Adele Jeunette has been a resident of Littleton for 24 years, the same amount of time she's been driving to see lights in the area.
Christmas Holiday Lights in Littleton, Englewood, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, and Lone Tree
2021 Note: Because of health restrictions this year, some shops and restaurants may be closed, or may not have indoor dining.
Updated 12/2021: This little drive will take you past a few of south Denver's major light displays. You'll start at Southglenn Mall and then head to far south Englewood at the Kloewer residence (5041 S. Elati), move south and west through downtown Littleton on Littleton Boulevard, and end up at the Hudson Gardens lighting display.
Lights at the Southglenn Mall
6991 S Vine St, Centennial, CO 80122
(2020 Note: Most restaurants are closed to indoor dining. Most activities, such as Santa, ice skating, and the like have been suspended this year.) This shopping area makes a good starting place since it’s easy to find (at the corner of University and Arapahoe) and has quite a few places to grab a bite or a drink before you set off. The center street of this outdoor mall (in front of the theater) has a nice, tasteful display of lighted trees, as well as a fireplace and a skating rink. They also have a Santa inside that you can visit, and lots of other special events and services, such as Clydesdale carriage rides, carolers, and even Santa photos with your pet. Check their website for dates and times.
If you want to grab a bite, or get a hot drink before you go out, there are several restaurants. You can also get sushi, pizza, soup, stir-fry, salad bar, and all kinds of drinks at Whole Foods Market.
Lights on House at 6636 S. Lafayette
As you head west on Arapahoe Road the cool white lights that decorate the trees and the roofline will catch your eye off to the right. It's Stricker's Winter Wonderland! Make a right on Lafayette, and you will see a tree and yard decked out with all manner of things—including a whole section devoted to Dr. Seuss' Whoville. Make sure you take a look at the windows to catch a glimpse of the Grinch lurking about. If you get out of the car and walk around to see the display, you can also hear the Christmas music that’s piped from the porch.
If you have time, wend your way through the neighborhood for a bit. While the other houses aren’t as elaborate, there are still some feats of engineering (how did they get those red lights so high on that tree?) to admire. This neighborhood seems to have more decorating spirit than most of the ones I’ve seen in Littleton.
Lights 6636 S. Lafayette, Centennial, CO
Lights at 6496 S Marion Place, Centennial, 80121
If you keep heading north on Lafayette, you will come to Marion Place and another house bedecked with all manner of inflatables and lights. Here you will find a towering Santa, a whole congregation of snowmen, and even some snow dogs. Be sure to travel along the east side of the house to see Santa peeking out of a setting I've never seen before. It seems sometimes even Santa needs to "take care of business."
Synchronized Lights and Music on 7148 South Grant Street 80122
This display has 35,000 lights which are synchronized to music transmitted on the radio at 98.1 FM on your dial. Thanks to Caleb Schallenmuller who pointed out his display to me. It’s quite the sight.
The lights are bright, with bold colors, and the music is definitely on the energetic side of the spectrum. My little phone camera doesn’t do justice to the depth of the color, but you can see that he has quite a few features to work with for his synchronized lights: roof lines, stars, trees, arches. The photo doesn’t show it, but there is also a big triangular tree shape to the right which has various strands that light up. He gets quite a bit of variety, and quite a bit of the flashing “Wow factor” from this display. I’ve included a brief video excerpt which will give you an idea of the mood of the display. Again, you really have to see it in person to get the full effect of the bright lights.
Excerpt of Light Show at 7148 S. Grant St
Lights at 7152 S Franklin St, Centennial, 80122
The modest-sized house is absolutely covered with lights, with a few trees and such for emphasis. If you like more traditional Christmas music, this is the place for you. They've chosen a nice selection of standards with instrumental and vocal selections (in contrast to the shows which are heavy on rock.) It's charming, and I especially like the addition of the brighter twinkle lights. It gives the whole thing quite a bit of character.
