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What to Do with Kids this Weekend, December 9 – 10, 2017

December 7, 2017
what to do with kids this weekend in boulder

This weekend promises to be gorgeous and sunny after a long week of cold temperatures. Get the kids out of the house to visit the new play area downtown, enjoy some ice skating, go on a scavenger hunt and even do some rock climbing with Santa! There are a ton of fun events happening this weekend in and around Boulder.

Jingle Bell Fridays at Village at the Peaks

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Photo Courtesy Village at the Peaks

When: Friday, December 8, 2017

Where: Village at the Peaks, 1250 S Hover Rd, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: 5PM – 8PM

Cost: FREE

Get into the holiday spirit this December with lots of free, fun and festive activities for the whole family every Friday at Village at the PeaksJingle Bell Friday activities include: horse drawn carriage rides, kids crafts, face painting, and balloon artists. Stay for the carolers and cookies with Santa’s elves from 6-8 PM. Take a photo with Santa from 6:30-7:30PM at Gold’s Gym Longmont, then take a free carriage ride over to the village to enjoy the rest of the event.

Longmont Lights Holiday Festival & Parade

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Photo Courtesy WK Real Estate

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.

Free Community Skate at WinterSkate Boulder

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Photo Courtesy Boulder Creek Events

When: Saturday, December 9, 2017

Where: Central Park, 1236 Canyon Blvd, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 2PM – 4PM

Cost: FREE

Enjoy the WinterSkate ice rink in Boulder’s Civic Area (next to the Dushanbe Teahouse) for from 2 to 4 PM on Saturday, Dec. 9 for a FREE skate session – ice skate rental included!

A Homestead Christmas

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Photo Courtesy Erie Historical Society

When: Saturday, December 9, 2017

Where: Erie Historical Society, 11611 Jasper Rd, Erie, Colorado 80516

Time: 10AM – 4PM

Cost: FREE

Join the Erie Historical Society for A Homestead Christmas at the Wise Homestead. Take a tour of our turn of the century farm house and museum. Enjoy refreshments and live entertainment by the Erie High School Choir and the Weld County Ramblers.

 

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 LegionEstes Valley Recreation and Park District,  and the Estes Park Lions Club.

Creekside Play Area Opening

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Photo Courtesy City of Boulder

When: Saturday, December 9, 2017

Where: Near the Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 11AM – 1PM

Cost: FREE

The new Civic Area nature playground, Creekside Play Area is ready to open! The City of Boulder invites the community to celebrate the opening of this final milestone of the Civic Area Park’s Phase One of construction – the “park at the core” enhancements to Central Park. A small grand opening event will be held, featuring live music, free refreshments, kids activities and the opportunity to play on the new the tree house. For more information, click here: http://bit.ly/2AKlk7h

Kids Climb with Santa at Neptune Mountaineering

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Photo Courtesy Neptune Mountaineering

When: Saturday, December 9, 2017

Where: Neptune Mountaineering, 633 S Broadway St Ste A, Boulder, Colorado 80305

Time: 1PM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: 10 & Under

Kids are invited to climb with Santa this Saturday at Neptune Mountaineering! Kids who try out the new climbing wall with Santa as their belayer get a gift and a 15% off coupon for the sporting parents. While you are at Neptune, check out the Santa Stroll and Scavenger hunt (details below).

Santa Stroll and Scavenger Hunt

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When: Saturday, December 9, 2017

Where: The Shops at Table Mesa, 601 S Broadway St, Boulder, Colorado 80305

Time: 1PM – 5PM

Cost: Please bring a canned food donation.

Check out the Santa Stroll and Scavenger Hunt at The Shops at Table Mesa this Saturday. Activities will include visits with Santa, scavenger hunt, cookies and hot chocolate and festive holiday fun.

Drumming with Horses

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When: Saturday, December 9, 2017

Where: Medicine Horse Program, 8778 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO 80303

Time: 3PM – 6PM

Cost: FREE

Boulder Drum Circle and Medicine Horse Program are excited to collaborate to bring you Drumming with Horses! Weather permitting, the event will be outside with a bonfire and the horses. Indoor space is available for inclement weather. Bring your drum & percussion instruments. This is a free community event but both Boulder Drum Circle and Medicine Horse Program appreciate donations.

Santa at Longmont Ace Hardware

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Photo Courtesy Santa Claus at the North Pole Facebook Page

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.

Jeff and Paige Concert at Rayback Collective

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Photo Courtesy Jeff and Paige

When: Sunday, December 10, 2017

Where: Rayback Collective, 2775 Valmont Rd, Boulder, CO 80304

Time: 10AM – 11AM

Cost: $10/person 2 & under FREE, tickets available here.

Ages: 3 – 8

Enjoy an indoor, hour-long, science and nature-focused concert by Jeff and Paige at Boulder’s hippest hub for food, community and music, Rayback Collective. Expect live, original, nature-inspired music for kids, educational/hilarious skits, quick costume changes and tons of audience participation. There will be hot cocoa and coffee from Carabiner, pints, mules, sangria and a mystery AM cocktail all available for purchase. Stick around after the show for lunch at any of the 3 food trucks onsite! Food can be brought inside.

Visit Santa at Jax Broomfield

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When: Sunday, December 10, 2017

Where: Jax Broomfield Outdoor Gear, Ranch & Home, 5005 West 120th Avenue, Broomfield, Colorado 80020

Time: 1PM- 4PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Stop by Jax Broomfield Outdoor Gear, Ranch & Home this weekend to get a FREE picture with Santa Claus. The whole family is welcome, including pets!

Live Reindeer at Murdoch’s in Longmont

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When: Sunday, December 10, 2017

Where: Murdoch’s Longmont, 2255 Main St Ste 107, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 3PM- 6PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Bring the family to see live reindeer at Murdoch’s in Longmont this Sunday! Take photos, write a letter to Santa, and take home a bit of Christmas magic with you.

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.

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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What to Do with Kids this Weekend, December 1 – 3, 2017

November 30, 2017
what to do with kids this weekend in boulder

Celebrate the start of December with the kids! Events happening all weekend long starting Friday night including visits with Santa, parades, festivals, yoga, the Nutcracker Ballet and so much more.

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!

WinterSkate Boulder

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Photo Courtesy Boulder Creek Events

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

Jingle Bell Fridays at Village at the Peaks

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Photo Courtesy Village at the Peaks

When: Friday, December 1, 2017

Where: Village at the Peaks, 1250 S Hover Rd, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: 5PM – 8PM

Cost: FREE

Get into the holiday spirit this December with lots of free, fun and festive activities for the whole family every Friday at Village at the Peaks! Jingle Bell Friday activities include: horse drawn carriage rides, kids crafts, face painting, and balloon artists. Stay for the carolers and cookies with Santa’s elves from 6-8 PM.

