You may have seen it already. The sprouting up from one house to the next, holiday lights are beginning to cover every block. And it isn’t just in the residential neighborhoods either. The city of Denver takes on a whole new persona in the winter with numerous different themed activities around town to keep you and the family occupied between putting up your own lights.

To kick it all off, the Parade of Lights, sponsored by 9News, takes over the metro area from November 30th to December 1st. The free parade invites all residents of Colorado to come and see the shimmering display moving through the streets of downtown. It also showcases the festive decorations of the 16th Street Mall and Civic Center Park.

But downtown isn’t the only area that gets the festive treatment. The Scientific and Cultural Foundation of Denver (SCFD) has already begun putting up decorations around various sites in Denver. Namely, the Zoo and the Botanic Gardens are being transformed into holiday spectacles.

For the animals, we have Zoo Lights, beginning November 30th through January 1. Open in the evenings, it allows for a new way to explore the once familiar zoo in a new way. With over 150 animated animal sculptures, there’s something here to take your breath away.

Opening at the gardens on the same day (November 30th through January 1) is the Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanic Gardens. This is one of the last opportunities to explore the gardens before they close for the season.