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Light the lights!

Colorado loves lights. We have trails of lights, parades of lights, critter lights… you name it and this great state probably lights it up! Below is a listing of some of the festive light events happening in Colorado this holiday season. Some are free, some are paid, but all are representative of true Colorado culture!

Know of other light displays not listed here? Let us know and we’ll add them to the list!

Official Light Displays

A romantic trail at the Blossoms of Light...

Blossoms of Light

ENTRY FEE  - Denver, CO @ the Denver Botanic Gardens

Dec. 3–Jan. 2 (Check website for hours)

The Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street looks as beautiful as ever when transformed into a luminous winter wonderland. Decorated in over 1 million lights, the Blossoms of Light offers kissing spots, warm beverages and access to their gift shop during Blossoms of Light hours.

Candlelight Walk

FREE – Golden, CO

Dec. 3 from 7-9pm

Join the residents of Golden for the Golden Candlelight Walk. Tour the Astor House Museum, Clear Creek History Park and the Golden History Center while singing carols and enjoying the holiday decor. And to tantalize your other senses, make sure to enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and roasted chestnuts!

Denver City & County Building Holiday Lights, 16th Street Mall Lights & Union Station

The Grand Illumination of the Denver City & County Building!

FREE – Denver, CO in downtown

Nov. 26, 2010 – Jan. 2011

The Denver City and County Building lights the night with over 600,000 LED-lights and holiday displays. Enjoy the bell tower carols while taking pictures in front of this iconic Denver holiday landmark. Then stroll along the beautifully lit 16th Street Mall, past the colorful clock tower on your way to LoDo to finish out your excursion at Union Station.

ElectriCritters

ENTRY FEE – Pueblo, CO @the Pueblo Zoo

Dec. 3–30 (Check website for hours)

ElectriCritters is a Pueblo tradition for over 12,000 annual visitors. Enjoy critter sculptures lit by over 250,000 lights, check out the exotic animals and relish yummy hot chocolate and other goodies while strolling through this gorgeous display!

Electric Safari

ENTRY FEE – Colorado Springs, CO @ the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Dec. 17–Jan. 2 (Check website for hours)

Celebrate 20 years of holiday light displays at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo! With over 40 animated light sculptures, warming fire, indoor animal exhibits and almost 1 million lights, Electic Safari is fun for the whole family!

Hudson Holiday

The Hudson Holiday Holly Berry car greets visitors at the entrance!

ENTRY FEE – Littleton, CO @ the Hudson Gardens & Event Center

Nov. 19 – Jan. 2 (Check website for hours)

Presented by the Museum of Outdoor Arts and Hudson Gardens & Event Center, Hudson Holiday is a wonderful addition to the holiday lighting displays available in Colorado! 15 acres of lighting displays guarantees that everyone will find something they love at this holiday display!

Living Lights

ENTRY FEE – Westminster, CO @ the Butterfly Pavilion

Dec. 11-19 from 5:30-8pm

Join the Butterfly Pavilion for an indoor and outdoor display of lights! This holiday season, the Butterfly Pavilion’s Living Lights  includes glowing scorpions, fireflies and other invertebrates. Take a stroll through the festive gardens decked out in holiday lights and enjoy this unusual outing!

Luminarias de Santa Fe

FREE – Denver, CO @ the Art District on Santa Fe between 10th Ave. and 6th Ave.

December 3, 2010

With Luminarias de Santa Fe, the ArtDistrict on Santa Fe celebrates the holiday season by decorating the street with hundreds of festive, glowing luminarias.

NOTE: This event is unconfirmed. We found many references to it, but no website listing.

Trail of Lights

ENTRY FEE – Littleton, CO @ the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

Dec. 3–Jan. 2 (Check website for hours)

With more than 1 million lights illuminating the paths of the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, you are assured to find something that tickles your fancy! This year, The Trail of Lights offers several trail options to fit your interest, as well as hayrides, a warming hut and tours of the Hildebrand ranch house, a 1880s homestead decorated in a Colorado Christmas motif.

Winter Wonderlights

ENTRY FEE – Parker, CO @ The Wildlife Experience

Dec. 10-24 (Check website for hours)

Take the kids for a wild night at The Wildlife Experience! Trek down the wildlife trail of lights and then move inside for more trails, hot beverages and a special viewing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Zoo Lights

Denver Zoo Lights...

ENTRY FEE – Denver, CO @ the Denver Zoo

Dec. 10–Jan. 2 (Check website for hours)

Take a holiday light safari through 38 acres of lights and live animal displays. Enjoy hot cocoa, check out the ice sculptures and make sure to take your photograph by one of the many light displays!

Unofficial Light Displays

Sometimes the private displays are the most interesting and delightfully unexpected. And Colorado doesn’t disappoint this year! Check out these family homes that go “all out” for the holidays. Now that’s some crazy (but true!) Colorado culture!

Candy Cane Lane

FREE

7676 Quay St, Arvada Colorado 80003

I could not locate a website for this home, but it is listed on the Denver Post Holiday Light Map.

Christmas Display

FREE

9598 Painted Canyon Circle, Highlands Ranch Colorado 80129

I could not locate a website for this home, but it is listed on the Denver Post Holiday Light Map.

Mizell Christmas

FREE

8755 West 91st Place, Broomfield Colorado 80021

I could not locate a website for this home, but it is listed on the Denver Post Holiday Light Map.

Pickett’s Colorado Christmas

FREE

2570 Nadine Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80916

Dec. 3rd – The Week after Christmas (Check the website for hours)

Bright lights, periodic visits from Mr. and Mrs. Claus and a synchronized music and light display make this a house worth driving by this holiday season! Tune into to 97.5 to get the full effect.

That Holiday House

FREE

6767 Quincy Ave., Firestone, CO 80504

Dec. ? – Dec. 31st from 4:30-9:30pm

This annual holiday display is put on by the Hodgson’s of Firestone, CO. This year’s theme is “Believe in the Magic” and the stars of the North Pole will once again appear! One highlight of this spectacular neighborhood display is Santa’s Garage Band! Tune your radio to 93.7 for the full musical effect.

The Greeley Grizwalds

FREE

354 50th Avenue Court, Greeley, CO

Nov. 26-Jan. 1st from 5:30-10pm

This private home attempts to put the Grizwalds to shame! The light displays, consisting of over 108,000 bulbs are computer controlled and synchronized to music (so turn the dial to 93.9 FM). Be prepared to stay almost a half hour to get the entire experience!

Santa’s Toyland

FREE

4712 Dover St, Wheat Ridge Colorado 80033

I could not locate a website for this home, but it is listed on the Denver Post Holiday Light Map.

Note: Check out the Denver Post Holiday Lights Map for more private holiday displays!

**I also found multiple references to Rocky Mountain Christmas Lights, but could not determine where this house is located. If you know, please leave a comment!”