Holiday light displays in the metro Denver area
Here are some notable light displays around the Denver area, with most viewable through New Year’s Eve.
Denver Botanic Gardens Blossom of Lights
When: 5-9 p.m., through Jan. 1 (includes Dec. 24, 25 and 31).
Where: 1007 York St., Denver
Contact: 720-865-3500 or botanicgardens.org.
Denver Zoo Lights
When: 5:30-8:30 p.m., through Jan. 6 (closed Christmas)
Where: 2300 Steele St., Denver
Contact: 720-337-1400 or denverzoo.org
Denver Zoo’s annual display is one of the region’s most popular — which means preparing for crowds during busy times. The eye-popping, 60-acre display includes live entertainment, select animal sightings, food and drink, Santa meet-and-greets and the zoo’s signature “illuminated animated sculptures” throughout.
A Hudson Christmas
When: 5-9 p.m. through Dec. 24 and Dec. 26-31
Where: Hudson Gardens & Event Center, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton
This “extravaganza of lights” is practically viewable from space, and features nightly Santa visits (be sure to bring your own camera) through Dec. 23, hot beverages (cider, cocoa), yurts in which to cozy up, and more.
Santa’s Village at Chatfield Farms
When: 4:30-8:30 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, through Dec. 23
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton
Contact: 720-865-3500 or botanicgardens.org
Admission includes a meet-and-greet with Santa’s live reindeer, pictures with Santa, Snow Man and the reindeer, crafts with Mrs. Claus, a hayride, Santa’s Cinema on Elf Boulevard, vendors and, of course, holiday lights galore.
Holiday Lights Mini Golf
When: 5:30-9 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, through Sunday; 5:30-9 p.m. daily Dec. 21-31 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas)
Where: Adventure Golf & Raceway. 9650 N. Sheridan Blvd., Westminster
Contact: 303-650-7587 or adventuregolfandraceway.com
If you haven’t been yet, hear us out: This Westminster display boasts 54 holes of mini-golf, more than 100,000 lights and decorations ranging from “Woody, the giant talking tree,” to an erupting volcano and “a booming fireball from our very own temple god.” Seasonal snacks, hot chocolate and adult beverages also available (for a price, of course).
645 Turner Ave. — This colorfully lit home features “JOY” spelled out in lights.
442 Turner Ave. — Strings of lights hung from tree branches envelop this home inside a large “star.”
348 Turner Ave. — This home is lined with lights, as are the trees, which are covered in blue.
103 Common Drive — A colorful home featuring several inflatables, including Santa on a sleigh and a Christmas castle.
501 S. Ninth St. — Nearly every inch of the lawn that anchors this enormous display is covered with inflatables, including several Minions from the popular kids movie “Despicable Me.”
800 Longview Ave. and 740 Sage Place — These adjacent houses feature two complimentary displays: several inflatables, including a large tree and reindeer at the first, and a musical soundtrack featuring Christmas hits (including Coldplay), at the second.
541 Wrangell Lane — This colorful display makes prominent use of lumanaries which line the driveway.
255 Iriquois Road — This festive home features inflatables like ballerina pigs and lit-up geese.
601 Marine St. — This house is dripping in classic beauty with white icicle lights lining the roof.
5375 Kewanee Drive — The lawn at this house is covered in illuminated trees and bushes, with multi-colored lights accenting the roof.
508 Pearl St. — This house glows with colorful trees, multi-colored lights line the fence and the roof is accented with “Dream” spelled out in lights.
590 Pine St. — This property shines with a towering tree accented in multi-colored lights.
505 Pine St. — Classic white shines on this property with two towering trees, lit wreaths and bright red bows.
541 Highland Ave. — Shining in red and white, the outlined roof and adorned trees make for some classic beauty.
416 Arapahoe Ave. — Blue and red colors shine bright across the house and bushes.
433 Pine St. — Classic white lights and wreaths outline this stately home.
222 Iroquois Road — A festive illuminated green wreath highlights this home.
550 Mapleton Ave. — This home looks like a gingerbread house. Do not eat it.
474 Arapahoe Ave. — Purple and white shine at this festive home.
400 Hickory Street — Illuminated roof lines, a colorful tree trunk and lit-up grazing deer are highlights of this home.
5061 Yates Circle — Clean lines of light and snowfolk outline this festive home.
5092 Yates Circle — Multi-colored lights dress up this house and front yard tree, embellished with candy canes and deer.
4801 W 123rd Place — A classic display of clean white icicle lines, with Santa and his sleigh parked in the front lawn.
4872 W. 123rd Place — Big bold snowflakes decorate this house, with a highlight being that viewers can tune into 90.7 to “Listen to the Lights.”
155 Hemlock — A sprawling display of festiveness features winter and holiday creatures illuminating the whole lawn, with a lit-up sign thanking members of the military and police.
1188 Clubhouse Drive — A giant tree stuffed with illuminated candy canes, shooting stars on the roof, candy canes, hearts, deer and more decorating the lawn — this house is a must-see.
1052 and 1000 Katy Lane — Check out the glowing oversized candy canes that line a white picket fence at 1052 or the traditional garland, lights and potted poinsettias at 1000, which is already a deep shade of red.
