The 21 Best Events in Denver, December 25 Through December 31

Yes, Santa, we're happy to see you, too.
Yes, Santa, we're happy to see you, too. Scott Lentz
Christmastime in Denver can be magical. There's plenty to do on December 25 to keep you in the spirit. Once the holiday is behind us, it's time to look toward 2019 — but not before giving 2018 a proper sendoff. Keep reading for all the best events in Denver through the December 31. And Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 25

Alpine Dog Brewing hosts its fifth annual Christmas Day party starting bright and early at 10 a.m. The brewery will release two new beers: French Toast Imperial Stout made with cinnamon, vanilla and maple; and Belgian Holiday Amber, brewed with currants. There will be snacks and treats, too; find more information at the brewery's website.

Are you a big enough fan of Harry Potter to want to spend Christmas night or Boxing Day immersed in his world? There’s a place for that at the Very Harry Potter Christmas, a Harry Potter screening marathon with special cocktails representing each house at Hogwarts, four Hogwarts house-themed photo booths and a chance to vote in the Quidditch World Cup O’ Cocktail Competition. Costumes and/or ugly Christmas sweaters are absolutely encouraged but not required. Enter the Hogwarts wonderland (with a punk-rock twist) at 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 25, or Wednesday, December 26, at Occidental, 1950 West 32nd Avenue. Admission is free (and 21+ after 8 p.m.); learn more at the Very Harry Potter Christmas event page on Facebook.

A Magical Cirque Christmas
Wednesday, December 26

While it may technically be Boxing Day, readers can soak up an extra day of holiday humbuggery at A Magical Cirque Christmas. A merry band of carolers accompanies high-flying thrills at an evening that revels in the golden age of pageantry and allows guests to indulge in an extra helping of good cheer. Costumes, comedy and contortionists await at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 26, at the Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. Swoon, celebrate and sing along; buy tickets, $35 to $75, and discover more at Merry Cirquemas!

Thursday, December 27

Kwanzaa was created back in the ’60s for a powerful reason — to promote peaceful community-building, culture and roots in the spirit of that era’s wave of black nationalism among African-Americans. Denver has always done Kwanzaa right, and 2018 is no exception. On Thursday, December 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., families can observe the seven principles of Kwanzaa at Kwanzaa Celebration 2018, a gathering at the Center for African American Health, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Slam Nuba Kwanzaa Show will bring together Denver’s tight slam-poetry family to mark the principle of Ujima (collective work and responsibility) with a friendly competitive slam at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 28, at RedLine, 2350 Arapahoe Street; admission is $5 to $10 at the door. And various branches of the Denver Public Library will host free Kwanzaa-inspired programs for kids daily through Sunday, December 30; find them on the events calendar at

Sophisticated and often deeply psychological, Polish cinema might be an acquired taste, but it’s worth an inspection. The Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue, will offer just that with its Masterpieces of Polish Cinema series, three nights of screenings of films both classic and modern, including Volhynia (Hatred) at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 27; Ashes and Diamonds at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, December 29; and Nights and Days at 1 p.m. Sunday, December 30. Admission is $7 to $11.50; learn more at

Friday, December 28

The cartoon canine first responders of PAW Patrol take to the stage for The Great Pirate Adventure at the Bellco Theatre, 700 14th Street, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, December 28, and Saturday, December 29. Adapted from the award-winning children's television series, the play sends the search-and-rescue service pups to the high seas in a swashbuckling, heartwarming tale of hidden treasures, mysterious caverns and the open waters of Adventure Bay. PAW Patrol's animated characters are as adorable as they are marketable — and during The Great Pirate Adventure, kids can enjoy in-person/puppet appearances from their favorite workaday doggos. Don't "yelp for help" in your search for post-holiday entertainment; visit to buy tickets, $22 to $62, and find out more.

String Cheese Incident will close out another year in Colorado with three performances. - JACQUELINE COLLINS
String Cheese Incident will close out another year in Colorado with three performances.
Jacqueline Collins
The String Cheese Incident, which formed in Colorado in 1993, has spent the past 25 years dropping albums and jamming around the country. To celebrate a quarter-century of psychedelic bluegrass spiced up with reggae, jazz and pretty much every other genre under the sun, the band will play three New Year’s concerts at the 1STBANK Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane in Broomfield — on Friday, December 28, with Sam Bush and Darol Anger; on Saturday, December 29, with Robert Randolph, Ivan Neville, Ian Neville and Tony Hall; and on Monday, December 31, an evening with three sets of Cheese. Tickets to the first two shows are $55 each, the all-SCI show is $89, and a package for all three runs $150; get details at

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