The Brown Palace’s 30th annual Champagne Cascade on Sunday, November 19 is one of Denver’s iconic holiday events. At noon, with a stroke of an antique Napoleonic saber, a master swordsman severs the bottlenecks of Moet & Chandon champagne bottles. Once opened, the champagne is poured into the uppermost glass of the 6,000-glass pyramid rising nearly two stories in the hotel’s atrium lobby, and champagne flows and flows.
Santa turns on the lights in the splendid lobby, including a 25-foot grand chandelier, more than 100,000 LED lights and 4,800 colorful ornaments. This celebratory tradition, with festivities beginning at 11 a.m. and the sabering scheduled for noon, launches downtown Denver’s holiday festivities. The balconies of Floors 4 to 7 are open to the public for FREE viewing. A $10 per person donation to Season to Share is requested but not required. 321 17th St., Denver.