Seven Things to Do for Free In and Around Denver This Week

Lumonics has added to the light shows downtown.EXPAND
Lumonics has added to the light shows downtown.
Lumonics Light Show: MInd Intersection
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The Front Range is aglow with light shows: Some are ticketed extravaganzas, others are free displays, and all are guaranteed to light up your holidays (see our list of can't-miss holiday light shows here). But there are plenty of other things to do, whether you're ready to go out on the town or simply want to snuggle up at home.

Here are eight things to do for free this week, including some you can access any day, any time:

David Rollman Reads A Christmas Carol
Through December 25,  anytime

Buntport Theater is sharing the perfect platform for a quiet holiday countdown together for your family or safe pod of friends: a free virtual reading in five parts of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, as told by David Rollman (the father of Buntport’s Erin Rollman), who celebrated his seventieth birthday earlier this month by filming the 2020 performance of a longtime Rollman family tradition. Buntport is sharing the wealth in five chapters, ranging from twenty to fifty minutes in length and meant to be listened to over four days — although bingeing is perfectly okay, too. Learn more here.

L’Esprit de Noël Holiday Home Tour
Through December 25, anytime

After 43 years as a signature holiday event in Denver, L’Esprit de Noël Home Tour went virtual for the first time ever in 2020. The Central City Opera Guild’s only fundraiser of the year, L’Esprit has a long history of featuring Denver’s most interesting neighborhoods through a two-day walking tour of grand and historical homes. This year, “Le Petit” tour moves online, in the form of a video walk-through of the Fisher Mansion, complete with performances by Central City Opera artists. Although it's free to watch, donations are definitely requested to support Central City Opera. Find out more here.

Denver Philharmonic Orchestra: Home for the Holidays
Through December 31, anytime

Like many holiday arts traditions this year, the annual Holiday Cheer! from the Denver Philharmonic was canceled — but the group instead created an online Home for the Holidays variety hour hosted by board -resident Jon Olafson, with performances by many of the principal musicians. Watch it here.

Quarantine Cabaret Holiday Edition with Rory Pierce and David Nehls
Through December 31, anytime

This Miners Alley online special includes favorite holiday songs, as well as "A Politically Incorrect Night Before Christmas" and a carol sing-along. Starring Rory Pierce, accompanied by David Nehls. Sign up here.

A Christmas to Remember
Through December 31, anytime

Sound of the Rockies, a barbershop chorus, is offering a special virtual Christmas performance that you can listen to any time this month. Hear it here.

UCCS Presents Theatreworks Month of Joy
Through December 31, 7 p.m. nightly

Theatreworks has invited 31 artists to share their work — poems, songs, speeches — through the month. Find the full lineup and the YouTube link here; each presentation is just three minutes long.

Lumonics Mind Spa: Light Intersection
Through January 31, daily
UnderStudy, 700 14th Street

One of the big losses this year was artist Dorothy Tanner who, along with her late husband, Mel Tanner, made light sculptures designed to create a state of comfort, relaxation and creativity. Many of them are currently presented in a “fishbowl”-style installation at UnderStudy, located at the Colorado Convention Center — which is closed, but you can see the Lumonics exhibit through the window. Find out more here.

Know of more great free events in and around town? Send information to editorial@westword.com; we'll be updating this list through Christmas Eve.

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