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Monday, December 22, 2014
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Mirada Fine Art Fifth Year Celebration

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:30pm

Named one of the top 25 galleries in the country for three consecutive years, owner and curator Steve Sonnen has silenced the early critics with his hard work from it's opening. The ancient log cabin building is home to budding artists. There will be a special celebration on December 6 from 6-9 p.m full of music and food, and artists busy at work. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m, Sun noon-4 p.m.

USSA Grand Prix

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 2:14pm

Watch the top freeskiers and snowboarders compete in the first of three stops on the biggest winter sports tour in the country. Athletes will also vie for a spot in the Olympics as they lay down their best aerial tricks in the Woodward Park halfpipe. Look for snowboarders Torah Bright and Kelly Clark to fight for gold, while Luke Mitrani and Loui Vitto try to put America on the international podium. Mon-Sat, times vary.

Small Works Group Show

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:15am

Check out a large amount of small art.  All work, including photography and paintings, are under 12 square inches.  The size of the pieces is the only criteria for this show which features four to six pieces from 50 artists. The vast array of themes makes this event a small surprise. Wed-Sat noon-6 p.m.

Winemaker Dinner with Bob Biale of Robert Biale Vineyards

Submitted by Ryan Hodros on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 9:43am

Join Robert Biale, founding partner of Napa Valley's Robert Biale Vineyards, for a three-course meal this December. Known for Zinfandels such as the 2012 Pagani Ranch Zin and the 2012 Black Chicken Zin, Biale will hand-select a pairing for each course. Tue 6:30-10 p.m.

Usher

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:45am

Despite recent stints in acting and reality television, this Atlanta crooner is still considered one of today's best musical performers, combining dance, song, and spectacle for a stage presence that calls the late Michael Jackson to mind. After canceling his tour last year, he's hitting the road this winter for the first time in four years to perform tracks off his highly anticipated forthcoming album. Tue 7:30 p.m.

Trailer Park Boys “The Dear Santa Show”

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:38am

The Trailer Park Boys' schemes and misadventures come to the stage this Christmas season when they try to meet Santa while once again dealing with their nemeses - intoxicated trailer park supervisor Mr. Lahey and his assistant, the cheeseburger obsessed Randy.  Netflix has picked up the mocumentary television series with many upcoming seasons ahead for the devious trio, Bubbles, Ricky, and Julian. Tue 7:30 p.m. 

Usher

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 11/24/2014 - 8:06pm

Since his discovery two decades ago on “Star Search,” Usher has delivered multiple chart-toppers like “Yeah!” and “Confessions,” while selling more than 50 million albums worldwide. Now, the R&B/pop artist takes the stage, displaying his famous dance skills, with a show promising surprises and special guests August Alsina and DJ Cassidy. Tue 7:30 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of Kurt Iswarienko/RCA Records 

Jenny Lewis

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:26am

If you missed singer/songwriter Jenny Lewis when she was in town this summer, here's your chance to see the acclaimed artist croon cuts from her new album, The Voyager. Don't let her Denver appearances fool you, though: Lewis is also a prolific actress, and she rarely tours. Tue 8 p.m.

Story Time with Beauty Princess

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:50pm

Stop by and listen to Bella, the beauty princess, who strikes a resemblance to Belle from Beauty and the Beast, as she reads stories, and sings songs like "Over the Rainbow". Take the opportunity to talk with the princess once she's done with her performance. Free Little Golden books will be availble and kids can get their copied signed by Bella. Wed 10:30 a.m. 

An Evening of Scotch Whisky

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:08am

Brown spirit lovers can take a tasting journey through Scotland with an evening of fine Scotch whisky and cocktails from Finn’s Manor. The four-course menu, prepared by Lower48 Kitchen’s chef Alex Figura, is paired with Scotches selected by Crown Royal's master of whisky, Robert Sickler. Don’t miss this opportunity to please your palate and expand your whisky knowledge. Wed 6:30 p.m.

Nate Bargatze

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:41am

Despite living in New York City, completing nationwide tours, and performing for the troops in Afghanistan multiple times, clean comedian Nate Bargatze’s Tennessee twang is still strong. This southern boy has had two of his own Comedy Central specials, but hear him live to find out just why funnymen Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien think he’s all that and a bag of laughs. Wed-Sat, times vary. 

Disney on Ice: Let's Celebrate!

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:15pm

Watch your favorite Disney characters as they perform pirouettes on ice and sing vintage tunes like, "Be Our Guest." The characters featured range from classic cartoons like Mickey Mouse into more modern Disney stars like Lilo and Stitch, who will perform a Hawaiian luau. Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Jessie will also dance in a Christmas hoedown. Thu-Fri 7 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m., 3 p.m.  

Action Pack: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Quote-Along

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 9:42am

Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without Clark Griswold, Eddie, and the rest of the lovable clan. Karaoke-style lines will appear on the screen during the show's most quotable lines and special props and surprises for the audience will appear throughout. Altogether, this event will make for an evening almost as awesome as a membership to the Jelly of the Month club. Thu 7:30 p.m.; Sun 7 p.m. 

Beethoven & Brews

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 11:43am

Classical music can be monotonous for some, but delicious beer served with the mellow tunes amps up the excitement. For one night only, you can be serenaded by a small ensemble from the Colorado Symphony while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and samples from Renegade Brewing. Proceeds benefit the Colorado Symphony. Thu 6:30-8:30 p.m.

A Broadway Christmas Carol

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 12/01/2014 - 4:30pm

We have Scrooge, the ghost of Christmas past, and…dancing puppets? Charles Dickens’ classic gets a little twist when it is combined with icons from popular Broadway musicals. Famous musical numbers from hits like “Oklahoma” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” will be altered to add comedy to this timeless Christmas tale. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2, 7:30 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of CU University Theatre

Santa’s Big Red Sack

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 9:38am

For many, this non-traditional production has become an annual Christmas tradition. Back for its sixth straight year, the sketch comedy has been called “the holiday show you shouldn’t take your kids to.” We could all use a break from the overwhelming number of Nutcracker and Grinch shows out there anyway. Days, times vary. 

Technicolor Tone Factory

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 12:07pm

With an ability to merge rock, country, and electro into one unique strand of jam music, this Boulder-based band is creating music that doesn't fit neatly into genre classifications. Instead, Technicolor Tone Factory, whose members all have different musical backgrounds, call to mind Pink Floyd, Daft Punk, and the Grateful Dead all at once. Thu 9 p.m.

