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Where to Visit with Santa Near Boulder

November 21, 2017
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Santa Claus is coming to town! Santa will be attending all kinds of events from Boulder to Longmont to Superior, including photos with Santa, ice skating with Santa and even breakfast with Santa! Check out this extensive list of events and places to visit good old St. Nick this holiday season.

St. Nick on the Bricks

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When: Saturdays, November 25 – December 23, 2017

Where: Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center, 1301 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 11AM – 2PM

Cost: FREE

Saturdays starting November 25, kids of all ages can visit with Santa at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center for FREE. Bring your list and a camera to capture priceless holiday memories.

Santa HQ at Flatiron Crossing

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Photo Courtesy HGTV

When: Daily through December 24, 2017

Where: Flatiron Crossing Mall, 1 W Flatiron Crossing Dr, Broomfield, CO 80021

Time: Hours vary, see schedule here. Make reservations here (optional).

Cost: Photo packages start at $34.99

Santa is available for photos and visits at Santa’s Headquarters presented by HGTV, located at the base of Flatiron Crossing‘s Grand Staircase. Reservations available, but not required! Exciting Features include Elf-Ray Vision, Naughty-or-Nice ‘O Meter, Holiday Fun Photo Options & More! Reserve your time with Santa here.

Winterfest Wednesday

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When: Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Where: The Orchard Town Center, 14697 Delaware St #850, Broomfield, CO 80023

Time: 5PM – 8PM

Cost: FREE

Winterfest Wednesday is The Orchard‘s annual kick-off to the holiday season, kicking off the holiday season and transforming Town Center Square into a child’s holiday dream. The opening show will offer families a tantalizing tale of fun as a cast of characters come to life before their eyes, dancing, singing and helping all of us to find the spirit of the holidays. Santa will make his grand arrival at 6:00pm joining in the fun and bringing to life The Orchard’s 50’ Christmas Tree with lights and music. Festivities will continue through the evening with music and entertainment! Featuring music and dance performances with Rudolph, Frosty, Santa’s Elves, The Pickwick Singers, White Christmas Quartet and more!

Jingle Bell Bash at Twenty Ninth Street

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When: Friday, November 24, 2017

Where: Twenty Ninth Street Mall, 1710 29th St, Boulder, CO 80301

Time: 3PM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Join the Twenty Ninth Street Mall for a jolly good time for both adults and kids at the Jingle Bell Bash. The events happen at The Barrel with the arrival of Santa, cookie decorating, hot chocolate station, face painting, dance party, holiday show, Santa & selfie photo stations, plus much more!

Longmont Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

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When: Friday, November 24, 2017

Where: 6th Ave & Main Street, Longmont

Time: 6:30PM

Cost: FREE

Longmont is hosting a Multicultural Celebration of Lights as well as a Lights On / Dance Off in this year’s Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony, featuring holiday-themed hip-hop dance battles by Block 1750, and a cultural unity celebration to help light up the holiday season. Hot beverages, goody bags, and carolers provide the seasonal trimmings for this festive event. Bring your family Downtown this year and Light It Up! Santa Claus at the North Pole will be there and the first 200 guests will be given Goody Bags, thanks to High Plains Bank, filled with discounts and offers from Downtown Businesses! Free to attend, anyone and everyone welcome! For more information: http://www.downtownlongmont.com/calendar/holiday-events

Niwot’s Enchanted Evening

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When: Friday, November 24, 2017

Where: Cottonwood Square, Downtown Niwot

Time: 6PM – 9PM

Cost: FREE

Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, the community of Niwot officially ushers in the holiday season with Enchanted Evening. The night will begin with the lighting of the community tree, welcoming Santa to town, presenting a Live Ice Sculpture demonstration in Cottonwood Square. Check out Ptarmigan String Quartet who will be performing Holiday music in the Grange with Santa from 6-8:30pm. Come back on Saturday for Niwot’s Holiday Parade. For full event info visit: http://niwot.com/events/enchanted-evening.

Holiday Open House at The Flower Bin

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When: November 24 – 26, 2017

Where: The Flower Bin, 1805 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: 11AM – 3PM – Schedule of events here.

