The 21 Best Events in Denver, November 21-27

The Botanic Gardens get festive during Blossoms of Light.
The Botanic Gardens get festive during Blossoms of Light. Denver Botanic Gardens
Thanksgiving is upon us, which means it's time to find different ways to avoid having political conversations with your relatives in town! We've got plenty of options (some that would put you as far away as Vail) for today on. Keep scrolling for this week's best events in Denver.

Tuesday, November 21

After a major hailstorm in May shuttered the place, Colorado Mills, at 14500 West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood, will finally reopen its doors at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 21, just in time for holiday shoppers eager to tackle their gift lists. Though not all of the 119 stores will be back in business — openings will roll out through early 2018 — shoppers will still have plenty to choose from, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, Super Target and Yoga Pod, which all opened earlier this fall. For information on store openings and employment opportunities, visit Happy shopping!

Wednesday, November 22

Adelitas Cocina y Cantina, the popular Mexican restaurant at 1294 South Broadway, is once again giving us reason to be thankful. On Wednesday, November 22, Adelitas will host its annual Thanksgiving Eve Party, with classic holiday movies, music and special dishes all night long in addition to the usual menu. Among the seasonal offerings: turkey tacos for $8.95, pumpkin tamales for $3.95, and turkey enchiladas for $11.95. Wash them down with enough of Adelitas’ award-winning margaritas, and you’ll forget whatever distasteful turkey commitment you have on Thanksgiving. Find out more and make a reservation at

Thursday, November 23

Are you thankful for a day off? Come up with a good excuse to avoid the obligatory feast and instead head for the hills, where a number of ski resorts will be opening on Thanksgiving Day. Because of the lack of snow, Vail Mountain pushed back its opening from November 17, but there will be no shortage of free breakfast burritos and other swag on the new opening day of November 23; find out more at Eldora also postponed its opening until Thanksgiving; get the details at Farther afield, Crested Butte and Telluride will also celebrate opening day on November 23. Remember, there's no business like snow business!

While Denver's Downtown Aquarium may seem like a fishy place to spend the most poultry-centric holiday of the year, its annual Thanksgiving buffet features all the tasty trappings that diners have come to expect, including carved turkey, cornbread dressing and housemade cranberry sauce. The feasting commences at 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 23 — early birds can take advantage of a waffle-making station — and seatings continue throughout the day at the gourmet gauntlet, which also features smoked fish and fresh fruit displays, a special kids' buffet, and a customizable macaroni-and-cheese station. Meal tickets, $19.99 to $39.99, grant diners 50 percent off of tickets to the Adventure Exhibit and validated parking at the aquarium, 700 Water Street. Call 303-561-4450 or visit for more details.

Just as this city is growing, so are the number of Thanksgiving Day races, because one isn’t enough to handle the ever-increasing crowds who yearn to impersonate turkeys and get a head start working off those mashed-potato calories. On the far northeast edge of Denver, the Stanley Harvesting Hope 5K will handle some of that overflow, with a timed 5K walk/run from 10:15 a.m. to noon on Thursday, November 23, at Stapleton Central Park, 8801 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Registration for the 5K is $35 in advance and $40 on race day (if there’s still room); kids ten and under can blow off steam at a free 1K fun run at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research;  learn more and register for either race at
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Get in the holiday spirit at the Denver Botanic Garden's Blossoms of Light.
Denver Botanic Gardens

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