by Amy Allen
across the metro area will head out on foot, bicycle or in the family chariot
to take in the holiday lighting displays that go such a long way to making the
season merry and oh-so-bright.
MILLIONS OF COLORFUL LIGHTS, ANIMATED DISPLAYS AND HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT will brighten the season for visitors to the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Denver Zoo beginning early next month. Photo of Denver Botanic Gardens: Scott Dressel-Martin.
If the neighbor’s best
imitation of Chevy Chase doesn’t fill the bill, and you’ve tired of those
over-the-top efforts that back up traffic on neighborhood streets with
brightness-of-the-sun displays making sleep almost impossible, you may do well
to set aside a night or two to take in a pair of the metro area’s very finest
holiday light shows.
Zoo Lights will
brighten the night sky at the Denver Zoo every evening, from Fri., Dec. 10, to
Sun., Jan. 2, 5-9p.m. Take your family on a holiday light safari with more
than 38 brilliantly illuminated acres of lights featuring upwards of 150
animated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in
bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected.
While some zoo residents
will be bedded down for the evening, visitors will likely catch a glimpse of
elephants, rhinos, hippos, bighorn sheep, reindeer, bison, polar bear and other
The zoo gives children
several special opportunities to get up close and personal with Santa Claus
throughout the holiday season.
the kids, your camera and an appetite as Santa takes a
break from his hectic holiday schedule to join you for a special breakfast
buffet. Breakfast with Santa is offered Sat.-Sun., Dec. 11-12, at 9 and
10:30a.m. each day. Tickets cost $20 for adults
and $15 for children (ages 2 and under are free). Space is limited, so reserve
your spot early by calling 303-376-6741, or visiting www.denverzoo.org to claim your seat.
On Wed., Dec. 22, 6-8p.m.,
kids are welcomed to enjoy Dessert with Santa. As
with the breakfast events, tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children and
gratis for ages 2 and under. Live animal encounters and special
demonstrations are included, and don’t forget to take in Zoo Lights
before heading home.
Denver Zoo is located in
City Park, on E. 23rd Ave., between Colorado Blvd. and York St. Admission to Zoo Lights costs $8 for
adults; $4 for kids under age 12; and $6 for seniors 65 and over. Members
receive a $2 discount on all tickets. For information, call 303-376-4800 or
Just a hop, skip and a
jump to the south, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., invites you to Blossoms of
Light, Dec. 3-Jan. 2, 5:30-10p.m. each night, including Christmas Eve,
Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Over one million colorful lights draped in elegant
designs highlight the Gardens’ winter beauty. Lovebirds in your group will find
well-planned, romantic kissing spots, intricate ice sculptures will be placed
throughout the winding pathways, and the adventurous in your family will take
to the HoloSpex glasses that add extra twinkle to the
Warm drinks and tasty
treats will also be available for purchase, and seasonal entertainment will be
presented on select evenings.
Those of you considering
popping the question to your beloved this holiday season may want to look into
the gardens’ new Engagement Package, available nightly 6-9p.m., during Blossoms
For $68 per couple ($58
for members) the gardens will provide a private, red-linen draped table for two
in a secluded setting, sparkling cider, a personalized sign (“Will you marry
me, Bev!”), cupcakes and much more. Each proposal will be allotted one hour.
Only two Engagement
Packages are scheduled per evening and reservations will be made on a
first-come, first-served basis. Tickets to Blossoms of
Light cost $9.50 for adults, and $6.50 for children. Members receive a $2
discount, as do seniors 65+. Ages 3 and under are free. For information, visit www.botanicgardens.org or call 720-865-3500.