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Denver Free Days 2020: Denver’s top museums and attractions

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to be a tourist in your own town? Are you going to go see all the great museums (and zoo) that Denver has to offer in 2020? We’ve got you covered with more to see for FREE! Since 1989 the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) has received taxes where the funds were to support enlightening ad entertaining the public through presentations, exhibitions, advancement or preservation. Part of making these facilities available – is offering free days throughout the year.

January

February

March

 April

 May

 June

 *Due to a grant the Denver Art Museum is free to kids 18 and under every day (does not include special exhibits).

**U.S. 4th graders are eligible for a free annual National Parks pass

Special note to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) cardholders: most Denver area museums and cultural center offer deep discounts by showing your EBT card at the ticket counter. Admission is just $1 per person for up to 10 people. For more information visit here.

 Plus, there are several venues that are free every day:

 Colorado Sports Hall of FameMuseum of Outdoor ArtsAurora History MuseumArvada Center GalleriesUS Air Force Academy Visitor Center and ChapelCU Art MuseumCU Museum of Natural HistoryUnited States Mint (you need to make a reservation for this one); Colorado State CapitolUS Olympic Training Center (Colorado Springs)Hudson GardensColorado Springs Pioneers MuseumCripple Creek Heritage Center (near Colorado Springs)Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum (Colorado Springs)Peterson Air & Space Museum (Colorado Springs)Dr. Lester L. Williams Fire Museum (Colorado Springs)Penrose Heritage Museum (Colorado Springs)

  These are the free days that we are aware of as of the time of this writing. We recommend that you double-check with the venue before heading out should they make any changes to their free days. 

Skip the I-70 ski traffic nightmares and travel by train or bus

Winter Sports enthusiasts can enjoy new travel options to Colorado’s ski areas this winter by bus or train. New bus services and added train service make it easier than ever. Residents may also consider air service into Colorado’s eight regional airports for their ski and ride travel. These options provide expert and first-time skiers and riders alike a stress-free journey to the slopes.

And if you still want to brave the crowds? Don’t miss these I-70 Pitstops When You’re Stuck in Traffic. 

Train

 For a fourth consecutive season, the Amtrak Winter Park Express will transport passengers from downtown Denver’s Union Station to the slopes of Winter Park Resort. New this year, the Amtrak train will run every Friday through Sunday every weekend from Jan. 10 through March 29. Fares start at $29 each way for adults and are available at Amtrak.com/WinterParkExpress.

 The daily Amtrak California Zephyr has 6 stops in Colorado including stops in Glenwood Springs, where visitors can catch a shuttle to Sunlight Mountain, Granby where guests can access Granby Ranch or passengers can unload at the Fraser station to access Winter Park Resort.

Bus

 Snowstang Bus Service – New this winter, the Snowstang bus service will provide direct access to ski areas from Denver’s Union Station and RTD’s Federal Station in Lakewood to Loveland, Arapahoe Basin and Steamboat Resort. Roundtrip fares for Loveland and Arapahoe Basin will be $25 for adults and Steamboat will be $40, with 50 percent discounts for children 2-11 and 25 percent for seniors and those with disabilities. There will be 40 days of service to each resort, running weekends from Dec.14 through April 19, plus the Martin Luther King holiday, Jan. 20, and President’s Day, Feb. 17. For more information, click here.

Bustang Bus Service– The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has expanded its statewide Bustang bus service to include Salida as well as daily service to Monarch Ski Area from Dec. 14, 2019 to April 5, 2019. With this expansion, Bustang now serves mountain towns near several Colorado ski areas including Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Copper Mountain, Echo Mountain, Monarch Mountain, Purgatory Resort, Sunlight Mountain Resort and Telluride Ski Resort. For more information, click here.

Vail Resorts

It’s easy to get to Vail, Beaver Creek, Eagle, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone, Aspen or Snowmass whether you’re flying into Denver International, Vail/Eagle County Airport or Aspen’s Sardy Field. Colorado Mountain Express (CME) offers numerous daily departures to and from resort towns. In winter months, there are hourly departures to/from Denver International Airport

And, you don’t need a rental car once you arrive. Ski towns including Vail, Keystone, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Aspen and Snowmass are pedestrian-friendly and so much is within walking distance. Many outlying properties offer complimentary van service.

Avoid parking fees and take a break from driving on your holiday and ride CME.

Vail – Vail Village has the largest free public transportation system throughout town, making it convenient and practical to leave your car at home. For full information, including schedule details, click here. Most Vail lodging properties offer a van to the ski slopes if they are not within walking distance or are not ski-in or ski-out properties.

Beaver Creek – Offers complimentary on-call transportation as well as scheduled routes from Village Transportation – read more here.

Breckenridge – Take either the Free Ride transit system operated by the Town of Breckenridge or the free Summit Stage. Breckenridge, Copper Mountain & Keystone are serviced by the Summit Stage, a free county-wide bus service to resorts and surrounding communities. Breckenridge and Copper Mountain provide additional service in town and to the slopes Both transit systems are convenient and free.

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 Colorado Ski Country Resorts

Arapahoe Basin – The free Summit Stage bus service runs from the park-and-ride lot in Keystone to and from A-Basin. Front Range skiers and riders can also enjoy direct access with the new Snowstang bus service. For more information, click here.

 Aspen Snowmass – RFTA, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority’s bus system, provides transportation to all four Aspen Snowmass mountains. For more information, click here.

 Copper – Summit County visitors can take advantage of the free Summit Stage bus service. For more information, click here.

 Eldora – The Ski-N-Ride provides bus service from multiple locations along the Front Range straight to Eldora every day of the week during ski season. For more information, click here.

 Loveland – Running on weekends from December to April, the Snowstang bus service offers riders pick up locations at Union Station in Denver or the Denver Federal Center RTD station. For more information, click here.

 Monarch – The Salida Ski Bus provides access from Salida to Monarch. Visitors can also access Monarch with daily Bustang service from Dec. 14, 2019- April 5, 2020. For more information, click here.

 Purgatory – The skier shuttle runs from Durango to Purgatory on weekends and select holidays for $10. For more information, click here

 Steamboat– Guests can enjoy the free town bus system running from town to the resort and other locations. For more information, click here.

