The best holiday markets near Denver (2022) for shopping, live music and more

Internet shopping may be the easiest way to shop for gifts for loved ones this time of year, but why not embrace the holiday spirit and take a day of shopping locally?

Here are five destination tourist markets near Denver where you can get goodies for everyone on your list and have fun along the way.

Cherry Creek Party Market

At your place: From November 17th to December 24th
Position: Fillmore Plaza at Cherry Creek North, 105 Fillmore St., Denver

Take a break from big retailers at Cherry Creek Shopping Center and pop into Cherry Creek Holiday Market, returning for the third year. You’ll find a rotating cast of vendors selling everything from coffee and clothing, to sculptures and spirits. And just like a local farmer’s market, you’ll likely be able to sample some snacks along the way.

Participation in the Cherry Creek Holiday Market is free. Find more information at cherrycreekolidaymarket.com.

Mayor Michael Hancock holds the bat he tapped the barrel with as part of the opening ceremony at Christkindlmarket in 2018. (Kevin Mohatt, Special to the Denver Post)

Denver Christkindl Market

At your place: From November 18th to December 23rd
Position: Civic Center Park, 101 14th Ave., Denver

If you’re in the mood for a trip overseas during the holiday season, look no further than Civic Center Park, which will transform into a European-style fairytale-like market for about a month. Shop for trinkets and handcrafted treasures in the log cabins that line the pop-up alleys with a cup of glühwein (mulled wine) or roasted nuts in hand. In addition to shopping and dining, the Denver Christkindlmarket offers entertainment most nights, including live music, light parades, and St. Nikolaus and Krampus appearances.

Participation in the Denver Christkindl market is free. Find more information at christkindlmarketdenver.com.

People take photos after the lighting of a tree near the Chautauqua Community House on Friday 10 December 2021. The WinterFest, a paid event, takes place on Saturday 11 December and Sunday 12 December and offers horse-drawn carriage rides, breakfast with Santa, music, food and a tour of a historic cottage.  (Matthew Jonas / Personal Photographer)
People take photos after the lighting of a tree near the Chautauqua Community House on Friday, December 10, 2021. WinterFest, a paid event, includes horse-drawn carriage rides, breakfast with Santa, music, food and a historical tour of the cottage. (Matthew Jonas / Personal Photographer)

Winter party

At your place: December 9-11
Position: Colorado Chautauqua Association, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder

Carriage rides, scenic group hikes, guided tours, children’s crafts, live music, party tree lighting, and even a s’mores station highlight a weekend of celebration in Boulder’s historic Chautauqua neighborhood. Bring your wallet to shop at a market at the Chautauqua Community House with local artists and vendors. (No ticket needed.)

WinterFest tickets cost $ 28 per person ages 3 and up. Children up to 2 years of age enter for free. Find tickets and more at chautauqua.com/winterfest-22.

People walk among the outdoor seating and vendor stands in the Apres Ski Holiday Market, located on the open-air Dairy Block Alley in downtown Denver on Friday, November 26, 2021. (Photo by Eric Lutzens / The Denver Post )
People walk among the outdoor seating and vendor stands in the Apres Ski Holiday Market, located on the open-air Dairy Block Alley in downtown Denver on Friday, November 26, 2021. (Photo by Eric Lutzens / The Denver Post )

Après-ski holiday market

At your place: Weekends from November 25th to December 18th
Position: Dairy Alley, 1800 Wazee St., Denver

Sipping and shopping go hand in hand with the third annual Après Ski holiday market. Local businesses and national brands will sell their wares on weekends in the Dairy Block Alley near Union Station, where food and drink options abound, including a seasonal pop-up bar called Miracle located inside the train station. The markets also coincide with special holiday events, such as a tree lighting (November 25) and Merry & Bright Lights, a festive-themed nightly light show that dances outside Union Station (starting November 25).

The Après Ski Holiday Market is free. Find more information at dairyblock.com/events.

Aerah Fulton, 11 years in the role ...
11-year-old Aerah Fulton plays the part of the Queen of Lights during the St. Lucia Children’s Procession at the Georgetown Christmas Market on December 8, 2019. This was the 60th year of the market and procession, which saw the Local elementary school students walk from Georgetown Community School to Library Park to sing Christmas carols for onlookers. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)

Georgetown Christmas Market

At your place: December 3-4 and December 10-11
Position: Historic 6th Street, Georgetown

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