Colorado Gerontological Society Holiday Food Basket Drive
Dec. 18 – 19, 3 -7 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1375 Grant St, Denver. Donations of food and gift items are accepted during the times and at the location listed. Volunteers are needed Dec. 18-20 to assemble the gift baskets, sort and pack, make holiday cards, and deliver the baskets.
Littleton Small Business Saturday & Elf Crawl
Nov. 29, 7 – 10 p.m., Shopping, drinks, elf hat, commemorative cup, benefits inter-faith community services. Tickets and info: www.LittletonROCKS.com.
Your Keys to the City
Nov. 28 – Dec. 30, Stop to play one of the five winter-themed painted pianos along the 16th Street Mall. The pianos for Your Keys to the City are available for the public to play from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Denver
Southwest Rink at Skyline Park
Nov. 25 – Feb. 16, Skyline Park is the place for family fun this holiday season. Skaters are welcome to bring their own skates or rent a pair for just $2. The carousel runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit www.DenverPavilions.com for more information.
Christmas Bird Count
Dec. 5, 9 a.m. – noon, Audubon Center at Chatfield. Free for all levels and experience levels, $5 suggested donation appreciated. Visit www.denveraudubon.org/programs/family-programs.
Dec. 12 — 6 – 8 p.m., The Annual Cherry Hills Village Holiday Tree Lighting Event, 2450 E. Quincy Ave, Free painting, family hayrides, warm chili & cookies, hot cocoa and cider, tree lighting.
Denver Pavilions’ Holiday Carousel
Dec. 12 – 21, located at Denver Pavilions (500 16th Street), the new carousel will enhance your Downtown Denver holiday experience and create memories for years to come. Free rides will be given from Denver Pavilions restaurants, retailers and entertainment venues with purchase, and from select Downtown hotel partners. Support the Food Bank of the Rockies with the “A Can for the Carousel” campaign, where visitors are invited to donate a can of food for a free ride.
The Longest Night
Dec 12, 5:30 p.m. For many, the Christmas season presents difficult feelings where there is grief, loss, health struggles, unemployment and other life challenges. You are invited to come and worship on one of the longest nights of the calendar year. This service of scripture and carols, under the light of candles, makes space for our brokenness and calls us to hope in the midst of darkness. After this service of healing and wholeness, please join us for soup in the Fellowship Hall.
Get Into the Holiday Spirit
Dec. 13, 7 p.m., Swallow Hill, 71 E Yale Ave, Tickets available online at www.swallowhillmusic.org, by calling 303-777-1003, or at the Swallow Hill box office. Tickets $14/adult, $10/children in advance or $16 and $12 the day of the show.
Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus
Dec. 13, 20, 23 and 24, 9 – 11 a.m., The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S Peoria St, Parker. Elegant Breakfast Buffet, with Bloody Marys and mimosas will available for adults for an additional charge. Kids will have a chance to make festive crafts and give their lists to Santa in person. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 720-488-3344 and visit www.TheWildlifeExperiece.org for more information.
Gracious…Charming…Relaxing Holiday Tours and Teas at Luxurious, Historic Denver Mansions
The Byers-Evans House will host teas on Dec. 6, 8, 10 and 15 at 1:30 p.m. A special Children’s Tea will be held on Dec. 20. Grant Humphreys Mansion teas will be held on Sundays, Dec. 14, 21 and 28. At Byers-Evans enjoy tea sandwiches, scones, fruit and desserts. The afternoon begins with a tour of the home which has been beautifully restored to the 1912 and 1924 time periods. Holiday decorations will adorn each of the rooms of this beautiful historic Denver landmark. Tea at the Grant-Humphreys Mansion sets just the right mood for group celebrations, birthdays, showers, mother-daughter outings or for simply taking time to enjoy a cherished friendship. $25/adults; $18/children 12 and under, $20/ History Colorado members. Reservations are required call 303-620-4933 to reserve a spot.
Colorado Women’s Chorale Holiday Sing-Along
Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 E. Alameda Ave., Denver, the Colorado Women’s Chorale celebrates the season with a Holiday Sing-Along. Tickets are two for $20 and children under 6 are free and are available online at www.augustanaarts.org or by calling 303-388-4962. Get ready to sing aloud as the CWC are joined by the Mile High Youth Choir for this new family tradition of a fun Sing Along through all your favorite holiday songs such as. “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Joy to the World,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and many others. And be advised that Santa sightings are possible!
Dec. 21, The 40th annual TubaChristmas Concert, produced by the University of Colorado at Denver’s Arts & Media Department, will take place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Skyline Park at 17th & Arapahoe. Featuring 300 tuba players from all over the region, TubaChristmas is one of the most celebrated and longest-running holiday festivities in Colorado.
