History of Crepes

The Fascinating History of Crepes

Ooh, tender, delicate, delicious crepes... Just the idea of eating these enticing morsels is enough to start your mouth watering! There are crepe options suitable for every meal but breakfast crepes are obviously the best.

We all know how delicious crepes are, but where did they come from originally?

The origin of crepes

The history of crepes dates back to 13th century Brittany, France. It seems a housewife there accidentally dribbled some thin porridge onto a hot, flat cooktop. Since people back then weren't inclined to waste even their smallest cooking mistakes, she ate it. The rest, as they say, is history. Of course, this might just be the French equivalent of an urban legend but it does make for a pretty good story.

Origin of CrepesAnother interesting story concerns hearty, earthy buckwheat crepes. This ancient grain was introduced to the Brittany area of northwestern France around the 12th century. Like the other story, thin buckwheat porridge spilled and became a thin, crispy crepe instead. What a delightful change in texture that must have been!

Traditionally, buckwheat crepes are served with savory fillings while the more delicately flavored wheat crepes are served with fruit and other sweet fillings. Want another interesting historical fact about crepes? Whenever milk was in short supply during the Middle Ages, intrepid crepe lovers used a mixture of wine and water as a substitute!

A crepe by any other name 

These delicate pancakes are known as 'crêpes' in France. Their name comes from Old French 'crespe' which traces back to the Latin 'crispa' or 'crispus' which means curled. This probably refers to their often slightly ruffled edges. A French café that specializes in crepes is known as a crêperie. In Brittany, they still prefer crepes made with local buckwheat flour and use the slightly derisive 'crêpes de froment' to refer to crepes made with white flour.

The day of the crepe

In France, that day translates to 'le jour des crêpes' and it occurs every February 2nd. Historically, this day was known as the Virgin Mary's Blessing Day or La Chandeleur ('the return of the light') and celebrated the coming return of spring. Now, it's best known as the day when everyone eats crepes!

In case you want to emulate the French, make sure you fold your crepes rather than rolling them like we do in America. Folding your crepes keeps the toppings inside where they belong. That's important since there are as many street corner crepe vendors in France as there are hot dog vendors in America!

Sweet, savory, or plain?

Lemon and sugar were the traditional simple filling used in sweet crepes. Now, you'll find them with an amazing array of fillings. Nut spreads, jams and preserves, berries, nuts, cream cheese, whipped cream, ice cream, salted caramel, and poached pears drizzled with dark chocolate are all popular fillings. At Original Pancake House in Denver, we particularly like cherry Kijafa, fresh strawberries or sliced bananas with a warm pecan praline sauce. Yum! 

History of CrepesThe traditional ham, egg, and cheese filling in savory crepes is still popular. However, now you'll also find asparagus, avocado, spinach, mushrooms, bacon, chicken, smoked salmon, steak, turkey, Swiss cheese, goat's cheese, and a variety of other vegetables, meats, and cheeses filling crepes.

Of course, a plate of paper-thin and elegantly simple plain crepes are also delicious in all of their not-so-humble glory. They are still crepes, after all! That's why we offer them for our customers who enjoy the simple goodness of perfectly prepared crepes.

The next time you're in the mood for breakfast crepes, head on over to The Original Pancake House. Use the Yelp waitlist to save your place in line so you can dig into our delicious crepes as soon as possible. Bon Appétit!


Pancake Fails

Pancake Fails

Cooking can be challenging, from getting the ingredients just right to using the right recipe to getting the temperature and timing correct. It’s not easy making sure every dish comes out the way it’s supposed to, especially when you have to flip something. Whether it’s burgers, omelets, or pancakes, the flip can be the hardest part. Are you good at flipping, or are you flips usually flops? When it comes to breakfast food, pancakes are always a hit, partly because there are so many ways to make them, with so many wonderful flavor combinations. The great thing about pancakes is that they are not only delicious, they’re also really easy to make … usually. Whether you’re making the batter from scratch (we admire your bravery!) or using a mix from a box, mistakes can still be made. Sometimes they don’t taste right, come out dense and flavorless, and sometimes the flip just doesn’t go down the way you picture it happening in your head.

