Free and cheap things to do in Denver in November 2022

Wendy’s Denver Nuggets deal

Slam dunk! Bargain hunters and Denver Nuggets fans alike will appreciate this “nugget of savings.” Thanks to Wendy’s Double-Double Deal, customers can enjoy complimentary nuggets. This season, when a Nuggets player earns a double-double at home, fans score free crispy or spicy chicken nuggets (six piece) with any purchase the following day at Wendy’s. The offer is only valid for home games at participating Denver Front Range and Colorado Springs locations. (A “double-double” is when a player reaches double figures (10 or more) in two of the five main statistical categories: points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.

Pixar Putt

Mini-golf players can have a “tee-rific” time at Pixar Putt Denver. The 18-hole pop-up, mini-golf course at the Denver McGregor Square at Rally Hotel (1600 20th St.) in Denver features interactive holes inspired by Disney and Pixar’s most iconic films, including “Toy Story,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Finding Nemo,” “Coco,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Wall-E” and “Inside Out.” The game takes 90 minutes to two hours (for a group of four) to complete. Tickets are typically $31 to $33. However, enjoy a big discount on Tuesdays, when they are just $20. Through Nov. 27, the course is open Monday to Friday from noon to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Christmas tree cutting

Start a new family holiday tradition by cutting a native Christmas tree from a forest just 30 minutes outside Denver. On Dec. 3, Golden Gate Canyon State Park will hold a Christmas Tree Cut. The park is offering 250 permits for cutting a Christmas tree in selected areas of the park. The permit cost is $35 per tree, with a limit of one permit per household. This year, permits will be issued via a lottery. The entry period is Nov. 1-15. Applications can only be submitted online. A random drawing will be held on Nov. 15 with “winners” being notified shortly thereafter. Then, on Dec. 3, permit-holders can visit the park between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to cut their tree. A valid park pass is required for each vehicle (an annual state parks pass or $10 daily pass), which can be purchased online or at the park’s self-service station. Trees must be cut with hand tools, such as a handsaw or axe. Chainsaws and power saws are strictly prohibited. Tree selections include Douglas fir, Ponderosa pine, Lodgepole pine and Rocky Mountain juniper. Fill out an application at

Assistance League of Denver’s Holidaze Sale

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Assistance League of Denver Thrift Shop (6265 E. Evans Ave.), which hosts its Holidaze sale from Nov. 4 to Dec. 20. The store has been collecting merchandise all year for the popular annual event, including brand new and gently-used items. There will be garlands, wreaths, ornaments and other decorations, as well as holiday tableware and linens. In addition, find gift items, holiday clothing, collectible holiday villages and plush toys. The shop’s hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Denver’s Night at the Museums

Museums are fun during the day. However, they have a whole different vibe at night. And Denver’s Night at the Museums sees more than a dozen open their doors for free on Nov. 5 from 5 to 10 p.m. As part of Denver Arts Week, each museum promises special entertainment and activities, including music, dance and storytelling. There’s even a complimentary shuttle to whisk visitors between venues. Participants include American Mountaineering Museum; Children’s Museum of Denver; Clyfford Still Museum; Denver Art Museum; Denver Botanic Gardens; Denver Police Museum; Denver Firefighters Museum; Denver Museum of Nature & Science; Denver Ridge; Forney Museum of Transportation; Four Mile Historic Park; History Colorado Center; Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art; Molly Brown House Museum; and Museo des las Americas. A few offer free admission all day (or are open prior to 5 p.m.), so check the schedule first. Reservations are required for the Denver Police Museum and Kirkland. The free shuttle will stop at (or nearby) most museums, beginning at 5 p.m.

Great Clips for vets

Veterans Day is about celebrating those Americans who are a cut above the rest. And Great Clips is trimming their grooming costs for the day. On Nov. 11, the hair salon is giving all veterans and active military members a free haircut. Not in need of a haircut quite yet? Pick up a free haircut card for use on a future visit from Nov. 12 to Dec. 9. You must present a proper military ID for either the free cut or card. Customers who purchase a service on Veterans Day will also receive a free haircut card to share with a veteran in their life. Because of the offer’s popularity, expect a short wait or use the chain’s online check-in system for faster service. In addition, Sports Clips offers a complimentary cut to active military and veterans on Nov. 11.;