Miss Saigon

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:47am

Doomed romance and a mother’s ultimate sacrifice plays out on the stage in Vintage Theatre’s adaption of the Broadway classic. In the 1970s during the Vietnam War, an American lieutenant and a Japanese girl fall in love in Saigon, only to be separated once the city fell.  With music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyrics by Alain Boublil, this tragic story, created by the prosperous pair, was their second major success after Les Misérables. Fri-Sat, times vary. 

Blossoms of Light

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:14pm

Enjoy an amped-up version of the Botanical Gardens this holiday season. More than 1 million lights will cover the Garden in all its winter wonder. Experience the walk-through with HoloSpex glasses, which transform the lights into shapes like stars and stockings. Once you’ve finished exploring the dazzling display, eat roasted chestnuts and drink hot chocolate. Mon-Sun 5:30-9 p.m. 

Electric Safari

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:57pm

Experience the zoo like you never have before. It’s now going to have special animal sculptures and more than one million holiday lights. The vibrant look is accompanied by carolers and Santa Claus to make sure that you’re feeling the holiday cheer. If things get cold, stop by one one of the fires throughout the zoo, or step inside to take a peek at the Monkey Pavillion or giraffe barn. Days vary, 5:30-8:30 p.m.  

Parade of Lights

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:15am

This event started 40 years ago, but the lights are just as bright today. The parade starts at Civic Center Park and winds its way through downtown Denver. The festivities include performances from local high school marching bands and plenty of floats, including the Clocktower Float, which is sponsored by Excel Energy. Colorado's favorite penguin mascot, Major Waddles, will make an appearance, as will Santa Claus. Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 6 p.m.    

Santa Paws Festival

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:51am

Buy some Christmas goodies and help your feline friends at the same time. At this annual bake sale and bazaar show, you can purchase cookies, pies, and even handmade jewelry. Proceeds benefit the Cat Care Society, which provides cost-effective veterinary care at adjusted rates, depending on your income. Fri noon-5 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

The Familiars

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 9:34am

Enjoy an original, holiday-themed production from the Edge Theater Company. Honora Burdock, one of the main characters, loves big holiday traditions. But when she’s not up for the task this year, one of her children is forced to keep the traditions alive. Directed by Angela Astle, award-winning director of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, this comedy is filled with the right amount of dysfunction and holiday spirit for the whole family to enjoy. Days, times vary. 

Gremlins

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 9:50am

These little gremlin monsters will never go away for good. The 1984 dark comedy, directed by Joe Dante, traces the destruction of the once-furry firebrands when they begin to multiply uncontrollably. The movie's plot also takes place around Christmas if that happens to be a necessary element to your holiday plans. Fri-Sat midnight. 

Vantage Points

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 9:53am

Father and son duo Charles and Collin Parson, complement each other like, well, father and son. Veteran sculptor Charles uses industrial materials to create massive structures, while Collin turns to LED lighting for his pieces. Together, their work makes for a larger-than-life luminous display. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Tim Main & Neil Bigley

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:58am

Sculpter Tim Main brings sanctuaries into his pieces. His exhibit, "A Stick in the Sand," will depict holy temples and sacred places. Neil Bigley's "Subtransmission" exhibition explores our environment and the timeline of the earth's climate change. His work tackles discarded objects that become obsolete. The two will share the space and combine ideas. Thu noon-5 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m. 

Miniatures Show

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:58am

Oil painter Kim English and lanscape painter David Grossmann will accompany the gallery's 60 artists in the annual miniature show. The exhibit will display everything from still lifes to abstracts. Each saturday of the month-long exhibit will feature an interactive artist demonstration where viewers can watch the painting process. Tue-Sat 10 a.m-6 p.m.

Emma Ginsberg

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:35am

Emma Ginsberg uses used and salvaged canvasases to showcases abstract landscapes and single-color block paintings. In her "Shattered Series," colors and strokes mirror shattered stained glass. In addition, a selection of haunted pieces with cemetery backdrops and ghostly female figures will add a chill to this winter exhibit. Fri 6-10 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.

93.3's Not So Silent Night

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 12/01/2014 - 1:55pm

Put the holiday tunes on pause for this mini music festival, where a lineup of five rising rock bands promises to imbue lively alt-pop sounds into the season’s cheer. Headliners include Fitz & the Tantrums (pictured)—crafters of old school soul-tinged rock, showcased on last year’s More Than Just a Dream, which hit the Billboard chart’s top 30—and Cage the Elephant, whose brand of melodic, psychedelic rock earned its latest release, Melophobia, a slew of acclaim.

Keep On Keepin’ On

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 12/01/2014 - 2:13pm

Jazz’s past and future collide in this touching documentary that centers on the unlikely friendship between Justin Kauflin, a 20-something blind piano prodigy, and legendary jazz trumpet maestro Clark Terry, a colleague of music greats like Duke Ellington and Quincy Jones. As the musicians’ friendship blossoms, Terry—who produced the film along with Oscar-winning, Colorado-based producer Paula DuPre’ Pesmen—is tasked with helping Kauflin conquer severe stage fright at an esteemed international piano competition.

Cyclocross

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 2:27pm

Cycling in the snow is a feat reserved for the best of the west. Athletes from Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Arizona, and New Mexico compete for the Rocky Mountain title and the ticket to the national championships. Grass, pavement, ice, snow, sidewalk and transitions will make this course a cold challenge. Live chip timing means spectators and athletes alike can track split times and action as it happens. Sat, 9 a.m. 

Santa Claus Special

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:22pm

This is a great opportunity for your kid to butter up Santa and get a gift in return. Bring a letter for him and receive a keepsake in return. The letters will leave for the North Pole every 30 minutes. Your kid can also share their wish list with Santa, who will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Days vary, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Parade of Darks

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 12:36am

The days are shorter and it’s the perfect time of year to imbibe on the rich, heavy flavors of dark beer. Wynkoop Brewery’s annual Parade of Darks is the perfect opportunity to sample more than 50 different local breweries' dark suds. In between beers, check out the silent auction and snag some chocolate deserts—perhaps of the dark variety. Proceeds from the tasting benefit Metro CareRing—an organization that provides healthy food options and services to hungry citizens in Denver. Sat 1 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Wynkoop Brewing Company

Breakfast with Santa

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 9:47am

Ever wondered how Santa Claus eats so many cookies? Kids can ask him at this special breakfast buffet event. The jolly guy will visit each table, answer questions, and take pictures while you munch on eggs and bacon. After breakfast, Santa will read a story with help from his elves. Each tot will leave with a goodie bag full of toys and candy. Sat 8:30 a.m. 

