The Wanderer

The Wanderer Special Edition:

December Can’t-Miss Shows & Concerts in the Denver Area

By John Andreula

Deadmau5 crowd
Day of the Deadmau5, the final 2019 outdoors Red Rocks concert

It’s that time of year again. . .

Cold, snow, and December are all back like—well—winter. With them come a change in the season for Colorado’s live entertainment.

The Denver-area outdoor venues are now hibernating for the season. Red Rocks raved away its swan song for the year with two cold nights of Deadmau5. The mouse-helmeted DJ’s own The Cube V3 made Day of the Deadmau5 weekend was one seizure inducing event!

Speaking of spectacles, you would have thought The Chainsmokers were filming an action movie at the Pepsi Center a couple weeks ago. It was the most insane live stage show anyone’s ever witnessed, aside from Cirque du Soleil and Gladiators in the Roman Colosseum.

The pop DJ duo was accompanied by a drummer who played while his sticks were pyro-technically ablaze. They also had multiple suspended stages, tie-dye, and a sphere of death with not one, but three stuntmen on motorcycles looping around inside it. BTW they brought two scantily clad women to stand in the center while they did it again. It was kinda scary and ridiculous!

Vevo filmed the whole show as well. Look out for whatever they were putting together, so you can see it if you missed it live.

The Chainsmokers’ Drew Taggart singing, suspended above the Pepsi Center floor.

Outdoor concerts are done for the year along the Front Range, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still see a show outside.

It’s ski season and that means Colorado’s mountain resorts are hosting their kick-off parties. Much of it is free, as long if you don’t count the pain of occasional exposure and that stifling I-70 weekend traffic.

There’s plenty to be thankful for in December. There’s loads of stand-up comedy and holiday entertainment to accompany the music in the remainder of the year.

Without further adieu, here’s your December can’t-miss show & concert calendar for Denver.

Brad Williams

Brad Williams

Thursday, December 5th, Friday, December 6th, and Saturday, December 7th

Comedy Works Downtown, Denver

Admission: $28.50 Thursday


$33.50 Friday and Saturday

Denver Parade of Lights

parade of lights

Friday, December 6th

Between Civic Center Park and Arapahoe & 17th Street, Denver

Admission: FREE!

Matisyahu and Bedouin Soundclash


Saturday. December 7th

Gothic Theatre, Denver

Admission: $45.22

Break Science and Godlazer

break science

Friday, December 13th

Fox Theatre, Boulder

Admission: $24.53

Vail Snow Days

snow days


Modest Mouse

Friday, December 13th

modest mouse


The Head and The Heart

Saturday, December 14th


Ford Park, Vail¹

Admission: FREE!

Josh Blue

josh blue

Friday, December 20th and Saturday, December 21st

Comedy Works Downtown, Denver

Admission: $28.50

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage

charlie brown

Sunday, December 22nd

Paramount Theatre, Denver

Admission: $43.55

The Polish Ambassador

4016556 (1)

Friday, December 27th and Saturday, December 28th

Boulder Theater, Boulder

Admission: $33.48




Bassnectar and Gigantic Nghtmre (Big Gigantic & Nghtmre)

Monday, December 30th



Diesel (Shaquille O’Neal), Gareth Emery,

Slander, Louis the Child, and Zeds Dead

New Years Eve, Tuesday, December 31st


Colorado Convention Center, Denver

Admission: Both nights $285.38


$161.75 for December 30th and $193.15 for New Years Eve

There are many shows out there in Denver in December. We’ve combed through all of them to bring you the best value and most unique experiences out there. All the admission prices listed above include inconvenience fees as of the time of publication.

Obviously, there’s a different vibe to December’s can’t miss concerts. Some family holiday fun and America’s biggest New Year’s rave are great ways to close-out 2019.

And if you make it to the Parade of Lights, then look closely. You may catch a glimpse of your favorite friendly-neighborhood wanderer marching within the procession.

Get out there and see something .

Stay geeky, and always be wandering.


¹I do know Vail is not technically in the Denver area.

John Andreula is a writer, wanderer, and live performance fan living in Colorado.

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