Grand Illumination to light up Downtown Denver
Nov. 28 starting at 6 p.m. The festive occasion from Denver Union Station to the City & County Building, including the 16th Street Mall, Skyline Park, the D&F Tower and more. Performers will entertain the crowd from 6 – 7 p.m., including MIX, The University of Colorado Denver’s elite a cappella group; CU Buffoons, the oldest a cappella group at the University of Colorado at Boulder; and SOAR, a youth and adult choir offering a unique opportunity for at-risk youth to be mentored by adult performers. Benjamin Wood, baritone with the Boulder Opera Company, will perform the finale. The City and County Building lighting display is entirely lit with LED lights and uses an estimated one-third of the energy it did in previous years. The building will be illuminated at 5:45 p.m. nightly through Jan. 25, 2015.
Farolito Lighting & Pinecone Ceremony
Nov. 30. 4:30 – 6 p.m., The Fort Restaurant, 19192 Colorado 8, Morrison. Honoring Dr. Alexa Roberts, Superintendent of the National Park Service Sand Creek Massacre site and Old Bent’s Fort The Tesoro Cultural Center will celebrate the Southwestern tradition of lighting the farolitos, or paper lanterns, in the courtyard of The Fort. Live music, complimentary apple cider, coffee and biscochitos provided by The Fort. Remember to bring a pinecone! Visit www.TesoroCulturalCenter.org to learn more about the Pinecone Ceremony.
Dec. 5 – Jan. 4, 5:30-9 p.m., 2300 Steele St., Denver. Denver Zoo is also offering an online discount for the first time to help guests avoid long lines. Largest lighting display in the Rocky Mountain region. Visit www.denverzoo.org.
Englewood Holiday Parade
Dec. 6. Contact 303-789-4473 to participate.
Greater Englewood Chamber Holiday Celebration
Dec. 2, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Community Banks of Colorado, 3501 S. Broadway, Denver. Info: 303-789-4473.
Greater Englewood Chamber Holiday Party
Dec. 11, Englewood City Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway. RSVP by Dec. 3, 303-789-4473. Donations respectfully requested, gift certificates, theater cards, and sporting events.
‘A Holiday Dinner with Charles Dickens’
Dec. 4, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Cherokee Ranch and Castle Great Hall, Sedalia. Local actor David Skipper will bring the celebrated writer to life as he explores the meaning of Christmas with readings from A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist and some of his lesser-known holiday classics. The evening includes a dinner buffet, dessert and coffee reception and a tour of the Castle. Reservations at 303-688-4600.
‘A Colorado Choir Christmas’
Dec. 5 – 6, 7:30 p.m., Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 E. Alameda Ave., Denver. Open reception following Dec. 5 performance. Features “Holy is God” by CPE Bach and works by Olaf F. Melius and Paul Christiansen Kelly Parmenter, Conductor. Tickets at 303-892-5922 or online at www.augustanaarts.org.
‘Songs of Angels: Rutter’s Gloria’
Dec. 7, 7 p.m., Sanctuary, Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. Special guest artists, The Boulder Brass, will join the Chancel Choir of Littleton UMC. After festive carol singing, the centerpiece of the evening will be Rutter’s splendid Gloria Admission is free, info at littletonumc.org or call 303-794-6379.
‘Classic, Choirs and Holiday Cheer’
Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. Littleton Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert will feature pianist Simon Shu and Young Voices of Colorado. Tickets at www.littletonsymphony.org.
Holiday Cookie Tin Sale
Dec. 5 – 6, 10:30 a.m., Cherry Creek Nursing Center, 14699 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora. Wide variety of cookies and baked goods. Info: Michelle Cassidy, 720-363-7432.
Merry Widows Christmas Luncheon
Dec 5, noon, Merry Widows Fellowship for all single women will host their annual Christmas Luncheon and Bingo on Friday, December 5 at Wellshire Church. To RSVP please send $15 to Virginia Warner by November 29. She can be reached through the church office at 303-758-2233.
Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair
Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Goodson Recreation Center, 6315 S. University Blvd., Centennial. The juried show features 76 of Colorado’s finest crafters offering unique handmade items, ideal for gift giving. 303-483-7016.
‘Adopt- a-Family or Senior’ Seek Sponsors
Dec. 15, noon, deadline to drop off sponsorship donations, 5844 S. Datura St., Littleton. South Metro Housing Options is seeking community sponsors to adopt families (sponsors choose family size) or a senior or disabled resident to assist. Sponsors are provided with “Wish Lists” and program information. For more information or to be a sponsor contact Kathie Covell, Resident Services Manager, at 303-794-3276 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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