Firefly Markets Denver Debut

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:03am

The only handmade market in Colorado comes to Denver for a weekend full of jewelry, handbags, bowties, and much more. More than 100 artisan vendors will be on site for all your shopping and browsing. Food and drinks will keep your stomach satisfied as you peruse these crafted sellers. Proceeds benefit local busineses and There With Care, a nonprofit helping families and children with critical illnesses. Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Holiday Gingerbread House Class

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:49pm

Parents and children work together to decorate the perfect gingerbread house without any of the mess or stress. Fully constructed gingerbread houses are provided along with frosting, candy, and more decorations. Lunch and punch is provided for the kids, and wine is available for parents. Sat 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Denver Flea Holiday Edition

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 12/01/2014 - 4:37pm

Kickoff the holiday shopping season by hunting for local presents at the Denver Flea. More than 70 Colorado vendors like Sjotime Industries, Urban Cyclist, and Red Camper will display their wares, including vintage jewelry, leather goods, and greeting cards. As a special treat, those who register to attend prior to the event will receive a free drink or cup of coffee. Sat-Sun noon-6 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Denver Flea

Santa Speedo Dash

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 2:42pm

Speedos aren't just for summertime. Throw on your red bathing suit and registration-included santa hat for this celebration of the holidays and local charities. Warm up with a free shot in the beginning and beer and food at the end. Don't forget your cover-up to warm up at the end of the mile. Sat 12:30 p.m. 

1940's White Christmas Ball

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:02pm

Party like it’s 1940 again at this throwback celebration. Dance the night away next to WWII planes and vehicles, while Glenn Miller's big band hits are played throughout the hangar by the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. After your feet get tired from grooving, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride around the Christmas Village. Sat 5 p.m.  

College

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:07am

While this French producer has been making music for a decade, he didn't become a recognized name until  the moody, violent Ryan Gosling flick Drive (2011) featured his single "A Real Hero." The synth-heavy track is indicative of the rest of his music: tastefully energetic and influenced by '80s dance melodies. Sat 9 p.m.

The Oxford Hotel Dolls Tea Party

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:09am

All dolls are welcome at this party. Guests can sip on classic tea and hot chocolate and sample sandwiches while they play with their dolls in LoDo's most historic hotel. After drinks have been served, watch a performance by ballerinas from Arvada Center Dance Theater. Kids will have the chance to meet and take photos with the dancers. Sun 9:30 a.m., 12:30, 3:30 p.m.    

A Colorado Christmas

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:28pm

Experience the holidays like early settlers did (except you can return to your heated house afterwards). Watch as the Booth family prepares their home for the holidays, and enjoy snacks such as fresh sugarplums and roasted chestnuts. Kids can enjoy Victorian era games or ride through the park on a horse-drawn wagon or sing carols. Sun noon-4 p.m. 

Glitterati

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 9:39am

This stunning exhibit tells the story of luxury jewelry, including tiaras, pendants, and earrings. Featuring a vast collection of portraits and bling from Mexico, Venezuela, and Colombia, the display will revisit the elaborate status of women in colonial Latin America. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Alex Clare

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 12:26pm

Alex Clare's hit single "Too Close" played constantly on Top 40 radio a few years ago, but he's not a one trick pony. The British singer/songwriter has been making music since he fell in love with his dad's jazz records as a child and incorporates electronic elements into delicate, thoughtful lyrics. Sun 9 p.m.

Balls! IV: A holiday spectacular

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:50am

You’ll get anything but a silent night at this holiday show. For the sixth year, Denverites can take part in a performance filled with variety shows, guest stars, audience-issued sock puppets, sing-a-longs, and games. Proceeds benefit the Denver Actors Fund, an organization that provides relief to members of the theater community for medical emergencies. Mon 7 p.m.

Dine Out for Childhood Hunger

Submitted by Ryan Hodros on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:46am

In America, 8.6 million children aren't certain where they're going to get their food each day. To help combat this statistic, three of Sage Restaurant Group's Denver area restaurants—Second Home Kitchen + Bar, the Corner Office, and Kachina Southwestern Grill—along with the Fort Restaurant and La Loma Mexican Restaurant will be donating 10 percent of their dining proceeds to Share our Strength's "No Kid Hungry" campaign. Enjoy a night out while contributing to a worthy cause. Tue, times vary.

Wil Anderson

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:22am

This Down Under comedian is very much on top. He’s the host and executive producer of one of Australia’s highest rated shows, the author of two books, and a regular guest on E!'s Chelsea Lately. But it’s his stand-up, fast-paced and loaded with enthusiasm, that Anderson ranks as his favorite pastime. Wed-Sat, times vary. 

OneWall

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:54am

OneWall is a collaborative project that facilitates and commissions large murals on blank buildings in Denver, making art visible and free to the city's inhabitants. At this discussion, local artist and OneWall mural contest winner Mark Penner-Howell will be on site talking about his work and the other eight large mural installations being erected in the city. Get a sneak peek of these pieces at this event. Wed 5:30-8 p.m.

Food Lover's Book Club: Inside the Cookbook

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:37pm

If you've ever been curious about the process of making a cookbook, attend the Food Lover's Book Club. This is your chance to chat with Amanda M. Faison (5280 - The Cookbook) and chef Eric Skokan (Farm, Fork, Food) to learn about the ideas, processes, and work that went into their respective tomes. Wed 6-8 p.m.

Perspectives on African Art and Life

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:22pm

Take an illustrated slideshow trip through the shrines of Nigeria, Ghana, and Kenya. Glimpse images of natives, festivals, and architecture as University of California professor emeritus Herbert M. Cole presents his four years of fieldwork in Africa and discusses his past 12 exhibits spanning 50 years. Wed 6-7 p.m. 

Dew Tour Mountain Championships

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 3:03pm

In its 10th anniversary, the Dew Tour and its prolific list of winter athletes will descend upon Breck for a weekend of record-setting, trick-inventing competition, giveaways, and meet-and greets. Featured events will be superpipe, slopestyle, and the relatively new streetstyle. Bobby Brown and Shaun White are among competitors. Thu-Sun, times vary.

Jersey Boys

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:57am

Oh, what a night you’ll have experiencing this jukebox musical surrounding the formation, success, and inevitable break-up of the 1960s rock ‘n’ roll group The Four Seasons. The show is broken up into the four seasons of their career, each narrated by a different member of the band so they can give their own perspective on the history of the popular group. Thu-Sun, times vary. 

I Love You Dance Party

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 12:26pm

If you're older than 16 and have Down syndrome, come out and enjoy a night of dancing. A DJ will play top hits and Christmas music while you munch on appetizers like mac-n-cheese or shrimp. Friends of all abilities are welcome to join the party. Thu 6-9 p.m. 