 Telluride – The Galloping Goose bus service provides free transportation in and around the town of Telluride, Mountain Village and Lawson Hill. For more information, click here.

 Wolf Creek – Shuttle service is available from Pagosa Springs via the Wilderness Journey Shuttle for $20 one way or $30 roundtrip. For more information, click here.

 

The Best Christmas Ever: A Hilarous Parody by Matt Damon

No one parodies the life of a parent quite like “Saturday Night Live.” Add guest host Matt Damon to the mix and you have holiday magic.  Matt Damon joined forces with “SNL” cast member Cecily Strong’s rendition of what Christmas truly looks like for parents everywhere. It’s a quick reminder that even when the holidays are the worst, they’re the best.

The bit titled “Best Christmas Ever” features the show’s December 15th co-host Matt Damon and his on-screen wife sitting in front of the fireplace on Christmas night. The two are enjoying a glass of wine and reliving the day together. The charming scene is set straight out of a corny Hallmark movie, but as the two recall all the excitement throughout the day, their flashbacks show a not-so-perfect array of stressful holiday road bumps.

Happy Holidays, Bumps and All!

Love, The Mamas

Free First Day Hikes and Ice Fishing Clinics

On January 1, 2020, Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites all Coloradans to welcome in a new year by heading outside to enjoy the trails in a Colorado State Park. 

First Day Hikes offer a chance to start the new year right by getting people out for some exercise in nature. Each participating park offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the new year, with most parks offering guided hikes and some parks providing multiple options to choose from, allowing you to select the time and route you prefer.

    • Many parks are also offering refreshments and free giveaways for this event.
    • The hikes ​​are free but park visitors must possess a valid parks pass to participate. 
    • It is up to the individual park regarding reservations or RSVP. Please check each park’s event details.​
    • All First Day Hikes will vary in ability levels and length depending on location and weather conditions.​​​​ 
    • Bring snacks and water, dress in layers and be prepared with traction and/or trekking poles for winter hiking in snow or on icy trails; if there is snow, consider bringing snowshoes. 

For a complete list of participating parks, check below:

Staunton State Park-First Day Hike Around the Top!
Wednesday, January 1

The hike is free, but a parks pass is required. Meet at the Ranch Hand Group Picnic area at 830am. The hike is moderate, and will be 11.4 miles with an optional cutoff to make it 8 miles. Bring everything you need for a hike including water, snacks, layers, and traction devices/snowshoes depending on conditions. Leashed pets are permitted. Enjoy an adventurous hike up one of the Park’s most stunning rocky canyons. This hike includes cascading falls of Mason Creek, aspen groves, creek crossings. Travel across the highest trails of Staunton enjoying amazing vistas from the overlooks of Bear Paw and Borderline!! The Old Mill site is included in this hardy hike. The return route continues along Staunton Ranch trail to the meadows Parking lot.

Chatfield State Park- First Day Hike: Historic Nature Walk
Wednesday, January 1

Join a Chatfield Naturalist Volunteer for a historic nature walk through the prairie. Listen to the ice sing in nearby ponds while admiring the foothill views on a leisurely 3 miles walk to the Discovery Gazebo and back. Enjoy a provided cup of warm cocoa upon your return!

Yampa River State Park 1st Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Join us for a 1 mile snowshoe around Yampa River Headquarters. Visitors are welcome to borrow a pair of snowshoes for the event. End your hike at our visitor center with hot chocolate, coffee, and snacks.

St. Vrain- First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Welcome in 2020 at our First Day Hike. Join our rangers and others for a 2 mile hike around Pelican Pond. There will be a stop for drinks and snacks.

Roxborough- First Day Hike: Carpenter Peak
Wednesday, January 1

Enjoy the New Year with a hike up to Carpenter Peak. This is an exhilerating hike with gorgeous views!

Mueller- Elk Meadow Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Enjoy a hike through forest and meadow on gentle hills. Watch for signs of wildlife with Volunteer Naturalist Rose. Great views of Pikes Peak! 2.5-mile, moderate hike. Dress for the weather!

AHRA First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Join us in celebrating the new year with this nationwide First Day Hike of 2020 event! This guided hike features beautiful mountain and rugged shallow canyon scenery with sweeping views of the Upper Arkansas Valley and the snow-capped Sawatch mountains.

Ridgway- First Day Hike: Dallas Creek Nature Trail
Wednesday, January 1

Take a stroll through open fields with tall cottonwoods, navigate along the shores of Dallas Creek and scramble through Pinion-Juniper forests within the rocky outcroppings of Log Hill Mesa. Catch some spectacular view of Mt. Sneffels and the San Juan range. Walk through the hiding places of many birds and animals and see if you can spot some trout in the creek on our way by! If snow conditions are good, this “hike” can be cross-country skied.

Staunton State Park First Day Hike-The Ranch Loop
Wednesday, January 1

This hike will depart from the Ranch Hand Group Picnic Area at Staunton at 930am. The hike will be 5.25 miles and is easy depending on snow conditions. The hike is free, but a valid Parks Pass is required. Children 5 and older are welcome, as well as leashed pets. Bring everything you need for hiking such as water, food, and layers. We also recommend spikes/traction devices/snowshoes depending on conditions. This hike will begin at the Ranch Hand Group Picnic Area and will travel down the relatively flat Davis Ponds Loop. We will then connect with the Chase Meadow Trail and discus the importance of this historic property. We will then connect with the Staunton Ranch Trail (the ‘main street’ of Staunton’s 30 mile trail system) traveling downhill to the Dines Meadow Connector Trail. We will cross a beautiful meadow to a connection with the Mason Creek Trail. We will go uphill and explore two newly constructed rest areas including a frozen cascading waterfall. We’ll double back downhill on Mason Creek to the Staunton Ranch Trail where we will hike back to the Group Picnic Area. Volunteer Guides: Mark and Sandy Fisher

Staunton State Park First Day Hike-Search for Sasquatch
Wednesday, January 1

This hike will depart from the Meadow Parking Lot at 0930am. The hike goes down Staunton Ranch Trail to Scout Line and Marmot Passage. It will be 7 miles and is moderate. A valid Parks Pass is required but the hike is free. Children and leashed pets are welcome. Bring everything you need for hiking such as water, food, and layers. We also recommend binoculars and spikes/traction devices/snowshoes depending on conditions. This 7-mile loop is rated moderate and heads up the Staunton Ranch trail, then switchbacks up Scout Line to Marmot Passage trail. The hike then descends back to Staunton Ranch trail for a three-mile return to the parking lot. Mountain vistas make this hike a special way to start the new year. Volunteer Guides: Gary Finely and Nancy Coburn

Lathrop State Park First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Start the New Year in a healthy way with a hike Meet at the Visitor Center at 10:00 am Refreshments will be served after the hike.