7152 S Franklin St, Centennial, 80122
Lights at 1349 E. Green Willow Ln., 80121
If you drive through this part of town, you will see quite a few very tall decorated trees and nicely decorated houses. This is a relatively well-to-do area, and it looks like quite a few of the people here have the funds to have their places professionally decorated. One place I especially liked was 1349 E. Green Willow Ln., 80121. It’s a tastefully decorated house with enormous trees all it up.
1349 E. Green Willow Ln., 80121
Lights at 5625 S. Alexander Ct.
My family recently discovered this place through Facebook, and we think it’s about the most impressive place in the area. When we first saw it, my husband said, “It looks like a slightly smaller Botanic Gardens display.” These folks have the most enormous trees that I’ve seen on one person’s property, and it looks like they have lit every one of them from top to bottom. You can drive around on the side street, and see a couple of displays including a Christmas train.
5625 S. Alexander Ct.
Lights at 3 Random Rd. Englewood, CO 80113
This house is nicely decorated, though most of the decorations are behind iron gates, and a little harder to see than others.
3 Random Rd. Englewood, CO 80113
Lights at 85 Meade Ln., Englewood, CO 80113
This house on Meade Lane wins the prize for unique and classy decoration of trees. The lights are arranged in a regular crisscross pattern that reminds me a little bit of plaid, with large lighted ornaments punctuating the design.
85 Meade Ln., Englewood, CO 80113
Lights at 4 Mockingbird Ln. Englewood, CO 80113
There are two elaborately decorated houses next to each other here on Mockingbird Lane. This one at 4 Mockingbird Ln. features nicely-wrapped green trees.
4 Mockingbird Ln. Englewood, CO 80113
Lights at 5 Mockingbird Ln. Englewood, CO 80113
It’s easy to pretend you are driving amongst the castles of country estates on this street especially here at 5 Mockingbird Ln. The conical roof adds to the effect of this beautifully lighted home.
5 Mockingbird Ln. Englewood, CO 80113
The Kloewer's, 5041 S. Elati, Englewood, CO 80110
This home, two blocks west of Broadway and one block north of Belleview, has a postage-stamp yard, but the Kloewers manage to pack just about every inch of it with lights, figurines, and all manner of Christmas décor.
You can see the lights from your car as you drive past, but you're going to want to get the kids and bundle out so that you can walk around and get the full effect. The brightly lit outline of a train, which adorns his driveway fence, is the highlight of this display.
Right across the street is another display that is not as elaborate, but still has quite a bit to see.
Holiday Lights at 5041 S. Elati, Englewood, CO 80110
Lights on Littleton Boulevard
Once you have finished taking in the previous displays,go back to Belleview and turns south on Windermere. It will intersect with Littleton Boulevard, and you will head west/
As you travel west on Littleton Boulevard (which changes its name to Main Street), you will come to a bridge festooned with lights, the entrance into the glittering display of downtown Littleton. Craft shops and trendy restaurants line either side of the street, each with one or two deciduous trees out front. Many cities string lights on trees, but the city of Littleton seems to be in a contest to see how many thousands of lights they can put on each tree. They avoid being overwhelming by sticking to a simple color palette of warm white lights.
When you reach the end of the fourth block, the street curves to the left, and as you come out towards Santa Fe Dr., you'll see the grand finale: several large evergreen trees lit from top to bottom with brightly colored lights. The shops in this little area also make it a point to add to the display with lights outlining roof lines and gables.
Holiday Lights in Littleton: Tree at the End of Littleton Boulevard
Lights on Home on Caley Ave
As you travel past the lights on Littleton Boulevard, move over to the left lane so that you can turn left when you get to Santa Fe, to Church Ave.and then Prince Street. If you like the Peanuts (R) gang, turn left onto Caley Avenue. After two blocks, look off to your left to see the house at 2240 W. Caley Ave. There are several little scenes of Charlie Brown, Linus, Snoopy and the whole gang.
