Things to do in Denver this weekend, Dec. 17-19

Light shows, It’s A Wonderful Life, and more holiday events and activities!

Saturday skating at Skyline Park, Dec. 10, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Saturday skating at Skyline Park, Dec. 10, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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By Cassidy Ritter

 

There are a plethora of light shows taking place across Denver this weekend. These shows range from Zoo Lights, Blossoms of Lights, and Lumonics Immersed to a new experience called Living Lights at the Butterfly Pavilion.

If you’re looking to attend a live performance this weekend, consider It’s a Wonderful Life, Elf in Concert, or Disney’s The Lion King. If you’re looking for more holiday happenings, check out this list from Maggie or read below.

Whatever you get up to this weekend, make it a good one, Denver! Don’t forget your mask.

 

Notes: Events with an * are taking place virtually. 

 

Friday 

 

Just for fun

The Big HoliGay Bazaar. Denver Milk Market, 1800 Wazee St. 4-10 p.m. No cover.

Makers Market. MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany St. 5-9 p.m. No cover. Advanced registration is required. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test required for entry.

Krampus: A Christmas Haunted House. 13th Floor Haunted House, 3400 52nd Ave. 7-10 p.m. Starting at $24.99.

 

Comedy and theater

Warren Miller 2021 Film Tour: Winter Starts Now. Evergreen Elks Lodge, 27972 Iris Dr., Evergreen. 6-9:30 p.m. $20. Advanced registration required.

Ian Bagg. Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village. 7:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $28. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test required for entry.

A Christmas Carol. Denver Center for the Performing Arts at the Wolf Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 7:30 p.m. $40-100. Proof of vaccination required for guests 12 and older, negative COVID-19 test or vaccination required for children under 12.

Disney’s The Lion King. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $35-175.

Sam Jay. Comedy Works Downtown, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $28.  Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test required for entry.

Denver Comedy Underground: Derrick Stroup. 1400 N. Williams St. 8 p.m. $10-35. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test required for entry.

 

Art, culture and media

Matter of Time. Walker Fine Art, 300 W. 11th Ave. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

Zona Rosa. K Contemporary, 1412 Wazee St. Noon-6 p.m. Free.

Voices of the Desert. Union Hall, 1750 Wewatta St. Noon-6 p.m. Free.

In-Studio and Online: Snowfall Dream. Canvas and Cocktails, 6862 S. University Blvd., Centennial. 6:30 p.m. $20 (online, plus cost of materials), $40 (in-studio).

In-Studio and Online: Champagne Supernova. Canvas and Cocktails, 8405 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree. 6:30 p.m. $20 (online, plus cost of materials), $45 (in-studio).

 

Music and nightlife

Bourbon Bar & Live Music Series. The Oxford Hotel, 1600 17th St. 5-7 p.m. No cover.

Clay Rose & Adam Perry. Number 38, 3560 Chestnut Place. 6-8 p.m. No cover. Proof of vaccination required.

8th Annual Little Red Dress Party. 4141 E. 35th Ave. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. $15-800.

Arlo McKinley. The Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $20 (in advance), $25 (day of). Proof of vaccination required for entry.

Wenzday. Temple Denver, 1136 Broadway. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $15. Proof of vaccination required for entry.

 

 

Sports and fitness

*Denver Nuggets vs. Atlanta Hawks. Watch on ATL or listen at 92.5 FM. 5:30 p.m. 

*Colorado Mammoth vs. Panther City Lacrosse Club. Watch on ESPN+ or Altitude2. 6:30 p.m. 

 

Saturday

 

Just for fun

Belleview Station Holiday Bazaar. Belleview Station, 6785 E. Chenango Ave. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. No cover.

Ujamaa Market. Jeff’s Cultural Center, 2836 Welton St. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. No cover.

Photos with Santa. Dairy Block Alley, 1800 Wazee St. Noon-3 p.m. Free.

