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Santa's Village at Chatfield Farms. Photo by Scott Dressel-Martin, courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens.

8 Ways to Get in the Holiday Spirit Around the Front Range

These nostalgic nods and festive stops are bound to get you in the merry mood this holiday season.

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Santa’s Village at Chatfield Farms | through December 22
The magic of Christmas takes over Chatfield Farms as Santa and his helpers set up shop to spread the holiday cheer. Join Mrs. Claus for story time and festive sing-alongs, wander through the enchanting displays of lights and romp around in the flurries inside the newly added, giant snow globe. Not complete without Santa’s outdoor cinema and keepsake crafts, the village will be brimming with memories to be made with the whole family. 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton; $20, $15 for Denver Botanic Garden members; find more information on hours and various ticket prices online 

ICE! at the Gaylord Rockies Resort | through January 5
Your favorite friendly reindeer Rudolph is brought to life in this frozen attraction, carved out of more than two million pounds of vibrant ice. Zoom down the frozen slides and explore the familiar scenes of Rudolph’s story—but be sure to bundle up, as the cartoon wonderland is kept at a crisp 9 degrees. 6700 N. Gaylord Rockies Blvd., Aurora; from $13.99; find more information on ticket packages and hours online 

A Very Vintage Holiday | December 5–21
Transport back to the tunes of Christmas past with this local group’s tribute performances of Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters’ beloved White Christmas numbers. The showmanship (and touches of comedy) from the Denver Dolls and surprise guests are guaranteed to ring a nostalgic bell. The Galleria at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1400 Curtis St.; free; find more information on various performance dates and times online

Love Actually in Concert with the Colorado Symphony | December 6
Experience the charm of the classic holiday rom-com in a whole new way at this giant screening, complete with the live film score performed by the Colorado Symphony. Boettcher Concert Hall at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1000 14th St.; 7:30 p.m.; from $20; find more ticket information online

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Olson Photography

Charley Co.’s Holiday Market and Hipster Santa at the Source | December 7 & 8
Support more than 20 of the artisans and creators out of the female-only coworking space at Charley Co.’s first ever holiday market. Snag some hand-made home decor or one-of-a-kind wardrobe pieces—or simply come for some inspo and to support Girls Inc. of Metro Denver. Round out your holiday swag and slide over to the Source Hotel to snap your own personal photo with Hipster Santa. The Source Hotel and Market Hall, 3330 Brighton Blvd.; find more information on hours, suggested donations, and individual photo prices online

The Browns’ Happiest Christmas at the Molly Brown House Museum | December 7, 14, & 21
See all four floors of the historic Denver home decked out in all its Victorian delight and learn about the Brown family’s favorite holiday traditions. Play classic Christmas games, indulge in some sweet treats, and pay a visit to Old Saint Nick. 1340 Pennsylvania St.; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $18 for children, $22 for nonmembers; find more ticket information online

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Miracle cocktail bars. Photo courtesy of Miracle

Larimer Square Holiday Market and Miracle Pop-up Bar | December 11–15
Explore all your holiday needs at the new block-wide holiday market at Larimer Square, featuring over 50 local vendors, live entertainment, and more. And when all the shopping’s done, warm up inside the pop-up bar, Miracle on Larimer Street—a kitschy, Christmas haven serving seasonally themed cocktails. Between 14th and 15th on Larimer Street; free; find more information on hours and vendors online 

Jackalope Denver Artisan Fair at the Stanley Marketplace | December 14 & 15
Take the holidays into your own hands and jump in one of Jackalope Denver’s DIY workshops to make your own personal gifts for your friends and family. From up-cycled denim jackets to wreath making or embroidery, these local artisans have your handmade holiday wishlist covered. (And if you don’t trust your handy skills, simply shop from the dozens of vendors at the Jackalope fair.) 2501 Dallas St., Aurora; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; free admission; find more information on vendors and individual workshop pricing online

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