What to do this weekend in Denver

Christmas cheer is here

Thursday-Dec. 24. What’s “fun, fleeting and a little weird?” It’s Camp Christmas, an elaborate six-acre seasonal dreamscape that includes a classic carousel, hot cocoa, visits with Santa and sweet treats, according to organizers. “Campers will find themselves wandering through the elaborate campgrounds complete with craft cocktails at … themed bars, shimmering light displays, and immersive exhibits that will fill your head with visions of Christmases past.”

Locally produced by longtime artistic mastermind Lonnie Hanzon and his band of yuletide merrymakers (along with DCPA Off-Center), the quirky holiday adventure takes place at Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park, 801 South Yarrow Street, Lakewood. All ages welcome. Tickets range from $12 to $64 with other add-ons available as well. Find information at denvercenter.org.

Friday. Want more Christmas? Denver Mayor Michael Hancock will preside over the lighting of the Mile High Tree, a seven-story, 39-foot diameter tree “structure” containing 60,000 LED lights. The lighting is at 5:15 p.m. in Civic Center Park — but after that, there will be “nightly free public light shows choreographed to multi-cultural holiday music and accommodating up to 140 guests at a time for an immersive viewing experience within the tree,” according to city officials.

The tree will sit directly adjacent to Christkindlmarket, which opens for the season at 6 p.m. with a ceremonial keg tapping. The charming German-style holiday market, now in its 22nd year, features “alleys lined with cozy wooden huts housing artisan gift shopping and tasty treats from local and international small businesses. Guests can enjoy live holiday music and traditional glühwein, German biers and holiday fare from across Europe.”

Get to the bottom of the ocean

Friday. Take “a journey from the oceans’ sunlit surfaces to their inky depths,” at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, which opens a new traveling exhibit on Nov. 18 called “Unseen Oceans.” Guests “will explore a series of media-rich galleries showcasing a range of marine environments and introducing the scientists who are using cutting-edge research tools and developing new methods to explore the oceans,” the museum said.

“We are losing biodiversity. Much of life on Earth lies in its oceans. It is good for people to be aware of the incredible biodiversity that exists in this underexplored region,” said Museum Senior Curator of Invertebrate Zoology Paula Cushing in a statement. “Unseen Oceans runs through April 9, 2023, at the DMNS, 2001 Colorado Blvd. Get more information at dmns.org.

A Japanese folktale

Friday-Dec. 11.Zotto: A Supernatural Japanese Folktale” opens in Denver’s Sakura Square, 1905 Lawrence St. This genre-shattering take on theater allows “audiences follow mysterious fox spirit Dr. Kitsu into an immersive, explorable world where they’ll unearth unexpected truths out of both fact and lore,” according to creative producer Courtney Ozaki. “Engaging in this production with all five senses, audience members learn about the ghosts of Colorado’s past, touching on issues of racism and gentrification as well as WWII incarceration, redlining and resettlement.”

Brought to life by an all-women cast, “Zotto” is produced by Japanese Arts Network in conjunction with Luster Productions, Theatre Artibus and Control Group Productions. Get tickets, which are $45 each, and information at ja-ne.wellattended.com.

Coffee and beer in your mug

Saturday. Although most people drink their coffee in the morning and their booze at night, the combination of the two makes for a particularly popular style of beer. Our Mutual Friend Brewing, at 2810 Larimer St., knows this and recently teamed up with a brand new Colorado coffee roaster, Color Drop Coffee, to brew Boundary Beyond, a whopping 13.5 percent ABV imperial coffee stout that debuts on draft and in cans on Nov. 19 at the Denver brewery.

In addition, the two companies have also put together a coffee of the same name. Boasting a full body and notes of chocolate, it has light red fruit on the finish and a touch of nuttiness, according to the companies. The collaboration came about by way of a friendship between OMF head brewer Jan Chodkowski and Color Drop founders Erich Rosenberg, a specialty coffee roasting for two decades, and Steve Kurowski, who worked in craft beer for just as long.

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