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Denver deals: NORAD, Denver Art Museum, restaurants and more!

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I Spy Santa

The team at North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, keeps track of a sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer every December. Before computers, curious kids had to telephone in to find out Santa’s whereabouts. Nowadays, kids everywhere can now track online the big, jolly guy’s route around the world on Christmas Eve, as well as receive updates directly from the North Pole. Even before the big night, children can explore a digital Santa’s Village, play games and watch movies. The command center’s tracking techniques are top-secret, but we’ve learned Rudolph’s glowing red nose gives off an infrared signal that can be detected by satellites. If this doesn’t convince the kids that Santa is on his way, nothing will.

Eat up Christmas

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, you can cross a stress-free meal off your Christmas wish list. We found some low-cost restaurants open on Christmas Day. Among the options: Denny’s (, Perkins Restaurant & Bakery (, Village Inn (, IHOP ( and Waffle House ( are open all day. Country Buffet ( dishes up an all-you-can-eat holiday menu from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at participating locations. Select Boston Market ( restaurants offer a Christmas Day meal with ham, turkey or chicken, two sides, cornbread and a slice of pie for $11.99. As always, check first to confirm your favorite eatery is open and its operating hours.

Paper or plastic?

It’s hard to believe but not everyone loves a gift card, especially if it’s not from a favorite retailer. If you receive an unwanted gift card this year, don’t let it go to waste sitting in a desk drawer. Instead, on Dec. 26, join Gift Card Exchange Day and sell it. This promotion makes it quick and easy to “exchange” a gift card. All that’s required is the merchant name and gift card amount (minimum $25). Then, offers from companies who want to buy your card are instantly generated. Nearly every unwanted gift card can find a home and you can pocket some extra cash.

letsmakeArt break

The forecast for winter break is full of creativity and fun, thanks to the Denver Art Museum. Through Jan. 4, students 18 and under get free general admission to the museum. To celebrate the exhibition “Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century,” this year’s theme is “Winter Break: All That Glitters.” Jewelry-inspired activities include artist demos, hands-on time in the Jewelry Studio, storytelling and other sparkling surprises. In addition, Create-n-Takes, Family Activity Carts and the Just for Fun Center will be open every day. No reservations needed.  Also, Let’s Make Something ($4.65) is a new children’s activity book focused on the collections at Denver Art Museum (DAM) with 15 fun children’s activities featured in our new book.  For more information about DAM, call 720-865-5000.

-Laura Daily and Bryan K. Chavez


Mile High Mamas
Author: Mile High Mamas

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  • comment avatar Cory December 24, 2014

    Very cool that NORAD does that!

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