A Very Merry Denver December Day and 6 Festive Things to Do in Denver this Weekend!
Family and I headed downtown early Saturday morning after Thanksgiving and had breakfast at The Market on Larimer Square. We were planning to meet a photographer but sadly they had to cancel last minute, luckily, I have my camera on me my most days and we actually ended up having a more intimate and special morning sans paparazzi. But darn, no Christmas card photos here, guys! Haha! Oh Well! Do you guys send or receive any ACTUAL cards?! Curious...
Instead of letting the disappointment get us down, we continued on with our plans to share a downtown Denver morning with the girls. It was a BUSY day ahead of us, the SAME day Remy and I went to the Nutcracker, (if you missed that post,) but we did share a FUN morning together as a family of four before splitting off.
The Market used to be a daily stop for me in my college days! It is ALWAYS special to me anytime I visit because it holds many many memories, but now that I have a family in tow it is a real treat because it doesn't happen often that I get there in the first place, but to have husband and my girls with me feels great.
I always love to get an egg and cheese breakfast sammy on a croissant and an Americano. Husband tried the vegetarian breakfast burrito and the girls shared an almond croissant. The pastries are all pretty phenomenal, and they have served up Allegro coffee for YEARS. The Market also happens to sit on a historic block, Larimer Square, where they currently have winter and holiday themed window displays worthy of a stroll.
After breakfast we were heading down the street to check out Shantell Martin's mark on Denver and experience some of her lines, when we ran into Santa on Larimer Square. It was such a beautiful meet-cute with the girls, and I grabbed my cell as fast as I could to video it. Remy has asked for new winter boots because hers are too small, and Arlo has asked for a Shimmer & Shine house. They BOTH sound the sweetest in the most faint little shy whispers ever. MAGIC years! This Christmas is going to be SO FUN!
I loved going through this photo series and capturing my girls with their Baba. A relationship that is SO incredibly playful and relaxed, comfortable and trusted. I can only pray this continues as they become young ladies. He adores them.
Scroll down for a few photos from our morning downtown...but first, as promised, SIX festive things to do in Denver THIS weekend!
1. Stroll Larimer Square and shop small! Two of my favorite women's boutiques are still here- Blush, a little higher end, and downstairs don't miss Hailee Grace with trendy and affordable pieces! Grab a coffee and pastry at The Market or have lunch on the corner at Tom's Diner in between shopping. OR, have a quiet dinner date with your love at Tamayo or Rioja, my two recs, and see the Square under the twinkle lights at night! The shop windows are in full-on holiday mode thanks to the talents of local artists who decked the halls last weekend with the Annual Yuletide Walk. Now that I mention it, I want to go!
2. Grab some knee pads and you stretchiest, and most water, er ice, repellent pants and hit the ice at the rink at 16th Street Mall and Arapahoe on Skyline Park. In its 8th year now, it may become a permanent downtown fixture. I know this rink may be where we skate as a family this year. Larger and more open than some rinks, with a giant tree on one side and the famous Clock Tower building on the other, and right smack in the middler of 16th Street Mall's happenings, it makes for a great day for shopping and eating and family time. There is a Corner Bakery right off the rink for soup or a sammy, or let's face it, a potty break with those littles! About $8 for adults for skate rentals and $6 for kiddos. BUT you can get a season pass for $35. Details.
3. While you are there, 16th and Arapahoe, or you may want to come back another day, visit the INCREDIBLE Denver Christkindl Market! I have tried to go every year, even if I strolled by myself during lunch breaks in my college days. Last year I took the girls! (This day last year was SO cold, but so memorable...glad I had Amy Jenkins there with us!) I love to see their handmade ornaments and gifts and of course eat the food! One of my favorite ornaments is from here! Maybe it's the German part of me, my paternal grandfather is 100% German, but I love a GREAT brat and sauerkraut! I don't go for the beer, or lager, but there's lots of that too! ;)
4. If you are like me and can eat ice cream in any climate, including 30 degrees, I would suggest a trip to Little Man Ice Cream in LoHi, for this ridiculous peppermint ice cream sandwich they posted on Instagram a couple days ago. Another thing on my to-eat-list this season! After waiting in line, because there is ALWAYS a line, and you know you had dessert before dinner, head to El Five for dinner, AGAIN, on my TO-EAT-LIST. Or if you are around during the day check out Goldyn boutique, beautiful, designer clothing and jewelry and some vintage, and Lulu's Furniture and Decor, a fun shop for inspiration and cool things.
5. Two words. Union Station. Okay maybe three. Union Station Denver... I MUST get down there to see THE tree! Hoping to have a date night in or around here with husband and do a little night cap in the Terminal Bar, or the fancier Cooper Lounge. OR, if we go during the day, we could do a weekday breakfast, hopefully less busy, at Snooze with the girls or ice cream at Milk Box and stroll around inside. They would LOVE it as much as their Mama! I LOVED this vintage photo posted on Instagram by @lododenver the other day of the inside of Union Station and the HUGE tree from the 1920's! Looks SO It's a Wonderful Life to me, and that MEANS so many things to me.
6. Take a carriage ride! I just thought of this! You know how you always sruggled for the lat answer because you gave all your best ones up front, okay well that's number six. Or is it? I am now thinking of like ten more things to do festive in downtown Denver! Anyway, pick up a horse drawn carriage and go up and down 16th Street Mall and see all the lighted trees and decorations! There is also a holiday carousel outside the Denver Pavilions! We took the girls a couple years ago (AHHH how TINY they were!) and it was a very sweet memory, definitely. Maybe get hot cocoa first and then hop on a carriage! Check Irish Rose Drafts for their Holiday Ride pricing!
What are some of your holiday festive things to-do in Denver?! I would love to know! Share in the comments!
Happy Christmas-ing everyone!
And if you ever wondered about those blue painted trees you might have seen around downtown, well I just discovered that it's installation art commissioned last year by Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos.
Wearing: Remy is wearing a popcorn print dress by Molo, Zara knit tights and Crazy 8 silver brogues, similar. Arlo is wearing a Zara long sleeve tee, and a knit skirt by Mademoiselle a Soho I found at a consignment shop in NYC. I LOVE this line! It is GORGEOUS! like this penguin dress- AMAZE! I am wearing a thrifted velvet and beaded blazer, but this is crazy, this jacket is almost EXACTLY the same! Cropped denim I found on SUPER sale from Anthropology last year, a thrifted white tank by A.P.C., a thrifted red plaid scarf, and Chelsea boots by Via Spiga from TJ Maxx a couple years ago, but these leopard Chelsea boots are only $40 and super cute! Husband is wearing chinos by J.Crew from our honeymoon days! Love his love of funky sneakers too. :)