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Looking for inexpensive or free things to do in the Denver/Boulder area? Want to sample local stores, restaurants, & attractions without breaking the bank? Mile High Cheapskates
Laura Daily, Bryan K. Chavez and Claire Walter show you how to get the best for less. To get in touch, email us: info@milehighonthecheap.com
Mile High on the Cheap is a member of Living on the Cheap, a network of websites published by frugalistas, journalists and consumer advocates. Find practical advice on saving money on groceries, travel and shopping, plus tips from our experts on how to live the good life for less at Living on the Cheap.

Gobble Up Thanksgiving Dinner For Under $30

Some people prefer to serve Thanksgiving dinner at home, but don’t always want to prepare every single dish from scratch, while others like to go out. Grocery stores and restaurants are happy to take care of most, if not all, the work. Whatever your style, here are some options for under $30 per person — sometimes way under $30. Most outlets will take your orders or reservations online. Regardless, you’ll want to order or book as soon as possible. And note, that typically when you dine out, taxes, tip and beverages are not included in the dinner price. We’ll be adding more restaurant options as we hear about them, so keep checking this post. Click here to read more…

This Week’s Holiday Craft Shows, Markets and Fairs

The weekend following Thanksgiving is traditionally a slow one for craft shows, but a few are on the books. Our page devoted to upcoming holiday craft shows, markets and fairs in the Denver/Boulder area, includes an interactive map to help you find the ones closest to your shopping flight path. As always, we call out some of our favorite picks. The enormous Arvada Center craft show is no more, but don’t despair as Arvada High School is taking the reins and hosting 100+ vendors at the Arvada Handmade Arts & Crafts Fair on Friday & Saturday. Admission is $5. And on Saturday, 100+ vendors are expected at the Horseshoe Holiday Market at the Highlands Masonic Temple. Check out our Holiday Craft Shows page for more details (dates, times, entry fees, etc.) on these and other sales. And if you know of any upcoming holiday craft shows, email details to info@milehighonthecheap.com.

Email For Chance to See ‘The Winter’s Tale’

Theater theatreExperience the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s production of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, starring Sir Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, captured live from the world famous Garrick Theatre in London. King Leontes appears to have everything: power, wealth, a loving family and friends. But sexual jealousy sets in motion a chain of events with tragic consequences. MHOTC readers can enter for a chance at a pair of tickets to see the play “live” on-screen at several movie theatres around town on Monday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m. These are guaranteed seats, as you exchange the pass for a ticket at the box office. For your chance, e-mail FathomEventsDenver@gmail.com with WINTER’S TALE – MHOTC in the subject line. Include your name, mailing address and contact phone number in the body of the e-mail. Deadline to email is 2 p.m. on Friday, November 27. Winners will be drawn and notified shortly thereafter by email. Note: Late, incorrect, and/or duplicate entries will not be considered. You can buy tickets to the show here.

Holiday Lighting at Little Man Ice Cream

Holiday LightsKick off your holidays as Little Man Ice Cream lights its towering Christmas tree and larger-than-life menorah on Saturday, November 28 at 5:30 p.m. During the FREE event enjoy caroling, photos with Santa, live reindeer, Clydesdale horses, FREE food, hot cider and chestnuts (naturally roasting by an open fire). 2620 16th St., Denver, 303-455-3811.

Big Sale at Broncos Official Team Stores

Broncos DenverIt’s Orange and Blue Friday at the Broncos Official Team Store on Friday, November 27.  The post-Thanksgiving sale kicks off with a door-buster deal from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.50% off select styles and FREE breakfast (while supplies last) at both the Sports Authority Field store and the UC Training Center store at Dove Valley. From 8 a.m. until closing at some undetermined hour, receive 40% off select items on jerseys, caps, T-shirts, kidswear, cold-weather apparel, accessories, logoed blankets, glasses and more. (Note that the 40% off deal is also available at Broncos Team stores located at Centennial Promenade and Aspen Grove). Sports Authority Field, 1701 Bryant St., Ste. 300, Denver, 720-258-3300. UC Training Center, 13403 Broncos Pkwy., Englewood.

