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Holiday Events and Festivities at Colorado’s Ski Resorts

As temperatures drop in the mountains and the weather forecast finally says snow, Colorado’s resorts are ready to ring in the winter holidays with lodging packages, fun family activities, and a variety of festive holiday events. Featuring sleigh rides, torchlight parades, holiday fine dining on the mountain, skiing with Santa in his natural habitat, and New Year’s fireworks across the state, guests at Colorado’s ski resorts can celebrate the winter holidays as they were meant to be experienced.

Below are highlights of some of the holiday activities and programs visitors can enjoy in the coming weeks:

Arapahoe Basin

Santa and his Elf Visit, December 24

Celebrate Christmas Eve with the A-Basin family. Santa is rumored to be making an appearance from 10 am to noon in the base area and will be taking some turns with his elf and anyone who wants to join. Santa’s journey will include stops in the A-Frame, the Pika Place Learning Area and the Molly Hogan Learning Area early in his visit to A-Basin. After visiting the skiers and riders in the Learning Areas, he will head up the Black Mountain Express Chairlift for some turns on the lower mountain followed by a lap or two on the Pali Chair. You may even see him around lunchtime in the Black Mountain Lodge. The Summit Choral Society will be spreading cheer throughout the Base Area Plaza and A-Frame with Christmas Carols from 10 am to noon.

For more information, go to

New Year’s Eve in the Mountains, December 31

Ring in 2017 with a special dinner by Chef Christopher Rybak in a beautiful mountain setting. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with New York at 10 pm with live music, a glass of champagne, party favors and a balloon drop. Part of A-Basin’s Moonlight Dinner Series, this dinner features an extensive four-course menu with a variety of foods to fit any palate. Limited seats remain and this dinner will sell out, so reserve your space now and bring in 2017 in elegant mountain style. For more information, go to

 Aspen Snowmass

12 Days of Aspen, December 20-31

During the 12 Days of Aspen, charming downtown Aspen becomes a winter wonderland of holiday cheer. From free ice skating, visits with Santa, and Santa’s reindeer to s’more-making parties, art, ornament-making, and stocking-decorating workshops, the 12 Days of Aspen provides a great afternoon activity or fun après-ski entertainment for locals and visitors. The celebration finishes on New Year’s Eve with two fireworks shows over Aspen Mountain amid prix fixed dinners and free flowing champagne parties. For more information, visit

The Holidays in Snowmass, December 6-31

December 6-24, children with a Christmas wish can write their own personal letter to Santa and drop it off in Santa’s Mailbox located on the Snowmass Mall. The Snowmass Sun will feature select letters in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Snowmass Village lights up for the holiday season on Saturday, December 10 at 5:30 pm with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Snowmass Chapel. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to celebrate the kick-off with cookies, hot chocolate and carols.

The Snowmass Village Mall and Base Village will come alive with Santa’s Magical Village from December 21-24 between 2 pm and 4 pm daily. Boys and girls can take complimentary photos with Santa and holiday carolers will be on-hand to sing favorite songs such as “T’was the Night Before Christmas,” “Little Drummer Boy,” and “Oh Holy Night.”

On New Year’s Eve, guests and locals are invited to experience the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks. The Torchlight Parade will begin at 5:45 pm and anyone eight years or older is invited to be part of the trail of lights down Snowmass mountain. Later in the evening, a fireworks show will take place over Snowmass Village at 10 pm.

New Year’s Eve at the Limelight Hotel, December 31

In conjunction with Aspen 82, the Limelight Hotel is hosting a New Year’s Eve shindig from 9:30 pm to 2 am that will include two DJs, an open bar with high-end liquor and Veuve Clicquot champagne as well as plenty of hors d’oeuvres. Early bird pricing starts at $150/person.

Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek Captures Refined Holiday Elegance – Tree Lighting Photos

From Nov. 25, 2016 through Jan. 9, 2017, Beaver Creek’s montage of classic, refined elegance and whimsical enchantment is found and felt at the resort’s every turn throughout the holidays.  Festivities commence Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 with the 36th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, Ice Skating and Fireworks Show in the Beaver Creek Village, complete with children’s crafts and activities..

Beaver Creek Loves Kids – WinterFest – photos – December 17th – 31st, 2016

Beaver Creek Loves Kids 6th Annual WinterFest is back! Celebrate the season with performances, activities, WinterFest characters, parades, contests, holiday lights and more!  Activities occur each day on the Village Plaza during après ski hours – join us for excitement in the Village after a day of excitement on the slopes. All WinterFest activities are free and fun for “kids” of all ages.


Saturday, Dec 3, 2016: Race of the Santas

Join hundreds of holiday enthusiasts of all ages, dressed in festive costumes, race down historic Main Street, Breckenridge. We encourage those who can withstand the thin mountain air to start at the front of the pack, as the top finishers will be awarded Ullr helmets and prize packages. Not a runner? Walk, jog or skip through the 6-block course. Children dressed in holiday costumes are welcome to join their parents in the Santa Race. breck

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Bring in the New Year with a boom by watching a spectacular array of fireworks. You can find best visibility from downtown Main Street. Weather permitting, catch the Torch Light Parade flowing down the Breckenridge Ski Resort.