Back to the Basics

Submitted by Ryan Hodros on Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:11pm

Looking to spice up your holiday dinner menu? Check out a cooking demonstration and tasting from Kachina executive chef Jeff Bolton, which includes a glass of wine or draft beer. He'll teach methods used to prepare several holiday dishes, including tying a roast, making cassoulet from house-made sausage and rabbit, and concocting holiday punch. Call 303-410-5813 to make a reservation. Thu 6 p.m.

Who Made the ’80s

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:34am

Sing a long to the ’80s hit "Whip It" while getting your art fix. Museum director and chief animator Adam Lerner leads a lecture analyzing the context behind Devo's work. Artwork revolving around the band will also be examined, while the hit tunes ring in your ears. Thu 7-8:30 p.m. 

Colorado Symphony: Holiday Brass

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:35am

Classic and contemporary holiday tunes will resound throughout the hall. The famed Colorado Symphony partners with guest conductor Brian Buerkle at this show where the bold sounds of brass and accompanying instruments set the Christmas mood. Thu 7:30 p.m. 

Holiday Carousel

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:07am

Everyone needs an escape from the long lines and crowded stores during holiday shopping—even kids. Leave the chaos behind for a whirl on the holiday carousel at Denver Pavilions. Earn free rides by shopping or dining at any Pavilions location or donate a can of food to benefit Food Bank of the Rockies. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Chaps! A Jingle Jangle Christmas

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:18am

This comic show features American actors playing Brits pretending to be American cowboys. When America’s favorite cowboy musician and his band don’t show up to a BBC Christmas Eve broadcast for the troops in 1944, the spirited staff makes do. They impersonate the Americans so the soldiers fighting at the front lines aren’t disappointed. Days, times vary. 

Christmas Lights of Denver

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:37am

Learn about the history behind the Christmas lights that deck areas like South Denver and the Old Cherry Hills Village. This informative event kicks off with a lesson on historic Colorado Christmas decorations and toys. After that, hop on a heated bus and tour some of Denver's most beautiful neighborhoods as you sip hot chocolate and much on Christmas sweets. Fri 4:30-9:30 p.m. 

Luminarias de Santa Fe Drive

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 12/08/2014 - 8:45pm

After a two-year break, this local holiday event returns to add some radiance to one of the Mile High City’s most beloved neighborhoods. Hundreds of flickering luminarias—traditional Southwestern paper lanterns—will cast a dreamy, gentle glow along the streets of the Art District on Santa Fe, from the 600 block to the 1100 block of Santa Fe Drive. Take a stroll through the district’s acclaimed galleries and shops as live mariachi music, carolers, and Aztec dancers help foster the yuletide spirit. Fri 5-9 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Joy Meadows

Tsogo Mijid

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:37pm

Mongolian-born, and Denver-residing Mijid, grew up in conflicting cultures of Communist authority and Buddhist influence. The folklore and nomadic life that shaped his childhood are recognizable throughout his work: Mijid uses Mongolian symbols and bright colors to show his expressionist style. Fri 6-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m. 

Dillon Francis

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:11am

Dillon Francis is taking the electronic dance music scene by storm. Recently named as an MTV musician to watch, his popularity has been skyrocketing as of late. He will perform songs off his most recent album, Money Sucks, Friends Rule, a bass-heavy record with a fast tempo. Fri 7 p.m. 

Remote Area Medical

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:30am

Former Wild Kingdom co-host Stan Brock created the nonprofit Remote Area Medical to bring free healthcare to the developing world. Decades later, he realized people closer to home needed his help just as much. Now, more than 60 percent of the organization's clinics are in the American heartland. This documentary reveals the larger healthcare problem through the lens of one of the charity's pop-up “hospitals” in rural Tennessee. Fri-Sun 7 p.m. 

Scrooge’s Story: A Rock Opera

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:19am

This holiday classic gets a contemporized musical spin as members of Virtuosity Dance Centre perform Charles Dickens like you’ve never seen before. Watch Ebenezer Scrooge learn the error of his ways accompanied by 1960s musical stylings ranging from Motown to rock 'n' roll. Fri 7 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m.

A Christmas Story

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Mon, 12/08/2014 - 7:07pm

See a holiday classic in a whole different light with this annual performance of A Christmas Story.* ShadowLight Theatre Company—home of “America’s Got Talent” finalist Silhouettes dancing company—retells this holiday tale with spirited dance performances and photographic overlays. In the spirit of the holidays, a portion of the show’s proceeds benefit Mount Saint Vincent, a nonprofit treatment center for children. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of ShadowLight Theatre

A Cambridge Christmas

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:58am

Get in the holiday spirit at this performance featuring an extensive repertoire of carols. The St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, accompanied by only an organ, will entertain and engage you with Christmas songs commissioned by Cambridge University. Don't miss the 24-voice ensemble in its annual holiday concert. Fri 7:30 p.m.

Fleetwood Mac

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:47am

While this legendary British pop/rock group hasn't released an album in more than a decade, that hasn't dampened its popularity. On the heels of a world tour in 2013, the Stevie Nicks-fronted ensemble has embarked on a 67-show, mostly-sold out North American tour. This time, though, the band is accompanied by keyboardist Christine McVie, who rejoined Fleetwood Mac this year following a 16-year absence. Fri 8 p.m.

Fleetwood Mac

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 12/08/2014 - 9:08pm

Last year, for the first time in 16 years, venerable Fleetwood Mac keyboardist and singer Christine McVie reunited with her former bandmates on stage. Now, the freshly back together rock quintet is taking their seminal musical catalogue on the road. The addition of McVie with her old bandmates—including the legendary Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood—allow for a nostalgic dive into the band’s 46-year history, which produced some of the best-selling and most esteemed albums of all time. Fri 8 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Camp Skimo

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:03pm

Ski-mountaineering is a lengthy workout with physical demands and rewarding views. Join this two-day camp where professionals will lead lessons in uphill, downhill, and transitions. Griggs Orthopedics (Gunnison, CO) provideds ski-specific core workout lessons, injury prevention, and tips on nutrition. Participants receive three clinics, two informational forums, and lunch each day. Sat-Sun All Day

Santa Ski Crawl

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 3:15pm

Be part of a Guinness World Record setting event for the largest amount of Santa's on snow. Throw on your provided Santa suit and join hundreds of other Santa look-a-likes as you race down the slopes. Anyone from skiers, riders, and ski-bikers are welcome. Stay in costume when finished to enjoy a Santa pub crawl complete with five free drinks. Sat 9 a.m.