Cost: FREE

Check out The Flower Bin of Longmont’s Holiday Open House featuring live entertainment, holiday cookies, apple cider and visits with Santa! The Flower Bin will have all the essential holiday decorations on hand for sale including live Christmas trees, wreaths, garland, poinsettias and more.

Christmas Extravaganza

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When: November 25 – December 24, 2017

Where: Duran’s Hobby Acres, 15591 N 107th St, Longmont, Colorado 80504

Time: Daily 9AM – 9PM

Cost: Entrance is free. Free pony ride with purchase of Christmas tree. Petting Zoo $3. Barrel train is $2. Carriage rides $15 per family.

Duran’s Hobby Acres is hosting a holiday experience to remember, Christmas Extravaganza. Choose your Christmas tree and take part in these fun activities: living Nativity with camels, carriage rides with Santa. camel rides, petting zoo, barrel train, pony Rides, arts and crafts, camp fire pits, hot cider, caroling, and warm memories!

Niwot Holiday Parade

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Photo Courtesy Niwot, Colorado

When: November 25, 2017

Where: Along 2nd Avenue from Murray Street to Niwot Road, Downtown Niwot

Time: 11AM – 1PM

Cost: FREE

Santa returns to Niwot Saturday morning, Nov 25th, to join in on the Holiday Parade. The parade starts at 11:00 AM. Participants will march down 2nd Ave from Murray Street to Niwot Road. When the parade finishes Santa will be in the Grange until 1:00 PM to take the children’s Christmas gift wish list. The local business will be open with additional craft vendors in the Grange.

Santa at Samples World Bistro

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Photo Courtesy Samples Longmont

When:

November 25, 2017 at 3:30PM – 6:30PM

December 2 10AM – 1PM

December 10 2PM – 5PM

December 16 & 23 10AM – 1PM

Where: Samples World Bistro, 370 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501

Cost: FREE pictures for restaurant guests

Have an afternoon snack or early supper at Samples World Bistro while chatting with Santa. Then join Santa in his throne for photos. Reservations are encouraged, please call: 303-327-9318.

Erie Country Christmas & Parade of Lights

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When: Friday, December 1, 2017

Where: Historic Downtown Erie, Briggs St & Moffat St, Erie, CO 80516

Time: 5PM – 8PM

Cost: FREE

Erie is hosting its annual Country Christmas & Parade of Lights, featuring Santa’s Workshop, Local School Choirs, complimentary s’mores, living Nativity scene, free hayrides and a Parade of Lights followed by visits with Santa!

Louisville Parade of Lights

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Photo Courtesy of Louisville Chamber of Commerce

When: Friday, December 1, 2017

Where: Main St, Louisville, CO 80027, United States

Time: 5:30PM – 9PM

Cost: FREE

Join Louisville in its annual Parade of Lights. Enjoy musical entertainment provided by local schools & churches, a living nativity, petting zoo and visits with Santa.  The Parade begins at 7:00 p.m. at the south end of Main Street and ends on South Street. The Parade of Lights will include the Louisville Arts District First Friday Art Walk. from 5-6:30PM. Enjoy choirs singing, the living nativity, visits with Santa, carolers, ice skating and lots more!

Callahan Holiday Open House

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When: Friday, December 1, 2017

Where: Historic Callahan House, 312 Terry St, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: 3PM – 7PM

Cost: FREE

Come to the Historic Callahan House for the Holiday Open House to tell Santa what you want for Christmas! Parents, bring your own cameras to capture the memories. The house will be open for tours as well so you have an opportunity to enjoy the holiday decorations. The public is welcome and admission is free.

Santa’s House Boulder

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Photo Courtesy Santa’s House Boulder

When: December 1 & 2, 2017

Where: Pi Beta Phi University of Colorado at Boulder, 890 11th St, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 10AM – 4PM

Cost: $5 per person, available at the door.

A holiday tradition since 1972, Santa’s House is a community event hosted by the women of Boulder Area Alumnae Panhellenic for kids and families in the Boulder and North Metro area. Kids will enjoy meeting Mr. & Mrs. Claus, Christmas Bear & Puppy, and Mother Goose. Games with prizes, music and storytelling are also available – bring your camera to capture the magic of the holiday season. Proceeds benefit local charities Imagine! and EFAA.

