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December holiday fun! 31 events to keep Colorado’s holiday spirit sparkling

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Parade of Lights The second night of the annual holiday tradition gets underway at 6 p.m. The two-mile parade starts on Bannock Street at 14th Avenue in front of Civic Center Park and the City and County Building in downtown Denver. Free, grandstand tickets available.


Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Soprano Judy Shay Burns and tenor Brian Stinar join the JSO for its annual Holiday Concert at 3 p.m. A silent auction, craft, show and wine reception are also included. Tickets are $22; $17 seniors 62 and over; $10 students ages 11-21; $5 children age 10 and under. Green Center, Colorado School of Mines campus, 16th and Cheyenne streets in Golden, 303-278-4237,


Loveland Community Drum Circle Drummers, dancers and spectators are invited to join in a free “Holiday Drumming” celebration from 7 to 9 p.m. Free, donations accepted. Dorothy’s Catering, 2248 W. First St. in Loveland. E-mail [email protected]


Denver Botanic Gardens Visit both DBG locations for the “twinkling forest path” of more than 1 million lights on display 5:30 to 9:30 every night through Jan. 1. “Blossoms of Light” is at 1007 York St. in Denver and “Trail of Lights” is at 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road in Littleton (Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield). Admission varies.


Festival of Wreaths The 13th annual showcase of wreaths is on display through Dec. 14 at the Aurora History Museum. Wreaths, each one decorated and donated by local organizations, businesses and individuals, are sold in a silent auction with proceeds used for museum programs and exhibits. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Free. 15051 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora, 303-739-6660,


Su Teatro Presents “The Miracle at Tepeyac” on stage Dec. 6-23. The traditional holiday folk drama tells the story of the apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe to Juan Diego, an event that redefined a people and its spirituality, presented with live music. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $20, $17 students and seniors. Group rates available. Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, 303-296-0219,


Colorado Springs Chorale The 26th annual “Deck the Hall” concert under the direction of Donald P. Jenkins, 7:30 p.m. Special guests include The Mountain View Ringers, a bell choir. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in the lobby. Tickets are $15, $20 or $40, students (with I.D.) are $12. Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, 719-520-SHOW (520-7469),


Hammond’s Candies The 12th annual Candy Cane Festival is a two-day candy extravaganza offering holiday shopping, visits with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, games, refreshments, face painting and more, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8. 5735 Washington St., 303-333-5588,


Frequent Flyers Productions The Boulder-based aerial dance company presents “Ratcracker,” its own spin on the Nutcracker. Shows are offered Dec. 1-2 and 7-9, times vary. A special “Say Cheese” performance is 4-6 p.m. Dec. 8 with refreshments, a silent auction and a chance to go backstage and meet the Rat Prince and take flight on a trapeze. A “Say Cheese” pass is $17 per family before Dec. 7, $20 on Dec. 8. Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-245-8272,


Colorado Hebrew Chorale Has partnered with Four Mile Historic Park for the third annual “Festival of Lights” celebration with traditional Hanukkah candle-lighting, instructional Israeli folk-dancing, music and food, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, $8 students and seniors 65 and older, $5 park and chorale members, free children six and under. Guests are encouraged to bring their own candles and menorahs for lighting. Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St., 720-865-0800, e-mail [email protected],


Breckenridge There’s an extensive lineup of holiday activities scheduled this month in Breckenridge. A few highlights include the Reindeer Run for kids, Race of the Santas and lighting of Breckenridge Dec. 1; Breckenridge Snowflake Challenge of snow art Dec. 7-14; Dew Tour snowboard competition Dec. 13-16; and Backstage Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol” with puppets and masks by Imagined Creations on stage Nov. 16-Dec. 29, Call 888-251-2417 or visit for more information.


