Holiday parades in Denver 2017
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Some things are just quintessential holiday experiences--looking at lights, singing Christmas carols, and, of course, enjoying a holiday parade. This holiday season, the Denver area is bringing you every kind of parade. From a traditional one with light-up floats down the street or a classic, vintage Christmas experience these parades are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. 

9NEWS Parade of Lights
Dec. 1 @ 9 p.m., Dec. 2 @ 6 p.m.
16th Street Mall, Denver, CO 80202

Christmas lights are one of the most magical elements of the holiday, and they're all the more dazzling in a parade. Enjoy Denver's 43rd annual Parade of Lights, kicking off the holiday season with two-mile-long parades on Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2, with parade staples like marching bands, floats, giant balloons, and, of course, Santa and Major Waddles the penguin. And make sure you have the best view with grandstand seating, costing $19 for adults and $16 for kids.

Lights of December Parade
Dec. 2 @ 6 p.m.
Boulder, CO

Head to nearby Boulder for their annual Lights of December Parade, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with floats, marching bands, lit fire engines, carolers, and more, including a grand finale with an appearance from Santa.

Colorado Springs Festival of Lights Parade
Dec. 2 @ 5:50 p.m.
Downtown Colorado Springs

The parades continue in nearby Colorado Springs with the 33rd annual Festival of Lights Parade, this year boasting the theme of "Through the Eyes of a Child."

Olde Golden Christmas
Dec. 2, 9, and 16
City of Golden - 1010 Washington Ave., Golden, CO 80401

Few holidays ignite feelings of nostalgia the way Christmas does, perhaps because we have so many classic tales that transcend time. Nearby Golden turns to those time-honored traditions and brings Victorian carolers, candlelight walks, a holiday art market, live theater, a light display along Clear Creek, Santa, Newfoundland dog-pulled cart rides, shopping, dining, and more to Main St. all through December, including three parades down Washington Ave. every Saturday through Dec. 16.