Santa to Visit Cooper

Santa Claus will be paying a visit to Cooper again this year. Bring your Christmas wishes to Mr. Claus’s sleigh near the Children’s Center. His schedule is busy this time of year, so keep an eye on for the exact date and time of his visit.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Cooper will become a holiday hotspot on Saturday, Christmas Eve, with fresh-baked Christmas cookies, eggnog, hot toddies, live Christmas carols and a model train running around a trimmed tree. The fun doesn’t end with Christmas, on New Year’s Eve there will be an apres-ski New Year’s Eve celebration, complete with appetizers and a champagne toast. For more information visit

Copper Mountain

Christmas at Copper, December 24

Christmas Eve brings along another visit from Santa himself, as well as a children’s Glowstick Pageant and a Torchlight Parade down the Main Vein trail. This is a chance for guests to meet Santa and enjoy holiday festivities in Burning Stones Plaza. Before you head home to set out the milk and cookies for old St. Nick, enjoy a festive fireworks display over the mountain.

New Year’s Eve Celebration, December 31

Say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017 with a USASA Rail Jam, a children’s Glowstick Pageant, a Torchlight Parade and – of course – a mountain-side fireworks display. Elevate the evening with a special holiday Moonlight Dine & Ski. Guests can take the American Eagle chairlift up to Solitude Station and enjoy a fine dining experience. Post-dinner board or ski down the mountain by moonlight and gather for a celebratory cocktail in Center Village.

For more information about holiday events at Copper, visit

Crested Butte


Santa Day, December 10

Crested Butte Mountain Resort is sponsoring a “Santa Ski and Crawl” in an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the number of skiers in full Santa costumes. Participants need to be decked out in a full Santa suit in order to participate. CBMR is offering $23 lift tickets for those in full costume and lodging deals for participants when booking with Crested Butte Vacations. The Santa suit must have a top, bottom, hat and beard. You can make your own suit, use an old one or purchase one from us. After the group ski, a pub crawl will start on the mountain and finish at various watering holes in downtown Crested Butte. More information can be found at

Light Up Night, December 10

Join us at the Lodge at Mountaineer Square for some holiday cheer from 6 pm to 8 pm. Hot chocolate will be provided and s’mores can be roasted over fire pits. Santa will be there to hear what is on your wish list and to have photos taken with kids. 


Christmas Eve at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, December 24

Resort guests can watch Santa come down the mountain in a sleigh pulled by a snowcat and then stay to watch the Crested Butte Ski and Ride School perform their famous torchlight parade down the front side of the mountain. Santa will be on the Butte 66 deck to take photos with kids.

Christmas Dinner at Uley’s Cabin, December 25

Uley’s Cabin is an epicurean adventure in Crested Butte and is hosting a special Christmas meal to bring good cheer. Guests will board a sleigh ride to a cabin nestled in the woods, where a five-course prix fixed dinner and a roaring fire wait. The entire meal has a French flair, making each course unique, yet familiar in that the cuisine is definitively Colorado, evocative of the valley in which you’ll be dining. We invite you to experience something that is both adventurous, yet comforting. Reservations can be made at For more information about holiday events and promotions at Crested Butte, visit


Annual Ugly Sweater or Elf Costume Contest, December 24

Eldora Mountain Resort will be hosting its 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater or Elf Costume Contest. Break out your best ugly sweater and join other holiday enthusiasts for our group picture. Then take a run or two and end your day with a party on the deck with live music with food and drink specials in the bar. There will be prizes for the best ugly sweaters and elf costumes. For more information, visit

 Granby Ranch 

Holidays at the Ranch, December 23 and 24
Visit Santa at the base from Noon to 2 pm daily and catch him on the slopes from 2:30 pm to 3:45 pm. Meet at the bottom of the Quick Draw at 3:45 pm to join the Santa Ski Down where you can take the last run of the day with other skiers and riders led by Santa. Following your day of skiing and riding, visitors to Granby Ranch can celebrate Christmas Eve with a service at the Base Lodge at 5 pm on December 24.

New Year’s Eve Festivities, December 31 

Granby Ranch guests can ring in the New Year at a family dance party from 5 pm to 10 pm. A glow stick parade, torchlight parade, and fireworks begin at 6 pm. Enjoy a special three-course meal at Granby Ranch Grill or do New Year’s Eve in style at the VIP Party for those over 21. For more information, visit

Carve out some serious family bonding time this December in honor of Colorado Family Ski Month and take advantage of the following events and activities:



Kidtopia Mountaintop Spectacular

This winter, Keystone presents the inaugural Kidtopia Mountaintop Spectacular, featuring a weekend of festive on-mountain fun for the entire family from Dec. 16-18. This free event will showcase a variety of activities and Kidtopia programs that make the resort a top destination for families, including nightly firework displays, a torchlight ski parade led by Keystone’s Ski & Ride School, and a mountaintop celebration where guests can enjoy free snow tubing, snowcat photo opportunities, live music, hot cocoa and fireside stories with Santa. Kidtopia will animate the mountaintop with Bigfoot adventure walks and a ski patrol-dog meet and greet, plus a special lighting ceremony of the world’s largest Snow Fort to create an unforgettable weekend.kidtopia

 Keys to Kidtopia

Keystone’s Kidtopia continues to redefine the family resort experience with free activities and events on and off the snow every day of the week starting Friday, Nov. 25. Throughout the month of December, select Kidtopia offerings will feature special Colorado themes in honor of Colorado Family Ski Month, including opportunities to create unique Colorado keepsakes at Face Painting and Craft-er-Noon activities, and learn interesting facts about Keystone and Colorado at Starquest Night Sky Exploration. For a full lineup of daily Kidtopia offerings, including family favorites like the Saturday parade and fireworks, visit


Santa Claus is Coming to Keystone

The big guy himself will be on-hand beginning Saturday, Nov. 26 and will make appearances throughout December, before he embarks upon his prior obligations. From photo opportunities, skiing, parades and a PJ Brunch, to the Mountaintop Spectacular, Santa Claus will be in resort Dec. 10, 17, 18, 19, 22 and 23. Locations of his appearances are available at



Ski and Ride Loveland with Santa

Skiers and snowboarders who venture to Loveland around Christmas time can find themselves riding the lifts and slopes with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Visit for more information.


