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Denver Sparkles with Holiday Cheer and Joy for All

Get ready for a jolly December in Denver! Don your festive hats and rally your friends and family for a festive exploration of Denver's December activities! Check out the merry mix of holiday activities highlighted below, and make sure you check the OSE Special Event Calendar for all the exciting details to make your season extra special!

Holiday Light & Music Show: Now through Jan. 21

Nightly at 5:45pm & 6:45pm except on Mondays, Dec 2, and Dec 21.

City & County Building

Christkindlmarket: Now through Dec. 23

Sun - Wed, 11am - 7pm

Thurs - Sat, 11am - 9pm

Dec 17 - 23, 11am - 9pm

Civic Center Park

Mile High Tree: Now through Dec. 31

Everyday 5 - 10pm

Except for Dec 2 & Dec 21, 7 - 10pm

Civic Center Park

Downtown Denver Rink: Now through Feb. 11

Open daily, hours vary.

Skyline Park, 1601 Arapahoe St.

Hours vary, 1209 West 36th Avenue.

8pm - Midnight, 16th St. Mall.

Firework shows will occur at 9 pm and midnight!

City of Denver's Giving Tree Campaign

Donations of new and like new warming and hygiene items can be made online and in person, now through December 22nd! All donations will be distributed by the Denver Human Services’ (DHS) GIVE Center, which provides free, essential services and items to Denver residents in need, including families, foster youth and people experiencing homelessness.


Donations can be made through Giving Tree wish lists found on and Items will be delivered to DHS GIVE Center.


Donations can be made in person at City buildings including Central Park, Wash Park, and Carla Madison Recreation Centers.

More Holiday Markets

Enjoy delicious food and drink and find unique holiday gifts for everyone on your list at these fun and fabulous holiday markets. Before attending, we recommend confirming the hours of operation and other details on market websites - links below. There are many holiday markets taking place throughout Denver; the markets included in this newsletter are those that take place on public property and work with the Office of Special Events.

Cherry Creek Holiday Market: Now through Dec. 24

Hours vary, Fillmore Plaza.

11am - 5pm, S Newport St and E Chenango Ave.

2 - 6pm, Welton Street.

11am - 5pm, 2350 Arapahoe Street.

Firefly Market: Dec. 9 & 10

Dec. 9 at 11am - 4pm

Dec. 10 at 10am - 4pm

1000 block of S Gaylord Street.

December Runs & Walks

Runs and walks happen all year round and can have significant impacts on Denver communities. Whether you want to join in or avoid the traffic, check out the holiday run info below.

9 - 11:30am, Washington Park.

9 - 11:30am, Sloan's Lake.

Ugly Sweater 5K: Dec. 17

9 - 11am, Washington Park.

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