By Lauren Banas, Contributing Writer
In these final days before Christmas, it’s important to finish up your gift shopping, accumulate all of the necessary ingredients for the meal of honor, and don your ugliest holiday sweater. But in all of the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, we must not forget the most important thing: family. So in-between preparations for December 25, be sure to make some time to have some family fun this month! Here are a few Denver area activities that will let you do just that.
For those of you who want to enjoy the outdoor festivities this holiday season, be sure to check out “Blossoms of Light” at the Denver Botanic Gardens. This holiday lights festival transforms the York Street location into a real-life winter wonderland, with interactive light displays that feature a large field of sound-reactive, animated LED lights. Running from now until Tuesday, Jan. 1, between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., this event has been The Gardens’ signature holiday event for over three decades. For more information, click HERE, and to purchase tickets, click HERE.
Want to keep active in the upcoming months? Take advantage of Greenwood Village’s Parks, Trails & Open Space Areas. These beautiful nature trails and preserves are perfect for everyday pastimes such as cycling, running, horseback riding, and taking leisurely strolls — weather permitting, of course. For information on the village trails, click HERE, and for more information on the open space areas, click HERE.
If you’re looking for some educational fun this December, check out the open hours at the Highlands Ranch Mansion & Historic Park. Free tours of the Mansion’s interior are offered during these open hours, and you can choose to have a guided tour with a Mansion volunteer or do a self-guided tour, where you explore the property at your leisure. For more information or to make a reservation, click HERE.
Looking for some handmade gifts for you and your loved ones? Check out the Arts & Pottery Sale at the Washington Heights Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 8. At this event, you can browse and purchase locally made pottery, jewelry, art, and more for everyone on your nice list. For more information, click HERE, and if you have any questions, call 303-987-5436.
Still looking for ways to celebrate the holiday season? Join the village of Wheat Ridge for their Localworks Holiday Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 1. This event features fun for the whole family: live entertainment, cookies, cocoa, smores, games, artisans, horse-drawn carriage rides, and even photos with Santa himself. The town mayor will be lighting the ceremonial lights at 6:30 p.m., so you don’t want to miss out! For more information, click HERE.
Whether you choose one of these events or find another to fulfill your sense of holiday cheer, make sure to share that cheer with those most important to you this December!