If you thought holiday shopping had you going in circles, this Downtown Denver attraction will have you going around and around. From Dec. 15 to Jan. 2, 2018, take a spin on the holiday carousel at the Denver Pavilions (500 16th St.). Rides are $3 each, but you can hop on gratis. Shop, dine or play at any of the 40 Denver Pavilions businesses and receive a voucher for a free ride with purchase. The carousel spins daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. denverpavilions.com
In the dog house
Known for its gourmet hot dogs, sausages and burgers, Dog Haus is opening its third Colorado location on Dec. 16 at The Shops at Northfield Stapleton (8316 Northfield Blvd., Suite 1610) in Denver. Swing by for a free Haus Dog on opening day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Plus, the first 50 customers in line receive free swag, including shirts, hats, steins, mugs, food, discount cards and more. For families, there will also be a face painter and balloon artist for the kids, starting at 11 a.m. doghaus.com
Music is in the air. Some 300 tubas, euphoniums and other low-register brass instruments spread holiday cheer on Dec. 17 from 1-2 p.m. in downtown Denver’s Skyline Park. It’s all part of Tuba Christmas 2017, a nationwide series of free concerts performed by local, volunteer musicians. The orchestra assembles only hours before show time to rehearse its tunes. Afterward, jump on the free 16th Street Mall shuttle and explore downtown for a little holiday shopping and more festive fun. tubachristmas.com
If your ice shop is closing for a few weeks, what do you do with all the remaining ice cream? You give it away, of course. Denver’s Liks Ice Cream (2039 E. 13th Ave.) is doing just that — scooping free ice cream. On Dec. 20, bring in any container (half gallon or smaller) and the staff will fill it with ice cream from the dipping cabinet at no charge. They start scooping at noon, but show up early for the best selection. Once all of the ice cream is scooped, the giveaway is over. (Last year, its freezer case was stone cold empty by 2 p.m.) Liks is closed from Dec. 21 to Jan. 7, 2018. liksicecream.com
With nearly every national restaurant and movie theater chain offering a gift card bonus this time of the year, now’s the time to cash in on those places you frequent often. Gift cards don’t need to be gifts. Bargain hunters should consider pre-paying now for 2018 meals and entertainment and pocket the bonus. Most offers include a $5 bonus card with the purchase of a $25 gift card or $10 bonus for a $50 gift card. Others offer free food or coupons with the purchase of a minimum gift card amount. Read the fine print on bonus cards, as most have date restrictions, purchase requirements and/or menu exclusions. Review more than 100 gift card bonus offers at milehighonthecheap.com/giftcards.
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