Celebrate the holidays at several open-air markets
By Patte Smith
In downtown Denver, Skyline Park’s open-air Urban Holiday Market located at 16th and Arapahoe Street, is Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get an early start for Christmas shopping strolling through the market full of arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry and many other treasures. Food and drinks will be on hand and music too. For information, visit http://www.urbanmarketdenver.com/.
The 9NEWS Parade of Lights is transformed this year to a multi-week, socially distanced extravaganza of floats. Starting Friday, November 27 through Sunday, December 27, the parade floats will be displayed from Denver Pavilions to Denver Union Station for families and friends to revel in the excitement of the holiday season.
Denver Christkindl Market is an area favorite with an artisan marketplace, authentic German cuisine, beer, European confections and live music. Stroll through the market, and in the evening enjoy the ambiance of holiday lights, downtown vibes and maybe a little snow. Located at Civic Center Park, 101 West 14th Avenue, Denver, the market is free and is open Friday, November 20 through Wednesday, December 23.
The popular 34th Annual Holiday Food & Gift Festival is Friday, November 20 through Sunday, November 22 at the National Western Complex in Denver. Face masks are required, and booths are placed six feet apart. Get a jump on holiday shopping as you peruse the hundreds of handmade gifts, including Christmas décor, toys, crafts, jewelry and more. There is also a special area of gourmet food delights and tasty drinks. For more information and times, visit https://nationalwesterncomplex.com/events/.
The Boulder Holiday Market is Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22 in Central Park along Boulder Creek at 13th Street and Canyon Boulevard. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, the market is free and offers handcrafted goods, gifts, and specialty foods made by local artists, crafters and bakers. Enjoy live music, chat with the artists and get some early shopping done.
A short drive through the Colorado mountains to the 61st Annual Georgetown Christmas Market in historic Georgetown is a must. Stroll down the pedestrian-only streets while experiencing old-fashioned charm. The quaint town exudes holiday excitement and the unique shops are full of Christmas ornaments and Victorian treasures. The kids love the horse-drawn wagon ride. There is an outdoor European marketplace with hand-crafted gifts and holiday treats. The free market runs from Friday, December 4 through Sunday, December 6 and Friday, December 11 through Sunday, December 13. For more information, visit www.historicgeorgetown.org.