Santa Skis Monarch, December 24

Santa skis, snowboards, and spreads Christmas cheer all-day on Christmas Eve. Photo ops with children are available, if you can catch him on the mountain.

 New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Show, December 31

Skiers and riders are invited to participate in the 36th annual torch parade at Monarch Mountain. Festivities will kick off around sunset with music, food and drink specials all culminating in an incredible fireworks display over the mountain. For more information, visit


New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks, December 31

Powderhorn Mountain Resort will host its annual Torchlight Parade and fireworks on New Year’s Eve. There will be live music and drink specials all evening. Join us during the day for our Kids Multi Week Programs Preview Day. Pick your program, meet the coaches, and visit with other skiers and snowboarders over pizza and then head out on the hill for the Torchlight Parade. For more information, visit

Purgatory Resort

Celebrate the Holidays with Friends and Family at Purgatory Resort in Durango

Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit the ski beach, arriving via horse-drawn sleigh so the reindeer can rest up, on Saturday, December 24. Guests will enjoy a special Christmas dinner buffet, live music, holiday kids’ movies, après ski hot cocoa and s’mores, Kids Night Out at the Den Childcare Center, and more throughout the holiday week. Special events during Christmas week include:  Never Summer snowboard demos, Specialty Cocktail Hours and Scotch Tastings, “Picasso & Vino” painting classes, Holiday Wreath Making, and more.

New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks

Purgatory Resort will usher in the New Year with a Torchlight Parade and fireworks display, followed by a New Year’s Eve party with Durango’s favorite blues band. The Den Childcare Center offers a special celebration for children.Resort guests can enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, alpenglow snowshoe tours with spectacular views, dog sledding, and more fun on the snow. For more information and packages, visit


Steamboat Holiday Festival, December 18

Resort guests can celebrate the holiday season Steamboat style by watching Santa ride down the slopes on horseback and meeting some of his reindeer friends. Guests can participate in the stocking scramble and collect free holiday treats at surrounding stores and restaurants. Additional festivities include cookie decorating and a special holiday concert. The party continues after dark with a torchlight parade and fireworks followed by night skiing.

Holiday Sleighride Dinners, December 24-31

When the sun sets, the adventure begins. Take a snowcat-drawn sleigh ride under the stars to Ragnar’s, where you’ll enjoy a spectacular Scandinavian five-course dinner. Enjoy a luxury snowcat ride to Four Points Lodge, where northern Italian favorites will be served family style. Or leave the snowcats behind and enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride at Haymaker with beautiful views of the mountain.

Torchlight Parade and Fireworks, December 31

To ring in the New Year, the Steamboat Snowsports School treats guests to spectacular on-snow parades down the mountain lit only by torches. In conjunction with the torchlight parade, a fireworks display will illuminate the sky, providing a perfect ending to the evening.

Christmas Brunch and New Year’s Eve Dinner at Hazie’s

Guests at Steamboat can celebrate on top of the mountain and enjoy a fabulous holiday brunch at Hazie’s restaurant featuring eggs benedict, bourbon French toast, thick-cut maple bacon, hand-carved meats, soups and salads, fruits and cheeses, and a mouthwatering dessert display including a chocolate fountain. In addition, on December 31, Hazie’s will be hosting a mountaintop six-course dining experience with complimentary admission to the Korbel New Year’s Eve Party.

For more information, visit

Sunlight Mountain Resort

Free Ride Demo Days with Santa, December 17-18

Sunlight Mountain Resort hosts its annual Free Ride Demo Days with Santa winter party on December 17-18. Take a spin on the latest skis and snowboards for free all weekend long, plus kids can take a run with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 17. Plus, Sunlight and Bighorn Toyota will be giving away a pair of Sunlight’s Limited Edition 50th Anniversary skis and snowboard by Meier. Follow Sunlight on Facebook for updates on events and giveaways. For more information visit


Opening Day Weekend/New Year’s Bash, December 30January 1

Guests visiting Silverton for opening weekend can ring in the new year with packages starting as low as $449 that include three days of guided skiing, daily lunch and apres drinks, a welcome party and a huge New Year’s Eve bash. Silverton limits its daily visitors so it is a great place to avoid holiday crowds and focus on what matters: steeps and powder. For more information visit


Mountain Village Holiday Prelude, December 17

Telluride’s Mountain Village will be transformed into the North Pole for this year’s Holiday Prelude celebration. The day will be full of holiday movies, train rides, Santa, live reindeer, ice skating and more. The Telluride Conference Center will come alive with decorations, lights and more from 1 pm to 5 pmas it converts into Santa’s Workshop. Children can share their Christmas List with Santa, make holiday ornaments and enjoy holiday classics such as Mickey’s Magical Christmas, the Polar Express and How the Grinch Stole Christmas with free hot chocolate and popcorn. Parents can relax in the Parents’ Lounge. Other activities will include a free train ride throughout Mountain Village, a live Reindeer petting area, an official tree lighting ceremony with Santa and carolers and the North Pole on Ice, a performance by the Telluride Figure Skating Club. For more information, visit


Vail Snow Daze – Dec. 9-11, 2016

Celebrate the start of winter with snow, après, and free concerts at Vail Snow Daze. Spend the day on the mountain, visit the sponsor expo village and demo the latest gear, après at parties throughout the village, and wrap up the night with live music.


