Thanksgiving Weekend Things to Do!

November 24, 2016

This Thanksgiving weekend you can trot your yams off, watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC,) Charlie Brown (ABC), Anne of Green Gables (PBS) and football (everywhere else)! After that you can shop, skate, spectate or just appreciate all there is to do in or near Southshore!

Thursday, November 24 (Thanksgiving)

Run your yams off at the 43rd annual Mile High United Way Turkey Trot in Denver’s beautiful Washington Park. The four-mile race and quarter-mile family fun run is expected to host over 10,000 participants in support of Mile High United Way’s work in the community to improve the lives of children, families and individuals in need. This year’s Turkey Trot will include a start and finish village featuring entertainment, music, booths and a beer garden sponsored by Great Divide Brewing Co.

Washington Park, E. Louisiana St. and S. Franklin St., Denver
Fee: Day of Race $30-$45

Friday, November 25

It’s worth the 30-minute drive from our Southshore lakeside community to the traditional Grand Illumination event in downtown Denver. The urban center will come a-light from Union Station to the City and County Building at Civic Center Park. At around 6:30 p.m., the historic City and County Building will be ablaze with brightly colored floodlights in the heart of Lower Downtown.

Denver Union Station to Civic Center Park, Denver
6:00 p.m.

Friday-Sunday, November 25-27

Colorado Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker remains the “gold standard” as the largest production of this holiday favorite in Colorado. This larger-than-life holiday tradition continues to be as popular as ever, with nearly all performances sold out in 2015. Purchase your tickets early for this dreamy production that features lavish costumes, exuberant dancing, whimsical battles, hypnotizing snow flurries, sumptuous sets, majestic live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and a little bit of magic.

Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1400 Curtis St., Denver
Sat., 1:00 and 6:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:00 p.m.
TICKETS: $30-155

Friday-Sunday, November 25-27

Vintage Theatre presents “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” – The classic story of young Belle and the Beast that only she can tame. Don’t miss the crooning kitchenware for this evening of love, intrigue and iconic music!

Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $22-$31

Friday, November 25 through December 24

Essential to the holiday season, A Christmas Carol promises to warm your heart and renew your holiday spirit. Based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, this joyous musical adaptation traces money-hoarding skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant overnight journey to redemption. A Christmas Carol depicts the meaning of the holiday season in a way that has resonated for generations.

Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St.
Fri./Sat., 7:30; Sun., 1:30 and 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $35

santa-southlandsSANTA PHOTO OP!
Capture the magic of the holidays by letting your little ones pose for a photo opportunity with Santa, and share their wish list for Christmas! Here’s a schedule of Santa’s hours between now and Christmas, and the price list of possible accessories!

Southlands Mall, Main Street, Aurora
HOURS: Various

Thanksgiving Weekend Through December 22

The 16th Annual Denver Christkindl Market hosted by the German-American Chamber of Commerce transforms Skyline Park into a magical “old world” European Christmas village, with wooden vendor huts, twinkling lights, festival music, and an authentic German Bier Hall. Visit this authentic holiday market like the ones found in German public squares, to shop more than 30 featured gift and craft artisans, bakers and chefs.

Downtown Denver, 16th and Arapahoe Streets, Denver
Click here for hours of operation

Thanksgiving Weekend Through December 24

Shop in or outside the mall at the St. Nick’s Holiday market featuring a unique mix of vendors offering unique gifts, gourmet foods, artisan crafts and holiday treats. With over 100 vendors, you’ll find lots of gift possibilities for family, friends or yourself.

Southlands Mall, Main Street, Aurora
Holiday Store Hours

Thanksgiving Weekend Through January 8

Fill some of your family time Thanksgiving weekend with a trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science’s Extreme Mammals exhibit, where you’ll meet some of the largest, smallest and most extreme mammals Mother Nature has ever dreamed up.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver
Starting at 9:00 a.m.
Phone: 303-370-6000
Cost: $9.95-$14.95

Thanksgiving Weekend Through February

The Southshore lakeside community is just minutes away from The Pond Ice Rink at Southlands. If you can’t wait strap on some skates, the ice is solid this weekend and ready for leisurely skating, toe loops, and triple axels! Sponsored by Southshore, The Pond Ice Rink is one cool place to skate and kick off the holiday season in a memorable way! Hours vary over the next six weeks.

Southlands Mall Main Street, E470 and Smoky Hill Rd., Aurora
ADMISSION: $3.50-$8.50 with $2.50 skate rental

Thanksgiving Weekend Through April 2, 2017


If you’re a Star Wars™ fan, take a unique journey into the Star Wars™ universe as characters are brought to life through a dramatic presentation of more than 60 original costumes. Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume will closely examine the process of costume designing the iconic outfits featured in all seven films of the Star Wars™ series.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Avenue Pkwy, Denver
Tours begin every 15 minutes
TICKETS: Non-Members $5-$28

Friday, November 25 through January 1, 2017

porgy-bessPORGY AND BESS
This operatic adaptation of Dorothy Heyward’s play “Porgy and Bess” follows the lives of the inhabitants of Catfish Row, an African-American section of Charleston, South Carolina. The musical follows the crippled Porgy and his beloved Bess, who is under the thrall of the dangerous Crown and the sinewy drug dealer Sportin’ Life.

Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
Fri., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 2 p.m./7:30 p.m., Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $16-$37

Friday, November 25 through January 1

Embrace the holiday season at Blossoms of Light. With over one million colorful lights draped in elegant designs highlighting the Gardens’ winter beauty. Enjoy sparkling passages, new displays and romantic kissing spots under the mistletoe, all made more beautiful through HoloSpex glasses. Warm drinks and tasty treats will also be available.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver
5:30-9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$13

Saturday, November 26

Drop the kids off at the YMCA Drop ‘n’ Shop Program and while you shop, your kids can participate in themed activities and crafts. Please provide a small snack for your child. For children who are potty-trained to 10 years old.

Southlands YMCA, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
1:00-5:00 p.m.
Phone: 720-870-2221
Fee: $7 per child.

Southshore in Aurora
Except for Thanksgiving, we’ll be ready to give you the holiday weekend tour through our new homes in Aurora, CO! The beautiful models at Village Homes, and the designs at Richmond American Homes, showcase both ranch and two-story options. Southshore lakeside living — priced from the $400s to the $700s.