From our cozy trees at home to mammoth displays with acres of decorations, Coloradans can’t get enough dazzling lights at Christmas time!
There’s just something about the brisk cold air and a cup of hot chocolate that brings us out in droves to see these brilliant displays all over Colorado.
At Colorado Farm Bureau Insurance, we love to see families gather to create happy memories together, and we encourage you to safely get out and experience these dazzling events for yourself—and the kids just might catch a glimpse of Santa!
Please check official event websites or call to verify schedules before making plans to attend an event. Conditions can change due to COVID-19 safety measures. Listings on this site may not reflect the most recent updates.
“Blossoms of Light” at Denver Botanic Gardens
A dazzling and ever-changing 360-degree immersive experience, with gardens and pathways lined with thousands of colorful lights and holiday displays.This family-friendly show has become the Gardens’ signature event – and a holiday tradition – for more than three decades. Holiday treats and warm drinks will be available for purchase at the Hive Garden Bistro.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and in an effort to ensure the safety of staff, volunteers and visitors, facial masks are required for ages three and up.
Dates: Daily through January 16th (closed Dec. 25)
Hours: 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
1007 York Street
Denver, CO 80206 (map)
Phone: (720) 865-3500
Timed tickets must be purchased in advance and visitors may enter in 30-minute slots.
– $18-21 Non-Members
– $16-19 Members
– Free for children two and under (no ticket required)
Mile High Tree
Denver’s stunning 110-foot-tall “immersive art installation,” better known as the Mile High Tree, is once again filling a very tall order for holiday cheer with its dazzling light and music shows.
The largest installation of its kind in North America, the tree was created by ILMEX Illumination, a globally renowned decorative lighting production company in Spain.
The five-minute programs will run every 15 minutes.
See more info on parking tips and COVID-19 safety measures.
Date: See the complete list of viewing dates and times though January 2.
Hours: Program viewing with festive holiday songs timed to the tree’s light displays will be open from 5-9:30 p.m. most Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and from 5-8 p.m. on some Sundays. See the complete list of dates.
16th Street Mall at Welton Street
Denver, CO 80202 (map)
Tickets: Free to the Public
Website: Mile High Tree
Parade of Lights
Recommended TV broadcast on 9NEWS at 8 p.m. December 4
The pandemic has changed—but definitely not stopped—Denver’s iconic Parade of Lights for 2020.
The Downtown Denver Partnership is presenting the 45-year-old community tradition this year as a multi-week, socially safe super-event of activities across downtown. The floats you know and love will be displayed throughout downtown for several weeks through December.
The parade floats can be found spanning areas from Denver Pavilions to Union Station.
If you won’t be able to catch the parade in its new downtown safe places, 9News will present a special broadcast at 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 4, that captures the spirit of the event. This hour-long special will include a glimpse into parades past, while celebrating a very different holiday season with music, special guests, and of course, Santa.
Follow the 9News Facebook page for more details about this year’s event!
You may also follow the parade with the Parade of Lights app.
Zoo Lights at Denver Zoo
“The popular “Zoo Lights” event once again presents a delightfully “wild” winter wonderland to celebrate the season, in the midst of a million sparkling lights covering more than 80 acres! This illuminating annual event celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
Dates: December 4-31 (Closed Christmas Day)
Hours: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
2900 E. 23rd Avenue
Denver, CO 80205 (map)
Adults – $25
Children 3 and up – $15
Children under 3 – Free
If tickets are sold out online, they will not be available at the door. For fastest entry, please print your ticket and present it at the entry gate.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Electric Safari
COVID-19 precautions will be in place. Learn more at cmzoo.org/open. Masks are required for all guests age 5 and older when in line and when visiting Santa.
Electric Safari shows off 85 light sculptures on 50-plus acres! warming fires throughout the zoo offer a break from the chill (tentative per current fire restrictions), and select indoor animal exhibits will remain open at limited capacity. End your adventure by gazing out at the city’s lights and watching all of Colorado Springs sparkle.
Dates: December 4-6, 11-23, 25 – Jan 1, 2021
Hours: Santa will see visitors in Safari Lodge from 4:20 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each evening through Dec. 23.
4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80906 (map)
Phone: (719) 633-9925
Tickets: Tickets are timed, and are available online only. Choose Member or Non-Member. Note: Admission for children under age two is free, but you must still reserve a ticket for them.
Santa Express at Royal Gorge in Canon City
Climb aboard the Santa Express Train and prepare for enchantment on a journey to the North Pole in Colorado’s Royal Gorge—and meet Santa Claus himself!
Start by enjoying breakfast, lunch or dinner aboard the train—complete with child and adult beverages and plenty of hot cocoa and cookies—with your family. When the train arrives at the North Pole, Santa will greet each child and give him or her a special gift. While at the North Pole, visitors will be dazzled by a holiday display featuring more than 50,000 lights! On the return trip, festive laser lights can be seen dancing against the rock wall of Colorado’s largest canyon.
There are many options you may want to explore to make this holiday journey even more memorable.
Garden of Lights
Visit one of Northern Colorado’s favorite holiday traditions! Walk through a whimsical, twinkling winter wonderland illuminated by hundreds of thousands of LED lights at the Gardens on Spring Creek.
Thanks to a recent expansion, Garden of Lights is bigger and more magical than ever before. The 2020 event will feature even more lights, more light sculptures, and music playing throughout the grounds.
Garden of Lights features nearly a half mile of perennial flower beds, huge sculptural flowers, butterflies, and a holiday village, all constructed entirely from holiday lights. The Color Blossom Show will feature 700 lighted blossoms.
Snow Much Fun Light Displays
You can take in the sights and lights throughout downtown Boulder and Boulder’s Civic Area this season with a self-guided tour of the beautiful lighting displays throughout the district. Get the tour map and enjoy a spatially distanced walk-about as you take in the city’s best lighting productions.
Take in the dazzle along the path at your own pace, discovering the lighting features at Boulder’s Civic Area lights, and at the vintage Pearl Street Mall lights.
Experience holiday magic at Winter Wonderlights, at Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra in Loveland.
Each night during Winter Wonderlights visitors can walk through the park and see more than 80,000 lights, including holiday string lights, twinkling bulbs, LED mappable snowflakes, illuminated African stone sculptures and 30-minute music and light shows every night.
Tickets will only be required to attend the event on December 4, a Winter Wonderlights Live! celebration. No tickets will be needed any other evenings through the span of the event.
Visitors are encouraged to bring and donate canned food to benefit the Food Bank for Larimer County.
Electricritters at Pueblo Zoo
Visitors will see thousands of lights covering the Pueblo Zoo during the holidays—plus more than 100 imaginative designs throughout the grounds.
Nightly features include magical creations with 250,000 dancing lights, hot chocolate and treats at the Candy Cafe, and holiday browsing at the Pueblo Zoo’s Gift Shop. Warming Hut event rentals are also available.
Happy Holidays from Farm Bureau Insurance!
Colorado Farm Bureau wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas and the hope of a happy 2021. If you need us in the new year, we will be here for you. Just call a local agent—we can help. Find a local agent to get started by using our Agent Finder.