Denver is kicking the holiday festivities into high gear with these events happening this weekend.
Going out on Thanksgiving weekend can be a gamble, especially with the snowy and cold weather that has come into Denver this week. Why risk an outing when there's some leftover turkey at home, a piece of pie you hid way in the back of the fridge so no one else would eat it, and some binge-worthy shows? However, if you want to get away from the family for a few hours, or you just can't wait to start the Christmas season, here are 11 unique things to do in Denver this Thanksgiving weekend.
Events in Denver on Friday, November 29
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When: November 29–December 30
Where: Denver Zoo
For the 29th year in a row, the zoo lights up for the month of December to celebrate the Christmas spirits. This year's theme is "Illuminated with Life," creating colorful light installations in the shape of animals you can find at the zoo. Here are more light displays happening in Colorado.
When: November 29–30
Where: Mile High Comics
The convention features a variety of artists and creators who will share stories and history of the comic book world. Attendance is free and open to anyone.
When: November 29–December 1
Where: The Shops at Northfield Stapleton
Finish your Christmas shopping list early this year by going to the Stapleton Holiday Bazaar. The event features over 60 craft vendors, fashion trucks, and food trucks. Enjoy a holiday-themed cocktail and live entertainment as you go about your shopping spree.
When: November 29, 7–11 p.m.
Where: Spectra Art Space
Spectra Art Space hosts Space Case Comedy the final Friday of every month, combining art and comedy for the night. The event features a line up of comedians like Matt Cobos, Kira MagCalen, and Nate Earl, while also providing art door prizes.
When: November 29, 5–8 p.m.
Where: Union Station
The family-friendly event hosts the ceremonious lighting of the historic station and the 40-foot tall Plaza Christmas tree. Sip on hot cocoa while seeing The Denver Dolls perform a vintage holiday performance. There will also be an appearance from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Here are more city light celebrations in Colorado!
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When: November 29, 4–8 p.m.
Where: Denver City and County Building
The event will have Mayor Hancock light up Denver City and County Building, followed by a seasonal celebration filled with carolers, Christmas food treats, and live entertainment. Here are more city light celebrations in Colorado!
Events in Denver on Saturday, November 30
When: November 30–December 10
Where: Horseshoe Craft & Flea Market
Whether you are looking for gifts for the family or you just want to treat yourself, Horseshoe Holiday Market is the place to go. With over 100 different vendors, from handmade candles to vintage decor, the famous market is a great place to check local vendors and their creative, artisanal products.
Small Business Saturday Artist Market
When: November 30, 12–5 p.m.
Where: Bigsby’s Folly-A Craft Winery
The event will feature the craft and art of 12 artists, which will be available for purchase. Take home a unique piece of art from artists, like Greg Gandy or Lana Blum, to complete your home decor.
When: November 30–December 1
Where: Denver Sports Castle
Skip the Black Friday hysteria and head over to this year's Fetch Holiday Market. The three-day event features hundreds of local vendors, from artisanal jewelry to knitted holiday decor. Shop for presents for your loved ones in this holiday market and get yourself a Discover Dairy Block Passbook with admission, while supplies last.
Events in Denver on Sunday, December 1
When: December 1, 9–10 a.m.
Where: Broadway Market Denver
If all the Thanksgiving leftovers are making you feel sluggish, head on over to Broadway Market Denver for Punch then Brunch. The event starts off with a cardio boxing workout for all levels and cools off with $15 bottomless mimosas and brunch.
Courtesy of Beet & Yarrow (website)
When: December 1, 6–8 p.m.
Where: Odell Brewing RiNo Brewhouse
Beginners or advanced DIYers can get into the holiday spirit by attending the Wreath Making Workshop. Take home some beautiful jolly wreaths created by you with the help of the workshop created by the Beet & Yarrow staff. The workshop includes all the materials and instructions by the teacher to create your Christmas wreaths for this year's holiday season.
What are you doing this Thanksgiving weekend? Any fun events that we missed on our list? Sound off in the comments below. Happy Thanksgiving, Denver!