Cheyenne Mtn – First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Sleet, snow or 20 below, come and enjoy the first day of 2020 with a hike!

Golden Gate Canyon State Park- First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Please join us on January 1st, 2020 for our Annual First Day Hikes! Interested hikers can join us for one of two guided hikes. We will offer an out and back 3 mile hike on Burro Trail to City Lights Ridge and a 5 mile loop hike on Horseshoe and Black Bear Trail.

Roxborough- First Day Hike: South Rim Trail
Wednesday, January 1

Enjoy the New Year with a hike on South Rim Trail. This is a wonderful hike with georgeous views!

Cherry Creek- 1st Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

This Jan.1, Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites all Coloradans to welcome in a new year by heading outside to enjoy the trails in a Colorado State Park. First Day Hikes offer a chance to start the new year right by getting people out for some exercise in nature. We will have a guided hike starting from the Campground Office. Hot cocoa and coffee will be available. Dress warm!

Vega- First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Hike, snowshoe or cross country ski a 2 mile trail with park staff.

Staunton State Park First Day Hike-History and Geology
Wednesday, January 1

This hike will depart from the Ranch Hand Group Picnic Area at 10am and will go to the Red Cliffs climbing area. The hike is between 4-5 miles and is moderate. A valid Parks Pass is required but the hike is free. Children and leashed pets are welcome. Bring everything you need for hiking such as water, food, and layers. We also recommend spikes/traction devices/snowshoes depending on conditions. Hikers will see meadows, pine forests, aspen tree groves, unique rock formations, wildlife, cabins and much more. Learn about the history of Staunton State Park while viewing amazing vistas from the destination overlook! Volunteer Guide: Marlene Schulte

Staunton State Park First Day Hike-Old Mill
Wednesday, January 1

This hike will meet at 10am at the Ranch Hand Group Picnic area. The hike will follow Staunton Ranch Trail to Old Mill Trail, with an option to continue on to Borderline Trail. It will be 6-8 miles and is moderate. The hike is free, but a valid Parks Pass is required. Children and leashed pets are permitted. Bring everything you need for a hike including food, water, and layers. We also recommend spikes/traction devices/snowshoes depending on the conditions. Follow Black Creek up to the site of the Staunton’s saw mill site. Visit the remaining bunk house and the remains of the mill itself. An interesting look at early 1900’s engineering and history. Volunteer guide: Debby Henkens

Lory State Park First Day Hike / Bike/ Horseback Ride
Wednesday, January 1

Lory State Park will host First Day hikes, bike ride, and horseback Ride. Hikes and bike ride begin at 10 am, horseback ride begins a 10:30am. Please register in advance by calling the park visitor center at 970-493-1623.

Steamboat Lake- First Day Sledding!
Wednesday, January 1

Join Steamboat Lake staff in welcoming in the New Year with sledding, s’mores, and hot drinks. Optional hike afterwards.

Stagecoach- 1st Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Join us for our annual guided 1 mile snowshoe hike up Pinnacle Peak to ring in the new year! Campfire refreshments served following the hike. Meet at the Arrowhead Group Picnic Area at 10 a.m.

Staunton State Park-First Day Bike
Wednesday, January 1

Come join some of the staff from Evergreen Mountain Sports for a First Day Bike! They will have two groups-one going for a faster paced ride for 1.5-2 hours, the other a slower casual ride. Both rides will meet at 10am at the Meadow Parking Lot. Trails are TBD depending on trail conditions. The ride is free, but a valid parks pass is required. Bring everything you need for a bike ride including layers, water, and food. Registration is not required.

Mueller- Wapiti Trail Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Explore the nature trail in winter splendor! Discover what wildlife are active in winter. Led by Volunteer Naturalist Charlene. 1-mile, moderate hike. Dress for the weather!

James M. Robb Colorado River State Park First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Join a Park Ranger for a guided nature hike at Connected Lakes. Meet at the Kingfisher parking lot at 10am. The event is free with an annual parks pass or a daily parks pass. Passes are available at the entrance to the park. Be prepared for any type of weather!

Chatfield State Park- First Day Hike: Scenic Nature Trail for All Ages and Abilities
Wednesday, January 1

Join a Chatfield Naturalist Volunteer for a scenic nature trail for all ages and abilities. Look for white tail deer and birds of prey as you slowly ascend to your final destination at the top of the Chatfield Dam. Enjoy tjhe views and the fresh air as you ring in the New Year with a provided warm cup of cocoa.

Roxborough- First Day Hike: Fountain Valley Trail
Wednesday, January 1

Enjoy the New Year with a hike around the Fountain Valley Trail. This is a fun family hike wih two overlooks!

Ridgway- First Day Hike: Cookie Tree Trail
Wednesday, January 1

Navigate down the mesa along the shore of Ridgway Reservoir; scramble through Pinion-Juniper forests and rocky outcroppings. Catch some spectacular views of Mt. Sneffels and the San Juan range. Walk through the hiding places of many birds and animals!

Mueller- Forest Bathing Walk
Wednesday, January 1

Enjoy a fresh, new start to the year by immersing yourself in the joy & wonder of nature through the relaxing practice of Forest Bathing (from the Japanese,”shinrin-yoku”). Join Volunteer Naturalist Carrie and Forest Therapy Guide Jane Scanlon for this mindful, slow wander with simple “invitations” for activities to quiet your mind, awaken your senses and connect closely with nature. We’ll end with the sharing of forest tea! Bring sit pad/stool if you have one, water & dress for the weather – snow boots, waterproof pants suggested (there will be some sitting). Ages 9 and up. Maximum 12. Must pre-register at the Visitors Center via walk-in or by calling (719)687-2366.

