NORTHEAST DENVER/NW AURORA EVENTS
Santa’s Best Christmas Trees. Local tree lot for your 2017 tree. Located at each of The Greens: 29th Ave. and Roslyn St., and at 49th Place and Valencia St.
12/1 Friday—Tree Trimming Party at Stanley. Stanley Marketplace, 4-6pm. Bring an ornament from home or make one for the Stanley tree. www.stanleymarketplace.com
12/1 to 12/20—Denver School of the Arts. Montview and Quebec. Dec. performances, tickets/complete listings: www.dsapresents.org, www.dsa.dpsk12.org/performances
12/2 Saturday—Inside the Orchestra- Christmas Tiny Tots at Stanley Marketplace. Guest appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus, hot cocoa, jingle bells caroling, etc. 9:30am-12pm. Tickets: www.insidetheorchestra.org
12/2 to 12/3—Sweet William Market. Northfield Event Center, 8371 Northfield Blvd. #C 9am-6pm. www.sweetwilliammarket.com
12/3 Sunday—Holiday Caroling. Caroling with Neighborhood Music teachers/staff 4:15pm. Meet at Stanley Marketplace or any of neighborhood pools closest to your home. NM teachers will set up at each pool with cocoa, candy canes, cookies, music and jingle bells. Look for red Santa hats. http://neighborhoodmusicstapleton.com/events/
12/4 to 12/10—Tiny House Holiday Village. The Shops at Northfield. NorthfieldStapleton.com. 303.375.5475
12/7 Thursday—Christmas in Narnia. 6pm. Be3, 1195 Newport St. www.be3umc.org
12/7 to 1/12—Youth at DAVA Holiday Show and Sale: Peace in the Universe. Downtown Aurora Visual Arts youth exhibit. Handmade holiday gifts for sale. Opening reception 12/7 4-7:30pm. 1405 Florence St. Mon.-Fri. 10am-5pm and by appointment. www.davarts.org
12/7 Thursday—Holiday Fine Arts Market. Art Gym (1460 Leyden) metalsmiths, printmakers, digital artists, painters, illustrators, performing artists, sculptors and culinary artists will offer smaller, affordable artwork for holidays. Reception 12/7, 5-8pm. Gallery hours Tues.–Sat. 9am–6pm. www.artgymdenver.com/event/holiday-fine-arts-market/
12/8 Friday—Christmas Movie at The Cube. 5pm. Join us first for How the Grinch Stole Christmas and then showing of It’s a Wonderful Life. Free, open to public. The Cube: 8371 Northfield Blvd.
12/8 to 12/10—Gypsy Farmhouse Holiday Market. Northfield handmade/homemade pop-up boutique, 47th and Main across from Charming Charlie. Free admission. www.northfieldstapleton.com
12/7 Thursday—Christmas Concert at The Cube. 6:30pm. Colorado Wind Ensemble will play Christmas-themed concert. 6:30pm. Concession stand serving drinks. Free, open to public.
12/9 Saturday—Eastbridge Home for the Holidays. Visits with Santa, kids’ crafts, live ice sculpting, carolers, hot chocolate. Eastbridge Town Center, 10155 E. 29th Dr. www.eastbridgetowncenter.com
12/10 Sunday—Aurora Symphony Orchestra – Holiday Celebration. Featuring The Snowman, Academy Award-nominated short film based on Raymond Briggs’ classic children’s book. Hear the ASO perform the score live with the film, plus holiday favorites and sing-along. Tickets $35-$20. www.aurorasymphony.org/holiday.html
12/10 Sunday—Holidays at the Hangar. Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum and Lowry Community Master Assoc. host 3rd annual. 12-4pm. Carolers, holiday treats and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. With valid photo ID, residents of zip code 80230 (Lowry) gain access for member price (discount at door only). https://wingsmuseum.org/event/holidays/
12/10 Sunday—St. Martin’s Chamber Choir presents A Winter’s Night: Christmas with British Composers. 7:30pm. Montview Presbyterian Church. $15-$45. www.StMartinsChamberChoir.org
12/10 Tuesday—Community Partnership Event at the Hangar at Stanley. A FREE family event including BBQ and pizza dinner, beverages, games and children’s activities (bouncy castle, face painting) and a silent auction. Learn about a local non-profit organization, The Street Fraternity that provides a place of brotherhood and personal growth for urban young men ages 14–24—a safe space where these young men are able to avoid violence, drugs and gangs while enjoying a hot nutritious meal. Tax deductible donations to help Street Fraternity serve more young men will be welcomed. For more info contact Yoal Kidane at 720-227-7317.
