Now that Thanksgiving is over, the wave of holiday-related events begins with new lighting extravagances, seasonal theater shows, and small business Saturday deals (see our list here).
Check out our list of the fifteen best free events in town here, and read on to find events this weekend that are worth the price of admission:
A very happy Scientology pageant for unauthorized children
Saturday, November 27th, 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 28th, 2:00 pm
Aurora Fox Art Center, 9900 East Colfax Avenue
If you saw A Christmas song A million times (and for a lot of classic Christmas pieces) the satirical musical A very happy Scientology pageant for unauthorized children is a slightly broken retelling of L. Ron Hubbard’s life story that details some of the more incredible myths of Dianetics. Find out everything you always wanted to know about Xenu, the mysterious E-Meter and the immortal thetans. It’s not really for kids so call a babysitter; For information and tickets for performances Thursday through Sunday (December 18 through December 18), $ 15-40, please visit here.
Saturday, November 27th, 8 p.m.
14er Brewery, 3120 Blake Street
It’s Dickens. Drunk. Audacious Theater lives up to its name with this fun production that will be repeated in a different brewery this coming weekend. Get tickets for $ 15 (with a cratchit option for those who are broke) and find out more here.
South Pole: The Cave of the Yuletide Villains
Saturday, November 27th and Sunday, November 28th, 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, November 30th, 9:00 p.m.
Headquarters, 60 South Broadway
It’s the weekend after Thanksgiving and you’re already feeling like you’re dead? Include the holidays at South Pole: The Cave of the Yuletide Villains, a pop-up bar / art installation / performance that transports audiences into the old pagan parallel universe of the North Pole, the South Pole, where all the Christmas villains hang out while sipping themed cocktails over cured meats and desserts. Thank you very much! The event lasts well into December on select dates and admission is $ 50 for a two-seat table; register and find out more here.
Until Sunday, January 2nd, 5pm to 10pm
Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Circle
Are you looking for something else in the holiday lighting category? Elitch Gardens is set to shine this season with the arrival of Luminova, a three million lightbulb display that includes a 65-foot tall Christmas tree, as well as a giant snowman and larger-than-life ornaments and gift boxes. Visitors can also stroll through a candy cane tunnel lit by glowing lights, enjoy limited rides at amusement parks, play a game of light ascension, and talk to old Saint Nick and his elves. Entry is $ 24.99 to $ 34.99; Tickets and details are available here.
A Hudson Christmas
Until December 31, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (selected nights)
Hudson Gardens, 6115 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton
After a two-year hiatus, Hudson Gardens is again hosting the A Hudson Christmas light show, celebrating the return with more lights on more trees – towering trees, dancing trees, and just beautiful trees in rainbow colors – and giant snowmen. a curved tunnel of light, glittering reindeer and more. Tickets are $ 12 to $ 20 (children under three have free entry) and must be purchased online here in advance.
Light trail at Chatfield Farms
Until January 2nd, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Chatfield Farms, 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton
The Denver Botanic Gardens will illuminate their Chatfield Farm with LED lights along the path through the Green Farm, Crossroads, Deer Creek Discovery Children’s Play Area, and the Hildebrand Ranch Homestead from the 1880s. Special features include synchronous music in the children’s play area, singing Christmas trees, illuminated antique and model tractors as well as hot drinks, nuts and kettle corn for sale. Tickets are $ 15 for adults, $ 10 for children and members; get all the details here.
Zoo Lights: A toast to love, 125 years and beyond
Open to members now, open to the public from December 4th to January 2nd from 5pm to 10pm
Denver Zoo, 2350 Steele Street
To celebrate the Denver Zoo’s 125th anniversary, this year’s Zoo Lights extravaganza has been spiced up with new installations and portable bars serving Christmas craft cocktails. nightly ice carving demos have returned. While zoo animal viewing is limited to indoor habitats and a few hardy outdoor beasts, chances are, people are primarily staring at the lights. Admission ranges from $ 15 to $ 25 online here.
Flowers of light
Until January 8th from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., except Thanksgiving and Boxing Day
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street
Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanic Gardens is a real beauty: a wonderland flashing with millions of LED lights in colors that rival the beauty of the botanical attraction’s summer flowers. Perfect for Christmas light nerds of all ages, one of the best reasons in town to keep the little ones up late on a frosty winter night sipping hot chocolate is one of the best reasons to do this. And don’t miss the new 60m long and 5m high tunnel of animated lights that lines the O’Fallon Perennial Walk. Find information and tickets here for time-limited admission between $ 16-21.
Cirque Dreams Holidayze
Until January 2nd
Gaylord Rockies Resort, 6700 North Gaylord Rockies Boulevard, Aurora
Have a fun, acrobatic vacation with Cirque Dreams Holidaze, just one of the many vacation attractions the Gaylord Rockies has to offer – and one of the few that will please generations of audiences with its classic, cirque-style Christmas themes. Tickets start at $ 29 and go fast; get yours here.
Until January 2nd
Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park, 801 South Yarrow Street, Lakewood
Immersive master Lonnie Hanzon outdid himself to bring Camp Christmas, formerly an indoor affair, to life in a six acre outdoor setting. But he’s had a lot of experience in the past with outdoor Christmas exhibitions, at Hudson Gardens, the Houston Zoo, and even Denver’s Parade of Lights. Camp Christmas, a collaboration with the Denver Center for Performing Arts off-center, is a different type of Christmas display: it has a campy personality that dictates displays such as pun trees, a glamping Santa, emotional baggage control, and drag queen tours . There is also a bar for a fairy queen! See for yourself; Check out the schedule (hours vary) and get tickets between $ 8 and $ 25 here (with optional add-ons).
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