Barr Lake- 1st Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Barr Lake State Park will be participating in America’s State Parks First Day Hikes 2020 and we hope you’ll join us. With all 50 states participating, the nationwide effort will help promote healthy lifestyles and encourage year-round recreation at our state parks.

Sylvan Lake State Park First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Join us for a 1.5 mile snowshoe around Sylvan Lake, with an option to go further if you wish. End your hike at our day-use area with hot chocolate, coffee, and snacks. Leashed pets welcome. Bring your own snowshoes, or borrow a pair of ours!

State Forest State Park- First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Join us at 12:00 pm at the Moose Visitor Center for a First Day Hike. We will lead a guided walk for 3 miles on the Gould Loop. This event is free with a daily vehicle park pass for $8 or annual pass. Bring your water, snacks, boots, plenty of warm layers and cross country skis or snowshoes. We have snowshoes for rent at the Moose Visitor Center for $5 per pair!

Lake Pueblo State Park First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Join us in celebrating the new year with this nationwide First Day Hike of 2020 event! This guided hike features beautiful scenery of Lake Pueblo State Park.

Ridway- First Day Hike: Oak Leaf Trail
Wednesday, January 1

Meander through scrub oak and rocky cliff sides. Enjoy the views amongst tall Ponderosa Pines and walk along the spectacular Uncompahgre River. This hike is sure to give you a feeling of serenity and peace. Many birds can be heard and deer may be seen. If your eyes are real sharp, spotting a large brown trout may even be possible.

Ice Fishing
 
Have you always wanted to learn how to ice fish? Have you tried ice fishing but want to learn some tips and tricks for catching more fish? Want a fun activity to do with friends and family this winter, that doesn’t cost too much? Then these clinics are exactly what you have been looking for.
 
These clinics are free and Colorado Parks and Wildlife provide all the fishing gear. Or, you can bring your own gear and they will help you get it set up. All you need are warm clothes, a fishing license and your warm drinks and snacks.
 
Click on the links below for more information.
 
Click here for more information on the December 28th clinic
Click here for more information on the January 3rd clinic
Click here for more information on the February 1st clinic
Click here for more information on the February 15th clinic
 
 

Colorado Family Building 3D-Printed Lamborghini Hopes To Spark Interest In STEM

These days 3D printing has advanced so far, it’s even being used to make a custom heart valve, so why not a supercar, like a Lamborghini? An Erie family now hopes they’ll be the first in the country to build a Lamborghini using this technology.

“What we would do is jump into a Lamborghini Aventador and drive it around,” Xander Backus said.

Backus isn’t old enough to drive yet — he’s 11 — but he and his dad have driven the Aventador numerous times in an Xbox game.

“One day I said to him, hey can we build one of those?” Backus recalled.

Xander’s dad, Sterling Backus accepted the challenge. He happens to be a physicist whose line of work involves a lot of lasers, but that hasn’t really given him much of an advantage when it comes to building a car. CLICK TO KEEP READING

Across borders, through detention, and into Colorado classrooms: The journey of solo children

At 15, he made the long, frightening trek across Central America and the U.S.-Mexico border with a smuggler. Then he continued on an even longer journey, in search of his father in Colorado.

But what sent William into despair, and depression that pushed him to cut himself, happened in a U.S. holding center for migrant children: a long detention, a bout with tuberculosis, and the fear of never seeing his family again.

Every year hundreds of children are arriving in Colorado schools with uniquely challenging stories after crossing the border into the U.S. without their parents. William — who asked that we withhold his real name, out of fear of jeopardizing his quest for citizenship — was one of the earlier unaccompanied minors arriving in the United States after fleeing life-threatening conditions at home.

 

 

 

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As Autism Rates Rise, A Colorado Mom Seeks Answers

At first, Herminia Garcia just thought she had a bad kid who wouldn’t listen. Then a nurse suggested her son Joaquin be tested for autism which Garcia did through the Jeffco School District. He was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and referred to Firefly Autism in Denver for treatment. Joaquin is Mexican and black, and one of a growing number of children of color to be diagnosed with ASD.

Firefly Autism provides a range of services including early onsite intervention and home and community-based programs. Joaquin is enrolled in Firefly’s early childhood program. The full-day, one-on-one therapy works to identify and bridge developmental gaps.

In 2018 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated about one in 59 children have ASD. That’s an increase from one in 68 children identified in the previous estimate released two years earlier. The CDC said in a press release that the increase could be due in part to improved diagnosis in black and Hispanic children. Their autism prevalence rates were catching up with those found in white children.

This conclusion led Cynthia Nevison, a research scientist at the University of Colorado Boulder specializing in earth and environmental science and climate science to take a closer look at the data. She’s one of the co-authors of a recent study published in the Journal of Autism and Development Disorders.

 

 

 

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-Stephanie Daniel, KUNC

55 family events in Denver this week

It’s the final countdown to Christmas with the Nutcracker Circus, SnowDome Spectacular, Handel’s Messiah – Awakening and TubaChristmas. See our event calendar for full listings. 

Also, don’t miss Family Travel: 40+ Holiday Vacation Ideas in Colorado and Denver guide to the holidays: Santa Arrivals & Christmas events!

Free Day at Plains Conservation Center 
Dec 19, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
This Aurora-based center helps students and adults grow their knowledge and appreciation of the prairie ecosystem and the cultural history of Colorado through a variety of educational programs managed by Denver Botanic Gardens. In cooperation with the City of Aurora.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Carolina Hurricanes at Pepsi Center 
Dec 19, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. Carolina Hurricanes live at the Pepsi Center!

The Nutcracker with Ballet Ariel at Lakewood Cultural Center 
Dec 20  – Dec 23
Ballet Ariel’s imaginative and winsome interpretation of The Nutcracker returns at the height of the holiday season to the Lakewood Cultural Center. Tickets are on sale now. Ballet Ariel’s professional company and 30 students from the Ballet Ariel School and Lakewood Dance Academy brilliantly perform this eternal classic. Directed by Ilena Norton and Oleg Dedogryuk, Ballet Ariel’s The Nutcracker once again defines the season.