12/13 Wednesday—Wine Education Series. 7pm. MCA fall series with sit-down tasting of different wines from different regions with wine educator leading discussion. $10 stapletoncommunity.com; $20 day of event. Must be 21; no refunds.
12/14 Thursday—Active Minds (Free)–Dinosaurs! 6:45-7:45pm. Sam Gary Library, 2961 Roslyn St. 720.865.0325. www.ActiveMinds.com
12/16 to 12/23—Free Carriage Rides. Northfield. Complimentary horse and carriage rides 12/16 1-9 pm and 12/23 10-6 pm. Pick up and drop off in front of Bass Pro. www.northfieldstapleton.com
12/17 Sunday—Gymtegrity Gingerbread Jam Program. Class/skills showcase of our athletes age 3 and up. One-hour show; open gym follows. Competitive gymnastics teams will do routines. Coaches/staff available to answer questions 2:30 pm. $5/family with open gym, gingerbread cookies, warm drinks. 4720 Lima St.
To 12/2—Denver Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Concert. Do You Hear What I Hear? Laughter and Light. Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St. Tickets: www.rmarts.org
To 12/23—Colorado Railroad Museum’s Polar Express. Performances/train rides weekends and select days. Tickets: www.coloradorailroadmuseum.org
To 12/23—Denver Christkindl Market. Vendors from Germany/other countries, local artisans, carolers, traditional German food/drink. Skyline Park, 16th and Arapahoe. Hours vary. www.denverchristkindlmarket.com
To 12/24—Santa’s Village at Chatfield Farms. Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms. www.botanicgardens.org
To 12/24—Santa’s Flight Academy. Visit Santa at Cherry Creek Mall. www.shopcherrycreek.com
To 2/14—Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park. FREE ice skating; bring skates or rent: $6/pair. www.downtowndenver.com
To 12/31—A Hudson Christmas. Holiday lights, wagon rides, Santa, music, etc. Select dates, 5-8pm. www.hudsongardens.org
To 12/24—The Nutcracker. Presented by Colorado Ballet. Tickets: www.coloradoballet.org
To 1/1—Blossoms of Light. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. www.botanicgardens.org
To 1/7—Denver International Airport’s Ice Skating Rink. 9am-9pm. Free; complimentary skates available. ww.flydenver.com
12/1 to 12/2—9News Parade of Lights. Marching bands, giant balloons, floats. Fri. 8pm and Sat. 6pm. FREE. Info: www.downtowndenver.com
12/1-12/2—Sing We Now of Christmas. Holiday favorites performed by Colorado Choir. Augustana Lutheran Church. Tickets: www.augustanaarts.org
12/1 to 12/3—Women’s Bean Project 2016 Holiday Open House. Treats, beverages, food, music, new products, free photos with Santa. 9am-5pm Fri.12/2, 9am-3pm Sat. 12/3 and Sun. 12/4. 3201 Curtis St. www.womensbeanproject.com
12/1 to 12/2—Winterfest on South Pearl. Fri. 5-9pm, Sat. 11am-5pm. Free. Horse and wagon rides, live music, holiday market and Santa. Old South Pearl. www.southpearlstreet.com
12/1 to 12/3—4th Annual Denver Holiday Flea. Sports Castle, 1000 Broadway. Locally made goods, crafts, drinks, etc. 12/2 Flea Holiday Party 5-9pm, $30. Sat. 12/3 10am-6pm $5, Sun. 12/4 10am-5pm $5. www.denverflea.com
12/1 to 12/31—Zoo Lights. 5:30-9pm. Denver Zoo. 720.337.1400 www.denverzoo.org
12/2 Saturday—1940’s White Christmas Ball. Magical ’40s and ’50s holiday party. Mingle/dance among vintage vehicles, movie set lights/props, re-enactors, sleighs. Big bands, vintage acts; special appearance by Hollywood’s 1940’s tap dancing/singing troupe The Satin Dollz. Hyatt Regency Denver. http://1940sball.org/1940sball/1940s_christmas_ball
12/2 Saturday—Brunch with Father Christmas. Four Mile Historic Museum, 9am-12pm. Reservations required. 715 S. Forest St. www.fourmilepark.org
