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50+ Things to Do in Boulder in December

November 29, 2017

December is PACKED with holiday events and winter fun! Tree lightings, Nutcracker performances, holiday music, Christmas & Hanukkah events, ice skating and so much more. With over 50 events happening in the area, there is something for everyone this December.

WinterSkate Boulder

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When: Starting Friday, December 1, 2017

Where: Ice Rink Next to the Dushanbe Tea House, 1770 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: Monday – Wednesday 11AM – 9PM, Thursday & Friday 11AM – 10PM, Saturday 10AM – 10PM, Sunday 10AM – 8PM

Cost: $10 Adults, $9 Children 12 & Under, $8 Seniors & Students, $4 Children 3 & Under. Bring your own skates, receive $5 off admission.

WinterSkate returns to Boulder on the plaza next to the Dushanbe Teahouse, presented by Boulder Creek Events. Relive your favorite winter memories and enjoy holiday lights and music. For more information, click here.

NoBo First Friday Artwalk

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When: Friday, December 1, 2017

Where:  Along Broadway from Pine Street to Highway 36 (Follow the polka dots and pink flags.)

Time: 6PM – 9PM

Cost: Free

NoBo Art District’s First Friday is a FREE self-guided tour of artists’ studios and creative businesses in the NoBo Art District. Meet painters, sculptors, photographers, designers and other artists along your stroll through the area.  Attendees will also enjoy live music, demos and special activities in many locations. Located along Broadway from Pine Street to Highway 36.  Follow the polka dots and pink flags to find surprises around every corner. Guided walking tours led by a NoBo Art District member. will visit 4-5 NoBo artists in their studios at 6:30 pm at 4635 Broadway, ACE Community Art Gallery. Visit the NoBo Information Tent in front of Ace Community Art Gallery, 4635 Broadway for a map of the studios open for First Friday and for answers to any questions.

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!

Elf, Jr: The Musical

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Photo Courtesy CenterStage Theatre Company

When: November 30 – December 3, 2017

Where: Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Avenue, Louisville, Colorado 80027

Time: Times vary, see schedule here.

Cost: $20 VIP Reserved, $15 Adult General Admission, $10 Child/Student. Tickets available here.

CenterStage Theatre Company presents Elf, Jr.: The Musical. Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

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!

Broomfield Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

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When: Friday, December 1, 2017

Where: George DiCiero City and County Building, 1 Descombes Dr, Broomfield, CO 80020

Time: 6PM – 7:30PM

Cost: FREE

All of Broomfield welcomes the arrival of Santa Claus at the George DiCiero City and County Building at the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy children caroling from the local schools, decorated Community Park trees, and the annual lighting of the community holiday tree by the Mayor. You can also ride the holiday wagon ride and talk to Santa. Bundle up and share in the Holiday Cheer!

Scrooge, A Musical

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Photo Courtesy Jester’s Dinner Theatre

When: December 1 – 30, 2017

Where: Jester’s Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: Times vary, schedule here.

Cost: $17 and up. Tickets here.

Jester’s Dinner Theatre presents Scrooge, a musical version of the the holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol”. The Jesters has been doing this production every Christmas for over 20 years! Don’t miss this classic.

St. Nick on the Bricks

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When: Saturdays throughout December

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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When: November 14 – 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.

Louisville WinterSkate

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When: Daily through the end of February

Where: Steinbaugh Pavilion, 824 Front Street in Historic Downtown Louisville

Time: Monday–Wednesday: 2 – 7PM, Thursday: 2 – 10PM, Friday: 12 – 10PM, Saturday: 10AM – 10PM, Sunday: 10AM – 8PM

Cost: Adults: $5.00, Kids (ages 4-12): $4.00, Children (ages 3 & under): Free Admission, College Students and Military (with valid ID): $3.00, Senior Citizens (65+): $3.00, Skate Rental: $4.00

Located at the Steinbaugh Pavilion in Historic Downtown Louisville, WinterSkate is an old-fashioned ice skating rink complete with skate rental, concessions and traditional holiday music. Celebrating its thirteenth year as the original outdoor ice skating rink in the community, WinterSkate presents the perfect opportunity to enjoy the winter season in a beautiful small-town setting.

