Holiday Cooking Class: Quick and Easy New Year’s Brunch
Dec. 19, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Whole Foods Tamarac, 7400 E. Hampden Ave., Denver. Start your New Year with traditional good-luck foods from around the world, including Black-Eyed Peas with Greens and Sausage and Pomegranate-Cranberry Cake. Reserve a spot at the customer service desk.
Santa’s Village at Vistas Court, Park Meadows
Through Dec. 13, Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Dec. 14 – Dec. 21, Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Dec. 22 – Dec. 23, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Dec. 24, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Park Meadows Shopping Center, 8465 S Park Meadows Center Drive, Lone Tree. Explore the lighted village on the way to see Santa in the Vistas Court. Discover a whole new Santa experience with singing reindeer, Santa’s symphony and Santa’s Super Sleigh. Info: 303-792-2999.
A Hudson Christmas
Dec. 13 – 31, 5 p.m., Hudson Garden and Event Center, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. A walk-through holiday lighting display featuring more than 250,000 lights, visits with Santa Claus, and seasonal food and beverages. Advance tickets can be purchased at TicketHorse.com or at the box office on any night of the show. For more information go to hudsonchristmas.org.
Blossoms of Light
Through Jan. 1, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., 1007 York St., Denver. Animated light sculptures and elaborate displays synchronized to holiday songs, along with illuminated plants and trees. Visit www.botanicgardens.org.
Trail of Lights
Through Jan. 1, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton. Colorful light displays with a cozy country aesthetic. The 1880s Hildebrand Ranch homestead is decorated with a vintage Colorado Christmas theme. The barn and antique tractors are also illuminated, along with the children’s play area and tree house that are synchronized to holiday music. Call 303-973-3705.
Stor-Mor Self-Storage of Littleton Holiday Food Drive
Through December, 8145 W. Grand Ave., Littleton. Help local families by donating non-perishable food items. Bring in items to the office and staff will distribute them to those in need.
Colorado Gerontological Society Holiday Food Basket Drive
Dec. 19 – 20, 3 – 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1375 Grant St, Denver. Donations of food and gift items are accepted during these times. If you can provide a collection site or want to coordinate a large donation, contact CGS, 3006 E. Colfax Ave., Denver. Volunteers are needed Dec. 19-21 to assemble the gift baskets, sort and pack, make holiday cards, and deliver the baskets.
Metro Brokers Southeast Suburban Office Toy Drive
Through Dec. 19, Toys accepted, 6025 S. Quebec St., Suite 100, Centennial. Dec. 19, 4:30 p.m., party to wrap all of this year’s toys; Dec. 20, the toys will be delivered to the Volunteers of America’s Colorado Branch location. Dec. 23, 9 a.m. Volunteers of America’s Colorado Branch will hand out 2,000 food baskets, and Santa will give the toys to the children. Volunteers needed for wrapping, call 303-740-8100 for details.
Silent Hunger for the Holidays Basketball Tournament
Dec. 14, 9 a.m., Buck Recreation Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton. Men and women 18 and older compete in a 3 vs. 3, 6-game guarantee. Individual awards will be given for first place. Prize drawings and contests included. Registration deadline Dec. 12. Take advantage of reduced team fees, with a donation of non-perishable food items to benefit Inter-Faith Community Services. Register today at www.sspr.org, or contact Butchr@sspr.org or call 303-483-7028.
Christy Wessler Christmas Concert
Dec. 13, 7 p.m. at Hampden Hall in the Englewood City Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway. Tickets are available online at www.bighaired.com or call the show’s producer, Judy Duran, at 720-270-5767. Tickets are $15 for adult, $7.50 for children age 12 and younger.
Cherry Hills Village Holiday Tree Lighting
Dec. 13, 6 – 8 p.m., Village Center, 2450 E. Quincy Ave., Cherry Hills Village. Tree-lighting, face painting, Mayor’s tree lighting ceremony, hayrides, warm chili, hot cocoa, cider and cookies.
Christmas Candlelight Services
Dec. 15, 2 p.m., Fairmount Cemetery, 430 S. Quebec St., Denver. 303-399-0692.
Holiday Gift Class: Holiday Body Scrubs
Dec. 18, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Whole Foods Tamarac, 7400 E. Hampden Ave., Denver. Make your own body and facial scrubs to create beautiful, inexpensive gifts. Class will include three different scrubs. Reserve a spot at the customer service desk.
Cherry Creek Nursing Center Resident and Family Holiday Party
Dec. 14, 2 – 4 p.m., Cherry Creek Nursing Center, 14699 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora. Open to the public.
‘Santa Needs a Holiday’
Through Dec. 28, 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. shows added Nov. 30, Heritage Square Music Hall Children’s Theatre, 18301 W. Colfax D-103, Golden. Note: The Music Hall closes for good after this show. For reservations, call 303-279-7800 or visit www.hsmusichall.com.