12/2 Saturday—Lights of December Parade. Holiday parade featuring community organizations, floats, high school marching bands, Santa. www.downtownboulderholidays.com
12/2 to 12/10—57th Annual Georgetown Christmas Market. European-type market: handcrafted gifts, carolers, horse-drawn wagon rides, roasted chestnuts, and St. Nicholas. 1st two Dec. weekends. 10am-6pm. FREE. www.georgetown-colorado.org
12/2 to 12/16—Olde Golden Christmas. Historic Downtown Golden, Washington Ave. Weekends thru 12/24. Santa, Christmas parades, carriage rides, dog cart rides, carolers, etc. www.visitgolden.com
12/5 Tuesday—City of Aurora Holiday Tree Lighting. Musical performances, holiday goodies, and Santa. 5-7pm. Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 Alameda Pkway. www.auroragov.org/events
12/8 to 12/9—Colorado Symphony Presents Handel’s Messiah. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. Tickets: www.coloradosymphony.org
12/8 to 12/17—Yuletide Teas. Molly Brown House. Saturdays and Sundays. Sittings: 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm. firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.832.4092×17. www.mollybrown.org
12/9 Saturday—Colorado Women and Men’s Chorale Holiday Sing-Along. 2:30pm. Augustana Lutheran Church. Tickets: www.augustanadenver.org
12/9 Saturday—Nick’s Annual Food Drive with Santa and Live Reindeer. 10am-6pm. Free professional photo with Santa for every 10 cans donated. Reindeer visit 11am-4pm. Nick’s Garden Center, 2001 S. Chambers Rd. www.nicksgardencenter.com
12/9 Saturday—Winter Fest on Fillmore Plaza. Cherry Creek North. 10am-2pm. Free. Live ice carving, face painting, fire pits, complimentary treats/beverages, ornament decorating, entertainment. www.cherrycreeknorth.com
12/9 to 12/10—Denver Jackalope Indie Artisan Market. McNichols Civic Center, 10am-5pm. Free admission. 150 local, curated and hand-selected artisans, crafters and DIY enthusiasts. www.jackalopeartfair.com
12/9 to 12/23—Nutcracker 2017 from Ballet Ariel. Tickets: 303.987.7845. 470 S. Allison Parkway. www.balletariel.org, www.lakewood.org/tickets
12/9 to 12/24—Breakfast with Santa. Downtown Aquarium, seatings begin 8:30am, reservations required. Sat. and Sun., 12/9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24. www.aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownaquariumdenver
12/15 to 12/17—Colorado Symphony presents A Colorado Christmas. With Colorado Children’s Chorale. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. $22-$84. www.coloradosymphony.org
12/15 to 1/2—Denver Pavilions Holiday Carousel. 11am-9pm, $3 or free with voucher from Pavilions Merchants. www.denverpavillions.com
12/17 Sunday—Augustana Christmas Concert and Festival. Choir, handbells, organ and orchestra. Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 E. Alameda Ave. 303.388.4678. www.augustanadenver.org
12/17 Sunday—Tuba Christmas Concert. 1pm. Skyline Park, 16th and Arapahoe. Register 9am; rehearsal 10am. Turnhalle room, Tivoli building, Auraria Campus. FREE to public, $10 participant fee. 303.556.8123 or www.tubachristmas.com
12/20 Wednesday—Holiday Brass at Boettcher Concert Hall. Colorado Symphony Brass presents seasonal favorites. Tickets: www.coloradosymphony.org
12/22 to 12/23—Colorado Symphony Presents Too Hot to Handel. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. Tickets: www.coloradosymphony.org
12/24 Sunday—“Jewish Christmas” Chinese Pop-up at Rosenberg’s Bagels. 5-10pm, Rosenberg’s Bagels at Stanley Marketplace. Follow Rosenberg’s Bagels on Facebook for tickets/info. 3rd annual Chinese food pop-up Jewish Christmas proceeds benefit Project Angel Heart. Classic Chinese-American Cuisine and two classic holiday movies.