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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When: December 2 & 3, 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 eventhosted 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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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!

Boulder Lights of December Parade

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When: Saturday, December 2, 2017

Where: Pearl Street Mall, Pearl Street, Boulder CO 80302

Time: 6PM

Cost: FREE

Head downtown for Boulder’s annual tradition, the 30th Lights of December Parade. The parade features floats decorated by local businesses and organizations, as well as marching bands, fire engines, holiday carolers and of course – Santa!

Country Christmas

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When: Saturday, December 2, 2017

Where: Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: 7PM – 9PM

Cost: FREE

Join Boulder County and Trail Country Music Band for a night full of Christmas fun, crafts and dancing in the cowboy tradition! The event will be held in heated Barn A at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, in Longmont. Refreshments will be served.

Lyons Holiday Parade of Lights

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When: Saturday, December 2, 2017

Where: Sandstone Park, Lyons, CO 80540 

Time: Lyons Holiday Bazaar 10AM – PM, Holiday Parade of Lights 6:30PM

Cost: FREE

The bright glow of the holidays is once again coming to the Town of Lyons for the Lyons Holiday Bazaar & the Holiday Parade of Lights. The parade will start at 6:30 pm and will be filled with illuminated, colorful floats, many of which will be decorated in the theme of this year’s parade — “Peace on Earth”. Live music and entertainment will follow the parade at approximately 7:15 p.m. in Sandstone Park, on the Raul Vasquez Community Stage. Among those performing this year will be the Lyons High School and Elementary School Show Choirs. At 7:40 p.m., the sky will be illuminated by a fireworks display (thanks to generous donations & grants received from the Lyons Community Foundation and other local supporters)!

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: 10AM – 3PM

Cost: FREE

Sponsored by Women’s International Niwot ClubHoliday 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.

Charlie Brown goes to the Nutcracker

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When: Saturdays, December 2 – December 23, 2017

Where: St. Julien Hotel & Spa, 900 Walnut St, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 6:30 PM

Cost: FREE

Jazz up your holiday season at St Julien Hotel & Spa with this complimentary performance. The show blends the music from “Charlie Brown Christmas” show, composed by Vince Guaraldi, with the jazz versions of “The Nutcracker,” written by Duke Ellington, features the Ron LeGault Trio. Curl up by the fireplace, sip a seasonal cocktail and spread holiday cheer.

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.

The Nutcracker Ballet

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When: Sunday, December 3, 2017

Where: Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, 600 E Mountain View Ave, Longmont, Colorado 80504

Time: 2PM – 4PM

Cost: $12 – $35, Tickets available here.

The Nutcracker Ballet comes to Longmont, with the dancers from the Boulder Ballet and music by the Longmont Symphony Orchestra. One of Colorado’s major productions of the holiday tradition, with a cast of over 80 dancers including the professional company and charming young student dancers, a full live orchestra, spectacular scenery and special effects.

Season of Light at Fiske Planetarium

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When: Throughout December

Where: Fiske Planetarium, 2414 Regent Dr, Boulder, CO 80309

Time: Times vary, see schedule here.

Cost: $10 Adults, $7 Kids, Seniors, Veterens. Tickets available here.

Light up the cold dark season with Fiske Planetarium‘s warm and bright holiday show! Season of Light explores the reasons humans are so fascinated with lighting up our lives during the December holiday season. It’s an exploration of the astronomical meanings behind seasonal traditions, including the “Star over Bethlehem”. This show traces the history and development of many of the world’s most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season — from the burning Yule log, sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows, to the lighting of luminarias in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual of the Hanukkah Menorah.

Winter Market at Boulder County Fairgrounds

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When: December 2 – 3, 2017

Where: Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: 9AM –

Cost: FREE

The 11th Annual Winter Market at the Boulder County Fairgrounds on Dec. 2 and 3 will feature 70 local food growers and producers and 60 Colorado artists. Enjoy the flavors of root vegetables, winter squash, specialty cuts of lamb, beef and pork, fresh eggs, preserved fruits and vegetables, wine, coffee, and delicious baked goods. Grab breakfast or lunch, listen to live music, and browse local art including candles, jewelry, photography, stationery, and knitwear. It’s the perfect time to stock up on local goods and gifts for the holidays.