Holiday Cheer at Central Presbyterian Church 
Dec 20  – 21 
Visions of sugar plums dance in your head — and down the aisles — at Holiday Cheer! Showcasing selections from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s popular wintertime ballet, The Nutcracker, Cherry Creek Dance transports you into a young girl’s Christmas dream of tin soldiers, dancing snowflakes and sugary sweets. Arvada Chorale joins in the festivities to sing more of your beloved carols at everyone’s favorite seasonal celebration.

Brewery Lights at Anheuser-Busch Biergarten and Tour Center 
Dec 20  –  22
The holiday lights are lit, the cocoa is hot, and the 30-foot inflatable snowman is back – it’s beginning to look a lot like Brewery Lights at the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten and Tour Center in Fort Collins! The fifth annual Brewery Lights celebration begins Nov. 15, with guests of all ages invited to spread holiday cheer at a variety of festive activities during the wonderful holiday experience.

SnowDome Spectacular at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery 
Dec 20, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Celebrate the holidays at FCMoD! Stop by the museum for holiday crafts, cookies, cocoa, and a few surprises… Enjoy holiday tunes and stunning festive imagery with our special Holiday of LaserDome in the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater. And don’t forget to wear your ugly sweaters.

The Nutcracker Circus at Newman Center for the Performing Arts – University of Denver 
Dec 20 – Dec 27 
Whisk away to the Land of Snow, and Land of the Sweets, and experience the story of Clara and her beloved Nutcracker doll. Set to the music of Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker Circus features acrobatics, jugglers, aerialists, and characters bringing this holiday classic to life in a whole new way. Seven shows at various times!

Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timbervolves at Pepsi Center 
Dec 20, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves at Pepsi Center.

Longs Peak Chorus 2019 Christmas Concert at Heart of Longmont United Methodist Church 
Dec 20, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The Longs Peak Chorus proudly presents our 2019 Christmas Concert, “Ring De Christmas Bells” on Dec 20 and 21. $2 of every ticket will go to “Hope for Longmont.” Hear your favorite holiday season songs sung in 4-part a cappella harmony.

The Christmas Revels: A Midwinter Night’s Revels at The Dairy Arts Center 
Dec 20  – 26
In songs both profound and profane, Rocky Mountain Revels will take the stage at the Gordon Gamm Theater to drive the dark away and celebrate the return of the light. Join Rocky Mountain Revels as we sing and dance in celebration of the rituals and traditions of the Winter Solstice and of Christmas. This year we will be joined by the Boulder Renaissance Consort and by members of Solis. Our look at the secular and the sacred music of the Elizabethan Era will feature madrigals, rounds, catches AND returning Revels favorites like The Lord of the Dance, Sussex Mummers Carol, and the Shortest Day.

Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance 
Dec 20  – 22 
For 28 years, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble (CPRD) has been blending dance, live music, spoken word and seasonal celebrations and customs from around the world into a memorable holiday tradition like none other. A Denver original, Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum is a family favorite that inspires audiences of all ages to discover, celebrate and honor the holiday traditions of cultures from around the world.

Handel’s Messiah – Awakening @ Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex 
Dec 20  – Dec 21
A storied holiday classic returns with a freshly enriched design to experience the beloved masterpiece, Messiah. This innovative production is newly organized to clearly present the narrative while still maintaining the great traditions of this noble work. The Colorado Symphony Chorus will be divided between a chamber chorus and a larger chorus, and a narrator is introduced to seamlessly present Handel and librettist Charles Jennens masterpiece in the dramatic context that this story-telling composer would have appreciated.

The Nutcracker Circus at Newman Center for the Performing Arts 
Dec 20  – Dec 22
Whisk away to the Land of the Snow, and Land of the Sweets, and experience the story of Clara and her beloved Nutcracker doll. Set to the music of Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker Circus features acrobats, jugglers, aerialists, and characters bringing this holiday classic to life in a whole new way.

Breakfast with Santa at Downtown Aquarium
Dec 21  – 24 @
Santa is stopping by the Aquarium this holiday season! Dine with him and our mascot, Sharkey, and enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, exhibit discounts and more!

Inside the Orchestra’s Christmas Tiny Tots Concert at McNichols Civic Center Building, Denver Arts & Venues 
Dec 21, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tiny Tots gets children truly inside the orchestra by seating the audience on the floor and surrounding them with a 30+ piece orchestra. Designed for children six and under, this 45-minute program gives young ones the chance to interact with the music and learn about the instruments in the process.

Museum Takeover: Snow Day at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery 
Dec 21, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Do you want to build a snowman? Come chill with us at the museum! Discover all about the science of snow, and how important ice is to our world’s climate. There will be hands-on activities and experiments for all ages. It will be snow much fun! Museum Takeover is a monthly series where we deep dive into a particular subject with fun and educational activity stations in the exhibits gallery. Activities are open to all ages, but recommended for children 5 and older.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Chicago Blackhawks at Pepsi Center 
Dec 21, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. Chicago Blackhawks live at the Pepsi Center!

3rd Annual Improv for a Claus at The Studio at Mainstreet 
Dec 21, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
This is an original sketch comedy show & charity fundraiser, written by Colorado talent with holiday & Colorado themes and presented in the style of a Second City Revue. Directed by a former member of The Second City – Chicago.

Menorah Making at JCC Denver 
Dec 22, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Menorah Making, Sunday, Dec. 22, 10 a.m.-Noon: Get ready for the first night of Hanukkah by making your own Menorah. We will have a scavenger hunt around the JCC to collect different materials to create your masterpiece. You can also get in a few rounds of Dreidel and win some gelt! $18 per person for members, $25 per person for guests. All ages.

Ugly Sweater Brew Run at Farm House at Breckenridge Brewery 
Dec 22, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Wear your most festive, ugliest holiday gear and get ready for some magical winter fun! Join the social fun run/walk along the beautiful Platte river trail and then enjoy seasonal brews or hot chocolate and a big ugly sweater contest.

TubaChristmas at DPAC/Denver Performing Arts Complex 
Dec 22, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Tired of the same old holiday soundtrack? Revive your holiday spirit at the Annual TubaChristmas Concert at the Denver Performing Arts Complex! Tap your toes to your favorite holiday tunes being played by 300 tuba players from all over the region.

Denver Broncos vs. Detroit Lions at Empower Field at Mile High 
Dec 22, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Denver Broncos vs. Detroit Lions at Broncos Stadium at Mile High!

