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2014 Holiday Events in Denver

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means the holiday season is, too! Get into the spirit with these 10 upcoming events and attractions—everything from light displays and plays to shopping and Santa. 

The Nutcracker (Fri., Nov. 28-Sun., Nov. 30) America’s favorite ballet is brought to life by the Boulder Ballet and Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra at Macky Auditorium on the University of Colorado campus. In addition to the live symphony orchestra, the production features a cast of 80 dancers! Tickets are $15-$82. 

A Christmas Carol (Fri., Nov. 28-Sun., Dec. 28) This joyous and opulent musical adaptation of the classic Dickens novel traces money-hoarding skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant overnight journey to redemption. Tickets for this show at The Stage Theatre start at $49. 

Denver Christkindl Market (Now-Tues., Dec. 23) This marketplace features vendors from Germany and other countries, as well as local artisans, whose merchandise includes traditional hand-carved figurines and handmade candles and ornaments. Admission is free.

Downtown Denver Grand Illumination (Fri., Nov. 28) At 6 p.m., downtown will light up from Denver Union Station to the City and County Building. Then, following a countdown about a half hour later, Denver Union Station will be ablaze with brightly colored floodlights illuminating the historic structure and its lighted tree in front.

Black Market (Fri., Nov. 28-Sat., Nov. 29) Hosted by local artisan Moon(Lab), this two-day market will feature more than 25 local vendors. Expect jewelry, wood burnings, art prints and more. All proceeds from a limited bar and raffle will be donated to MaxFund, Denver’s no-kill shelter.

Santa at Larimer Square (Sun., Nov. 29) Throughout December, Santa Claus will visit the Larimer Square Walkway on weekends. Stop by for a photo; furry friends welcome! Visits are free and open to the public. 

Southwest Rink at Skyline Park (Tues., Nov. 25-Mon., Feb. 16) Attention ice skaters: head down to the Southwest Rink downtown at Skyline Park. It’s free if you’ve got your own skates or $2 for skate rental. 

The Nutcracker (Sun., Nov. 29-Sat., Dec. 27) The Colorado Ballet presents the 54th production of this musical at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Several performances are already sold out, so get your tickets ASAP! Tickets are $25-$155.

The Rocky Mountain Rod & Custom (Fri., Nov. 28-Sun., Nov. 30) Known as the Creme de la Chrome of the Rockies, this auto show showcases millions of dollars worth of cars, trucks and motorcycles. Dozens of automotive-related vendors will also be on hand. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. 

The Santaland Diaries (Fri., Nov. 28-Wed., Dec. 24) This one-man show by the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company is based on author and comedian David Sedaris’ offbeat tales from his stint as a Macy’s elf in New York City. Tickets for the show — at The Jones— start at $25. 

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