12/31 Sunday—A Night in Vienna. Presented by Colorado Symphony, Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. Tickets: www.coloradosymphony.org
12/31 Sunday—New Year’s Eve Downtown Fireworks Display. 2 shows: 9pm and 12am. 16th St. Mall. www.downtowndenver.com
12/31 Sunday—Noon Year’s Eve at Denver Children’s Museum. 9am-4pm. Ball drops on the hour from 10am-3pm. www.mychildsmuseum.org
12/31 Sunday—Zoo Year’s Eve at Denver Zoo. 5:30-9pm. Special New Year’s activities included with Zoo Lights admission. www.denverzoo.org
12/24 Sunday—Christmas Eve at Montview Presbyterian. 3pm and 5pm family services. 7:30pm traditional candlelight service. 10:15pm Westminster Choir. 11pm Prepare to welcome Christ Child as Christmas Day begins at 12am. Montview Blvd. Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St. www.montview.org
12/24 Sunday—Denver Presbyterian Christmas Eve Service and Reception. 10am. McAuliffe International School/Smiley Campus, 2540 Holly St. www.denverpres.org.
12/24 to 12/25—Augustana Christmas Worship. Christmas Eve, 3pm, 5pm and 11pm. Christmas Day, 10:30am. Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 E. Alameda Ave. 303.388.4678, www.augustanadenver.org
DENVER METRO EVENTS
To 12/3—Denver Potters Association Show. Features Castle Clay Artists and guests. Wood, clay, ceramics, glass jewelry, etc. 6th Ave. United Church, 6th and Adams. www.castleclayartists.net
To 12/8—Denver Recycles Leafdrop 2016. Free leaf compost drop-off weekdays 8am-2pm. 720.865.6810 or www.denvergov.org/denverRecycles for locations/info.
To 1/14—Women Artists in Paris. Denver Art Museum; exhibit ticket required. www.denverartmuseum.org
12/1 Friday—First Friday Art Walks. Santa Fe Arts District, Tennyson Art Walk, River North(RiNo) Art District, Golden Triangle Museum. www.denver.org/things-to-do/denver-arts-culture/denver-art-districts
12/1 to 12/3—Colorado Symphony presents All Beethoven. $13-$25 www.coloradosymphony.org
12/2 Saturday—Young Entrepreneurs Marketplace. 10am-2pm. Young Americans Center, 3550 E. 1st Ave. Repeats 12/9 Sat., 10am-2pm, Young Americans Center Belmar, 401 S. Pierce St. www.yacenter.org.
