Famed comedian Johnny Carson once said, “Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.” Just kidding!
With all seriousness, spending time with family and friends during the holidays is truly an invaluable blessing. But after the turkey’s been fully picked at, the last piece of pumpkin pie has been devoured and you’ve lost all patience with the Black Friday crowds, visitors from out-of-town will ask, “So what are we doing now?”
Swingle’s pulled together a list of 6 things to do Thanksgiving weekend that you and your entire family can visit and enjoy across the state of Colorado. And they’re sure to provide everyone with a little holiday cheer.
Festival of Trees – Greeley
The 29th Annual Festival of Trees is scheduled for November 24 – December 2 in downtown Greeley. The union Colony Civic Center will be transformed into a winter wonderland filled with decorated trees, wreaths and holiday collections sure to put you in the festive spirit. It’s a forest of trees ranging from whimsical, to traditional, to elaborate – each with their own unique theme. For more details on this popular event, click here.
Blossoms of Light – Denver
Denver Botanic Gardens explodes with the spirit of the holidays with this annual, family-friendly holiday & Christmas lighting event. York Street transforms into a dazzling winter wonderland complete with interactive light displays, holiday treats and an extravaganza of holiday lighting that’s unparalleled in the area. The event runs from November 24 – January 1. For more details on this amazing event, click here.
Holiday Lighting and Wine Walk – Glenwood Springs
This holiday favorite is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together to kick off
the season. On November 24, after the lighting of the Hotel Colorado is complete, it’s time for the heart of Glenwood Springs to come alive with its own lighting show across the pedestrian bridge and a wine walk in the local businesses through downtown. For more details on this rain or shine event, click here.
Downtown Santa’s Shopping Quest – Fort Collins
30 downtown businesses will hide a specially named Santa Claus figurine and Gold Star somewhere throughout their shop. Your job is to find all 30 Santa figurines and the name of each Santa, write them on your Santa’s Quest Scavenger Sheet and drop it off at any participating business. You have a chance to win up to $500 in gift cards, while supporting local businesses in Fort Collins. The event runs from November 24 – December 17. For more details, click here.
43rd Annual Holiday Art Market – Golden
The Foothills Art Center is the premier venue for local handmade shopping in the Denver metro area. Showcasing over 100 local artists, it also supplies visitors with a wide range of prices and unique items for those on your holiday shopping list. The event runs from November 10 – December 30.
Grand Illumination – Denver
On Friday, November 24, Join the LoDo District and the Union Station Alliance as they light Denver Union Station. Enjoy carolers and treats, drinks at The Terminal Bar, and the revealing of this year’s holiday lighting of the iconic station.
We hope these 6 things to do Thanksgiving weekend will provide you and your family with laughter and memories this holiday season.