We understand. We’ve been there, done that! But we’ve learned a few pro tips along the way and today we’re here to share our hard-won expertise with you, in the hopes that your next batch of flapjacks will have your family doing backflips. Here are some of the most common pancakes fails and how to avoid them. If nothing else, maybe seeing how dreadful some pancakes have turned out will give you hope and make you feel better about your own pancake fails.

Common pancake making mistakes:
Adding too many eggs/ forgetting the eggs. The recommended ratio when making pancakes is one egg for every one cup of flour. Add too many and your pancakes won’t come out right. Forget them altogether, and they definitely won’t come out right.

Overmixing. You may need some practice to discover how much mixing is enough and how much is too much. Too much mixing will overdevelop the gluten in the flour, and could definitely cause you some trouble as it will make the pancakes tough and chewy. Chewy is for bubblegum, not pancakes. It's best to leave some lumps in your batter to help it rise, but you don’t want huge clumps or leftover flour in the bottom of the bowl.

Here’s a pro tip for the perfect pancake: add some dry cereal (yes, we said cereal) or granola to the mix to help with the lump factor. The cereal will provide the right amount of texture to incorporate a little air into your batter and will absorb the moisture in the pancake batter until the two become one. Your family will never miss that ½ cup of frosted flakes! Don’t worry, there’s no extra charge for this pro tip.

Pushing down on the pancake. We cannot stress this enough – DO NOT PRESS THE PANCAKE DOWN IN THE PAN! Restrain yourself or you will regret it. Many people do this, but it is definitely a no-no in the rules of the pancake world. Yep, it’s right there on page one of the Perfect Pancake Making Manual. Violate this cardinal rule and the Pancake Police will come knocking at your door. Pressing the pancake will leave you with a dense, boring pancake as it presses all the air out, which is essential to ending up with a light, fluffy, edible pancake. You don’t want your family falling asleep over your pancakes, so avoid boring as much as possible

Pancakes Sticking to the pan and/ or Burning the pancakes. Burnt pancakes are No Bueno. Are all of your pancakes coming out burnt? Chill out (literally) and calm down on the heat. Turn your dial to medium/ high (350 for an electric griddle). Melt a good amount of butter (or you can use coconut oil for a wonderful flavor). Your pan needs to be moistened with some type of oil in order for your pancakes not to stick to the pan. Skipping this step will leave you very unhappy. Test for readiness with a teaspoon of batter; if it sizzles around the edges and starts to cook immediately, you’re golden to go ahead and pour enough batter for your first pancake.

Flipping too soon. You must remember to be patient on turning your pancakes. Wait for it…when you see bubbles start to form and slowly pop around the edges, you should be good to go with the famous pancake flip. Don’t be shy – the flip must be done with the confidence of a bullfighter facing the bull. He who hesitates is lost, and his pancake will be less than stellar. Ready, set, flip that flapjack!

Flapjack Fails Happen. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, pancake pandemonium happens. Pancakes stick, burn, come out gooey, ugly, tough, tasteless, or just plain disastrous. Anything is possible, even if you play by all the pancake rules. Achieving the perfect, fluffy, flavorful pancake may be more difficult than you think, especially if you are trying a new recipe or something creative, but don’t give up the ship (or in this case, the pan). It takes a certain skill to make a perfect pancake every time, but if you persevere in your quest for the perfect pancake, you and those you cook for will be rewarded with pancake perfection.

During this time of quarantine, due to COVID-19, our doors are shut so the pancake professionals sadly won’t be able to serve you. But this is a great time to practice your own pancake skills and become the master of the pancake. We also enjoy seeing some funny pancake fails so feel free to post your own photos of your abject flapjack failures on our Facebook page!

COVID-19 Public Response

We at The Original Pancake House in Cherry Hills and DTC feel a duty to enact a meaningful public response to the COVID-19 health threat. We are taking the following immediate actions to keep our restaurants as virus-free as possible.

