Things to do in December

The holidays have arrived in Aurora! Explore new activities designed to bring the holiday spirit to you and your family.

Uncover seasonal events alongside Santa sighting this December with discounts and deals. Remember to follow mask-wearing and social distancing guidelines enforced by the State of Colorado and provided by the CDC. View updated COVID-19 community resources to assist you in planning your visit.

A son and father pose in front of the I Love Christmas Movies exhibit at Gaylord Rockies in Aurora Colorado

Seasonal Events & Delights

Virtual Camp Christmas
Where: At home
When: Now through Jan 5, 2021

This season, Camp Christmas welcomes visitors to an interactive experience in a virtual world, with tangible treats shipped right to your door. Explore the virtual campgrounds and earn badges for participating in holiday activities, daily camp events, and DIY crafts. This experience is great for kids and families looking for an out-of-the-box Christmas experience. Celebrate the season with packages starting at $10. Grab yours today.

I Love Christmas Movies Immersive Experience
Where: Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center
When: Now through Jan 3, 2021

Explore a magical Christmas experience with the I Love Christmas Movies – a fully immersive exhibit featuring key moments from some of the most iconic Warner Bros. Pictures Christmas movies, including THE POLAR EXPRESS™, A CHRISTMAS STORY™, ELF™, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION™, and THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS™. Enjoy more than 13 fully immersive scenes complete with replicas of film props, audio clips, and more, making participants feel like they have stepped into the actual story. Visitors do not have to spend the night at Gaylord Rockies in order to experience this exhibit. Get discounts on packages when you visit our Holiday Activities & Deals page.

Zoo Lights
Where: Denver Zoo
When: Now through December 31

Start the holiday season with the annual Zoo Lights hosted by Denver Zoo. Their 30th Anniversary celebration 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 first-come, first-serve to enjoy this socially distanced event.

A young child sits with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Stanley Marketplace in Aurora Colorado

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

'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. Visit the Town Center at Aurora online to make an appointment in advance and explore pricing.

Live Holiday Art & Music
Where: Town Center at Aurora
When: Dec. 3 – 10

Find the perfect gift for the creative type in your family by visiting the Town Center at Aurora’s holiday art and music festival.

Day of Jubilee
Where: Your home (virtual event)
When: Dec. 4

Tune-in to this free event hosted by The People’s Building and Jubilee Roasting Company. Join online for this celebration of visual art and music featuring Sam Armstrong-Zickefoose and a 360 degrees gallery viewing of "Facades" by watercolor Artist Kellie Fox. You can watch the live-stream on Facebook.

Hot Cocoa & Painting with Mrs. Claus
Where: Painting with a Twist, Aurora
When: Dec. 13

Create a holiday memory that will last a lifetime at Painting with a Twist. On December 13, they are hosting a special guest – Mrs. Claus! Buy tickets in advance to this in-person event and enjoy step-by-step directions to paint a masterpiece that is all your own. Throughout the session, sip on free hot chocolate.

Vintage Christmas
Where: Your home (virtual event)
When: Dec. 14

Make your home feel like the holidays with the delightful sounds of Brekken Baker and Carter Edward Smith. Their Christmas music will stream through the airwaves into your home in this virtual holiday musical experience. Purchase tickets in advance to enjoy their holiday sounds.

Ice Skating at The Pond in Southlands with a mother and her two children in Aurora Colorado

Things to do All Month Long

Ice Skating at The Pond at Southlands

Hang out at The Pond this winter season! The Pond, located in Southlands Lifestyle Center, is open throughout the holidays (until Feb. 28), 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.

Holiday Dinners & Traditions

Celebrate the season with a wonderful meal from one (or many!) of Aurora’s international eateries. Annette, located inside Stanley Marketplace, is serving customers in whimsical outdoor greenhouses. At the same time, more than 100 local eateries are offering takeout and delivery on their holiday classics – including desserts and more. Explore Aurora’s takeout & delivery page for more restaurant browsing.