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.

Santa’s House Boulder

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Photo Courtesy Santa’s House Boulder

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 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.

St. Nick on the Bricks

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Photo Courtesy Downtown Boulder

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.

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 Lyonsfor 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)!

Little Adventures Kids Yoga Class- Under the Sea

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When: Saturday, December 2, 2017

Where: CorePower Yoga – Flatirons, 549 Flatiron Blvd Suite A, Broomfield, Colorado 80021

Time: 2PM – 3PM

Cost: $20 per parent/child for members, $25 per parent/child for non-members, $5 per additional child/family

Ages: 3 – 10 years. Adult must accompany child.

Embark on an Under the Sea yoga adventure with CorePower Yoga in Broomfield! Come enjoy some time with your kids as we learn several basic yoga postures through a combination of story, play, and dance. Adult must accompany child / Suitable for ages 3-10. Space is limited. Call (720) 887-6191 to reserve your spot.

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!

Boulder Lights of December Parade

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Photo Courtesy Downtown Boulder

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 at Boulder County Fairgrounds

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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.

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.

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.

Santa Station: Erie (Vista Ridge)

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Photo Courtesy Mountain Fire Rescue

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 – 4PM

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.

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.

The Nutcracker Ballet

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Photo Courtesy Longmont Symphony Orchestra

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.

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.

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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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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Photo Courtesy Boulder Creek Events

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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Photo Courtesy Downtown Boulder

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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Photo Courtesy HGTV

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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Photo Courtesy Santa’s House Boulder

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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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!

Boulder Lights of December Parade

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Photo Courtesy Downtown Boulder

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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Photo Courtesy Mountain Fire Rescue

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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Photo Courtesy Longmont Symphony Orchestra

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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Photo Courtesy CU Presents

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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Photo Courtesy WK Real Estate

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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Photo Courtesy The Painted Piano

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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Photo Courtesy Boulder JCC

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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Photo Courtesy KYGO

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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Photo Courtesy Firefly Handmade Market

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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Photo Courtesy Santa at the North Pole

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.

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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Places to Have a Birthday Party in Boulder in the Winter

November 28, 2017

Looking for something different to do for your child’s birthday this year? If you aren’t prepared to have a gaggle of kids running around your house there are a ton of great local alternatives. Everything from gymnastics and climbing parties to art and ninja parties! Here is a complete guide to 37 places to have a birthday party in and around Boulder in the Winter. To find the venues closest to home, the guide is organized by city. Here are some quick links:

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ABC Climbing

What to do with kids in boulder this summer

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Want to have an energetic party in the Winter? ABC Kids Climbing offers space for the birthday kid and friends to run, jump, play and climb indoors! Skilled instructors will lead children through an hour and a half of climbing, games, and activities. Children are encouraged to explore the different areas of our gym, including the top rope walls.  After climbing, the group will move into a party room for half an hour, to enjoy food, cake, and gifts. ABC Climbing offers a variety of birthday packages, including deluxe packages with food and cake included.

ABC Climbing is located at 1960 32nd St, Boulder, CO 80301.

Boulder Rock Club

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Boulder Rock Club‘s two hour birthday party package includes a private party room, all the safety equipment, and skilled instructors.  Participants will get to rope climb, boulder, and play team building games. Kids love to climb and parents love to watch ‘em. Boulder Rock Club will take care of the climbing details and the space: you provide the food. For more details, click here.

Boulder Rock Club is located at 2829 Mapleton Ave, Boulder, CO 80301.

Boulder Indoor Soccer

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Boulder Indoor Soccer offers a variety of birthday party packages including time for kids to play on the field and even an option for an inflatable or bubble balls! The facility also offers party rooms and coaches as needed. For all the details, click here.

Boulder Indoor Soccer is located at 3203 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80301.

Boulder Karate

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Boulder Karate‘s parties are full of Ninja action! You may leave it to us, or pick a few of your favorite games including ninja dodgeball, relay races, suction cup ninja star throwing and more. The birthday kid also has the chance to break a real board, karate-style as well as cut the cake with a real sword. Click here for all the ninja-inspired party details.

Boulder Karate is located at 1672 30th St, Boulder, CO 80301.

Boulder Quest Center

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Boulder Quest Center‘s highly trained staff provides an unforgettable experience, the birthday child gets a special role in the games, and you have the easiest birthday party ever. Boulder Quest does the work so you can enjoy the party–just bring the kids and the cake! For all the details, click here.

Boulder Quest Center is located at 1501 Lee Hill Dr #18, Boulder, CO 80304.

CATS Gym

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CATS Gym offers birthday parties with fun, lively, physical activity and making the event stress-free for hosts. CATS provides the location, Birthday Party Pro (instructor), set up, entertainment, games, clean up. Parties include 90 minutes of playtime lead by a CATS Party Pro, and an additional 30 minutes of time in the CATS Hospitality Loft to enjoy refreshments and gifts. Shorter parties are available for preschool ages. Energetic and fun playtime activities include: obstacle courses, trampolines, rope swing, games, open gym, and more. CATS Gym has two different birthday party packages, for more information, click here.

CATS Gym is located at 2400 30th St, Boulder, CO 80301.

Color Me Mine

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Color Me Mine offers a variety of birthday party options, at the studio or in your own home! Options include Paint Me a Story, Kidz Canvas Parties, Ceramics Painting Parties and more. Click here for all the options and details.

Color Me Mine is located at 1938 Pearl St Suite 100, Boulder, CO 80302

The Connection Bowling, Billiards and Games

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The Connection at the UMC is the ONLY bowling center in Boulder. The Connection features 10 bowling lanes, eight 9-foot billiards tables, video game consoles (XBOX ONE, PS4, Wii), pinball and arcade games, and a foosball table. The venue is available for birthday parties and offers several birthday packages. For details, click here.

The Connection at the UMC is located at 1669 Euclid Ave, Boulder, CO 80302.

Elite Dance Academy

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Elite Dance Academy offers several birthday party packages, featuring dancing, games, and a craft as well as a handful of themes. They will also take care of all the paper materials and can offer packages with cake as well as food. For all the details and choices, click here.

Elite Dance Academy is located at 

Food Lab Boulder

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Need a place to celebrate your child’s birthday? Food Lab will make all the mess, all the food and all the fun. Kids will participate in a hands-on cooking class and make the food they will eat, cake included! A variety of menu options are available, including gluten free and vegan. Birthday package includes all food, time in the food lab, snacks, drinks and more! All the details can be found here.