MJ Mansion Holiday Gift Show. Marijuana Mansion, 1244 N. Grant St. 1-7 p.m. $20.

Krampus: A Christmas Haunted House. 13th Floor Haunted House, 3400 52nd Ave. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Starting at $24.99.

 

Comedy and theater

A Christmas Carol. Denver Center for the Performing Arts at the Wolf Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $40-100. Proof of vaccination required for guests 12 and older, negative COVID-19 test or vaccination required for children under 12.

Disney’s The Lion King. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35-175.

It’s a Wonderful Life. Denver’s Visionbox Studio at McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 6 p.m. $30 (general admission), $75 (producer’s circle), $450 (producer’s circle table).

Ian Bagg. Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village. 7:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $28. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test required for entry.

Sam Jay. Comedy Works Downtown, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $28.  Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test required for entry.

Denver Comedy Underground: Derrick Stroup. 1400 N. Williams St. 8 p.m. $10-35. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test required for entry.

 

Art, culture and media

In-Studio and Online: Hogwarts. Canvas and Cocktails, 8405 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree. 10 a.m. $20 (online, plus cost of materials), $35 (in-studio, children ages 12 and under), $40 (in-studio, adults).

Matter of Time. Walker Fine Art, 300 W. 11th Ave. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

Zona Rosa. K Contemporary, 1412 Wazee St. Noon-6 p.m. Free.

Voices of the Desert. Union Hall, 1750 Wewatta St. Noon-6 p.m. Free.

Distortions Monster World – 1 Year Anniversary. Distortions Monster World, 500 16th Street Mall. Noon-9 p.m. $18.

In-Studio and Online: Winter Sunset. Canvas and Cocktails, 6862 S. University Blvd., Centennial. 6:30 p.m. $20 (online, plus cost of materials), $40 (in-studio).

Lumonics Immersed. Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery, 800 E. 73rd Ave. 8-10:30 p.m. $20. Proof of vaccination required.

 

Eats and drinks

Hops & Pie’s Christmas Beer Fest. Hops & Pies, 3920 Tennyson St. Noon-11 p.m. No cover.

Blanchard Anniversary Party. Blanchard Family Wines, 1855 Blake St. 7-10 p.m. $30 (reservation, per person).

 

Music and nightlife

Free Gift Wrapping Party with the Original Dickens Carolers. Number 38, 3560 Chestnut Place. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. No cover. Proof of vaccination required.

The Jingle Belles: Holiday Carolers. Dairy Block, 1800 Wazee St. 1-3 p.m. Free.

Elf in Concert. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $20-94. Proof of vaccination required for entry.

John Craigie and Hunter Burnette. The Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $23 (in advance), $26 (day of). Proof of vaccination required for entry.

Hip-Hop Holidaze Party. Temple Denver, 1136 Broadway. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $12 (if you bring a toy), $15 (general admission). Proof of vaccination required for entry.

AfroVibes Saturday. Agave Shore, 2736 Welton St. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. No cover.

 

Sports and fitness

Latin Dance Class con Carmen Duran. Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora. 10 a.m. $6.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Tampa Bay Lightning. Ball Arena, 1000 Chopper Circle. Watch on ATL. 7 p.m. Prices vary. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test required for entry.

 

Sunday

 

Just for fun

Santa at the Station. Denver Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (first-come, first-serve), $50 (express pass, includes ornament, advanced purchase required).

Belleview Station Holiday Bazaar. Belleview Station, 6785 E. Chenango Ave. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. No cover.

Ujamaa Market. Jeff’s Cultural Center, 2836 Welton St. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. No cover.

MJ Mansion Holiday Gift Show. Marijuana Mansion, 1244 N. Grant St. 1-9 p.m. $20.

 

Comedy and theater

Cherry Creek Dance Center: Nutcracker Performance. Dairy Block Alley, 1800 Wazee St. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

Disney’s The Lion King. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $35-175.