Through Dec. 24, Garner Galleria, 14th and Curtis streets, Denver. Denver Center Attractions is thrilled to present Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s The Santaland Diaries. Local favorite Matt Zambrano dons the candy-cane tights, bringing to life David Sedaris’ hilarious real-life story of working as an “elf” in Macy’s SantaLand. Filled with holiday hijinks and biting insights into the absurdities of the holiday season. Tickets at www.denvercenter.org or call 303-893-9582.
‘A Christmas Carol’
Through Dec. 29, Stage Theater, Denver Performing Arts Center, 14th and Curtis streets, Denver. Dickens’ classic holiday tale comes to life. Tickets at www.denvercenter.org.
‘Comfort and Joy’
Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 14, 2 p.m., University of Denver – Newman Center, 2344 E. Iliff Ave. Featuring Sound of the Rockies, 12-time Rocky Mountain District Champion with special guests the men’s chorus from Colorado Christian University and the McPhy Quartet. Tickets on sale now at www.newmantix.com/sor.
‘Christmas at the Ranch’
Dec. 13 – 15, Cherry Hills Community Church, 3900 Grace Boulevard, Highlands Ranch. Tickets/info at www.chcc.org, 303-791-4100.
‘Something Young: Holiday Sing-Along’
Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m., Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 E. Alameda Ave., Denver. Presented by Augustana Arts, The Colorado Women’s Chorale with the Mile High Youth Choir. The program includes Barrington Bunny’s Holiday Surprise! an upbeat adaptation of the story of a special Christmas adventure set to music. Tickets at www.augustanaarts.org or 303-388-4962.
Dec. 20 7:30 pm, Dec. 21 2:30 and 6 pm, Dec. 22, 2:30 pm, Boettcher Concert Hall, 14th and Curtis streets, Denver. Annual spectacular showcasing the Colorado Children’s Chorale, and Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Visit www.coloradosymphony.org.
The Brass of Christmas Past with Legacy Quartet
Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 22, 2:30 p.m., Newman Center for the Performing Arts, University of Denver, 2344 E. Iliff Ave. Visit www.DenverBrass.org or call 303-832-4676.
‘Too Hot To Handel’
Dec. 28 – 29, 7:30 pm, Boettcher Concert Hall, 14th and Curtis streets, Denver. This exuberant jazz, gospel and R&B-infused concert brilliantly reinvents Handel’s Messiah. Featuring guest soloists and the Too Hot To Handel Chorus, including members of the New Hope Baptist Church in Denver. Visit www.coloradosymphony.org.
Lone Tree Golf Club to host New Year’s Eve party
Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m., Lone Tree Golf Club, 9808 Sunningdale Boulevard, Lone Tree. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, including carved beef, leg of lamb, a festive salmon display and a selection of desserts. $160 per couple, plus tax and service fee. Reservations required. Call 303-790-0202.
New Years Eve for Kids with Social and Learning Issues
Dec. 31, 7 p.m. – Jan. 1, 10 a.m., Littleton. Open to kids 11 – 19 with issues of Asperger’s, high-functioning autism, NVLD, ADD/ADHD and other learning disabilities. Pre-registration required, 888-550-3111 or www.coloradoweekender.com.
Pajama Party Pics with Santa
Dec. 17, 6 – 8 p.m., Park Meadows Shopping Center. Children are invited to wear pajamas for their photos with Santa.
Savings and Santa
Dec. 14, 9 a.m. – noon, Metrum Community Credit Union, 6980 S. Holly Circle, Centennial. Activities include a free photo with Santa (bring your own camera too), learn about savings goals and make your own money jar. All new youth accounts opened by Dec. 31 will receive $25 to fund the account. For information, call 303-770-4468 or visit www.metrumcu.org.
Santa’s Back Room
Through Dec. 21, Thrift Mart at 1331 E. Colfax, Denver. Shoppers will find extraordinary bargains on all holiday items: hand-crafted wreathes, table decorations, aprons, potholders, hats, scarves, wrapping paper, ornaments, cards, Santa’s, angels, tinsel, trees and lights. Fundraiser for Assistance League of Denver. For more information or to make a donation, call 303-322-5205 or visit www.denver.assistanceleague.org.
A Colorado Dickens Faire
Dec. 13 – 15, Friday, 11 a.m. -9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Merchandise Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave., Denver. Set in a turn of the century Victorian village, the event will feature over 100 costumed vendors selling, arts, crafts, and thousands of gift items under $25. Music, food (including food tastings, pudding pies and grog), and entertainment will be provided. Partial proceeds help the local Red Cross and www.olivebranchministries.net helping children in Rwanda & Uganda.
Young Entrepreneurs Marketplace
Dec. 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Young Americans Center – Belmar, 401 S. Pierce St. Shop for hundreds of unique gifts created for entrepreneurs ages 6 – 21, Visit www.yacenter.org.
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