Often, these little dioramas go up late, even as late as the 20th of December, so check back later if you don't see them. Also, they don't seem to be set on a timer, which means that they go on and off whenever the homeowner gets to them. Still, it's worth taking a little 2-block detour if the Peanuts characters warm your heart.
Christmas Holiday Lights at 2240 W. Caley Ave.
Lights on Windermere Street
As you travel down Caley, go about six blocks, then make a turn south on Windermere street. You'll see decorated houses all along the way.
Lights on Windermere
Luminaria on Windermere Street
If you continue on Windermere, cross Ridge Road and keep going until Windermere ends in a cul-de-sac, you will see a neighborhood that sets out blocks and blocks of luminaria.
These decorations are simple in concept: a votive candle is placed in a a paper bag that has a layer of coarse sand in the bottom for stability. The effect is cheerful, soothing, and charming.
I talked with a woman who lived in the neighborhood, and she said that the luminaria are set out only on Christmas eve. It's a tradition that has endured for over 20 years.
Our family found it best to park the car and walk around the neighborhood. If you try to drive in your car, you'll find that the car's lights wash out the subtle light of the luminaria, ruining the effect.
Luminaria on Windermere Street
Houses at 706-746 W. Easter Pl, Littleton, CO 80120
Just east of Elati Strett on W Easter Place, you can find several lighted houses in a row. I often wish that more blocks could be this way, an extended line of Christmas cheer. I've included several photos from the same street below.
706-746 W. Easter Place Littleton, CO
Christmas Holiday Lights on Jackass Hill
That's right. It's called Jackass Hill Road, an apparent homage to the mules who were pastured there during WWI.
You can get here by navigating to the corner of Mineral Ave. and Prince Street and then turning north on Prince Street.
Despite the name, this street is home to a collection of suburban homes, many with a balcony that faces the road. The people who live in them have started and maintained a charming tradition: they decorate their balconies with words for the season. Look off to the left as you are coming down the hill, and you will see one house with a lighted "REJOICE" "JOY," another with "HOPE," and another with "JOY." See how many you can spot!
2492 W Peakview Ct Littleton, CO 80120
If you are travelling on Prince Street, turn west onto Peakview Court, and you will be in an area known as Prince Street Estates. Quite of few of the folks here have their homes festively decorated. My favorite is one on the west side of the development with the word "Joy." You can see a picture of it below.
Christmas Holiday Lights at Hudson Gardens Event Center, 6115 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120
Hudson Gardens is a crown jewel for Littleton, a botanic garden with beautiful vistas and landscaping. Starting in October, they string lights on the trees, bushes and bridges and turn the place into a lights extravaganza. One thing I especially like about their display is that many of the trees are next to a pond which reflects the lights.
They change the colors and design every year, so you will see something different from the pictures I've included. The photos do give you an idea of how big the trees are and how many lights they put on them.
The tickets are a little less than other metro area attractions and you can take a picture with Santa for free. The venue sells hot beverages and has wagon rides available. If the lot is full, there is a large lot across Santa Fe where you can park for free. Just make sure you cross at the light, since Santa Fe is such a busy street.
Holiday Lights at Hudson Gardens, Littleton, CO
Here are the addresses of all the houses mentioned in this article.
Remember, you can select and copy these and then either email them to yourself or text them to yourself. When you pull them up on your phone, they should turn into links that you can tap to get directions.
