Winter could be troublesome to get by way of, even in regular occasions. Often, we will depend on journeys to the theatre, Santa visits, or vacation events to brighten our spirits. This yr, as COVID-19 instances rise, we’ll should get a bit of extra inventive.

From tenting to surreal audio strolling excursions of town, listed below are some actions you are able to do in Denver to take care of your sanity over the following few months whereas additionally protecting social distance.


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Take a self-guided public artwork tour

Over the summer season, we dropped a collection of road artwork and mural excursions, every curated by a special Denver artist. All of them could be skilled on foot, by bike or from the heat of your automotive. And when you end these, Denver Arts & Venues has its personal record of public artwork excursions.

Get to know town higher

Talking of excursions, Denver Strolling Excursions has a big selection of excursions of town, together with free or personal excursions, ghost excursions, and self-guided audio excursions. Denver Structure has a collection of free, self-guided audio excursions of town’s most iconic buildings and landmarks. And if you wish to get to know Denver on a complete new degree, the MCA has a surreal audio tour of town created by the poet Mathias Svalina. Try this piece we wrote about Dreaming Denver again in September. 

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Make the season vivid(er) with some vacation lights

Tickets are going quick to Denver Zoo’s 30th anniversary Zoo Lights, which is open to members beginning Nov. 23 and to non-members from December 4-31. You may also take a look at the Botanic Gardens’ Blossoms of Gentle at its Denver location and Path of Lights at Chatfield Farms, each of which provide otherworldly illuminations experiences, in addition to concessions with vacation snacks and drinks.

Denver’s 110-foot tall “Mile Excessive Tree” is again this yr, with added security measures like 6-feet standing markers, limits on group sizes, a face protecting mandate and employees readily available to implement the foundations. On choose dates, from Nov. 20 to Jan. 2, you may go to the tree at 16th St. Mall on Welton Avenue to expertise an immersive gentle and music present, and the remainder of the time it may be loved from a distance.

9NEWS’ Annual Parade of Lights is now a stationary parade. The entire traditional floats from years previous will probably be displayed round downtown for a number of weeks, from Nov. 27 to Dec. 31.

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Mini golf with a vacation twist 

Journey Golf and Raceway in Westminster does Vacation Gentle-themed mini golf with festive snacks and drinks, together with spiked scorching chocolate for adults. It’s an outside exercise with built-in distancing from different pods, since teams are spaced out between holes. The lights will probably be up from Nov. 6 to Jan. 10.

Out of doors artwork installations

Understudy is an artwork incubation run out of the Colorado Conference Middle. Currently, they’ve been displaying their installations in a fishbowl format: Visitors can stand on the sidewalk and safely look in on the exhibit by way of the glass partitions of the CCC. Understudy’s newest set up, Lumonics Thoughts Spa, is a collection of soothing gentle sculptures that may be loved any time of day, however is greatest skilled at night time. The set up launches on Nov. 27 and runs by way of Jan. 30.

The Fence is an outside pictures exhibit in Cherry Creek Park in order that bikers, walkers or joggers can cease and have a look at the photograph tales. The collection, which is touring 11 cities, options the work of 40 photographers around the globe. It’s solely round till Nov. 30, so test it out earlier than it strikes on.

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Try the MCA’s latest exhibition

Citizenship: A Apply of Society explores our nations conflicted thought of what it means to be a citizen. The exhibition options the work of greater than 30 artists, together with three from Colorado. Earlier this month, we dropped a function about one of many items, an interactive set up that asks guests to sit down down and have an intimate dialog. The exhibition will probably be up till Feb. 14. Tickets are restricted and should be booked prematurely.

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Carne y Enviornment

The director behind movies like “Birdman” and “The Revenant” created an intensely visceral digital actuality expertise that walks friends by way of the expertise of refugees attempting to cross into the U.S. Three people undergo directly, in separate rooms, so it’s one thing you are able to do alone. Aurora is the primary cease on the expertise’s North American tour, so test it out earlier than it leaves on Jan. 30.

Vacation markets and outside fests

This yr, the Denver Christkindl Market is shifting to a extra spacious open-air location at Civic Middle Park. From Nov. 20 to Dec. 23, guests can take pleasure in reside performances, festive drinks, artisan items, and European delicacies at a German-style outside Christmas market.

Cherry Creek North may have its personal market as effectively, as a part of its Winter Wonderland celebration. Beginning Nov. 19, guests can take pleasure in a choreographed gentle present, giveaways and vacation treats and drinks, served out of an open-air market in Fillmore Plaza.

4 Mile Historic Park is having an outside winter competition of its personal, full with a short lived ice skating rink. December Delights will have a good time the vacations with a scavenger hunt, seasonal drinks and snacks, ice skating, youngsters’ craft actions, artwork installations by native artists, vacation lights, immersive motion-based video video games, and a night skate and DJ occasion for adults solely. The competition runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Dec. Four by way of 27, and the rink will probably be open Wednesdays by way of Sundays.

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Some actions exterior Denver

Ice rinks round Denver

Rinks which have introduced that they’ll be open this season embrace Longmont Ice Pavilion, The Rink at Belmar, Acacia Park, Beaver Creek, Louisville. And Fort Collins’ Outdated City Sq. rink presents free skating and leases.