12/5 Tuesday—Colorado Gives Day. www.coloradogives.org
12/9 Saturday—Cockpit Demo Day. Free with admission. Wings Over the Rockies Museum, Lowry. 10am-2pm. www.wingsmuseum.org
12/14 Thursday—Seeding Change: Chinook Fund 2017 Grantee Event. Bringing together diverse community of donors, supporters and grantees statewide. Learn about Chinook Fund, build community and celebrate social justice work across Colorado. Stories of change from volunteer community/grantees working in criminal justice reform, LGBTQIA organizing, disability rights work, etc. 5:30-8pm. Posner Center, 1031 33rd St. RVSP: email email@example.com
12/15 Friday—Cine-Talk Series, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. 12/15 only (opening night), Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum private screening of new Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Arrive on time for speaker from Corellian Droidworks: Colorado Chapter who will demonstrate fully functional R2D2 and BB-8 droids built from scratch. https://wingsmuseum.org/event/cinetalk/
12/16 Saturday—6th Annual Denver Beer Festivus. Beer festival showcasing 50+ Denver-area craft breweries. Wings Over the Rockies. 4pm. Tickets: www.denverbeerfestivus.com
12/23 Saturday—32nd Annual Winter Solabration. Celebration of Christmas and solstice customs, storytelling, dance, juggling, etc. The Joyful Ballroom, 3695 W. 72nd Ave, Westminster. Tickets: www.wsolstice.org
12/31 Sunday—New Year’s Eve On The Rocks: Migos, Post Malone, Young Thug & Lil Yachty. Red Rocks Amphitheatre’s first-ever New Year’s celebration. www.topeventpromoter.com/performers/new-years-eve-on-the-rocks
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
To 12/20—Jewish Aging Mastery Program for Older Adults. 12-week program each Wed. 10-11:45am. Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center. To achieve sustainable behaviors to improve health, financial security, well-being, community connectedness. $150. www.jccdenver.org/event/jamp/
To 12/27—Aging Mastery Program (AMP) Classes. Free. Helps older adults/boomers build own aging well playbook. 10 core classes in peer-supported environment. The House Worship Center, 2150 S. Holly St. RSVP requested: 303.355.3423, x105. Joann Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org). 26-participant limit.
12/10 Sunday—Denver Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis. 8am-12pm. Washington Park. www.jbr.org
12/16 Saturday—Denver Ugly Sweater Run. Downtown Denver, 20th and Market St. 11am. www.theuglysweaterrun.com
12/16 Saturday—Scramblin’ Scrooge 1M/5K/10K. Denver City Park. 8am. www.featonthestreet.com
12/23 Saturday—A Christmas Carol Classic 5K, 10K and Tiny Tim 1K. Denver City Park. 9am. www.featonthestreet.com
12/31 Sunday—New Year’s Eve Resolution 5K. Washington Park, 12pm. www.resolution5K.com
KIDS AND FAMILIES
To 1/27—Denver Puppet Theater. The Snow Queen. 3156 W. 38th Ave. www.denverpuppettheater.com
12/1 Friday—Home Depot Kids Workshop. 9am-12pm. FREE how-to clinics first Sat. monthly, ages 5-12. Get Home Depot apron, wooden project, project pin. Metro-area Home Depot stores. www.homedepot.com
12/5 to 12/26—Tuesdays in December Four Mile Historic Park Small Settlers. Ages 2-5 accompanied by parent/caregiver. 9-10am. $5/child adults free, members free. 7150D. Forest St. Advance register: 720.865.0814 or email@example.com www.fourmilepark.org
12/7 to 12/10—Disney on Ice Presents: Follow Your Heart. Pepsi Center. www.disneyonice.com
12/7 to 12/28—Star K Kids. Thursdays, 9:30 and 11am; kids 5 and under. Morrison Nature Center, 16002 E. Smith Rd., Aurora. www.auroragov.org/nature
12/10 Sunday—Four Mile Historic Park Hay Bales and Tall Tales. 12-1pm; free with admission. 715 S. Forest St. www.fourmilepark.org
LECTURES AND CLASSES
12/5 Tuesday—Active Minds (Free): Afghanistan. Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia St. 10-11am. 303.316.6359.
12/21 Thursday—Active Minds (Free): Spices. Windsor Gardens, 597 S. Clinton St. 2-3pm.