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.

Boulder Children’s Chorale: Songs of the Season

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Photo by Glenn Ross, Courtesy Boulder Children’s Chorale

When: Sunday, December 3, 2017

Where: Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 4 – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Check out the Boulder Children’s Chorale performance of Songs for the Season at the Boulder Public Library. Experience some holiday cheer in this free performance featuring the four choirs of the Boulder Children’s Chorale.

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.

Chanukah Cooking for Kids

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Photo Courtesy Boulder JCC

When: December 5, 2017

Where: Boulder JCC, 6007 Oreg Ave, Boulder, CO 80303

Time: 4:30 – 6PM

Cost: $18/child

Celebrate the holidays through cooking! Join the Boulder Jewish Community Center to create delicious Chanukah recipes to share with family and friends. Each child will leave with recipes and special treats. Class is open to kids 5 – 10 years old.

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.

CU Holiday Festival

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When: December 8 – 10, 2017

Where: Macky Auditorium Concert Hall, 1595 Pleasant St, Boulder, CO 80309

Time: Times vary, see schedule here.

Cost: Starting at $20, Tickets available here.

Boulder’s most beloved December tradition gathers together for the Holiday Festival,  CU’s most remarkable student and faculty talent for an unforgettable concert that’s fun for the whole family. Delight in the twinkling lights, seasonal greenery and festive atmosphere of Macky Auditorium as student choirs, bands and orchestras perform holiday favorites and new surprises.

Longmont Lights Holiday Festival & Parade

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When: December 8 – December 9, 2017

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

Time: Friday, 5PM – 8PM, Saturday 10AM – 9PM. Schedule of events here.

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.

The Happy Elf

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Photo Courtesy The Longmont Theatre Company

When: December 8 – December 17, 2017

Where: The Longmont Theatre Company, 513 Main St, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: Times vary, see schedule here.

Cost: $10. Tickets available here.

The Longmont Theatre Company presents The Happy Elf. Based on Grammy-winner Harry Connick, Jr.’s original song, this family comedy follows Eubie, the happiest elf at the North Pole. On Christmas Eve, he sees something strange in the town of Bluesville. Not a single person has been nice. With a pinch of elfish magic and a magical whoosh, Eubie hopes that he can turn a whole town of naughty children nice in just one day. Families will love this festive tale of overcoming adversity, friendship, the power of positivity and believing in yourself!

The Gleaming Lights of Winter Nights

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Photo Courtesy of Frequent Flyers Productions Facebook Page

When: Saturday, December 9, 2017

Where: Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 8PM

Cost: $16 – $19. Tickets available here.

Celebrate the holidays with Frequent Flyers‘ Adult Student Company in The Gleaming Lights of Winter Nights! From the Aurora Borealis to a single candlelight in your window, aerial dancers bring you the warmth, splendor, and comfort of light in this dark season. Join us for a magical evening of joy and reverence with dancers on aerial fabrics, lyra, trapeze, and more!

Navidad Flamenca: A Flamenco Christmas Night

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Photo Courtesy Flamenco Underground

When: Saturday, December 9, 2017

Where: Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Avenue, Louisville, Colorado 80027

Time: 7:30 PM

Cost: $18 in advance, $20 at the door. $15 Students & Seniors. Tickets available here.

Celebrate the Holidays with Flamenco Underground in an incredible live flamenco show, Navidad Flamenca. This Christmas show includes a special program with Villancicos Flamencos (Spanish Christmas carols) featuring guest artists: Guitarist Steve Mullins & Flamenco Dancer Ruben Rodriguez, Mark Herzog, Cante (Singing), and Natalia Perez del Villar & Flamenco Underground, Baile (Dance). Tapas and Spanish Christmas Sweets will be offered during intermission.

The 3rd Annual Erie Holiday Shoppe

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When: Saturday, December 9, 2017

Where: The Painted Piano, 726 Mathews Cir, Erie, CO 80516

Time: 10AM – 2PM

Cost: FREE

The Painted Piano will be hosting the 3rd Annual Holiday Shoppe in Erie. Local handmade and small business boutiques are coming together for another shopping day you don’t want to miss. This is your chance to shop for unique gifts including boutique clothing and accessories, hand painted signs, jewelry, live wreaths, soap, painted furniture, vintage items, ornaments, tote bags, baby items, iced sugar cookies, Colorado gifts, felted accessories and more! And this year, come visit the Hopping Aussie Coffee Truck parked out front!

