Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Turn On the Holidays

The City and County of Denver's Office of Special Events' monthly newsletter provides updates on special events and film productions throughout the downtown area.

Turn On the Holidays!

Thanksgiving weekend marks the official beginning of the holiday season and all that comes with it. Don't resist! Jump right in with a weekend full of holiday lights and wonder in downtown Denver.

Friday, Nov. 23, 3-7:30 p.m. at the City and County Building. The City and County of Denver and 9News present the annual lighting of Denver's City and County Building. This fun and heart-warming tradition is nearly 100 years old! Don't miss the ceremonial flipping of the light switch between 6:30 and 7 p.m., in person or live on 9News. Be sure to explore the winter festival in Civic Center Park and bring hats, gloves and scarfs for the Giving Tree to benefit Denver families in need.

Friday, Nov. 23, 1-9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the McNichols Building. It's never too early to start (or finish!) your holiday shopping. Nationally known makers and artists will be selling their home-crafted goods during this two-day affair.

Friday, Nov. 23, 4-6:30 p.m. at Denver Union Station and along the 16th Street Mall. Hundreds of thousands of lights will illuminate Denver's Union Station, the 16th Street Mall, Skyline Park, the D&F Clock Tower, 14th Street and Larimer Square. Lights go on at 6:30. What a beautiful sight it will be!

Saturday, Nov. 24, 9 - 10 a.m. at the History Colorado Center. Build (and keep!)   your own Colorado-style LEGO set then take a special guided museum tour based on your creation.

Saturday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Larimer Square. Show your support for Larimer Square's authentic and independently owned boutiques. Some shops will be offering discounts in honor of the holiday!

Saturdays and Sundays from November 24 through December 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sundays at 1415 Larimer St. Santa and Mrs. Claus are taking up residence on Larimer Square for the holidays. Bring your camera and your Christmas wish list and cross your fingers that you're on the "nice" list!

Nov. 16-Dec. 23 (including Thanksgiving Day, hours of operation vary) at Skyline Park. Would you like some holiday polka music, European confections and schnapps with your holiday shopping? Of course you would! You can have it all at the unique Christkindl Market.

Nov. 20-Feb. 3 (including Thanksgiving Day), 7 a.m.-11 p.m. at Skyline Park. Free ice skating is available all weekend (and seven days a week through Feb. 3) at downtown Denver's outdoor ice skating rink. Shine your skates (or rent a pair) and get ready to show off your most sparkly skating outfit!

Network Television Crews Busy Filming in Denver

American Idol judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie joined host Ryan Seacrest at the Wings Over the Rockies Museum on October 2 to kick off the first round of Season 2 judge auditions. Watch ABC's behind-the-scenes video.

The Bachelor filmed this season's main man and Denver native, Colton Underwood, when he returned to the Mile High City on October 23 to continue his search for true love. The crew's downtown stops included Sculpture Park and the Denver Milk Market. Check out the update on TMZ.

November Events You Shouldn't Miss

Fri, Nov 2
4 - 9:30 p.m.
Santa Fe Art District
Procession, costume contest & face painting 

Sat-Sun, Nov 3-4
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Skyline Park
Unique and local holiday shopping!

Sat. Nov 10
6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
City and County Building
23rd Annual Thanksgiving

Sat, Nov 10
Parade & Festival
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Civic Center Park
Sun, Nov 11
5K/10K Run, 8 a.m.
City Park

Nov 16 - Dec 23
times vary
1515 Arapahoe St
Sip, shop and savor the holiday season!

Sat, Nov 17
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
34th Ave between
Williams St & Vine St
Volunteers assemble thousands of food baskets.

Nov 20 - Feb 3
7 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Skyline Park
Ice, music & family fun!

Fri, Nov 23
3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Civic Center Park
Kick off the holidays in the Mile High City!

Fri, Nov 30, 8 p.m.
Sat. Dec 1, 6 p.m.
Downtown & 16th St. Mall
44th Annual holiday spectacular!

ATTN: Event Organizers

The City of Denver's Office of Special Events (OSE) will begin accepting applications on Thursday, Nov. 1 for special events to be held on public property in 2019. This will also be the day that OSE launches a new online application system that will be easier for event organizers to use and facilitate more efficient coordination among Denver agencies. 

The new application system will will be available on the OSE website starting Nov. 1.

Upcoming Workshop! ADA + Events: Making Your Event Accessible to All

Whether you're an event professional or an occasional volunteer, you are invited to join the Office of Special Events and the Office of Disability Rights for an important information session about supporting accessibility for all special event patrons. The session is on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Webb Municipal Building, room 4.F.6. 

Register to participate today! It's absolutely free but has limited space. Contact us with any questions at 720-913-1501 or denverevents@denvergov.org.

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