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Fun, Interesting and Romantic Valentines Date Ideas in Boulder

February 6, 2018
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Looking for something different to do for Valentine’s Day this year? Take your sweetheart on a spooky adventure to the Stanley Hotel, giggle your way through an evening of comedic theater, have dinner at one of Boulder’s most romantic venues, enjoy some partner yoga and thai massage, and so much more! Starting this weekend, check out these 14 different, exciting ways to celebrate love with your Valentine in and around Boulder.

A Theatrical Seance at The Stanley Hotel

Photo Courtesy Aiden Sinclair

Photo Courtesy Aiden Sinclair

When: February 9 – 17, 2018

Where: The Stanley Hotel, 333 E Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517

Time: 8PM, Schedule here.

Cost: Tickets to the show: $20 – $45, buy tickets here. Lodging at The Stanley Hotel: $250+, Reservations available here.

How about mixing spooky thrills with romance this Valentine’s Day? From the hit NBC Series America’s Got Talent, Master Magician Aiden Sinclair presents: Ghosts of Valentines: A Theatrical Seance. An evening of mystery uses antiques and artifacts from tragic moments in history to bring the past to life. The guests of the historic Stanley Hotel are taken on an unforgettable journey through the Victorian Age. From the foggy streets of London and the infamous murders of Jack the Ripper to the sinking of the RMS Titanic, Aiden Sinclair will introduce you to the world of the Penny Dreadful in this entertaining Theatrical Séance! Authentic artifacts from these historic events will be handled by the audience in this presentation of history, haunts and illusions. Stay at the romantically haunting Stanley Hotel, featuring everything from spirit tours to romance packages.

See the Comedic Musical: How to Screw Up Your Life!

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Photo Courtesy Goddess Here Productions

When: February 9 – 10, 2018

Where: The Carsen Theater, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: Friday & Saturday 7:30PM, Saturday 2PM

Cost: $15+, Tickets available here.

Check out the comedic musical How to Screw Up Your Lifefor a lighthearted, fun performance at the Carsen Theater. Ray and Luna Johnson are a married couple. What’s worse, they are also a couple of actors! Ouch! One day they decided to put their screwed up lives, along with their screwed up kids – Honey and Nick – on the boards and a hit show was born! Lots of laughs, heart wrenching moments, outstanding songs arranged by Scott Martin, a little touch of vaudeville, dramatic catharsis, and a jolly good time is promised. How to Screw Up Your Life! is a new production written by Ami Dayan and Tammy Meneghini (local playwrights!) and is TONS of fun, as you can see by their theme song.

Solve a Walking Puzzle in Downtown Boulder

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Photo Courtesy Enigma Escape Rooms

When: February 9 – 11, 2018

Where: Enigma Escape Rooms Boulder, 1426 Pearl St. #020, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: Multiple Times, Schedule here.

Cost: $28/person, Tickets available here.

Go on a romantic adventure, solving Enigma Escape Room‘s walking puzzle in downtown Boulder, The Melton Tablets! Fifty years ago a magical spell was buried in the heart of Boulder. Now, a local secret society claims to know its secret. Prove you and your sweetheart are worthy of their valuable treasure in a first-of-its-kind walking puzzle spanning multiple locations on Boulder’s Pearl St. Mall and beyond.

The Longmont Heart Throb 5K

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Photo Courtesy 3W Races

When: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Where: Sandstone Ranch Community Park, 2525 E Ken Pratt Blvd, Longmont, Colorado 80504

Time: 10AM – 11:30AM

Cost: $35, Tickets available here.

Take a run with your sweetheart in the Longmont Heart Throb 5K! This is the perfect event to do with friends, family or your special someone. Celebrate by running in your favorite red, pink or Valentine’s Day themed outfit. All racers get a long-sleeved race tee, timed 5K, free photos and some unforgettable memories! The charity partner at this event is OUR Center and all racers are encouraged to bring 5 non-perishable items for their mission.

Love Hurts! Boulder County Bombers Roller Derby Doubleheader

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Photo Courtesy Boulder County Bombers

When: Saturday, February 10, 2018

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

Time: 5PM – 9PM

Cost: $15, Tickets here.

Sometimes LOVE HURTS! The Boulder County Bombers will go head to head with FoCo Roller Derby in a doubleheader. At 6PM, see BCB’s Bombshells vs Foco’s MicroBruisers, then at 7:30PM see BCB’s Screamin’ Mimis vs Foco’s Punchy Brewsters. The event will feature great roller derby action, some fun Valentine’s themed events, and all the derby love you can handle! On hand will be a food truck, pizza, beer, and fine cocktails made from the spirits of local distilleries. Family friendly fun!

A Dreamy Valentine Sunday at Food Lab

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When: Sunday, February 11, 2018

Where: Food Lab, 1825 Pearl Street Unit A, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 5:30PM – 8:30PM

Cost: $95/person, Register here.

Food Lab is offering an extremely unique menu for a dreamy Valentine’s dinner. You can expect a fun and romantic 2.5 hour cooking class, learning how to create: Chocolate Chili Rubbed Steak with Smoked Paprika Aioli, Chocolate Fettuccine with Pink Peppercorn Cacio e Pepe, Green Salad with Chevre, Dates, Cocoa Nibs and a Yuzu Vinaigrette, and finally a Chocolate Coconut Ganache. Once you are done cooking, take some time dining together.

Love Notes – The Sweetest Sound

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Photo Courtesy The Longmont Chorale

When: Sunday, February 11, 2018

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

Time: 3PM – 6PM

Cost: $35, general admission. Your ticket includes a complimentary glass of wine or beer. $90 “Sweetheart Package”, includes: tickets for 2, choice of a dedicated love song & custom message of endearment to your sweetie. For more info, click here. Tickets available here.

Dance or hold each other close, enjoying romantic songs, wine, light hors d’oeuvres and chocolate while the Longmont Chorale Singers & Soloists fill the air with Love Notes – The Sweetest Sound. The Longmont Chorale Singers is the smaller, auditioned group of the Longmont Chorale. Love Notes is the Longmont Chorale Guild’s annual fundraiser at Valentine’s. Proceeds support the Longmont Chorale.

I Love You BEERY Much Valentine’s Paint Date

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Photo Courtesy Color Me Mine

When: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Where: Finkel & Garf Brewing Co., 5455 Spine Rd, Ste A, Boulder, Colorado 80301

Time: 6PM – 9PM

Cost: $45, Tickets available here.

