Zoo Lights Amaze


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I love Christmas lights. So when the holiday season sneaks up on us I’m the first to go wandering through neighborhoods to view magnificent light displays. Walks this time of year are spent off the trails and instead inside neighborhoods to adore displays of twinklings lights and giant snowmen.

Last weekend we traveled outside of our own neighborhood and checked out the lights at the Denver Zoo. If you’re not familiar with this annual holiday tradition, this holiday safari includes more than 38 acres of illuminated lights and animated animals that pop out from around every corner.

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If you haven’t experienced this holiday light spectacular, you still have time. Zoo Lights runs nightly through Jan. 4.  Have fun!

Dazzling Lights

There is nothing more magical to me during the Christmas season then to look at twinkling lights that shine brightly. I can spend hours driving throughout neighborhoods taking in the brilliant light displays. So in keeping with our annual tradition (that we only started last year!), we attended the Denver Botanic Gardens Blossoms of Lights the night after Christmas. To tell you that this light display is something you must see is an understatement! I tell all my friends that it’s a holiday tradition that must be experienced. (Even my friend Melanie would agree!)

The Blossoms of Lights run nightly from December 2 through January 1, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the York Street location in Denver. They also have Trails of Lights at the Chatfield location. This urban winter wonderland is a feast for the eyes. Bundled up in layers of clothing, scarves and mittens, we wandered through the Botanic Gardens taking in the multitude of colors that shine from the trees, plants and sculptures. And with this year’s Christmas-time snow, the glow of the lights from under the blanket of snow was just breathtaking.

To keep you toasty, grab a cup of hot cocoa or cider to warm your inner soul. And for me, the experience isn’t quite complete without hot roasted almonds that fill the air with a cinnamon aroma. Enjoy!

The Ritters

Ice Carving

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After the Blossoms of Light, we drove by the Denver City & County Building on the way home. What a magical feast for the eyes!


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