Vail Holidaze – Dec. 16-18 and 31 2016

Vail Holidaze is the perfect place for family celebration this holiday season, as the town and mountain come alive with lights, sounds, events and cheer during the month of December. Embrace the holidays with the annual tree lighting ceremony and lantern walk. On New Year’s Eve torchlight ski down and fireworks, ring in the New Year Vail style with the Torchlight Parade, followed by fireworks at Golden Peak. Watch as ski instructors and Vail locals form a glowing train as they ski down Golden Peak with glowing sticks followed by a fireworks display.

Winter Park Resort

Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Show, December 24

A Christmas Eve tradition since 1978, the slopes of Winter Park will be aglow with the annual Torchlight Parade and fireworks show. The Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade is one of the most beloved Winter Park traditions. The event begins with Christmas carols around the bonfire at the base of Winter Park Resort, next to the Zephyr Lift at 4 pm. At 5:30 pm, a procession of torch-bearing skiers and riders begin their way down Lower Hughes trail, followed by Santa Claus and his merry helpers. A spectacular fireworks display and snowcats adorned with Christmas colors light up the slopes in a Christmas tree formation to conclude the festivities.

Immediately following the show at 6 pm, visitors are welcome to attend Christmas Eve interdenominational services located in the lower level of the Balcony House and Catholic Church services located in West Portal Level 4. Services are scheduled to last about an hour.

Santa can also be found both in the Village as well as on the slopes in the days leading up to Christmas Eve. For more information, visit

Wolf Creek

Visit from Santa, December 24-25

Santa will make his annual visit to Wolf Creek during one of the snowiest months. While the reindeer take a rest, Santa will be delivering toys and exploring the mountain greeting guests, spreading holiday cheer and handing out traditional Christmas candy canes. Visit for more information.

How to make an advent calendar!

 Fill your home up to the chimney with fun (and give Santa a grin) by making your very own Merry Matchbox DIY Advent Calendar with Lost My Name. 

Each matchbox drawer houses a giggly activity you can do with your little ones: drawing challenges, Christmas-themed dress up, reindeer interviews and such like. Kids turn each drawer around with every complete task, slowly revealing a smiley, colorful new Santa. Simply download the Cheerful Challenges below and follow the ten simple steps to learn how to make your very own Merry Matchbox DIY Advent Calendar. A perfect craft idea for a cold afternoon.

Step 1

Step 1

Stack and glue your matchboxes to make a mini chest of drawers. Three boxes across, eight high.

Step 2

Step 2

Paint the whole thing snowy white, and leave to dry.

Step 3

Step 3

Draw an outline of Santa’s face. Make sure that both his eyes are on one matchbox, and his mouth is (mostly) on one matchbox. Paint your picture in nice bright colors. When it’s finished, take a photo with your phone—you’ll need this later. Leave Santa to dry.

Step 4

Step 4

Now, this is important. One at a time, swap the boxes in the right-hand drawers with the ones in the left-hand drawers (leave the middle column as it is.) You’ll end up with a jumbled Santa, but trust us—this is what makes the magic happen…

Step 5

Step 5

Turn your chest of drawers around to reveal the back (which is plain white). Now, using your photo for reference, draw an outline of Santa to match the other side; but this time give him closed eyes and a not-so-happy mouth. Leave this drawing unpainted. Lastly, from top left to bottom right, number the drawers 1-24.

Step 6

Step 6

Print off these 24 cheerful challenges or make your own. Or you can get creative and make your own. Cut them out into individual strips.

Step 7

Step 7

Roll each challenge into a tiny scroll and tie with string.

Step 8

Step 8

Assign each challenge to a day (drawer) of your choice.

Step 9

Step 9

Tie a nice wide ribbon around your calendar, like a bow on a present. Ensure the black & white Santa is facing outwards.

Step 10

Step 10

Invite your little elves to open a drawer every morning through December and act out the challenges together. After each challenge is complete, turn the drawer around to reveal your bright, smiley Santa whisker by whisker. You’ll notice that even though colorful Santa was jumbled on the other side, he looks perfect when he’s revealed box by box.

Need a to Plan a Kid’s Party or Parents’ Night Out? Win a Karaoke Party for 25!

I don’t care how old you are…there’s an inner Dancing Queen in all of us.

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Years ago, a friend of mine told me about a magical venue in another state where you could rent private rooms and sing karaoke. I was secretly jealous that she had experienced such a place and wished the same enchanted experience, where I could spend the evening with a microphone in my hand as I danced the night away.

Well, guess what, Denver? That place is here.

The minute I heard that Voicebox had opened in the RiNo District downtown, I knew I had to try it. I invited my friends and their kids to check out their largest suite, which accommodates up to 25 people, and we all counted the days and added to our playlists until it was time to go.

We weren’t disappointed.voicebox

This is not your average karaoke lounge. Yes, there’s a full bar for the adults and a great and highly-rated food menu that my kids enjoyed…but that’s just the beginning. Before you even get there, you can start uploading your song list and when you get there, just enter the code for the room into your phone and you’re immediately connected. You can manage the songs you want to play and the lights in the room that swirl, making everyone jump to their feet and dance while you each get a turn on the mic.

Not only that, but tambourines are provided for your backup singers.

I watched my brother-in-law who is a vice president at a large corporation get up and sing “Shake It Off.” My mom and I sang a song from The Beatles. The kids ranged from Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez to The Eagles. My best friends jammed to Cyndi Lauper, Bon Jovi, and our time was cut short just before we got up there to sing “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Although we had booked two hours, we could have easily stayed longer; rarely have I been somewhere where the adults of all ages have just as much fun as the kids. And with affordable prices and rates set up for anything from a bachelorette party to a kids’ birthday party (yes, I would host a party there for my kids – each group is kept very separate), I know we’ll be back.

