By Grace Park
Published: 12/16/2020, edited: 10/26/2022
The Mile High City boasts dozens of mesmerizing Christmas light shows to admire alongside your pupper. The public displays in Downtown and Union Station are the "pawfect" places for a photo op with Santa's Little Helper. The homeowners of Denver don't skimp on the decorations either, entertaining merrymakers with elaborate front-yard light shows synchronized to classic Christmas carols. Some residents of Denver have been lighting up their neighborhoods for generations!
Narrowing it down to just 5 Christmas light displays in Denver was somehow the easy part. The "ruff" part will be finding time to experience them all with your Christmassy canine!
Whether you're braving the wintry weather to walk among the lights, or you're playing it safe this year on a driving tour, we've dug up 5 of the best Christmas light displays in Denver to put you and your Husky in the holiday spirit on your next dog walking adventure.
Leash up your merry mutt and feast your eyes on the bright lights of Arvada. With homes featuring nicknames like Candyland and Christmas Village, you can bet residents of this Denver suburb pull out all the stops. Dozens of inflatables and hundreds of thousands of lights are sure to delight pups and people alike!
With vibrant, kaleidoscopic art installations and over 500,000 Christmas lights spanning 16 blocks, The Winter Wanderland at Cherry Creek North is a sight to behold. Hit the walking trail with your woofer and marvel at the brilliantly choreographed light show. If you time your visit just right, you can even grab a scrumptious Christmas treat from the holiday market! (Sorry, doggos — you won't find any dog treat stalls here.) Pet parents, keep some of your fur-baby's favorite snacks handy so they don't miss out!
This Denver suburb is home to not one, not two, but four public Christmas light displays! Golden History Park is a "woofderful" place for a winter wonderland walk. Keep the festive fun going with a trek in Parfet Park and along the Clear Creek Walking Path. Rocking around the colossal Christmas tree in front of the Golden Visitors' Center is a "furrific" way to end your adventure.
Okay, so this one isn't technically a light display. But trust us — you'll want to make the short drive to Evergreen for this one! Bring the kids (four-legged fur-babies included!) to experience stunning, life-sized ice sculptures featuring a dash of Christmassy colors from holiday lights. To create these frosty masterpieces, sculptors used over 7 tons of ice! Before your visit, check the schedule to treat the kids to a classic Christmas story reading. If you and your pupper are feeling peckish after all that meandering, hit up some of Evergreen's dog-friendly restaurants and breweries.
Last but most certainly not least on our list of the best Christmas light walking tours in Denver is Downtown. The city operates a guided tour of major landmarks illuminated by twinkling Christmas lights. Along the way, your tour guide will share Christmas stories unique to the Mile High City. Space on these guided tours is limited. If you'd rather blaze your own path, start your self-guided tour at the City & County Building and let Noel's nose lead the way!
That wraps up our guide to Denver's best Christmas light displays in a neat bow! Now all that's left to do is deck the halls on your winter walk or socially-distanced drive. Don't "furget" to snap plenty of festive photos and share them with us on Facebook and Instagram. We couldn't think of a better Christmas gift than seeing wholesome pics of your pupper admiring the bright lights.
Happy holidays from the Wag! family to yours!
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