Join Finkel & Garf Brewing Co. and Color Me Mine Boulder for the BEERY best paint date for Valentines! Two painters… Two items… two beers… ONLY $45! Choose your painting project: steins, coffee mugs, pilsners, bowls, or plates. Questions? Call 303-443-3469.

Dinner at The Greenbriar Inn

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Photo Courtesy The Greenbriar Inn

When: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Where: The Greenbriar Inn, 8735 N Foothills Hwy, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 5PM – 9:30PM

Cost: $75/person

If you are looking for a more traditional Valentine’s date with a spark of elegance and romance, The Greenbriar Inn has you covered. On Valentine’s Day, the Greenbriar is offering a delicious five-course Valentine’s prix fixe dinner. Main course includes choice of Scottish Salmon, Spiced Honey Glazed Duck, Colorado Filet of Beef and Beetroot Agnolotti. Click here to see the full menu. Wine flights and specialty cocktails will also be offered. Call 303-440-7979 for reservations.

Cheesy Valentine’s at Romero’s K9 club & Tap House

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Photo Courtesy Romero’s K9 Club & Tap House

When: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Where: Romero’s K9 Club & Tap House, 985 S Public Rd, Lafayette, Colorado 80026

Time: 3PM – 10PM

Cost: $30/person

This year, Romero’s K9 Club & Tap House is celebrating Valentine’s Day in the cheesiest fashion – with a beer & cheese pairing. This cheesy event will be the perfect fun date night with your sweetheart, and don’t forget your most faithful furry friend! With your reservation, this pairing will be available throughout the evening at your leisure with no set start or finish time. Each participant will receive 5 cheeses (1.3oz-2oz portions) paired with 5 taster pours. You can reserve your spot in store or via e-mail at cheers@romerosk9club.com with “Cheesy VDay” as the subject.

Valentines Dessert Date Night

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Photo Courtesy Crackpots Pottery Studio

When: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Where: Crackpots Pottery Studio & More, 505 Main St, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 6:30PM & 8:15PM

Cost: $14 Studio Fee + Project Cost. Adults Only. Tickets available here.

Creative lovers are the best lovers! Enjoy Valentines Dessert Date Night at Longmont’s Crackpots Pottery Studio. Crackpot’s Dessert Date Night is the perfect place to be on Valentine’s Day. Delicious chocolate fountain dessert bar and other goodies included as part of your evening. Enjoy painting with your Valentine! This event is for adults only. Space is limited, so register soon! For all the details, click here.

Valentine’s Day Sunset Stroll at the Butterfly Pavilion

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When: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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

Time: 6PM – 7:30PM

Cost: $15/non-members, $13.50/members, Childcare for kids ages 4-10, $11 each. Register here.

Spend Valentine’s Day in the rainforest by taking a leisurely stroll through the Butterfly Pavilion and explore the wonders of the tropics at dusk. You’ll discover creatures seldom seen during the day, experience dusk-blooming flowers, and more on this short guided tour accompanied with lots of self-led exploration time! Childcare for kids available.

Valentine’s Couples Paint Night

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Photo Courtesy Sabrina Ehlert Art

When: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Where: Longtucky Spirits, 350 Terry St, Suite 120, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 6PM – 9PM

Cost: $70, Tickets available here.

Join Sabrina Ehlert Art at Longtucky Spirits for a special Valentine’s Day Couples Paint Night! Each couple will work together to craft a pair of paintings that can be hung together to create a single image or kept as two separate images. All of the painting supplies will be provided. In addition to painting, you will also get to learn about quilling, a paper swirling technique that adds highlights and dimension to the artwork. As you paint, enjoy a complimentary paint night cocktail crafted by Longtucky Spirits.

Partner Yoga + Thai Massage Workshop

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Photo Courtesy The Little Yoga Studio

When: Saturday, February 17, 2018

Where: The Little Yoga Studio, 2525 Arapahoe Ave, Unit E42, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 12PM – 2PM

Cost: $20/person. Tickets available here.

Looking for a different way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Join April Glaser for an afternoon immersed in play, creativity, and nourishment at the Partner Yoga +Thai Massage Workshop  at The Little Yoga Studio. You’ll spend the first hour exploring a diverse array of partner yoga poses, with an opportunity to both give and receive deeply therapeutic Thai massage during the second half of the class. Bring a date, friend, roommate, or family member, as well as an open mind! No experience necessary.

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Valentine’s Day Events for Kids in Boulder

February 4, 2018
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Kids love Valentine’s Day! This year, there are a ton of exciting activities to spend some quality time together: arts & crafts, roller derby, archery, a tea party and so much more. Celebrate love with your little sweethearts at one of these fun events in and around Boulder.

The Longmont Heart Throb 5K

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Photo Courtesy 3W Races

When: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Where: Sandstone Ranch Community Park, 2525 E Ken Pratt Blvd, Longmont, Colorado 80504

Time: 10AM – 11:30AM

Cost: $35, Tickets available here.

Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Longmont Heart Throb 5K! This is the perfect event to do with friends, family or your special someone. Celebrate by running in your favorite red, pink or Valentine’s Day themed outfit. All racers get a long-sleeved race tee, timed 5K, free photos and some unforgettable memories! The charity partner at this event is OUR Center and all racers are encouraged to bring 5 non-perishable items for their mission.

Sweetheart Valentine’s Dance

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Photo Courtesy North Boulder Rec Center

When: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Where: North Boulder Rec Center, 3170 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304

Time: 6PM – 8PM

Cost: $35, Tickets available here.

Take your little sweetheart (ages 1 to 9) for a fun, fancy night of dancing at the Sweetheart Valentine’s Dance at the North Boulder Recreation Center. Register early – this event usually sells out.

Kids Night Out at Color Me Mine – Can You Feel the Love Tonight

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Photo Courtesy Color Me Mine

When: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Where: North Boulder Rec Center, 3170 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304

Time: 6PM – 8PM

Cost: $35, Register here.

Ahhhh mi amore… Kids will love this Valentine’s Day celebration at Color Me Mine! Drop your schoolager off to create a lovely Valentine’s masterpiece. Games! Fun! Pizza! New Friends! Reservations required.  Ages 5-12. Call Color Me Mine at 303- 443-3469 with questions.

Love Hurts! Boulder County Bombers Roller Derby Doubleheader

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Photo Courtesy Boulder County Bombers

When: Saturday, February 10, 2018

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

Time: 5PM – 9PM

Cost: $15, Tickets here.