6991 S. Vine St., Centennial, CO 80122
6636 S. Lafayette, Centennial Colorado 80121
6496 S. Marion Pl., Centennial 80121
7148 S. Grant St., Centennial, CO 80122
7152 S Franklin St, Centennial, 80122
1349 E. Green Willow Ln., 80121
5625 S. Alexander Ct. , Greenwood Village, CO 80121
3 Random Rd. Englewood, CO 80113
85 Meade Ln. , Englewood, CO 80113
4 Mockingbird Ln. Englewood, CO 80113
5 Mockingbird Ln. Englewood, CO 80113
5041 S. Elati, Englewood, CO 80110
2069 W. Littleton Blvd., Littleton, CO 80120 (Courthouse)
2707 Main St., Littleton, CO 80120 (Melting Pot)
6490 S Windermere St, Littleton, CO 80120
709 W. Easter Pl. Littleton, CO 80120
2240 W. Caley Ave. Littleton, CO 80120
2492 W. Peakview Ct., Littleton, CO 80120
Best of South Metro Lights
Our family has lived in South Metro Denver for 20 years, and these sites are our picks for best lighting displays in the area. In about two hours and 10 miles, you can see them all.
Keep reading for more about light displays in the Denver area.
If You Want More: Highlands Ranch
Highlands Ranch is about 20 minutes from Littleton, but well worth the drive as you can see a cluster of fabulous houses. As with the previous drive, I've listed the addresses at the bottom of this section so that you can copy it and e-mail it or text it to yourself and use your phone to get directions.
“The Gingerbread House” 10221 S. Fairgate Way, Highlands Ranch
This house in Highlands Ranch is worth a drive all in itself. It has always been well-coordinated and tasteful, but now that they’ve switched to LED lights, it knocks your socks off. It bolong to the Hazard family, who has dubbed it “The Gingerbread House.” If you go on a weekend or other busy time, be prepared to wait about 10 minutes in line to get to the house.
A Cluster of Homes in Highlands Ranch
Fortunately, The Gingerbread House is close to a cluster of gaily-decorated houses as well as a beautiful "Let It Snow" banner strung across the street. I've included photos below, and then after that, you can see all the addresses of the houses I've mentioned in Highlands Ranch.
Nearby Highlands Ranch Homes
Addresses for Homes in Highlands Ranch
10221 Fairgate Way, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126 (The Gingerbread House)
10275 Bentwood Court Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
10252 Bentwood Cir, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126 (2021 note: This one doesn't appear to be active this year.)
2880 Canyon Crest Ln, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
2800 Canyon Crest Lane, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
881 Altair Dr, Lone Tree, CO 80124 (Nutcracker/Pirate Ship -- see description below)
New! If You Wante More: LIGHT at Cherry Hills Community Church, 3900 Grace Boulevard Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
If you have seen the gigantic tree swirling with lights near the intersection of Fairview and Highlands Ranch Parkways, you have seen the largest and most eye-catching feature of the display from Cherry Hills Community Church. This display is free, but you have to go to the church’s website to reserve a free ticket for your car. Here’s a little preview of the show. It looks like the scenes change from year to year.
Here’s a tip: make sure everyone takes a bathroom break right before you leave, and bring along some snacks. This display takes a considerable amount of time to get through. It took our family about an hour and 15 minutes. Also, make sure you load the app they send you after you register. You’ll need it for the sound that’s involved with this program.
When you enter from Grace Boulevard, a volunteer (bless them, it was a bitter cold and windy night for the volunteers when we went) will scan your ticket, and then other volunteers will direct your car. Here is what I didn’t expect: you are first funneled into a series of lines where you park for a good 30 minutes. They have some festive lightbulbs perched above your line of cars that sing Christmas carols, I’m assuming. Unfortunately we couldn’t get our app to work for the music, probably because I didn’t let it access everything that it wanted to access when I downloaded it. So make sure you give it permissions.
Once you have been in the line for quite some time, volunteers will wave you to the drive- through portion of the show. The light display has several scenes, and for each scene there is a section in the app that plays dialogue from four elves who are commenting on the different displays. This being a church, the story talks about the things associated with Christmas and how they can bring happiness, but only the birth of Jesus can bring people joy.
