Things to do in December

2019 is coming to a close. Explore nearly a dozen activities bound to put everyone in the holiday spirit. Explore major seasonal events alongside one-off Santa sightings this December in Aurora, Colorado.

Santa at Stanley Marketplace

Seasonal Events & Delights

Camp Christmas at Stanley Marketplace
When: Now through January 5, 2020
Where: The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace

Enjoy a modern-yet-timeless installation at Stanley Marketplace Nov. 21 through Jan. 5. Camp Christmas is a 10,000 sq. ft. installation and light show that gives visitors ample picture opportunities while celebrating holiday traditions old and new. This over-the-top extravaganza is the brainchild of artist and storyteller, Lonnie Hanzon. You can even catch Santa Claus there every Saturday afternoon, enjoy a beverage (or two) while wandering the exhibit, and buy group tickets so all your friends can enjoy. In addition to Camp Christmas, visitors can expect pop-up events, Santa sightings, holiday tree lightings, and other festive events inside Stanley Marketplace. Visitors can purchase their tickets online ahead of time.

ICE! Featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & Cirque Dream Holidaze
When: Now through January 5, 2020
Where: Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center

Celebrate the First Christmas at Gaylord Rockies with multiple holiday-themed events. Starting Nov. 22 through Jan. 5, the resort will be transformed into a winter wonderland complete with a Mistletoe Village with seasonal eats and Build-A-Bear Workshop. Gaylord Rockies will also launch its first annual ICE! An event featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Visitors can wander through the wintery attraction made of two million pounds of expertly carved ice sculptures. Also, purchase your tickets in advance for a performance by Cirque Dream Holidaze, an interesting and exciting holiday theatrical production with dozens of dancers and performers. Throughout the 45-days, visitors are welcome to stop by and enjoy holiday lights and more in the Grand Lodge.

Zoo Lights
When: Now through December 30
Where: Denver Zoo

Start the holiday season with the annual Zoo Lights hosted by Denver Zoo. This year's theme, Illuminated with Life, will surely be an incredible experience for the whole family. From the Festival of Lanterns to exciting animal demos, it is a must-see on the event list. Grab some kettle corn and hot chocolate and check out the beautiful light displays. Tickets are only available for purchase online this year, so get them while you can!

Santa Photos
When: Now through December 24
Where: Town Center at Aurora

‘Tis the season for Santa photos at Town Center at Aurora. Spend the day getting all the presents on your list. Then round off the afternoon posing for a photo with Father Christmas himself. Throughout the month, visitors can enjoy special events with Mr. Claus, including storytime, and even a holiday dinner. Visit the Town Center at Aurora online for more details, hours, and pricing.

City of Aurora Tree Lighting

Holiday Concerts & Tree Lightings

Holiday Tree Lighting
When: December 3
Where: Aurora Municipal Center

Start the season off right with the tree lighting in the heart of Aurora. Come and meet live reindeer and get pictures of the kids with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Visitors can enjoy free hot chocolate and snacks while watching the tree get lit for the season. There will also be musical and dance performances. This event is admission-free!

Santa in the Hangar
When: December 6 & 8
Where: Wings Over the Rockies Exploration in Flight

Bring the kids out to get that picture with Santa! Wings Over the Rockies is hosting Santa Claus himself on December 6. Enjoy some hot chocolate while the kids tell Santa what they want for the holidays. Visitors attending on Sunday, Dec. 8, can expect Santa to show up in style (helicopter arrival!). While regular admission pricing is required upon entry into Wings Over the Rockies, families, and visitors alike are encouraged to bring a toy to donate – admission pricing will be reduced.

2019 Symphony Holiday Concert
When: December 7 & 8
Where: The People’s Building

Come out and enjoy some sounds of the season at this holiday concert. Located in the heart of the cultural arts district, the People’s Building offers community-focused events for the whole family. Aurora Symphony Orchestra will be performing holiday classics intended to bring joy, peace, and love to everyone. This family-friendly event is low-cost, tickets start at $5 for kids.

Fireworks & Family Fest Presented by Coca Cola
When: December 14
Where: Winter Park Resort

Head up to the mountains and enjoy Winter Park’s seasonal Fireworks and Family Fest. Gather at the base of the slopes by the bonfire for the best view of the fireworks and giveaways. Roast your own s’mores over the flames and dance to the music. This admission-free event is open to everyone; fireworks begin shortly after sundown.

Ice Skating in Southlands Aurora, CO

Things To Do All Month Long

Ice Skating at The Pond in Southlands

Hang out at The Pond this winter season! The Pond, located in Southlands Lifestyle Center, is open throughout the holidays, including Christmas Eve. Visitors can rent skates on-site and enjoy the ice underneath the twinkling lights. While there is a small admission-fee, your pass is good all day. Perfect for families or shoppers looking for a break, The Pond is a seasonal tradition. Warm-up with a cup of hot chocolate or grab dinner at one of the nearby restaurants.

Paint and Sip

Check out some painting classes this December season. Painting with a Twist and Different Strokes Paint and Sip both offer beautiful holiday-inspired pieces. Consider this a great way to create a homemade holiday gift (with a little bit of help)! From traditional canvas to wooden frames, there are many options for a unique holiday gift. Spend the night out with some friends while creating a masterpiece.