Sometimes LOVE HURTS! The Boulder County Bombers will go head to head with FoCo Roller Derby in a doubleheader. At 6PM, see BCB’s Bombshells vs Foco’s MicroBruisers, then at 7:30PM see BCB’s Screamin’ Mimis vs Foco’s Punchy Brewsters. The event will feature great roller derby action, some fun Valentine’s themed events, and all the derby love you can handle! On hand will be a food truck, pizza, beer, and fine cocktails made from the spirits of local distilleries. Family friendly fun!

Valentine’s Parent’s Night Out 2017

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Photo Courtesy Live Love Dance and Arts Center

When: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Where: Live Love Dance and Arts Center, 290 Nickel St, Ste 300, Broomfield, Colorado 80020

Time: 6PM – 10PM

Cost: $25/One child, $40/Two children. Register here.

Live Love Dance and Arts Center‘s annual parent’s night out features: dance, crafts, games, a movie, dinner and snacks so parents can enjoy a fun night out!

Valentine’s Tea Party with Author Natasha Wing

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Photo Courtesy Natasha Wing

When: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Where: Longmont Public Library, 409 4th Ave, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 2PM – 3PM

Cost: FREE, Registration required, register here.

Meet award-winning and best-selling children’s author Natasha Wing and celebrate our annual “Authors We Love” event with a tea party for young readers at the Longmont Public Library. Wing is the author of Bagel in Love and The Night Before Valentine’s Day. A book signing, tea party etiquette games, and a craft will all be part of the fun. Refreshments will be served, and elegant attire is encouraged (for fun!). Best for children ages 9 and younger. Registration is required, register here or call 303-651-8477 to register.

Family Day at PoshSplat “Colorful Love”

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Photo Courtesy PoshSplat

When: Sunday, February 11, 2018

Where: PoshSplat, 2035 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 2PM

Cost: $25/painter. Register here.

Family Day at PoshSplat is a great way to spend time and do something creative with your whole family for Valentine’s Day! Step by step instruction is provided by a local artist and everyone paints a picture that is uniquely theirs. No experience, set up, or clean up necessary. Just come and enjoy an afternoon of fun, and create beautiful works of art for your home!

February Kids Club at Village at the Peaks

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Photo Courtesy Village at the Peaks

When: Sunday, February 11, 2018

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

Time: 1PM – 4PM

Cost: FREE

Join Village at the Peaks its monthly Kids Club! For February, Village at the Peaks is celebrating Valentine’s Day and the opening of its new restaurant, Marco’s Pizza! FREE activities for the whole family include: Face Painter, Balloon Twister, Kids Craft, Free Pizza from Marco’s, DJ, Bounce House. Everything will take place near Marco’s pizza/Regal Cinemas.

Valentine’s Day Public Fun Shoot

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Photo Courtesy High Altitude Archery

When: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Where: High Altitude Archery, 455 Weaver Park Rd, Ste 500, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Cost: $7 Range Fee, $10 Equipment Rental

Come by High Altitude Archery for a fun evening of shooting at the Valentine’s Day Public Fun Shoot. Bring a your child to shoot with fun Valentine’s Day-themed targets. It’ll be a great time for you and your sweetie.

Valentine’s Day Kids Night Out

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Photo Courtesy Tinker Art Studio

When: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Where: Tinker Art Studio, 693B S Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305

Time: 5:30-7:30PM, Optional extension to 8PM

Cost: $38, includes two pieces of cheese pizza from Cosmos, $6, extended half hour (8:00PM pick up), 10% discount for siblings.

Come to a fun Kids Night Out at Tinker Art Studio this Valentine’s Day! Kids will enjoy a pizza dinner together, paint a 12×16″ canvas, and have an awesome evening while the parents head out to dinner! Our extended half hour matches up with Tinker’s adult Valentine’s Day Mug Making Workshop in the Ceramics Studio so that you can drop your kids off at 5:30, grab Happy Hour, then come back for your workshop from 6:30-8:00PM. This would be a pretty awesome Valentine’s Day treat for the whole family!

Love Bugs Craft at WOW! Children’s Museum

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Photo Courtesy WOW! Children’s Museum

When: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Where: WOW Children’s Museum, 110 N. Harrison Avenue, Lafayette

Time: 12PM – 2PM

Cost: Children (ages 1-11): $9, Adults: $5, Infants (under 1): Free, Members Always Play for Free!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by creating cute and lovable bugs in the Art Room. Craft activity is included with Museum admission. 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! Kids can spend hours exploring this fun museum. There is a snack area with vending machines available.

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Make a Gift for Your Valentine!

January 31, 2018

Valentine’s Day is coming up, what could be more special than a handcrafted gift for your Valentine? These Boulder area maker events will give you a chance to make a fun, personal gift for the ones you love. Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Vintage Valentines Make + Take

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Photo Courtesy Museum of Boulder

When: Saturday, February 3, 2018

Where: Museum of Boulder, 1206 Euclid Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 10AM, 11:30AM, 1PM

Cost: $20 – $25, Tickets available here.

Join the Museum of Boulder (fka the Boulder History Museum) for a morning of making at the Vintage Valentines: Make + Take. Make missives for your loved ones using the Museum’s historic Valentine collection (reproductions of course!), plus letterpress images, doilies, and other collage materials. Peruse our Valentine collection for inspiration. Watch Brian Wood (Dogs & Stars Letterpress) run some prints on a tabletop press. Practice your calligraphy skills with Cha Cha or have her add hand lettered touches to your cards. All materials provided, just bring your creative spirit! Ticket includes: snacks + all materials needed to make a small edition of valentines. Tickets are timed – each participant will get 1.5 hours to make. Generous sponsorship provided by: Two Hands Paperie.

Paint a Heart for a Good Cause at PoshSplat

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Photo Courtesy PoshSplat

When: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Where: PoshSplat, 2035 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 1PM

Cost: $35/person, Register here.

PoshSplat is hosting a fundraiser is in support of Clinica Family Health. For 40 years, Clinica Family Health has been providing high quality health care for children and adults who cannot afford health insurance. Last year, Clinica provided care to 50,000 individuals across 5 clinics in south Boulder, Broomfield and west Adams counties. Come out and paint for a good cause to help our neighbors get the health care they need. No experience necessary, a local artist will teach you step by step how to create the painting of the night and everyone will leave with a painting that is uniquely theirs! PoshSplat provides everything you need. Wine and beer will be available for purchase at the event. A portion of each ticket sold will go to help this great cause.

