6 Denver area fun holiday events this weekend.

By Jim Lawson on December 6, 2023
6 Denver area fun holiday events
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Looking for something to do with your family? Here are 6 Denver area family fun holiday events this weekend.

The three-day Thornton WinterFest begins with Santa’s arrival Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Carpenter Park fields. Santa and his elves will help the Mayor and City Council turn on the lights of Santa’s Village. Afterward will be a holiday drone show, ice skating, choir performances, food vendors, a beer garden and more. The festival continues Saturday and Sunday with the Winterfest 5K and Fun Run, a holiday marketplace, ice skating, holiday concert from the Thornton Community Band and fireworks set to holiday music at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

 Olde Golden’s Holiday Parade is back for one day with elves, marching bands, floats, Victorian carolers, antique cars, the Grinch, Buffalo Bill and Santa. The parade route runs along Washington Avenue from 10th Street to 13th Street starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Brighton’s annual Festival of Lights Parade is set to step off at 5 p.m. Saturday. The all-ages nighttime parade features more than 65 lighted entries. The parade travels south on North Main Street, turns onto Bridge Street to 10th Avenue to Southern Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.

The City Longmont has a weekend of activities planned for its annual Longmont Lights. Beginning Friday at 5 p.m. the festivities include Santa’s workshop, hot cocoa, fire pits, holiday music and laser show at 7:45 p.m. Longmont Lights continues Saturday with the Parade of Lights on Main Street at 5 p.m.

Boulder’s annual Freezie Fest takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the Pearl Street Mall. The celebration of all things winter offers free train rides on the Snowflake Express, holiday crafts and kids’ activities and visits with Santa.

Celebrate the holiday season at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds. It’s a family fun day with something for everyone—from shopping with local vendors, to make-and-take craft activities, Santa meet-and-greet, petting farm, horse-drawn rides, model train display, free hot chocolate and s’mores, face painting, and tons of FUN.  Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m.  Get details here.

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