Running December 2 until January 1, is one of Denver’s most anticipated events, which is a great opportunity for folks of all ages to enjoy the holidays or kick off the New Year with family, friends and colleagues.  Zoo Lights will span through 70 acres of Denver Zoo’s campus, with nightly entertainment, animal encounters, Santa meet-and-greets and, of course, illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected.

Special Friday nite preview, day after Thanksgiving – timing couldn’t be better, 4 tickets please 🙂   20 minute drive to Westminster; piled into Ash & Tom’s SUV for my first-ever evening trek to the Denver Zoo.  Christmas tunes, festive lights & hot chocolate.  Notta lotta animals visible in the dark, however the Zoo’s indoors enclosures & aquarium were crowd-packed.  Ice sculptures, elephants, giraffes, river otters, bats, crocodiles, birds, exotic fish & reptiles.  Much to see & do.

Nite concluded with cards & board games (M/cards, Ash/Clue champ…yet again), tomorrow a.m. road trip.

Been 3 years since Tom ‘popped the question’ to Ash on Pikes Peak.  May 2017, it finally becomes official – the kids have scheduled their Colorado wedding in Silverthorne, a mountain community just outside of Breckinridge (west of the Divide).  M & I tagged along, as Ash & Tom reconnected with their event planner Saturday morning.  Food, check.  Bar, DJ, Lighting – check, check, check.  Centerpieces, glassware, tables/chairs, discussion ‘bout the dance floor.  Whole lotta details.

Only surprise centered around the couple’s outdoor ceremony – appears a large building will soon obstruct their natural Colorado 14er backdrop.  ARGH!  Plan B: wedding photos before the ceremony (mountain meadow per the bride’s request), vows exchanged river side.  In the event of snow, an impromptu set-up will happen at the Pavilion.

MUCH appreciated the opportunity to see/hear/watch Ash & Tom finalize wedding details.  Excellent way to end the long holiday weekend – yet another thing to be thankful for 🙂   my gift?  the couple’s honeymoon.  Stay tuned.


Denver Zoo Lights





Silverthorne Pavilion




July 5 2013 (Pikes Pikes proposal)




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