We have always strictly followed all food safety and sanitation standards specified for Arapahoe County by the Tri-County Health department, which closely reflect Federal FDA standards.  Now we are redoubling sanitation by adding the following actions:

  • Each and every table, chair and booth is sanitized after each dining party, using a specialized anti-viral liquid sanitizing solution
  • Glass containers of salt, pepper and sugar are also sanitized after each dining party
  • Sugar substitute packets are provided upon request and unused packets disposed
  • We have removed our regular menus to eliminate repeat handling, and instead are providing single-use paper menus which will be disposed of after use or may be taken home
  • We have removed multi-use check presenters – your ticket will be placed directly on the table
  • Multi-use communal children’s toys have been removed
  • Complementary self-serve coffee while waiting on weekends has been removed
  • Our Community Table will be designated for one large party at a time
  • Guest bathrooms are sanitized every 30 minutes
  • We have reemphasized to all employees their standing orders not to report for work if they feel ill to any degree, and we now speak to every employee as they arrive to verify they are feeling well
  • We also perform a visual handwashing check of every employee as they start their shift, and we alert all employees to wash hands every 30 minutes throughout their shift, in addition to any regular washing their specific duties require

We have always practiced top notch sanitation and food safety procedures, and now we will perform these additional actions as long as government health departments declare COVID-19 a threat in our community.  We stay updated with information from the Tri-County Health Department, Colorado Restaurant Association, National Restaurant Association, CDC, and our local news.

We greatly value the trust we have earned from our community over the years and we are committed to this extra effort to help keep customers and employees healthy and safe.

Sincerely, Sara Hueneke Ernst, Owner

Pancake Taco

The Pancake Taco

What is the Pancake Taco?
Have you heard about the latest breakfast craze? Just when you thought all the breakfast dishes had been done, up pops something unique and new like this. The basic idea is that instead of a tortilla, you use a pancake for the shell and fill it with your favorite breakfast item or items, like bacon, eggs, and cheese.

What makes the Pancake Taco so great?
Everybody loves tacos, and for good reasons! There’s never a wrong time for tacos, and this breakfast version is great for an early morning meal or brunch. Kids LOVE them! Some say the pancake taco is fast becoming the next "avocado toast" when it comes to foodie trends. The great thing about this innovative approach to breakfast is that it’s easy, fast, and fun to make! You can even have pancake tacos for dinner. When it comes to versatility, the pancake taco has it. Filling options are endless, whether you choose to take the savory route or make something sweet.

Types of Pancake Tacos
Need a little help to get started on the road to discovering your favorite pancake taco recipe? Here are five great ideas to get you going:

1. American breakfast tacos (aka Pacos): Pancake shell with bacon, a fried egg, cheese, salt and pepper, and maple syrup.
2. Corn Pancake Breakfast Tacos: Corn Pancake shell with scrambled eggs, avocado, tomato, scallions, roasted corn, cheese, and a hot sauce of your choice.
3. Churros Breakfast Tacos: Pancakes buttered and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, filled with whipped cream and strawberries.
4. Greek Yogurt Banana Pancake Tacos: Gluten-free pancakes for the shell, filled with Greek yogurt, bananas, and sprinkled with cinnamon.
5. Peanut Butter and Honey Pancake Tacos: Pancake tacos shells with peanut butter spread on the inside, topped with sliced bananas and drizzled with honey. You can also add shredded coconut and/ or chia seeds.

These are just some suggestions to get you going…let your imagination take the wheel and you never know where you’ll end up! For your next breakfast outing check out the Original Pancake House in Cherry Hills or the DTC in Colorado. Our menu gives you plenty of options to choose from so you're sure to find something you like. Save your spot in line by using our Yelp waitlist so you can be seated right away when you arrive! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Pancake Topping Ideas

Pancake Topping Ideas

Whether you choose to have pancakes for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, they are always a tasty treat. For most of us, pancakes are served up warm, topped with butter and syrup, and although this is a popular and common choice, there are plenty of other pancake topping ideas out there to try. Leftover pancakes make a great snack, whether you eat them cold or heat them up and top them with something special.

