01 Dec 2016
‘Tis the season to be jolly. Here’s how.
Sometimes December feels more like the season to be busy, with the frantic pace of end-of-year work assignments, office parties, shopping, cooking, cleaning for house guests…well, you know the drill. Rather than simply reacting to every demand, consider taking a more proactive stance: What do I want my month to look like? What memories do I want to create? And then plan accordingly. Try subbing a few of these five memorable activities for other less-jolly obligations; one is even conveniently happening in Reunion.™
Here’s to a happy holiday season…on your terms.
Holiday Happening at Reunion-Dec. 3, 9am-11am
Community events at Reunion are a wonderful way both to meet new neighbors and hang out with familiar faces. Celebrate the holiday season with them all at Reunion’s annual Holiday Happening event, complete with kids’ activities and crafts, horse-drawn carriage rides, and visits with Santa. Held at the Reunion Recreation Center. Free.
Denver Zoo Lights-Dec. 2-Jan. 1, 2017, 5:30pm-9pm
Imagine all 70 acres of the Denver Zoo, bright with illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns, and hide in bushes. Plus, you’ll enjoy all the holiday carolers, Santa meet-and-greets, and much more at this beloved Denver tradition. Zoo Lights is a memorable way to spend time with family, get a little exercise, and, of course, support the animals. Tip: Go on a “Value Night” for smaller crowds and reduced entry fee. Tickets range from $10-17. Learn more.
Events at Rocky Mountain Arsenal-Dec. 3, Noon-2pm & Dec. 10, 9am-11:30am
Hey Reunion residents: Don’t think you have to wait until spring for your next visit to your local 16,000-acre wildlife refuge; it’s beautiful year-round. Planting for Pollinators (Dec. 3) is your feel-good opportunity to help the refuge staff introduce flowering plants into a restored prairie, providing early and mid-season nectar sources for pollinators like bats, birds, bees, and butterflies. For ages 12 and up. A Winter Raptors program (Dec. 10) will teach you how to identify winter birds of prey during an indoor presentation and field outing with naturalists. Reservations required. Learn more.
9 News Parade of Lights-Dec. 2 at 8pm & Dec. 3 at 6pm
This 42-year-old tradition remains the perfect way to kick off Denver’s holiday season. On a two-mile route in downtown Denver, this parade features marching bands, ornate floats, and, of course, special appearances by Major Waddles the Penguin and Santa. Dress warmly, take a thermos of hot cocoa, and stake out your spot along the route, or grab tickets ASAP for the limited grandstand seating in front of the beautifully lit City and County Building. Learn more.
Denver Performing Arts Holiday Events-through December
Make attending at least one festive performance a holiday tradition in your family. The DCPA is offering something for everyone this month, from classics to new favorites in the making. Consider a musical performance of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The soaring majesty of Handel’s Messiah. David Sedaris’s hilariously snarky Santaland Diaries about his stint as a Macy’s elf. Or The Nutcracker, dazzlingly performed by the Colorado Ballet. Ticket prices vary. Learn more.