In the dark of winter, there’s nothing quite like a show of lights to brighten everyone’s spirit. Whether it’s a brilliant display that sparkles across acres of property or just a string of lights on a neighbor’s house, it’s sure to bring a smile.
If you are looking for ways to shed light on the season, there are wonderful opportunities all over the metro area. Here are a few to consider:
Parade of Lights: Bundle up the kids and bring them downtown to see giant, helium-filled balloons shaped as characters, marching bands, floats, and best of all, Santa bringing the parade to a fun close. As the illuminated floats bring sparkle to the dark winter night, you’ll see your kids’ eyes light up, as well. Dec. 4, 6 p.m., throughout downtown.
Blossoms of Light: By day, the attractions at the Denver Botanic Gardens are the many beautiful plants arranged artistically by master gardeners. By night, though, during the holiday season, the plants are overshadowed by amazing light arrangements decorating trees and other foliage throughout. The display is always stunning. Nov. 19-Jan. 8, Denver Botanic Gardens; timed tickets required.
Zoo Lights: With more than a million lights spread across 80 acres, you have to wonder how the animals sleep. Still, humans have been enjoying this display for 30 years. See lights arranged in animal shapes and as dazzling as any array in the city.
City and County of Denver Annual Holiday Lighting: With bright pastel lights focused on its facade, the illuminated City and County Building has been a Denver tradition for more than 50 years. The good news is that there’s plenty of time to see the display: The lights remain in place until the end of the National Western Stock Show in January. Nov. 24-Jan. 23, 2022.
The Mile High Tree: When this attraction debuted last year, a new tradition was born! Visitors enter the seven-story, 39-foot diameter “conical structure” and enjoy various songs timed to the tree’s light display. According to Denver.org, “it’s the largest installation of its kind in North America.” Nov. 20-Jan. 2, on the 16th Street Mall at Welton Street, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. most Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and some Sundays.
Luminova Holidays: This immersive event debuts this year at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park. Visitors will find 3 million lights, along with a 65-foot tall Christmas tree, a 25-foot tall snowman, a candy cane tunnel, train rides “for the kids”, and Santa and his elves. The event website encourages visitors to “see the lights from high above on the Ferris Wheel while sipping hot cocoa, listen to the holiday cheer of the strolling carolers, and enjoy some of your favorite Elitch Gardens rides.” Nov. 24-Jan. 2, 2022.