I love the holidays. I love how everything is sparkly and shiny and festive. I love fireplaces and stockings and snow. I love spending time with friends and family, and around the holidays there are so many things to do with them! Not to mention the eating…holiday eating is awesome. So here’s a list of my favorite things to do around the holidays that involve family, friends, snow, and eating. ;)
Blossoms of Light at the Botanic Gardens
A long-standing tradition of mine, the Blossoms of Light is absolutely beautiful. The Botanic Gardens are completely lit up, and the picture-taking opportunities are endless. The O’Fallon Perennial Walk and the Romantic Gardens are especially beautiful, as they’re two of the things the Botanic Gardens continue to improve upon year after year. There are some new elements, too! One of the best parts is that they offer warm drinks, which are especially helpful if you forget your gloves (NOT speaking from experience…). They have caroling groups on certain nights (the schedule is available on the website) to add that extra holiday oomph. For extra EXTRA holiday oomph, get their HoloSpex to make all of the lights pop. For extra extra EXTRA oomph, drink a few warm drinks, and then put on the HoloSpex.
Cocktail Class at Mercantile Dining and Provision
Union Station is full of holiday events. From the gigantic (no exaggeration here, the thing is like 30 feet tall) Christmas tree in the great hall, to the Ugly Sweater Party at the Terminal Bar, Union Station is expectedly festive around the holidays. One cool, grown up thing to do is to take Mercantile’s Cocktail Class. It’s $25.00 and you’ll learn to mix drinks like a pro. Bar director Stuart Jensen will teach how to make and use bitters and vermouths, because really, who knows how to make and use bitters and vermouths?!? The class is on December 12th from 2:00pm to 3:30pm, and you need to reserve a spot because space is limited. If you miss this one, there are wine and cheese pairing classes, gingerbread decorating for kids, and more.
Santa at Union Station
Of course, the big guy is there! Every Saturday in December, and then on Christmas Eve, Santa will be listening to kids telling him they want puppies. Definitely grab coffee at Pig Train before you stand in that line, and definitely grab a drink at Terminal Bar after you stand in that line. My assistant thinks it would be a genius idea to have the Santa line actually go through Terminal Bar. I think she’s scarred from the many times she started crying hysterically while seeing Santa as a child.
A Christmas Carol at the Denver Center of Performing Arts
If you haven’t seen A Christmas Carol during the holidays, then what are you doing reading this, when you should be out seeing A Christmas Carol? A long time tradition in Denver, A Christmas Carol runs every year throughout the month of December. We all know the story, and kids love this version (ages 6 and up recommended). If there’s anything to get you into the holiday mood, it’s this. Ticket prices start at $49 and go up depending on seat location.
The Mountains at The Mountains
Honestly, one of my favorite parts about the holidays is being up in the mountains; the holidays feel more alive there. So whether you stay up there, or go for a quick drive through them, do me a favor and get to the mountains this holiday season. My favorite thing to do is to snowshoe and cross country ski at the Nordic Center in Frisco. Harlow loves it too, so take your dog!
From the Liz Richards Real Estate team to you and yours, we hope you have a truly wonderful holiday season. Thank you for reading, and check back soon to see more amazing stuff happening around Denver!