Holiday Brass at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex 
Dec 22, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Brian Buerkle, conductor
Colorado Symphony Brass & Percussion. Holiday Brass is our festive tradition featuring the best of brass! Witness the brilliance and power of the Colorado Symphony brass in a resounding program of seasonal ballads, carols, and more. Whether it comes from the vitality of the Renaissance, the glory of the Baroque, or the nostalgic jubilation in the music of Hollywood’s most popular Christmas movies, Holiday Brass will end your 2019 on a high note.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage at Paramount Theatre 
Dec 22, 2:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new touring production A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage!

Scotty Wiese Mile High Magic at Bovine Metropolis Theater 
Dec 22, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mile High Magic is an unforgettable theater experience presented by world-renowned magician Scotty Wiese. What makes Mile High Magic so unique is the tremendous way Scotty blends magic and his life experiences to tell stories, form a community, and motivate others to chase their own dreams.

Sensory-friendly Home for the Holidays 2019 at Lone Tree Arts Center 
Dec 22, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holidays are about traditions, so continue yours with hometown favorite Home for the Holidays. There’s something for everyone in this family-friendly holiday spectacular: dancers, singers, drummers, holiday songs, and of course, a celebrity appearance by you know who! With a revised storyline for 2019, Home for the Holidays is sure to delight and put you in the holiday spirit.

Twas the Night Before Christmas at Paramount Theatre 
Dec 24, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Start a brand new holiday tradition with your family at this not-to-be-missed show! When Santa’s Naughty and Nice list goes missing, a few dancing mice, a little girl and a wacky elf need to save the day before Santa boards his sleigh!

Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans at Pepsi Center 
Dec 25, 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans at Pepsi Center.

Jim Brickman – A Christmas Celebration at Paramount Theatre 
Dec 27, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Jim Brickman returns to Denver this Christmas to wow the crowd with his uplifting, family-friendly, holiday concert tradition. “Jim Brickman A Christmas Celebration” LIVE, at the Paramount Theatre on Friday, December 27, 2019.

ONGOING EVENTS

Blossoms of Light at Denver Botanic Gardens
Nov. 29, 2019 – Jan. 3, 2020
IThe Gardens’ signature event for over three decades, this annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms our York Street location into a twinkling winter wonderland. With fresh and exciting new features, along with some fan favorites, this year’s display is brighter and more expansive than ever before. Join us for this family-friendly event that has become a holiday tradition for thousands of Front Range families. botanicgardens.org

Santa’s Village at Chatfield Farms
Nov. 29 – Dec. 15
Santa and his friends transform Chatfield Farms into a magical village! Hop on the hayride to catch a short movie at Santa’s Cinema or walk under the magical light displays. Stop at Elf Boulevard to drop off your letters to Santa. Let the kids play in a real elf house and see the elves hard at work. Enter a life-size snow globe.www.botanicgardens.org

Fetch Holiday Markets at Denver Sports Castle
Nov. 30 – Dec. 15
For three weekends this winter, that gigantic, historic building on Broadway will be your home for all things holly-jolly. This is so much more than shopping, though. We’re filling it with festive drinks, activities, and gifts for everyone on your list! It’s going to be the kind of Christmas party you wish your company could throw — with hundreds of makers, artists, creators and YOU. thisisfetch.com/holiday-markets

A Christmas Carol at Simpich Showcase
Nov. 8 – Dec. 4
A CHRISTMAS CAROL’s timeless narrative is brought to life with sparkling vitality on the Simpich stage with over twenty handmade marionette actors animated by Dickens himself. In this original adaptation by puppeteer David Simpich, Ebenezer Scrooge is launched into and transformed by a night of delightful and poignant Christmas remembrances and foreboding forecasts. The outcome is both a continuing inspiration and celebration of the Promise of the Season. tickets.vendini.com

Camp Christmas at the Hangar at Stanley Marketplace
Nov. 21, 2019 – Jan 5, 2020
Not for the faint of festivity, this over-the-top indoor immersive installation turns the holiday spirit all the way up with mesmerizing displays of decorations that shift time and reality. Camp Christmas is Denver’s newest holiday experience, where yuletide traditions of the past and present get merrily mashed together in a massive 10,000-square-foot wonderland. It’s not just pretty lights and mistletoe. denvercenter.org

A Christmas Carol – The Musical  at Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
Nov. 22, 2019 – Dec 22, 2019
Bring the whole family to enjoy this holiday classic,  Charles Dickens’ classic tale takes us on a journey to the past, present and future this holiday season! With music by Alan Menken ( Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid ) and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical ), this musical version of curmudgeonly Ebenezer Scrooge’s life and ultimate redemption is the perfect holiday tradition for the entire family. christkindlmarketdenver.com

A Hudson Christmas
Nov. 29 – Dec. 31
A Hudson Christmas has become a holiday tradition for thousands of families and friends from across the Denver area! Walk arm-in-arm with loved ones at this winter wonderland decorated with thousands of outdoor lights. Explore the trails where bursts of light and color wrap around trees, shimmer on bodies of water, illuminate happy faces, and bring a twinkle to your eye. Share your holiday wish list with Santa Claus, watch Christmas trees dance to holiday music, sip a steaming cup of hot chocolate, and stop for photo opportunities along the way. www.altitudetickets.com

The Nutcracker at Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Nov. 30 -Dec. 29
Audiences simply can’t get enough of Colorado Ballet’s acclaimed production of The Nutcracker. Returning for its 59th season, this beloved holiday favorite sells out every year. Experience this whimsical trip to the sugar plum kingdom where magical dances come alive. Secure your seats early for this holiday tradition as most performances fill up prior to opening night. tickets.coloradoballet.org

Christkindl Market at Skyline Park
Nov 22, 2019 – Dec 23, 2019
This annual event brings authentic German and European holiday traditions to Denver! This market opens every year on the Friday before Thanksgiving, and lasts through the 23rd of December. Guests can find delicious cuisine, festive German drinks, handmade jewelry, toys, clothing, gifts and much more. Live entertainment is featured inside the festival tent every evening, and dancing is highly encouraged!

