Light up the night in 2012 with the Denver area's best holiday displays

Categories: Holidays

Larry Laszlow CoMedia
As the holiday season kicks into high gear, Colorado celebrates with some high-wattage displays of light. Tonight, downtown Denver's oldest architecture will be lit up with thousands of LED bulbs while the Denver Zoo and Botanic Gardens will go bright after dark later in the month. We've compiled a list of some special illumination events happening around the state, plus great displays running nightly through January.

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Downtown Denver's Grand illumination (6 p.m., free)
From the City And County Building to Union Station, downtown Denver comes alive tonight with thousands of lights. Live entertainment will kick off at 6 p.m. sharp at the City and County Building before the big LED reveal, which will see Skyline Park, the Historic D&F Tower, 16th Street Mall, Denver Pavilions and Larimer Square lit up for the holiday season.

Can't make it for the big plug-in? Downtown will be lit up throughout the holiday season, and the City And County Building will put on a dramatic display set to festive music each Tuesday through Sunday night at 5:45 p.m. Shops throughout lower downtown have also decorated shop windows for LoDo Aglow, a holiday display competition.

29th Annual Candlelight Walk and Tree Lighting Ceremony
Downtown Littleton (5 p.m., free)
Santa Claus runs this show as the big man and his sleigh ride down Littleton's Main Street, illuminating each block as he goes. Bring your camera for photo opportunities with Santa at the Town Hall Arts Center, or with reindeer in tow at Bradford Auto Body.

Sunday, November 25
Farolito Lighting
The Fort Restaurant (4 p.m., free)
Put on by the Tesoro Cultural Center, the Farolito Lighting is a night of celebration and ceremony. Southwestern carolers set the scene as all are invited to enjoy hot cider and snacks during this honoring of American Indian community members. Paper lanterns are lit and a bonfire ceremony usher in the holiday season. For more information, visit the Tesoro Cultural Center's website.

Location Info


Denver City and County Building

1437 Bannock St., Denver, CO

Category: General

La Fonda De Acebo

3490 Youngfield St., Wheat Ridge, CO

Category: Restaurant

Skyline Park

16th and Arapahoe streets, Denver, CO

Category: General

The Heirloom Cafe - CLOSED

853 E. Ohio Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

16th Street Mall

1001 16th St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Denver Pavilions

500 16th St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Larimer Square

1430 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Sandras Mexican Restaurant - CLOSED

560 S. Holly St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Aurora Municipal Center

15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora, CO

Category: General

Downtown Littleton

Main St., between Santa Fe Drive and Bemis St., Littleton, CO

Category: General

Littleton Town Hall Arts Center

2450 W. Main St., Littleton, CO

Category: General

Bradford Auto Body parking lot

2659 W. Main St., Littleton, CO

Category: General

Denver Botanic Gardens

1007 York St., Denver, CO

Category: General

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