Young Entrepreneurs Marketplace

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 9:50am

Just in time for holiday shopping, this market includes gifts made by some of the metro area's youngest entrepreneurs. Find gifts for that hard to shop for relative amid the baked goods, bath supplies, artwork and more. The fair serves as a testing ground for kids who want to test their hand at manufacturing, sales, and business development. Someday you’ll be able to say you were among these mini business moguls’ first customers. Sat 10 a.m.

—Photo Courtesy of the Young Americans Center

Horseshoe Market

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:35am

Support local businesses at this crafty market. Created in 2010, this bazaar is one of the best local places to find vintage and handmade items. Vendors include Modern Gingham Preserves, a Denver jam company, and A Monster to Love, which creates stuffed animal monsters for both your tots and children in need. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Holiday Gingerbread House Class

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:49pm

Parents and children work together to decorate the perfect gingerbread house without any of the mess or stress. Fully constructed gingerbread houses are provided along with frosting, candy, and more decorations. Lunch and punch is provided for the kids, and wine is available for parents. Sat 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Nutcracker Tea

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 12:02pm

Sip on tea and mingle with Nutcracker stars at this traditional soiree. Drink from a selection of English loose-leaf teas with fully costumed dancers from the Boulder Ballet. The food menu includes lemon-blueberry scones and chive cream cheese sandwiches. Sat noon. 

Christmas Show

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:29am

This one-woman show is full of paint and holiday spirit. Paulette Brodeur, whose works are a combination of acrylic and oil on canvas and paper, will exhibit pieces that examine mother-daughter relationships, religion, culture, and nature. Sat 1-6 p.m. 

Keystone Kidtopia Opening Day

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:45pm

This multi-weekend festival kicks off with a slew of activities. Your little ones can meet Santa and have ice cream with Riperoo, a giant dog mascot who loves to ski, and also meet Keystone's ski partol dogs. While opening day will end with fireworks, the real grand finale will be the opening of Kidtopia’s castle-themed snow fort, which is the largest in America, and includes many tunnels and lookouts. Fri 1 p.m. 

Denver Beer Festivus

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:31am

Celebrate the holiday season in true Mile High style—with local craft beer. More than 35 Denver-based breweries, including Diebolt Brewing, Great Divide Brewing Company, and more, pour out samples of old favorites and seasonal rarities for you to enjoy. Grab a bite to eat at the food court. Sat 3 p.m.

Neon Trees

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:31am

This pop rock band stops in town to perform songs off three studio albums, including its latest, Pop Psychology. Known for its energetic live performances, the group has been rocking out with hits such as “Everybody Talks” and “Animal” since 2010. Sat 6:30 p.m. 

Christy Wessler's Holiday Concert

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:13am

Vocal teacher Christy Wessler spends most of her time coaching others on how to sing well. But once a year, she showcases her own gentle yet confident voice during her Holiday Sing-Along Concert. A fan favorite, this 12-year-old tradition combines classic Christmas hits with Christy's originals for a festive family-friendly performance. Sat 7:30 p.m.

EOTO

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:15pm

DJs are receiving criticism for the quality of their live performance, but dubstep duo EOTO has managed to avoid disparaging comments by creating improvised electronic music without any prerecorded loops. The members' success might be due, in part, to their history as percussionists for the popular jam band the String Cheese Incident. Sat 9 p.m.

Winter Dew Tour

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:38pm

Want to see Shaun White in person? He’ll be at the Dew Tour, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The stakes will be even higher this time as the tour is serving as the first official selection event for the US Ski and Snowboard Team. Lasting four days, the best skiers and snowboarders will be tested in events like superpipe and slopestyle. In addition to the big air, Fritz and the Tantrums, a neo soul band, will perform after the event. Sun-Wed, times vary. 

Rock on Ice

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 2:02pm

Grab a hot chocolate at the mountain base and watch two of the world's most renowned sculpture artists freeze time with Santa, snowmen, and reindeer sculptures. Demonstrations will occur each day of the week, as will interactive carving sessions for the family. Then, stroll the impressive ice sculpture garden in the courtyard, full of many artists works. Sun-Sat, All Day. 

Stocking Run

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:46am

It's never too early for presents. After completing this 5K course, receive a stocking full of goodies from race sponsors, including candy, energy bars, stickers, and chapsticks galore. If the treats aren't enough incentive, finish the race in the top three to take home cash prizes ranging from $50-$200. Sun 9 a.m.

Breakfast with Santa

Submitted by Ryan Hodros on Mon, 12/08/2014 - 2:20pm

Santa Claus is coming to Denver. In addition to visiting with St. Nick, children can make their own pancakes in Edge's kitchen (under chef supervision, of course) with their choice of toppings. Johnson & Wales student Dena Zimmerman will give a reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" as Mrs. Claus. Guests are encouraged to bring a toy for donation to the Denver Santa Claus Shop. Sun 9-11 a.m.

Jingle Bell Run

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 3:41pm

Get in your holiday attire and head to the park for a 5K. You will recieve a set of jingle bells upon entrance to tie to your shoelaces. Voted as one of the Most Incredible Themed Races, this one is a great way to kick off the season and spread generosity. Feel and hear the spirit of Christmas while feet all around you make music. Recieve a long sleeve t-shirt at the end to keep you warm. Proceeds benefit critical arthritis research.  Sat 9:45 a.m. 

Whale Rider in IMAX

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:26am

As part of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science’s Family Movie Time series, watch the popular film Whale Rider, a story about a man who share his tribe’s tradition with his granddaughter. Afterward, explore the Museum’s whale collections, carve soap into your own creation, and make whale-inspired jewelry. Sun 1 p.m. 

Holiday Evenings

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:43pm

Experience the holiday season with a retro twist. Costumed interpreters will portray life as it was early in Littleton's history through decorating, cooking, and preparing cider, while visitors wander through the historic buildings and farmyards, lit by luminary candles and bonfires. You can also enjoy a hay wagon ride, sip hot cider and eat gingerbread cookies while live christmas-themed music plays in the background. Sun 5:30-8 p.m. 

Revolution Tour

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:52am

Top junior athletes compete in freeskiing and snowboarding competitions at this week-long event. The slopestyle course and halfpipe will serve as a stepping stone for 13- to 19-year-olds seeking to rise from amateur to professional status. Winners in multiple disciplines will compete for an invitation to bigger stages like the U.S Grand Prix, Junior Worlds, and USASA Nationals. Mon-Fri, times vary. 

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:01am

Grab a beer and snack before heading out on a final journey with Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield, and his company of dwarves. Don’t miss your chance to catch Peter Jackson’s epic The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies during its 10-day run at this Denver draft house and movie theater. Daily, times vary. 