Ella Enchanted at the Arvada Center
October 11-December 29, 2019
Join Ella as we journey to the fairytale land of Frell on a path to self-discovery! The stage musical of Ella Enchanted has recently been adapted from the beloved Newbery Honor book by Gail Carson Levine. Ella must navigate her world with the “gift” of complete obedience given by her misguided fairy godmother. Adventures will ensue with ogres, giants, elves, wicked stepsisters, and true friends that help Ella find her voice! These whimsical characters make this a captivating tale for children and adults of all ages. arvadacenter.org/ella-enchanted

Christmas in Color at Water World
Nov. 22 – Jan. 4
Load up your friends and family into the van (or car, or truck) and experience Christmas like never before. Drive through acres of more than 1.5 million lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music you’ll hear right through your radio. You’ll drive by giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways and more. It’s like being immersed in another world. In fact, we won’t judge you if you join the kids with your face pressed against the window. www.showclix.com

Night Light Denver at the Daniels & Fisher Tower
Nov. 7 – Jan. 31, 2020
The Denver Theatre District’s ongoing, year-round projection mapping installation will be projected on the Arapahoe Street side of the Daniels & Fisher Tower every Thursday through Saturday evening. Night Lights Denver will include rotating content, designed by artists and the community, featuring a wide range of art. nightlightsdenver.com

Mile High Tree
Nov. 30 – Jan. 31
Denver’s holiday season just got bigger and brighter with the spectacular new Mile High Tree! Experience the Mile High Tree by stepping inside this brilliantly lit, 110-foot tall immersive holiday tree, opening November 30 in Sculpture Park at Denver Performing Arts Complex – free every evening for the whole family! Amazing lights and music shows take place every 30 minutes along with holiday treats, drinks and photo ops. www.denver.org/milehighholidays/tree

Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park
Nov. 26, 2019 – Feb 16, 2020
The Downtown Denver Partnership proudly invites you and your family to join us at the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park – Downtown’s destination for fun this winter. Winter of 2019 celebrates one decade of the Downtown Denver Rink which offers free ice skating seven days a week from November to February.  Entry is free! Skate rentals are $7 for kids 12 & under and $9 for adults 13 & older. Purchase your season pass at the Rink for $35 for kids 12 and under and $50 for adults. Skaters are welcome to bring their own skates.

Goodnight Moon at the DPAC/The Randy Weeks Conservatory Theatre
October 4, 2019 – February 16, 2020
A musical twist on the beloved bedtime story. For the past 72 years, families around the world have made Goodnight Moon a part of their bedtime ritual. Now, the beloved children’s book comes to life on stage for a musical adventure! As the clock strikes seven o’clock, it’s time for Bunny to go to sleep. Say goodnight with magical moments filled with songs, kittens and mittens, bears and chairs, a red balloon, a quiet old lady, and – of course – the moon in this delightful tale. denvercenter.org

Zoo Lights: Illuminated with Life
Nov. 29 – Dec 30
Zoo Lights celebrates its 29th year as one of Denver’s most beloved and popular holiday traditions. To protect the magic of the season tickets are limited by date and issued for a one-hour entry time window. Most evenings sell out in advance and tickets will not be available at the door for evenings that sell out. www.denverzoo.org/events/zoolights/

Denver Pavilions’ Holiday Carousel at 16th Street Mall and Glenarm Place
Dec. 20 – Jan. 2
The Denver Pavilions’ Holiday Carousel returns to Downtown Denver. This year the Blue Knights Brass Ensemble will kick off the season with a free performance in front of the carousel at 2 pm on Sat. December 21. Rides will be offered for a nominal fee of $3 or free with a voucher from any Denver Pavilions’ merchant or community partner. Food Bank of the Rockies has once again been chosen as Denver Pavilions’ designated charity partner for the attraction. Partial proceeds from rides will be donated to this vital charity within the community that helps fight food insecurity in the area. denverpavilions.com

Olde Golden Christmas
Nov. 30 – Dec. 31
Each year during the holiday season, Golden takes a step back in time. Back to a simpler time of strong family traditions and small-town holiday celebrations. The authentic and historic main street of Golden will be the central festive location for Olde Golden Christmas, a city-wide, month-long celebration from November 30th to December 31st including a candlelight walk, holiday art market, live theater, a dazzling light display along Clear Creek, Santa encounters, shopping, dining, and so much more. visitgolden.com/olde-golden-christmas/

A Very Vintage Holiday Show at The Galleria at the Arts Complex
Dec. 5-21
This delightful show is a tribute to Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters, during the nostalgic White Christmas era. A Very Vintage Holiday blends upbeat vocal harmonies and engaging showmanship with a little bit of comedy and plenty of nostalgic holiday tunes to provide festive entertainment for all ages. Featuring The Denver Dolls and s12pecial guests, this show will warm any Colorado heart on even the coldest winter day!  These are FREE events presented by The Next Stage NOW. www.artscomplex.com

  Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits at Denver Museum of Nature and Science
September 13, 2019 – April 12, 2020
“Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits” takes guests inside the minds and bodies of extreme athletes to explore the psychology, physiology and physicality of some of the most extreme activities in the world. In this high-energy exhibition, guests experience the thrill of extreme sports in exciting, interactive exhibits and immersive environments. Meet passionate athletes, hear their incredible stories and take in the artistry, motivation and thoughtfulness that goes into everything they do. dmns.org
 
Tiger Encounter at the Denver Zoo
Nov. 8 – Dec. 31, 2019
Experience The EDGE through the eyes of a tiger! This tour will take you behind the scenes at The Edge, Denver Zoo’s Amur tiger exhibit. You will get an up close view of a training session with one of The Edge’s resident tigers and learn from animal care experts about what they do every day to ensure that these cats receive the best care. You’ll be in awe of the amazing relationship animal care staff have with these 400-pound furry felines! Please note that because of safety regulations, guests will not receive direct contact with the tigers, but rather will get a closer look than public perspective allows with exclusive access and interactions. denverzoo.org
 
Christmas at Gaylord Rockies
Nov 22, 2019 – Jan 5, 2020
The season-long experience will include ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a larger-than-life ice sculpture adventure; exclusive Cirque Dreams Holidaze theatrical performances; ice skating, tubing and bumper cars; a Naughty or Nice Escape Room; character breakfast; family-friendly activities; and themed décor with an impressive holiday light display. marriott.com
 
Images from the Tracks at the Colorado Railroad Museum
January 28, 2019 – January 5, 2020
One of the foremost photographers to photograph the great American West, William Henry Jackson’s images had an immense influence on the public’s perception of the American West. A portion of those images were captured here in Colorado as Jackson traveled throughout the west by rail. This exhibit not only showcases the Museum’s collection of Jackson photographs but provides visitors with the opportunity to visit the rail car he traveled and lived in – the Denver & Rio Grande Western business car – the Rico.

