The Top 5 Holiday Party Ideas In Denver, Colorado

The holidays can be a stressful time for everybody, even Santa (well, ok, especially Santa; maintaining the naughty or nice list and worldwide sleigh ride sounds like a lot of pressure!). Family visiting, high gift-giving expectations, cooking, cleaning, singing, dancing, hosting, and all of the noise, noise, NOISE!!! What you need is a break from all of the intense expectations that come along with the holiday season, and there’s no better way to give yourself a break than to party down with your friends and family. We hope you’ll enjoy this list of the Top 5 Holiday Party Ideas in Denver, Colorado!

This iconic mainstay on the 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado recently opened a private event space above the restaurant that is perfect for a holiday gathering of friends, family, or business associates in Denver, Colorado. Appaloosa Grill’s venue can accommodate sit-down dinners or more casual cocktail parties and has its own bar and bar staff separate from the restaurant downstairs to fulfill all of your Denver holiday parties adult beverage needs. Your party even comes with a band; at 10 pm every night of the week the restaurant downstairs has live music, so your party people can continue to boogie until last call!

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This secular holiday party has “Christmas” in its name, but it takes place on December 1st and feels far enough away from December 25th to not be too Christmas-y. People take this party really seriously; donning 1940’s and 1950’s era outfits and having a swinging time with killer bands like the Hot Tomatoes and The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra! Your ticket includes a holiday buffet, but make sure you get on it soon! The 9th Annual White Christmas ball is sure to sell out.

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Audacious Theatre is bringing back its holiday fundraiser and you won’t want to miss it! Drunk Christmas is an abbreviated, Cliff’s Notes version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol performed by slightly intoxicated actors that will have you rolling in your seat. You can help yourself to some adult beverages too. Audacious Theatre is producing 4 nights of Drunk Christmas at some of the best bars in Denver. Take your holiday party people to see the show at Fiction Beer Co. on December 14th and 15th or catch the show at Grandma’s House December 21st and 22nd.

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Pedaling a party bike through downtown Denver, pub crawling all of the coolest clubs in town with an ace pilot guiding you to all of the hidden gems? During Denver’s brisk and sunny winter?!?! You’re not dreaming, but we’ll pinch you if you really want. For those of you that haven’t spent many winters here in Denver, Colorado, we get a hefty dose of 65-degree, sunny days even in January and February. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, you can always count on keeping your heart rate up with a Pedal Hopper Denver pub crawl, as our bike bars are pedal-powered and you will be pedaling and sharing holiday cheer with all of your friends (along with whiskey blankets).

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With the right crew, you can turn the amazing Denver Botanic Gardens into a modern nighttime garden party during the Blossoms of Light event. They have space for rent if you want to go the formal route or you can just invite your people to meet up for some holiday fun and light-viewing with the masses. The Denver Botanic Gardens serves warm drinks and dinner items like sandwiches and pizza. The Blossoms of Light is only open from 5 pm – 9 pm, so this is more of a pre-holiday party event, but we know you’ll love it and so will everyone that gets lucky enough to be invited to your holiday party. Get your tickets before it’s too late!

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Everybody celebrates the holidays differently, and however you indulge in the holidays, we support you. For us, the holidays are most fun with a nice Bailey’s and coffee or some hot mulled wine, and it’s likely you’ll see us out at one of these holiday parties around Denver, Colorado this year!

Denver’s Most Effective Corporate Team Building Activities

The office can be a dull, dry place. It’s easy to get so focused on your responsibilities at hand and the seemingly endless slew of deadlines that you put your work blinders on and ignore your coworker’s indifference to the bottom line. But having a functioning, communicative and coherent team has immeasurable benefits for positive workplace culture and environment, leading to a happier and more productive team. Here, you can find some great suggestions for getting out of the office and engaging in some fun corporate team building activities in some uniquely suave locales around the Denver, Colorado area.

 

Room 5280 – Nothing exemplifies team-building and corporate bonding like being trapped in a house full of clues and needing to work together to get out. Room 5280 in Baker, Colorado provides a real-life adventure game complete with puzzles and hidden objects showing you the way out! This team outing is memorable and will get your employees or coworkers to listen to one another and work together to beat the game within 60 minutes. This corporate team building activity will promote the continued respect of each other’s ideas and suggestions once they get back to the office. If you escape, you and your team will even emerge with a victorious team photo!

Price:  check escaperoom5280.com for booking infoRoom 5280 Denver corporate team building activityAbove: Room 5280 on a snowy Denver day. *Photo courtesy of Room 5280.

 

AMF Monaco Lanes – More beer and peanuts than Moscow Mule’s and edamame, AMF Monaco Lanes is a reassuring counterweight to new-age alleys like Lucky Strike or “concept” bowling alleys like Punch Bowl Social. This place is a classic, Big Lebowski bowling alley and will remind you and your coworkers of The Dude at every turn. Always a great equalizer since nobody is particularly good at it (outside of some Midwest towns where it reigns king), bowling is a perfect event for corporate outings and team building events because there’s typically a bountiful amount of drinking, standing around and awkward silences waiting to be filled. This lack of conversation and addition of alcohol results in conversation, team building and a general feeling of camaraderie about how nobody can crack 125 on the scoreboard, but it’s bowling so it’s not really about winning anyway.

Price: contact amf.com for booking info AMF Monaco Lanes bowling alley corporate team buildingAbove: A little teaser of AMF Monaco Lanes flawless and incredibly shiny bowling lanes. *Photo courtesy of AMF Monaco Lanes.

 

Intrepid Sojourner Beer ProjectThis new and exciting “beer project” in the Santa Fe Arts district is worth checking out for corporate events or team get-togethers. Sojourner Beers has amazing house brewed beers, a spacious seating area both inside and on their awesome patio and also invites food trucks to their parking garage regularly to provide an astonishing array of eats (sample: this week there will be appearances by both Ethiopian and tapas/sandwiches food trucks). Head brewer and co-owner Andrew Moore is dedicated to the craft of beer, and loves to share his creations with the public. Corporate clients will especially find the spaciousness appealing along with the general vibe of craftsmen like Andrew drinking their own beer in their own tap house with their own customers.

Price: $5 for a pint, less for happy hourintrepid sojourner beer project denver corporate team building activityAbove: Denver locals enjoying thirst quenching internationally influenced craft beers. *Photo courtesy of Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project.

 

Pedal Hopper DenverThe Pedal Hopper Denver screams fun for corporate and team building events. There’s nothing like pedal-powering a 25-foot-long mobile bicycle bar through the streets of Denver with your coworkers and relying on pedal power from the maintenance guy and the CEO alike. There are currently two typical pub-crawl routes through some of the coolest and hippest neighborhoods in town. With predetermined stops at local bars, breweries, distilleries and pubs there is sure to be some degree of social lubrication by way of alcohol, providing the perfect opportunity for all members of your team or entire corporation to hang together in a casual, fun and unique environment. The Pedal Hopper Denver’s bicycle bars feel like a patio table, perfect for stimulating conversations, incubating ideas and creating long-lasting relationships beyond the office. The Pedal Hopper Denver seats 10-16 patrons per bike but can provide multiple bikes if you have a larger corporate event or team outing!

Price: around $20 per person   

pedal hopper denver corporate team building activity Above: A team of local Denverites taking a break from the office and pedaling their way to success.

 

A happy, cohesive team results in increased productivity and a tight-knit, interpersonal work environment. What better way to bring your team together than some good old-fashioned drinking and group games with Denver’s finest? Use these suggestions to get out of the office, get out into the real world and show your team what fun team building really looks like!