Winter hasn’t quite settled in to Colorado yet, making November a good time to visit Denver while you’re still able to get around without fighting snow and bitter cold.
If you’re headed to the Mile High City this weekend or live in the area and are looking for something to do, there are many choices. Although live performances and many holiday traditions have been cancelled or are virtual this year, here are a few options if you’d like to get out and do something in the Denver area.
1. Festival Of Wreaths
Daily Through Dec. 11, 9 A.M. To 4 P.M.
Aurora History Museum
15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora
Local businesses, organizations and individuals have spent the fall decorating wreaths for the Aurora Museum Foundation’s 21st annual festival. Now those 39 wreaths are available for viewing and bidding in an online auction. Wreaths can be viewed in person at the museum, where admission is free, or online. Proceeds will help the museum to continue exhibits, programs, and preservation efforts that have been impacted by COVID-19.
2. Blossoms Of Light
Daily Starting Friday, 5 To 9 P.M.
Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York St., Denver
For more than three decades, this annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms the gardens into a winter wonderland. Capacity will be limited, and tickets, which run from $18 to $21, will be for a specific time. In addition to the thousands of lights, holiday treats and warm drinks will be available at the on-site bistro.
3. Denver Christkindl Market
Daily Starting Nov. 20
Civic Center Park
101 W, 14th St., Denver
The 20th annual event opens this weekend for a five-week run in the heart of Denver. This outdoor event transforms the park into a German village, with crafts, food booths, and drinks. From salmon to sausages to European pastries, there is something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. The market is open from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday.
4. Colorado Day Of The Dead 2020
Friday To Sunday, 4 To 9 P.M.
15200 E, Colfax Ave., Aurora
The final weekend of this year’s Day of the Dead festival takes place in the heart of Aurora. It features a family-friendly, interactive, immersive altar exhibition, billed as the largest display in the country. It includes plenty of vendors and a food truck court. Masks are required for all guests ages 3 and older. Tickets are $5 to $10, with specific timed entry.
5. Whisky, History, And Outlaws Tour
Friday To Sunday, 2 P.M.
Nallen’s Irish Pub
1429 Market St., Denver
Denver was a big part of the Wild West, and this 3-hour walking tour of downtown will give you a glimpse of what was. You’ll hear stories and visit locations that were home to gun fights, bootleggers, and crime families from decades past. This event, which runs $40, is open to those 21 and older as alcohol will be available during the journey.