The Arvada Center Continues its 36th year with the holiday classic “Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical” Nov. 27 through Dec. 23 on the Main Stage Theater. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with matinees at 1 p.m. Wednesday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets vary. Moderated talkbacks with the cast follow the shows on Dec. 7 and 12. 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720-898-7200,


The Denver Zoo There are more than 150 animated animal sculptures and 38 acres of lights in the 22nd annual Zoo Lights continuing 5:30 to 9 p.m. each night Nov. 30-Jan. 2. Zoo Lights admission (the Zoo closes each day at 5 p.m and reopens for Zoo Lights at 5:30) is $10; $8 age 65 and older; $6 ages 3-11; free to children age two and under. $2 discount for members. Call or visit the website for additional holiday festivities. East 23rd Avenue between York Street and Colorado Boulevard, 303-376-4800,


Christkindl Market The 12th annual market (Nov. 23-Dec. 22) offers German and European vendors, local artisans, food and entertainment 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Special events include a visit with St. Nicholas noon-4 p.m. Dec. 6, performances with the Wheat Ridge Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra and Choir 2-5 p.m. Dec. 15, and the Kindred Spirits performing holiday selections 7-9 p.m. Dec. 21-22. Free. Skyline Park near Arapahoe and 16th streets,


Christmas bird count Join thousands of bird watchers of all levels for the 113th annual nationwide holiday bird count hosted by various organizations through Jan. 5. Surveys cover a 15-mile diameter, and the counts are used to assess the health of bird populations and guide conservation efforts. The Audubon Society of Greater Denver and the U.S. Forest Service’s Sulpher Ranger District in Granby (call 970-887-4108) have coordinated two of the counts on Dec. 15. Visit for additional dates and details.


Colorado Railroad Museum/ The Polar Express Santa swaps his sleigh for a train and visits the Colorado Railroad Museum9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 8, Dec. 15-16 and Dec. 22. The train departs every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children are invited to bring their lists to share with Santa and Mrs. Claus and have some refreshments. Admission varies. 17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden, 303-279-4591, The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad takes passengers on The Polar Express Nov. 16 through Dec. 28. Hot chocolate and a holiday treat are served by personal chefs who read the “Polar Express” story on the way to the North Pole to pick up Santa. While Santa visits each car, chefs will lead travelers in Christmas carols. All children (pajamas are encouraged) receive a gift. Dates, times and tickets vary. 888-TRAIN-07 (888-872-4607),


Fort Collins The holiday season in Fort Collins is overflowing with activities including live entertainment, visits with Santa, winter farmers’ markets, art exhibits, shopping, Northern Colorado’s TUBAChristmas (2 p.m. Dec. 8), horse-drawn carriage rides and more. 970-484-6500,


“Home for the Holidays” More than 50 performers including ice skaters, a drumline, children’s choir, “Frank Sinatra” and break dancers are featured in the holiday spectacular on stage at the Lone Tree Arts Center Dec. 18-23. And a “John Denver Holiday Concert,” a tribute to the singer/songwriter, is on stage Dec. 11-16. Times vary and tickets start at $29 for both shows. 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree, 720-509-1000,


Molly Brown House Museum Holiday High Teas are offered Dec. 1-21 in the Molly Brown House decorated in Victorian Christmas style with lights and garland. Times and days vary. Tickets are $25. There’s also “Under the Mistletoe Candlelight Christmas Tour” at 6 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Dec. 15. Tickets are $16, $13 children, seniors and members. Reservations required for all events. 1340 Pennsylvania St., 303-832-4092,


The Mistletones Present “A Miracle on Champa Street” Nov. 23-Dec. 23. The cast blends songs and scenes for a “holiday party of improv and music” for all ages. Times vary. Tickets are $16. Bovine Metropolis Theater, 1527 Champa St., 303-758-4722,


Downtown Aquarium Breakfast buffet with Santa and his buddy Sharkey, 8:30 a.m. Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 and 20-24. Keep an eye out for an underwater Santa. Prices vary. Reservations required. 700 Water St., 303-561-4450,