Make Your Own: Alcohol Ink Tile

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Photo Courtesy McGuckin Hardware

When: Saturday, February 10, 2018

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

Time: 11AM – 1PM

Cost: FREE

Looking for something unique, creative and handmade for your Valentine? Look no further! Stop by McGuckin Hardware to learn how to make your own alcohol ink…and then make a decorative tile of your very own to take home! You’ll be hooked by how easy and beautiful your tile turns out. McGuckin’s will provide the materials and show you a few techniques. This free workshop is open to adults and kids! Kids under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. First come, first served and while supplies last.

Valentine Themed Card and Treat Box Class

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Photo Courtesy The Hidden Treasure 2

When: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Where: The Hidden Treasure 2, 2330 N. Main St, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 11AM – 1PM

Cost: $30, Register here.

Nothing says, “I Love You” more then something handmade from the heart. Express your love with your own personally made Valentine cards and treat box. Rae will lead you through all the steps to make that special card. To register please call the shop at 720-340-9951 or got to www.thehiddentreasure2.com the classes page and fill out the form. Class sizes are limited so pre-registration is required to reserve your spot and have the needed supplies for class.

Paint a Custom Sign at Board & Brush

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Photo Courtesy Board & Brush Boulder, CO

When: Sunday, February 11, 2018

Where: Board & Brush, 1655 Folsom St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 12PM

Cost: $65, Register here.

Choose your own wood sign from Board & Brush‘s gallery of 100 plus designs! Check out this popular workshop and create a unique wood sign for your Valentine. Materials are customized just for you and you will be given step by step instructions to create a gorgeous piece for your home or for a gift. Choose from a variety of paint colors and wood stain colors in the workshop.

Make a Tree of Love Pendant

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Photo Courtesy Nomad Bead Merchant

When: Sunday, February 11, 2018

Where: Nomad Bead Merchant, 1909 9th St #100, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 1PM – 4PM

Cost: $45

Nomad Bead Merchants is offering a beading class teaching a Valentine variation on the classic Tree of Life pendant! The pendant is an excellent introduction to freeform wirework. Form and hammer frames, then anchor dozens of fine, bundled wires to create unique jeweled trees.

Valentine’s Rubber Stamp Workshop

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Photo Courtesy Blue Grama Stamps

When: Monday, February 12, 2018

Where: Blue Grama Stamps, 1390 Tipperary St, Boulder, CO 80303

Time: 7PM – 9PM

Cost: $25, Register here.

Spend a couple hours in Blue Grama Stamps‘ studio celebrating love while learning how to make your very own hand-carved rubber stamp. Any design of your choice! No prior experience necessary, all skill levels welcome. Treat yourself or make it a date night – let the rubber shavings fly! Included with your ticket: all materials necessary for carving your rubber stamp, blank cards for stamping a unique greeting card for a loved one, one mini ink pad (your choice of color) and a drawstring bag for your stamp, a glass of wine (21+) / La Croix, sweet treats, pre-designed templates and creative assistance, a lovely night with fellow makers creating handmade art!

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28 Things to Do in Boulder in February

January 29, 2018
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In Boulder, February means the Boulder International Film Festival, Valentine’s Day events and celebrations, outdoor adventures and so much more! Check out these 28 things to do in and around Boulder in February.

Free Cycling Cinema

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When: Friday, February 2, 2018 & Friday February 16, 2018

Where: ONE Boulder Fitness, 1800 Broadway Suite 190, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 6:15PM

Cost: FREE, Call Christian at (303) 447-8545 to RSVP.

Cycling Cinema is a FREE community event hosted by ONE Boulder Fitness. All Movies start at 6:15pm and there is no charge or instruction. Just come and watch a movie…if you decide to ride, you probably will earn about 35-40 miles during the movie!! On February 2, the featured movie will be Say Anything, and February 16 will be Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Please, call ONE Boulder Fitness to reserve your spot at (303) 447-8545 and ask for Christian.

Annie at the Boulder Dinner Theater

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Photo Courtesy BDT Stage

When: Through February 24, 2018

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 Philharmonic: Cirque Goes to the Movies

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Photo Courtesy the Boulder Philharmonic

When: Saturday, February 3, 2018

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

Time: 2PM – 4PM & 7:30 – 9:30PM

Cost: $15 – $82, Tickets available here.

Join the Boulder Philharmonic for a spectacular family experience at Cirque de la Symphonie featuring music from Star WarsMission ImpossibleSupermanPirates of the Caribbean, and Titanic, plus the dazzling magic of the circus with aerialists, acrobats, contortionists, and more! This special presentation features the amazing aerial violinist Janice Martin, a member of the Cirque troupe. Tickets available here.

Vintage Valentines Make + Take

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Photo Courtesy Museum of Boulder

When: Saturday, February 3, 2018

Where: Museum of Boulder, 1206 Euclid Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 10AM, 11:30AM, 1PM

Cost: $20 – $25, Tickets available here.

Join the Museum of Boulder (fka the Boulder History Museum) for a morning of making at the Vintage Valentines: Make + Take. Make missives for your loved ones using the Museum’s historic Valentine collection (reproductions of course!), plus letterpress images, doilies, and other collage materials. Peruse our Valentine collection for inspiration. Watch Brian Wood (Dogs & Stars Letterpress) run some prints on a tabletop press. Practice your calligraphy skills with Cha Cha or have her add hand lettered touches to your cards. All materials provided, just bring your creative spirit! Ticket includes: snacks + all materials needed to make a small edition of valentines. Tickets are timed – each participant will get 1.5 hours to make. Generous sponsorship provided by: Two Hands Paperie.

Lyons Old-Time Square Dance

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Photo Courtesy Oskar Blues Brewery

When: Saturday, February 3, 2018

Where: Oskar Blues Grill & Brew, 303 Main St, Lyons, Colorado 80540

Time: 7PM – 10PM

Cost: $10/adult, $5 child, $25/family

Missin’ yer hoedown? Join Oskar Blues for the Lyons Old-Time Square Dance: old-time reels, mixers, squares, waltzes and flatfooting to live fiddle/banjo music! All dances are taught and are beginner/family-friendly. Dances are easiest earlier in the evening and become more complex as the evening progresses. Come alone, bring family/friends/kids and join our mix of beginner and welcoming seasoned dancers. No experience, partner or special shoes required.

WinterSkate Boulder

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Photo Courtesy Boulder Creek Events

When: Throughout February

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.

WinterSkate Louisville

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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.

