3 things to do for free in Denver this week, December 30-January 2

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If you resolve not to go into debt in the new year, you'll want to take advantage of some of the free activities in town this week. From fireworks to an art opening to a free screening of Love Actually, you can go out in Denver over the next few weeks without having to part with a penny. Did we miss a bargain? Let us know in the comments section below. And as always, check out the Westword calendar for a full listing of events.

See also: 100 Colorado Creatives: Reflections on an arts journalist's year well-spent

Love Actually at the Bohemian Biergarten (Monday)

Renew your belief in fairytale-quality love tonight at this screening of the 2003 heart-warmer

Love Actually

. The film will show for free as part of the Boulder Outdoor Cinema's Bohemian Film Series.

Watch Fireworks on the 16th Street Mall (Tuesday) Rather than spend a huge chunk of change at some expensive club tonight, ring in the new year with the annual, free fireworks display on the 16th Street Mall. Fireworks will explode at 9 p.m. and again at midnight; the mall will also feature DJs on the mall, face painting, and more. COLD at Emmanuel Gallery (Thursday) Celebrate winter with some cold weather-themed art on the Auraria Campus when this staff-curated exhibition opens today at Emmanuel Gallery. The show includes the work of 25 artists, including Jacqueline Sophia Cordova, Sigri Strand and Alicia Ordal.

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