Home Depot Free Kids ‘How-To-Workshop’

Kids can learn do-it-yourself skills and get a boost of confidence by attending Home Depot’s FREE kids “How-To-Workshops”. This month, there is a second workshop on Saturday, November 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at all stores. The classes promote tool safety for kids ages 5 to 12, as well as encourage some quality time between parent and child. The November project is a schoolhouse bank. Paint and stickers are provided for kids to customize their creation. All participants not only take home their craft, but receive a FREE orange apron (a mini-version of what Home Depot associates wear) and a pin. Workshop activities are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please don’t arrive before 9 a.m. Reservations are requested, but not required.

Free Entry to State Parks on Black Friday

get-outdoors-coloradoIf you’d rather not fight the hordes on Black Friday, get out into the fresh air on Friday, November 27 for a healthy post-holiday. Thanks to Great Outdoors Colorado funding, visitors receive FREE admission to any of Colorado’s 42 state parks. During “Fresh Air Friday” (snow and ice conditions permitting, of course, for some of these activities), try some ice fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing​, sledding and skating, snowmobiling, hiking and wildlife viewing. Click here to find a convenient park.

Grand Illumination Lights Up Downtown Denver

Holiday LightsThe Downtown Denver Grand Illumination lights up the city from Union Station to the City & County Building on Friday, November 27. Festivities around Civic Center Park start at 6 p.m. with the lights turned on shortly thereafter. Sparkling lights also will illuminate Union Station at 6 p.m. with carolers, treats and drinks at Terminal Bar. More than three million lights put sparkle in the city including at Skyline Park, the Tabor Center, D&F Tower, Larimer Square, Denver Pavilions and all along the 16th Street Mall, adding even more magic. Expect RTD’s FREE MallRide to be especially jammed this evening, but remember that the lights sparkle all season long.

Littleton Candlelight Walk and Tree Lighting

Holiday LightsDowntown Littleton officially kicks off the holiday season on Friday, November 27 with its annual Candlelight Walk and Tree Lighting. Families and kids of all ages are encouraged to follow Santa Claus as he makes his way down Main Street starting at 6:30 p.m. from the courthouse. As he passes each block, he will magically illuminate the trees. Gather at Town Hall Arts Center, Bega Park or Bradford Auto Body for FREE hot cider and music from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Children can also enter their name into a drawing to flip the huge switch that lights all of downtown. Bring your camera for a photo with Santa at Town Hall Arts Center after the lighting. Candles may be purchased for 50¢. Main Street will be open to pedestrians, but closed to traffic starting at 4 p.m. FREE parking is available at Arapahoe Community College. For more information, call 303-795-3863.

Botanic Gardens Light Up For Holidays

Holiday LightsIt may seem strange to visit the Denver Botanic Gardens at night, but with the addition of colorful lights at both the gardens and farm, it is a dazzling way to celebrate the holiday season. Blossoms of Light at the main Botanic Gardens features a tunnel of twinkling lights and a fire pit at the Hive Garden Bistro. Colorful lights turn the Japanese Garden, South African Plaza, Cottonwood Border, Shady Lane and other gardens into magical winter landscapes. Strolling carolers perform on select evenings. You can also buy roasted nuts, sweet treats and hot beverages. Trail of Lights at the Chatfield location offers a more rustic, but just as amazing experience. The 1880s Hildebrand Ranch homestead is decorated in a vintage Colorado Christmas theme. The barn and antique tractors are also illuminated, along with the children’s play area and tree house that are synchronized to holiday music. There’s a warming hut and hayrides on Fridays and Saturdays. You can also buy treats and hot drinks. Both locations open Thanksgiving weekend on Friday, November 27 and run through January 2. Hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. This includes Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Pay attention as ticket pricing has changed for 2016. Tickets for Blossoms of Light (November 27 to December 13 are $11/adults, $9/senior (65+), student or military, $8/child (ages 3-15). And from December 14 to January 2$13/adults, $11/senior (65+), student or military, $10/child (ages 3-15). Denver Botanic Gardens members get a $2 per ticket discount. Trail of Lights pricing is Sunday to Thursday is $11/adults, $9/senior (65+), student or military, $8/child (ages 3-12) and Friday & Saturday (with Santa and hayride) $14/adults, $12/senior (65+), student or military, $11/child (ages 3-12). Denver Botanic Gardens members get a $2 per ticket discount.

