The holidays are my favorite time of year & what better way to get in the spirit than to check out the best holiday lights Colorado has to offer.

Lights! Camera! Action!

Here are my top 10 picks for the best places to see holiday lights in Colorado this year.

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1.) LOCAL LIGHTS


Start local. As a Realtor, I’m naturally drawn toward nearby neighborhoods. This is a great place to start when looking for the best holiday lights. Nothing is better than loading up the car with your closest friends & family, sipping on hot cocoa and jamming to holiday tunes while soaking in an eyeful of holiday sparkle. The best part, it’s free!

Not sure where to begin? This little trick saved me a ton of cruising time, use this interactive map (or this one) to find the best lights near you.

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2.) BLOSSOMS OF LIGHT

Looking for something a bit more elaborate? Walk the trails of the always beautiful Botanical Gardens, draped in some of Colorado’s most beautiful holiday lights. Try their 3D glasses for a little extra wow.

WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York Street Denver, CO 80206

WHEN: Nov 25 – Jan 1 (Includes Dec 24, 25 & 31) 5:30-9 p.m.

More info & ticket for Blossom Lights

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3.) ZOO LIGHTS

A Colorado classic, Zoo Lights features a massive holiday lights display spanning the 70 acre Denver Zoo.

WHERE: Denver Zoo
2300 Steele Street Denver, CO 80205

WHEN: Dec 2 – Jan 1 (5:30 – 9 p.m.)

More info & ticket for Zoo Lights

Also check out Electric Safari, at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs

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4.) TRAIL OF LIGHTS

Chatfield Farms is home to an incredible trail of holiday lights. Special features include a 60’ cottonwood tree with more than 35,000 lights, illuminated antique and model tractors, light tunnels & more!

WHERE: Chatfield Farms
8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road Littleton, CO 80128

WHEN: Nov 25 – Jan 1 (Includes Dec 24, 25 & 31) 5:30-9 p.m.

More info & ticket for Trail of Lights

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5.) UNION STATION

A Denver tradition, Union Station glows with holiday colors. Clearly the exterior is a showstopper, but be sure to pop inside to see their MASSIVE Christmas tree.

WHERE: Denver’s Union Station
1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202

WHEN: Nov 25 – Dec 31 (Nightly)

More info on Union Station

*Bonus* visit Santa at Union Station on these dates:

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6.) THE CAPITOL

Another must see, the Denver City & County Building beams with brightly colored floodlights illuminating the historic structure.

WHERE: Denver City & County Building
1437 Bannock St Denver, CO 80202

WHEN: Nov 25 – Dec 31 (Nightly)

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7.) GARDEN OF LIGHTS


Head up to Northern Colorado to stroll through whimsically decorated and twinkling Gardens lit by hundreds of thousands of LED lights.

WHERE: The Gardens on Spring Creek
2145 Centre Ave Fort Collins, CO 80526

WHEN: Dec 2 – Jan 8 (5:00-9:00 p.m.) every evening including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day

More info & ticket for Garden of Lights

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8.) LIVING LIGHTS

See animals fly, flutter & crawl in a whole new light. Living lights gives a new perspective the the beautiful Butterfly Pavilion, featuring both an indoor and outdoor display.

WHERE: Butterly Pavilion
6252 W 104th Ave Westminster, CO 80020

WHEN: Dec 21 – Jan 7 (excluding Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Years Eve) 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

More info & ticket for Living Lights

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9.) ADVENTURE GOLF & RACEWAY

It’s the most wonderful time of year when Adventure Golf & Raceway transforms the park. Enjoy 54 holes of miniature golf, with over 100,000 twinkling colorful lights & beautifully decorated features. Holiday treats are available for purchase including hot chocolate, s’mores and select adult spirits.

WHERE: Adventure Golf & Raceway
9650 N Sheridan Blvd Westminster CO 80031

WHEN: Nov 4 – Jan 1
(Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day)

More info & ticket for Adventure Golf & Raceway Holiday Lights

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10.) TAKE A HOLIDAY LIGHTS TOUR

Sum it all up in one night on The Denver Holiday Lights Tour! This tour hits many of my top picks including residential neighborhoods, Blossoms of Light, Union Station & many more. Simply ride along with Aspire Tours, snap photos, enjoy Christmas tunes and warm drinks in the comfort of an upscale vehicle (includes entrance fee to Blossoms of Light at the Botanical Gardens).

WHERE: Aspire Tours Denver (Pick up at Union Station)
1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202

WHEN: Dec 1 – Dec 31 (6:00 -8:15 p.m.)

More info & tickets for on Holiday Lights Tours

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I can’t wait for you to get out there and enjoy all of the wonderful holiday lights Colorado has to offer! Don’t forget your mittens!

You’re local Realtor & Colorado insider,

-Amber Uhl