The holidays are the only time of the year when it's appropriate to point at a dead plant and expect a kiss. Channel your mistletoe horticultural failure into new botanical knowledge with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two tickets to the Trail of Lights (an up to $19 value) at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. The Denver Botanic Gardens' acres of posh foliage are bright in winter weather during the Trail of Lights, held Wednesday through Sunday evenings through January 2, when 1 million lights are draped among the trees in elegant designs set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Colorado foothills and deep-blue evening sky. Explore the illuminated antique tractors desperately trying to fend off snow, send children sprinting through the Rocky Mountain communities’ 8- to 10-foot tall, locally crafted playhouses, and fall into the past at the festively decked 1880s homestead Hildebrand ranch house. To help you, your family, and confused census-takers stay toasty, the Gardens have thoughtfully arranged a warming hut where crafty families can glue and glitter felt snowmen. Warm drinks and weekend hayrides through Chatfield are available for an additional fee.
- The gardens are a peaceful sanctuary in the middle of town. It has nicely manicured gardens, a riot of plants and flowers, and an interesting collection of sculptures. It has several "corners" where you can just sit and absorb the smells – houstonturtle, TripAdvisor
- …the Gardens where [sic] BEAUTIFUL. So many little tiny niches, that you couldn't help but LOVE. – Michael P., Yelp
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.
8500 Deer Creek Canyon Rd.
Littleton, Colorado 80128Get Directions