Category Archives: Things to do in Denver

One Million + Twinkling Lights To Make You Smile

Trail of Lights

Over a million lights will be illuminating both of the Botanic Garden properties tonight through January 1, 2013.  This is a fun trip to take with family and friends!  It is amazing how beautiful the lights make the night!

Be sure to dress warm and bring some cash for cocoa!

This year there a few new features:

  • Synchronized music in the children’s play area.
  • Don’t forget to stop by the warming hut and the fire p it!
  • See Trail of Lights from a different perspective: free hayrides highlighting Chatfield’s natural beauty are available on select nights.
  • Hot drinks are available and seasonal entertainment is provided
  • HoloSpex glasses will be available for Purchase
  • Illuminated antique and model tractors on display
  • The Hildebrand Ranch will be decorated for the season

Location: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO 80128

Blossoms of Light

In Denver the Botanic Gardens continues with holiday celebration with Blossoms of Light.  Lights synchronized to music make an enchanting evening walk.  Be sure to dress warm and bring a camera to capture the memories!

Location:

1007 York St.

Denver, CO 80206

 

Denver Holiday Lights

Tis the season to be merry, so get out tonight to watch the celebrations.  The season begins tonight, November 23, 2012,  so pick a place to go and enjoy as the holiday lights get turned on all over the metro  area. If tonight doesn’t work for you, no worries the lights will stay on long past the holiday season into mid-January!

Grand Illumination of Downtown Denver

Denver City and County Building

One of the best displays in the country, Denver’s City and County Building attracts sightseers beginning with the initial lighting tonight, November 23 through the closing of the Stock show in January 2013.

16th Street Mall

Why not enjoy a Handsome Cab ride to get into the holiday spirit while traveling the mile long pedestrian mall. 16th Street is illuminated with more than 460,000 LED lights and decorative snowflakes throughout the holiday season.

D&F Clock Tower

On the 16th Street Mall the D&F Clock Tower is a distinctive landmark adorned with lights and seasonal decorations.  It makes a wonderful image for your holiday card, so don’t forget your camera!

Union Station

Starting at 6 p.m. in front of Union Station on 17th Street there will be refreshments for the crowd!  Cookies, cocoa and carols to be enjoyed while they light up the facade of our Cities’ wonderful transportation hub.  Rumor has it that Dinger Claus will be making an appearance too!

Fall is in the Air!

Boreas Pass looking south toward the slightly snow dusted peaks.

There’s nothing like fall in Colorado!  Just take a drive into the majestic Rocky Mountains and you will agree!

This weekend we took a day and drove off in search of golden aspen leaves.  We didn’t have to go far to find them!  Our trip took us up Highway 285 to Kenosha Pass, which is ablaze with fall color.  We enjoyed a sunset there, overlooking the far off reaches of South Park!

We spent a night in Fairplay, a small town, so small that the Pizza Hut closes at 8!  There were other restaurants, but the waiting list was much too long for us, so we opted for take out pizza, and dined in the room!  OK, it’s not very cosmopolitan of us, but we pride ourselves in being flexible!

The next morning we drove over Boreas Pass, enjoying the view of the trees mixed with the mountain peaks.  There was a slight dusting of snow, reminding us that winter is coming up next.

On top of Boreas Pass we enjoyed reading about the history of the area.  I was surprised to see how many railroads used to crisscross our state, connecting all the mining towns.  The old building on top of the pass was what was left of a community that once housed 150 citizens who worked for the railroad.  I can’t imagine living up there and being so isolated and probably snowed in!

On the Breckenridge side of the Pass the road got very busy. It seemed everyone was out enjoying the very same thing we were.  At several points the road was canopied with golden yellow aspen leaves.  I wanted to take a picture, but being the purist that I am I also knew I’d never get one without a line of automobiles in it!  Ugh!

Our return trip was to drive back to Denver via I-70, which is nice, but not nearly as nice as getting off the main road and enjoying a different slice of life.  Hope you get to do the same, real soon!

Cherry Creek Arts Festival


The annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival is this weekend in Cherry Creek.  This Festival is one of the best around, the artists are invited and all are very good at what they do.  You will find art of all kinds from beauties you hang on the all to extraordinary jewelry to hang on yourself!  If unique items appeal to you, this show will  not disappoint!

There is entertainment and plenty of good food available.  The streets of Cherry Creek are closed for this event, so find a nice parking garage and wear your hiking shoes.  You can also ride your bike over, there is a bike parking lot too.

Oh, don’t forget to bring your wallet, you’ll regret it if you don’t!

See you in Cherry Creek!

BoardLife – A Fun New Business in NW Denver

Board Life Recently on a photo walk with a friend we ended up in NW Denver.  Photowalks are fun events for wannabe photographers to gather and meet in a location and just walk around.  We weren’t looking for anything in particular, just interesting shots to take and share on our respective blogs.

On this day we got to meet the owners of a new Skate Board establishment called BoardLife Deck It Out that will be officially opening when their space is finished at 2000 W. 30th Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80211.

The young gentleman we chatted with was telling us about their concept of letting skate board buyers create their own design of skate board.  It sounded like a lot of fun.  If I wasn’t too old to board, I’d certainly be tempted to try!  Here’s a blurb on what they are about, taken from their website:

The Deck it Out program brings out your inner board style! Kids young and old can create their own unique longboards from the deck down including the shape and color of the deck (board) to the trucks, wheels, bearings and grip. Not sure what grip is? Not a problem. Our knowledgeable staff can educate and guide you as you build your dream board.

I love the concept.  What a great fun gift for a kid to create and use!  I forgot to mention the new business is located adjacent to the Little Man Ice Cream place, so a trip to that part of town will be a double treat!