Holidays in Civic Center

Welcome to Holidays in Civic Center!

Activations in Civic Center

Christkindl Market

Come down to the Park starting November 17, 2023 for the beginning of the Christkindl Market, a maker market and food destination for the holidays, presented by the German-American Chamber of Commerce. This market offers an authentic German holiday experience, including opportunities to meet St. Nikolaus, Krampus, and the Christkind herself. This event will last until December 23, 2023. 

The Mile High Tree Presented by Xfinity

Starting November 17 at 5:15 PM, The Mile High Tree Presented by Xfinity will be lighting up for the season! This seven-story, 110-foot-tall immersive art experience is celebrating its second year in the park and will have a ball drop-style countdown at 9 PM on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2023, to end its run in the park!

City & County of Denver Building Holiday Lights

Stroll over to the City and County building on Bannock street to watch their lights display running all season long! These lights kick off on November 22, the ceremony happens from 4:30-5:30PM!

The light and music show repeats nightly from November 22 – January 21 at 5:45 PM and 6:45 PM, except for Monday nights, December 2 (Parade of Lights) and December 21 (annual memorial vigil honoring persons experiencing homelessness). 

9NEWS Parade of Lights

The 9NEWS Parade of Lights is free and will make a circuit through the heart of downtown beginning at 6 p.m. on December 2, 2023, featuring more than 40 participants, including extravagantly illuminated floats, giant helium-filled character balloons, magnificent marching bands, traditional equestrian units, and vibrant cultural displays. And of course, a special appearance by Waddles the Penguin and Santa. 

Holiday Lights in Civic Center

Holiday Lights in Civic Center include several holiday activations all within the 12 acres of Civic Center. The Great Lawn Holiday lights are produced by Civic Center Conservancy and provide an extra sparkle to the nearby green space. We’re so happy to have you in the park!

Tiny Tots: Christmas – Inside the Orchestra

Round up the kids and bring them over to the McNichols Building on December 10th! Families will enjoy their favorite holiday music along with the orchestra and special guests. More dates to be announced!

Holidays in Civic Center run from November 17- December 23, 2023!

Celebrate community, culture, and coziness at Holidays in Civic Center, presented by the German American Chamber of Commerce, City and County of Denver, Xfinity, and Civic Center Conservancy. This year marks the second year of unifying these four activations, and we can’t wait to have you down in the park!

Donate to community, culture, and coziness by donating to Civic Center Conservancy. We work hard every holiday season to make sure the Holidays in Civic Center are one cohesive event, but we can’t do it without you.

Please consider making a donation to Civic Center Conservancy at the link below!


Arriving at the Event

  • The park will be fenced to ensure the safety of attendees.

  • Entrances will be located near 14th Ave and Bannock Street, and on Broadway between 14th Ave. and Colfax.

Getting to Civic Center Park – Transportation + Parking

  • We highly recommend biking, public transit or ride share for arrival to Holidays in Civic Center Park.

  • For more information on getting to Civic Center Park, click here.

  • Please reserve parking at the Denver Post Parking Garage below! Thanks to our partner, LAZ Parking.

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