Food Lab Boulder is located at 1825 Pearl St A, Boulder, CO 80302.

Gateway Park Fun Center

There is something for everyone at Boulder’s favorite amusement park, Gateway Park Fun Center. Kids will love the retro feel of the two miniature golf courses, bumper cars and go carts. The park also offers batting cages, inline hockey rink, human maze and more. Gateway has several birthday party packages, with indoor party rooms as well as an arcade. The best part is that although most of the attractions are outdoors, the park is open all year long, so you can take advantage of those warm, sunny days in the winter.

Gateway Park Fun Center is located at 4800 28th St, Boulder, CO 80301.

PoshSplat

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PoshSplat will supply all the materials and lots of fun with age-appropriate painting projects. Art teachers will guide the kids to making their very own masterpiece. PoshSplat provides the table, and paperware, you will just need to bring the cake and ice cream! For more details, click here.

PoshSplat is located at 2035 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302.

Shredder Urban Ski & Snowboard Park

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Shredder Urban Ski & Snowboard Park is an indoor/outdoor, year-round ski and snowboard school that provides an alternative to the traditional slope. Birthday party packages offer a range of activities from sledding and air track to skiing and snowboarding, depending on the age and skill levels of participants.

Shredder Urban Ski & Snowboard Park is located at 6655 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO 80303.

Tinker Art Studio

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Tinker Art Studio offers a fun and creative birthday package to help celebrate your child’s birthday. The birthday child and their guests will have a great time being creative and making a unique art project while parents can sit back and enjoy watching their young artists at work. For more information, click here.

Tinker Art Studio is located at 1300 Yellow Pine Ave, #B, Boulder, CO 80304.

BROOMFIELD

 

Build-A-Bear Workshop

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Build-A-Bear offers custom birthday parties for kids at its Flatiron Crossing location. Each party is hosted by an official party leader and is customized by your budget! Each guest gets to make and take home their own furry friend. For more details, click here.

Build-A-Bear is located at 1 W Flatiron Crossing Dr #2080, Broomfield, CO 80021.

Chipper’s Lanes

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Chipper’s Lanes has been hosting fun birthday parties in Broomfield for years! Chipper’s Lanes centers offer a variety of activities including laser tag, arcade, bowling, and so much more. Click here to view available birthday packages.

Chipper’s Lanes is located at 100 Nickel St, Broomfield, CO 80020.

GlobalSound Studio

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Globalsound Studio features dance and karaoke parties in its 2000 square-foot party hall. The studio is complete with a dance floor, large stage, DJ, karaoke, dance music, and refreshments. Find the complete details here.

Globalsound Studio is located at 

Iluminar Aerial

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Iluminar Aerial features parties under its big top for a high flying adventure! Parties include one hour of structured activities including dance, songs, games, relays, aerial instruction and swing time! A space will be available for refreshments after the fun. For all the details including party theme ideas, click here.

Iluminar Aerial is located at 2655 Industrial Ln, Broomfield, CO 80020.

Warrior Challenge Arena

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Warrior Challenge Arena offers birthday parties full of hilarious physical fun through team and personal challenges catered to specific ages and interests. Coaches will facilitate each activity and monitor the floor at all times to insure safe play for you and the kids. For birthday party options and details, click here.

Warrior Challenge Arena is located at 3400 Industrial Ln #12a, Broomfield, CO 80020.

ERIE

 

Erie Community Center

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Erie Community Center offers three different birthday party options: Mini-Miners Indoor Playground Party, Swimming Pool Party, and Climbing Wall Party. Parties include cake and paper materials, with an option for pizza. For all the details, click here.

Erie Community Center is located at 450 Powers St, Erie, CO 80516.

LAFAYETTE

 

Dog House Music

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Dog House Music offers authentic rock & roll birthday parties for kids, teens and adults. Party packages are flexible and based on the age and preferences of the partiers, but packages may include: rock and roll makeover, party favors, interactive music video games, live performances and more! For all the details, click here.

Dog House Music is located at 525 Courtney Way, Lafayette, CO 80026.

W.O.W. Museum

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Just a short drive out of Boulder, the World of Wonder Children’s Museum in downtown Lafayette is a favorite for young children. Designed for interactive learning and play, WOW! features a light & music room, an art room, a little clinic, a sandbox, a theatre area complete with costumes and stage and so much more! Birthday party packages include admission to the museum for all attendees, 1 hour in a private party room, as well as plates, cups and napkins for everyone. For all the details, click here.

WOW! Children’s Museum is located at 110 N Harrison Ave, Lafayette, CO 80026.

Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics

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Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics provides a fun-filled space, enthusiastic coaches and all the set up and clean up for a great birthday party. Parties include a personal birthday party attendant, one hour in the gym, 30 minutes in the party area, as well as a goodie bag for each guest. For all the details, click here.

Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics is located at 1405 S Public Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026.

LONGMONT

 

Airborne Gymnastics

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Airborne Gymnastics offers birthday parties complete with a birthday party attendant, private party room and use of the gymnastics facility. You bring refreshments and party goods, a signed waiver for each guest, and children who want to have fun! Parties rotate through the gym with the party leaders, utilizing a variety of gymnastics equipment including trampolines, rope swings, balance beams, bars, trapeze, and the foam pit. For all the details, click here.

Airborne Gymnastics is located at 1816 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO 80501.

Crackpots Pottery Studio

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Crackpots Pottery Studio offers private party rooms where kids can paint their choice of ceramics from popular kids items. A freindly staff member will be there to help. There are a variety of party options – for all the details click here.

Crackpots Pottery Studio is located at 505 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501.

Dabble Paint and Sip

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Dabble Paint and Sip features birthday parties with step by step painting instruction, all while jamming to some great tunes. The art instructor will start the painting, then break midway for cake or any other treats you would like to bring in and finish up the painting. For all the details, click here.

Dabble Paint and Sip is located at 2330 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501.

Dizzy Family Fun Center

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Dizzy Family Fun Center birthday parties are designed to be stress free and full of fun.  When you host your party at Dizzy, all guests are invited to stay and play all day long.  Every party comes with a party host as well as 50 minutes in the party area for pizza and cake. For more details, click here.

Dizzy Family Fun Center is located at 455 Weaver Park Rd #100, Longmont, CO 80501.

Warrior Playground

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Warrior Playground is a full scale American Ninja Warrior and Obstacle Course Race training facility for kids & adults to experience the thrill of tackling the obstacles they see on the TV show. Warrior Playground offers birthday parties that include an introduction to the obstacles, a run through the course and some free time to play on the course. For more details, click here.

