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Denver Winter Events and Activities

Enjoy a Vibrant Season in Our City

From unique holiday markets to craft beer celebrations, Denver winter events and activities are a treat for both locals and visitors alike. Discover our favorite things to see and do—before and after the holidays—when you stay at The Maven during the most magical time of year.

Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Showtimes and locations vary.

With several theatres in the Denver Performing Arts Complex in downtown Denver, this non-profit organization delights all ages with performances throughout the season. Productions range from classics like A Christmas Carol and Irving Berlin's White Christmas to more modern shows like The SantaLand Diaries. 

Denver Christkindl Market

November 16 – December 23, 2018
1515 Arapahoe Street, Denver, CO

There’s no better place to find one-of-a-kind gifts than Denver’s own authentic Christkindl Market. Located at Skyline Park, this annual event hosts some of the area's best craft, food, and beverage vendors. St. Nikolaus, the Christkind and Krampus have also been known to visit this beloved market.

The Grand Illumination

November 23 — 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Denver Union Station

The annual kick-off to the holidays is GRANDER than ever this year! Join Union Station as we light the building and our brand new 40 ft. tall outdoor Christmas tree, as well as launching the inaugural Denver Union Station Holiday Market with the Denver Flea. Complete with live music and holiday entertainment throughout the evening, this is one event you won't want to miss.

Visit with Santa

November 25 — 10:00am - 4:00pm
December 2 —10:00am - 4:00pm
December 9 —10:00am - 4:00pm
December 16 —10:00am - 4:00pm
December 23 —10:00am - 4:00pm
Denver Union Station

Ol' Saint Nick makes his annual trek from the North Pole to Union Station every Sunday starting November 25. Visits with Santa take place in the Great Hall and are free/open to the public. 

Carriage Rides in LoDo

1187 16th Street, Denver, CO

Take an enchanted ride through the streets of Lower Downtown courtesy of one of Denver’s oldest carriage operating services: Irish Rose Drafts. Their horse-drawn carriage rides are available on Friday and Saturday evenings; custom routes can be arranged with advanced notice.

Union Station Holiday Market by Denver Flea

November 23 – November 25, 2018
November 30 – December 2, 2018
December 7 – December 9, 2018
December 14 – December 16, 2018
Denver Union Station 

The Union Station Holiday Market by Denver Flea is a local shopping extravaganza that features a curated selection of artists and products. This year, the Denver Holiday Flea is coming to Denver Union Station for the first time ever. Like the Christkindl Market, it’s a great place to find unique gifts for everyone on your list. 

Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park

November 20 – February 3, 2019

Throw on your cold weather gear, lace up your skates, and enjoy an invigorating afternoon at The Rink at Skyline Park. This downtown rink is free to the public, with a $2 fee for skate rentals.

Winter Brew Fest

January 25 & 26, 2019
2027 West Lower Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 

The Winter Brew Fest in Denver celebrates craft beverages from around Colorado and the United States. Benefiting the Swallow Hill Music Association, this two-day event at the Mile High Station will include beers from over 40 breweries, plus live musical performances.