One day after the US Thanksgiving, Denver Union Station kicks off the holiday season with its annual lighting of the station and an outdoor Christmas tree. The launch on Friday, November 23rd also introduces a new four-weekend Holiday Market at the Plaza of Union Station.

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First opened as a downtown station in 1881, Denver Union Station underwent two years of renovations from 2012 to 2014, and now boasts a hotel, bars, restaurants, retail, and a combination public space-train waiting area. The station serves Amtrak’s cross-country California Zephyr train twice daily, the Winter Park Express during ski season, and is a hub for regional light rail and bus. The following video from the Travel Channel gives a one-minute snapshot of opportunities at Denver Union Station:

The new Holiday Market, commencing the November 23rd to 25th weekend, will host over 100 craftspeople and artisan brands. Tickets are $5 with children 12 and under free – tickets are good for entry/re-entry throughout the given weekend. The last of the four consecutive weekends for the market will be December 14th to 16th.

Festivities for the lighting of Union Station and its 40-foot outdoor tree run from 4pm to 9pm on the 23rd, and will be accompanied throughout the evening by live music and holiday entertainment.

(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)

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