Denver Christmas Guide 2017

Our Denver Christmas Guide includes the best things to do this holiday in the Mile High City. It covers theater performances, where to grab dinner with your family, and what attractions are open.

You'll find suggestions for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Read on for our recommended fun activities happening this holiday season.

Denver Christmas Guide

Grand Illumination & Other Christmas Lights

Twinkling Christmas lights make it easy to get into the holiday spirit. So if you're getting caught up in the holiday rush,  take a break on Christmas Eve or Day to enjoy the serene beauty of lighting displays around Denver.

>> Additional details on what you can see both nights in Denver

Christmas Eve

Our Denver Christmas Guide offers plenty of fun things to do on Christmas Eve. Whether you want to spend time with your family or try something new, these are our top picks.

Dinner Recommendations

Christmas Eve Dinner

Our Denver Christmas Guide includes the following dinner recommendations for Christmas Eve. Make sure to make your reservations early as tables book up early! 

  • Blue Agave Grill, 1201 16th Street, Downtown
  • Chart House Restaurant, 25908 Genesee Trail Road, Golden
  • Chowder Room, 560 S. Broadway, Washington Park West
  • Departure Restaurant + Lounge, 249 Columbine Street in Cherry Creek
  • Maggiano's at the Denver Pavilions, 500 16th Street on the 16th Street Mall
  • McCormick and Schmick's Seafood, 8100 East Union Avenue, Denver Tech Center
  • McCormick's Fish House, 1659 Wazee, Downtown/LoDo
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House, 707 15th Street, Downtown

You can make reservations for these and other restaurants on OpenTable.com.

Colorado Ballet's 'The Nutcracker'

Time: 1 p.m. at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Christmas Eve is your last chance to see the Colorado Ballet's beautiful production of "The Nutcracker." Treat yourself and family to what has become a decades-long tradition in Denver.

>> Find ticketing information and more details on attending a performance

A Christmas Carol

Times: 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Stage Theatre

If you're feeling like a Scrooge on Christmas Eve, "A Christmas Carol" will warm your heart. The Stage Theatre's musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic is a popular Denver tradition.

Waitress

Time: 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. at the Buell

Waitress is a story about Jenna, a small town waitress and pie maker that dreams of a different life. She's in a loveless marriage and is unhappy with the way her life has turned out. She decides to enter a pie baking contest in the neighboring town. While she is there, she meets the town's new doctor. Will the new doctor provide her with the life she has always wanted? Will she have the courage to change? Find out this Christmas Eve in Denver.

Santaland Diaries

Times: 2 and 7 p.m. at The Jones

Find out what sacrifices author and humorist David Sedaris had to make during his time as a Macy's Christmas elf in New York City. You'll never view elves the same way!

>> Find additional details and a full calendar of theater performances in Denver

Christmas Eve Attraction Schedules

Most of Denver's major attractions are open Christmas Eve, but many close early so their employees can head home for the holiday.

However, if you plan to visit, arrive in the morning to ensure you have enough time to see everything before closing time.

Denver Christmas Guide

Our Denver Christmas Guide includes a handful of fun things to do on Christmas Day. You can enjoy some shopping, get ideas on where to enjoy a family meal, and check out a few events happening that day.

Dinner Recommendations

Christmas Dinner

Our Denver Christmas Guide also offers a list of the best places to enjoy dinner on Christmas Day. These are just a few of the top places open on December 25.

  • The Capital Grille, 1450 Larimer Street, Downtown
  • Chart House Restaurant, 25908 Genesee Trail Road, Golden
  • Departure Restaurant + Lounge, 249 Columbine Street, Cherry Creek
  • McCormick & Schmick's Seafood, 8100 East Union Avenue, DTC
  • McCormick's Fish House, 1659 Wazee, Downtown/LoDo
  • Sonoma'z Wine Bar & Grill, 10345 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree

Attractions Open on Christmas Day

Two popular Denver attractions are open Christmas Day. The first is the Denver Zoo. The animals need to be cared for everyday, thus the zoo is open. Visiting the zoo is a fun way to spend time with your family while learning more about the colorful animals. It's open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Downtown Aquarium is also open Christmas Day. The animals that call the aquarium home also need daily care, so it's open even on major holidays. This is another great family-friendly activity for this special holiday.

Shopping on Christmas Day

If you plan to do a little shopping on Christmas Day, a few places are open. For instance, the Denver Pavilions along the 16th Street Mall will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Some shops will vary their hours, but most will be open around this time.

A few other shops and restaurants along the 16th Street Mall will be open, too. It's a fun time to shop for bargains and when the stores are less crowded.

Southwest Rink at Skyline Park

The Southwest Rink at Skyline Park lies just a few steps off the 16th Street Mall. This ice skating rink is open throughout the holidays including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. You can skate on both days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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