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The course itself carries on that fun vibe, too. Winding through city streets and local parks, the 5K route is dotted with hydration stations that dole out hot chocolate. Holiday music, a giant Santa inflatable, and snow blowers help to set

2555 East 17th Avenue
Denver,
CO
US

Ranked the No. 3 best thing to do in Denver by U.S. News & World Report, Denver Zoo hosts 3,500 different animals from more than 650 species, which blend with several interpretive exhibits. Sprawling naturalistic displays place animals in environments approximating their native habitats, giving a glimpse of exotic locales and diverse behavioral patterns. The Tropical Discovery exhibit boasts a 2,250-gallon pool teeming with piscine life and exotic turtles in a waterfall-lined indoor rainforest. Two prides of lions sprawl along rocky outcroppings in the lion kopje in Predator Ridge while African wild dogs, guineafowl, and spotted hyenas play a heated game of Yahtzee. Commune with ancient cousins in the seven-acre Primate Panorama, where chattering monkeys swing from trees while powerful gorillas amble freely about their one-acre exhibit.

2900 E 23rd Ave
Denver,
CO
US

Presented by the University of Denver Programming Board and ThisSongIsSick.com, Swedish House Mafia mainstay Sebastian Ingrosso headlines at GLOWfest with his protégé Otto Knows in tow. Ingrosso spins a thick mix of unstoppable jams, weaving heavy, pulsing beats into MGMT's "Kids" and his own "Laktos" to create rolling waves of sound and bodies. Otto Knows heats up the crowd before hand, having exploded onto the scene with a touching mix of Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek," followed up with the rousing anthem "Million Voices." Juggernaut party animal Kap Slap flies in from his Philadelphia frat to drop his chop-happy jams with an emphasis on sultry, sinuous female vocals, and Colorado's own Hujje builds surprising structures from simple loops, like an architect recreating the Eiffel Tower out of hula-hoops. Crisp and clean, GLOWfest highlights the immaculate production and endless positivity that characterizes progressive house music.

2201 East Asbury Avenue
Denver,
CO
US

On loan from the Museum of Leonardo Da Vinci in Florence, the Da Vinci Machines exhibit debuts in North America with more than 60 interactive models based on the polymath's original 500-year-old concepts. Peruse replicas of major inventions, each handcrafted by three generations of Florentine artisans, including the air screw, an early ancestor to the both the helicopter and the propeller beanie, and learn the secrets behind the mechanical lion, a robotic lion given as a gift to the king of France. Visitors young and old are fully encouraged to touch the war machines, flying machines, and nautical and hydraulic devices for insight into their functionality, and accompanying explanatory notes, illustrative panels, and computer programs help modern minds glean further understanding into Da Vinci's wide-reaching genius and favorite emoticons.

500 16th St
Denver,
CO
US

Originally opened in 1927, the Genesee Theatre slowly deteriorated over the course of the century until its closing in 1989. But starting in 2001, a $23 million cash infusion from the city allowed 120 volunteers to restore the theater to its Gilded Age splendor. Its elegant trappings include authentic wall fabrics, an exact replica of the original marquee, and a 2,200-pound chandelier that gently spotlights the grand lobby and every audience member passing underneath to show how everyone is a star if you really think about it.

1621 Glenarm Place
Denver,
CO
US

The Denver Auto Show acquaints auto buffs and prospective buyers with a vast array of vehicles in a no-pressure environment. This automotive petting zoo lets curious car hunters kick tires, look under hoods, and sit in drivers' seats, getting to know cars, trucks, and SUVs from more than 30 automotive lines. In addition to hopping in many 2011 models, auto aficionados can get a sneak peak at some 2012 vehicles, concept cars, and exotics from Maserati, Lotus, and Lamborghini. Plus, factory and dealer representatives from Chevrolet, Toyota, BMW, and more will be on hand to answer questions and completely disassemble and reassemble cars upon request.

700 14th Street
Denver,
CO
US