Free and cheap things to do in Denver, November 2020

Election deals

While there are more important issues on Nov. 3, bargain hunters will always vote for saving money. Whether you dropped your ballot into a box, mailed it in or stepped into the voting booth, you can enjoy a few Election Day deals around town. Snarf’s Sandwiches is offering voters a buy-one-get-one free 5-inch or 7-inch non-specialty sandwich. Just let the staff know you voted or show your “I Voted” sticker. At Krispy Kreme, anyone who visits on Election Day get a free original glazed doughnut. And, finally, the day is expected to be long for many, so Boston Market is serving one of its new sliders for free, from 9 to 10 p.m. Choose from chicken cheddar, turkey cheddar, chicken chipotle or BBQ meatloaf. Each offer is available at participating locations, while supplies last.

Melt down

Natural Grocers is also offering some post-election relief. From Nov. 5 to 7, customers can get a free full-size chocolate bar. Choose your favorite flavor from one of the following brands: Alter Eco, Natural Grocers Brand, Chocolove, Endangered Species or Theo Chocolate. The offer is open to its loyalty members. Limit one per account. If you’re not a member, you can sign up in-store. Plus, for the three days, customers can enter to win a $500 gift card and other prizes.

Santa’s back

Kids can meet Santa Claus for free at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s from Nov. 7 to Dec. 24. With new safety and social-distancing measures in place, the store continues the annual event’s tradition of in-person visits with Santa, live elves and animated reindeer. Best of all: Families that visit Santa receive a free 4×6 studio-quality photo, as well as a free customized digital video that can be shared on social media. In addition, children can mail their letters to Santa and bring home complimentary holiday craft activity kits. Store hours vary throughout the season; check the website for details. NOTE: Registration is required this year and opens Nov. 2. There is one location of Bass Pro Shops (Denver) and two Cabela’s (Lone Tree and Thornton) in Colorado.

Buzz-worthy offer

Great Clips is celebrating Veterans Day with an offer for those who are a cut above the rest. On Nov. 11, the salon is giving all veterans and active military members a complimentary cut (no buzz-cut required). Not in need of a haircut quite yet? Pick up a free haircut card valid through Dec. 11. (Cards can only be redeemed by a veteran or active military.) You must present a proper military ID for either the free cut or card. Civilians who purchase a service on Veterans Day will also receive a free haircut card to share with a veteran in their lives. The offer is popular, so expect a little wait or use the chain’s online check-in for convenience.

16th Street Mall Holiday Festival

If you’re looking for a little fresh air and space with your holiday shopping, the 16th Street Mall Holiday Festival is the place to go. Take a stroll along the Mall to enjoy a showcase of artisans producing original and unique handmade goods, delicious specialty foods, home décor and unique holiday gifts. With plenty of elbow room, you can peruse a wide variety of vendors, all while enjoying that Colorado sunshine. The free event takes place weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., next to the 100-foot-tall Christmas tree. Mark your calendar for Nov. 13-15, Nov. 22, Nov. 27-29 and then Dec. 4-5, Dec. 11-12, and Dec. 18-20.

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Winter Wonderlights

Loveland gets a bit brighter this holiday season with its Winter Wonderlights. The walkable lighting attraction in the Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra is open from Nov. 14 to Jan. 1, 2021, from 5 to 9 p.m. Each night, visitors will revel in more than 75,000 holiday string lights, twinkling bulbs, LED snowflakes, illuminated African stone sculptures and the only 20-foot LED Christmas Tree in the state. In addition, there is a 30-minute music and light show each evening, starting at 5:30 p.m. In addition to nightly lighting attractions, special weekend programming includes Colorado’s largest inflatable igloo, weekend food and retail vendors and special performances sprinkled throughout. The event is free. However, canned food donations to support the Larimer County Food Bank will be accepted.

L’Esprit de Noel Home Tour

After 43 years as a signature holiday event in Denver, the L’Esprit de Noel Home Tour is going virtual for the first time ever. As the Central City Opera Guild’s only fundraiser of the year, the event has a long history of featuring Denver’s most interesting neighborhoods through a two-day walking tour of grand and historical homes, decorated by the area’s most prolific florists and designers. This year, the “Le Petit” tour moves online in the form of a free video walk-through of the incredible Fisher Mansion and features performances by Central City Opera artists. The video will be available from Nov. 20 to Dec. 25. Viewers are encouraged to support Central City Opera through a donation, if possible.

When the Broncos score, you score

With so many changes to the NFL season, some Broncos fans may be a little late to the game knowing about the local offers on the playing field this season. When the Broncos score just a single touchdown, fans can get a Classic Roast Beef sandwich for just $1 at Arby’s, the following day. New this year: Arby’s has increased the limit from one sandwich per person to five. And fans can sip on a complimentary 12-ounce cup of coffee at Conoco. The hot offer is available all day, the day after every game.

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Every month, Laura Daily and Bryan K. Chavez at compile “Cheap Checklist” to help smart shoppers find freebies, discounts and deals. Send tips to [email protected] 14 to 21 days in advance.

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