The Christmas Revels Presents “An Appalachian Christmas” with shows at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 16 and 22 in Boulder, one of only 10 cities in the country selected to host these shows. The traditions of the winter solstice are celebrated through dance, music and drama in the mid-1800s with fiddling, storytelling, folk songs and clogging. Tickets are $14.75-$33.50. Boulder Theater, 2030 14th St., 303-786-7030,


Tuba Christmas Hundreds of tuba players perform holiday tunes at the 38th annual concert, 1-2 p.m. Free. Skyline Park near Arapahoe and 16th streets,


Colorado Ballet The Colorado Ballet is joined by dancers from the Colorado Ballet Academy for its 52nd year performing “The Nutcracker” with live music from the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. Dates are Nov. 24-Dec. 24. Times and tickets vary. Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-837-8888,


Hudson Christmas Hudson Gardens & Event Center hosts a new walk-through holiday light display with 30 acres of lights, trees and fountains. Horse-drawn wagon rides ($6 per person) and hot chocolate included. Times and dates include 5-8:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Dec. 7-8 and nightly Dec. 14-Jan. 1. Tickets are $9, $7 members, $6 ages 4-12, free age three and under. 6115 S. SantaFe Drive, Littleton, 303-797-8565,,


Jesters Dinner Theatre Owner Scott Moore has donned the nightshirt and nightcap of the title role more than 300 times as the theater presents the classic holiday musical “Scrooge” Dec. 1-30. Matinees and evening shows are scheduled, call for times and tickets. The Jesters School for the Performing Arts presents the one-hour holiday musical “Christmas on Angel Street” for the younger crowd at 3 p.m. Dec. 8, 15, 22 and 29 and 11 a.m. Dec. 26-27. Admission is $7.224 Main St., Longmont, 303-682-9980,


Kwanzaa Celebration Observe Kwanzaa in a “Kwanzaa Celebration: Kujichagulia” program at 2 p.m. Kwanzaa is a seven-day holiday focusing on culture, family and community, Dec. 26 through Jan. 2. Kujichagulia is an exploration of self-determination through a celebration of past and present African-American culture. Pauline Robinson Branch Library, 5575 E. 33rd Ave., 720-865-0290


Gunnison/Crested Butte Among the countless mountain activities offered this holiday winter season is Crested Butte Mountain’s Resort Moonlight Snowshoe Tour. Hop on a snowcat to the top of Red Lady Express chairlift and ski down from 7 to 9 p.m. Call 800-544-8448 or visit A new adventure this year is the Gunnison Nordic Club’s Full Moon Hartman Rocks Ski/Snowshoe Tour at 6:30 p.m. Bring the family and ski or snowshoe on guided trails. Refreshments including hot chocolate will be served indoors on Hartman Rocks Road after the tour. The tour is free and open to all skill levels, just bring your own equipment.


Colorado Symphony Under the direction of conductor and artistic advisor Andrew Litton, the Colorado Symphony presents “Hansel and Gretel” for two shows at the Boettcher Concert Hall. The CSO will be joined by the Colorado Children’s Chorale for this fully staged opera (performed in English) for all ages at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 29 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 30. Tickets vary. Visit the website for additional holiday CSO concerts. Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets,


Town Hall Arts Center Presents the beloved “The Sound of Music” on stage Nov. 16-Dec. 30. You’ll tap your feet to such favorites as “My Favorite Things,” “Do- Re-Mi” and “Sixteen Going on Seventeen.” Times vary, matinees included. Tickets are $22-$42. 2450 W. Main St., Littleton, 303-794-2787 ext. 5,


Downtown Denver fireworks Ring in 2013 in the Mile High City with two identical shows (9 p.m. and midnight) from anywhere along the 16th Street Mall.

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  • comment avatar Emily December 6, 2012

    You forgot another SPECTACULAR Holiday performance by Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, GRANNY DANCES TO A HOLIDAY DRUM!! Celebrating it’s 21st season of dance, live music & spoken word. Performances are at the DU Newman Center, Fridays (7, 14, 21) 7:30pm, Saturdays (8, 15, 22) 2:00 & 7:30pm and Sundays (9, 16, 23) 2:00pm. or