As you wind through the displays, you’ll get to drive through that giant tree with the swirling lights. You will also see tunnels with lighting effects, different Christmas scenes, nostalgic projected scenes, a short drive through a section of Bethlehem, and the finale, which is a lighted scene of the Nativity. It is quite a production. Someone will hand you a card at the end, inviting you to one of their Christmas services, and they do provide a space in the app for you to give them your contact information, but it’s not required.
New! If You Want More: Lone Tree Pirate Ship Christmas, 881 Altair Dr, 80124
This fellow, Sean, constructs a pirate ship on his deck and has a synchronized light show for Halloween. Then, he switches it over and it becomes a Christmas light and music show. The show runs about 20 minutes and features standards like “Carol of the Bells,” and “We Three Kings,” but also some more unusual selections like “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” and “Disco Santa” which includes a mashup of the “Star Wars Theme” and “Uptown Funk.” It’s all great fun.
In addition to the pirate ship, he has a giant nutcracker, spectacular synchronized light trees, lights on his house, and projections on his garage. In the photo you can see the hippopotamus projection that goes along with the song. On top of all that, Sean will let you come up and “fire” the cannons on the ship if he is home. You’ll see sound, light, and smoke. With the cannons and the Star Wars music, this is a great stop for the little ones who are fans of pirates and Star Wars.
Here is more information from his 2021 Word-Of-Mouth Littleton Facebook post: “Show runs from 4:30pm to 10pm every night until the middle of January. If I am home I will open the pirate ship on Friday and Saturday nights so people can continue to fire all 3 cannons. We broadcast on 89.5fm so you can stay warm.”
881 Altair Dr, 80124, Nutcracker Christmas (The Pirate Ship in Lone Tree)
If You Want More: Grace Presbyterian Church, 9720 US-85, Littleton, CO
This church has put together a free 20-minute light show in the yard next to the church building. People pull in to their parking lot and park to watch the show, kind of like being at a drive-in movie. You tune your radio to hear the music. They have a couple of tall triangles to serve as trees and three smaller trees with “mouths” that sing some of the songs. It’s not terribly big, but they use their lights to good effect. They have songs for kids and grown-ups, and when we were there on a weekend night, they even had a food truck where you could buy some goodies.
NEW! If You Want More: Camp Christmas 801 S Yarrow St, Lakewood, CO 80226
If you feel like you have been to so many holiday lights displays that everything is just “same-old same-old,” then Camp Christmas is just the ticket for you. Really wishing you could see a giant metal owl that’s on fire? They have that. Feeling like what you really need is a room entirely in pink with pink wallpaper, pink sofas, pink chandeliers, and a pink tree? They have that. Wondering why you haven’t seen a barn lit up in psychedelic colors and patterns that vibrate and twirl? Look no further. With almost every step, you’ll see some sort of holiday decor that you really haven’t seen it done quite that way before.
Camp Christmas comes by that name honestly. The theme is definitely “Camp” with a capitol C, and if you like your decor creative, unusual, and over-the-top, it’s great fun. Among all the colorful lights and great photo ops, you will also see humor, nostalgia, and history that will engage your brain a little as well as your eyes.
One of our family’s favorite things were the different trees which are decorated in such a way that they contain some sort of pun. I don’t want to give away into the answers, but this is one that I didn’t see you but would still illustrate the concept. If you were to see a tree decorated with pictures of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost, you might figure out that it was a “poet-tree.” Poetry. Get it?
In 2021, this display is set up at Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park (801 S Yarrow St, Lakewood, CO 80226), and it looks like an excellent venue for the pieces. It’s a historical farm with several different small buildings, and each one is decorated with a different theme. As I understand it, many different artists have contributed to each of the set pieces, and you can spend quite a bit of time looking at all the attention to detail. It may change from year to year, so some of the things I mention for this year may morph in subsequent years.
There’s also some pretty yummy food that’s a little bit unusual. When we were there, we were able to get hot buttered rum or mulled wine and the food truck had a Mexican theme offering bratwurst and tater tots with toppings like salsa, avocado, roasted corn and the like.