Warrior Playground is located at 2415 Wedgewood Ave B, Longmont, CO 80503.

The Wild Game

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The Wild Game has over 50 video and prize games, as well as eight VIP bowling lanes. The Wild Game offers a variety of birthday party packages that include pizza, giant cookie, drinks, and more! For all the details, click here.

The Wild Game is located at 2251 Ken Pratt Blvd, Longmont, CO 80501.

LOUISVILLE

 

APEX School of Movement

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APEX School of Movement provides a space for kids to learn and practice parkour, an activity of moving rapidly through an area, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing. APEX hosts kids birthday parties complete with a certified coach, mini-lessons and lots of open gym time. For all the party details, click here.

APEX School of Movement 1772 Prairie Way Unit G, Louisville, CO 80027.

Coal Creek Bowling Center

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At Coal Creek Bowling Center, all parties include two hours of bowling including shoes for eight children, one free game for each child to use on a future occasion, a balloon bouquet, all paper products, a special gift for the birthday kid, two pitchers of soda and a dedicated party host. There are three different party packages to choose from – details here.

Coal Creek Bowling Center is located at 1455 Coal Creek Dr, Lafayette, CO 80026.

EVO Rock + Fitness

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EVO Rock + Fitness is a spacious, exciting facility that provides the perfect venue for your child’s birthday. Enthusiastic staff members belay young climbers and cheer them on with words of encouragement as they reach the top of our walls, up to 45′ high!  For all the details, click here.

EVO Rock + Fitness is located at 1754 Dogwood St, Louisville, CO 80027.

Mountain Kids

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Mountain Kids offers gymnastics or dance-themed birthday parties for ages 3-12. Parties include 1 hour of gymnastics or dance with our enthusiastic birthday party host, a gigantic obstacle course, trampoline, games, relays, parachute play or dance activities and 1⁄2 hour of party time for cake and other party activities. Mountain Kids will act as host, provide thank-you notes, and party favors, and of course take care of the entire cleanup!

Mountain Kids is located at 474 S Taylor Ave, Louisville, CO 80027.

Yoga Junction

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Looking for a creative and mindful way to celebrate your child’s birthday? Join Yoga Junction for a private yoga birthday party, catered to your group size and birthday wishes. Yoga parties offer a fun way for children to be introduced to the concepts of yoga in a comfortable atmosphere where they can balance, cultivate strength and compassion. The class can include games, yoga postures, breathing, art, and more.

Yoga Junction is located at 927 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027.

NEDERLAND

 

Carousel of Happiness

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Carousel of Happiness hosts birthday parties in its party room for up to 10 kids with accompanying adults circulating through. The Carousel features a magical menagerie featuring 56 whimsical, hand-carved animals on a restored 1910 Looff carousel, turning to the music of a 1913 Wurlitzer band organ. Party Room rental includes 10 carousel ride tickets. Additional tickets may be purchased. For details, click here.

Carousel of Happiness is located at 20 Lakeview Dr, Nederland, CO 80466.

SUPERIOR

 

Chuck E. Cheese

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Chuck E. Cheese’s features games, rides, prizes, food and entertainment that children of all ages from toddlers to big kids will love. There are a variety of birthday package options to choose from, including entertainment, food and goodie bags.

Chuck E. Cheese’s is located at 305 Marshall Rd, Superior, CO 80027.

Great Play

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At Great Play‘s award-winning, high-energy parties, your guests will have a blast in the interactive gym! Choose from six different themes, from super hero party to dance party, and Great Play will customize your child’s party with interactive arena software. For all the details, click here.

Great Play is located at 502 Center Dr J&K, Superior, CO 80027.

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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What to Do with Kids in Boulder this Thanksgiving Weekend, November 24 – 26

November 21, 2017
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This long Thanksgiving weekend, check out these events to keep the holiday fun going all weekend long! Events include visits with Santa, The Nutcracker, holiday tree lighting ceremonies, holiday tea and so much more. Happening this weekend in and around Boulder.

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

Ages: All Ages

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

The Nutcracker Ballet

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When: November 24 – November 26, 2017

Where: Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St, Boulder, Colorado 80309

Time: Times vary, see full schedule here.

Cost: $15 – $82, tickets here.

Thanksgiving weekend, the curtain rises for America’s favorite ballet, brought to life by Boulder Ballet and the Boulder Philharmonic – The Nutcracker. Make your plans now for this thrilling and heartwarming spectacle, all performed to Tchaikovsky’s masterful score.

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 Niwotofficially 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!

Teddy Bear Tea

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When: Saturday, November 25, 2017

Where: Hotel Boulderado, 2115 13th street, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 11:30AM – 1:30PM

Cost: Adult Tea – $31 & $36, Children’s Tea ages 4-12 – $20, Children 3 & under are free. For reservations of 8 or more please call 303-440-2880. Online reservations here.

Kids and families can experience a longstanding tradition of Teddybear Tea at Hotel Boulderado, with a delicious selection of homemade scones, assorted sandwiches and a variety of desserts. All proceeds will be donated to Children’s Hospital. Tea service inside Hotel Boulderado is offered seasonally to guests set on the historic Mezzanine overlooking the hotel lobby. With beautiful views of the hotel’s famous renovated stained glass canopy ceiling, irresistible menus, and soft piano or choir music performances, tea service at Hotel Boulderado will quickly become an annual tradition for you and your loved ones.

4th Annual Leftover Turkey Trot 5K

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When: Saturday, November 25, 2017

Where: Roger’s Grove Park, 220 Hover Rd, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: 10AM

Cost: $15 – $40, Register here.

It’s Leftover Turkey Trot time! Time to grab the kids, the friends, and the relatives that have invaded your home, make some memories and spread some smiles! This family-friendly activity is sure to get your Leftover Turkey legs moving and your faces smiling. There will be plenty of hot coffee, food and drinks so please plan to arrive early and stick around for a bit after the run, have some food, make new friends and say hello to those familiar faces we see each year. You must register by November 9th to be guaranteed a race t-shirt.

Make Your Own Mason Jar Snow Globe

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When: Saturday, November 25, 2017

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

Time: 11AM – 2PM

Cost: FREE

Bring your youngster and friends to McGuckin Hardware to make their very own snow globe out of simple object founds in our store. One per child. Quantities limited; first come, first serve. Not able to join us? Just stop in to pick up our instruction card and supplies the next time you’re in!

Niwot Holiday Parade

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When: Saturday, 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.

