Things to Do in December

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

There are so many things to do in Aurora this holiday season, so gather the family, and get ready for endless fun. Remember to follow mask-wearing requirements.


Plan ahead. Buy tickets, sign-up online, or do a little research before attending these events and activities.

Holiday Magic at Stanley
When: Nov. 18- Dec. 29
WHERE: Stanley Marketplace

Stanley Marketplace is bringing all the holiday magic this season, and we’re all for it! Some events include Sensory Santa with Parallel Play on December 12th, Cookie Decorating at Comida on December 15th, Live Music with Reunited Acapella, and more! See all events at Holiday Magic here.

Christmas at Gaylord Rockies
When: Nov. 19 - Jan. 2
Where: Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center

Skip the cold, and get cozy inside the Gaylord Rockies to take a journey into Buddy the Elf's Christmas world in this all-new multisensory experience. Share laughs with the family as you meet Mr. Narwhal, prepare for Santa's arrival at the department store, and participate in a Central Park snowball fight. Get ready to spread Christmas cheer for all to hear! Activities range from $19.99 to $109.99. Purchase tickets here.

Ice Skating at the Pond Southlands
WHEN: Nov. 20 - Feb. 27
WHERE: Southlands

Get ready to skate across a winter wonderland at The Pond at Southlands. The rink is open to the public, and this year, make reservations for 75-minute time slots online. Rental skates are included in the admission price, and don't forget to wear socks! Tickets are $12. For more information, click here.

Small Business Saturdays
When: Saturdays Nov. 27 - Dec. 18
WHERE: Stanley Marketplace

It's always special to support small businesses during the holiday season, and Stanley Marketplace is home to 50+ independently-owned companies. Find the perfect gifts for the family (or yourself), and avoid 'big-box shopping' by supporting small! Learn more about Stanley Marketplace here.

Mercado Mistletoe Holiday Pop-Up
When: Nov. 27 - Dec. 24
Where: The People's Building

Enjoy this unique shopping experience in the center of the Aurora Cultural and Arts District! Starting on Small Business Saturday (November 27th), the Mercado Mistletoe Holiday Pop-Up brings a variety of multicultural creators together for you to shop, jam out to live music, and experience live theater. Support locals by browsing for holiday gifts for your friends, family, and maybe even yourself! The market is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Learn more about the pop-up here.

Sensitive Santa at Town Center at Aurora
WHEN: December 5th
WHERE: Town Center at Aurora in Center Court

This is a special event for families with sensory needs. Holiday events can be overwhelming, so stop by Sensitive Santa at Town Center at Aurora for the lights dimmed, music turned off, and families will have a special time to visit Santa. Also, each child will receive a gift from Santa! Find more information here.

Live Holiday Music & Art
WHEN: Every Thursday in December
WHERE: Town Center at Aurora in Center Court

We want to bring the Aurora community together with The Canvas Project. Celebrate every 'Friday eve' until Christmas by supporting local artists and enjoying music by Cat on the Keys. So, buddle up, bring your friends, and come check it out!

Holiday Gift Wrap Station
WHEN: Nov. 28 - Dec. 24th
WHERE: Town Center at Aurora at A1 Boxing

We understand that gift wrapping can be one of the most stressful parts of the holiday season. So, leave it to the professionals! Before you leave Town Center, stop by A1 Boxing to get your gifts wrapped and prepped for under the tree. Gift wrapping is complimentary, but please show gratitude to our community with tips.

Spinphony- Live in Concert!
WHEN: Dec. 31
WHERE: Aurora Fox Theater

Ring in the New Year in style when the Aurora Fox’s Cabaret Series presents Spinphony, live, in concert! The electrifying ladies of Spinphony have performed all around the world with artists like Evanescense, Josh Groban and Michael Bublé to name a few favorites. And on New Year’s Eve, they’ll be appearing right here at Aurora’s historic Fox Theater!


The following will be open throughout December, making it easy to plan your adventures in Aurora.

Photos with Santa
WHERE: Town Center at Aurora and Southlands

Santa Clause is coming to town, and he's right in Center Court at Town Center from November 18th to December 21st! Enjoy photo opportunities, and watch the kiddos finally tell Santa what they want for Christmas. For questions and information regarding Santa photos, don't hesitate to contact Cherry Hill Programs at 800-475-4401.

Also, see Santa at Southlands Mall from November 20th to December 24th. If you stop by on November 20th or November 22nd through 24th, get FREE photos with Santa! To make reservations or see pricing packages, click here.

Holiday Light Displays
WHERE: Gaylord Rockies and Denver Zoo

LIGHT! At Gaylord Rockies is the perfect place to take the kids to see beautiful holiday lights. Inspired by the landscapes of Colorado, take a stroll through the most scenic parts of the Gaylord Rockies. This event is complimentary throughout the month of December.

Visit the iconic Denver Zoo Lights this holiday season! Bundle up while you walk through over 80 acres of beautiful light displays. Zoo Lights runs from November 22nd to January 2nd, and tickets range from $15 to $25. Find tickets here.

Theatre for Young Audiences
WHERE: Stanley Marketplace

Do your kids love a show? From December 3rd to 19th, Experience their favorite holiday books come to life at Winter Tales! The kiddos will enjoy activities followed by a few short plays. Buy tickets in advance here, or pay $12 at the door.

Holiday Performances for Adults
WHERE: Aurora Fox Theater and People's Building

A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant at the Aurora Fox Arts Center from November 26th to December 19th. This is an absurd satirical musical that is guaranteed to bring you lots of laughs. Find tickets here.

If you’re looking for another comedy show, see Santa’s Red Sack at The People’s Building from December 2nd to 24th! This show is a sketch comedy, and you will never experience the holidays in the same way ever again. Find tickets here.

Looking for more things to do? Click here to check out the Visit Aurora Events Page!