A lot of people are going to be spending a lot of time in airports in the coming weeks. And while there may be long lines and lots of delays, at least there will be some lovely holiday decorations to look at.
We’re making a list (and checking it twice) of great holiday decor at airports. And we’re very curious about what’s on tap at Denver International Airport.
The Denver International Airport (DEN) ice skating rink is back for its fifth season.
The rink took a two-year pandemic pause. But it’s back. And from ow through January 1, 2023 passengers and airport visitors – even visitors from other planets – are invited to ice-skate for free on the outdoor plaza between the DEN terminal and the Westin Hotel.
The DEN ice-skating rink is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting.
The skate shop offers free ice skate “rentals” in multiple sizes and is located inside the Westin hotel on the west side near Tivoli Restaurant and Brewery.
Refreshments and holiday treats are available for purchase in the skate shop and, for those who just want to hang out, there’s outdoor lounge seating.
The ice rink is located pre-security and is just steps from RTD’s A-Line commuter rail station at DEN, or a short walk from the airport parking garages.
Voodoo Doughnuts is credited with creating the gourmet doughnut category way back in 2003 with doughnuts such as the Bacon Maple Bar, a Voodoo Doll doughnut, a doughnut made with Captain Crunch cereal, a Dirt Doughnut, and the Pepto Bismol Doughnut – which the FDA nixed.
Voodoo Doughnut now offers more than 50, often outrageous, doughnut creations in locations in Oregon, Texas, Colorado, at Hollywood’s Universal City Walk and Orlando Universal Walk.
Fans of the doughnuts often bring pink doughnut-filled boxes of these treats with them as gifts when they travel, And they have to figure out how to get them through airport security.
Now there’s the option of indulging in a Voodoo Doughnut or buying a box to go at Denver Int’l Airport. To celebrate, the opening of this first airport location, a planeload of United Airlines passengers was treated to a doughnut festival.
We’re not sure how we missed the announcement of this cool exhibit at Denver International Airport (DEN). But if you’re passing through DEN this month, be sure to take a moment to visit the Colorado Clay exhibit near the A-Bridge checkpoint.
Visual Artists at Work at IAH & HOU Airports
Houston Airports owns one of the country’s largest public art collections. Now it has an Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program.
During a three-month-long residency, visual artist and educator Jaymes Earl will work with textiles at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Visual Artist and educator Mathieu JN Baptiste will paint at William P. Hobby Airport (HOU).
Houston Airports will provide each artist with an easel, a workstation, and a monthly stipend to cover their art supplies. And the traveling public will get to see artists at work. Both artists will be working in prominent spots in the airport and, to maximize interaction with travelers, they’ll be doing much of their work in the evenings and during weekends.
“As air travel returns to pre-pandemic levels and with these artists in the airports during the holidays, our travelers will have an extraordinary experience to enjoy art and culture without ever having to leave the airport,” said Alton DuLaney, Curator of Public Art for Houston Airports.