Exploring Denver’s Festive Delights at McGregor Square

BY Steph Wilson

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Location: McGregor Square1901 Wazee St, Denver, CO 80202

As Denver braces for a frosty embrace, McGregor Square shifts gears. What’s usually a buzzing urban plaza now sports a coat of ice—quite literally. The centerpiece? An ice-skating rink where For those less inclined to lace up, there’s people-watching with a side of Carmine’s fare.

As Denver welcomes its winter wardrobe, McGregor Square follows suit. The buzzing urban plaza transforms into a scene straight out of a snow globe, complete with an ice-skating rink where grace meets gusto.  Off the ice, Carmine’s offers a cozy vantage point for those who prefer to observe with a fork in hand.

Standing tall at 33 feet, McGregor Square’s Christmas tree is less of a show-off and more of a show-stopper. lighting up the plaza from one side while the massive outdoor screen takes on the other.

And let’s not forget the Sleigh Bar at Milepost Zero. This holiday season, it’s a wintery wonderland of twinkling lights, festive libations (the Merry & Bright is a toast-worthy choice), and s’mores. They’re not just for summer. Enjoy this campfire classic rinkside for a treat that’s as fun as the view.

For the shoppers, McGregor Square’s got you covered. Shop local, shop unique with everything from bespoke bouquets at Flowers on the Vine, The Rally Store’s sporty cache, and Peak-A-Boo Toys’ playful trove.

Tying it all together is a calendar packed with events worthy of braving the elements for. 

December’s DJ nights at McGregor Square (Dec. 8, 15, 22, 23) blend festive tunes with frosty vibes. It’s a perfect excuse to do your holiday best and dance the night away.

Expect a red-suited guest at Milepost Zero (Dec. 9, 10, 16, 17, 23). It’s your shot for a chat and a snap with Santa himself.

The Sleigh Bar kicks the Monday blues with Happy Hour—a weekly treat featuring discounts on all holiday cocktails.

Elf Trivia (Dec. 13), hosted by hosted by local comedian Zac Maas, is a battleground for holiday movie buffs. The Nightmare Before Christmas Trivia (Dec. 20) offers a twist on the traditional, adding a sprinkle of Tim Burton’s peculiar magic.

And for a touch of nostalgia, The Denver Dolls and The Denver Gents (Dec. 17) bring to life holiday classics in a way only they can— the perfect backdrop to your season-appropriate revelry.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Steph Wilson

Steph Wilson is a writer, editor, and creative maximalist in Denver. She makes magazines for a living and throws color around the world like confetti for fun.

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