29 Dec, 2021
5 Things to do in Denver this New Year’s weekend

Soak in the magic of the season with New Year’s festivities and fireworks this weekend. As we jump into 2022, this weekend offers fireworks, concerts and New Year’s celebrations and parties. Before fireworks light up the sky over downtown Denver Saturday night, the sights, sounds and excitement of Times Square will come to Children’s Museum of Denver — all before bedtime.

1. Luminova Holidays

DENVER — Elitch Gardens’ first-ever holiday-season event continues through Sunday, Jan. 2. Luminova Holidays features three million lights, a 65-foot Christmas tree, 200-foot candy cane tunnel, Santa Claus and more. The event runs evenings from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and reservations will be required at

2. New Year’s Eve fireworks

DENVER — After a pandemic hiatus in 2020, the sky will light up once again over downtown Denver on New Year’s Eve. Denver will launch two firework shows on Friday, Dec. 31 over the 16th Street Mall in the heart of downtown. The firework shows will begin at 9 p.m. and midnight to help ring in 2022.

The identical firework displays will be synched to a music playlist from live DJs along the mall running from 8 p.m. to midnight. Each firework show will run for about eight minutes and can be viewed anywhere along the mall.

3. Noon Year’s Eve

DENVER — Families can enjoy the sights, sounds and excitement of Times Square, at the Children’s Museum, all before bedtime. The Children Museum’s Noon Year’s Eve event on Friday, Dec. 31 features countdowns with ball drops a 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. plus music, tasty treats and more. This year’s Noon Year’s Eve also promises sock skating, sledding and surprises. Reservations are required at

4. Zoo Lights at Denver Zoo

DENVER —  The Denver Zoo will light more than two million lights for its 31st annual Zoo Lights celebration. Zoo Lights will span 80 acres and with new installations and offerings as well as returning favorites including nightly ice-carving demonstrations. Zoo Lights runs through Sunday, Jan. 2 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Denver Zoo officials said Zoo Lights tickets sell out each year. The zoo encourages folks to book tickets online in advance to secure a spot.

5. Mile High Tree

DENVER — The seven-story tall, 39-foot diameter Mile High Tree features light shows choreographed to holiday music on the tallest pixel LED technology tree in the country. The giant tree is appearing for a second-straight year on the 16th Street Mall at Welton Street. The Mile High Tree will be lit up nightly through Saturday, Jan. 1 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Entry to see the tree is free and open to the public.


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