If You Want More: 5376 S. Xenon St., Littleton, CO 80127
This home is quite a ways west, but is worth a drive out because of its tunnel of lights & the owners even feature Santa on select nights. Other homes in the area are also gaily decorated.
5376 S. Xenon St., Littleton, CO 80127
If You Want More: Chatfield Farms, Denver Botanic Gardens
8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO 80128
Website: Trail of Lights, Denver Botanic Gardens
Recommended Amount of Time: 1.5-2 hours
We love going to this ranch-turned-arboretum for the holidays. It is a pretty long walk around to see all the lights, but the sheer amount of lights, coupled with the stunning barn & silo make it worthwhile.
This year you need to get timed tickets ahead of time.
New! If You Want More: Lights at Cherry Creek North
The shops at Cherry Creek North (2401 E. 2nd Ave) have banded together to put together a free light display they call Winter Wanderland.
You’ll find sixteen blocks of tastefully-lighted white/gold trees that line the streets along the shops. One of the more unusual features are the special deciduous trees which have colored lights hanging from them in strands which pulse and change color to music from speakers nested in the branches. I had been used to seeing lights wound around trees, but after watching the short show, I found these kinds of lights really grew in appeal for me.
On Fillmore Plaza, they’ve placed a stage and a display which lights the ceiling and changes color over time. That’s the picture you see included with this article. On this plaza, they also have several booths that sell specialty food and gifts.
One other feature of Cherry Creek North is an art display that usually includes light as one of the features. In the past, it has features prisms and then dominoes. To get here, you can park at the Cherry Creek Mall and walk over, or you can try your luck with the metered parking on the streets in this area.
If You Want More: Holiday Lights at the City and County Building of Denver
1437 Bannock St., Denver, CO 80202-5337
These lights are a bit of a drive from south Denver, but they are free and pretty impressive. The City and County Building is a massive white semi-circular building with a row of columns in the front. As such, it makes a perfect canvas for an array of brightly-colored lights which, 9 News tells us, can be seen from the space station.
Around 2015, the city acquired the technology to do a 15-min light show synchronized with music. I’ve been to it for 3 or 4 years now; the sound is good quality and the lights are bright and impressive. I especially like the snowflakes and twinkle lights.
The shows happen at 5:45 and 6:45. Here is a link to the official Choreographed Lights and Music site calendar, which will let you which dates the lights will be on. Note that the show doesn't play on Mondays when the city council meets. Even when the music show isn't running, the lights stay light from 5:45 to 10:45 pm. I've posted some pictures below, but of course they don't do the colors justice. You need to go in person to see how bright & saturated they are.
If you Want More: Mile High Tree 16th Street Mall at Welton Street
Website: Mile High Tree
Recommended Amount of Time: 30-60 minutes
Parking: Medium cost
The Mile High Tree is a new 2019 addition to the lights downtown. It's actually a lighted cone that stands 100 feet high and is placed on the 16th Street Mall. It's a new location that has its pluses and minuses. On the plus side, you can visit shops on the mall on your way to see the tree. If you walk a couple of blocks north, you can also see the D&F tower which has different light shows projected onto in on selected days. You can read more about it here: Night Lights Denver.
On the minus side, there is a lot of noise competing with the music of the tree. Pedicab drivers blast their music, buses go by, and sometimes the street people are out there yelling as well.
The light on the tree have two modes. One I call "screensaver" mode, which swirls with different patters as music plays. The other is a coordinated music and light show which takes place every 15 minutes.
You can walk inside the cone to see the show, which is also a cool way to experience it. In 2020, they limit the number of people more than usual, and the line to get in can get long. There are also a number of photo ops around the place, things like giant lighted snowflakes and stars.
If you make the trip downtown to see this tree, I'd recommend also trying to catch the light show at the City & County Building. They are all within walking distance. And, there are quite a few restaurants nearby, some with takeout menus, if you want to make a night of it.
