December 6, 2018

Categories Community Guides, Local Events

Where to See Holiday Lights in Colorado 2018

What better way to get in the holiday spirit than to take in the sights of elaborate light displays? From festive lights at the Denver Zoo to Holiday Mini Golf, this list has the best holiday lights displays in Boulder County, Denver, and beyond.

Denver Zoo Lights

Dates: November 30th, 2018-January 6th, 2019

Admission: See ticket options here

Two million lights, 70 acres, animal encounters, nightly entertainment, and more? That’s the Denver Zoo’s amazing lights experience! For the 28th year, the Denver Zoo is back with all of the festive fun. Don’t forget to purchase your tickets in advance – tickets sell out to this popular holiday attraction.


Longmont Lights

Dates: December 7th & 8th, 2018
Admission: Free

The Longmont Lights is a weekend holiday celebration with live music, a holiday ice skating show, food truck sales, laser light shows and more. Don’t forget about the parade on Saturday, December 8th!


Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Dates: Open nightly, November 23rd, 2018 through January 1, 2019, including December 24-25th and 31st.
Admission: Click here for more information on prices

Enjoy the lovely Denver Botanic Gardens all lit in holiday style! With new lighting arrangements every year, the Botanic Gardens’ light display is not to be missed. Carolers sing merry tunes on select evenings, warm drinks are available for purchase, and the grand finale with music is sure to top off one of Denver’s best light displays. Be sure to dress warm!


Christmas in Color at Water World

Dates: November 30th-December 31st

Admission: $25-30 per vehicle

While Water World normally lays dark and deserted in the wintertime, this year is different! Over 1.5 million lights will be illuminating the park, providing visitors with an approximately 30 minute drive through the holiday arrangements.


Holiday Lights in Golden

Dates: Holiday lights on view from sunset to midnight from Thanksgiving to February 15th, 2019
Admission: Free

Thousands of Christmas lights will illuminate the park and historic buildings—inside and out! On November 30th, after the Candlelight Walk, enjoy a fireworks display as local dignitaries “Light the Lights” near The Golden Hotel!


Downtown Fort Collins Holiday Lights

Dates: November 2nd, 2018 – Feburary 14, 2019
Admission: Free

Thousands of strands of holiday lights illuminate historic Downtown Fort Collins this season. The LED lights set the holiday spirit and are also energy-efficient and sustainable. You can expect College Ave, Laporte Ave, Magnolia St, Walnut Ave, Linden St, Pine St, Old Town Square, Oak Street Plaza, and Mountain Ave to be lit.


Westminster Adventure Golf & Race Holiday Lights Mini Golf

Dates: Fri-Sun November 2nd – December 16th, 2018, & daily December 21st – December 31st, 2018.
Admission: Adult $10, Child $8, Senior $8, see here for resident/group pricing

Enjoy holiday lights and mini golf at Adventure Golf and Race in Westminster! As you stop at 54 holes, enjoy over 100,000 lights, holiday snacks and beverages for purchase, and more.


Thornton WinterFest at Carpenter Park Fields

Dates: December 7th-9th, 2018. See times here.
Admission: Prices vary for each event, see schedule of events

From the turning on of the holiday lights in the miniature Santa’s Village to the ice skating pond; from the tree decorating contest to the Holiday Marketplace and a grand finale fireworks show, there will be lots for everyone to see and do at the Thornton WinterFest!



Brighton Festival of Lights

Dates: December 8th, Festivities begin at 10 am, Festival of Lights Parade starts at 5 pm.
Admission: Free

The parade includes more than 75 fully-lighted entries and beautifully highlights the theme of “A Hometown Holiday Tradition.” This is a wonderful event for the whole family!


A Hudson Christmas at The Hudson Gardens

Dates: December 1-2, 7-9, 14-24, & 26-31, 2018
Admission: Click here to purchase tickets.

This festive holiday light show returns for the 2018 holiday season, taking visitors on a journey of visual delight of twinkling lights and glowing displays via a one-mile outdoor walking path winding through The Hudson Gardens & Event Center in Littleton, Colorado.


A Holidays Evening at the Littleton Museum

Dates: December 9th, 2018 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Admission: Adult $10, Child $4 for General Public

Enjoy bonfires and the enchanting holiday lights at the Little Museum, take a hay ride, sip your apple cider, and snack on holiday treats at Littleton’s favorite holiday event.



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