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Winter fun has just begun

Staying warm inside is only one option to enjoy the winter season.
Illustration: Rigby Guererro · The Sentry

The recent drops in temperature may have some wondering what activities Denver has to offer in the colder weather. Sure, bundling up and going for a hike in typical Colorado style is still an option, but Denver has more to offer to enjoy the winter season.  

For those that want to embrace the snow, ice skating at the Downtown Denver rink in Skyline Park is one way to get out of the house and into the frozen wonderland Denver transforms into this time of year. Skate around with the Downtown clocktower and the Denver skyline as a backdrop for free or for a small fee to rent a pair of skates. The rink opens Nov. 26 and remains open until after Valentine’s Day.  

Another activity to bundle up for is Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The York Street location of the Gardens kicks off the holiday season with a twinkling transformation into a “dazzling and ever-changing display of light and color,” according to its website. The lights start to shimmer starting Nov. 29 and stay lit until Jan. 3. Tickets for the event are already starting to sell out and can be purchased through the Gardens’ website.  

Additionally, the Denver Zoo is also lighting up the Mile High City for the holiday season. Twenty-nine years later, the Zoo is still putting on their comprehensive display of over two million lights over the course of 80 acres. Explore all the Zoo has to offer after hours from Nov. 29 to Dec. 30 (closed on Christmas). Zoo Lights sells out fast, so make sure to book tickets in advance through the Zoo’s website.  

Bust out the sporty energy and go cheer on the Avs at one of their many home games this winter season. While this outing is indoors, it will still put attendees in the winter spirit. The Colorado Avalanche kicked off their season on Oct. 3 and offer home games at the Pepsi Center Downtown nearly every week or weekend for the next few months of the winter sports season until April. Even for those not super interested in sports, sporting events are a great opportunity to get out of the house and hang out with friends this winter.  

Take a trip to the Sugar Plum Kingdom with the Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker. In typical holiday spirit and tradition, the Colorado Ballet’s presentation of The Nutcracker makes its 59th season debut on Nov. 30. The whimsical tale written by E.T.A Hoffmann with a score by Tchaikovsky takes over the Ellie Caulkins Opera House stage for the holiday season ending just before everyone’s New Year’s celebration on Dec. 29. The shows sell out in entirety every year, so reserve seats early through Colorado Ballet’s website.  

Whether or not the winter season is welcome, Denver has something to offer for everyone to brighten up this time of year, and it doesn’t always have to mean staying indoors to escape the cold. 

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