Holiday light shows are a great way to experience the holidays with friends and family. Denver is home to many free (and paid) ways to see holiday light displays. Most of the shows below are free, and we are also including three that are absolutely worth buying tickets for. We hope that everyone will enjoy the Denver holiday light shows, let us know your favorites!
Denver Zoo Lights
Denver Zoo lights with two million LED lights sparkling over 80 acres and delights around every corner, Zoo Lights is Denver’s wildest holiday gathering. Outdoor animal viewing during Zoo Lights is limited to cold-weather species such as Amur tiger, Bactrian camel, Przewaskli’s horse, and most of our pachyderms. But our Tropical Discovery building will be open, offering access to 1,800 animals—including fish, frogs, snakes, lizards, capybaras, and sloths—in a cozy indoor space. Available November 22–January 8, 2022 (you will need to buy tickets).
Botanic Gardens Blossom of Lights
The Gardens’ signature event for over three decades, this annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms our York Street location into a twinkling winter wonderland. Join us for this family-friendly event that has become a holiday tradition for thousands of Front Range families. In line with our core value of sustainability, all lights used in the event are LED. Nov. 19 – Jan. 8 (closed Nov. 25 and Dec. 25), 4:30-9 p.m. (you will need to buy tickets)
City and County of Denver Building featuring an interactive light show each night from November 25th to January 23rd. The shows will happen each night at 5:45 p.m. & 6:45 p.m. and last around 8 minutes.
Mile High tree on the 16th Street Mall at Welton Street features a light and music show. Admission is free, and it is open every night from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., November 19th through January 1st.
Cherry Creek North
Winter Wanderland features a canopy of more than half a million twinkling lights dressing hundreds of trees across 16 blocks. Guests can also experience the "domino effect", an interactive art installation featuring brightly lit dominos with their unique sound.
The free outdoor light show runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night through Monday, December 27th. The outdoor light show will feature interactive imagery and classic holiday music.
Enjoy the glow along Clear Creek path, Golden Visitors Center, Parfet Park, Washington Street Bridges, and South Golden Road from December 1st through February 15th.
Christmas in Color at Bandimere Speedway
Returning to Bandimere Speedway this holiday season is the Christmas in Color drive-thru light show! Load up your friends and family into the van (or car, or truck) and experience Christmas like never before. Drive through acres of more than 1.5 million lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music you’ll hear right through your radio. You’ll drive by giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways, and more. It’s like being immersed in another world. Open November 19, 2021 - January 2, 2022 (You will need to buy tickets).
Boulder's Snow Much Fun features Boulder's Pearl Street Mall and the Civic Area with thousands of lights and themed light displays. Additionally, enjoy hot chocolate, seasonal caroling, free train rides around the park, and more each Friday, December 3, 10, and 17th, from 5–7 p.m. in the Civic Park Plaza.
Flagstaff Mountain, a local tradition since 1947, features a lighted star. See the lights from November 11th through January 9th.
Winter Wonderlights is a free event featuring 100,000 lights, illuminated sculptures, and a live light show. Winter Wonderlights takes place in Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra from November 13th through January 2nd.
Westminster City Hall is adorned with thousands of colorful lights through the end of December.
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