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It’s a Festivus for the Rest of Us at This Annual Beer Event

Plus nine other festive December gatherings to attend

Denver Beer Festivus [official]

It’s officially the holiday season, and we’ve got 10 December events to celebrate, from champagne and oyster parties to fundraising dinners, Christmas markets, and decked-out pop-ups. Read on for details.

Champagne & Pearls

When: December 1 at 2 p.m.

Where: Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar - LoDo

What: The decadent event pairs sparkling wine alongside international takes on oysters and caviar.

Additional Information: Tickets start at $55.

Denver HAHO Holiday Market

When: December 1

Where: Denver Handmade Homemade

What: The final handmade-homemade market of the year kicks off at the start of the month and includes goods from 25 local craftsmen in addition to a bar and build-your-own bloody mary and mimosa bar.

Additional Information: Suggested donations for entry $2 to $5. Details on the event page.

Miracle Bar Pop-Up

When: Now through December 23

Where: Avanti Food & Beverage

What: The popular, festive pop-up bar returns for a second year of Christmas-themed drinks, decorations, and shenanigans. The Instagram hotspot features walls decked out like presents and drinks like the Run Run Rudolph and Yippie Ki Yay Mother F***ker.

Additional Information: Miracle Bar reserves only 25 percent of its seats per night; the rest are open to walk-ins.

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Impact Dinner at Comal

When: December 5 at 6 p.m.

Where: Comal Heritage Food Incubator

What: Chefs Tim Bender and Rosa Landa partner on a multi-course meal complete with wine and cocktail pairings. Planned courses include pipian de pollo frito and a consommé de res.

Additional Information: Tickets start at $75.

291 Repeal Day Party

When: December 5 at 9 p.m.

Where: Hearth & Dram

What: History and whiskey buffs can honor the 85th anniversary of the end of prohibition with a 1930s theme, Distillery 291 cocktails, and era-appropriate appetizers and costumes.

Additional Information: Call (303) 623-0979 to reserve. More details here.

RiNo Holiday Bazaar

When: December 7 to 9

Where: Denver Bazaar, between 28th and 29th on Walnut Street

What: The weekend-long market and celebration features 100+ Colorado craftsmen, food trucks, fire pits, and festive drinks.

Additional Information: Admission is free for the first two hours of each day and $5 at the door afterwards. Register here for free admission. More details here and here. Dog- and kid-friendly.

12 Days of Flea

When: December 7 through December 9; December 14 through 16

Where: Union Station

What: The 12 days of flea continues throughout December, and this year it’s a proper European-style Christmas market, nestled in the hubbub of Union Station. The market includes an array of holiday crafts, food, and cocktails from local vendors.

Additional Information: Tickets start at $5. Full list of vendors online.

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Drunk Christmas

When: December 14 and December 15 at 8 p.m.

Where: Fiction Beer Company and Grandma’s House

What: Denverites can sip on a beer and watch the Audacious Theatre actors attempt to perform a shortened and inebriated version of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” After the show, audience members can also buy some goods at a bake sale and holiday fundraiser.

Additional Information: Reserved seats are available for $15 and pay-what-you-can seats are first come, first served. More details here and here.

Denver Beer Festivus

When: December 15 starting at 2 p.m.

Where: Denver Sports Castle, 1000 Broadway

What: It’s time to air and drink away your grievances at the annual beer festival. Guests are encouraged to rock their most hideous holiday sweater, shop at a mini market, dance at the silent disco, and watch a Feats of Strength-style lucha libre wrestling. Featured food trucks include Baba’s Falafel, Dos Gringos, Billy’s Gourmet Hot Dogs, and the Pierogi Factory.

Additional Information: Tickets start at $40. More information here.

Ho Ho Ho Slapdown

When: December 16 at 1 p.m.

Where: Bierstadt Lagerhaus

What: The third annual competition pits seven local breweries against one another to see which seasonal beer would “smack even Santa right in the mouth.”

Additional Information: Guests can try a 5-ounce sampler of all competing brews for $25. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online.

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Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar

928 Pearl Street, , CO 80302 (303) 444-1811 Visit Website

Grandma's House

1710 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210 (303) 578-6754 Visit Website

Bierstadt Lagerhaus

2875 Blake Street, , CO 80205 (720) 570-7824 Visit Website

Hearth & Dram

1801 Wewatta Street, , CO 80202 (303) 623-0979 Visit Website

Denver Union Station

1701 Wynkoop Street, , CO 80202 (303) 592-6712 Visit Website

Avanti Food and Beverage

3200 North Pecos Street, , CO 80211 (720) 269-4778 Visit Website
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