As the holiday season comes alive in the Mile High City this weekend, it’s a great time to get out of hibernation after your Thanksgiving Day feast and spend a day out on the town. Take time this weekend to fuel your holiday spirit with a fun-filled day of soaking in holiday cheer and enjoying your favorite winter pastimes. We have put together the following sample weekend-after Thanksgiving agenda to help you close out Turkey week by kicking off the 2013 holiday season in Mile High style.
Start Out the Day with a Holiday Brunch
If you’re burned out on leftover turkey sandwiches and pumpkin pie, it’s time to switch gears into the holiday season by enjoying one of the many winter brunches offered throughout the Downtown Denver area. Some notable brunches in the trendy LoHi neighborhood that are worth trying include Root Down, LoHi Steakbar, Gallop Café, LOLA’s and the Duo Restaurant. Fuel up on crepes, benedicts, omelets and pastries at your favorite LoHi or Downtown Denver neighborhood restaurant before heading out on the town for a day of Mile High holiday activities, glittering lights and cheer.
Get Active on Denver’s Outdoor Skating Rink
One of Downtown Denver’s favorite winter pastimes, The Southwest Rink at Skyline Park, is a must-experience holiday experience for all residents and visitors of the Mile High City. Offering free ice skating for the community starting November 29, this fun family-friendly ice rink is a unique and active way to experience the downtown area. After you enjoy your morning brunch, grab your parka, a pair of gloves and lace up your skates to spend the afternoon gliding your way into a happy holiday season.
Warm Up with a Piping Hot Holiday Beverage
An ice skating experience is never complete until you warm your body and soul with a hot cocoa, coffee or afternoon tea. The 16th Street Mall is lined with delicious beverage options ranging from various Starbucks, Ink! and Caribou coffee shops. Or, if you want to make your warm beverage endeavor even more special, consider heading over to the Brown Palace Tea Room for a traditional European Afternoon Tea experience you won’t regret. This popular afternoon tea tradition includes a variety of loose leaf hot tea options that are coupled with fresh scones, pastries and tea sandwiches. Just make sure to arrange for reservations before going downtown as the holiday season is one of the Brown Palace’s busiest times of the year.
Have a Seat with Old St. Nick
To round out the afternoon, the next stop on your holiday tour should be the Pavilions where you can relax and enjoy entertainment, shopping and visits with Santa. While children get their photos taken with jolly old St. Nick, adults can enjoy live holiday music on Nov. 29 and 30 from the a cappella group, The Mistletones and The Rocky Mountain Steel Band’s holiday steel drum performance.
Save the Best Winter in the City Attraction for Last
Downtown Denver will unveil its holiday sparkle this weekend throughout the city as colorful lights will run through the 16th Street Mall and the 14th Street District to Denver’s historic D&F Tower, Larimer Square, the Denver Pavilions and Union Station. But, the granddaddy of the Mile High City holiday lights will once again be the 9NEWS Light the Lights event when the City and County Building comes alive for the holiday season with thousands of sparkling lights illuminating the city. This grand lighting event on Nov. 29 will include live performances starting at 6 p.m. and will conclude with a countdown to the lighting ceremony at 6:45 p.m. If you want to make a night out of the holiday light displays across the city, you can opt for a special horse drawn carriage ride down the 16th Street Mall area or you can snuggle into a Pedi-Cab for a fun and exciting holiday light tour.
The Mile High City will be buzzing with holiday excitement, bright cheer and colorful decorations this weekend to officially kick off the holiday season. Don’t miss out on making special memories with your friends or new traditions with your family by spending the day enjoying all that our winter wonderland city has to offer during the holiday season.