Holiday lights add a festive splash of color wherever they’re hung, whether draped upon the branches of pines or wrapped around the limbs of sleeping friends. See the familiar spectacularly transformed with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get admission for two to the Trail of Lights at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield (up to a $19 value). The event runs from December 2 to January 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Two trails wend through Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield's landscaped preserves and foothills, revealing twinkling lights, a children’s play area, and roving entertainers who excite the holiday spirit. Of the two paths, the shorter prong delivers tots to a play area fortified with lights, antique tractors, and a tree house with retired elves. The second, longer walkway travels through the forested hillocks and passes the Green Farm’s bedecked barn and silo before arriving at the play area. As classic holiday tunes bop forth from speakers, lights blink and flare in synchronization. Illuminated antique and model tractors perch throughout the grounds, augmenting the quaint charm of a restored 1880s homestead.
As heated air spills from the warming hut, its promise of warmth entices families to head indoors and discover mugs of hot chocolate and coffee. Inside, holiday craft projects occupy young minds and restore fine motor skills to chilly extremities. On Fridays and Saturdays (subject to weather), sightseers can mount the roving tractor for a hayride ($5/person) which explores the area's natural splendor and villages of native snowmen. Click here to see the events calender.
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens houses vibrant flowers, lush vegetation, and educational activities for visitors of all ages. Native and adapted plants flourish in the York Street campus, which also houses Mordecai Children’s Garden—a 3-acre lot with alpine gardens, mountain ranges, and cool bugs. The two-story waterfall at Marnie's Pavilion bursts with blooming orchids year-round, and a Japanese garden features Ponderosa pines sculpted to look like bonsai. Visitors stroll through water gardens inspired by Monet's estate at Giverny.