Shambhala Sun Day

February in Boulder

Photo Courtesy Boulder Shambhala Center

When: Sunday, February 4, 2018

Where: Boulder Shambhala Center, 1345 Spruce St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 10:30AM – 12:30PM

Cost: FREE, Open to all.

Join the Boulder Shambhala Center the first Sunday of every month for Shambhala Sun Day. This family-friendly monthly event includes meditation, a short talk and discussion. Free, open to all! From 10:30-11:30AM: Shambhala Sun Day Program, includes meditation, a short talk and discussion. From 11:30AM-12:30PM: Shambhala Sun Day Social with tea, coffee, food, and good company. Parts of the official activities are geared towards children. Child care is available from 10:20AM-12:30PM.

Boulder Winter Walk and Bike Week

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When: February 5 – 11, 2018

Where: Multiple events happening around town.

Time: See events schedule here.

Cost: FREE

Join the City of Boulder for the 9th Annual Winter Walk and Bike Week, starting Monday, Feb. 5, and running through Sunday, Feb. 11, with Bike to Work Day celebrations on Friday, Feb. 9. Walking and bicycling is a great way to stay healthy both mentally and physically, and the more often we can choose sustainable transportation options, the more we do to help our environment. Help put Boulder on the global stage and also show your local support for bicycling and walking! Events include electric bike demos, safety education, community walk/rides, and more! Full schedule available here.

Let Go: Body-Centered Meditation with Horses

February in Boulder

Photo Courtesy Medicine Horse Program

When: Wednesdays February 7, 14, & 21, 2018

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

Time: 9AM – 11AM

Cost: $15

Join Medicine Horse Program in Meditation with Horses. Connect your mind and experience the peacefulness of the horses through meditation practices using QiGong, breathing, and mindfulness. The horses will be guides, mirrors, and companions. This class meets every Wednesday, the cost is $15.00. All are welcome. Email info@horses-heal.net for more information.

Silhouettes by Tim Arnold at Clothes Pony & Dandelion Toys

boulder in february

Photo Courtesy Silhouettes by Tim Arnold

When: Thursday, February 8, 2018

Where: Clothes Pony & Dandelion Toys, 1909 9th St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 10AM – 6PM

Cost: $40 for a completed silhouette (a facing pair) of the same person, $10 for each additional copy of the same person

Tim Arnold is a master silhouette portrait artist who will bring his talent to the Clothes Pony and Dandelion Toys Boulder store to make the most exquisite portraits of your little ones. Tim also does silhouettes of babies, pregnant mamas, and pets. It doesn’t matter what kids wear and they can wiggle all they want! These portraits will be done by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Each appointment is 5 minutes long and appointments need to be made in advance for each child/person having their silhouette made (3 children = 3 appointment slots). Due to the brief length of each appointment please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time. To sign up, contact Clothes Pony directly by phone, 303-442-2083, or stop in the store.

Preschool Winter Olympics

Boulder in February

Photo Courtesy Erie Community Library

When: Friday, February 9, 2018

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

Time: 10:15AM – 11:45AM

Cost: FREE

At the Erie Public Library‘s Preschool Winter Olympics Event, learn about sports and international culture as we explore the 2018 Winter Olympics. Play, talk, sing, write and read your way to gold with several fun crafts and “sporting” events! No registration required; ages 2-5.

Sweetheart Valentine’s Dance

boulder in February

Photo Courtesy North Boulder Rec Center

When: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Where: North Boulder Rec Center, 3170 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304

Time: 6PM – 8PM

Cost: $35, Tickets available here.

Take your little sweetheart (ages 1 to 9) for a fun, fancy night of dancing at the Sweetheart Valentine’s Dance at the North Boulder Recreation Center. Register early – this event usually sells out.

The Longmont Heart Throb 5K

Boulder in February

Photo Courtesy 3W Races

When: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Where: Sandstone Ranch Community Park, 2525 E Ken Pratt Blvd, Longmont, Colorado 80504

Time: 10AM – 11:30AM

Cost: $35, Tickets available here.

Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Longmont Heart Throb 5K! This is the perfect event to do with friends, family or your special someone. Celebrate by running in your favorite red, pink or Valentine’s Day themed outfit. All racers get a long-sleeved race tee, timed 5K, free photos and some unforgettable memories! The charity partner at this event is OUR Center and all racers are encouraged to bring 5 non-perishable items for their mission.

Day with the Buffs: CU vs. Stanford

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Photo Courtesy Coors Event Center

When: Sunday, February 11, 2018

Where: Coors Events Center, 950 Regent Dr, Boulder, CO 80309

Time: 6PM – 8PM

Cost: $15 – $60 Using promo code BVHUMANE, tickets available here.

Day With the Buffs is a great way to enjoy a Colorado Buffaloes Men’s Basketball and support the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. Get your seats now for this PAC-12 division showdown, and $5 from each ticket sold using promo code BVHUMANE will be donated to HSBV! You won’t want to miss this thrilling day of hoops and puppies while saving lives with your support. Bring your friends, families, and neighbors as we cheer on the Buffs as they face-off with Stanford and make a push for the NCAA March Madness Tournament.

Old Man Winter Bike Rally & Run

things to do in boulder in 2018

Photo Courtesy Old Man Winter Rally

When: Sunday, February 11, 2018

Where: Sandstone Park, Lyons, CO 80540

Time: 10AM – 5PM

Cost: $45 – $85, Register here.

Bundle up and get ready to run and/or ride some of Colorado’s best roads and trails at the Oskar Blues Brewery Old Man Winter Rally. Riders – choose 50km or 100km of dirt, snow, sweat, and beer rolling through the world-famous cycling mecca of Boulder County. Runners can crush the 5.4-mile run course, a fast, flat “Best of Lyons” tour, that integrates singletrack trails, red rock canyon, and gravel paths. Everybody gets luxury aid stations with real food and hydration, a hot meal and a cold beer at the finish line, and a killer post-ride party with great music, a fire pit, and a massive raffle. To register, click here.

Longmont-to-Boulder (LoBo Trail) Ramble

boulder in february

Photo Courtesy Boulder Walks

When: Sunday, February 11, 2018

Where: Longmont Recreation Center, 310 Quail Rd, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time:9AM – 5:30PM

Cost: FREE, RSVP here.