Santa at McGuckin’s

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Photo Courtesy McGuckin Hardware

When: Saturdays throughout December

Where: McGuckin Hardware, 2525 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 8AM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Stop by McGuckin Hardware any Saturday in December to visit with Santa and his elves! Called Boulder’s “holiday mecca” by Leigh Buchanan of inc. Magazine, McGuckin’s has an amazing selection of everything you need to get ready for Christmas. McGuckin’s also offers workshop classes for kids throughout the holiday season. Enjoy live Christmas music from local musicians, and join in the holiday fun!

Superior Count the Lights Celebration

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Photo Courtesy Superior Chamber of Commerce

When: Saturday, December 2, 2017

Where & When:

2:30 – 4PM Superior Sports Stable, 1 Superior Drive, Superior, CO 80027

3:30 – 5:30PM Asti Park, 101 W Coal Creek Dr, Superior, CO 80027

Cost: FREE

The holiday festivities begin at the Superior Sports Stable for Superior Chamber’s Skate with Santa presented by Dixon Orthodontics. Come enjoy some time on the ice at the Sport Stable from 2:30-4 pm. We are collecting new coats for families in need so drop one at the door on your way into the event. Hot cocoa and cookies will be available as well as an opportunity to have your photo with Santa. Then head over to the Town’s Count the Lights holiday celebration at Asti Park 3:30-5:30 pm. Make a gourmet s’more, drink some hot chocolate, enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride around Original Town, tour the historic museum and enjoy holiday caroling by our local high school students.

Breakfast with Santa

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When: Saturday, December 2, 2017

Where: Broomfield Community Center, 280 Spader Way, Broomfield, CO 80020

Time: 8AM – 10:30AM

Cost: FREE

Join Santa in a free breakfast of coffee, juice, fruit and pastries at the annual Broomfield Lions Club‘s Breakfast with Santa. The Lions Club will host Santa as well as playing Christmas movies for the kids at the Broomfield Community Center Lakeshore Room.

Santa at Lyons Christmas Bazaar

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Photo by Edward Bruder, Courtesy Lyons Holiday Craft Bazaar

When: Saturday, December 2, 2017

Where: Lyons Elementary School, 338 High St, Lyons, CO 80540

Time: 3PM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Santa will be at the Lyons Annual Christmas Bazaar talking to children, taking photos and enjoying all the goodies and fun.

Santa Station: Erie (Vista Ridge)

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When: Saturday, December 2, 2017

Where: Mountain View Fire Rescue, 400 Bonanza Dr, Erie, CO 80516

Time: 10AM – 12PM

Cost: FREE

Come see Santa at Mountain View Fire Station, Erie Station 8. Share a cup of cocoa with us, write a letter to Santa and see the fire engines at Santa Station: Erie (Vista Ridge). Please bring a non perishable food donation to support the Mead Food Bank.

Holiday Fayre with a British Flair

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When: Saturday, December 2, 2017

Where: Left Hand Grange No. 9, 195 2nd Ave, Niwot, CO 80544 

Time: 1PM – 3PM

Cost: FREE

Sponsored by Women’s International Niwot Club, Holiday Fayre with a British Flair features over 22 vendors selling a variety of items. One highlight is the bake sale of homemade cookies, cakes and so much more — including many British favorites rarely seen in our small town. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be on hand to visit with the children, while hot cider is served by Niwot community youth. All proceeds benefit local charities.

Home for the Holidays

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When: Saturday, December 2, 2017

Where: Festival Plaza, 311 S Public Rd, Lafayette, Colorado 80026

Time: 12:30PM  – 4:30PM

Cost: FREE

Join Lafayette for this free event, Home for the Holidays. The festival starts at 12:30pm and ends at dusk with the tree lighting and caroling. Visit with Santa and Jingles D. Checker, kids crafts, High Peaks Twirlers performance, caroling, and see the tree lighting.

Pictures with Santa at Flatirons Family Pharmacy

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When: Saturday, December 2, 2017

Where: Flatirons Family Pharmacy, 603 Ken Pratt Blvd, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: 10AM – 1PM

Cost: A suggested donation of $10 will support the Centennial State Ballet.

Bring the whole family (including the pets!) to Flatirons Family Pharmacy, for a professional photo in a decorative keepsake frame plus a digital file. A suggested donation of $10 will support the Centennial State Ballet. Want to take your own picture? That’s fine too!

