Everything Fun to Do in Denver This Weekend

Get festive.

Now that we’ve all made it through days of leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches, the countdown to 2021 is on. If you didn’t get all your holiday shopping done on Black Friday, there are plenty of ways to shop local this year including a Night Market this weekend and the annual Christkindle Market, which is hosting its Krampusnacht on Saturday—hope you’ve been nice and not naughty this year. In between outdoor shopping stops, check out the new ice rink opening at Four Mile Historic Park, get your brunch fix at a pop-up, or stay in and check out a live virtual comedy show. December’s finally here, so let’s say goodbye to the weirdness that was 2020 with some good (and healthy and safe) fun.

Ice skate at Four Mile Historic Park’s December Delights

Friday, December 4 - Sunday, December 27
Four Mile Historic Park
If you’re missing some of the Mile High traditions like the downtown ice rink, you can get a skate session in at this holiday event. Along with an ice skating rink, there will also be a scavenger hunt, an art installation recreating a life sized holiday card, kids activities, seasonal snacks, and more. Masks are required, and all activities are outdoors.
Cost: Tickets for adult non-members are $14 plus a $5 rink fee to skate

Drink and dine at a bourbon and brunch popup

Friday, December 4 - Sunday, December 6
The Block Distilling Co.
To celebrate the release of their new Straight Bourbon Batch No. 2, The Block has teamed up with their neighbors at Work and Class for a weekend of boozing and brunching. The menu includes options like chicken & waffles and shrimp ceviche, and each entree includes a cocktail featuring the new bourbon. Plus you can add on a bottle to take home, or opt for booze-only. All dining will be outdoors.
Cost: The bottle and brunch packages start at $58

Eat, drink, and shop at an outdoor Night Market

Friday, December 4 & Saturday, December 5
Fort Greene
Night Market Denver returns this weekend with street food, locally made food products, plants, art, apothecary goods, cocktails from Fort Greene, and street food. It’s the perfect place to find unique gifts and find your new favorite eats (samosas, anyone?). This outdoor market will have limited space to allow for social distancing so wear your mask and be safe while you browse the goods.
Cost: Depends what you’re in the market for

Shop a European-style market with an après ski theme

Friday, December 4 - Sunday, December 6
Dairy Block
American Field  and Dairy Block are teaming up for a new socially distant holiday shopping experience inspired by European ski villages. You can browse the goods from 12 vendors from 11am - 5pm for the next four weekends. Items range from clothing to candles, coffees, homemade doggy treats, and more.
Cost: Admission is free but you do need to RSVP to get in

Go to the Christkindle Market’s Krampusnacht

Saturday, December 5
1515 Arapahoe Street
This popular outdoor market filled with Christmas gifts, German cuisine, and glühwein is hosting its annual Krampusnacht this weekend. As you browse the market, someone else will be there too… Krampus, aka the “Santa” for naughty kids. Throughout the night, watch out ‘cause he knows if you haven’t been nice and he’ll be dolling out punishments accordingly.
Cost: Admission is free

Find local gifts at the Holiday Bazaar

Saturday, December 5 & Sunday, December 6
Belleview Station
The Denver Bazaar is making a winter-ready return to Belleview Station this weekend with this first of four weekends of outdoor shopping filled with unique local gift options. Forty vendors, artists, and fashion trucks will be on hand along with the Jingle Bell Bar where you can purchase libations to keep you warm while you pursue the goods.
Cost: Admission is $5

Check out an online comedy show

Sunday, December 6
We could all use some laughs, so let the professionals give you a dose of humor. The live streamed ApocaLips Comedy Show stars Chuck Roy and Mike Langworthy and will include stand up sets and live improv.
Cost: General admission tickets are $10 

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Molly Martin is a Denver-based freelance writer. Follow her @mollydbu on Instagram and Twitter for more updates on food, fun, and life in the Mile High.