This 17-mile Longmont -to-Boulder Ramble, hosted by Boulder Ramblers and Boulder Walks for Winter Walk and Bike Week, offers beautiful views of the Front Range and plenty of sunshine while connecting three Boulder County municipalities: Longmont, Niwot, and Boulder. The full journey takes about 8.5 hours, including stops for lunch at Snarf’s and tea at Celestial Seasonings. You can either opt in for the entire ramble or join in at any of 4 alternative starting points. Check out the route map for full directions and timings here. For all the details, click here.

I Love You BEERY Much Valentine’s Paint Date

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Photo Courtesy Color Me Mine

When: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Where: Finkel & Garf Brewing Co., 5455 Spine Rd, Ste A, Boulder, Colorado 80301

Time: 6PM – 9PM

Cost: $45, Tickets available here.

Join Finkel & Garf Brewing Co. and Color Me Mine Boulder for the BEERY best paint date for Valentines! Two painters… Two items… two beers… ONLY $45! Choose your painting project: steins, coffee mugs, pilsners, bowls, or plates. Questions? Call 303-443-3469.

Valentines Dessert Date Night

Boulder in February

Photo Courtesy Crackpots Pottery Studio

When: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Where: Crackpots Pottery Studio & More, 505 Main St, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 6:30PM & 8:15PM

Cost: $14 Studio Fee + Project Cost. Adults Only. Tickets available here.

Creative lovers are the best lovers! Enjoy Valentines Dessert Date Night at Longmont’s Crackpots Pottery Studio. Crackpot’s Dessert Date Night is the perfect place to be on Valentine’s Day. Delicious chocolate fountain dessert bar and other goodies included as part of your evening. Enjoy painting with your Valentine! This event is for adults only. Space is limited, so register soon! For all the details, click here.

Backcountry Film Festival in Nederland

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When: Thursday, February 15, 2018

Where: The Backdoor Theatre of Nederland, Colorado, 750 Highway 72, Box 1878, Nederland, Colorado 80466

Time: 6PM – 9PM

Cost: $15

Immerse yourself in a night of films that capture the spirit of winter. Adventure, environment and climate, youth outdoors, ski culture- you’ll find it all in this award winning lineup. The Backcountry Film Festival is produced each year by Winter Wildlands Alliance as a celebration of the human-powered experience and a gathering place for the backcountry snowsports community. Winter Wildlands Alliance is a nonprofit organization working at the national level to inspire and educate the backcountry community to protect and care for their winter landscapes. Funds raised at each screening stay in the local community to support human-powered recreation and conservation efforts, winter education and avalanche/safety programs and to raise awareness of winter management issues. The Backcountry Film Festival at The Backdoor Theatre of Nederland, Colorado benefits Wild Bear Nature Center.

Galentine’s Daycation Hike

Boulder in February

Photo Courtesy Yogi Magee Expeditions

When: Sunday, February 18, 2018

Where: Dream Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado 80206

Time: 4:30PM – 6:30PM

Cost: $45, tickets available here. Cost doesn’t include park entrance fee.

Yogi Magee Expeditions is celebrating Galentine’s Day with a sunset hike to Nymph, Dream and potentially Emerald Lake (depending on weather conditions) in RMNP. Galentine’s Day, similar to Valentine’s Day, is the tradition of celebrating the love you have for your best girlfriends who, after all, deserve a holiday all to themselves! Exercise is more motivating when you have a friend to hold you accountable and this Pop-up hike is designed to get you working together!  So find a friend and ask her to be your Galentine at this one-of-a-kind heart healthy event. She’ll love you forever for it!

Boulder International Film Festival

things to do in Boulder in 2018

Photo Courtesy Boulder International Film Festival

When: February 22 – 25, 2018

Where: Venues around Boulder, schedule available February 2 here.

Time: Schedule available February 2 here.

Cost: Some events are FREE, Film tickets $14+, Festival passes starting at $375, more information here.

The Boulder International Film Festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to Boulder for a four-day celebration of the art of cinema in February. Featuring a wide variety of films from local, national, and international filmmakers, including many that have gone on to significant box-office success and multiple Oscar nominations. Adding to the BIFF experience are events featuring nationally renowned chefs, filmmaker happy hours, multiple opening night Galas, talented musicians and much more. The Festival attracts more than 25,000 film enthusiasts, media and industry each year.

Craft Night at the BCC

Boulder in February

When: Thursday, February 22, 2018

Where: Boulder Creative Collective, 2500 47th St, Boulder, Colorado 80301

Time: 6PM – 9PM

Cost: FREE

Join the sisters of Old Gold Vintage for Craft Night at the Boulder Creative Collective! Kids, pets & anyone + everyone welcome. Bring an arts & crafts or DIY project that you are working on & all necessary supplies & tools. You are welcome to bring some bottles of beer or wine and snacks to share. Expect an atmosphere of community & fun, large crafting tables & funky fun music provided. Check out Art Parts Creative Reuse Center for all of your crafting & DIY needs. We will be happy to drop off and donate any leftover goodies from the event to Art Parts Creative Reuse Center.

Daybreaker BLDR: Bathrobes, Bubbles and Bass!

february in boulder

Photo Courtesy Daybreaker

When: Friday, February 23, 2018

Where: The Pop Up, 1109 Walnut Street, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 6AM – 9AM

Cost: $20+, Tickets available here.

On Friday February 23rd, Daybreaker BLDR presents Bathrobes, Bubbles & Bass at The Pop Up. It’s newly re-vamped and totally gorgeous. Colorado fan fav, Sundragon, will be on decks and The Dailey Method will lead you through our first-ever Daybreaker BLDR barre class. So throw on your most fashionable bathrobe and funkiest shower cap (optional). Fitness with The Dailey Method from 6 – 7AM, followed by a dance party from 7 – 9AM. Free breakfast bites, coffee, healthy juices + more from GT’s Kombucha, Chameleon Cold-BrewLemonKindRXBAREmmy’s OrganicsManitoba Harvest Hemp Foods! For all the details, click here.

Poetry Night at Firehouse Art Center

boulder in february

Photo Courtesy Firehouse Art Center

When: Friday, February 23, 2018

Where: Firehouse Art Center, 667 4th Ave, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 7PM – 9PM

Cost: FREE

Firehouse Art Center is hosting it’s monthly Poetry Night. Poetry is an opportunity, it gives us the chance to celebrate and commemorate all the wonderful moments in our lives from the simplest smiles to the most momentous victories. It also enables us to cope in challenging times. With poetry, we can address our problems, come to terms with them, and work to grow past them. It has the potential to move across the spectrum of human experience in a cathartic and often beautiful way. You are welcome to read your original works.

