Welcome to the Dog Days of Summer where we are watching the sultry days go by in a cozy hammock under a shady tree (insert sound of skipping record), where we are always creating ultra cool ideas for your holiday celebration.

In a non-COVID year, office gatherings, grand ballrooms, urban warehouses and rustic barns are ideal venues for holiday soirees. This season, we tip our hats to some seasonal social distance experiences and nostalgic visits to good, old-fashioned Denver outdoor holiday happenings.

The metro Denver area has a myriad of iconic festive outdoor events packed with loads of glee for the entire family.

Cheers to a few of our favorites!

It’s A Wonderful Life at Santa’s Village

There’s a magical and nostalgic feeling in the air when surrounded by millions of twinkling lights, illuminated sculptures, carolers, holiday classics featured on the big screen, and Santa’s Village beckoning you to peek inside.

Return with us now to those exciting days of yesteryear when the entire family piled into the station wagon and headed to the drive-in. Strolling carolers clad in faux fur hats and muffs stroll the snow-covered pathways lined with evergreens and shimmering birch trees. Meander through Santa’s Village while sipping on mugs of piping hot coco and cider. Stop and say hello to old Saint Nicholas himself before visiting the festive village store fronts where your dinner will be ready to pop in the oven when you get home.

Before departing, you’ll enjoy some of your favorite scenes of George Bailey, Clarence, and Mr. Potter starring in the 1946 classic, It’s A Wonderful Life.

Holiday Village at the Denver Zoo

This holiday, you might consider your corporate celebration at Zoo Lights. This popular annual event spans over 70 acres of Denver Zoo’s campus with nightly entertainment, animal encounters, Santa meet-and-greets and, of course, illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected.

When: November 29 – December 30, 2020

Dazzling Displays Delight

As a Denver Botanic Gardens signature event for over three decades, this annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms and delights. Blossoms of Light is a dazzling and ever-changing display of light and color to awe and inspire. Sip on warm beverages and enjoy nibbles as you stroll and interact with incredible light displays. This is truly an unparalleled holiday oasis in the center of Denver.

When: November 27, 2020 – January 3, 2021

A Hudson Gardens Holiday Tradition

Walk arm-in-arm with loved ones at this winter wonderland transformed with thousands of outdoor lights. Explore the trails where bursts of light and color wrap around trees, shimmer on bodies of water, illuminate happy faces, and bring a twinkle to your eye. Be sure and stop for photo opportunities along the way.

When: TBA 2020

Santa’s Village at Chatfield Farms

Formerly the Trail of Lights, enjoy the old school house on the property lit with a multitude of white lights. Welcome to Santa’s Village at Chatfield Farms. From a meet-and-greet with Santa’s live reindeer, crafts with Mrs. Claus to a hayride and Santa’s Cinema on Elf Boulevard, the fun just keeps on giving.

When: TBA 2020

Whether you lean towards tradition or an innovative approach to celebrating the holidays, John Tobey Events will add the perfect amount of festive style to bring your vision to life.