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2021 Rockin’ Around McGregor Square Holiday Market & Pop-Up Lounge

McGregor Square and the Rally Hotel  sit across from the Rockies Stadium in downtown Denver and what a great place to celebrate the holidays. With a giant tree, a giant screen and a giant Santa personality, the first ever holiday market for the property brought live music, local artists and the spirit of the season to all that showed up to celebrate.

 

2021 Denver 1940s Era White Christmas Ball

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Denver and to start off the holiday season I put on my fanciest digs and headed downtown to attend the 1940s White Christmas Ball! This is by far, one of my most favorite events in the Mile High City. I’ve had a chance to check out the World War II era ball thrown each summer in Boulder as well. I must say it did not disappoint even in the middle of Covid, people came out in droves to have a great time. There were big bands, impersonators, dancers, food, singers, “gambling”, photo sets from It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, shopping, a balloon drop and much, much more.  Attendees dressed in their finest 40’s attire, hair was fine tuned with curls upon curls and the magic of Christmas came to life in a big way!

2021 McGregor Scare

It’s Halloween and who doesn’t like to dress up, grab some candy and celebrate? McGregor Square spent the two weekends leading up to today giving Denver a place to do just that. Tarot card readings, pumpkin decorating, costume contests, live music, scary movies, trick-or-treating and a silent disco brought in fans of my most favorite day of the year…

2021 Season of Sunset Cinema at Sculpture Park

Sunset Cinema came back for the 2021 season featuring four different films this summer. This year, the location moved into Sculpture Park proper, attached to the Denver Performing Arts Complex and live performances were added to the mix as well. The season started off with the movie CoCo and performances by Artistico and Mariachi Sol De Mi Tierra. Next up on the big inflatable screen was To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar! with a drag show hosted by Denver PRIDE emcee DeMarcio. The first Tuesday in August featured Black Panther with an African American hair and fashion show inspired by the movie as well as a dance performance by local Denver choreographer legend Cleo Parker Robinson. The final show of the season ended with Raya and the Last Dragon with a traditional Chinese Lion dance performed by Boulder’s Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu as well as Denver Taiko’s thunderous traditional Japanese drumming.

After a few years of photographing this series, I want to go out on a limb and say that I enjoyed the new format and location more than I have before! Stay tuned for next year’s series of amazing films.

2020 German Christkindl Market in Denver

The Christkindl Market in Denver has a new home this year! From right before Thanksgiving until right before Christmas eve, Civic Center Park has been transformed into a wonderful German holiday market to shop, drink, eat and get into the festive season. There are some rules in place due to the pandemic and those of you that have been before will notice some of the changes. Masks are required and there is a limit to the capacity of people allowed in at one time, so expect to wait in line during the weekends. That being said, this year marks the 20th anniversary for the Christkindl Holiday Market celebrating all things Christmas with a German twist. Craving some gluvine (hot spiced wine)? Or some stout beer? Or hand crafted ornaments, garments and toys?  The market has you covered.

Want to hear some live music? Members of Denver Symphony Orchestra have been spotted up on stage in years past. So have polka bands, accordionists, and some local celebrities such as the mayor, radio personalities and newscasters. Hungry? There are plenty of authentic German food vendors serving salmon, sausages, and so much more.

You get the idea….

For those of you who are wondering what is a Christkindl I can be of some help. In Germany, Switzerland, Austria and other countries of that region the Christkindl is literally translated as the Christ Child but thought of more as a sprite like child usually depicted with blonde hair and angelic wings, dressed in white. The Christkindl ushers in the holiday season with the help of St. Nicolas who, on December 6th, brings presents to children in the same way Santa Claus visits on Christmas Eve. The market is regularly visited by the Christkindl, as well as St. Nicholas and Krampus.

A Family Portrait Christmas Story

There is something magical about Christmas morning. The colder air, the snow and the weeks of anticipation for the visit from Santa Claus. The joy of family and the coming together to celebrate the close of another year. It’s one of my favorite times of year and this family portrait session is a great way to close 2020…

Exploring Gwinnett

Gwinnett County is one of Georgia’s biggest and most populous places to live in the suburbs of Atlanta. It’s a place to live, work and play with 16 cities each offering unique experiences, restaurants and shops. Come Explore Gwinnett with me….

 

Cherry Creek North’s Winter Wanderland

The holiday season is in full swing, even during a pandemic. Cherry Creek North is trying something new for 2020 with a Winter Wanderland and has lined the streets with tens of thousands of lights as well as set up a holiday market off of Fillmore Street with a group of artisans selling their handmade and small-batch wares. The small businesses in the area are also open and appropriately decorated for the end of the year with tinsel and snowmen. Each Thursday, hot chocolate, coffee, candy canes, roasted almonds and more are being handed out for free at strategically placed tents throughout the shopping district between University and Steele. There’s also a really fun, very colorful art installation called Prismatica at 3rd and Milwaukee. Although restaurants are currently restricted, they have pivoted once again to include outdoor patio seating that is heated for those willing to brave the colder temperatures for a meal. It definitely feels like the holidays and almost more importantly brings some much needed cheer to a year filled with uncertainty and fear….

 

 

 

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