Stan Jam – Bluegrass Extravaganza

February in Boulder

Photo Courtesy The Stanley Hotel

When: February 23 – 24, 2018

Where: Stanley Hotel, 333 East Wonderview Avenue, Estes Park, Colorado 80517

Time: Friday: 3:30PM – 11PM, Saturday: 10:30AM – 12:30AM Full schedule here.

Cost: $55 – $120, Tickets available here.

Stan Jam is a two-day celebration of incredible music, art, family and friends set in one of Colorado’s most iconic and intimate settings at The Stanley Hotel. The two-day event features some of the best Colorado musicians set alongside some of the biggest legends in bluegrass. From music workshops to all-out jams in the historic Stanley Concert Hall, the diverse line-up at the 2018 Stan Jam promises to deliver an experience worthy of its spectacular Rocky Mountain setting. Click here for the full lineup.

Free Community Women’s Self-Defense Seminar

boulder in february

Photo Courtesy Tran’s Martial Arts and Kickboxing Center

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018

Where: Tran’s Martial Arts and Kickboxing Center, 117 S Sunset St, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 10AM – 11:30AM

Cost: FREE

Check out this free Community Women’s Self-Defense Seminar at Tran’s Martial Arts and Kickboxing Center. The course will consist of a one and half hour Krav Maga self-defense techniques for teens and adult females. This is a free Community Self-Defense Awareness for Tran’s Martial Arts members, as well as family, friends, co-workers, and free to the Longmont community.

Let’s Wine about Winter in Niwot

Boulder in February

Photo Courtesy Osmosis Gallery

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018

Where: Historic Niwot, Cottonwood & 2nd Avenue

Time: 1PM – 5PM

Cost: $25, Tickets available here.

Join other wine, beer and food lovers in Historic Niwot, at Let’s Wine About Winter, a store-to-store tasting event. Stroll through Historic Niwot when Cottonwood and 2nd Avenue merchants will open their doors and serve over 30 different varieties of wines, beers and culinary tastings along the way.Ticket includes a mug and a $10 coupon redeemable at participating stores/businesses valid from February 25th through March 16, 2018. Proceeds will go to improvements at Whistlestop Park and the New Children’s Park! For all the details, click here.

Boulder Events

30+ Things to Do in Boulder in 2018

January 11, 2018
Things to do in Boulder 2018

 2018 is promising to be a year full of AWESOME! With over 30 events celebrating every season, check out festivals and fairs, games and races, and fun for all. Happening this year in and around Boulder. Happy 2018!

Estes Park Winter Festival

things to do in boulder in 2018

Photo Courtesy Estes Park, CO Facebook Page Photo By Ron Thompson

When: January 13 – 14, 2018

Where: Estes Park Events Complex, 1209 Manford Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517

Time: 10AM – 5PM

Cost: 21+ with Tasting $30, Ages 10+ $15, Ages 4-9 $5, 3 & Under FREE

Celebrate the winter season in Estes Park at the Estes Park Winter Festival weekend! Sip a variety of beers, browse retail vendors, enjoy live entertainment and more at the Estes Park Winter Festival, Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend 2018 at the new Estes Park Events Complex!

Lafayette Oatmeal Festival

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When: Saturday, January 13, 2018

Where: Downtown Lafayette, N Public Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026

Time: 7:30AM – 12PM

Cost: Oatmeal Breakfast $8 adults, $6 Youth 3 – 12, $6 Seniors 60+, Kids 2 & Under FREE. 5K Race $20 Adults (13 – 59), $15 Youth (3-12) & Seniors (60+). Register for 5K here.

22nd Annual Lafayette Oatmeal Festival is a popular family event focusing on healthy lifestyle. A unique festival including an Oatmeal Breakfast, 5K Walk/Run and a Ninja Warrior Course. Oatmeal Breakfast will be held at Pioneer Elementary School. 5K Walk / Run starts promptly at 9:30 am at Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts. Dogs on leashes only. Check out the Ninja Warrior Course at Bob L. Burger Rec. Center. 2 Ninja Warrior Courses for all ages. For more information, click here.

Old Man Winter Bike Rally & Run

things to do in boulder in 2018

Photo Courtesy Old Man Winter Rally

When: Sunday, February 11, 2018

Where: Sandstone Park, Lyons, CO 80540

Time: 10AM – 5PM

Cost: $45 – $85, Register here.

Bundle up and get ready to run and/or ride some of Colorado’s best roads and trails at the Oskar Blues Brewery Old Man Winter Rally. Riders – choose 50km or 100km of dirt, snow, sweat, and beer rolling through the world-famous cycling mecca of Boulder County. Runners can crush the 5.4-mile run course, a fast, flat “Best of Lyons” tour, that integrates singletrack trails, red rock canyon, and gravel paths. Everybody gets luxury aid stations with real food and hydration, a hot meal and a cold beer at the finish line, and a killer post-ride party with great music, a fire pit, and a massive raffle. To register, click here.

Boulder International Film Festival

things to do in Boulder in 2018

Photo Courtesy Boulder International Film Festival

When: February 22 – 25, 2018

Where: Venues around Boulder, schedule available February 2 here.

Time: Schedule available February 2 here.

Cost: Some events are FREE, Film tickets $14+, Festival passes starting at $375, more information here.

The Boulder International Film Festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to Boulder for a four-day celebration of the art of cinema in February. Featuring a wide variety of films from local, national, and international filmmakers, including many that have gone on to significant box-office success and multiple Oscar nominations. Adding to the BIFF experience are events featuring nationally renowned chefs, filmmaker happy hours, multiple opening night Galas, talented musicians and much more. The Festival attracts more than 25,000 film enthusiasts, media and industry each year.

Frozen Dead Guy Days

Things to do in Boulder 2018

Photo Courtesy Frozen Dead Guy Days

When: March 9 – 11, 2018

Where: In and around Nederland, see festival map here.

Time: See full festival schedule here.

Cost: Some events are FREE to watch, Music tents $15 for weekend pass, Blue Ball $20/person, VIP passes $150. For VIP ticket info, click here. For Blue Ball tickets, click here.

Known as one of the most unique and quirky festivals in America, Frozen Dead Guy Days takes place in the mountain town of Nederland, just thirty minutes from Boulder. The festival, celebrating its 17th year, features three days of frosty merriment including 30 live bands in heated super tents and outrageous events like coffin racing, costumed polar plunging, the Blue Ball, frozen t-shirt contests and much more. The home-grown frosty fest pays homage to Bredo Morstol, who is frozen in a state of suspended animation and housed in a Tuff Shed on dry ice high above Nederland. Thousands of adventurous, life enthusiasts come to participate in Colorado’s “most frigidly fun festival” and view the events along with local, national and international media and entertainment.

