Holidays

Dozens of Things You Can Still Do in Denver This Holiday Season

Camp Christmas is still in session.
Camp Christmas is still in session. Ken Hamblin III
click to enlarge Camp Christmas is still in session. - KEN HAMBLIN III
Camp Christmas is still in session.
Ken Hamblin III
The metro area is lit for the season, with holiday markets, holiday productions and holiday light shows all over. Although most closed by December 31, there's still fun to unwrap, including Camp Christmas!

Here are some of the remaining options:

Through January 3: Blossoms of Light: No matter how hard your neighbors try, their holiday lights will never beat the Gardens' annual display. 5 p.m.-9 p.m., $16-$21, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
Through January 5: ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Scenes from Rudolph's big night are brought to life in multicolored ice sculptures. $13.99-$24.99, Gaylord Rockies, 6700 North Rockies Boulevard, Aurora, 720-452-6900, marriott.com.
Through January 5: Camp Christmas: This 10,000-square-foot immersive art experience explores holiday rituals and imagery from across the globe. $8-$21, Stanley Marketplace, 2501 North Dallas Street, Aurora, 303-893-4100, denvercenter.org.

click to enlarge Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn is a nostalgic take on Christmas. - COURTESY CANDLELIGHT DINNER PLAYHOUSE
Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn is a nostalgic take on Christmas.
Courtesy Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
Through January 19: Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn: Enjoy a retro holiday with this adaptation of the 1942 film at the northern Colorado dinner theater. $35.95 and up, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, 4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, 970-744-3747, coloradocandlelight.com.
Through January 26: Belmar on Ice: The Rink at Belmar is open Sundays through Thursdays 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m.-10 p.m. through January 5. Rink is open Thursdays through Sundays January 9-26. Admission, free-$9.50, good for one hour of skating and skate rental ($5 without rental). Belmar, 7337 West Alaska Drive, Lakewood, belmarcolorado.com.
Through January: Santa's North Pole Adventure and Victorian Holiday Celebration: Santa holds court on the Georgetown Loop Railroad through Christmas Eve; after his work is done for the year, enjoy sedate coaches decorated as in Victorian times. Select dates, $29.50 and up, Devil's Loop Depot, 646 Loop Drive, Georgetown, 888-456-6777, georgetownlooprr.com.
Through January 30: DIA Ice Skating Rink: Got a few hours to kill before your flight? Of course you do. Strap on a pair of (free!) loaner skates and take to the ice. Denver International Airport Plaza, free, 8500 Peña Boulevard, flydenver.com.
Through February 2: The Pond at Southlands: The outside skating rink hosts events throughout winter, including the Skate & Donate Food Drive (November 21), a Frozen 2 celebration (November 22) and Skating with Santa (December 7). $8.50 and up, Southlands, 6155 South Main Street, Aurora, 303-627-5000, shopsouthlands.com.
Through February 3: Downtown Denver Ice Skating Rink: Bring your own skates and practice your triple axel for free at this outdoor rink now entering its tenth year. Free admission, skate rental $7-$9, Skyline Park, 15th and Arapahoe streets, 303-825-6787, downtowndenver.com.
Through February 17: Winterskate: It's not just ice skating at this 6,500-square-foot rink; there are also free carriage rides, Christmas music and plenty of tasty holiday treats. $10, Steinbaugh Pavilion, 824 Front Street, Louisville, 303-604-1010, bceproductions.com.


These listings were first published in our Winter Guide, inserted in the November 14 issue of Westword. Although the deadline is long past for the Winter Guide, we compile several calendar stories a week; send information to [email protected]
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