Things to do in Denver this weekend

The big man himself. Parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016.

The big man himself. Parade of lights. Dec. 2, 2016.

(Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

By Cassidy Ritter, Special to Denverite

How is it already December? This year has managed to both fly by and drag on. 

If you’re planning to do some holiday shopping this weekend, there are plenty of makers markets and holiday bazaars taking place throughout the metro. Other happenings include Disney on Ice, Denver Zoo Lights, an ugly sweater 5K, the 9NEWS Parade of Lights and several new winter-themed painting classes. It’s also the last weekend to play a round of putt putt golf at Pixar Putt Denver at McGregor Square.

Want more things to do in Denver? Check out Kyle’s article about free things that are always available to do in the metro

 

Notes: Events with an * are taking place virtually or outdoors. 

 

Friday, Dec. 2

 

Just for fun

*Free Carriage Rides. The Orchard Town Center, 15697 Delaware St., Westminster. 4-8 p.m. Free.

Cultural First Friday: Holiday Market. Museo de Las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Dr. 5-9 p.m. No cover.

*Lights on Larimer. Larimer Square, 1430 Larimer St. 6-8 p.m. Free.

*Olde Golden Candlelight Walk. Parfet Park, 719 10th St., Golden. 6:30 p.m. Free. 

 

Comedy and theater

Melissa Villaseñor. Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village. 7:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $30.

Ben Roy. Denver Comedy Underground, 1400 N. Williams St. 8 p.m. $20 (includes free drink and pizza).

Chad & JT. Comedy Works Downtown, 1226 15th St. 9:45 p.m. $28. 

Top Secret Stand Up Comedy. Denver Comedy Underground, 1400 N. Williams St. 10 p.m. $15 (includes free drink and pizza).

 

Art, culture and media

Sweaty Wedding. Union Hall, 1750 Wewatta St. Noon-6 p.m. Free.

Class: Northern Lights Lake. Canvas and Cocktails, 8405 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree. 6:30 p.m. $45. 

HeART of the Holidays: Femmes to the Front First Friday Reception. Magpie Arts, 1428 Larimer St. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Advanced registration required.

Immersive Monet & The Impressionists. Lighthouse Artspace Denver, 3900 Elati St. Times vary. Starting at $29.99.

 

Eat and drink

Stranahan’s Snowflake Whiskey Festival. Stranahan’s Denver Distillery, 200 S. Kalamath St. Noon-2 a.m. No cover.

Ceviche Making Class. Toro Latin Kitchen & Lounge, 150 Clayton Lane. 4-4:30 p.m. $32.

SNOWDRIFT. Adrift Tiki Bar, 218 S. Broadway. 4 p.m.-midnight. No cover. 

 

Music and nightlife

*The Copper Children. Cherry Creek North – Fillmore Plaza, 105 N. Fillmore St. 5-8 p.m. Free.

DJ House Party. Denver Milk Market, 1800 Wazee St. 8-10 p.m. No cover.

 

Fitness and sports

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

Saturday, Dec. 3

 

Just for fun

Snow Days – Opening Day. Children’s Museum, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (members, children under 1), $15-17. Reservations recommended.

Holiday Market. Town Hall Collaborative, 525 Santa Fe Dr. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. 

Gay & Merry Market. Denver Milk Market, 1800 Wazee St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. No cover.

Who-ligan Holiday Entertainment. Denver Milk Market, 1800 Wazee St. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. No cover.

*Santa on the Square. Larimer Square, 1430 Larimer St. Noon-4 p.m. Free.

The Big HoliGay Bazaar Holiday Vendor Market. Denver Central Market, 2669 Larimer St. Noon-5 p.m. Free.

*9NEWS Parade of Lights. Two-mile route from Denver City & County Building to 15 and Glenarm streets, or watch on channel 9. 6-7 p.m. Free.

Comedy and theater

Chad & JT. Comedy Works Downtown, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $28. 

Ben Roy. Denver Comedy Underground, 1400 N. Williams St. 8 p.m. $20 (includes free drink and pizza).

Melissa Villaseñor. Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village. 9:45 p.m. $30.

Top Secret Stand Up Comedy. Denver Comedy Underground, 1400 N. Williams St. 10 p.m. $15 (includes free drink and pizza).

Art, culture and media

Class: Christmas Pup (new). Canvas and Cocktails, 8405 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree. 10 a.m. $35 (children ages 12 and under), $40 (adults). 

Sweaty Wedding. Union Hall, 1750 Wewatta St. Noon-6 p.m. Free.

Class: VW Christmas (new). Canvas and Cocktails, 8405 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree. 2 p.m. $35 (children ages 12 and under), $40 (adults). 

Class: Snowy Pine (new). Canvas and Cocktails, 8405 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree. 6:30 p.m. $45.

Lumonics Immersed. Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery, 800 E. 73 Ave., Unit 11. 8 p.m. $15-$25. 

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit. Lighthouse Denver, 3900 Elati St. Times vary. $34.99 (children ages 6-16), $54.99 (adults, general admission), $99.99 (VIP). Advanced registration required for timed entry.

Eats and drink

Stranahan’s Snowflake Whiskey Festival. Stranahan’s Denver Distillery, 200 S. Kalamath St. 8 a.m.-noon. No cover.

NEW CLASS: Young Chefs – Nailed It – Holiday Version. The Seasoned Chef, 999 Jasmine St. 10:30 a.m. $71.20.

SNOWDRIFT. Adrift Tiki Bar, 218 S. Broadway. 4 p.m.-midnight. No cover. 

Music and nightlife

*Daniel Wander and Wrenn & Ian. Cherry Creek North – Fillmore Plaza, 105 N. Fillmore St. 12:30-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Free.

