Thanksgiving Treats to Treasure in Denver

Denver comes to life during the holidays every year, with all manner of beautiful events, activities and productions spanning the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Starting with Thanksgiving weekend in Denver, the city offers everything from artisan-crafted specialties to amazing live performances. While relaxing in the wintry comfort of Red Lion Inn and Suites Denver Airport, learn about some of the holiday entertainment taking place all around town, and find your ideal Mile High City destination.

Every year sees the return of the Denver Christkindl Market, a regional staple. Lasting from November-December at Skyline Park, the Christkindl Market focuses on German vendors and artisans, offering high-quality traditional handcrafts. At this free-admission festival full of German delicacies, music and products, choose from among hundreds of hand-carved wooden figurines, candles, ornaments and more, while sipping on some soul-warming Glühwein.

The actual day of Thanksgiving has one unforgettable Denver tradition that brings entire families together in friendly competition for a cause. The Mile High United Way Turkey Trot, now in its 41st year, takes place on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, at Washington Park, hosting over 10,000 participants in its four-mile race and quarter-mile family fun run. As an added bonus to the charitable work done by United Way, the Turkey Trot this year is bringing in a start and finish village featuring food, music and beer kiosks. Lace up your shoes and contribute to the cause.

The day after Thanksgiving is no letdown, either. Two magnificent displays will make the city incandescent, with the Downtown Denver Grand Illumination and Denver Botanic Gardens’ Blossoms of Light creating holiday magic through light. The 6 p.m.  Grand Illumination event encompasses downtown from Denver Union Station to the City and County Building, while Blossoms of Light turns on over one million lights in the midst of the Gardens’ winter beauty, showing off artistic displays and the pure romance of the surroundings.

After November the holiday festivities continue with the signature event 9News Parade of Lights on December 4th and 5th. The two-mile parade route is Downtown Denver is illuminated with sparkling lights, marching bands, colorful balloons, impressive floats and fun characters.

Check out some more special ideas for your celebration plans here with us in Denver, and learn about all the best things to do in Denver during these crisp winter weeks.