12/2016

Saturday, December 10, 2016
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Breakfast with Santa

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Tue, 12/06/2016 - 11:43am

Join Mr. and Mrs. Claus for a traditional breakfast buffet consisting of a Denver omelet bake, biscuits and peppered gravy, sausage, potatoes, ham, and French toast. For the parents, Bloody Marys and mimosas are available to sip on while the kids make festive crafts and give their wish lists to Santa. Saturdays, times vary.

Christmas Cookie Exchange

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Wed, 10/05/2016 - 1:44pm

There might be no finer pairing than the holiday season and an abundance of sweet treats. With the help of Escoffier's professional chefs, learn the art of crafting Christmas brittle, classic toffee, peppermint bark, and rocky road fudge. Your holiday guests will thank you. Sat 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Jackalope: An Indie Artisan Market

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 10/17/2016 - 5:49pm

Discover must-haves you didn’t know you needed at this weekend-long artisanal market. Over 150 indie vendors, including Boulder fashion store Rainbow Feather, Bjorn’s Colorado Honey, and Two Ravens Soap Company, will be in attendance to help you find the perfect ways to treat your friends and family (and yourself!) this holiday season. In addition to the wide selection of original fashion and jewelry, ceramics and papers goods, and home decor and housewares, ticket holders can learn how to design their own jewelry and candles in a series of on-site workshops. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Jingle Bell Run

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 5:02pm

It's not all about the (jingle) bells and whistles at this annual holiday fun run. Sport your holiday best for a shot at the "Best Costume" title (there's also an award for most festive four-legged friends), and get ready for a smooth 5K course that runs from South High School to Washington Park. The top three finishers in each age group will receive medals, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Arthritis Foundation, which provides funding for research, educational classes, and resources for those affected by arthritis. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Family Gingerbread Workshop

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 2:22pm

Kids are sure to know the colorful candy and frosting décor of the gingerbread house, but it’s time to get to know the plants that make up that spicy cinnamon drywall. Learn how ginger, cloves, and nutmeg distinguish this iconic holiday treat, and then taste those seasonings with some cookies samples. Each child will create a gingerbread house of his or her own to take home and enjoy. Sat-Sun, 10 a.m., 2 p.m.    

—Image courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens

Ink On Your Shirt: Kids Fabric Screenprint Workshop

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 2:20pm

If every inch of your fridge is covered with your children’s artistic creations, it’s time to discover a new way to display their work. This workshop will teach ages six and older how to transpose their drawings onto T-shirts, hoodies, pillowcases, tote bags, and other flat fabric items with the shop’s printing presses. You’ll need to bring up to eight of your own items to adorn (or buy some at the Ink Lounge retail shop), but Goldfish crackers, fruit snacks, and Kool-Aid refreshments will be provided. Sat 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

—Image courtesy of Stu Alden, Ink Lounge

Antique Row Holiday Open House

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 12/06/2016 - 11:57am

Stop by Denver's most popular antiquing destination for an afternoon of holiday shopping and seasonal celebrations. Peruse the 7 blocks of shops for their specials on rugs, garden supplies, handmade picture frames, and more, enjoy caroling performances from students at Golden High School, and take a photo with Santa in his antique sleigh. You'll even have the chance to feed one of Santa's reindeer as you enjoy Broadway's holiday lights. Sat noon-6 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Santa Speedo Dash

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Wed, 12/07/2016 - 4:40pm

This one-mile dash is the perfect reason to bring your Speedo out of storage. Runners will start and finish at Mead Street Station, a craft beer bar and grill in the Highlands neighborhood where Speedo-clad sprinters can enjoy a post-race beer from Ratio Beerworks. Proceeds benefit Life is Better Animal Rescue, a Denver-based animal shelter. Sat 12:30.

Making Merry

Submitted by Abbey White on Mon, 10/17/2016 - 5:30pm

Be reminded of all that is good, bad, and ugly about the holiday season in this short-story meets stage-story Christmas show. Watch as three actors and artists deliver their own renditions of classic Christmas tales as they epitomize the spirit of one of the world’s biggest holidays. The show will feature works translated for the stage by Truman Capote, Anne Roiphe, Paul Rudnick, and Pat Frank. Original music from Gary Grundei will accompany the spate of performances. Sat 2 p.m.; Sun 1:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. 

Gingerbread House Parties

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Tue, 12/06/2016 - 3:28pm

This modern RiNo cafe will double as Santa’s workshop during an afternoon on the art of making gingerbread houses. Each ticket allows one adult and child to pair up and make their own candy-adorned abode (kits provided by the restaurant come with the house sheets, icing, decorations, and tips from chefs Troy Guard and Ryan Witcher). Kids can enjoy additional hot chocolate and snacks while adults unwind with champagne, wine, and small bites including fried green tomatoes. Sat-Sun 3-5 p.m.

Yana! A Farewell Celebration

Submitted by Abbey White on Wed, 10/19/2016 - 5:34pm

Honor Jewish Family Service’s (JFS) president and CEO Yana Vishnitsky’s 38 years of service at this evening gala. Vishnitsky, a Russian immigrant resettled by JFS in 1978, was hired first as a translator and case manager before attending Colorado State University and Smith College. She then rose through the ranks of the organization to become CEO in 2000. During the celebration, attendees will enjoy cocktails, musical entertainment, dinner, and dancing—all in tribute to Vishnitsky’s decades-long contributions to the JFC’s programming, capital, and infrastructure. Sat.

80s Ski Party

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Wed, 12/07/2016 - 4:47pm

Leg warmers and neon are back in style at least for one night at this 1980s-themed party. Sip on a Ski Naked Saison craft beer from Alpine Dog Brewing Company while you watch the premiere of Pleasure, a ski movie from Level 1 featuring Colorado skiers including Tanner Rainville, Keegan Kilbride, and Tatum Monod. Be sure to chow down on a po’boy from the Mile High Cajun Food Truck stationed outside. Sat 7 p.m.-midnight.