1001, 1007 and 1017 Neon Forest Circle — This street offers gleaming homes, decked out with their own seasonal flare; 1001 has super unique lighting and a huge inflatable dragon, which sits porch-side; 1007 offers a modern take with hologram lighting, as well as traditional strands. Accented with ribbon-adorned wreaths and a lit balcony, 1017 shines.
836 Tenacity Drive — Icicle lights outline the spacious front porch, blue, red and green lights wrap around a front yard tree and laser designs are projected on the roof.
8 Lincoln Place — This seasonal landmark you can probably see from space. A sprawling display of the holidays covers nearly every square inch of this lawn, complete with teddy bears, snowglobes, Snoopy, a doll house, angels, Disney characters, candy canes, penguins, music and lights galore.
210 Lincoln St. — Glowing snowflakes, peppermint swirls, snowpeople and a dazzling selection of various lights are artfully laid out in this generous display of cheer.
416 Bowen St. — Simpler in presentation, multicolored lights wrap around trees and the porch offers a warm reddish amber glow.
1003 Terry St. — This explosion of color and light is sure to delight the senses. An oversized Mickey Mouse, dazzling Christmas tree light fixtures and numerous sparkling additions fill this spacious yard.
1244 1st St. — Classic white lights line the roof and the multiple trees found in the front yard boast lighting that create festive silhouettes.
1900 Creekside Drive — An inflatable candy cane archway, Santa, top-hatted snowpeople, a life-sized nutcracker and decorated trees round out this presentation.
1907 Creekside Drive — Front porch columns are generously illuminated with bright-white lighting, as hints of red and green lighting can be found on the landscape’s shrubbery.
Washburn Street — This street is teeming with homes that will make you want to stop and stroll. Driving through these tree-lined streets, visitors will feel like they are at a magical village, as one house is more lit up and jaw-dropping than the next.
• 1361 offers several inflatables, including an unexpected red and green dinosaur.
• 1373 is dripping in gold and silver lighting and even houses a few shining reindeer.
• 1397 possesses that classic Christmas feel with tons of multicolored lighting.
• 1438, while understated, almost has a space vibe, as the lights resemble constellations that perfectly outline the roof to guide Santa’s sleigh.
1345 Greening Ave. — Offers lights framing the house’s windows, a glowing Snoopy and even a blue Smurf displayed in a window.
644 Trails at Coal Creek Drive — Vintage multicolored bulbs line the roof, while a light tree surrounded by glowing packages and a reindeer-drawn sleigh inhabit the yard.
245 N. Cherrywood Drive — Ornaments hang from a front tree, whose trunk is filled with lights. Lit-up reindeers graze in the front yard.
319 Sprucewood Court — Projected holograms, lit-up candy canes and lit-up trees sparkle in this display.
612 Bella Vista Road — Green, red and white lights beautifully frame the outline of this home, as small shrubs are aglow with multicolored lights.
St. Andrews Lane — The real star of 826 has to be the massive glowing blue tree that dwarfs the home. The house at 951 is clean with golden white lighting that still makes a definite statement. Rainbow lights frame the roof of the house at 970 and a hologram snowperson bearing gifts is projected on the garage.
4415 and 4425 Walden Avenue — These neighboring homes offer a double dose of lighted fun with lit-up arches and several figures, including a big festive bear and reindeer enjoying a bath in a large mug of hot cocoa.
1704 Georgetown Court — The secular and religious mix on the lawn in front of this home, which includes a large blow-up reindeer, snowperson and manger scene.
4040 Georgetown Drive — The lawn at this home is filled with lit-up fixtures, including a Santa Claus, drummer boy, snowfolk and even a dinosaur.
4200 Trailwood Drive — From a huge Santa Claus and snowman to Hello Kitty and several snowpeople, the sheer number of blow-ups here makes this one of the most impressive displays in town.
1978 Buena Vista Place — Several wooden fixtures, including Christmas trees, reindeer snowpeople, make this a fun to display during the day as well as at night. There’s also a festive airplane on the roof.
3907 Cottonwood Drive — The sheer number and variety of the inflatables covering nearly every inch of lawn at this northwest Loveland home, including Mickey Mouse and an Angry Bird as well as more traditional elements, make this eye-popping display one not to miss.
3656 Foothills Drive — A massive Candy Castle blow-up inflatable is the highlight here, but there are also candy canes lining the lawn and red and green lights projected onto the house.
1321 Gard Place — This colorful home features two big snowpeople as well as candy canes and other elements.
197 Chalk Ave. — Winnie the Pooh fans will like this display, which features an inflatable Tigger and Pooh along with snowpeople, penguins and deer.
1829 Renae Place — This massive red and green display features tons of lights, several inflatables and even merry graphics painted onto the house.
1669 Carol Drive — A lawn filled with fixtures, including the Abominable Snowman and nativity scene, as well as a “Merry Christmas” on the garage and Santa and his sleigh on the roof.
3069 Hudson Drive — This colorful display features trees celebrating Colorado, Indy Car racing and the owner’s recent trip to Mexico. The house is appealing during the day and night.
1402 W. 31st St. — This bright display features several lawn inflatables, including dogs, Olaf the Snowman and Snoopy.
847 N. Namaqua Ave. — This large display features several elements spread over a large lawn, including several trees and a wooden train.