Pancakes have been around for a long time, probably longer than you think. Did you know that pancakes were around back in the Stone Age? That’s right; cavemen ate pancakes! Researchers found pancakes in the stomach of Otzi the Iceman, dating back 5,300 years. Ancient Greeks and Romans enjoyed pancakes, too; theirs were made using wheat flour, olive oil, honey, and curdled milk. Pancakes have endured as a favorite treat for thousands of years, and they don’t show signs of disappearing off our plates any time soon.

The best pancake toppings are the ones you love. If you love pancakes as much as we do, you know there are plenty of options to choose from. Chocolate lovers like putting Nutella, chocolate chips, chocolate syrup or chocolate fudge on top of their stack of flapjacks. Another favorite way to top off a steaming stack is with fresh whipped cream and colorful sprinkles -- a classic favorite with kids.

Have you ever tried putting a scoop or two of your favorite ice cream on top of your pancakes? Some people absolutely love their hot pancakes topped with a scoop of cold ice cream, topped with chocolate, butterscotch, or fudge…and maybe a few sprinkles, too. Other topping options for those with a sweet tooth include caramelized peaches and powdered sugar, chocolate sauce and whipped cream, or blackberry preserves with whipped cream.

If you’re not into chocolate or are looking for something a bit lighter for pancake toppings, there are plenty of options available. Fresh fruit and sliced nuts are popular, such as sliced bananas, blueberries, raspberries or strawberries. Other low-calorie possibilities are dried fruits like apricots, raisins, or cranberries, and coconut flakes. If you're looking for a savory option try adding homemade apple butter, peanut butter or another nut butter to the top of your pancakes, or plain yogurt with fruit on top. Lastly, crunchy toppings also make for a great topping; chop up some walnuts, almonds, or pecans and sprinkle these healthy toppings on your pancake goodness. There’s really no limit to what you put on top of your pancakes!

For an excursion into pancake heaven, drop by The Original Pancake House in Denver and experience all the pancake topping ideas we offer. Be sure to use the Yelp waitlist feature on your mobile device to save your place in line.

We look forward to your visit, and we promise you’ll enjoy the homemade goodness of our made from scratch food that has been winning the hearts of Denver residents for decades. Come on down today -- and bring a friend!

Ketchup on eggs debate

Is Putting Ketchup on your Eggs Normal?

The great eggs and ketchup debate has been raging for decades. If you grew up in a household where putting ketchup on your eggs was the norm, this is not a problem or question for you. However, for those of you who grew up never putting ketchup on your eggs, this combination probably seems insane. Many polls come close to splitting 50/50 on this issue, but there is usually a slight majority in favor of no ketchup on eggs. Let’s consider both sides of the debate.

Pro-Ketchup On Eggs

Those individuals who put ketchup on their eggs feel that the saltiness and sweetness of ketchup, along with its tomato-ey acidity, adds a complimentary flavor kick to the richness of eggs (usually scrambled). Ketchup is both sweet and savory, and some folks feel this makes for the perfect topping on their plate of eggs, kicking up the flavor intensity to just the right level. In one survey, 47% of diners preferred to top their eggs with cheese more than any other topping, while only one in four said putting ketchup on eggs was acceptable.

Anti-Ketchup On Eggs

To those who would never put ketchup on their eggs, the thought of doing so is hideous and grosses them out. Many people also find the combination of smells rather repellent. For these folks, putting ketchup on eggs wasn't something they grew up doing. Their reasoning includes the thought that putting something cold such as ketchup on warm eggs is not at all appetizing. Many of these people would combine hot sauce and eggs, however. The prevailing thinking among this group of diners is that ketchup is for French fries, hot dogs, or burgers, but never for eggs.