British Arrows Awards 2014

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:24am

Denverites get the chance to experience the British Arrows Awards for the first time with a local screening. The popular awards show, hosted by Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis for the past 28 years, honors the top commercials and advertising ventures in the United Kingdom. This year, yeast food spread Marmite was the winner with a TV spot featuring welfare officers that rescue neglected bottles in a dramatic fashion.

Augustana

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:50pm

Combining the emotional melodies of Coldplay with hints of alternative rock, San Diego-based Augustana have won over all types of fans with hits like "Boston" and "Sweet and Low". While the group recently announced that it has transitioned to lead singer Dan Layus' solo project, that hasn’t stopped him from creating new material and touring the country. Tue 8 p.m.

So You Think You Can Dance

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:22am

With 11 seasons to date, hopeful contestants attempt to master every kind of dance style on the FOX competition show. Now see the most popular routines from the past season performed live by the top 10 contestants, along with some original pieces created specifically for the nationwide tour. Tue 8 p.m. 

Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:18pm

Get in the spirit of the holiday season with a live performance from Irish vocal ensemble Celtic Woman. The multi-platinum, all-female quartet is accompanied by the Colorado Symphony to perform holiday hits such as “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and “Silent Night.” Count on an evening full of pristine vocals and holiday cheer. Wed 7:30 p.m.

Silent Night Gala

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:29pm

Watch the Colorado debut of the film Silent Night, an opera that focuses on the true story of a 1914 Christmas armistice during World War I. Before the viewing, sip on cocktails or bid in a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts. Wed 5:30 p.m. 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:48pm

Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations bring the set to life while the Grinch tries to steal Christmas from the festive Whos. Max the Dog narrates the classic tale, and songs like “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” show why this musical became a Broadway holiday hit. Days, times vary. 

SYNC Squared

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:47am

In this collaborative twist on traditional gallery shows, each resident artist has invited a friend to participate and create with them. In doing so, viewers will experience a double show to celebrate the city's art scene. Guest artists include locals Lynne McKay and Benjamin Olson. Thu-Fri 1-4 p.m; Sat noon-4 p.m. 

Home for the Holidays

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:55pm

This holiday show will make you feel at home no matter your taste in music. Songs range from traditional to contemporary, Christmas to Hanukkah-themed, and hip-hop to swing. Altogether, they deliver plenty of cheer and goodwill. Days, times vary. 

Downtown Festival of Lights

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 5:53pm

Enjoy a variety of music at this diverse event. Twenty performers will sing songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, and English followed by a traditional candle lighting for the third night of Hannukah. If you get hungry, snack on some chocolate treats. Thu 5:30-7 p.m. 

Paths of Faith

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:09am

In the fourth Cafe des Arts series, local artist Fredrik Pichon will lead a lecture on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, a route to the shrine of apostle St. James the Great in northern Spain. Millions have taken the path since the Middle Ages, and its faith and ideas are still alive today. Thu 6-7:30 p.m. 

The Graduate

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:10pm

Recent college graduate Benjamin Brodderick worries about his future and begins an affair with Mrs. Robinson, an older, married woman. Spoiler alert: He ends up falling in love with his mistress' daughter. One of the highest-grossing films of all time, the 1967 revolutionary flick is still relevant today. Thu 7 p.m. 

Michael McDonald

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 2:21pm

While Michael McDonald has a catalog of hit rock singles, the Grammy Award winner and former member of the Doobie Brothers is perhaps most well-known for his take on Christmas classics. He performs holiday favorites along with some Yuletide originals on this nationwide tour. Thu 8 p.m.

Michael McDonald: This Christmas - An Evening of Holiday & Hits

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:09pm

Join Grammy Award winner Michael McDonald as he croons his way through Christmas classics and holiday originals. Sing along with soulful renditions of your favorite songs of the season including "White Christmas" and "Angels We Have Heard on High." Thu 8 p.m.

Colorado Symphony: A Colorado Christmas

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 2:43pm

While it may seem like you can't escape the hum of "Jingle Bells" and "White Christmas" this time of year, the annual Colorado Symphony's Colorado Christmas has become a can't-miss holiday tradition. This year, the Colorado Children's Chorale joins our state's best musicians to perform new and old Yuletide classics for three nights of family fun. Be sure to check the website for specific dates and times. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2:30 p.m. & 6 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.

Piaget World Snow Polo Championship

Submitted by Derek Kessinger on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 9:48am

These polo players aren’t just horsing around at this event featuring some of the sport’s best athletes competing in the snowy mountains of Aspen. A modified game rules accommodate the snow-covered ground, and lucky spectators will enjoy the games from heated seats. Aspen is the only town that showcases snow polo in the United States. This VIP experience includes breathtaking views, complimentary cocktails and of course, snow.

—Photo Courtesy of Jeff Trosch 

Catch-22

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:53am

Relive the 1970 book-turned-film at this one-night-only showing. Starring Alan Arkin and Martin Balsam, this movie follows a soldier who desparately tries to avoid flying missions by claiming to be insane. Fri 8 p.m. 

Wild Dreams Overnight

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:47pm

Sleepovers at your friend's house are pretty fun, so you can bet one at the aquarium is going to be awesome. Bring a sleeping bag and doze off near the displays, sleeping next to swimming sharks and rays. Before bedtime, little ones will explore the exhibits while learning about the animals and their habitats. Breakfast and t-shirts are included. Chaperones required for kids ages 5-11. Fri 7 p.m.-Sat 9 a.m. 

A Sensory-Friendly Nutcracker

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Sun, 12/14/2014 - 3:12pm

See, feel, and hear the holiday spirit at this special performance of the holiday classic The Nutcracker by the Colorado Conservatory of Dance (CCD). In order to accommodate all guests, CCD will host a sensory-friendly performance for those who may not enjoy a conventional performance. Lights will be turned on, and guest reactions to the ballet won’t be seen as an interruption. Bring the entire family to discover the magic of The Nutcracker without worry. Thu 7 p.m.

—Photo Courtesy of Colorado Conservatory of Dance 

Navidad Flamenca

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:59pm

Are you worn out by the tired Christmas carols that you hear year after year? Navidad Flamenca offers new music to help you celebrate the holidays. Listen to popular Flamenco Christmas carols and watch a fantastic show with live music, singing, and dancing. The holiday season has never been more festive. Fri 7 p.m. 

