Family Time: Things to Do Over the Holidays

November 23 2011, 10:26 AM

Yes, Thanksgiving is a time for, well, thanks. But it also means hours of uninterrupted time with family and friends—minutes that you need to fill. Don't worry; we've got you covered.

Time to Get Out of the House? Family members taller than 48 inches can snap photos of each other as they climb the REI–Denver Flagship Climbing Pinnacle. The wall is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $10 for the first climb.

Sick of Leftovers? Split a signature pizza like the Mile High Club Pie or the JB and catch live music at The Walnut Room or stop by Steuben’s for some good old American diner food. 

Don't Want to Decorate at Home? As part of Downtown Denver’s Winter in the City, downtown Denver’s buildings from Union Station to the City and County building will be aglow with Christmas lights. Be part of the countdown on November 25 at 6 p.m. Or drive around, get lost, and discover some new neighborhoods. 

Need to Work Some Calories Off? Venture to Rocky Mountain National Park and take a hike to explore Bear Lake (a tourists' favorite). If you want to stay closer to home, pack a picnic lunch and spend a day in City Park (bring a football or a disc to toss around). 

Need a Drink? Beauty Bar is home to Martinis and Manicures Happy Hour where $10 gets you an express manicure and a specialty cocktail. Happy hour is Tuesday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Or your whiskey-loving friends can sip on the good stuff after touring Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey distillery. These 30- to 45-minute tours give guests a full understanding of how the whiskey is made with free samples at the end. Tours are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays starting at 10 a.m. Visit stranahans.com for reservations.

—Image courtesy of VISIT DENVER.