The Denver Art Museum - I had found a coupon online for free family admission to the Denver Art Museum. We spent a fun afternoon discovering this huge museum located downtown. After visiting the museum, we ate at Lime: A Mexican Cantina located in the Denver Pavilions, also located downtown.
Denver Christmas Market - This was my second visit to the Denver Christmas Market. I haven't been to any other Christmas Market so my comparisons are limited, but I really enjoy visiting here. We had some gluhwein (warm, spiced wine) and walked around the outdoor booths smelling all the roasting nuts and delicious scents. There is a small ice rink across from the market with very low prices for skating and rental - I think it's $5 total.
Denver Botanical Gardens - The Denver Botanical Gardens has an awesome Christmas lights display. Just beautiful. I really enjoyed walking around and seeing the lights one evening. I highly recommend a trip there to see the lights.
Denver City Hall Christmas Lights - Denver's City Hall all lit up is quite the sight to behold. Lit up in multicolored lights with Christmas music playing, you can walk or drive by City Hall and really get into the Christmas spirit - if you aren't already!
Our condo rental in Breckenridge was located just outside of town on the shuttle bus line. It had plenty of room for the 7 of us and a kitchen to make Christmas dinner - which when we spend it in Colorado has turned into a tradition of Christmas tacos (ha ha long story!) We had more than enough snow to have a White Christmas and we enjoyed playing out in it since we rarely get snow where we live.
Breckenridge is a small ski town about 80 miles west of Denver via I-70. (It should take about 2 hours to drive as long as you don't run into bad weather or ski traffic) A former mining town, Breckenridge is known for it's skiing and it's Main Street which is the Breckenridge National Historic District lined with shops,restaurants and galleries. We didn't spend alot of time in town - we spent more time at the condo - but we did go into town on Christmas evening. We stopped in at the Oxygen Bar - which is really, truly a bar where you receive oxygen to deal with the altitude - and had drinks at Burke and Riley's Irish Pub.
Vail is a ski town located about 40 minutes further west of Breckenridge on I-70. It's modeled to look like a Bavarian mountain town and is known for it's lavishly priced ski slopes, lodging and shops. (There are three fur shops in the small town) We drove over on Christmas Eve to have a walk around and experience Vail for the holidays. There were loads of people out doing the same and it had a bustling Christmas spirit vibe going on. A few fun facts about Vail: you will hear many languages as you walk about as it's an international destination, there is free parking in the parking garage in Vail and you won't notice any snow on the sidewalks because they are heated. Yes, heated. No need for shoveling here!
And as a special treat, the skies opened up and it started snowing just as we were leaving. A peaceful, snowy Christmas Eve and we were all together. Nothing better.
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