Sing It To Me Santa: Colorado Rocks for Teachers

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Sun, 12/14/2014 - 2:55pm

Celebrate some of Colorado’s hardest working citizens: teachers. This benefit touts a roster of Denver musicians—including rockers Something Underground and Lumineers cellist/vocalist Neyla Pekarek, among others—who will cultivate yuletide cheer via holiday classics, in addition to their own tunes. Between jam sessions, local dignitaries such as Governor John Hickenlooper and Senator Mike Johnston will host a quick presentation and auction. Proceeds benefit Teach for America, a national nonprofit that places teachers in schools in underprivileged communities. Fri 8 p.m.

The Stars Wars Holiday Special

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:06pm

A long time ago in a galaxy not that far away, there was a Star Wars Holiday Special movie made. It was shown once on CBS in 1978, but never put onto home video, so this is your best shot to see it in all its glory. The plot centers on Chewbacca and Hans Solo traveling back to Chewbacca’s homeland, Kashyyyk, to celebrate “Life Day” (an intergalactic Thanksgiving), but of course problems arise.  If you weren’t already sold, the rest of the regular Star Wars cast makes an appearance. Fri 9:30 p.m. 

Holiday Film Festival: The Polar Express

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:21pm

Experience The Polar Express like never before. This Christmas gathering starts with hot chocolate and arts and crafts for the whole family. Then enjoy a 2D version of the film (Saturday) or a 3D showing (Sunday). Sat-Sun 1 p.m.  

Colorado Symphony: A Colorado Christmas

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 2:43pm

While it may seem like you can't escape the hum of "Jingle Bells" and "White Christmas" this time of year, the annual Colorado Symphony's Colorado Christmas has become a can't-miss holiday tradition. This year, the Colorado Children's Chorale joins our state's best musicians to perform new and old Yuletide classics for three nights of family fun. Be sure to check the website for specific dates and times. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2:30 p.m. & 6 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.

Christmas Carol Classic

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:14pm

Christmas carolers will line the course of this 5K to keep you moving and motivated. If you're feeling ambitious, run the 10K while your kids under 10 run the Tiny Tim 1K. A T-Shirt, medal, and race photos are included with the registration fee. Proceeds benefit Denver Children's Home. Sat 9 a.m. 

Chilly Cheeks Duathlon

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 3:52pm

Don't put your road bikes away just yet. Start one of a three-part duathlon sereis, where you'll run four miles of road and trails, followed by a 10-mile paved bicycle route. Though the bike ride might will be on dry land, the running trails will be full of cold mud and snow, so wear your warmest attire. Finishers will be met with snacks and bike-brand merchandise giveaways. Sat 10 a.m.

Winter Solstice

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:59am

Ice skate with holiday treats in hand and music in your ears at this celebration of winter. Large ice sculptures will surround the rink, while cookies and hot chocolate keep you warm and full. Don't forget to bring a personal care item for the Jefferson County Action Center Stocking Stuffer drive to receive half-priced skating all day. Sat 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Handmade at the Hall

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:28pm

Get all your Christmas shopping done in one place. With more than 40 vendors selling products like jewelry and Christmas ornaments, you can check everything off your list. Enjoy treats and drinks from Denver food trucks like Bumblebee Dessert Truck and Big Country BBQ. Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Holiday Gingerbread House Class

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:49pm

Parents and children work together to decorate the perfect gingerbread house without any of the mess or stress. Fully constructed gingerbread houses are provided along with frosting, candy, and more decorations. Lunch and punch is provided for the kids, and wine is available for parents. Sat 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

2014 Colorado Video Game Holiday Party

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Sun, 12/14/2014 - 2:45pm

The holidays are getting high-tech. Meet fellow gamers—or learn how to get involved in the local gaming community—at this video-game extravaganza, which kicks off with a social mixer and games at small stations in the Sie FilmCenter’s lounge area. Then, get your thumbs ready for battle to play games on the big screen. Get there early as the theater only seats 40, and attendees will rotate in and out. The final lineup of games is being kept under wraps, but you can expect prototypes of games currently under development by local companies in addition to big-name releases. Sat noon-6 p.m.

Holiday Cocktails at Home

Submitted by Kelsey Anne Lindsey on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:01pm

Impress your guests with bar-worthy cocktails at your next holiday soirée. Stir Cooking School’s professional chef instructors will teach you the art of mixing up classic holiday concoctions to go with the season. Learn to mix drink classics like a Manhattan and hot buttered rum, as well as some specialties like pomegranate Christmas punch and eggnog martini. Sat noon. 

Photo Courtesy of Stir Cooking School

Playing with Picasso

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:55pm

With Picasso as your muse, create a mixed media art piece to take home. This local artist-led group session will be full of communal fun and cubism. Use bright-colored papers to make fragmented pieces to hang on your fridge. All ages are welcome at this family event. Sat 2-3:30 p.m.

Stritch Trunk Show

Submitted by Danielle Ennis on Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:27am

Designer Whitney Anderson, a Florida resident and Colorado native, will showcase her brand Big.Bold.Fierce at this three-week old Highland clothing shop. Anderson hand-sketches all her shirt designs and screen-prints them in Denver. Shoppers will receive 20 percent off their purchase at this trunk show. Sat 2-5 p.m. 

It's a Wonderful Life

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:20pm

Nothing gets you in the mood for the holiday season like a timeless Christmas movie. Grab a brew and a bite, then settle into your seat to watch the 1946 holiday film It’s a Wonderful Life. Whether you've seen this Christmas classic countless times or never before, take the opportunity to catch it on the big screen. Sat 7:10 p.m.

Dress to Impress Fashion Show

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:06pm

Find the perfect trendy gift for loved ones or a holiday outfit for yourself at this fashion show and clothing sale. Hosted by Abyssinians Familys and La Rue Fashion Parade, the event will feature designer clothing made with international textiles. Gazelle Model7 models, a guest comedian, and hors d’oeuvres round out this fashion-forward night. Sat 7:30 p.m. 

Hard Country Christmas

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:04pm

Local hard-country rockers the Railbenders have been turning out heavy-hitting tunes since 2000. Now, Jim Dalton (vocals, guitar), Tyson Murray (upright bass), and the rest of the band are plucking away Christmas-style. Join the guys for their holiday peformance as they tear through original and seasonal tunes in their signature style. Sat 9 p.m.

Colorado Symphony: A Colorado Christmas

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 2:43pm

While it may seem like you can't escape the hum of "Jingle Bells" and "White Christmas" this time of year, the annual Colorado Symphony's Colorado Christmas has become a can't-miss holiday tradition. This year, the Colorado Children's Chorale joins our state's best musicians to perform new and old Yuletide classics for three nights of family fun. Be sure to check the website for specific dates and times. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2:30 p.m. & 6 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.