A Christmas Carol. Denver Center for the Performing Arts at the Wolf Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $40-100. Proof of vaccination required for guests 12 and older, negative COVID-19 test or vaccination required for children under 12.

Holiday Roast. Comedy Works Downtown, 1226 15th St. 7 p.m. $14.  Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test required for entry.

 

Art, culture and media

In-Studio and Online: Snowball Fight. Canvas and Cocktails, 6862 S. University Blvd., Centennial. 2 p.m. $20 (online, plus cost of materials), $30 (children, in-studio), $35 (adults, in-studio, includes one free drink).

Goatflix & Chill: A Charlie Brown Christmas. RMGY Studio, 5555 W. Evans Ave. 6-8 p.m. $15. Advanced registration recommended.

In-Studio and Online: Full Moon Reflection. Canvas and Cocktails, 8405 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree. 6:30 p.m. $20 (online, plus cost of materials), $40 (in-studio).

In-Studio and Online: Winter Walk. Canvas and Cocktails, 6862 S. University Blvd., Centennial. 6:30 p.m. $20 (online, plus cost of materials), $35 (in-studio).

 

Eats and drinks

Drag Bingo Brunch. Dairy Block Alley, 1800 Wazee St. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. No cover.

Hops & Pie’s Christmas Beer Fest. Hops & Pies, 3920 Tennyson St. Noon-9 p.m. No cover.

 

Music and nightlife

The Jingle Belles: Holiday Carolers. Dairy Block, 1800 Wazee St. 1-3 p.m. Free.

Elf in Concert. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 2:30 p.m. $20-94. Proof of vaccination required for entry.

Bluegrass Jams. Seedstock Brewery, 3600 W. Colfax Ave. 5-7 p.m. Free.

8 Figure Pop Up Fashion & Music Experience. Temple Denver, 1136 Broadway. 5-7 p.m. $15-200. Proof of vaccination required for entry.

L.A. Witch. The Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $22 (in advance), $25 (day of). Proof of vaccination required for entry.

 

Sports and fitness

Christmas Sweater 5K. Washington Park or virtually. 9 a.m. $40-55.

Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals. Empower Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St. Watch on CBS or listen at 850 AM or 94.1 FM. 2:05 p.m. Prices vary.

*Denver Nuggets vs. Brooklyn Nets. Watch on ATL or NBA TV, or listen at 92.5 FM. 5:30 p.m. 

 

All weekend

 

Just for fun

Cherry Creek North Winter Wanderland. Cherry Creek North, 2401 E. 2nd Ave. All day. Free.

Cherry Creek Holiday Market. Fillmore Plaza at Cherry Creek North, between 1st and 2nd avenues. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Friday and Saturday) and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. No cover.

Camp Christmas. Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park, 801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $8-25.

2nd Annual Après Ski Holiday Market. Dairy Block, 1800 Wazee St. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. No cover.

Denver Christkindlmarkt. Civic Center Park, 101 W. 14th Ave. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free.

Olde Town Arvada Holiday Makers Market. Olde Town Arvada, 7307 Grandview Ave., Arvada. 4-8 p.m. (Fridays) and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday). No cover.

Downtown Lakewood Holiday Bazaar. Belmar Plaza + Indoor Shopping Hall, 439 S. Teller St., Lakewood. 4-10 p.m. (Friday), noon-8 p.m. (Saturday), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sunday). No cover.

Blossoms of Lights. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. 4:30-9 p.m. $18 (non-member children ages 3-15), $19 (members and non-member seniors), $21 (non-member adults).

Trail of Lights. Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton. 5-8:30 p.m. Free (children 2 and under), $10 (child member), $13 (adult member, senior, student, military or child ages 3-15), $15 (adult). Advanced registration required.

December Delights. Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St. 5-10 p.m. (Friday and Saturday) and 5-9 p.m. (Sunday). $10-16.