What We Think

At The Original Pancake House, we think you should have your eggs however you like them, and we offer a variety of toppings and sauces for you to put (or not) on your eggs. If you love salsa, we’ve got it. If hot sauce is your fave, you can have that too. And yes, we have lots of ketchup for those of you who love it on everything…even your scrambled eggs. We don't judge! We want you to enjoy any type of egg toppings your heart desires. Whether you want an omelet, scrambled eggs, or a fried egg, we have plenty of ways to prepare your eggs. You choose how you want your eggs and what you top them with. Come on into The Original Pancake House in Denver and use the Yelp waitlist feature to save your place in line. We look forward to your visit, and we promise you’ll enjoy the homemade goodness of our made from scratch food that’s been winning the hearts of Denver diners for years. Come on down and bring a friend!


Cherry Hills Location

5900 S University Blvd D, Greenwood Village, CO

(303) 795-0573

DTC Location

8000 E Belleview Ave F-10, Greenwood Village, CO

(303) 224-0093

Origin of Crepes

Most Popular Different Types of Crepes

Did you know that some of the most popular crepes are actually savory? You may have thought of crepes as a breakfast item, and they are, but these thin and delicate pancakes can be so much more than just breakfast. Although crepes are commonly eaten for breakfast, they can be filled with a variety of spreads, fruits, vegetables, meats, and other items sweet or savory, depending on your preference. When eaten for lunch or dinner, crepes are usually filled with added meats or vegetables. Here at the original pancake house, we have a great selection of breakfast crepes that our customers absolutely love. Check out our selection today by viewing our menu.

Some of the most popular crepes are those that include some type of fresh fruit or jam. Blueberries, strawberries, and cherries are often paired with chocolate spreads, cream cheese, and whipped cream. For a savory dish, crepes egg benedict is a delicious option. Other breakfast crepe choices include ham or bacon, egg, and cheese. Some like to add a hint of sweetness using honey or maple syrup. Although these crepes are technically classified as breakfast crepes, they are great for lunch, snacks, or any time of the day. At the Original Pancake House, we offer crepe lovers both sweet and savory choices such as:

  • French crepes - premium strawberry preserves, dusted with powdered sugar, and topped with homemade warm tropical syrup
  • Cherry Kijafa crepes - Montmorency cherries simmered in homemade Kijafa cherry wine sauce and dusted with powdered sugar
  • Continental Crepes - sour cream tempered with TripleSec
  • Banana Pecan Praline Crepes - sliced bananas, toasted pecans and warm praline sauce, decadently topped with more of the same and homemade fresh whipped cream.

If you’re looking for savory crepe choices for lunch or dinner, there are several great options. Some of the most popular crepes for dinner include:

  • Steak, Spinach, and Mushroom
  • Turkey and Pesto
  • Spinach and Cheese
  • Turkey, Mushroom, and Swiss
  • Tomatoes, Pesto, and Mozzarella
  • Spinach Artichoke, Chicken, and Cheese
  • Chicken, Bacon, Avocado, and Cheese

The possible options of savory crepes for dinner are virtually endless. If you are in the mood to try something different for lunch or dinner, savory crepes are the perfect option!

When you're in the mood for some delicious homemade crepes, stop by The Original Pancake House and enjoy a plate of sweet crepes for breakfast or lunch. Visit us soon at one of our two locations in the Denver area at Cherry Hills or Denver Tech Center, and experience the made-from-scratch goodness that makes breakfast at America’s finest pancake house a great idea any day of the week from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm. We look forward to welcoming you!