Sugar Plum Tea Party

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When: November 25 – 26, 2017

Where: Centennial State Ballet, 1422 Nelson Rd, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: Times vary, see schedule here.

Cost: SOLD OUT

Centennial State Ballet will host their 15th annual Sugar Plum Tea Party fundraiser during the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend. The non-profit youth ballet organization celebrates 20 years of exceptional ballet performances this year with this well-known fundraising event. The ticket price includes a delightful afternoon with warm tea, sweet and savory edibles and harp accompaniment, a mini-Nutcracker performance and a souvenir photo taken with the Sugar Plum Fairy. For more information, click here.

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 at Samples World Bistro

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When: November 25, 2017

Time: 3:30PM – 6:30PM

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.

Gingerbread Tea

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When: Sundays, November 26 – December 17, 2017

Where: Jill’s Restaurant & Bistro, 900 Walnut St, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: Times vary, see schedule here.

Cost: $35.95 Adults, $19.95 Children 4-12, Children three & under are FREE

Jill’s Restaurant & Bistro at the St. Julien Hotel and Spa is hosting a Gingerbread Tea for the young and old, urban and rural. Traditional tea, music and delicacies including savory tea sandwiches, sweet Petite Fours and an array of different flavored scones, fill the room as Jill’s Restaurant & Bistro Executive Chef Laurent Mechin helps children – both small and big – decorate gingerbread cookies. The sweetest part—a portion of the proceeds are donated to There With Care, a non-profit organization that supports children and families facing critical illness. For reservations, please contact the St. Julien concierge at (720) 406-9696.

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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Where to Visit with Santa Near Boulder

November 21, 2017
Boulder holiday events

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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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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Photo Courtesy The Flower Bin

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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Photo Courtesy Mountain Fire Rescue

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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Photo Courtesy WK Real Estate

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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Photo Courtesy Santa at the North Pole

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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Photo Courtesy Santa at the North Pole

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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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.

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.

Boulder Events

Complete Boulder Holiday Events Guide

November 18, 2017
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Excited for the holidays? Get ready for a fun-filled season of parades, festivals, handmade markets, fireworks, visits with Santa and so much more! Here is your complete guide to over 50 holiday events happening in and around Boulder.

Santa HQ at Flatiron Crossing

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Photo Courtesy HGTV

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.

Mollie McGees Holiday Market

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Photo Courtesy Molly McGee’s Craft Market

When: November 18 – 19, 2017

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

Time: Saturday 9AM – 5PM, Sunday 10AM – 4PM

Cost: $4 for both days, kids under 12 are FREE

Mollie McGee’s Craft Markets feature only the highest quality handcrafted items as well as a selection of unique items not found in most malls. Molly McGee’s Fall and Holiday Markets boast over 160 booths at each show.

Louisville WinterSkate

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When: Thanksgiving Week – 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.

Santa Cellar Craft Fair

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When: Saturday, November 18, 2017

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

Time: 8AM – 3PM

Cost: FREE

Check out the Santa Cellar Craft Fair, held at the Broomfield Community Center. Our Annual Santa’s Cellar Craft Fair features five rooms filled with local crafters from Colorado. Santa visits from 10 a.m. until noon! Find something special for everyone on your list. The Ninth Reindeer Cafe will be open during the Craft Fair from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for your snacking needs. Located in the Lakeshore Room. Take a look at the Breakfast and Lunch menus.

Estes Park Tree Lighting Ceremony

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When: Saturday, November 18, 2017

Where: George Hix Riverside Plaza, 184 W. Elkhorn Ave, George Hix Riverside Plaza, CO

Time: 4PM – 7PM

Cost: FREE

Light up the season in Estes Park at the 7th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. This event has become an Estes Park tradition with its unique characteristics and community recognition. Guests are welcome to visit with Santa, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, browse the area shops, and enjoy live entertainment. The ceremonial lighting will occur at 6pm.

Soul Tree Holiday Bazaar

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When: Saturday, November 18, 2017

Where: Soul Tree Studio, 422 E Simpson St, Lafayette, Colorado 80026

Time: 11AM – 4PM

Cost: FREE

Soul Tree Yoga is hosting its 5th Annual Holiday Bazaar, featuring a handful of returning artists  along with a few new artists for the 2017 season. Gifts range from contemporary jewelry, original stoneware, essential oils, as well as wine tasting from a local winery! Soul Tree carefully selects artists that can provide handmade, affordable gifts for everyone on your list. Many of the artists are students and teachers at Soul Tree.

Switch on the Holidays

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Photo Courtesy Downtown Boulder

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017

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

Time: 5PM – 9PM

Cost: FREE

Switch on the Holidays is back with a holiday sing-along performance led by the Boulder Children’s Chorale joined by members of the Boulder Chorale lead up to the grand illumination of the Boulder County Courthouse and the Pearl Street Mall, with a special appearance by Santa himself! Then stick around for FREE visits with Santa until 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit: https://www.boulderdowntown.com/light-up-the-holidays/events/switch-on-the-holidays.

Winterfest Wednesday

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Photo Courtesy Orchard Town Center

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!

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

The Nutcracker Ballet

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Photo Courtesy Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra

When: November 24 – November 26, 2017

Where: Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St, Boulder, Colorado 80309

Time: Times vary, see full schedule here.

Cost: $15 – $82, tickets here.

Thanksgiving weekend, the curtain rises for America’s favorite ballet, brought to life by Boulder Ballet and the Boulder Philharmonic – The Nutcracker. Make your plans now for this thrilling and heartwarming spectacle, all performed to Tchaikovsky’s masterful score.

Boulder SantaCon

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Photo Courtesy Boulder SantaCon

When: Friday, November 24, 2017

Where: TBD

Time: 5PM – 12AM

Cost: TBD

SantaCon is simply a gathering of people dressed as Santa. Traditionally, SantaCon is free to attend, however, some events have costs that need to be covered and the organizers ask for a contribution. Others are held in support of a good cause and also have a mandatory contribution. Boulder SantaCon has not yet released more details, but I will update as the information comes in.

WinterSkate Boulder

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Photo Courtesy Boulder Creek Events

When: Starting Friday, November 24, 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.

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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Photo Courtesy The Flower Bin

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.

A Very Soulful Christmas with Hazel Miller

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Photo Courtesy Hazel Miller Band

When: November 25, 2017

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

Time: 7:30PM

Cost: $20, $10 Students. Tickets here.

