Whether it’s cozy trees at home or mammoth displays with acres of decorations, Coloradans can’t get enough dazzling lights at Christmastime!
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 of Christmas lights all over Colorado.
At 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!
“Blossoms of Light” at Denver Botanic Gardens
November 17–January 7
(Closed November 23 & December 25)
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)
For three decades, this has been 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 as well as a holiday tradition. Holiday treats and warm drinks will be available for purchase at the Hive Garden Bistro.
Buy tickets here on their website, botangicgardens.org.
Mile High Tree
Daily 5–10 p.m.
Civic Center Park
101 14th Ave,
Denver, CO 80204 (map)
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.
Learn more at denver.org/milehighholidays/mile-high-tree/.
Parade of Lights
Recommended TV broadcast on 9NEWS at 6 p.m.
Skyline Block 1,
1515 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80202 (map)
The Downtown Denver Partnership is presenting the over 45-year-old community tradition once again. 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 person downtown, 9News will present a special broadcast multiple times. The live broadcast airs on December 2 at 6 p.m. Catch replays on December 9 at 7 p.m., December 24 at 3 p.m., and December 25 at 2 a.m. 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.
Learn more at downtowndenver.com.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Electric Safari
December 1–3, 8–23, and 25–January 1, 2024
Santa will see visitors at Safari Lodge 4–8:30 p.m. each evening through Dec. 23.
4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
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.
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.
Purchase your tickets at cmzoo.org.
Santa Express at Royal Gorge in Canon City
November 17–December 24 and December 26–30
Up to four departures daily.
330 Royal Gorge Boulevard
Canon City, Colorado 81212
Tickets range for children and adults $84.00–$124.00.
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.
Learn more and buy your tickets at royalgorgeroute.com.
Garden of Lights
Gardens on Spring Creek
2145 Centre Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80526 (map)
- Adults and children 12+: $10
- Children 5–11: $5
- Children 4 and under: Free
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, the Garden of Lights is bigger and more magical than ever before. The 2023 event will feature even more lights, more light sculptures, and music playing throughout the grounds.
The 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.
Learn more and get your tickets at fcgov.org.
Snow Much Fun Light Displays
Event begins on November 23
Downtown Boulder Partnership
1942 Broadway, Suite 301
Boulder, Colorado 80302
You can take in the sights and Christmas 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 pace, discovering the lighting features at Boulder’s Civic Area lights, and at the vintage Pearl Street Mall lights. Learn more at boulderdowntown.com.
November 18–January 1, 2024
5400 Stone Creek Circle
Loveland, CO 80538
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. Plan your visit at visitlovelandco.org.
Electricritters at Pueblo Zoo
Friday–Sunday, Nov 25–December 11
Daily, December 16–23 & 26–27
3455 Nuckolls Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81005 (map)
- Adults: (Member) $7 (Non-member) $9
- Child: (Member) $5 (Non-member) $7
- All Children Under 3 Free Admission
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.
Get your tickets at pueblozoo.org.
Happy Holidays from Farm Bureau Insurance! Colorado Farm Bureau wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas and the hope of a happy 2024. If you require 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.