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

Sports and fitness

Butterfly Pavilion Rainforest Yoga. Butterfly Pavilion,  6252 W. 104th Ave., Westminster. 8 a.m. $10 (non-members), $8 (members). Advanced registration required. 

*Ugly Sweater 5K. Left Hand Brewing Company, 1265 Boston Ave., Longmont. Starting at 10 a.m. $35 (5K, no shirt), $53 (5K with a shirt).

*Colorado Avalanche vs. Boston Bruins. Watch on Altitude. 5 p.m.

 

Sunday, Dec. 4

 

Just for fun

Holiday Bazaar – Denver Makers Market. Aspen Grove Littleton, 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton. Noon-6 p.m. Free.

*Free Carriage Rides. The Orchard Town Center, 15697 Delaware St., Westminster. 2-6 p.m. Free.

Art, culture and media

Class: Twinkle Snowman 10×30. Canvas and Cocktails, 8405 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree. Noon. $35 (children ages 12 and under), $40 (adults).

Foul Mouth Cross Stitch Sundays. Grandma’s House, 1710 S. Broadway. Noon-8 p.m. $5 (includes supplies).

Wreath Workshop. Magpie Art Gallery, 1428 Larimer St. 2-4 p.m. $95.

Class: Technicolor Christmas (new). Canvas and Cocktails, 8405 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree. 6:30 p.m. $40.

Immersive Monet & The Impressionists. Lighthouse Artspace Denver, 3900 Elati St. Times vary. Starting at $29.99.

Eat and drink

NEW CLASS: International Brunch. The Seasoned Chef, 999 Jasmine St. 10:30 a.m. $71.20.

Drag Queen Bingo Brunch. Milk Market, 1800 Wazee St. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. No cover.

Doll’s Tea Party 2022. The Oxford Hotel, 1600 17th St. 1:30 p.m. $50 (children 12 and younger), $70 (guests 13 and older). 

Music and nightlife

*LAPOME. Cherry Creek North – Fillmore Plaza, 105 N. Fillmore St. 1-4 p.m. Free.

Sports and fitness

*Denver Broncos vs. Baltimore Ravens. Watch on CBS or listen at 850 AM. 11 a.m. 

*Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans. Watch on Altitude or listen at 92.5 FM. 1:30 p.m. 

 

All Weekend

 

Just for fun

*Après Ski Holiday Market. Dairy Block Alley, 1800 Wazee St. 4-8 p.m. (Friday), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday). No cover.

*Cherry Creek Holiday Market. Cherry Creek North – Fillmore Plaza, 105 N. Fillmore St. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Friday and Saturday) and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sunday). Free.

*Denver Christkindl. Civic Center Park, 101 14th Ave. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Friday and Saturday) and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sunday). No cover.

Pixar Putt Denver. McGregor Square, 1901 Wazee St. 3-7 p.m. (Fridays), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Saturdays) and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sundays). $33. Advanced registration required for timed entry. 

Fair Trade Holiday Bazaar. First Mennonite Church of Denver, 430 W. 9th Ave. 4-7 p.m. (Friday), 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Saturday), 8:30 a.m.-noon (Sunday). No cover.

Downtown Lakewood Holiday BAZAAR. Belmar Plaza + Indoor Shopping Hall, 439 Upham St., Lakewood. 4-9 p.m. (Friday), noon-8 p.m. (Saturday) and noon-5 p.m. (Sunday). No cover, $20 (bottomless mimosas), $35 (drink token package).

The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience. Non Plus Ultra Venue, 3403 Brighton Blvd. 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. (Friday); 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (Saturday); and 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (Sunday). Prices vary.

*Luminova Holidays. Elitch Gardens Denver, 2000 Elitch Circle. 5-10 p.m. Prices vary. Advanced registration required for timed entry. 

*Denver Zoo Lights. Denver Zoo, 2900 E. 23rd Ave. 5:30-9 p.m. (Fridays and Saturdays), 5:30-8 p.m. (Sundays). $10-$15 (kids), $20-$25 (adults). Advanced registration required. 

ICE featuring a Charlie Brown Christmas. Gaylord Rockies, 6700 N. Gaylord Rockies Blvd., Aurora. Times vary. $24.99-$35.99. 

Comedy and theater

Disney on Ice: Road Trip Adventures. Ball Arena, 1000 Chopper Circle, or watch on Altitude. 7 p.m. (Friday), 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Saturday), 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (Sunday). Prices vary.

Art, culture and media

Apollo: When We Went to the Moon. Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $4 (members) $22.95-$27.95 (non-members). Advanced registration required for timed entry. 

Unseen Oceans. Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $4 (members) $22.95-$27.95 (non-members). Advanced registration required for timed entry. 

Dalí Alive. The Lume at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Friday and Saturday) and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sunday). Advanced registration required for timed entry.

Her Brush. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free (members and children ages 18 and younger), $12-$19.

Valart Pop Up. Dairy Block Alley, 1800 Wazee St. Noon-7 p.m. Free.

The Dirty South Exhibition. MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany St. Noon-9 p.m. (Fridays), noon-5 p.m. (Saturdays and Sundays). Free (children 18 and under), $7 (college students, teachers, military, seniors), $10 (adults and members).

*Denver Public Art Self-Guided and Virtual Tours. Various locations and online. Anytime. Free.

The Immersive Nutcracker – A Winter Miracle. Lighthouse ArtSpace Denver, 3900 Elati St. Times vary. $30. Advanced registration required for timed entry.

Eats and drinks

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

Sports and fitness

*Downtown Denver Rink. 1601 Arapahoe St. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Friday and Saturday), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sunday). Free (with your own skates), $9 (rentals for kids 12 and under), $11 (rentals for adults).