Colorado favorite Hazel Miller, the most sought after performer in Colorado for the past 30 years, will kick off the holiday season with arrangements of seasonal favorite tunes infused with jazz, swing, gospel, latin and pop flavors at A Very Soulful Christmas. Featuring a mix of sacred and secular holiday music, Hazel Miller and her band will perform arrangements of “Silent Night” in an Afro Cuban style, “O’ Holy Night” in a blues style, “Away in a Manger” in a Gospel ballad style… and much more.

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.

Sugar Plum Tea Party

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Photo Courtesy Centennial State Ballet

When: November 25 – 26, 2017

Where: Centennial State Ballet, 1422 Nelson Rd, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: Times vary, see schedule here.

Cost: $35/person. Tickets available here.

Centennial State Ballet will host their 15th annual Sugar Plum Tea Party fundraiser during the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend. The non-profit youth ballet organization celebrates 20 years of exceptional ballet performances this year with this well-known fundraising event. The ticket price includes a delightful afternoon with warm tea, sweet and savory edibles and harp accompaniment, a mini-Nutcracker performance and a souvenir photo taken with the Sugar Plum Fairy. For more information, click here.

St. Nick on the Bricks

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Photo Courtesy Downtown Boulder

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.

Gingerbread Tea

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Photo Courtesy St Julien Hotel & Spa

When: Sundays, November 26 – December 17, 2017

Where: Jill’s Restaurant & Bistro, 900 Walnut St, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: Times vary, see schedule here.

Cost: $35.95 Adults, $19.95 Children 4-12, Children three & under are FREE

Jill’s Restaurant & Bistro at the St. Julien Hotel and Spa is hosting a Gingerbread Tea for the young and old, urban and rural. Traditional tea, music and delicacies including savory tea sandwiches, sweet Petite Fours and an array of different flavored scones, fill the room as Jill’s Restaurant & Bistro Executive Chef Laurent Mechin helps children – both small and big – decorate gingerbread cookies. The sweetest part—a portion of the proceeds are donated to There With Care, a non-profit organization that supports children and families facing critical illness. For reservations, please contact the St. Julien concierge at (720) 406-9696.

FACE: Holiday Shows

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Photo Courtesy BDT Stage

When: November 27 – 28, 2017

Where: Boulder Dinner Theater, 5501 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303

Time: 5:30PM – 10:30PM

Cost: $45 – $55, Tickets here.

Two unforgettable nights at the Boulder Dinner Theater, see the long-awaited Face holiday concerts! Face is a nationally recognized vocal rock band based out of Boulder, Colorado, bringing a new edge and attitude to the human voice. Using just four singers and a vocal drummer, Face creates a rock-music phenomenon that has to be seen to be believed. No instruments and no special effects -– just five guys. Named “Best Local Musician/Group” by Boulder Weekly in 2015, 2014 and “Best Local Band” by Denver A-List 2013. These shows will sell out! Get your tickets early.

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!

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.

Boulder Lights of December Parade

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Photo Courtesy Downtown Boulder

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.

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.

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.

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.

CU Holiday Festival

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Photo Courtesy CU Presents

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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Photo Courtesy WK Real Estate

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.

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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Photo Courtesy Boulder JCC

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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Photo Courtesy KYGO

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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Photo Courtesy Firefly Handmade Market

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.

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.

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!

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.

Kids

What to Do with Kids this Weekend in Boulder, November 18 -19, 2017

November 16, 2017
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So many things to do this weekend, so little time! Which one will you choose? Below, find 14 kid-friendly events happening this weekend in and around Boulder.

Mary Poppins at the Broomfield Auditorium

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Photo Courtesy Backstory Theatre

When: Friday, November 17 – Sunday November 19, 2017

Where: CU Boulder, Cristol Chemistry Rm 140, Boulder, CO

Time: 9:30 – 10:30AM

Cost: Adults $18, Seniors $13, Students $9, 4 and under $4. Limited tickets available at the door for $2 more per ticket. Tickets available here.

BackStory Theatre continues a tradition of excellence in youth theatre for all ages with its 6th annual musical production, Mary Poppins. This full-length Broadway show features many of the songs you know and love along with your favorite characters. Join Jane and Michael as they journey with their pal Bert and “the Perfect Nanny”, Mary Poppins, to fantastic places outside dreary ol’ London. This year, BackStory advanced performers are joined by the advanced performance troupe from DanceArts Studios in a collaboration that’s sure to have you tapping your toes.

CU Wizards – Superheroes Within!

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017

Where: CU Boulder, Cristol Chemistry Rm 140, Boulder, CO

Time: 9:30 – 10:30AM

Cost: FREE

At CU Wizards: Super Heros Within, CU Physiology Professor Moni Fleshner will teach kids about some great “superheros”, the cells and organs of the immune system that fight germs! With the help of “Anatomy Bob” and examples from a mouse, a rat and a human, Dr. Fleshner’s show will highlight one very important superhero in the body involved with fighting germs, the spleen!

Last Market of the Season

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When: Saturday, November 18, 2017

Where: Boulder Farmers Market, 13th Street and Canyon Boulevard, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 8AM – 2PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Join Boulder’s Farmers Market this Saturday for one last outdoor market before winter finally sets in. This incredible season saw piles of fresh veggies, and this weekend the tables will be stacked high! There will be a Weigh Your Haul Contest –  the person who has the heaviest haul will win a fabulous prize. Enjoy hot apple cider and a fun scavenger hunt.

Estes Park Tree Lighting Ceremony

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When: Saturday, November 18, 2017

Where: George Hix Riverside Plaza, 184 W. Elkhorn Ave, George Hix Riverside Plaza, CO

Time: 4PM – 7PM

Cost: FREE

Light up the season in Estes Park at the 7th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. This event has become an Estes Park tradition with its unique characteristics and community recognition. Guests are welcome to visit with Santa, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, browse the area shops, and enjoy live entertainment. The ceremonial lighting will occur at 6pm.

Turkey Shoot Free Throw Contest

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When: Saturday, November 18, 2017

Where: Bob L. Burger Rec Center, 111 Baseline Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026

Time: 9AM – 9:45AM

Cost: $2 Residents, $5 Non-Residents, Register here.

Here’s your chance to win a Thanksgiving turkey! Shoot free throws to win a Thanksgiving turkey at Lafayette’s Turkey Shoot Free Throw Contest. This event will consist of different age groups for both male and female divisions. Turkeys will be awarded to the top shooter in each category. For more information, call the Recreation Center at 303-665-0469.

Santa Cellar Craft Fair

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When: Saturday, November 18, 2017

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

Time: 8AM – 3PM

Cost: FREE

Check out the Santa Cellar Craft Fair, held at the Broomfield Community Center. Our Annual Santa’s Cellar Craft Fair features five rooms filled with local crafters from Colorado. Santa visits from 10 a.m. until noon! Find something special for everyone on your list. The Ninth Reindeer Cafe will be open during the Craft Fair from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for your snacking needs. Located in the Lakeshore Room. Take a look at the Breakfast and Lunch menus.

