02 Nov 2016
Happier holidays! A few tips for the season ahead.
What’s our favorite holiday, America? According to a 2015 Harris poll, Christmas wins, despite all our eye rolling about commercialization. But firmly in second place? Thanksgiving. (Interestingly, Valentine’s Day came in dead last at 1%.) So with our two fave holidays coming right up, these suggestions will help you make the most of the season. Some are festive—like our very own Holiday Happening at Reunion™—while others offer a bit of cultural diversion, which is also nice this time of year. Either way, most events are pretty close to home, thanks to Reunion’s easy access to downtown Denver.
Denver Arts Week-Nov. 4-13
The Mile High City has a vibrant arts and culture scene—and invites you to experience it firsthand, all week long. This citywide collaborative effort celebrates the arts with a long roster of events in the areas of visual art, theater, music, film, museums, dance, opera, comedy, history, and heritage. Go behind the scenes of Denver’s art world with creative workshops, meet-the-artist events, and offbeat happenings in Denver’s vibrant art districts. Attend the Denver Film Festival’s star-studded red carpet premieres, parties, and Q&As with filmmakers. Check out Washed Ashore, an exhibit at the Denver Zoo with sculptures made of beach debris. Enjoy an evening gallery browsing on a First Friday Art Walk. Explore the Shock Wave of ‘80s and ‘90s Japanese fashion design at the Denver Art Museum. Learn more.
Free Day at Denver Museum of Nature and Science-Nov. 13
A free day, funded in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, grants you access to this acclaimed city resource. Wander among prehistoric relics. Ogle at rare gems. Marvel at the human body’s brilliant machinery. And since you’ve saved on the entrance fee, spring for a ticket to the traveling exhibit of rare mummies from ancient Egypt and Peru, many on public display for the first time. Fun fact: Peruvians and Chileans made the oldest mummies in the world, beginning 7,000 years ago. Learn more.
Pumpkin Pie 5K & 10K-Nov. 19, 7:30am
Free up your tummy (and your conscience) for the feasting ahead with a calorie-burning Thanksgiving morning walk or run. Join 5,000 others at Denver’s City Park for a flat and fast course—and a sweet finish that includes a heaping helping of pumpkin pie. (Go ahead, you’ve earned it!) The goal of this race is a fun, fit morning that supports community charities, clubs, and organizations through its proceeds. Need child care? It’s available by reservation for up to 40 potty-trained kids ages 3-12. Learn more.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve-Nov. 20
One of the world’s biggest rock acts is coming to The Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs. A favorite of critics, fans, and PBS fundraisers, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” is a rock opera about a runaway who breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theater where spirits from the building’s past turn her life around. With more than 10 million albums and DVDs sold, this progressive rock group sells out venues year after year and is renowned as a must-attend, multi-generational holiday tradition. Choose from two shows. $1 to $2 of every ticket sold benefits select local charities. Learn more.
Reunion Holiday Happening-Dec. 3, 9am-11am
Hey, parents. Santa is on his way to the Reunion Rec Center for his annual confab with your kiddos. Along with providing the perfect photo op for your holiday card, the morning will include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday crafts and activities, and chill-chasing Starbucks coffee and hot chocolate. This free event is sponsored by the Reunion Metro District. We can’t wait to see you there!