Christmas 2020, what is everyone doing?


Keally Peck, Staff Writer

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As 2020 comes to an end, people wonder what to do for this holiday season. With many places closed or having to make reservations way ahead of time, people wonder what they should do during these Jolly times. Some have already decided to continue traditions and visit family, despite all that is still going on 9 months into the COVID-19 pandemic. But, some people, especially those at risk, have no clue as to what to do for the holidays, and are trying to find ways to enjoy the holidays without everyone coming to visit. Well, there are ways to still enjoy the holidays despite all the rules set for the pandemic.

Some Great Ways to Spend the Holidays

If you aren’t one of those people who have reserved events ahead of time, or don’t care about the rules, and will visit family anyway, then this is perfect for you. Before Christmas Eve, you can do things like decorate gingerbread houses, and make Christmas cookies to prepare for the holidays, and even sled down snowy hills and make hot cocoa. 

But this is all stuff to do with family and friends and not be close to society, what about the public events in Denver? Thrillist, an article website shows different events you can do around the city, and how to be able to do those things. 

One of these events include a walk through a winter wonderland light display at Cherry Creek North, which will run until Feb. 28, and no reservation is required and is free of charge. 

Another event includes a walk through your favorite Christmas movies at a multiple-sensory pop-up at the Gaylord Rockies in Aurora, which costs $24.99 to enter, and goes on until Jan. 3. These events, whether they be personal, or social, are just a fraction of what is offered this year during these troubled times.

Mile High has also suggested some things to do during the holidays. Some of which include the Denver Zoo lighting up the Zoo on Thursday, Dec. 31st, which will include a light show through historical events along with many measures making sure you and your family are safe and healthy through the event. And, also includes things to do once 2021 rolls around as well, like a Trail of Lights being held at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms on Thursday Jan. 3rd. Or there are online events as well, one of them being called “ Granny Dances to Holiday Drum”, which takes place on Jan. 2nd of 2021.

Another event includes Blitzen’s, which is a holiday marketplace that is fun for all ages. You can enjoy warm holiday beverages, get all the Holiday photos you’ll need, shop and support local or small businesses for all your holiday gifts, and Santa may even make an appearance! It will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm until Dec. 20 Tickets vary from $5 to $35, with the basic ticket being $5, which is the entrance to the marketplace, the standard ticket being $15 is also an entrance to the marketplace but includes a free ready-to-drink cocktail of their choice, and finally the VIP ticket, which costs $35 will comes with a Blitzen Holiday Insulated Mug that can be used to drink your warm beverages. It’s located at 4329 Tennyson Street in Denver, and you can get tickets now to register for the event here.

And another event, which is the last one I’m probably going to mention, is that this Saturday, Dec. 19, at 5 pm, there will be a Holiday Cruiser ride where you can decorate your bikes and/or yourselves around the neighborhood. Everyone will meet at The Green on Ridge at 7101 W. 38th Ave. And if you live around the area, feel free to come out and wave at the people going by all dressed up in lights and decorations for the holidays!

While the pandemic has caused countless events to be canceled and put a bunch of businesses out of business, Christmas is not even close to being canceled. With many finding alternatives for Christmas, like meeting up online instead of in-person for the holidays, and doing personal events with family and friends, like sledding and building gingerbread houses, Christmas is deemed to be just as great as the previous years. While many events for the holidays are unfortunately canceled, postponed, or require a reservation, there is still much to do, and this is the year to discover what you can do during the holidays when not as many public events are open as they were last year, or the year before that.

 In short, we  can still see the joys in Christmas this year with events that will surely please everyone, other than the Grinch of course, and that Christmas can still be as happy and jolly this year then any other year before.