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It’s a Denver tradition to keep the Christmas lights on until January – at least in the Denver City & County Building. You can thank the National Western Stock Show for this; Decades ago, the country folks who came to town for the show expressed their disappointment that the Christmas lights had gone out when they arrived, and Denver forced them to turn on the lights in City Hall. But that’s not the only place everything glows … check out five glowing free events this weekend.

Mile high tree
Daily until January 31 from 5.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sculpture Park, Denver Performing Arts Complex
Even if you’ve experienced the Mile High Tree, Denver’s newest and tallest vacation attraction, there’s reason to return to Sculpture Park. Actually, two reasons: A couple of brand new light shows set on soundtracks outside of vacation. The first is an all-Colorado set with bands from Fray to Lumineers to Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats. The second is a dance-loving series of tunes with a slight Western twang, alluding to the National Western Stock Show. And in between you can hear Charles Denler’s extensive Portraits of Colorado play the Colorado Symphony – An American Symphony No. 1. The free shows start every fifteen minutes; Adult drinks can be purchased.

Dance party with Starburn
Friday, January 10th, 7pm
Stargazers, 10 South Parkside Drive, Colorado Springs
Blow classic rock through your car as you head to Colorado Springs for a free dance party with Starburn featuring hits from Santana, Chicago, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, the Doobie Brothers, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan and many more great acts are played from the 60s and 70s. Starburn has opened for national touring acts from Jefferson Starship to Kofi Baker. The music is sure to bring you into the new year. The doors open at 6pm; Find out more here.

Seal pups
Saturday, January 11th, 2pm
Grace Gamm Theater, Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street
The Boulder Ensemble Theater Company is hosting a public reading by the winner of the newest generation of gaming competition, Seal Boy by Ken Weitzman. Here is the description of this “contemporary fable” from the BETC: “Meg gave birth to a seal. But what kind? Predator? Prey? And if she doesn’t know, how will she know how to protect him? Or keep others safe from him ? “Reading is free, but reservations are required; do yours here.

“Eve of Transformation” by Raymond McCoy.


The subjective lens – through the eyes of veterans
Saturday, January 11th, 5pm to 8pm
Colorado Photographic Arts Center, 1070 Bannock Street
Meet the artists behind The Subjective Lens – Through the Eyes of the Veterans, ten veterans from the Denver area who have all attended the CPAC Veterans Workshop Series, at this reception to see an exhibition of their work that will run until Aug. February runs. For more information, visit cpacphoto.org, where you can also see the Your Denver 2019 online exhibition, a joint effort by CPAC and the Denver Architecture Foundation, which features 30 stunning photos of the Mile High City. That ends on February 1st.

Together in this
Monday, January 13th, 5:30 p.m.
Denver Community Church, 1595 Pearl Street
Have you decided to be more understanding in 2020? The host is the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado
Together in This, an opportunity for leaders from different faiths to share hot topics. Panelists include Reverend Dr. Tom Wolfe of the Iliff School of Theology; Nabeeh Hasan from the Muslim Community Council; Reverend Dr. Jennifer Leath of Campbell Chapel AME Church and Iliff School of Theology; Rabbi Bruce Dollin of the Hebrew Education Alliance; Sister Marion Weinzapfel of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph; and Reverend Dr. Mark Young from Denver Seminary. Reverend Amanda Henderson, Executive Director of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, will moderate. Free entry; Find out more here.

And a bonus!

On Tuesday, January 14th, entry to the National Western Stock Show is free for all Colorado residents. Visit nationalwestern.com for full details.

Do you know a great free event? Send information to [email protected]

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