In fact as we were leaving, my friend leaned over and whispered, “We need to come back for a girls’ night out” just as my daughter grabbed my hand and said, “Can I have my birthday here?”


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Denver Deals: Cyber Week, FREE skiing at Keystone

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? We always enjoy watching the (FREE) Parade of Lights, making our way to an ice skating rink somewhere and zoo lights. This year we are pretty excited to be trying the Botanic Garden’s blossoms of light as well as the Botanic Garden’s at Chatfield Walk.

Red Bull Flying Bach. You are invited to an exclusive limited time 2-for-1 Sunday ticket offer Dec. 2-4 for the Red Bull Flying Bach at the Buell Theater!  In a clash of cultures Red Bull Flying Bach turns the international classical music world upside down. World champion b-boy crew Flying Steps visualizes and revives Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier in a creative performance that combines classical music and urban culture. Note by note. Step by step. With piano, harpsichord and electronic beats. FOR TICKETS VISIT: REDBULLFLYINGBACH.COM/2FOR1ENTER CODE 2FOR1 (valid from November 21-November 28)

 Cyber Week. It used to be Black Friday followed by Cyber Monday. Now, it is cyber week! Yes, there are several deals that will continue through the week (and probably into Christmas – but to be fair the advertising only says this week).
·         WalMart – Score deals on Tv’s, laptops, smart phones, game consoles, and kitchen gadgets.
·         Toys R Us – Get great deals on favorite toys, board games, video games, electronics, DVDs & more…but you may not find that elusive Hatchimal.
·         Target – TVs, Kitchen Aid stand mixer at 50% off, iRobot Roomba and save $10 when you spend $50.
·         Best Buy – Awesome deals on Apple stuff – iPhones, iPads and macbooks.
·         Amazon – if they say some holidays are “Hallmark Holidays” implying the store created it, then Cyber Monday is just an “Amazon Holiday” and they’ve spread the love through the week!
Bonus with Gift Cards. Gift cards are one of the most well-received gifts and it seems like this time of year there are tons of deals on these! (Most of these are food or movies)
·         Chipotle – Buy $30 in gift cards receive a BOGO coupon you can use for yourself on a next visit.
·         Alamo Draft House – Buy $50 in gift cards get $10 voucher you can use for food/drinks.
·         California Pizza Kitchen – purchase $100 in gift cards get a bonus $20.
·         Regal Cinema – Spend $50 gift certificates get a $10 concessions bonus.
·         Wendy’s – Purchase the frosty key tag for just $2 get a free small frosty all year long!
·         Chili’s – Buy $50 in gift cards get a $10 extra one for you.
Breakfast with Santa at Outlets at Castle Rock. Join the entire community and celebrate the countdown to Christmas during the most important meal of the day – breakfast! Flippin’ Flapjacks will be providing free pancakes on December 2 from 9AM-10AM and Santa will be visiting to say hello to Colorado families and kids.   Keir Royale will also be performing a magic show for the kids and Snappy Face Painting will be onsite too. For additional details visit:  http://www. breakfast-with-santa/ 2145465599/
Denver Center Holiday Shows. The Denver Center has an amazing array of holiday shows for the whole family or just a night out or just a date night (we saw Santa Diaries this weekend – it is more of a date night show than family fare). They have Rudolph, Santaland Diaries, and of course the holiday tradition – A Christmas Carol.
Keystone. Keystone Resort has received 6 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 11 inches of snow in the past week, with more snow in the immediate forecast. Just as exciting, this Thursday all kids 12 and younger will have access to free skiing and riding at Keystone to kick-off Keystone’s first-ever Colorado Family Ski Month. What better way to begin December than with fresh snow and free skiing and riding, not to mention the month-long festivities to follow!
The Magic Flute. Enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see THE MET: LIVE IN HD 2016-2017 SERIES on the big screen! Fathom Events presents THE MAGIC FLUTE encore showing on Saturday, December 3 at select Denver area theatres! Enter by emailing [email protected] with your name and mailing address with “MAGIC FLUTE” in the subject line by Thursday, December 1 at 12:00PM. Visit for participating theatres and ticket information. Good luck!
Kid’s Row (Boulder). Announcing the 2016 Snowman Festival! A free, friendly and festive event for the whole family, presented by the merchants of Kids Row, located within the Boulder Village shopping center (2525 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder). Come sip hot cocoa and enjoy various crafts and activities including a snowman photo-booth. There will be special discounts offered by the Kids Row merchants, and a donation drive in support of the non-profit There with Care. Start the holiday season off right with a festival fit for Frosty on Wednesday, November 30 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 
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FREE Breakfast with Santa & More at Outlets at Castle Rock

What could be better than a delicious breakfast with Santa? A FREE breakfast with Santa! 

That’s right, Santa is in the house on Friday, Dec. 2. and this is one of many fun events on tap this holiday season at the Outlets at Castle Rock.  

