Have holiday preparations left you short of cash? Too much shopping at one of these seasonal markets
? The city is full of free things to see and do today.
Keep reading for eight of the best events and activities around town and watch for our list of free things to do the day after Christmas.
Orphans' Christmas Party in the Bierhalle
Sunday, December 25, 5 to 11 p.m.
Bierstadt Lagerhaus, 2875 Blake Street
In a town that’s been growing exponentially over the last ten years, there are bound to be a few holiday orphans moping around, looking for something to do on Christmas night. Find your people at the Bierstadt Lagerhaus after 5 p.m., when the Bierhalle opens up for relaxed partying, with games, music, movies and a Giant Beer Pong tournament at 8 p.m. Food options will be limited, so BYO snacks, but the taps will be flowing all night long. Details here
Jewish Colorado Christmas Mitzvah Project
Through Sunday, December 25
The concept of the mitzvah is intrinsic to Jewish life, lending cultural importance to the acts of performing good deeds and helping others. Jewish Colorado’s Christmas Mitzvah Project offers volunteer opportunities for members of the Jewish community to love their neighbors by picking up the slack while employees at hospitals, animal shelters, homeless shelters and other essential nonprofits take time off to celebrate Christmas. Feeling the giving spirit? Explore opportunities and sign up here
ICE-IE Selfie Stations
Through Sunday, December 25
Shops at Northfield, 8340 Northfield Boulevard
Kids home from school and anxious for Santa to visit can be a pain if you have some last-minute shopping to do, but the Shops at Northfield have an easy and free way to wear them out. ICE-IE Selfie Stations are a series of four five-foot-tall ice blocks carved into a menorah, a wreath, Santa and a lacy snowflake, all doubling as backdrops for holiday selfies. The ice sculptures will be at your service until Christmas...or the ice melts. Find the stations in the plaza off of Main Street and 47th Avenue in Northfield, then be ready to shop.
Merry & Bright Lights Show
Holiday celebrations inside and out.
Denver Union Station
Through Monday, December 26, 5 to 10 p.m.
Denver Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street
Denver's Union Station is all lit up for the season, with the Merry & Bright Lights Show featuring over 7,000 bulbs and music. Find out more here
Mile High Tree
Through December 31, 5 to 10 p.m. (interior closed Thursday because of the cold)
Civic Center Park
The Mile High Tree has moved to Civic Center Park, right by the Denver Christkindlmarket. America's tallest digital tree puts on a dazzling show every fifteen minutes, with songs timed to the tree's light display. Admission is free from 5 to 10 p.m. daily. Find out more here
Light the Lights
Through January 22, 5 to 10:45 p.m.
Denver City and County Building
City Hall is now lit every night through the Stock Show. There are special eight-minute shows at 5:45 and 6:45 p.m., with static shows in between. Find out more here
Snow Much Fun Virtual (AR) Experiences
Daily through January 31
Pearl Street Mall, Boulder
Boulder has a new holiday attraction: Snow Much Fun Virtual (AR) Experiences, a self-guided tour along the Pearl Street Mall that has you encountering Boulder’s own mascot, Freezie the Snowman, as well as other characters along the way. It's free; find out more here
Downtown Denver Rink
Through February 14
Skyline Park, 1601 Arapahoe Street
The Downtown Denver Rink is one of the best winter attractions in the city, a space right off the mall to engage in fun and games and celebrate the city. Admission to the rink is always free; bring your own skates to add to the savings, or rent skates on-site ($11 for adults and $9 for children twelve and under). The rink is open Christmas from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hours will change December 26; get all the details here
Do you know of a great free event in Denver? We'll be updating this list through the weekend; send information to [email protected]