Benchmark Theatre’s ticket discount

The pandemic changed everyone’s story, individually and collectively. And there are many stories to be told. Lakewood’s Benchmark Theatre (1560 Teller St.) will stage the world premiere of “The COVID Wife.” The play runs from Nov. 11 to Dec. 10. In October 2020, local actress Suzanne Nepi made national news when her husband, Mark, was hospitalized with serious complications due to COVID-19. Separated for three weeks with her husband hooked up to a ventilator, Nepi had to overcome her own history in order to find the strength to help her husband flight for his life. The show is for ages 13 and older. General admission tickets are $30. However, for Thursday performances on Nov.17, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8, tickets are only $18. Plus, as a show of appreciation, health care workers (with proof of occupation) can purchase tickets for $15 for any performance.

Camp Christmas

Christmas is the perfect time to get campy! This holiday season, Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park will be home to Camp Christmas. Not for the faint of festivity, the over-the-top outdoor extravaganza turns the holiday spirit all the way up with must-be-seen-to-be-believed displays of decorations that shift time and reality. Journey through artist Lonnie Hanzon’s fantastical wonderland of lights, dazzling decorations, music and memorabilia, as you explore mesmerizing yuletide scenes spread across a six-acre landscape. Sip seasonal cocktails and craft hot cocoa, while discovering jolly jokes at more than 20 pun trees, collecting virtual Merry Badges and enjoying a free audio tour. The festive fun takes place most days from Nov. 17 to Dec. 24 — usually from 4 to 9 p.m. (There are additional operating hours starting Dec. 17.) Basic tickets range from $12 to $24, depending on date and time. (Kids 2 and under get in for free.) Upgraded tickets are available at an additional cost.

Holiday Lights Mini Golf

Fore! It’s the most wonderful time of year, when Adventure Golf and Raceway (9650 N. Sheridan Blvd.) in Westminster transforms the park into Holiday Lights Mini Golf. Visitors play miniature golf on three illuminated courses — a fantastical journey through 54 holes. There are more than 100,000 twinkling colorful lights and beautifully decorated features throughout, including Woody, the giant talking tree, an erupting volcano and a booming fireball from its very own temple god. Holiday treats and beverages will be available for purchase, including hot chocolate and adult spirits. Holiday Lights is open daily from Nov. 12 to Dec. 31 from 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for kids (ages 4 to 12) and seniors (60+). Hyland Hills/Westminster residents receive $1 off tickets.

Castle Rock Starlighting

The Castle Rock “Lighting of the Star” dates back to 1936. This year’s Starlighting takes place on Nov. 19 along Wilcox Square in Downtown Castle Rock. The free event features caroling, dancing, Santa Claus, hot chocolate, Kids Zone and more. Festivities around the square and nearby venues are from 2 to 6 p.m. The actual star lighting ceremony will begin at 5 p.m., with the star lit about 5:30, followed immediately by a huge fireworks display. Santa Claus will be available for visits at the Castle Rock Firehouse from 2 to 4:45 p.m.

Larson’s Ski Swap

Skiers and snowboarders will find all the gear they will need for the upcoming season at bargain prices. Larson’s Ski & Sport (4715 Kipling St.) in Wheat Ridge hosts its popular ski and snowboard swap on Nov. 19 and 20 — from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The swap includes skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, poles, snowshoes and outerwear. If you have items you want to sell, bring them to the shop between Nov. 14 and 18. Expert staff will help determine the price for your items and handle all the necessary paperwork. No more than 18 items per person. If your gear sells, you can choose to get 70 percent of the sale price or the full amount as store credit. In addition, ski resorts will be on-site with deals on tickets and season passes.

Denver Christkindl Market

Denver’s 2022 Christkindl Market once again takes place this year downtown in Civic Center from Nov. 18 to Dec. 23. The park is transformed into a magical “old world” European village with wooden vendor huts, lights, festive music and an authentic German Bier Hall. The Market features a variety of gifts, such as glass-blown ornaments, hand-carved wooden figurines, children’s toys, lanterns, Alpaca scarves and many culinary European delights. Throughout the event, visitors will enjoy live entertainment and cultural performances. The Denver Christkindl Market is open Sunday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday, Friday and Saturday (and the week of Christmas, Dec. 15 to 23) from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., with special hours on Thanksgiving Day of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A complete schedule of events and entertainment can be found at

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