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10 Free Things to Do in December

Around this time of year, it can start to feel like everything comes with a price tag—even if it is 60 percent off. Here, 10 ways to get out this month without spending a lot of cash. 

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1. Free Day at the Denver Art Museum | Dec. 5

Why You Should Go: It looks like the Saturday forecast predicts a chilly day, which is all the more reason to spend time inside admiring art. Bonus: You’ll log plenty of steps as you tour.

2. Southwest Rink at Skyline Park | Through Feb. 15

Why You Should Go: Downtown’s ice skating rink is back for another winter season. Skating is free, but renting appropriate footgear will set you back $2 (read: bring your own, if you can). While you are there, swing by the booths nearby at the annual Denver Christkindl Market.

3. Screening of The Great Divide at the Longmont Museum | Dec. 16

Why You Should Go: Water just might be Colorado’s most important natural resource. This documentary will help you understand why.

4. Museo de las Americas’ Posada Tradicional | Dec. 11

Why You Should Go: Three words: poinsettias, art, and piñatas.

5. Free Tours at the Governor’s Residence | Various Dates

Why You Should Go: For a few days this month, you can walk the halls of “Colorado’s Home” for free.

6. Snowshoe in the Mountains | Your Choice

Why You Should Go: We’ve already been up to the mountains to play in the fluffy stuff. Have you? Strap on a pair of snowshoes to enjoy incredible views with no lift ticket or day fee. Rabbit Ears Pass is a favorite spot for snowshoers; find out why.

7. Donate Gently Used Clothes and Toys | Your Choice

Why You Should: Now is the perfect time to go through your closet and toy bins, pick out some gently used treasures, and donate them to local charities. Need another reason? Read “Our Town,” our report on homelessness in Denver.

8. Golden’s Homestead Holidays | Dec. 4

Why You Should Go: There are plenty of holiday-light events this month, but swing by Golden to help launch a new, soon-to-be-classic celebration when Clear Creek History Park’s buildings go bright.

9. 10th Mountain Division Huts with Denver Beer Co. at Denver REI | Dec. 8

Why You Should Go: If you’ve ever thought about trekking to a 10th Mountain Division Hut, here’s your chance to learn more (one hint: book really, really early). Oh, and there is free brew from Denver Beer Co.

10. Dew Tour Mountain Championships | Dec. 10–13

Why You Should Go: You may not be able to shred like the pros, but you can at least cheer them on while they compete in Breckenridge this month.

Looking for more things to do in Denver? Check out our events calendar.


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