Holidays in Denver

Things to Do for Christmas, NYE & Others

Holidays in Denver offer you the chance to spend time with family and enjoy some of the city's top events. You will find fun theater performances, sporting events, and so much more to do.

This list will help you found everything you need for your visit and to have the best possible experience you can in our gorgeous Mile High City!

Holidays in Denver

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New Year's Day

New Year's Day

You have picked a great city to spend your New Year's Day. It's one of the best holidays in Denver since you can relax, watch some football or go outside. It's a fun time to enjoy some of the snow and see Denver in a new way on the first day of the year.

Since New Year's Day is a national holiday, make sure to plan ahead as many events and attractions are closed. New Year's Day is on January 1st every year.

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day

This is one of the most romantic holidays in Denver since there are so many great choices in the Mile High City. Valentine's Day is also easy to remember since it is always February 14th (and trust me, you don't want to forget this one!). 

Spoil your sweetie with one of these romantic events include taking a horse and carriage ride around downtown Denver, going ice skating, or possibly getting a massage for two.

>> Fun things to do on Valentine's Day in the Mile High City

President's Day Weekend

President's Day Weekend

If you visit Denver during President's Day weekend, you are sure to love all the different events that you can choose from and experience. President's Weekend always falls on the third Monday in February.

Some of the museums allow free entrance all day, it is the final weekend for ice skating at Skyline Park, or you could see all kinds of furry babies at the Denver Dog show. 

Saint Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick's Day Denver

Saint Patrick's Day is always March 17th. This is not a national holiday but it may feel like it since there is so much to do and so many people are out partying it up. While some events are on the holiday, many of the largest events are usually the weekend before or after (unless Saint Patty's Day falls on a weekend).

Some of events include the St. Patrick's Day parade in Downtown Denver, the Proclamation ceremony specific to Denver only, and many other events. 


Easter Eggs

Easter is a favorite holiday for many people visiting Denver since there are so many events happening during the weekend. Easter holiday changes every year but usually occurs somewhere between late March and early April.

Some of the more inviting events include the Sunrise Service at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at the downtown aquarium, or one of the many Easter egg hunts. 

>> More Easter events for the entire family

Mother's Day

Mother's Day

Make sure to plan ahead so you can give mom lots of love and joy on this special day just for her. This holiday is always on the second Sunday in May and you can really spoil her during your stay.

Mom always loves flowers and Denver has a number of fantastic boutique flower stores where you can shop. You could take her to one of the many art museums in Denver, take her out to a lovely breakfast, or head out to one of the annual events.

>> Find my recommendations on how to spoil your mom on Mother's Day

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend in Denver

Memorial Day is always the last Monday in May and is a National Holiday. During your three-day weekend, you have plenty to choose from to fully experience the Mile High City.

Some of the classic things to do during Memorial Day in Denver include visiting Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park, attending a Memorial Day ceremony, or enjoying an outdoor concert.

>> Discover a full list of things to do on Memorial Day in the Mile High City

Father's Day

Father's Day

Make sure to enjoy the only holiday in June and to treat dad to a wonderful time that the whole family will enjoy. Father's Day is always third Sunday in June so make sure to plan ahead.

There are so many events it may be hard to choose. Highlights include renting a canoe at Chatfield or Cherry Creek and cruising around with him, taking him to the Father's Day Family Comedy Show at the Comedy Works, or making him feel like a King for the day at the Colorado Renaissance Fair.

>> This year's schedule of events on Father's Day

Fourth of July - Independence Day

Fourth of July

As the name states, this holiday is the Independence Day for the USA. It is always on the 4th of July and you are sure to see many patriotic events. There is also always a huge fireworks display to top it off at the end of the day.

It's one of the exciting holidays in Denver as there is SO much to do! Highlights include the Cherry Creek Art Festival, the Independence Eve Fireworks presented by Anadarko, and the Fireworks at Elitch Gardens and Water Park.

>> Find additional things to do on July Fourth in Denver

Labor Day: Holidays in Denver

Elitch Gardens Labor Day

Labor Day is always on the first Monday in September. There are lots of events going on in Denver during this weekend including a number of sporting events, outdoor concerts, theater performances, and more.

Some of the choices you have include the Rocky Mountain Showdown between rivals CU and CSU, A Taste of Colorado festival, and a fireworks show at Elitch Gardens.

>> Click here for a full list of fun things to do this Labor Day weekend


Halloween Parties and Pumpkins

Get ready to be scared during this very spooky holiday in Denver. Halloween always falls on October 31st so make sure to have your kid's costume ready to celebrate. If you are a kid at heart, make sure to have your own ready too!

As always, there is trick or treating for the little beasties (oppps, I mean kiddies), the annual Boo at the Zoo, concerts, 21+ costume parties and many different haunted houses.

Kids Events | Parties | All Halloween Activities

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving in Denver

Thanksgiving Day is a great time to enjoy some family time and to explore Denver! This is one of the holidays in Denver where you will find plenty of things to do.

Some of the best events include the lighting of Union Station, the City and County Building and of the Denver Botanic Gardens. This is also the time when a lot of sales and shopping events start for the holiday season.

>> Find a full list of fun things to do this holiday in Denver

Christmas Eve & Day

Christmas in Denver

Two of the most wonderful of the holidays in Denver include Christmas Eve which is always on December 24th. Christmas Day is on December 25th. These are both major holidays so plan accordingly and have fun with family and friends. 

Some of the favorites include the beautiful Zoo Lights where "animals" come alive with holiday lights, the humor of The Santaland Diaries, or the classic Nutcracker Ballet. Click the links below for details on all of this year's events.

Full Christmas Guide

Christmas Lights | Holiday Events | Where to See Santa

New Year's Eve

NYE Champagne

New Year's Eve is a national holiday and a time to enjoy the final day of the year. It's also a great time to party and have fun. Either way this is one of the holidays in Denver where we have you covered.

As you'd expect, there is always the amazing New Year's Eve fireworks show at the 16th Street Mall (9 pm and midnight) and the New Year's Eve countdown at Union Station. If you have kiddies with you, there is the Zoo Year's Eve which features a 9 p.m. countdown so the little ones can enjoy the festivities without having to stay up too late past their bedtimes. 

>> Where you can ring in the New Year in Denver

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