If balancing on wobbly ladders to hang holiday decorations isn’t your thing, look no further. These seven places will fill your need for lights and tinsel. From house museums to hotel lobbies, these attractions are decorated with ornaments, garland, glitter and anything else that sparkles and shines.
Molly Brown House
Starting Tuesday the Molly Brown house museum will be dressed up for the holidays with decorations from the late 1800s. There will be two Christmas trees, one on each floor, adorned with baby’s breath garland, Victorian ornaments and (unlit) candles). Period winter fashions such as accessories, hats, coats and shoes will also be on display. Museum tour tickets can be purchased in the Carriage House Visitor’s Center. Reservations required for groups of 10 or more. Decorations will be up until Jan. 7.
Molly Brown, who lived in Denver in the late 1800s, was a Titanic survivor and is known for threatening to throw the crewmen overboard if they didn’t return to the ship to save more people.
When: Through Jan. 1: 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; noon-3:30 p.m. Sundays
Cost: $11 adults, $9 seniors, $9 military, teachers, college students (with ID), $5 children
Closed: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, New Years Day
Address: 1340 Pennsylvania St., Denver
Molly Brown Summer House/Avoca Lodge
Starting Saturday the Molly Brown Summer House in southwest Denver, near Lakewood, will be all gussied up for the holidays, but to take a peek, you’ll need a reservation. The home served as a summer home for philanthropist and activist Molly Brown and her husband James Brown. It was built in 1897.
When: Through Jan. 1: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m Wednesdays-Fridays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays; 1-5 p.m. Sundays
Cost: $10 per person
Address: 2690 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Denver
Quota Club Holiday Home Tour in Estes
This holiday home tour features grand homes in Estes Park with the stunning mountains as a backdrop.
This holiday home tour features little trees decorated in a variety of themes. They will be given away in a drawing at 4 p.m. after the tour. Tickets are available at the Good Samaritan Society, 1901 Ptarmigan Trail, Estes Park and the The Stanley Hotel, 333 E. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park. The tree miniatures are on display in the lobby of the Good Samaritan Society.
The fundraiser benefits Quota Club’s philanthropic activities. The nonprofit is dedicated to “empowering women, children, the deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired in local communities around the world.”
When: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 2
Address: 699 Findley Court, Estes Park, 2725 Devils Gulch, Estes Park, 1382 Deer Path Court, Estes Park, 515 Grand Estates, Estes Park, Reliance Fire Museum, 460 Elm Road, Estes Park
The Brown Palace in downtown Denver is home to a grand chandelier that is only up for the holidays. Red-themed lights, trees, oversize ornaments and wreaths also adorn the lobby.
When: Whenever. The hotel is open 24/7/365. If you want to go in at 3 a.m. and look around you are more than welcome to
Cost: Free (Bonus: You don’t have to pretend to listen to a tour guide)
Address: 321 17th St., Denver
Santa’s sleigh would have no problem finding Colorado Springs’ Broadmoor hotel when it plugs in its winter wonderland. More than 1 million lights festoon across 400 acres of the resort, which also houses a gigantic 12-foot by 13-foot gingerbread replica of Pauline Memorial Chapel, a two-story wreath and several Christmas trees. Santa himself makes an appearance every Saturday (through Dec. 24) at Seven Falls, a waterfall located on the property.
When: Through Jan. 1
Cost: Free to look. Seven Falls is open Friday-Sunday; $14 for adults, $8 for children
Address: 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs
Denver Union Station
Denver Union Station is the city’s main transportation hub. After the City and County building, it’s probably the most obvious display of holiday cheer in Denver, decorated inside and out with lights and ornaments. You can revel in the public places on your own around the clock.
When: Union Station is open 24/7
Address: 1701 Wynkoop St., Denver
Byers-Evans House Museum
William Byers was the founder of the Rocky Mountain News in 1859. His house is decorated in the same style that the Byers-Evans family would have decorated it, with a Victorian/Edwardian vibe. The house museum can only be viewed by guided tour.
Appointments in advance are necessary for groups of 8 or more people (but no more than 15). Group bookings drop the rate per person to $4.
When: Through Jan. 1: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 Mondays-Saturdays; 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 Sundays
Cost: $6 per adult, $5 for students and seniors
Address: 1310 Bannock St., Denver
Bonus: It will take a little bit more planning, but the Colorado Governor’s Residence goes all out for the holidays and offers tours Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 7-10, and Dec. 14-17.