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7 safe and socially distant things to do in Denver and beyond this weekend, Dec. 18-Dec. 20, 2020

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Posted at 5:11 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 19:11:46-05

DENVER — We're likely to see some cooler weather again come Friday, but the weekend is looking pretty nice, so it might be time to get out of the house for a few hours! Here are a few safe and socially-distant options for your weekend family plans:

1. It’s official: Zoo Lights has been making magic, memories and even marriages for 30 amazing years! Celebrate the season safely with your family at Zoo Lights 30th Anniversary. Don’t miss this year’s historic celebration with more than a million lights sparkling over 80 acres – plus a host of special measures to keep your family safe and healthy. Tickets are ONLY available online, and Zoo Lights sells out every year. Be sure to secure your spot today!

2. The annual Denver Christkindl Market open this Friday! The event offers an authentic German holiday experience, including opportunities to meet St. Nikolaus, Krampus and Christkind herself. Guests can savor the season as they enjoy authentic, traditional German drinks while wandering through the market. Guests can also enjoy live music and plenty of delicious snacks with their family and friends. To learn more about the event including safety information please visit their website.

3. Join Wings Over the Rockies for Santa in the Hangar! Talk with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy holiday stories, see a puppet show and more. Watch Santa arrive at the museum in a helicopter at 9:45am! Pre-purchased tickets are required.

4. Create a new family tradition and join in the free nightly festivities at Denver’s latest holiday attraction, which returns after making its debut last year. The Mile High Tree puts on a dazzling music and lights show. It's the largest installation of its kind in North America. The tree was created by ILMEX Illumination, a globally renowned decorative lighting production company in Spain. Madrid-based Brut Deluxe handled the lighting design using pixel-mapping technology. For information, including when the tree will be open to visitors, head here.

5. Shop local and support local artists with Green Wave Gallery’s first annual Holiday Art Market. The market is open Fridays from 6-9pm and Saturdays 2-5pm and are also open by appointment for private shopping.

6. History Colorado’s Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith is now open and running through January 3. Explore the history of citizen participation, debate, and compromise from the nation’s formation to today. Awe-inspiring objects captivate guests while interactive elements spark conversation about civil rights, politics, conflict, and consensus. Artifacts range from the pre-statehood handwritten laws of Buckskin Joe’s mining camp to the priceless inkwell from the Civil War surrender at Appomattox. Reserve your tickets today!

7. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Presents The 29th Granny Dances To A Holiday Drum! Even in challenging times, the magic of “Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum” continues! Guided by the Three Angels of the Rainbow, Granny visits Africa, the Americas, Mexico, Asia, and the Caribbean to celebrate the joy of Holiday Times! From the African Harvest to Kwanzaa, from the Chinese New Year to Junkanoo…. a celebration of both diversity and oneness! This 70-minute virtual performance will be streaming for one month from December 5, 2020 to January 2, 2021. Tickets are on sale now!