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Denver7 list of the 7 best things to do in Denver this Thanksgiving weekend, November 24-27, 2016

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Posted at 9:34 AM, Nov 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-26 10:57:44-05

Every weekend, Denver7 compiles a list of some family friendly events you might enjoy.  So after you feast with family and friends this Thanksgiving, get out and enjoy some of the fun events happening around town.  Here are our picks for the 7 best things to do in Denver this weekend.  

Wednesday - Sunday

Southwest Rink at Skyline Park

What: Grab your family and friends and head Downtown for some ice skating in Skyline Park.  Skate rental is $2, or bring your own pair and skate for free.

Where: Skyline Park at 16th Street and Arapahoe, Downtown Denver, Colo.

When: Daily, various times daily through Feb. 14th (Check website for details)

Admission: Free ($2 skate rental or bring your own.)

More Information: downtowndenver.com

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Friday - Saturday

Zoo Lights Special Preview Weekend

What:  Be the first to experience one of Denver’s most anticipated lighting events of the season.  Zoo Lights will open for two special preview nights this holiday weekend.  The colorful illuminations will span 70 acres and feature hundreds of animated animal sculptures swinging from the trees, jumping across lawns, hiding in bushes and appearing in places you’d never expect.  You can also look forward to live animal demonstrations, nightly entertainment and delicious holiday treats. 

Where: Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele Street, Denver, Colo.

When: Friday and Saturday: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. (Beginning Dec. 2nd, Zoo Lights will run nightly through Jan. 1st)  

Admission: $17 – Adults; $14 – Seniors; $12 – Kids (3 to 11 years); Kids 2 and under are free (Online and Member discount available.)

More Information: denverzoo.org

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Friday – Sunday

A Hudson Christmas: Holiday Light Show

What:  Experience the festive holiday light show that is A Hudson Christmas.  Stroll along the one-mile path winding through Hudson Gardens that has been illuminated with hundreds of glimmering lights and glowing displays. 

Where: Hudson Gardens and Event Center, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, Colo.

When: Friday – Sunday: 5 p.m.-8 p.m. (Various dates through Dec. 31st.  Check website for details.)

Admission: $9 – Adults; $7 – Members/Military; $6 – Kids 4-12 years; Kids 3 and under are free.

More Information: hudsongardens.org

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Friday - Sunday

Blossoms of Light

What: Stroll through a tunnel of twinkling lights and admire the Gardens all draped in elegant designs to celebrate the holiday season.  This annual tradition kicks off this weekend and runs through January 1st.  Roasted nuts, sweet treats and hot beverages will be available for purchase.

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, Denver, Colo.

When: Open Nightly: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. (Beginning this Friday through Jan. 1st)

Admission: $13 – Adults; $10 – Kids 3-15 years; Kids 2 years and under are free.  (Member discounts available.)

More Information: botanicgardens.org

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Friday - Sunday

Trails of Lights

What: Away from the city lights nestled at the base of the foothills, the Trails of Lights at Chatfield Farms offers a more rustic, yet equally as dazzling, display of holiday lights.  As you walk along the winding path, you’ll enjoy watching the lights dance, synchronized to music along the route.   Be sure to take advantage of the free hayrides every Friday and Saturday night.  

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms, 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, Colo.

When: Open Nightly: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. (Beginning this Friday through Jan. 1st)

Admission: $11 – Adults; $8 – Kids 3-15 years; Kids 2 years and under are free.  (Member discounts available.)

More Information: botanicgardens.org

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Friday

Candlelight Walk and Tree Lighting

What:  A Littleton family tradition. Follow Santa and his sleigh as he makes his way from the Courthouse down Main Street, magically illuminating more than one million lights along the way.  When he reaches the end of Main Street, he will flip the switch on the big Christmas tree in the plaza.  Then gather at Town Hall Art Center after the lighting so kids can share their wish list with Santa, plus enjoy holiday music, sip hot cider and meet the reindeer.

Where: Main Street, Historic Downtown Littleton, Colo.

When: Friday: 5 p.m. (Santa walk starts at 6:30 p.m.)

Admission: Free

More Information: downtownlittleton.com

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Friday 

Downtown Denver Grand Illumination

What:  Witness the grand illumination of downtown Denver landmarks, from the City and County Building to Union Station.  Lights will remain ablaze nightly through the holiday season.

Where: Denver City & County Building and Union Station, Downtown Denver, Colo.

When:  Friday: 6 p.m.  

Admission: Free

More Information: denver.org

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