Go snowshoeing

Hit your favourite climbing trails on snowshoes. Lease them from REI or numerous native outfitters. Our personal Kevin Beaty went snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain Nationwide Park for simply $5 again in 2018. 

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Head for the hills

Seize a sled, a tube, a cardboard field, or no matter your most popular mode of snow journey, and hit one in every of Denver’s close by sledding hills. 

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Go wild

You possibly can rise up shut and private with wolves, even earlier than they’re reintroduced into the state. The Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Middle does $15 excursions.

And the Wildlife Animal Sanctuary rehabilitates wild animals like lions and tigers and bears, in addition to emus, ostriches, porcupines and alpacas. Visitors can observe them safely from an elevated walkway.

At house

DIY paint and sip

Seize some paint, a canvas, brushes and a bottle of wine, and stage your individual “wine and paint night time.” You possibly can comply with a video tutorial, get inspiration from Bob Ross, attempt to recreate a photograph of your pet, or do your individual factor totally. Portray Soiree presents distant classes, and Canvas and Cocktails sells take-home kits to accompany its digital lessons.

Try a guide (or ten)

Denver Public Library won’t be totally open but, however you may nonetheless take a look at books. The library means that you can maintain books by way of its on-line system and decide them up curbside. And when you’re lacking the sensation of shopping a collection of works inside your favourite style, it’s also possible to join a curbside bundle, which incorporates ten library gadgets (books, films, music, and so on.) based mostly in your pursuits.

Recreate the film theatre expertise in your individual house

Take into account shopping for low-cost projector and a few audio system to actually immerse your self within the cinematic expertise. It’s not fairly the identical as sitting in the dead of night surrounded by strangers, quietly and independently sharing in the identical story, nevertheless it’s a secure option to make film nights really feel a bit of extra particular. For a extra Denver-centric expertise, you may look into screening Denver Movie’s Digital Cinema alternatives. 

Deliver the surface in

Now that we’re spending extra time indoors, it may possibly assist to make the indoors nicer. A method to try this is to attempt to take parts of nature that naturally enhance our temper — vegetation, pure gentle, vitamin-D — and produce them into our houses. Completely happy lights are presupposed to mimic daylight.

Have a camp-in

Camp in your yard, and even in your individual home! Arrange a tent and sleeping baggage and play some nighttime ambient appears like crickets or rain. Set a hearth in your hearth in case you have one and roast marshmallows (it’s also possible to do this in a microwave). When you have a projector, undertaking photographs of the celebrities in your ceiling.

Get match

When the climate turns, you’ll desire a method to have the ability to work out indoors. Good Elephant, Endorphin, Kindness Collective, and YMCA of Metro Denver have free or donation-based on-line lessons. Shoshoni has free YouTube programs in addition to reside Zoom ones that begin at $2, and Gravity Yoga does digital lessons for $10 on Wednesdays from 5:30 to six:30 p.m.


…or, not less than examine in on your self. We’ve all been storing stress for the previous couple of months, and even when you’re not a routine meditator, it may be value attempting a respiration train or a physique scan once in a while. Apps like Calm and Headspace provide free meditation guides. You may also take digital meditation lessons taught by Denver locals by way of teams like Denver Meditation, The Meditation Place, and Shambhala.

Be a part of a digital guide membership

DPL has a number of guide golf equipment for all age teams and genres. They decide a brand new guide each Monday and ship new chapters to your e mail each weekday. There’s additionally a ton of golf equipment on Meetup, together with particular curiosity ones (Bookish Queer Girls, 19th Century Lit, and Sci-Fi/Fantasy).

Examine up

If there’s one thing you’ve been itching to study extra about, you may take free lessons on Coursera offered by Colorado universities and faculties around the globe. Alternatively, when you’re somebody who doesn’t have the time, power or funds to enroll in a course, you may design one for your self. If there’s a subject that pursuits you, create a customized curriculum so you may develop into an skilled in that subject! As an example, if French movie is your factor, take a look at some texts by André Bazin, make a listing of New Wave movies to hit, dig up some copies of the Cahiers du Cinéma. Give your self deadlines, and possibly even write an essay, when you’re so inclined.

Communicate another person’s language 

It’s laborious to study a brand new language with out the chance to follow it. Apps like Tamdem let you converse with native audio system, working as a kind of digital language change. There are additionally a lot of language teams right here in Denver, lots of which have now gone digital. Yow will discover some on Meetup.

Dine-in… inside your individual home

This week is Denver Restaurant Week, and multi-course meals for pickup and supply begin at $25.

Your favourite reside reveals are shifting to radio/TV

The winter is usually some of the thrilling occasions for reside efficiency. Whereas we would not have the ability to pack right into a crowded theatre any time quickly, efficiency firms are discovering inventive methods to convey their reveals to you. Colorado Ballet, for example, will probably be airing a efficiency of “The Nutcracker” on Rocky Mountain PBS from Nov. 26 by way of Dec. 25.

Digital performances of Cleo Parker Robinson’s beloved “Granny Dances to a Vacation Drum” run from Dec. 5 to Jan. 2. The Denver Homosexual Mens refrain will give digital friends “A December to Keep in mind” on Dec. 5. And beginning Nov. 15, the DCPA is internet hosting ticketed digital performances of “Till the Flood,” a present written and carried out by the Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner Dael Orlandersmith, based mostly on interviews she had after the killing of Michael Brown and the Ferguson uprisings that adopted.



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