12/21 Thursday—Active Minds (Free)–Saudi Arabia. 6:45-7:45pm. Sam Gary Library, 2961 Roslyn St. 720.865.0325.
12/26 Tuesday—Active Minds (Free): The History of Tea. 5-6pm. Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax. 303.322.7727.
DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE
IMAX. Dream Big 3D: Engineering Our World; Conquests of the Sky 3D; Wonder Woman 3D
To 1/1—Nature’s Amazing Machines. Free with admission. www.dmns.org
To 1/15—Ultimate Dinosaurs. Free with admission. www.dmns.org
MUSEUM FREE DAYS
12/1 to 12/29—Clyfford Still Museum Free Friday evenings. 5-8pm. www.clyffordstillmuseum.org
12/2 Saturday—Denver Art Museum. SCFD Free day. www.denverartmuseum.org
12/3 Sunday—Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys. SCFD Free day. www.dmmdt.org
12/5 Tuesday—Children’s Museum Free Target Tuesday. 4-8pm. www.cmdenver.org
12/8 Friday—Four Mile Historic Park. SCFD Free 2nd Friday, 12pm-4pm. www.fourmilepark.org
12/10 Sunday—Denver Museum of Nature & Science. SCFD Free Day. www.dmmdt.org
12/10 Sunday—Four Mile Historic Park. SCFD Free day. 12-4pm. www.fourmilepark.org
12/29 Friday—Clyfford Still Museum. SCFD Free Day. www.clyffordstillmuseum.org
ROCKY MOUNTAIN ARSENAL NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
12/9 Saturday—Winter Raptors. 1-3pm. Learn to identify birds of prey native to Refuge; bring camera and binoculars. RSVP required.
12/10 Sunday—The Masked Bandit. 10am. Learn about ferrets in the refuge’s one-of-a-kind ferret exhibit.
12/16 Saturday—Wildlife Viewing Tours. 9:30-11am. Free 2-hour refuge bus tour. RSVP required.
To 12/17—Honeymoon in Vegas. Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora www.vintagetheatre.com
To 12/23—Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. www.arvadacenter.org
To 12/23—Hi-Hat Hattie, Musical Biography of Hattie McDaniel. Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave, Aurora. www.aurorafoxartscenter.org
To 12/23—The Miracle Worker. John Hand Theater, 7653 E. 1st Pl. www.firehousetheatercompany.com
To 12/24—The Santaland Diaries. Denver Center for the Performing Arts. www.denvercenter.org
To 12/24—A Christmas Carol. The Jones Theater, Denver Center for the Performing Arts. www.denvercenter.org
To 12/29—A Year with Frog and Toad. Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. www.arvadacenter.org
To 12/31—Comedy Sportz. Avenue Theatre, 417 E. 17th Ave. www.avenuetheater.com
12/1 to 12/24—Santa’s Big Red Sack. Avenue Theatre, 417 E. 17th Ave. www.avenuetheater.com
12/13 to 12/17—Elf The Musical. The Buell Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts. www.denvercenter.org
12/22 to 12/31—I’ll Eat You Last: A Conversation with Sue Mengers. Vintage Theatre. 1468 Dayton St., Aurora Cultural Arts District. www.vintagetheatre.org
1/6 to 2/3—Rumors. Spotlight Theatre Company at the John Hand Theater. www.thisisspotlight.com
Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. At Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Hospital for once-a-week commitment, 6-month minimum. www.ronaldhouse.org under “How You Can Help” for info.
Reading Volunteers Needed. For students in K-8 grade. 1 hour, 1 student, 1x week. During school hours. firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.316.3944 ext. 241.
Project Worthmore. Nonprofit organization of committed community members give, volunteer, mentor, befriend refugee neighbors. 1532 Galena St., Ste. 380. 720.460.1393
Single Volunteers of Greater Denver. Volunteer, not-for-profit singles group, meet others and assist nonprofit organizations for events/activities. www.svgd.org