
When: All weekend | 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

20 Fun Family Activities In & Around Denver: 12/13 - 12/16

Garden of Lights is open every evening and includes thousands of vibrant lights surrounding the botanical scenes.

Here you can also find Santa visits, Caroling groups, sculptures and other festive activities.

Where: Gaylord Rockies | 6700 North Gaylord Rockies Boulevard, Aurora, CO 80019
When: All weekend | 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

20 Fun Family Activities In & Around Denver: 12/13 - 12/16

Transport your family to a magical land of ice without leaving the Denver metro area.

ICE!® featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in Mistletoe Village at Gaylord Rockies is sure to be a blast. Check out the two-story ice slides and giant ice sculptures carved from more than two million pounds of colorful ice.

Where: PACE Center | 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker, CO 80138
When: Friday, Saturday | 7:00 PM  Sunday | 2:00 PM

20 Fun Family Activities In & Around Denver: 12/13 - 12/16

Treat your entire family to a treasured holiday tradition!

The 16th Annual Nutcracker of Parker is running at the PACE Center December 12-21.

Where: Downtown Georgetown
When: Saturday & Sunday | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

20 Fun Family Activities In & Around Denver: 12/13 - 12/16

Visit Georgetown as it transforms into a traditional holiday market with roasted chestnuts, holiday shopping, horse-drawn wagon rides and entertainment.

Where: Downtown Parker, Main Street
When: Saturday | 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

20 Fun Family Activities In & Around Denver: 12/13 - 12/16

Check out this all equestrian holiday parade featuring carriages, wagons, surreys and stagecoaches from all over Colorado.

There will also be a holiday farmer’s market and additional events for children happening down the street at the Parker Library.

Where: Oak Street Plaza | 119 W Oak Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524
When: Saturday | 2:00 PM

20 Fun Family Activities In & Around Denver: 12/13 - 12/16

Join 100 tuba and euphonium players as they play traditional Christmas carols arranged in 4 part harmony.