Ice Skate in Evergreen

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:24pm

Skate in the world’s largest Zamboni-groomed outdoor rink. It spans 8.5 acres, with smaller sections for ice hockey, so there's spots for beginners and experts. Once you get to cold too skate any longer, head inside the Evergreen Lake House and enjoy hot chocolate and snacks next to a huge stone fireplace. Mon-Sun 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Holiday Solstice

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:03pm

Your kids may have sat on Santa's lap in a shopping mall, but have they met him in a castle? Take a picture with the jolly man and whisper your wish list to him. After chatting with Santa, enjoy hot drinks and treats from Glazed and Confused and Gourmet Fine Catering. Kids can also participate in craft activities in Santa's nearby workshop. Sun 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Brunch with Santa Claus

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:20pm

This midday breakfast spread has sweet and savory selections to satisfy any appetite. Enjoy quiche with a side of fruit or try something a bit heartier like biscuits with wild boar gravy. Bring a toy to donate and receive a free brunch. Sun 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Tuba Christmas

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:44pm

Hear a new twist on classic Christmas songs. More than 300 tuba players from the Mountain West will play wintry tunes in a festive downtown park. Tuba Christmas was founded to develop and preserve the musical arts, with a focus on instruments that are under-supported. Sun 1-2 p.m. 

Xmas at the Movies

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 5:42pm

Watch live performances from classic Christmas movies. A group of young girls will sing songs from Frozen, and Colorado soloist Christie Conover will perform as well. Other movies sampled include Home Alone and the Grinch. Sun 3-4 p.m. 

Barolo and Truffle Dinner

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:33am

Celebrate the rare and desired truffle with a four-course dinner and wine pairing. The meal features dishes prepared by Element 47’s culinary team using white and black truffles. Wine pairings include a variety of Barolos selected by wine importer Steve Lewis. Sun 8 p.m.

ACES: Winter Explorers

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:51pm

School is out for the winter, and what better way to celebrate than being out in the snow? At this camp, your kids will investigate animal tracks, construct a snow cave, learn survival techniques, and find out how nature and animals survive the harsh winters. Mon-Fri, 9:30-3:30. 

ACES: Winter Explorers

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:50pm

Use the break from school to explore the snowy outdoors. At this camp, kids will investigate animal tracks, construct a snow cave, learn survival techniques, and find out how animals survive the harsh winters. Mon-Fri 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

Littleton Bemis Library Fundraiser: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:09pm

Get in the spirit of Christmas with Cindy Lou and the Grinch at this special screening of the Jim Carrey hit. The event will feature a read-a-long of the Dr. Seuss original before the screening. Proceeds benefit Littleton’s Bemis Library. Mon 11 a.m. 

Torchlight Parade

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:10pm

This is the hottest Christmas celebration around. The festive parade kicks off with Christmas carols around a bonfire, before transitioning into a cavalcade of torch-bearing skiers and riders (Santa Claus is one) coming down Lower Hughes Trail. It all culminates in a grand finale of fireworks. Refuel with some turkey and mashed potatoes at a traditional holiday dinner served in The Lodge at Sunspot. Wed 1-6 p.m. 

Christmas Eve at Edge

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:01pm

Celebrate Christmas early with a specially prepared meal from chef Simon Purvis and the culinary team at Edge Restaurant & Bar. Enjoy prime rib crusted with herbs and garlic alongside smoked rosemary fingerling potatoes and forest mushrooms. End the night on a sweet note and order the panettone pain perdu—an Italian dessert bread—served with candied dried fruit and vanilla ice cream. Wed 5-10 p.m.

Our Gang Ice Racing

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:33pm

This slippery competition might seem like something from a James Bond movie, but Our Gang Ice Racing has been holding heats on icy terrain for 39 years now. Taking place on Georgetown Lake, it’s free for spectators, but anyone with an all-wheel or four-wheel drive car, a driver’s license, and a need for speed can join for a small fee. Dec 27-Mar 1, days and times vary. 

Dreamgirls

Submitted by Cat Rolwes on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:25am

Boys and girls often dream of becoming famous singers when they grow up. But there is much more to show biz than fame and glamour. Based off the successes of R&B acts such as the Supremes, this musical follows the fictional story of an aspiring female singing trio “The Dreams” in the 1960s as they wade the rocky waters of superstardom.  Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m. 

New Year's Eve Fireworks

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:18pm

New Year's Eve wouldn't be complete without a fireworks show. Watch explosions in the sky right above the 16th Street Mall. Magicians, mascots, balloon artists, stilt walkers, and comedians will line the streets and interact with the crowd. For those who can’t stay awake until midnight, there will be a 9 p.m. showing of fireworks. Wed-Thurs 9 p.m., midnight showings. 

Noon Year's Eve

Submitted by Wyatt Stayner on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:03pm

Tykes will actually be able to stay up for this New Year’s celebration. A sparkly ball will drop on the hour from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with confetti and balloons falling each time. Kids can listen to a fuzzy mascot, Lars the Polar Bearas he reads stories to them, or hop on the mini train circling the plaza. Wed 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Buckets & Bubbles

Submitted by Justin De La Rosa on Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:33pm

Get ready for your New Year’s Eve celebration with a dinnertime food pairing from both ends of the culinary spectrum: fried chicken and champagne. Guests enjoy a bucket of the crispy poultry and a bottle of Cava. The meal feeds between two and four people and includes one whole chicken, mashed potatoes, and creamed corn. Wed 5-11 p.m.

STS9

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 3:53pm

After selling out Red Rocks in September (their 12th straight year headlining the iconic venue), this Santa Cruz-based livetronica band returns to Colorado for a special New Year's Eve performance. By integrating looped electronics with improvised instrumentals, STS9, or Sound Tribe Sector 9, have bridged two seemingly opposing musical worlds, gaining a loyal following in the process. Wed 7 p.m.

Yonder Mountain String Band

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 3:14pm

New Year's Eve has no shortage of entertainment, but look no further than Yonder Mountain String Band for an authentic Colorado celebration. The Nederland-based, three-piece bluegrass ensemble is coming home for a night of twang-y goodness that will have you hootin' and hollerin' well into the new year. Wed 8 p.m.

Cracker

Submitted by J. Wesley Judd on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 3:00pm

While hits like "Low" and "Teen Angst" were anthems in the late '90s, California's Cracker is still rockin' today. The band will release its 10th studio album will be released on December 9 and will then hit the road with Camper Van Beethoven on a nationwide tour. The group will swing through Denver on New Year's Eve. Wed 9 p.m.