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

The first weekend in December offers a wide variety of holiday activities for the whole family, including parades, tree lightings, markets, and so much more! Check out our list of 20 awesome events happening in & around Denver this weekend.

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: 12/6-12/8

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: Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center | 6700 North Gaylord Rockies Blvd, Aurora, CO 80019
When: Friday – Sunday: View website for times & tickets

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

Head over to the Gaylord Rockies Resort in Aurora for an electrifying holiday spectacular! Cirque Dreams Holidaze is an in-the-round theatrical experience that features dazzling costumes, aerialists, dancers, singers, and so much more.

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

While at the Gaylord Rockies Resort, make sure to check out ICE! Featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Here you can find two-story ice slides, sculptures, 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: 12/6-12/8

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: Highlands Ranch Town Center South | 9344 Dorchester St, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
When: Friday: 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

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

Stroll through this wonderful holiday market to find unique gifts, food, clothing and so much more! You will also find various entertainment here as well as the lighting of the Big Tree at 5:00 PM!

Where: Lakewood Heritage Center | 801 S Yarrow St, Lakewood, CO 80226
When: Friday: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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

See the Lakewood Heritage Center light up for the holiday season at the annual Lakewood Lights! Ride on hay wagons, stroll through the light displays, enjoy crafts, sweets, and so much more at this fun event.

Where: Lone Tree Arts Center | 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree, CO 80124
When: Friday: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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

Kick off the holiday season at Merry Days Holiday Tree Lighting in Lone Tree! Here you will find crafts, story times, carols, sweets, and of course the tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 PM. Don’t miss a visit with Santa himself as well!

Where: Downtown Denver | 16th & Arapahoe Street, Denver, CO 80202
When: Friday: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Saturday: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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

Colorado’s favorite holiday tradition returns! The 9News Parade of Lights is a spectacle that takes over Downtown Denver and features extravagant lights, floats, helium balloons and so much more. Get downtown early and grab a good spot to see the magic unfold!

Where: Denver Art Museum | 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204
When: Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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

The first Saturday of every month means free admission to the Denver Art Museum! Bring the whole family and save some serious cash while exploring one of Colorado’s finest museums.

Where: Downtown Breckenridge
When: Saturday: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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

Consider a trip to Breckenridge this weekend for the annual Lighting of Breckenridge & Race of the Santas! This super fun tradition includes hundreds of Santa’s racing down Main St, along with a variety of other activities including snowman building contests, a holiday dog parade, the Moose March for kids 12 and younger, and so much more!

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art | 1485 Delgany St. Denver, CO 80202
When: Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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

Head to MCA Denver this Saturday and gain admission for only one penny! This is a great chance to explore the art & culture the museum offers for (basically) free.

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

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

At St. Nick on the Bricks, kids of all ages can meet with Mr. & Mrs. Clause 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: Olde Town Arvada | 5726 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80002
When: Saturday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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: Downtown Colorado Springs | 430 N Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
When: Saturday: 5:50 PM – 8:00 PM

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

For the 35th year in a row, the annual Festival of Lights Parade returns to Colorado Springs! Find a nice spot on Tejon Street to view the floats and marchers parade downtown.

Where: Crooked Stave | 216 N. College Avenue, Suite 130, Fort Collins, CO 80524
When: Friday: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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

Come see your favorite characters from the Disney movie Frozen in Fort Collins on Friday! Here you will find live holiday music, Santa’s real-life reindeer-in-training, and of course great photo-ops with Santa & the Frozen characters.

Where: Pearl Street Mall | 1942 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302
When: Saturday: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

See floats created by local businesses, churches, schools and civic groups at the Lights of December Parade in Boulder! The grand finale includes a visit from Santa Claus himself. The parade starts at 6:00 PM so be sure to dress warm!

Where: Town of Lyons | Lyons, CO 80540
When: Saturday: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

The annual Holiday Parade of Lights in Lyons is a spectacle you don’t want to miss! Coloradans from all over the state travel to Lyons for this extravagant display of floats, lights, and so much more. Don’t miss the dazzling firework display at 7:40 PM!

Where: Denver Museum of Nature & Science | 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80205
When: Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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

This Sunday marks a free day at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science! Take advantage of this rare occasion by bringing the whole family for a day of education and fun.

Where: EXDO Event Center | 1399 35th Street, Denver, CO 80205
When: Sunday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The RiNo holiday Bazaar features a huge indoor & outdoor holiday market with local shops, amazing food & drinks, live entertainment and so much more! See 70+ local vendors and get all of your holiday shopping done at this fun event.

Where: Aspen Grove Shopping Center | 7301 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80201
When: Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Visit Santa at Aspen Grove Shopping Center this weekend! On Saturday you can find Santa at “My Favorite Things” holiday store between noon and 3:00 PM, and on Sunday you can hop aboard and ride the carriage with Santa! The carriage picks up by the big tree near New Balance between noon and 3:00 PM.

Where: Downtown Denver | 16th & Arapahoe Street, Denver, CO 80202
When: Friday: 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

The first Friday of every month means that Downtown Denver comes alive with art and entertainment! You don’t want to miss the First Friday Art Walk that will feature a variety of artists, vendors and performers.