DENVER (CBS4) – Denver kicked off its annual Mile High Holidays celebration this week.

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(credit: CBS)

Mayor Michael Hancock stopped by Santa’s Elf Flight Academy at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center on Thursday. It’s one of hundreds of special holiday events planned from now through mid January.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

There are more than 500 events happening between now and New Year’s Eve, up to and including the National Western Stock Show.

There will be light shows, ice skating, caroling and fireworks as part of Mile High Holidays. The events are a huge boon to the tourism industry in Denver and they bring in interest from outside the state.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

“As we all get into the holiday spirit, we want you to think locally and we want you to enjoy all that the city has to offer during the holiday season. We have a lot, we’re a destination during the holiday season and we want our locals to enjoy it as well,” Hancock said.

The next big event for Mile High Holidays is downtown Denver’s Grand Illumination. That takes place on Nov. 25 at 6:30 p.m.

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