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Low Calorie Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast wakes up your metabolism after a night of sleep and gives your body the fuel it needs to get going. If your body doesn’t get the necessary fuel it needs to ramp up for the day from your breakfast, you may struggle for energy and be more likely to overeat throughout the day. The kind of food you choose for breakfast will set the tone for your energy level that day. A blend of complex carbohydrates, lean protein, healthy fats, and fiber is a great way to give your body some healthy energy at breakfast to kick start the day. Carbohydrates will give your body immediate fuel, while protein will kick in a little later to help you keep going, and fiber keeps you feeling full and helps you avoid overeating. Choose whole-grain cereal and fruit, a breakfast smoothie made from healthy fresh fruit or vegetables and low-fat yogurt, or healthy fats and protein such as nuts and nut butters. Studies have shown that beginning the day with a sugar-loaded breakfast can sabotage your day, setting you up to crave sugary foods that can send your blood sugar on an unhealthy roller coaster ride. Read labels when you shop and avoid items that list any form of sugar in the first few ingredients or contain more than four total grams of sugar. Eating a healthy breakfast will support good overall health, lowering your risk of developing diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, and obesity, and boosting memory and concentration.

Eating breakfast doesn’t have to mean eating heavy; a healthy breakfast can be low to moderate in calories and still give you the energy you need to start your day and stay satisfied until lunchtime. When preparing your healthy breakfast, include vitamins, healthy fats and nutrients such as dairy, whole grains, fruits and veggies. Eating a healthy low-calorie breakfast full of nutrients will keep your energy levels steady throughout the morning and lead to more healthy choices that can help with weight loss. A healthy breakfast doesn’t have to take a lot of time either, especially if you put your breakfast together ahead of time. Some healthy breakfast ideas that your body will thank you for include:

  • Mini Breakfast Frittatas
  • Overnight Oats
  • Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl
  • Overnight Buckwheat and Almond Parfait
  • Cinnamon Raisin Harvest Muffins
  • Hash brown Egg Nests with Avocado
  • Oatmeal Squares
  • Vanilla Chia Pudding
  • Stuffed Breakfast Peppers
  • Honey Nut Bars

Other healthy low-calorie breakfast choices include egg whites, wheat germ, bananas, berries, grapefruit, smoothies, Greek yogurt, green tea, and oatmeal. All of which can be taken on the go.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try some creative breakfast recipes that are slightly outside the typical breakfast “box” but still healthy, and definitely not boring! Here are a few ways you can get creative with your low-calorie meal:

  • Goat Cheese Omelet
  • Asparagus and Soft Eggs on Toast
  • Avocado toast with Radish
  • Yogurt parfait
  • Poached Eggs with Mushrooms and Tomatoes
  • Gingery Berry and Oat Smoothie
  • Peanut Butter and Banana Pancakes

A healthy, nutritious breakfast is important to your overall health and wellbeing and can set you up for dietary success all day long. When you’re out and about and need a delicious, nutritious, low-calorie breakfast to start your day off right, stop by and try something from the lighter side of the menu at The Original Pancake House. With two locations in the Denver area at Cherry Hills or Denver Tech Center, you can enjoy the homemade goodness that makes breakfast at America’s finest pancake house a great idea any day of the week from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you at our table!

Christmas Morning Breakfast

What to Eat on Christmas Morning

Christmas is right around the corner – have you made plans for your Christmas breakfast yet? The holidays are a time for making precious memories and upholding favorite family traditions. No matter what your traditional Christmas morning looks like, everyone has to eat sometime! Whether your family likes sweet, savory, or a little bit of both, Christmas morning breakfast is the time to get creative. You may spend the morning opening gifts, watching a favorite Christmas classic, or calling relatives across the country, and opt to have a Christmas brunch after the morning festivities. Whenever you eat, you can make your Christmas breakfast or brunch the part of Christmas Day your family looks forward to the most, year after year. The options for making your Christmas breakfast a tradition are endless; you can make the family’s favorite dishes every year to help establish a tradition, or your tradition can be that each family member has their own set of special duties to help pull everything together. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination!

