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A guide to holiday lights and attractions in Colorado
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By Joseph Rios

Thereís no sign of snow anywhere, but that doesnít mean the holiday season isnít here. Businesses and homes across Colorado have started to glow with holiday-lights, but some holiday-light displays separate themselves from rest.

The Denver Zoo Lights is a great place to take the family to for holiday fun. Animal sculptures are decorated in holiday lights, and going to the zoo at night makes for a different holiday experience. You can grab hot chocolate, and take the kids to a Santa meet-and-greet. Prices for non-members are $13 for adults (ages 12-64), $9 for children (ages 3-11) and $11 for seniors (ages 65 and up). The Zoo Lights will be on display until Dec. 31.

The Denver Botanic Gardensí holiday light display, Blossoms of Lights, is a Colorado favorite. Blossoms of Lights, sees thousands of holiday lights that will undoubtedly put you in the holiday spirit. Some lights react to the tones of certain sounds like voices and drums. Prices for the Blossoms of Lights are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (ages 65 and up) and $12 for children (ages 3-15).

Driving through downtown Denver during the holiday season is something you donít want to miss, and one display that has been a staple of downtown holiday decor, is the Denver City and County Building at 1437 Bannock St. The holiday lights cast a glow onto the city, and a nativity set is displayed just out front. The lights are on display from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. every night until Jan. 22.

Another great place to see holiday lights, is in downtown Golden. Holiday lights on Washington Avenue, Clear Creek and in Clear Creek History Park are on display through January. Golden will also be hosting a holiday parade on Dec. 16 at 10:30 a.m. that runs through Washington Avenue from 11th to 13th streets in downtown Golden. Santa will be riding in a sidecar motorcycle, and other attractions like the Colorado School of Mines and an antique fire truck will be on display.

Other places offer a twist to holiday lights like Adventure Golf & Raceway in Westminster. The mini-golf course has over 50 holes with thousands of holiday lights and decorations. Snacks, hot chocolate and adult beverages are available to guests, and the lights are on display from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. until Dec. 31. Prices are $10 for adults (ages 13-59), $8 for seniors (ages 60 and up), $8 for children (ages 4-12) and kids under three can get in for free.





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