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.

Menorah Lighting on Pearl Street

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When: Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Where: Pearl Street Mall, Pearl Street, Boulder CO 80302

Time: 5:30PM

Cost: FREE

The annual Menorah Lighting on Pearl Street attracts over 300 parents, children, grandparents, couples, singles, and passers-by each year, and has become a holiday ritual for numerous local Jewish families. The event features a performance by the talented and well-loved musician Sheldon Sands, Chanukah Favors to first 100 participants, plenty of fresh sufganiot, small menorah and candle sets to take home, Menorah Lighting under the stars with the Participation of Community Leaders and Dignitaries, a fresh, hot Latke Bar created by local chef Josh Raderman, as well as hot Coffee, Hot Chocolate and more. This event is jointly sponsored by the Boulder County Center for Judaism, the Boulder JCC, the Boulder Jewish NewsJEWISHcolorado, the Oreg Foundation, Audrey and Andy Franklin and Rhonda and Bruce Wildman.

Ignite Chanukah 2017

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When: Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Where: Rembrandt Yard, 1301 Spruce St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 5:30PM – 9PM

Cost: $25 *This is a 21+ event. Tickets available here.

Ignite Chanukah is a fast-paced, fun-filled evening of 5 minute TED-talk-style presentations given by your peers. Pair that with latkes, falafel, and open bar, and it is sure to be a night not to miss. It is the biggest Adult Chanukah Party in Boulder! Tickets include: admission, open bar, latkes, falafel, snacks, raffle prize ticket, & admission to the afterparty! Stay to see your peers share stories about their passions, in short, 5-minute presentations. Stay even longer for the after party!

KYGO’s Christmas Jam

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When: Thursday, December 14, 2017

Where: 1st Bank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield 80021

Time: 7PM – 11PM

Cost: $45 – $55. Tickets available here.

98.5 KYGO presents KYGO’s Christmas Jam starring Chris Young, Chris Janson and Chris Lane at Broomfield’s 1st Bank Center.

Historic Hoverhome’s Annual Holiday Tours

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Photo Courtesy St. Vrain Historical Society

When: December 9 – December 17, 2017

Where: Historic Hoverhome, 1309 Hover St, Longmont, CO 80501-3161, United States

Time: See schedule here.

Cost: $10/person. Kids under 6 are FREE

Come and enjoy the holiday season at Historic Hoverhome in Longmont! Tour this beautifully decorated 1913-1914 historic house all decked-out for the holidays. These open-house tours allow guests to tour the house at their leisure, and no RSVPs are required. Tours also include hot cider and cookies, Christmas music and caroling, and costumed docents. Fee is $10 per person, children under 6 are free. Tour fees and donations collected assist The St. Vrain Historical Society with the management, preservation, and care of Hoverhome.

Chanukah on Ice

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When: December 14, 2017

Where: Steinbaugh Pavilion, 824 Front Street in Historic Downtown Louisville

Time: 4PM – 6PM

Cost: $3 Adults | $2 Kids (ages 4-12) | Free for Children 3 and under | Skate Rental: $4 | Pay at the rink

Skate with family and friends to Chanukah music at Chanukah on Ice! Lighting of the public Menorah in Louisville will be followed by a night of ice skating and delicious sufganiyot (jelly donuts)! For more information, contact Chany at lbkosher@gmail.com or Irene at irene@boulderjcc.org.

Longmont Symphony Candlelight Concert

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When: December 15, 2017

Where: Westview Presbyterian Church, 1500 Hover St, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: 7:30PM

Cost: Adults $25, Seniors $22, Youth (12 – 18) $5, Children Under 11 FREE

Join the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor David Rutherford, in their Candlelight Concert, an intimate chamber music concert celebrating the music of the season.