If you’re looking for some Christmas brunch ideas, why not start with some classic favorites such as muffins, baked breads, or cinnamon rolls for starters, then move on to main course items like a hearty breakfast quiche or sausage, egg, and cheese casserole. For those extra hungry holiday appetites, add in French toast, waffles, or your favorite pancakes. To wash all that deliciousness down you’ll need a tasty punch or homemade orange juice for the little ones, and perhaps a few festive mimosas for the older crowd. Invite your loved ones to join you and ask them to bring their favorite dish to add to the bounty. Your family will look forward to this Christmas morning tradition and carry it on in their own homes as they grow up and leave the nest. Get as creative as you like with your Christmas brunch, perhaps giving your special dishes their own special names, like “Elf on a Shelf Casserole” or “Rudolph’s Power Punch” and make it a lasting memory that you can always look forward to on Christmas morning.

To leave time for more fun festivities and spend less time in the kitchen, make some of your dishes ahead of time by using a slow cooker or the oven. Make-ahead breakfast is especially great for families with children, who are more interested in what’s under the tree than what’s on the Christmas breakfast table. See some ideas below for dishes you can make ahead for Christmas morning that your crew can zap in the microwave.

We hope your Christmas morning breakfast is a joyous occasion for you and your loved ones, no matter what or when you eat. Remember us when you’re out and about doing your holiday shopping this season, and stop in for a delicious homemade meal at one of our two convenient Original Pancake House locations in the Denver Tech Center and Cherry Hills. We’ve got great American classics like bacon and egg dishes as well as breakfast favorites from around the world like our amazing Dutch Baby Pancakes, savory Bacon Belgian Waffles, and mouthwatering Pork Green Chile Eggs Benedict. Stop by seven days a week from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm and share a meal with us. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

Holiday Events in Denver

Top Things to Do in Denver This Holiday Season

Are you visiting Denver this holiday season or live close to the area? Explore all the festive events and FREE activities going on during December and through January in The Mile High City! From stunning light displays to outdoor activities, there’s plenty of options for you. Take the family out for a weekend of fun or make it a romantic weekend with your significant other. One thing is for sure, the list of Denver holiday events makes it the place to be this season!

Holiday Lights

Something about Christmas lights in the cold, crisp air inspires a magical and joyful feeling that you can’t find any other time of the year. Here in Denver, there are several light displays to enjoy like the new Mile High Tree display! Suitable for all ages, there is no shortage to twinkling displays that are sure to entertain the whole family. Every light display has its own, unique theme and style, so there is never a worry of seeing the same thing twice.

Kick-off the holiday season by attending the annual parade of lights on December 6th & 7th in downtown Denver. Once the parade is over, check out the new Mile High Tree standing at 110 feet tall! Both of these Denver Christmas events are FREE to the public and are sure to offer a great time for the whole family!

In search of more light displays to help you capture the glow of the Christmas spirit? Stop by the Denver Zoo to view their Zoo Lights, a tradition that has been going on for 29 years! Or visit the Denver Botanic Gardens to enjoy their Blossom of Light display, featuring dazzling color-changing lights. Both events require tickets, but the few extra dollars are well worth it. Other light displays in the Denver area include Night Lights Denver, Christmas Lights of Denver, Light the Lights, Grand Illumination, Christmas in Color, and more!

Festive Events

If you are looking for something to do during the day or inside, there is no shortage of holiday activities. Start off your day with full bellies by enjoying a delicious brunch from The Original Pancake House. Then make your way to one of the many indoor Denver holiday events. Camp Christmas at the Stanley Marketplace is one of our favorites. From 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., escape the cold by walking through a winter wonderland of history and rituals. The whole family is sure to enjoy this event, it offers a little something for everyone! You can also book tickets to “A Christmas Carol” the musical starting December 5th until December 22nd. Don’t forget to take a stroll through one of the Christmas Markets to pick up presents for all the special people in your life, and make sure you make time for the big man himself…SANTA!

Other events and activities include:

  • The Polar Express Train Ride
  • 1940’s White Christmas Ball
  • Denver Pavilions’ Holiday Carousel
  • Santa’s Flight Academy
  • Santa’s Village at Chatfield Farms

Continue your favorite family traditions for Christmas in Denver, or explore our list to find new ones to add to your list!

