Holiday Happenings in and around GES and River North

By Jill Carstens

The availability of holiday festivities is growing in the GES and RiNo areas. Union Station is a popular attraction this time of year, but if you lead yourself down these unique paths, you will find less crowds and an artsy twist.

Happy Holidays

Here are some suggestions:


Lead your friends or family on a wintery tour of the RiNo murals. Begin at Denver Central Market, where you can pick up some to-go snacks and hot cocoa. The market’s location puts you near a large selection of murals along Larimer and the RiNo Art Alley, where you can pop into Noble Riot for a nice glass of wine and charcuterie. Find an art district map at


If you have not yet checked it out, Wonderbound, 3824 Dahlia St., is a progressive ballet company housed in an historic 1920s postal building. Its founders aim to create productions that are daring, diverse and imaginative. “Icy Haught” is Garrett Ammon and Sarah Tallman’s saucy new show running through Dec. 17.

Take in some jazz. The Camilla Vaitaitis Quartet will play at Nocturn, 1330 27th St., on Dec. 17 from 6:30-10 p.m. Camilla Vaitaitis is a pianist, vocalist and composer born and raised in Colorado.


The Rocky Mountain Record Show Holiday Pop-Up at Great Divide Barrel Bar, 1812 35th St., on Dec. 17 from noon-5 p.m. You just might find that rare track within the crates of vinyl that are presented at this pop-up.

Mercury Café Ballroom Holiday Art Market on Dec. 15 from 7-11 p.m. In typical Mercury Café fashion, this market will include flash tattoos, tarot readings, oddities, crystals and live music. A mini version of the market is happening in their Rose Room Dec. 16-17.

Holiday Art Mart, Foolproof Contemporary Art Gallery, 3240 Larimer St., on Dec. 22 from 4-8 p.m and Dec. 23 from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The gallery will present “tables of original small art works and gifts inside the gallery, seasonal snacks and something warm to sip.” Find that one-of-a-kind gift!


Art is the heart of this area, and there are several shows opening or continuing through December:

Art In The Everyday Community Quilt Project, Laura Phelps Rogers studio, through Dec. 31, 3240 Larimer St. This is a display of an interactive sculptural quilt project. If you would like to participate in the project contact Rogers at 303-641-3472.

The Crux of The Biscuit: New Ceramic Work by Jonathan Kaplan

Plinth Gallery, 3520 Brighton Blvd., through Dec. 23.

Decolonize Indigenize and Embellished Creature

Visions West Contemporary, featuring print, paint and collage by Julie Buffalohead and ceramics by George Rodriquez, 2605 Walnut St., through Dec. 22.


It is an understatement that RiNo has a plethora of restaurants. Here are a few to try during the holiday season:

Dio Mio, 3264 Larimer St., artisanal pasta in an approachable environment.

Coperta, 400 E. 20th Ave., Feast of the Seven Fishes for Christmas Eve.

Yardbird Table & Bar, 2743 Blake St., open Christmas Eve from 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m., as well as Christmas Day from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.


The Summit Church at 3300 Larimer St. will hold a Christmas Eve celebration, gathering by their Christmas tree on the Larimer Street patio, singing carols by candlelight and eating cookies.


Denver Black Tie Party 2024, Asterisk Event Center, 1075 Park Ave. W., dubbed as glamorous and sophisticated. Get out the black ties and stilettos to celebrate with an open bar and live music with your ticket.

NYE on Tap 2024 at Bierstadt Lagerhaus, 2875 Blake St., your ticket gets you live music, buffet and open bar.

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