As Winter Break approaches, it marks a time of relaxation for students. Finals are over, your schedule starts fresh next semester, and it means that you can sleep in all you want for the next week. Here are the top 10 things to do in Denver over Winter Break.
#10 – Watch a holiday movie with friends/family.
Snowy or just too cold to go outside? Snuggle up on the couch with your favorite blanket and a warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate and enjoy your favorite holiday movie with your friends or family. Notable movies include – Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Will Ferrell’s Elf, A Christmas Story, and Christmas Vacation.
#9 – Watch a Christmas Carol at the Buell Theatre
Based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, enjoy the story of Tiny Tim and Ebineezer Scrooge as he ventures through Christmas’ Past, Christmas Present, and the Christmas Future. This event is great for the family and won’t dissapoint.
Tickets can be found here – http://www.denvercenter.org/shows/specific-series/Get?Id=de96942d-2f07-401c-8622-ad726f693b4f
#8 – Watch the Nutcracker Ballet (Colorado Ballet with the Colorado Symphony)
Enjoy the renouned story of Clara and her toy nutcracker on the night of Christmas Eve as they venture through magical lands. The ballet is packed with detailed costumes, exciting music and a fun story. This event is great for families and is worth the trip every year.
Tickets can be found here – http://tickets.coloradoballet.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=2460
#7 – Experience Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanical Gardens
Much like the annual Zoo Lights at the Denver Zoo, Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanical Gardens focuses on nature and finds creative ways to illuminate it while remaining festive. This event occurs every year, and is great no matter the weather or who you go with.
Tickets can be purchased here – http://catalog.botanicgardens.org/DateSelection.aspx?item=2344
#6 – Star Wars and the Power of Costume at the Denver Art Museum
Experience the iconic costumes from a galaxy far, far away without having to leave Denver. The exbhit features the extensive collection of costumes from Padme Amidalla’s wardrobe and iconic jedi attire from lightsabers to robes. The exbhit is in Denver through April 2, 2017.
Tickets can be found here – https://tickets.denverartmuseum.org/DateSelection.aspx?item=1455
#5 – Take a walk through Downtown Denver to look at Christmas lights.
Grab some hot chocolate and your friends and walk through iconic Downtown Denver to look at Christmas lights. Be sure to stop by the City and County Building for a grand light finale, including a Nativity Scene and Santa’s elfs.
#4 – Visit the Denver Zoo Lights
As an annual holiday tradition in Denver, the Denver Zoo Lights is a must do for people of all ages. The zoo is decorated in moving animal lights, and gives you a chance to experience nighttime animal encounters.
Tickets can be purchased here – http://www.denverzoo.org/zoo-lights-2016
#3 – Go shopping for a stranger or someone in need.
Almost every time you drive through Denver, you see homeless people on the side of the road. Take some time to go shopping, even if it is at the Goodwill and then buy something for them, or take time to donate a toy. There are various collection bins around town. You also could donate to the Salvation Army.
#2 – Stay home and sleep.
No need to explain; it’s what the average teenager loves best.
#1 – Drive around town and look at Christmas lights with your family.
As seen in most holiday movies, take some time and be that ‘cliche’ family that looks at their neighbor’s Christmas lights from the car. This is a great time to bond with family and enjoy the festive parts of the holiday season.