Outdoor Winter Activities

The Mile High City has plenty of outdoor holiday activities for you and the family to enjoy. A popular favorite is ice skating which can be found throughout the city. The most popular location is in downtown Denver at Skyline Park. If you are flying into the Denver National Airport, make a quick pitstop before heading into town by enjoying complimentary ice skating.

If you are looking to get out of town and into the mountains, you’ll find plenty of winter activities.

  • Channel your inner child and set up a day of sledding at Snow Mountain Ranch or The Meadows at Elk Camp, Snowmass.
  • Visit one of Colorado’s famous ski resorts and spend the day on the mountain skiing or snowboarding.
  • Enjoy some outdoor exercise while cross country skiing or snowshoeing.
  • And lastly, take a drive out to Estes Park to take in the stunning mountain views.

No matter what activity you decide to do this Holiday season, one thing is for sure… starting off your day with a delicious breakfast meal is essential! The Original Pancake House offers breakfast and brunch from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Denver Tech Center and Cherry Hills. Stop by and let our friendly staff welcome you to Denver this holiday season.

Ice Cream

Easy as Pumpkin Pie! Make your own Pumpkin Spice Latte and Pumpkin Pie Smoothies

If you are like us, you are certainly counting down the days till America’s favorite foodie holiday – Thanksgiving!  Each year we welcome family and friends to our table to share a feast and give thanks for our many life blessings.  If you have friends or family visiting for the long weekend, you’ll certainly need to feed them breakfast in addition to the big feast.  Here are a couple of festive pumpkin Thanksgiving breakfast treats to share with your guests:


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  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup (120g) vanilla Greek yogurt1
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice2
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) skim milk3
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) pure maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup (150g) pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
  • 1 cup ice




  1. Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender. I like this Ninja or this Vitamix.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend on high for at least 3 minutes or until smooth - this may take longer if your blender isn't very strong. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed.
  3. Add more milk to thin out if it is too thick. Add a couple more ice cubes for a thicker texture, if desired. Add more spices to taste, if desired.


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  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup hot espresso or strong brewed coffee
  • Sweetened whipped cream, for serving



Combine the milk, pumpkin puree, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla in a medium microwave safe bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and vent with a small hole. Microwave until the milk is hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk vigorously until the milk mixture is foamy, about 30 seconds. Pour the espresso or coffee into a large mug and add the foamed milk. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.


And of course when you get worn out from cooking, join us for breakfast in Denver over Thanksgiving weekend! We’ll be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but will be open and ready to serve you over the rest of the holiday!

DIY: Breakfast Inspired Halloween Costumes!

It’s crunch time - what to dress up as for Halloween?  We always opt for breakfast inspired costumes, here are a few of our favorite ideas for easy DIY Halloween costumes.

French Toast - This cute costume idea is a great little play on words and is very easy to throw together!  First, find a striped, boat-neck shirt, a beret and perhaps a little red scarf for your neck.  Then create your “toast” by using brown and yellow poster-board to create the bread and butter.  Use string to tie around your neck and...Voila!  French Toast!


Bacon and Eggs - This breakfast-y costume is sure to make everyone’s mouth water!  Head to a fabric or craft store to get large pieces of felt - white and yellow for the egg, and red and white for the bacon.  Cut appropriate bacon and egg shapes for your front and back.  Either glue or sew pieces together for this complete breakfast look!  And to add a little fun, the “egg” can add devil accessories to become a “Deviled Egg” and the “bacon” can add a “Kevin” name tag to become “Kevin Bacon!”

Breakfast of Champions: Choose your favorite breakfast item - perhaps a waffle, maybe eggs and bacon, or a stack of pancakes.  Create your favorite breakfast item costume using a large piece of felt or poster board for each side of your body.  Then, visit the dollar store or craft store to find some ribbons or perhaps a small trophy to carry around as a prop and you are “Breakfast of Champions!”

If you join us for breakfast in Denver on Halloween, you will see our staff all dressed up in fun and spooky costumes!  Hope you have a safe and happy Halloween, Denver!