Dancers from the Nutcracker will be present to add to your holiday picture!

Holiday Mountain Market in Nederland

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When: December 2 & 3, 2017

Where: Nederland Community Center, 

Time: Photos with Santa 12PM – 3PM

Cost: FREE

Visit Nederland’s Holiday Mountain Market, held the first weekend in December at the Nederland Community Center. In addition to photos with Santa, this annual arts and crafts festival features local mountain artists, unique gifts, festive food, a silent auction, and holiday music. Festival runs from 10AM – 5PM on Saturday, 10AM – 4PM Sunday. Photos with Santa 12PM – 3PM each day.

Gingerbread House Decorating Party

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When: December 4 – December 18, 2017

Where: Por Wine House, 836 1/2 Main St, Louisville, Colorado 80027

Time: Times vary, see schedule here.

Cost: $20

Por Wine House will be hosting its second annual Gingerbread House decorating party.This kid-centric event is fun for the whole family, led by our pastry chefs, your children will learn from the best! Each ticket includes Gingerbread House, mounds of treats for decorating and free hot chocolate. Santa will be available for photos. For parents, Por will be offering Happy Hour pricing and $5 mimosas and bloody marys for you to enjoy while staff helps your little ones create their masterpiece.

Santa & Elf Hot Wheels at Lights of Love

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Photo Courtesy Longmont United Hospital

When: December 5, 2017

Where: Longmont United Hospital, 1950 Mountain View Ave, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 5:30 – 7:30PM

Cost: FREE public event

Join Santa, Elf Hot Wheels, Caring Clowns, Therapy Dogs, face painting, Longmont Chorale and more with eggnog and cookies at Longmont United Hospital‘s Lights of Love.

Longmont Lights Holiday Festival

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When: Friday, December 8, 2017

Where: Roosevelt Park & Downtown Longmont, 700 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: Friday, 5PM – 7:30PM

Cost: FREE

Join Longmont in its annual weekend holiday celebration, Longmont Lights! The festival begins on Friday at Roosevelt Park with Santa’s Workshop, a free craft area for kids and visits with Santa, live reindeer, holiday ice show, open skating, hot cocoa carts, fire pits and food truck sales. The evening culminates in a fireworks display sponsored by WK Real Estate. On Saturday, enjoy open skate ice skating and the March of the Toys Parade down Main Street. For the full schedule of events, click here.

Tiny Tots and Santa in Estes Park

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Photo Courtesy Estes Valley Recreation and Park District

When: Saturday, December 9, 2017

Where: American Legion Post 119, 850 N Saint Vrain Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517

Time: 9AM – 12PM

Cost: FREE

Head up to Estes Park for the 61st annual Tiny Tots and Santa: a free pancake breakfast, Christmas music, crafts and have your photo taken with Santa. All children will receive a free gift from Santa! Sponsored by: American Legion, Estes Valley Recreation and Park District,  and the Estes Park Lions Club.

Santa at Longmont Ace Hardware

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Photo Courtesy Santa Claus at the North Pole

When: Saturday, December 9, 2017

Where: Ace Hardware Longmont, 1727 Main St, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 9AM – 3PM

Cost: FREE

A Longmont tradition for over 10 years, visit with Santa and Elf Hot Wheels at Ace Hardware in Longmont and receive a free photo as well as take your own.

Santa Station: Niwot

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Photo Courtesy Mountain View Fire Rescue

When: Sunday, December 10, 2017

Where: Mountain View Fire Rescue, 8500 Niwot Rd, Longmont, CO 80503

Time: 2PM – 4PM

Cost: FREE. Please bring a non-perishable food donation.

Come see Santa at the Mountain View Fire Station, Niwot Station 4! Share a cup of cocoa, write a letter to Santa and see the fire engines at Santa Station: Niwot. Please bring a non-perishable food donation.

Photos with Santa Fundraiser

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When: Sunday, December 10, 2017

Where: Ice Centre At the Promenade, 10710 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CO 80020

Time: 9AM – 12PM

Cost: $10 for a digital photo with Santa. Only $5 with a toy donation for Precious Child (value $15 or more).

Help the Hyland Hills Hockey Pee Wee B Team in their Photos with Santa Fundraiser on Sunday, December 10 at the Ice Centre at the Promenade.

