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Weekly Event Round-up: Zoo Lights, a Christmas Party at a Candy Factory and More!

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Cold weather got you down? Mile High Mamas’ weekly event round-up has some great holiday events that will warm your heart!

Friday-Jan. 3. The Denver Zoo transforms into a twinkling winter wonderland for its nighttime Zoo Lights display. Nearly 40 acres of the zoo will be lit with festive holiday lights, including more than 150 animated light sculptures. Activities abound each night, too, from live animal demonstrations and live performances to visits with Santa and his elves. Warming stations are set up throughout the park, too, and snacks and hot chocolate will be available to help keep everyone toasty. 5-9 p.m. nightly. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St.; 303-376-4800. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for children. Zoo members receive $2 off admission. Children age 2 and younger are free. For more information, visit denverzoo.org.

Friday-Saturday. Get a unique perspective on “The Nutcracker” during special candlelight tours of the Molly Brown House Museum. Guests explore the Victorian mansion at night, with only candles lighting the way. In the third-floor ballroom, listen to a special reading of the “Nutcracker” story and visit with the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince. If you can’t make it to the house this weekend, the museum also hosts its popular “Holiday High Tea” on select dates. Candlelight tours: 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. tonight; 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Holiday High Teas, various times and dates through Dec. 20. Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania St.; 303-832-4092. Candlelight tour tickets are $16 for adults, $13 for children, seniors and museum members. High Teas are $25 per person, reservations are required. Visit mollybrown.org to purchase tickets and make reservations.

Friday-Sunday. Add a little country to your holiday season at “Bluegrass Christmas” at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Timothy P. and the Rocky Mountain Stocking Stuffers, a crew of local bluegrass musicians assembled just for the occasion, will pluck out countrified versions of holiday hits. A few originals will be in the mix, too, as well as newer Yuletide tunes like Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Colorado Christmas.” Expect a few laughs along the way, courtesy of show emcee Timothy P. Irvin. 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy.; 303-987-7845. Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children. Call to order tickets in advance.

Sunday. See a refreshing take on holiday storytelling at “Making Merry,” presented by Stories on Stage. Stories on Stage’s dramatic readings of literature are read by professional actors, creating a unique style of performance. “Making Merry” is a collection of Christmas classics including O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi,” scenes from Kenneth Grahame’s “The Wind in the Willows” and “Another Christmas Carol” by P.G. Wodehouse. The cast features local favorites like Jamie Horton and Jacqueline Antaramian. 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Seawell Grand Ballroom at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis Streets. Tickets are $25. Buy advance tickets by calling 303-494-0523.

Saturday. It doesn’t get much better than this: A Christmas party at a candy factory. Send a kid you know into orbit at the Hammond’s Candies Candy Cane Festival, when the factory will become a holiday playground. Besides all the yummy holiday candy, trolley rides, cookie decorating, caroling and other holiday pursuits will be available. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance, of course, holding court in the middle of the sugary celebration. 9 a.m. to dusk Saturday. Hammond’s Candies, 5735 Washington St.; 303-333-5588. Admission is free.

-Kathleen St. Johnson

Photo credit: Dave Parsons

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