Denver Zoo Lights. Denver Zoo, 2900 E. 23rd Ave. 5-10 p.m. (Friday and Saturday) and 5-9 p.m. (Sunday). $15-25. Advanced registration required.

Luminova Holidays. Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Circle. 5-10 p.m. $35. Advanced registration required.

Franktown Festival of Lights. 575 N. White Tail Dr., Franktown. 5-10 p.m. Free (donations welcomed).

Living Lights. Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W. 10th Ave., Westminster. 5:40-9 p.m. $10 (children, members), $11 (seniors, members), $12 (children, non-members), $13 (seniors, non-members), $15 (adults, members), $20 (adults, non-members).

JAAMM Festival. Online and in-person, location varies by event. Time varies by event. Cost varies.

Haunted Holiday Mansion. Marijuana Mansion, 1244 N. Grant St. Times vary. $35 (30-minute tour), $60 (1-hour tour).

 

Comedy and theater

Winter Tales. Factory Five Five, 10255 E. 25th Ave., Aurora. 10 a.m. (Saturdays) and 1 p.m. (Sundays). $8 (in advance), $12 (at the door).

 

Art, culture and media

Seeing the Invisible. Denver Botanic Garden, 1007 York St. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free (children 2 and under, members), $11 (children 3-15 and students), $11.50 (military and seniors), $15 (adults). Advanced registration required.

The Indelible Garden. Denver Botanic Garden, 1007 York St. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free (children 2 and under, members), $11 (children 3-15 and students), $11.50 (military and seniors), $15 (adults). Advanced registration required.

Fervor: Ana María Hernando. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free-$15. Advanced registration required.

Survival of the Slowest. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Friday) and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday-Monday). Free (members), $14.95-19.95 (non-members). Advanced tickets required for timed entry.

Convergence Station. Meow Wolf Denver, 1338 1st St. 10 a.m.-midnight. (Friday and Saturday), 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sunday). $40-45.

The Denver Art Tour. Denver Central Market, 2669 Larimer St. 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Free (children five and younger), $40 (ages 6-11), $45 (12 and up).

Jason Moran: Bathing the Room with Blues. MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany St. Noon-5 p.m. (Friday), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday). $20 (members), $25 (non-members). Advanced registration required.

Memory Mirror. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free-$13. Advanced registration recommended for timed entry.

Earth Illuminated. Denver Pavilions, 500 16th Street Mall. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Monday-Saturday) and noon-6 p.m. (Sunday). Free-$25. Advanced ticketing recommended for timed entry.

Deborah Roberts: I’m. MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany St. Noon-5 p.m. (Friday), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday). $20 (members), $25 (non-members). Advanced registration required.

Brighter Than Love. Dairy Block Alley, 1800 Wazee St. Noon-7 p.m. (Friday-Saturday), noon-5 p.m. (Sunday). Free.

*Kirkland Museum. Online. Anytime. Free.

*Gardens Navigator. Denver Botanic Gardens, online. Anytime. Free.

*Sie FilmCenter Virtual Cinema. Sie FilmCenter, online. Anytime. $13.

 

Eats and drinks

Miracle at Denver Union Station. 1701 Wynkoop St. 4-11:30 p.m. (Friday) and 2 p.m.-midnight. (Saturday and Sunday). $2 (deposit). Advanced registration required.

*Cooking on Demand. The Seasoned Chef, online. Anytime. $35.

*Cooking School at Home. Stir Cooking School, online. Anytime. $25.

 

Music and nightlife

*Dazzle Online Stage Performances. Online. Anytime. Free.

 

Sports and fitness

Downtown Denver Rink. 1601 Arapahoe St. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Friday and Saturday) and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sunday). $7-9 (rentals).

Beyond: Guided Meditation & Laser Light Experience. The International Church of Cannabis, 400 S. Logan St. Noon-8 p.m. (starts every 20 minutes past the hour). $10-25.

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