Storytime with Santa & Friends

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When: Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Where: Longmont Library, 409 4th Ave, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: 10:30 – 11:30AM

Cost: FREE

Enjoy some winter holiday stories and a visit from Santa at the Longmont Library! Bring your camera, because there will be time for fun photos. No registration required. This program is generously funded by Friends of the Longmont Library.

Santa at Toy Collection for O.U.R Center

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When: Friday, December 15, 2017

Where: Left Hand Brewing Company, 1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 5PM – 7PM

Cost: FREE

Santa will be at Left Hand Brewing Company to talk with children and adults and for plenty of photos and selfies at the Toy Collection for O.U.R Center. Please bring a toy in original packaging for Santa to deliver on Christmas Day to children at the OUR Center.

Holiday Festival at Longmont Museum

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When: December 16 – December 17, 2017

Where: Longmont Museum & Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: See schedule here.

Cost: $17 Adult, $12 Seniors & Students. Tickets available here.

The Longmont Museum’s holiday tradition continues with the 3rd Annual Holiday Festival. Join the Longmont Museum for songs of the season and holiday cheer from some of the finest musicians and performers in the region. Featuring the Heath Walton Jazz QuintetLongmont’s Centennial State Ballet in excerpts from the Nutcracker, Venezuelan rhythms from Gonzalo Teppa, and much more. Matinee ONLY: Special Santa reception with complimentary cookies and hot chocolate before matinee performance only, beginning at 3 pm. Concert begins at 4 pm. Learn more at www.longmontmuseum.org or call 303-651-8374.

Santa at Lost Marbles Toy Store

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When: December 16, 2017

Where: Lost Marbles Toy Store, 435 Main St., Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 1:30 – 4:30PM

Cost: FREE

Stop by Lost Marbles Toy Store to visit and take photos with Santa and enjoy all the fun toys in the store.

Santa Station: Mead

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Photo Courtesy Mountain View Fire Rescue

When: December 16, 2017

Where: Mountain View Fire Station, Mead Station 3, 441 3rd St, Mead, CO 80542

Time: 10AM – 12PM

Cost: FREE

Come see Santa at Mountain View Fire Station, Mead Station 3. Share a cup of cocoa with us, write a letter to Santa and see the fire engines at Santa Station: Mead. Please bring a non perishable food donation to support the Mead Food Bank.

Santa Station: Erie (Grandview)

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Photo Courtesy Mountain View Fire Rescue

When: December 16, 2017

Where: Mountain View Fire Station, Erie Station 6, 50 Bonanza Dr, Erie, CO 80516

Time: 2PM – 4PM

Cost: FREE

Come see Santa at Mountain View Fire Station, Erie Station 6. Share a cup of cocoa with us, write a letter to Santa and see the fire engines at Santa Station: Erie (Grandview). Please bring a non perishable food donation to support the Mead Food Bank.

Santa’s House at Village at the Peaks

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When: December 16 – December 23, 2017

Where: Village at the Peaks, 1250 S Hover St, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: See schedule here.

Cost: Suggested donation of $5 will be accepted for the “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County.

Visit Santa’s House at Village at the Peaks this season! Bring your own camera or cell phone to capture the magic. $5 suggested donations will be accepted for the “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County. Visits with Santa are first come, first served. No reservations or appointments are available.

Storytime with Santa at Used Book Emporium

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Photo Courtesy of Used Book Emporium

When: December 18, 2017

Where: Used Book Emporium, 346 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: 4PM – 6PM

Cost: FREE

A Longmont tradition for over 10 years, Santa will be reading and telling Christmas stories to children at the Used Book Emporium‘s Storytime with Santa. There will also be time for children to talk with Santa and for photos.

Storytime & Brunch with Santa

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Photo Courtesy Santa at the North Pole

When: December 21, 2017

Where: Longmont Museum & Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 9AM – 10:30AM & 11AM – 12:30PM

Cost: $12/person. Tickets available here.

Celebrate the magical holidays at a Storytime and Brunch with Santa. Kids will enjoy yummy food and holiday cheer as Santa entertains your whole family with stories. Make sure to bring your holiday wish lists and camera for this special event! This event will sell out, please pre-register. Register online here.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.

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