Marine Biologist for a Day at the Downtown Aquarium
Jan 1- Dec 31, 2019
See if you have what it takes to become a Marine Biologist! Spend a day behind the scenes where all the scientific action happens. Experience close encounters with exotic species from the deep sea to shallow reef and everywhere in between. You’ll even get to dissect a squid! Program includes guided tour, biologist dive show, squid dissection, animal feedings and much more! T-shirts & lunch included.

First Light Family Space at the Denver Art Museum
June 1-Dec. 31, 2019
Step into the shining world of the new First Light Family Space and try hands-on activities inspired by the exhibition, The Light Show. Trace a shadow, make a mirror, play with patterns and create a colorful city. The museum of free for kids under 18 for kids. Have fun learning about artwork with gallery games similar to I spy, bingo, and memory matching with Gallery Games. Create Playdate’s artmaking with little ones is on the second Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. DenverArtMuseum.org.

The Colorado Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” Invites You to be Part of the Magic

Duct tape. Hot glue. Gallons of paint, emergency patches, and even vodka. As you watch ballet dancers perform in The Colorado Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, most of the costumes and sets are being held together with items you might see in a hardware store. With skillful lighting and the view from the audience, you are probably unaware that the gorgeous flouncy and dreamy costumes are more than thirty years old. 

Not only are they thirty years old, they came to Denver via the San Francisco Ballet in 2005. Imagine the athletic demands of leaping around in delicate, hand-sewn thirty-year-old clothes every day in December. Principal dancers, Chandra Kuykendall, Francisco Estevez, and Asuka Sasaki shared stories of how costume mishaps affect performances. While they are seasoned professionals who know how to handle pressure, they tell tales of fingers getting trapped in fraying threads and the Nutcracker doll breaking at inopportune moments. When you watch scenes with masked dancers, know they have to wear goggles underneath because of little bits of foam that flake off into their eyes. Mother Ginger is literally held together with painted duct tape. Kuykendall, who recently announced her retirement after this season, expressed there are sentimental attachments to the costumes and sets, but it’s time for a change. 

The Colorado Ballet has launched a campaign to raise funds for brand new costumes and sets called Go Fund the Magic. 2020 will mark the 60th-anniversary production of The Nutcracker. The hope, according to Artistic Director Gil Boggs, is that new costumes and sets will last another thirty years. With proper storage in a new climate-controlled facility, the $2.5 million investment will ensure a new generation of The Nutcracker fans will be able to enjoy high quality, deeply artistic production that remains part of a beloved holiday tradition. 

Why do tulle and sequins cost so much? Again, quality. The Colorado Ballet needs 300 hand-sewn costumes. They are to be created in five shops around the United States, including a shop here in Colorado. The current Sugarplum Fairy costume, for example, cost $7,000. Seeing it close, the detail and care in construction is stunning. Likewise, the enormous set, with backdrops, props, and whimsical touches are to be handmade in the US. 

If you and your family are among the 60,000 audience members who attend a performance of The Nutcracker each year, you might be attached to the current costumes and sets. They become familiar friends. The quirky owl clock, the magic gift boxes, the growing Christmas tree, the old-fashioned glow of candlelight — you don’t want to imagine the experience without these elements. Boggs assures ballet-goers that they are keeping the Victorian style alive. It’s exciting to anticipate what the renowned designers, partnered with The Colorado Ballet will dream up for next year’s production. 

There are still tickets available to watch The Nutcracker’s final season using the current costumes and sets. They have served Colorado well for so many years. 

You can partner with The Colorado Ballet as they crowdfund a small portion of what they need to complete this project. Most of the $2.5 million will come from ticket sales and donations. Through Go Fund the Magic you can be a part of the historic effort to bring The Nutcracker into the 2020s and beyond. Click to learn more about the effort. There’s a great video that explains the campaign with dancer testimonies and close-up shots of the deteriorating costumes. Imagine sitting in the audience a year from now when the curtain rises on a new era for the production — and your generosity is forever a part of the magical holiday scene that unfolds. 

Stay at The Broadmoor for cheap with this deal!

It’s no secret that The Broadmoor is my family’s favorite destination in Colorado. We are 10 years strong with our semi-annual visit and I have been fortunate to write for their magazine the past several years. The Forbes Five Star/AAA Five Diamond luxury resort corners the market so many of our family’s favorite memories–from lounging at the outdoor pool to adventuring with Broadmoor Outfitters to bowling at PLAY.

Lest you think a visit to The Broadmoor has to break the bank, think again!

The Broadmoor’s Colorado Appreciation Offer is back for January 2020, offering classic room accommodations starting at $149/night. 

Along with the appreciation rate, the resort will sprinkle in special events throughout the month. January 17 marks the 100th Anniversary of enacting Prohibition, and in the spirit of Mr. Spencer Penrose (The Broadmoor founder who famously opposed Prohibition — the man loved drinking so much he had a bloodshot glass eyeball made to match his real eye when he was drunk or hungover – you can see the glass eyeball in a case in the lobby!), The Broadmoor will be offering different Prohibition cocktails at each of the restaurants and lounges at a special of two for $19.20. 

Throughout January, a special three-course, prix fixe menu will be available during the first hour of service at both The Broadmoor’s popular Italian restaurant, Ristorante del Lago, and guest favorite Summit for $45.00 ++ per person. 

Plus, The Broadmoor has a variety of complimentary activities available throughout the month from cooking and cocktail demonstrations to fly casting and tying, indoor golf clinics, ballroom dance classes, cosmic bowling (at the resort’s own six-lane bowling alley), photography skills workshops, and more. 

To book: 

https://www.broadmoor.com/special-packages/offers/colorado-appreciation-offer/