Friday, Dec. 2 – ‘Breakfast with Santa’:

Outlets at Castle Rock is inviting the entire community to come out and celebrate the countdown to Christmas during the most important meal of the day – breakfast! Flippin’ Flapjacks will be providing free pancakes from 9AM-10AM and Santa will be visiting to say hello to Colorado families and kids. For additional details, please visit:

 Sunday, Dec. 4 – ‘Santa Cares’ Creates Holiday Magic for Children with Special Needs: 

Outlets at Castle Rock is proud to host a ‘Santa Cares’ event on Sunday, December 4 from 9AM-11AM in Suite 205, welcoming families with special needs children to a photo environment supportive of their sensory, physical and developmental needs. The sensory-friendly event will take place in a comforting and physically accommodating setting designed to reduce behavioral triggers associated with this bustling time of year. The center will be providing a warm and quite space, eliminating the need to stand in line and providing special activities like coloring books and special sensory books from the Douglas County Library that will keep children engaged and prepare them for their visit with Santa. Registration is encouraged; however, walk-ins are welcome. For additional details please visit:

Sunday, Dec. 11 – Pet Night with Santa:

On Sunday, December 11 from 6PM-8PM, shoppers are invited to bring along their furry, feathery or fuzzy friend for a special “Pet Night with Santa” photo opportunity. Guests are asked to be sure pets are on leashes or appropriate harnesses. All friendly and safe pets are welcome. For additional details, please visit:

2016 Santa Claus Schedule:

Santa Claus will be posing for complimentary photos up until Christmas Eve. Professional photo packages are also be available for purchase. Hours vary and can be found here:

 WHERE:  5050 Factory Shops Blvd, Castle Rock, CO 80108.  Outlets at Castle Rock is conveniently located between the Denver Metro Area and Colorado Springs region at I-25 and Exit 184 in Castle Rock, Colorado.

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Where to donate toys (or your time) this holiday season

‘Tis the season for giving and receiving. While the holidays are a time to celebrate the blessings in our lives, so many of our neighbors go without. Here are some ways you can brighten a child or family’s life for Christmas.

Santa’s Elves of Denver. Are you looking for a way to be Elfish this holiday season? Kids Giving to Kids and is about being great moms and dads and teaching children how to give back. They focus on giving, rather than getting – and showing children how they can help neighbors.  Their mission is to inspire life-long giving in all ages, especially children so they design opportunities for others to make a difference in the lives and communities around them. When your child is an elf, they get to experience giving first-hand, by giving presents to children face-to-face during one of their amazing events on December 10, 2016.  Please visit their website for more information or to adopt a family:

The Denver Santa Claus Shop is a volunteer-run, nondenominational, nonprofit that shares the spirit of the Holidays with Denver children in need – many of whom might not otherwise have a toy to open at Christmas. Hundreds of volunteers collect toys and donations, then build a huge temporary toy store in December – the Denver Santa Claus Shop. Qualified families are invited to the Shop so parents can actually shop – choosing toys for their children ages newborn through 11 years old, and expect to help 14,000 children in 2015.

AWRSAY Santa House helps struggling families during the Christmas season in the Arvada area. Toy donations such as dolls, learning toys, books, trucks, cars balls, skateboards, board games, craft kits, trucks, remote control cars, preteen jewelry, clock radios, hand held computer games, art materials, dartboards, portable Walkmans are great, as are cash/check donations. To help out, bring unwrapped NEW toys, for infants through age 12, to any Apex PRD facility during regular hours before December 12. Volunteers will begin their work setting up in late November, and the store will be open to families on December 2-3, 6-10 and 13-17. Santa House is located at Arvada Square Center at the northwest corner of 58th Avenue and Garrison Street.

Denver Children’s Home serves Colorado’s most vulnerable children and families who are struggling with poverty, abuse, neglect, violence and mental health problems. They provide wish lists completed by client families and you provide the gifts. Wish lists are available now and all gifts must be delivered, new, in original packaging and unwrapped, to DCH. There are other ways to serve that include their holiday gift card drive, join the cheer squad and more.

Care4Colorado Holiday Toy Drive.  Each holiday season, generous supporters collect toys and gift cards that are distributed to Boys & Girls Club members throughout the holidays. You can stop by any Front Range King Soopers location to drop off  new unwrapped toys from now through December 24. CBS4 and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver will also hold a special collection day event at the King Soopers at 2750 S. Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO. Be sure to go to the website to see the list of suggested toys for kids ages 6-18.

Adopt an Angel. When you “adopt” an angel through The Salvation Army Angel Tree program, you’ll make a local child’s Christmas wish come true. Simply pull a tag from an Angel Tree, select a “virtual angel here,” or make a monetary donation that will be used to purchase gifts for children in need right here in our area. There are several toy drop locations throughout the Denver metro area, as well as the annual Hope for the Holidays toy drive in partnership with Fox31 Denver.

Toys for Tots. The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. There are local campaigns all over Colorado (find them here) where you may make toy or monetary donations.

Volunteers of America. The Adopt-A-Family program provides Christmas gifts for families who otherwise would not have the means to celebrate. Individuals or groups are needed to “adopt-a-family” for the holidays by supplying the family with holiday gifts. Volunteers are also needed to assist with sorting and distributing the gifts.

Hanes Holiday Sock Drive –The community can now donate socks to help the homeless in Denver with donations at Hanes Outlet stores in Lakewood and Castle Rock. Hanes has donated more than 1.9 million socks to the homeless and those in need since the program started 7 years ago. The donation bins provide a way for the community to add to what Hanes is donating.

We would love to add any large-scale toy drives we may have missed so please include in the comments below.


