What to do in Denver When It's Cold outside
This weekend's cold snap has us getting in the holiday mood, so we thought we would round up some fun winter activities that will start soon in the Denver Area. Some of them require tickets and sell out fairly quickly.
Denver Rink at Skyline Park
It’s that time of year again — the downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park is set to reopen at 10 a.m. Nov. 20.
According to Denverite, This is the ninth season for this Denver tradition — your annual opportunity to laugh at your loved ones as they fall down. That’s what the holiday season is all about — a good fall.
Skating at the park is free. Skate rentals are $8 for adults and $6 for kids 12 and younger. Avid skaters can get a season skate-rental pass — $50 for adults and $35 for kids 12 and younger.
To kick off opening day, there will be remarks from vice president of Downtown Experience for the Downtown Denver Partnership Sharon Alton, Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks, executive director of Denver Parks and Recreation Happy Haynes and Downtown Denver Partnership chairman Mike Zoellner. Shortly after that, 50 Denver kids will get first-skate and the kick off what will also include a performance from the Denver Figure Skating Club.
Throughout the season the rink will have an eventful lineup, including DJs on Friday nights, skating with Santa, weekly “snow yoga,” free skating lessons and more.
“Each year, about 40,000 residents and visitors lace up and take to the ice,” Alton said in a press release. “The rink is a perfect addition to any downtown itinerary, ideal for a lunch-time break for our more than 133,000 downtown employees, a post-dinner treat for our 80,000 center city residents, and of course, a magical holiday experience for everyone who visits the center city.”
Blossoms of Light
The Gardens’ signature event for over three decades, this annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms our York Street location into a twinkling winter wonderland. With fresh and exciting new features, along with some fan favorites, this year’s display will be brighter and more expansive than ever before. Join us for this family-friendly event that has become a holiday tradition for thousands of Front Range families.
Find out more and buy tickets.
Zoo Lights celebrates its 28th year as one of Denver’s most beloved and popular holiday traditions. To protect the magic of the season tickets are limited by date and issued for a one-hour entry time window.
Most evenings sell out in advance and tickets will not be available at the door for evenings that sell out.
Use the ticket link below to select the date you wish to attend, one-hour time window you would like to enter within and customize your experience with the addition of a Souvenir Mug and Holospex Package or Zoo Lights Giraffe Encounter.
Find out more and buy tickets.
Colorado Ballet - Nutcracker
Colorado Ballet’s acclaimed Nutcracker, the largest in the state and named the best-loved Nutcracker in the U.S. in the 10th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award Contest, returns for its 58th year. Live music performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.
Performances sell out, so get your tickets early!
Looking for more ideas?
The New York Times just published 36 Hours in Denver, full of great activities + restaurant recommendations.
Thrillist Denver has Actually Cool Things To Do When Someone Visits Denver.
Denver Dweller has 50+ Things To Do With Kids in Denver in Winter.
Eater Denver has a great list of the Best Restaurants with Fireplaces in Denver + Boulder.
Of course, if you would like a personal recommendation, or if we can help you with anything else, please contact us.