Denver Christmas Guide 2019

Events, Activities & More Fun Holiday Things to Do

Our Denver Christmas Guide 2019 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

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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.

You will find some of our historic buildings such as Union Station and the City and County Building with lights on display. You will also find some nice lights displays at top attractions such as the Botanic Gardens and the Denver Zoo.

>> 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

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

Escape to Margaritaville

Times: 2 p.m. at the Buell Theatre

This high energy Broadway musical features the classic tunes of Jimmy Buffet. It follows the story of Tully, a part-time singer and bartender, that works at Margaritaville, which is a small, rundown bar and hotel on an island in the Caribbean. 

Tammy and her friend Rachel are best friends that decide to visit Margaritaville shortly before Tammy marries. Tully falls in love with Rachel, even though she is a career focused woman and the two have nothing in common.

The story follows what happens after Tammy and Rachel spend a week at the resort, which changes both of their lives. 

Goodnight Moon

Time: 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. at the Randy Weeks Conservatory Theater

See the transition of this popular kids book to the stage this Christmas Eve in Denver.

It's the story of Bunny, who likes to wish many of her toys and stuffed animals goodnight before bed every night. Bunny's routine also includes wishing the moon goodnight before falling asleep.

This family-friendly show runs twice on Christmas Eve.

>> 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

Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center

The Denver Nuggets play at home on Christmas Day in Denver. They take on the New Orleans Pelicans at 8:30 p.m. The game is at the Pepsi Center in downtown Denver. 

Click the link below for ticketing details.

>> Learn more about attending a Nuggets game in Denver

Downtown Aquarium

The Downtown Aquarium is 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.

They are open from 11am to 7pm this day.

Denver Botanic Gardens Blossoms of Light

The Denver Botanic Gardens will also be open on Christmas for their Blossoms of Light display. This event is at their 1007 York Street location.

Stroll through their gorgeous holiday lights display between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Christmas night. In addition to the lights display, you can also grab dinner, some warm drinks, holiday treats, and a reusable mug.

This year's lights display will be bigger than ever, so don't miss out! It runs from November 29 - January 3.

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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