Colorado’s Best Holiday Festivities, Adventures & Gifts

The holidays aren’t complete without snow, hot-cocoa and Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Celebrate this holiday season by riding to dinner in a snow-cat driven sleigh or making ornaments in the heart of downtown Aspen. Discover Mesa Verde National Park by lantern or explore beautiful Victorian homes decorated for the holidays as they would have been one-hundred years ago. Top off these events and experiences with Colorado-crafted gifts for loved ones including Colorado spirits, skis, perfume and more. Below is a sampling of ways to get in holiday spirit Colorado-style this winter season.
Holiday Events and Festivities:
Santa Express Train on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad (November 18 – December 24). Take the kids on a real-life Polar Express experience this winter on the Santa Express Train. Children are encouraged to wear cozy pajamas while sipping hot cocoa and nibbling on cookies aboard the train. After a short 30 minute ride to the North Pole, Santa will hop on the train to pass out special holiday bells to the kids. The train also offers a romantic New Year’s Eve dinner for when the parents want a night out to themselves.santa
Mile High Holidays in Denver (November – January). From Thanksgiving weekend until mid-January, Denver will feature dozens of opportunities to celebrate the season. From the Parade of Lights and Santa Sightings to performances of The Nutcracker at Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Downtown Denver’s Grand Illuminations, which includes the lighting of the City and County Building, Larimer Square, Denver Union Station and more.
Charlie Brown Holiday Celebration in Morgan County (December 1). In the high plains of northeastern Colorado, Morgan County boasts a sea of blue skies and glistening snow on the Pawnee Grasslands that make for a peaceful holiday setting. This year, Morgan County’s holiday theme will celebrate over 50 years of Charlie Brown with an expansive parade featuring Snowzilla (an artificial snow tube slide that stands 25-feet-tall and features an ultra slick 90 foot toboggan run). Free family movies, amateur ice sculpting and carriage rides will keep downtown bustling during and after the parade.
Leadville Victorian Homes Tour (December 3, 2016). From 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, Leadville’s National Historic Landmark District of Victorian architecture will open its Victorian homes for visitors to tour. Each home will be decorated in holiday finery and will offer appetizers and punch. End the night at the historic Tabor Opera House with a reception of light appetizers and drinks, followed by dinner at the Elks Lodge featuring a 1890s Victorian menu and a show of Victorian, Eduardian and SteamPunk fashions.
Mesa Verde National Park Luminaria Celebration (December 8, 2016). This December, Mesa Verde National Park will offer a special winter celebration at its ancient cliff dwellings. The pathways throughout the park will be lit up by luminaries (small paper lanterns) for this free event. The park will offer Ranger-guided tours of Spruce Tree House, the third largest cliff dwelling in the park along with self-guided visits from 4 to 9 p.m. There will also be food and music throughout the evening.
12 Days of Aspen (December 20-31, 2016). For 12 days in December, Aspen’s downtown will become a winter wonderland, bustling with free ice skating, visits from Santa’s reindeer, hot cocoa, holiday drink specials, holiday lighting throughout the streets and more. Several events will take place throughout the 12 days including making your own ornament event at the Limelight Hotel.  The 12 Days of Aspen will end on New Year’s Eve with a firework extravaganza over Aspen Mountain.
Winter Packages and Adventures:
C Lazy U Ranch (Granby). Rejoice in nostalgic moments of play at C Lazy U Ranch where ice skating and hockey on the pond are only the beginning when it comes to wintertime activities on the ranch. Sleigh rides and dog sledding along with countless skiing opportunities make it nearly impossible not to find a way to go outdoors and get dusted with Colorado powder. For holiday travel, C Lazy U offers packages for Christmas and New Year’s that allow guests to relax as all of the food, decorations and entertainment are taken care of. 
Fine Dining by Sleigh (Crested Butte). Grab your loved ones and ride to dinner in a snow-cat driven sleigh. Leaving from the Lodge at Mountaineer Square at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, arrive at Uley’s Cabin for a multi-course feast, crackling fireplace and Champagne. Dinner and sleigh rides run Wednesday through Sunday this winter and start at $110 per person. 
A Classic Broadmoor Holiday Package (Colorado Springs). Beginning on Thanksgiving weekend, a million white lights will twinkle across the resort’s campus, getting visitors ready for the holidays.  This season, The Broadmoor is offering a holiday package that includes a one night stay, tickets to The Broadmoor’s holiday dinner show and discounted suite rates. To spend New Year’s at The Broadmoor, the legendary resort is also offering a package including a one night stay and tickets to the Gala dinner that will include entertainment from The Broadmoor’s Pops orchestra and The Fab Four, the Beatles tribute band.
Winter Picnic at the High Camp Hut Adventure Package at Hotel Telluride (Telluride). From December 17, 2016 through March 31, 2017, guests at the Hotel Telluride can experience a new alpine adventure with the ‘Winter Picnic at the High Camp Hut’ package. The package includes a three-night stay in an Elite View Room, an ‘Altitude Adjustment Amenity’ for acclimating to the altitude, a private guided snow shoe trek to The High Camp Hut with San Juan Outdoor Adventures, a private chef lunch experience at the hut, an in-house spa experience at the hotel and an evening après wine pairing with appetizers.
Winter Wine Excursions (Beaver Creek). New this winter, visitors can embark on an adventure starting at the Beaver Creek Nordic Sports Center to get fully outfitted in the latest snowshoe adventure equipment. From there, adventure on a 60 to 90 minute guided snowshoe with views of the Sawatch, Gore and Flat Top Mountain Ranges. The journey will end at the Osprey Fireside Grill where snowshoes will be exchanged for warmed shoes and guests can indulge in a selection of charcuterie and wine pairings served by Executive Chef Ryan Murray.
Colorado-Crafted Gifts:
Cheese Making at Mountain Goat Lodge (Salida). Bring a new meaning to the word “home-made” by bringing handcrafted goat cheese to the next holiday party or give the gift of a cheese making experience. Mountain Goat Lodge offers classes where guests learn to take fresh goat milk and make simple cheeses quickly and economically. Participants have a choice of producing chevre, fresh mozzarella, feta, paneer or Greek-style yogurt. Complete the experience with an overnight stay.
DRAM Perfume by R.L. Linden (Silver Plume). Gift your sweetheart an aroma that encompasses everything that is true to Colorado’s outdoors. Partnering with R. L. Linden, a Denver plant-based skincare and beauty company, this vegan formula has a native woodland scent that features notes of fresh juniper berries, foraged rose hips, DRAM wild sage bitters and evergreen needles suitable for both sexes. The perfume oils are created with only pure, plant-based, organic, raw and wild crafted essential oils.
Hand-Made Custom Bamboo Fly Fishing Rods and Reels (Lyons). For a truly one-of-a-kind gift for the avid angler, Mike Clark’s South Creek Ltd. hand-made bamboo fly fishing rods and reels are a unique, customized and beautiful gift. All the sections of the rods come from the same culm of bamboo aged for three to four years. Clark works closely with customers and asks essential questions that allow him to build a product that is tailor-made for each person.
Holiday Craft Market (Breckenridge). Find the perfect handmade gift from December 2 to 4, 2016 at the Breckenridge Arts District’s holiday craft market. The area will be full of warm cider and cocoa, decorated historic structures and artisans selling crafts, jewelry, ceramics, candles and more. All gifts will be priced less than $50 for the event.
Wagner Custom Skis (Telluride). There is no better way to ski Colorado’s Rocky Mountains than with a pair of Colorado–made skis. Wagner Custom Skis out of Telluride is celebrating its 10thanniversary this winter and the opening of Pete Wagner’s newest ski factory. Wagner Skis utilizes proprietary code to map each individual skier’s DNA, matching weight and strength of a skier to the flex and shape of the ski. After skiing on these scientifically crafted skis, enjoy a holiday cocktail with the “Chairlift Warmer” from Telluride Distilling Company, America’s first artisanal Peppermint Schnapps.

