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November 5, 2020

12 Fun Things to Do in Denver in November

Here we are… November! Is it just me, or is this the longest-fastest year ever?!? The holidays are upon us, and although festivities will inevitably look different this year, there are still many ways to get into the holiday spirit.

Of course, masks and social distancing are required at many of these events, but there are also some you can enjoy from the safety and comfort of your own home or car. Also, be sure to check individual event websites before you head out, because as you know, things can change at the drop of a dime these days.

Here are some events and activities that we thought were worth highlighting this month.

1. 21st Annual Festival of Wreathes

Wreathes decorated and donated by local artists and community members will be on display at the Aurora History Museum and sold through an online auction.

When: Nov 3rd – Dec 11th

Where: Aurora History Museum

Cost: Bid on a wreath here

2. Denver Arts Week(end)

A Celebration of Denver’s creative and cultural community.

When: Nov 6 th – 8th

Where: Museums, galleries, and events throughout Denver (virtual events as well)

Cost: Varies by event/attraction

3. The Polar Express Train Ride at The Colorado Railroad Museum

Photo courtesy of coloradorailroadmuseum.org

Enjoy a magical train ride and theatrical recreation of the story of The Polar ExpressTM.

When: Select Dates in Nov and Dec

Where: Colorado Railroad Museum

Cost: Standard Seating $95/person ages 2 and up (MUST be purchased in pairs at $190/pair) – Lap Riders under age 2 Free; First Class – $475/table of four (plus up to two Lap Riders under age 2 free)

4. We CAN Make a Difference Holiday Food Drive

Stanley Marketplace has partnered up with We Don’t Waste for a holiday food drive. Drop off non-perishable food to participating Stanley businesses and enjoy 10% off your purchase in those businesses when you do.

When: Nov 9th – 30th  

Where: Select Stanley Marketplace Businesses – Create Cooking School, June Ruby, Steele Angel

5. Camp Christmas

A magical interactive experience that delivers handcrafted holiday activities directly to your home and imagination.

When: Nov 12th – Jan 5th

Where: Virtual

Cost: Starting at $10 for Base Camp up to $299 for Deluxe Set of Camp Adventures

6. Denver Restaurant Week

Support local businesses by dining in or carrying out a multi-course meal from your favorite restaurants during this special fall edition of restaurant week.

When: Nov 13th – 22nd

Where: Participating Restaurants around Denver

Cost: $25, $35, & $45 options

7. Blossoms of Light

Photo courtesy of botanicgardens.org

Celebrate the holiday season with this decades old Denver tradition. Blossoms of Light™ is a dazzling and ever-changing display of light and color.

When: Nov. 20 – Jan. 16, 4:30-9:45 p.m. (closed Nov. 26 & Dec. 25)

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens

Cost: $18-21 Non-Members; $16-19 Members

8. Christmas in Color

Photo courtesy of Christmas in Color Facebook page

Drive through acres of more than 1.5 million lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music you’ll hear right through your radio. You’ll drive by giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways and more.

When: Nov 20th – Jan 3rd, 5:30 – 10pm

Where: Bandimere Speedway & Waterworld

Cost:  $30/vehicle

9. Christmas at Gaylord Rockies

Celebrate the holidays at the Gaylord with I Love Christmas Movies™, Snow Tubing, Ice Skating, LIGHT!, Gingerbread Decorating Corner, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Scavenger Hunt, Character Brunch, Ice Bumper Cars, Merry-Go-Round and More!

When: Nov 20th – Jan 3rd

Where: Gaylord Rockies

Cost: Varies by activity

10. Vitalant Blood Drive at The Shops at Northfield

Give blood and receive discounts from participating Shops at Northfield retailers. Appointments strongly encouraged.

When: Nov 25th; 11am – 3pm

Where: The Shops at Northfield

11. The 6th Annual Harvesting Hope 5k

Photo courtesy of harvestinghope5k.com

The 6th Annual Harvesting Hope 5k will take runners (and walkers) through the beautiful paths surrounding Westerly Creek and the Central Park Community. 100% of proceeds from the race will go to benefit the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research.

When: Thanksgiving Day – Thurs, Nov 26th

Where:  Central Park Neighborhood and virtual option

Cost: In-person timed 5k – $40, In-person Kids fun run – $5, Virtual 5k – $30, Virtual kids fun run – Free

12. 9News Parade of Lights

This year’s Parade will be a multi-week, socially safe extravaganza of activities across downtown. The floats you know and love will be displayed throughout downtown for several weeks beginning Friday, November 27.

When: Nov 27 – Dec 31

Where: Denver Pavilions to Union Station

Cost: Free

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