Extra 20% Off Any LivingSocial Deal

Dollar sign buttonGobble up Thanksgiving savings starting now with the latest LivingSocial promo code for an extra 20% off almost any deal sitewide — with a maximum discount of $20. There are deals on dining, clothing, entertainment, spa/salon treatments, activities and more. Here’s how to get the extra discount: Go to LivingSocial. Find the deal you want. Click the “Buy Now” button. Then, click on “Redeem Promo Code” during the checkout process and enter promo code 20THANKS. Finally, click “Apply”. The discount will be reflected on the final purchase confirmation page. The promo code is valid through Thursday, November 26 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. Other restrictions apply.

Who Ya’ Gonna Call? Butterball’s Turkey-Talk Line

turkeyIt’s time to talk turkey. Preparing and cooking a turkey is not as easy as you’d think, especially for first-timers. So who better to ask for help than the largest (vertically integrated) turkey producer in the U.S.? The phone lines at Butterball’s Turkey-Talk Line are once again open for assistance — just call 1-800-288-8372. Experts can answer all of your turkey questions, no matter how challenging. The service is FREE for all — Butterball customer or not. You can also reach them online via e-mail or live chat. Here’s the schedule (MST): November 23 & 24 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; November 25 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thanksgiving from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November 27 to December 23 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and December 24 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gobble! Gobble!

Cost Cutters: Prepay For $10 Haircuts

Hair SalonWe love it when we can trim our grooming costs. For a limited time, get a haircut for just $10 at Cost Cutters — when you prepay for four at once. (For the mathematically-challenged, that’s $40 per card.) There’s a limit of two cards per customer. The cards never expire and are transferable. Plus, you can use it multiple times in a single visit (if you’re taking the family for haircuts) and at different participating locations. However, because locations are independently owned, you may want to clarify the “fine print” before purchasing. Plus, no double discounts — meaning you can’t use a coupon or promo on top of the discounted haircut. For participating locations, click here.

Courtyard By Marriott Downtown NFL Tailgate Party

Broncos DenverBeing the official hotel for the NFL has its perks. Courtyard by Marriott Denver Downtown hosts a special NFL tailgate party on Sunday, November 29 (we take on the New England Patriots). Drop in at 1 p.m. to watch former Denver Broncos’ kicker, David Treadwell, host the Pre-Game Show live from the hotel lobby on KOA 850 AM and 94.1 FM. Enjoy some FREE tastings from Oskar Blues Brewery and get 50% off game day appetizers from Rialto Cafe. To keep things lively, there will be giveaways to Dazzle, Tavern, Stout Street Social and Rialto Cafe, plus signed Broncos mini-helmets provided by SportsFan, Courtyard-NFL Shirts and someone will go home with a weekend stay at the Courtyard by Marriott. All money raised benefits the Mile High Montessori School. 934 16th St., Denver, 303-571-1114.

Southwest Rink at Skyline Park Offers Free Skating

FREE ice skating returns to downtown Denver’s Skyline Park for another winter as the Southwest Rink welcomes locals anxious to lace up some blades from November 24 to February 15. Hours vary, so check the rink’s website. Bring your own skates or rent a pair for just $2. 16th and Arapahoe Streets next to the landmark D&F Clocktower.  303-825-6787.