Photos of the Changing Colors of the Mile High Tree
Excerpt from Mile High Tree Music and Light Show
If You Want More: Zoo Lights 2900 E 23rd Ave, Denver, CO 80205
Size: Large (70 acres)
Recommended Amount of Time: 1.5-2 hours
Price: Moderately High
I've put the Denver Zoo at the top of the list because it's such a big display, and so many of the lights are recognizable, kid-friendly animals. You can also get some great shots of the lights on your phone.
The zoo is one of the biggest Denver light displays with 70 acres of decorated trees, shrubs, and--of course--lighted displays bent into the shapes of animals. The elephants with the colorfully-decorated elephant on its back is one of my favorites. I also like the Chinese dragon. The zoo also features several "animated" displays of animal movement--which is just really the lights turning off and on on different sections to suggest movement. Some things you can see are a frog "jumping," two bighorn sheep crashing together, and a cougar (I think) turning its head. There are peacocks and flamingos and if you have a kid who likes creepy crawlies, they can keep their eyes out for lighted snakes and other little creatures.
I also like the lanterns strung up by the elephant house and the globe lights that turn colors on the bushes near there. They give off a softer light than the bright
One thing that people seemed disappointed about is that they don't see many animals. Well, it's night time and most of the animals are tucked in and asleep. You need to go with the mindset that you are mostly there to see the lights. That being said, you can see a few animals. The giraffe house and the elephant house are usually open, and you can get pretty close to the animals there. We've also been able to catch sight of a mountain goat and some penguins.
New! Music and Light Show
This little music and light show is a new feature that was added in 2019. It's a tree about 10-12 feet tall that plays a coordinated show every so often. It's not as grand of stunning as some of the others downtown, but it's worth circling back to see when it's showtime.
Excerpt from First Light Musical Holiday Tree Show
If You Want More: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St Denver, CO 80206
Size: Medium (24 acres)
Recommended Amount of Time: 1 hour
Price: Moderately High
Parking: Difficult at the beginning, Medium a couple of hours in
In 2017 CNN chose Denver Botanic Gardens as one of the 7 best places to see lights in the United States. The Gardens are a bit of a drive from South Denver, but relatively quite close if you consider that the other sites they chose are in places like Las Vegas and Austin. Our family has been going to the Gardens’ Blossoms of Light for about 10 years now, and they manage to be impressive and classy at the same time. We especially like the new field of changing lights. Depending on how they are programmed, they give you the feeling of the ground undulating around you.
The Denver Botanic Gardens are my second-favorite place to go to see lights at the holiday season. You can see a dazzling amount of lights on the trees and shrubs, as well as a big bank of large trees outfitted top to bottom with lights. The Gardens have a few unique features that I haven't seen in other displays. First off, there is the Chihuly glass sculpture, a 14-foot tower that looks like a collection of red, orange, and yellow icicles.
The Gardens has quite a few water features, and they use them to nice effect, illuminating a waterfall, and placing lighted balls on top of their water lily pond.
There are two places to get snacks (which are usually pretty highbrow.) One is and indoor place right near the entrance. The other is an outdoor area towards the back of the Gardens.
Blossoms of Light - Denver Botanic Gardens 2016
© 2014 Adele Jeunette
What Did I Miss? Tell Me About Your Favorite Display in Littleton, Englewood, or Centennial
Mary on January 01, 2018:
Drive on Windermere beyond the Elementary school heading towards Ridge Road
Caleb Schallenmuller on December 03, 2017:
You missed a computerized light display that is on 7148 S Grant St Centennial Co. The show has been up for nine years now and has 35,000 LED lights programmed to music that is transmitted over the radio on 98.1FM. Hope to see this on your tour soon!
Sherry Venegas from La Verne, CA on December 17, 2014:
I enjoyed these pictures very much.