I Want to be an Astronaut!

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When: Saturday, November 18, 2017

Two locations/times:

George Reynolds Branch, 3595 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, CO 80305 at 11AM – 12PM

Meadows Branch Library, 4800 Baseline Road, Boulder, CO 80303 at 3PM – 4PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: 5 and Up

At I Want to Be an Astronaut, see and feel what it is like to train for launching into space and exploring the planets, moons, comets and asteroids of our Solar System. Kids will get a chance to do hands-on activities, ask questions, and even try walking in Micro Gravity Boots! No reservations required.

$5 Day at Butterfly Pavilion

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When: Saturday, November 18, 2017

Where: Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W 104th Ave, Westminster, CO 80020

Time: 9AM – 5PM

Cost: $5/person over 2, Kids under 2 and members FREE.

The Butterfly Pavilion is offering admission for just $5 on Saturday, November 18. Home to over 5,000 animals, kids will be immersed in a tropical rainforest where 1,600 butterflies live and Rosie, the tarantula is ready to be held by brave children. Step to Water’s Edge to be immersed in an underwater world full of sea creatures. The pavilion also features lovely gardens and a nature trail, as well as a fun gift shop.

Kids Night Out at Color Me Mine

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When: Saturday, November 18, 2017

Where: Color Me Mine, 1938 Pearl St Suite 100, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 5 – 8PM

Cost: $35/ticket. Tickets available here.

Ages: 5 – 12

Join Color Me Mine to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s birthday! Kids will be painting a Mickey Mouse figurine. Drop your school-ager off at CMM Boulder for a FUNtastical & ARTmazing time! Crafts, games and pizza will be served! Reservations required. Call Color Me Mine Boulder at 303- 443-3469 with questions.

Holiday Craft Bazaar

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When: Saturday, November 18, 2017

Where: Tri City Elks, 525 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027

Time: 9AM – 4PM

Cost: FREE admission

Check out the Tri City Elks / American Legion Auxiliary 15th Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar in Louisville. Handmade crafts, gifts, art, carvings, bake sale, door prizes. Partnership fundraiser for American Legion Auxiliary and Tri-city Elks.

Cuddletime Concerts

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017

Where: Broomfield Library, 3 Community Park Rd, Broomfield, CO 80020

Time: 10 – 10:30AM

Cost: FREE admission

Ages: Newborn – 24 months

Once a month the Children’s area of the Broomfield Library hosts a special music program for ages Newborn to 24 months with caregiver. This Saturday, enjoy Rhythm Rascals with Kelly Sokols. No registration is required!

Annie at the Boulder Dinner Theater

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When: November 18, 2017 – February 24, 2017

Where: Boulder Dinner Theater, 5501 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303

Time: Schedule varies, click here to see full schedule.

Cost: $40 – $67 Tickets here.

LEAPIN LIZARDS! Boulder Dinner Theater is putting on a production of the beloved musical Annie. Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including “Tomorrow.” With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City.

Boulder Ballet Nutcracker Storytime

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When: Sunday, November 19, 2017

Where: Barnes and Noble Boulder, 2999 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80301

Time: 2PM – 3PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Three company dancers from Boulder Ballet will join Barnes and Noble Boulder in the Children’s Department for a fun, festive reading of the classic holiday story, The Nutcracker. Dress up and tutus encouraged! All ages welcome.

Switch on the Holidays

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When: Sunday, November 19, 2017

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

Time: 5PM – 9PM

Cost: FREE

Switch on the Holidays is back with a holiday sing-along performance led by the Boulder Children’s Chorale joined by members of the Boulder Chorale lead up to the grand illumination of the Boulder County Courthouse and the Pearl Street Mall, with a special appearance by Santa himself! Then stick around for FREE visits with Santa until 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit: https://www.boulderdowntown.com/light-up-the-holidays/events/switch-on-the-holidays.

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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Where to Buy Thanksgiving Pie (and Cake!) in Boulder

November 15, 2017
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Thanksgiving is almost here! If you aren’t much of a baker, or if you prefer to leave the dessert up to the professionals, check out this comprehensive list of small local bakeries that are serving up delicious Thanksgiving desserts in and around Boulder. Your family will thank you!

Beehold Cakes

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Beehold Cakes delivers cakes right to your door! For the holidays, Beehold Cakes is offering Gingersnap Cake and Chocolate Peppermint Bliss, in addition to the bakery’s classic favorites, Bananas Foster, Snickerdoodle and Salted Caramel Chocolate.

Allow 24 – 48 hours for order processing. Order your Thanksgiving dessert from Beehold Cakes here. Beehold Cakes delivers to the Denver/Boulder/Longmont area for FREE.

Boulder Baked

Boulder Baked offers a variety of pies, including Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, and Cherry Pie. In addition to traditional Thanksgiving pies, Boulder Baked offers cream pies, as well as crisps, cakes and cookies, including vegan and gluten free recipes.

Allow 24 – 48 hours notice for full pies. Boulder Baked is located at 1911 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80302, but also offers delivery service. Order your Thanksgiving pies and desserts from Boulder Bakes here.

Button Rock Bakery

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Button Rock Bakery in Lafayette is offering Thanksgiving Pies as well as breakfast boxes to make your Thanksgiving day extra delicious. Button Rock has all the traditional flavors, including cherry, apple, peach and pumpkin, as well as key lime, lemon meringue, and strawberry rhubarb.

Call Button Rock Bakery by November 19 (Sunday) at (303) 926-1676 to order your Thanksgiving dessert! Button Rock Bakery is located at 1377 Forest Park Cir Suite 102, Lafayette, CO 80026,

Eats and Sweets

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Eats and Sweets in Lafayette features a Thanksgiving menu including apple, pumpkin and pear pie, as well as cheesecakes and gluten free options. The bakery is also offering Thanksgiving quiche.

Order your Thanksgiving pies from Eats and Sweets by Monday, November 20 by calling (303) 665-3287. Eats and Sweets is located at 401 S Public Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026.

The Huckleberry

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The Huckleberry in Louisville is offering its Thanksgiving holiday pies, including cherry, pumpkin and apple, as well as gluten free and vegan options.

Order your holiday pies from the Huckleberry by Monday, November 20 by calling (303) 666-8020. The Huckleberry is located at 700 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027.