Firefly Handmade Holiday Market

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When: Saturday, December 16, 2017

Where: Embassy Suites Boulder, 2601 Canyon Blvd, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 10AM – 5PM

Cost: FREE admission

Firefly Handmade will be holding its annual Holiday Market at the brand new Embassy Suites Hotel Ballroom. Shop handmade for the holidays at the Front Range’s premier marketplace for exclusively handmade artisan goods. Featuring 80+ Indie Artisans as well as live music with Banshee Tree. Each Firefly Handmade market is carefully and creatively curated to feature returning favorite and emerging artisans with home goods & décor; jewelry & accessories; adult & children’s fashion; skin care; ceramics; art; artisanal food; paper goods; and more.

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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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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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.

Holiday Festival at Longmont Museum

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Photo Courtesy Longmont Museum

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 Quintet, Longmont’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.

A Tonal Noel: Holiday Vocal Music

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When: Saturday, December 16, 2017

Where: Louisville Library, 951 Spruce St, Louisville, CO 80027

Time: 10:30 – 11AM

Cost: FREE admission

The local choral music group Key of She will present a holiday concert Tonal Noel in the Louisville Public Library. Please stop in the Library to enjoy seasonal songs.

The Aaron Walker Quartet: A Gypsy Holiday

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Photo Courtesy Colorado Chautauqua

When: Saturday, December 16, 2017

Where: Chautauqua Community House, 900 Baseline Rd, Boulder, CO 80302

Times: 2PM & 7:30PM

Cost: $18, Tickets available here.

At Colorado Chautauqua, December 16 will be anything but a silent night as the Aaron Walker Quartet performs their own Bohemian style of jazz music to beloved holiday favorites. The quartet comprises of Aaron Walker on lead guitar with Luke Smith on rhythm guitar, Gary Sloan on stand-up bass and Joe D’Esposito on violin.

Santa’s House at Village at the Peaks

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Photo Courtesy Village at the Peaks

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.

The Nutcracker

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Photo Courtesy Centennial State Ballet

When: December 15 – 17, 2017

Where: Niwot High School, 8989 Niwot Rd, Niwot, Colorado 80503

Time: Times vary, see schedule here.

Cost: Adults, $22, $17 Students & Seniors. Tickets available here.

Centennial State Ballet is proud to present the 17th annual performances of The Nutcracker! Audiences of all ages will delight in the classic holiday tale of Clara and her prince as they travel to the land of sweets. The story comes to life on stage, featuring students from Longmont Dance Theatre Academy, in this grand-scale production. Longmont’s youth ballet company performs under the direction of Executive Artistic Director Kristin Kingsley. Featuring Tchaikovsky original score with accompaniment by Flatirons Community Orchestra and the St. Vrain Singers. The performances also feature guest artists Matthew Helms and Christopher Smidt.

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.

 

Jeff and Paige Chanukah Concert

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Photo Courtesy Jeff and Paige

When: December 20, 2017

Where: Boulder JCC, 6007 Oreg Ave, Boulder, CO 80303

Time: 4:15 – 5PM

Cost: $10 per child, $5 for Adults, Children under 2 are FREE

Join the Boulder Jewish Community Center for an interactive musical celebration of Hanukkah with Jeff and Paige! With elaborate costumes and song, Jeff and Paige use storytelling to explore Hanukkah and celebrate its many traditions. This a family-friendly event, and all ages are welcome!

Holiday Open House at Erie Community Library

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When: December 20, 2017

Where: Erie Community Library, 400 Powers St, Erie, Colorado 80516

Time: 2PM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Bring the whole family for a fun Holiday Open House at Erie Community Library. Drop-in anytime between 2-5pm to decorate cookies, do a craft and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

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.

Christmas Revels: An Irish Celebration of the Winter Solstice

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Photo Courtesy Rocky Mountain Revels

When: December 22 – December 27, 2017

Where: Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: Times vary, see schedule here.

Cost: $20 – $28. Tickets available here.

Celebrate the season through music, dance, and drama with the Rocky Mountain Revels. An eagerly awaited holiday tradition, The Christmas Revels returns with a show steeped in Irish music, dance and story-telling. This spirited chorus of adults and children will capture your hearts and set the stage for the holidays! This year’s Christmas Revels will draw you into the celebration with audience sing-alongs, Mummer’s Play and Lord of the Dance. Popular local Irish musicians and award winning step dancers set your blood pumping and your heart singing!

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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