Nov 16, 2023 - Things to Do

Denver weekend events: Christkindlmarket, Blossoms of Light and more

A traditional German Santa Claus — aka St. Nicholas. Photo: Courtesy of Denver Christkindlmarket

This weekend in Denver: Shop at a German-inspired market, attend a film festival showcasing disabled artists or see holiday lights at the botanic gardens.

🎄 1. Denver Christkindlmarket

Shop for handcrafted gifts and dive into German food and culture at the Denver Christkindlmarket.

What's happening: For the next few weeks, Civic Center Park has been transformed into an authentic German-style market with local and European food, crafts and gift vendors.

Why it matters: The market was voted the third-best in the country by USA Today last year and is nominated again this year.

Dates: Friday–Dec. 23

Hours: 11am–7pm Sunday–Wednesday; 11am–9pm Thursday–Saturday; Festival Hall open until 10pm Thursday–Saturday

Location: Civic Center Park

🎞️ 2. ReelAbilities Film Festival

  • Held at the JCC Mizel Arts & Culture Center, this event is designed to showcase the stories of people with disabilities. The festival includes 13 films and shorts along with programming from local nonprofits that highlight work from disabled artists. Tickets.
  • Dates: Friday–Nov. 19
  • Cost: Individual showings start at $6.50; all-access passes start at $22

🎤 3. Dane Cook

  • The stand-up comedian and actor will take the stage at Bellco Theatre at 8pm Friday. Tickets start at $45.

✨ 4. Blossoms of Light

  • Enjoy the holiday lights at Denver Botanic Gardens on York Street from Friday until Jan. 7, 2024. In addition to viewing the lights, guests can grab a snack or warm drink at Offshoots Café and the Hive Garden Bistro. Tickets.
  • Cost: $18/$22 for children/adults (members) and $21/$25 for children/adults (non-members)
  • Hours: 4:30–9pm

🎶 5. Pentatonix

🎁 6. Cherry Creek Holiday Market

  • Head to Cherry Creek for over 30 days of holiday shopping and entertainment, featuring 40-plus vendors. New to the market this year is Mistletoe Lounge, a space with a full bar, live music and holiday crafts and activities. Free.
  • Dates: Friday–Dec. 24

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