Christmas tree cutting at Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Start a new family holiday tradition this year by cutting a native Christmas tree from a forest just 30 minutes from the Denver metropolitan area! The weekend of Dec. 3-4, Golden Gate Canyon State Park will hold a Christmas Tree Cut and Holiday Open House. You can warm up at the Visitor Center with hot drinks, cookies, candy canes and a 10 percent discount on unique presents from our gift shop. In the spirit of giving, canned goods will be collected for the local food bank to help those in need.
Starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday Nov. 15, Golden Gate Canyon State Park will offer a limited number of permits for cutting a Christmas tree in selected areas of the park. Permits can be purchased for either Saturday, Dec. 3, or Sunday, Dec. 4. The tree cutting permits will be available for purchase in person at the Golden Gate Canyon State Park Visitor Center, or by phone, using a credit card for payment, by calling (303) 582-3707. Permits will be sold from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, while supplies last. The permit cost is $25 per tree, and each person is allowed up to 4 permits. 
In December visitors who purchased permits must check in at the Visitor Center to pick up a copy of their permit before going out and cutting their tree. A valid park pass is required for each vehicle; either an annual parks pass or a $7 daily pass, which can be purchased at the Visitor Center. The permit is valid rain or snow, and no refunds will be given for bad weather.
Areas for both 4-wheel and 2-wheel drive vehicles will be available, and some hiking will be required. Permit holders with high-clearance 4-wheel drive vehicles can use the pre-selected backcountry area and, in the case of bad weather, must have chains available for use. Access to the backcountry area will be limited to 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. All other vehicles will be required to stay in the designated parking areas along the main park roadway. Access to these areas will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Trees must be cut with hand tools, such as a handsaw or an axe. Chainsaws and power saws are strictly prohibited. Tree selections include Douglas fir, Ponderosa pine, Lodgepole pine and Rocky Mountain juniper.
By cutting a Christmas tree, the permit holders will assist Golden Gate Canyon State Park in thinning overcrowded and dense vegetation. This selective thinning will improve the overall forest health and reduce the impacts of future wildfires.
For additional information, please contact the Visitor Center at 303-582-3707.

Thanksgiving Leftover Idea: Turkey ‘Tinga Tostadas

Are you thankful to be drowning in turkey?

There’s no time like the present to start thinking about what to do with those Thanksgiving leftovers, specifically when it comes to uneaten turkey. Traditional turkey pot pies and turkey chili are a thing of the past with this recipe for Turkey ‘Tinga Tostadas from James Beard nominated cookbook author Chef Deb Schneider from SOL Mexican Cocina.

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4 Reasons to Give Yourself & Loved Ones the Gift of prAna — and $ave!

Have you seen the fabulous clothing styles available on There are so many reasons to put prAna on your gift lists this season, especially now with a special 15% discount offered to readers (see below for code).

Let us count a few of these reasons:

  1. prAna makes stylish activewear that suits the Colorado lifestyle, for both men and women. Check out prAna jeans, sweaters, pants, shirts, yogawear, and other offerings.


  1. prAna clothing is versatile and can take you from the office to the workout.prana5
  2. prAna is an earth-healthy choice for your gift-giving. It offers sustainable, recycled, fair trade certified and hemp items. In addition, prAna gives back to communities around the world.
  3. You can feel good supporting prAna, as its core belief is to give back more than it takes from the world. Probably a lot like your core belief.

Exclusive Discount Code

After you’ve made your selections for yourself and those you’re going to gift with prAna, enter this code at checkout to get 15% off: MHMF16LOLU. Hurry — the code is valid until December 19.

I’ve made my selections — this yoga top and these capris. They are on their way and I can’t wait to wear my very first prAna. (Disclosure: MileHighMamas was provided clothing for purposes of this winter campaign.)

No matter what your activity is, there’s never been a better time to do it in prAna. And give others the gift of doing so, as well.

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Lori Holden lives in yoga pants. She’s mom to a teen daughter and a teen son, and she blogs from Denver at Her book, The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole, is available in paperback, hard cover, audio and e-book versions. It makes a thoughtful anytime gift for the adoptive families in your life.