The Union Station lobby decorated for the holidays

Make It a Festive Night Out Downtown

Seeing a show during the holidays can be an opportunity to embrace traditions and get in the mood for the season. Make your matinee or evening show even more memorable with a meal at a local hotel’s restaurant too.

The lobbies of Denver’s downtown hotels are decked out for the season, and their on-site restaurants and bars are full of festive spirit.

A formally set dining table at EDGE Restaurant

Photo courtesy of EDGE Restaurant

EDGE  |  Four Seasons Hotel Denver

1111 14th St., Denver

The EDGE restaurant is on the ground floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Denver, about a block from the theaters. If you’re seeing a show on New Year’s Eve and want to splurge, consider their prix-fixe menu only available on this night. The cost is $285 and includes six courses.

The Four Seasons holiday décor includes a sleigh filled with donated gifts for the Denver Santa Claus Shop.

A couple clinks together their cocktail glasses at range restaurant

Photo courtesy of range

range  |  Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel

918 17th St., Denver

The range restaurant in the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel has a gorgeously bedecked Christmas tree in the center of the lobby, where you can lounge for drinks before or after the show.

A couple watches the lobby of the Brown Palace Hotel from a balcony heavily decorated with holiday ornaments

The Brown Palace Hotel. Photo by Adam Larkey Photography

Multiple restaurants  |  Brown Palace Hotel

321 17th St., Denver

While a reservation for afternoon tea during the holidays is harder to get than front row theater seats, the Brown Palace Hotel has other dining options that include a walk through the stunning lobby. Consider breakfast with Santa at Ellyngtons throughout December on Saturdays, get a tasty pub meal in Ship Tavern or go all out at the upscale Palace Arms for dinner.

You can gawk at the enormous crystal chandelier that hangs from the seven-story atrium of this triangular-shaped building as you take in the grand holiday decorations in the hotel lobby.

The Union Station lobby decorated for the holidays

Photo courtesy of The Crawford Hotel

Multiple restaurants  |  The Crawford Hotel

1701 Wynkoop St., Denver

The Crawford Hotel in Union Station is more than a hotel, with holiday displays worthy of your Christmas card photo backdrop both inside the Great Hall and outside along Wynkoop St. There is a selection of restaurants here for every budget and taste: drinks and small bites at Cooper Lounge overlooking the Great Hall, seafood at Stoic & Genuine, tapas and cocktails at Ultreia, and other options depending on the time of day.

This year you can try the Miracle at Union Station, described as a “whimsical pop up bar” that has integrated some element of every Christmas celebration you can think of in its décor along with seasonal grown-up drinks.

The exterior of The Oxford Hotel

Photo courtesy of The Oxford Hotel

Multiple restaurants  |  Oxford Hotel

Practically across the street from Union Station is the historic Oxford Hotel where there is always an old-fashioned window display for the holidays on the 17th St. side next to the hotel’s main entrance. If you’re hungry, Urban Farmer is where you can get a bite, but don’t miss the Cruise Room for a cocktail. The lobby makes you feel as if you’ve come home for the holidays with stockings hung from the mantle where a cozy fire might be burning.

No matter where you choose to go, call ahead to verify hours and make a reservation as some places may close for private events.