Kim and Jake’s Cakes

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Kim and Jake’s Cakes of Boulder is offering a Thanksgiving menu including fall cake flavors like ginger molasses, pumpkin and orange cake, as well as bread pudding, cinnamon rolls and pumpkin cake bars.

Order your Thanksgiving cakes and sweets by Saturday, November 18 by phone at (303) 499-9126. Kim and Jake’s Cakes is located at 641 S Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305.

La Momo Maes Bakery

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La Momo Maes Bakery in Longmont is offering a variety of Thanksgiving pies, including apple, cherry, blueberry, pecan and more! Gluten free options, as well as many other dessert options are available.

Order Thanksgiving pies by Friday, November 17 by calling (303) 834-8502. La Momo Maes Bakery is located at 624 Kimbark St, Longmont, CO 80501.

Lucky’s Bakehouse & Creamery

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Lucky’s Bakehouse & Creamery is featuring a variety of Thanksgiving desserts, including gingersnap pumpkin pie, salted caramel apple pie, lemon almond ricotta cake and more.

Order from the Thanksgiving menu by Friday, November 17 by calling (720) 596-4905. Lucky’s Bakehouse & Creamery is located at 3960 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304.

 

My Mom’s Pie

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My Mom’s Pie in Niwot is taking orders for Thanksgiving desserts, including pumpkin praline, bourbon pecan, wild blueberry, raspberry rhubarb pie and so many more!

Order your pie today by phone at (303) 652-6667. My Mom’s Pie is located at 201 Murray St C, Niwot, CO 80503.

Romana Cake House

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Romana Cake House in Longmont is offering a wide array of Thanksgiving pies and sweet breads. Varieties include fruit pies, cream pies and cheesecakes, as well as morning pastries, cakes and cookies.

Romana Cake House is taking orders now by phone at (720) 684-6884. Romana Cake House is located at 900 Hover St, Longmont, CO 80501.

Shamane’s Bake Shoppe

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Shamane’s Bake Shoppe offers a variety of fruit and cream pies, from cherry vanilla bean and chocolate pecan to classic pumpkin. Shamane’s Thanksgiving menu also includes savory pot pies, quiche, brioche rolls and more!

Shamane’s Bake Shoppe is accepting Thanksgiving pie orders through Saturday, November 18 by phone at (303) 417-9338. Shamane’s Bake Shoppe is located at 2825 Wilderness Pl #800, Boulder, CO 80301.

T&Cakes

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T&Cakes in Boulder is offering a variety Thanksgiving pies and cakes, including pumpkin custard, chocolate bourbon pecan pie, apple spice cake and pumpkin salted caramel cake.

T&Cakes is accepting Thanksgiving orders through November 20 by phone at (720) 406-7548. T&Cakes is located at 1932 14th St, Boulder, CO 80302.

Walnut Cafe

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Walnut Cafe in Boulder is known for its delicious pie by the slice. For Thanksgiving, Walnut Cafe offers a limited number of whole pie orders.

Order your whole pie from Walnut Cafe before they are gone by phone at (720) 406-7548. Walnut Cafe is located at 3073 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80301.

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.

Kids

What to Do with Kids this Weekend, November 11- 12, 2017

November 9, 2017
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This weekend, kids can take part in the Longmont Turkey Trot, make some art, harvest their own veggies for FREE and so much more! Happening in and around Boulder all weekend long.

43rd Annual Longmont Turkey Trot

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When: Saturday, November 11, 2017

Where: Altona Middle School, 4600 Clover Basin Dr, Longmont, Colorado 80503

Time: 9AM – 12PM

Cost: $18 – $24, Register here.

Ages: All Ages

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble, GO! Sign up to run one of the most scenic, fastest, 10k or 2 mile courses around, the Longmont Turkey Trot! 10K course also has a Wheelchair Division. Don’t just run for the fun of it, all of the Longmont Turkey Trot proceeds benefit the City of Longmont Youth Scholarship Fund! 2017 Theme: “Veterans Day Edition”. Show your pride and support for our Veterans! For full information, click here.

Mindfulness for Kids

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When: Saturday, November 11, 2017

Where: A Mom’s Space, 424 E. Simpson St., Lafayette, CO

Time: Ages 5-7 meets from 10-10:45am, Ages 8-12 meets from 11-11:45am, Ages 13+ meets from Noon-1pm

Cost: $15/kid (sibling discount available). Pre-registration is required, click here to register.

Ages: Ages 5 – 17

Mindfulness for Kids classes focus on giving children the tools to learn to stay connected to their inner knowing, understand their personal space and help them connect to what is true and important for them – and let go of what isn’t! Presented in an age appropriate manner, this class will use familiar everyday imagery in fun visualization and meditation exercises, play games, sing songs and create art! Kids will explore their personal space, their energy, their bodies and spirits! Facilitated by Stacia Synnestvedt. Space is limited and fills up quickly, so register early!

Boulder Mountain Handmade Market

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When: Saturday & Sunday, November 11 – 12, 2017

Where: Boulder Elks Lodge & Pool, 3975 28th St, Boulder, Colorado 80301

Time: 10AM – 4PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Shop the Boulder Mountain Handmade Market that gives back to volunteer firefighting to benefit the Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District Auxiliary! Boulder Mountain Handmade features over 60 artisans in its market, plus Boulder’s best bake sale, a FREE all-ages maker area hosted by Bohemia, live music and fire truck tours. Free admission, plenty of parking.

Free Harvest at Miller Farms

what to do with kids in Boulder this weekend

When: Sunday, November 12, 2017

Where: Miller Farms, 13912 Co Rd 19, Platteville, CO 80651

Time: 9AM – 6PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Miller Farms is having a free harvest to close out the season on Sunday November 12th from 9-6. The farm still has potatoes, onions, carrots, brussel sprouts, cabbage and popcorn!! Bring your own bags and harvesting materials.

40th Birthday Bash at Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe

what to do with kids in Boulder this weekend

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When: Sunday, November 12, 2017

Where: Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe, 2525 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 1PM – 3PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Join Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe in celebrating its 40th Birthday party at the store in Boulder. Kids will have the chance to meet characters, see a demonstration from B4 Adventure, get a goodie bag and a slice of cake!

Frequent Flyers® Aerial Dance presents Aerial Street View

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When: Friday, November 10 – Saturday, November 18, 2017

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

Time: Times vary, see schedule here.

Cost: $28 individual; $24 groups of 4+, seniors & kids 12 and under. Tickets here.

Aerial Street View combines the spectacular aerial dancers from Frequent Flyers along with break dancers from the acclaimed Block 1750 studio and live music from psychedelic folk band Chimney Choir.

 

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.