Estes Park Whiskey Warm Up

things to do in Boulder 2018

Photo Courtesy Distillery 291

When: March 3, 2018

Where: George Hix Riverside Plaza, 184 W Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517

Time: 1PM – 4PM

Cost: TBA

The Whiskey Warm Up celebrates the winter tradition of warming up from the inside out. Layer up to sip on selections of Colorado whiskeys from a variety of distilleries while cozying up near of one of the fire pits outside in the beautiful George Hix Riverside Plaza. Sway to the toe-tapping sounds of live music, learn more about the styles, tastes and smells of whiskey from a local distillery’s knowledgeable educators, who will be presenting live snapshot seminars throughout the event including Elkins presenting on the challenges of high altitude distilling and how all their materials are sourced from Colorado. Enjoy a local cigar shop selling products and demonstrating cigar rolling, to enjoy alongside your favorite whiskey.

Boulder Arts Week

things to do in boulder 2018

Photo Courtesy Boulder Arts Week

When: March 30 – April 7, 2018

Where: Various locations around Boulder.

Time: See full schedule here.

Cost: Costs vary depending on event, click here for details.

The 5th annual Boulder Arts Week will take place on March 30 to April 7, 2018, at venues throughout the city. Celebrating Boulder artists, the week is Boulder’s only large-scale, inclusive celebration of our community’s vibrant arts and cultural offerings, promoting and celebrating our city’s thriving creativity. Join Boulder to celebrate the city’s excellent artists and arts and culture offerings such as art walks, First Fridays, exhibitions, performances, dance, music, theater, public art, artist demonstrations, lectures, readings, and workshops.

Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival

things to do in Boulder in 2018

Photo Courtesy Downtown Boulder

When: Sunday, April 8, 2018

Where: Pearl Street Mall, 1942 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 1PM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Spring officially arrives in Downtown Boulder with the Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival. Festival goers can witness the vibrant Tulip Fairy, along with pint-sized fairies and elves, parade around the Pearl Street Mall ‘welcoming the tulips’. This beloved springtime tradition in Boulder features special events and activities for girls and boys and celebrate the more than 15,000 tulips that adorn the world renowned Pearl Street Mall throughout the spring season. The event includes live stage performances, face painting, free activities for children and more!

Conference on World Affairs

things to do in Boulder in 2018

Photo Courtesy Conference on World Affairs

When: April 9 – 13, 2018

Where: University of Colorado Boulder

Time: See full schedule here.

Cost: FREE

The Conference on World Affairs is a year-round unit of the University of Colorado Boulder, offering events without admission fees to the Boulder community, students, and the public. The most popular event is CWA Week, taking place in early April each year. CWA Week is a festival of ideas featuring 200 panels, 100 speakers and performers, over 5 days, attracting more than 70,000 in cumulative attendance each year. The Conference also present the CWA Speaker Series where thought leaders in their field join together for a campus visit with an evening discussion open to all.

Erie Town Fair and Balloon Festival

Photo Courtesy of Justin Reed, Erie Chamber of Commerce Website

When: May 18 – 19, 2018

Where: Balloon Launches: Colorado National Golf Club, 2700 Vista Parkway, Erie
Town Fair & Balloon Glow: Historic Downtown Erie & Coal Creek Park, 575 Kattell, Erie

Time: 10AM – 9PM

Cost: FREE

22nd Annual Erie Town Fair and Balloon Festival hosts over 200 craft and food vendors; performances on stage at Coal Creek Ball Park offer a variety of entertainment by local groups, carnival games and hot air balloons. Hot air balloons launch at 6:15 am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Colorado National Golf Club, 2700 Vista Parkway, Erie. Saturday, May 19, the Town Fair will host vendors from 10:00 am – 4:00pm at Coal Creek Park. Garage Rats Car Club will be hosting the Car Show. Don’t miss the fabulous Balloon Glow at 9:15pm, as well as fireworks to conclude the day’s festivities.

Boulder Creek Festival

things to do in boulder in 2018

Photo Courtesy Boulder Creek Events

When: May 26 – 28, 2018

Where: Boulder along the Boulder Creek corridor, extending from Broadway to 14th Street (west to east), between Canyon Blvd. and Arapahoe Ave. (north and south) Click here for a detailed map.

Time: TBD

Cost: FREE

For over thirty years, the Boulder Creek Festival® has been the unofficial kickoff to summer in Boulder. The Memorial Day weekend festival includes three days of festivities featuring a large variety of events, activities, food and entertainment unique to the Boulder community. Featuring nine separate event areas with 500 vendors showcasing everything from community arts and crafts to healthier alternatives and technology while a spectrum of music and dance is performed on three performance stages. The festival also features carnival rides and food and beverage vendors.

BolderBOULDER

things to do in Boulder in 2018

Photo Courtesy BolderBOULDER

When: Monday, May 28, 2018

Where: Race begins at 30th & Walnut

Time: 6AM – 1PM

Cost: $35 – $80, Register here.

BolderBOULDER is one of the largest and most highly acclaimed 10Ks in the world. Whether you want to run or enjoy watching, BolderBOULDER is a ton of fun! Almost 1.2 million runners, joggers, walkers and spectators of all ages have gathered over the years to create a spectacle that defies description. Olympic medal winners and hopefuls, grandmothers and kids, running enthusiasts and one-race-a-year guests from all over the world come together at the foot of the Rocky Mountains to form one of the sport’s truly unique events. Each year BolderBOULDER hosts 50,000+ participants and 100,000+ spectators throughout the course for what we like to call the biggest and best Memorial Day celebration on earth.

Burning Can Festival at Lyons Outdoor Games

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Photo Courtesy Oskar Blues Facebook Page

When: June 2-3, 2018

Where:  Bohn Park, 199 2nd Ave, Lyons, CO 80540

Time: TBA

Cost: $5 – $65 + Cost of optional extras. Tickets can be purchased here.

What’s The Burning Can Festival at Lyons Outdoor Games? Adventure, Music, Craft Beer, & Rocky Mountain Revelry. Oskar Blues & the Town of Lyons have combined two festivals to create the best weekend of the year. The Burning Can Festival promises to be the perfect weekend for lovers of adventure, beer, live music, and camping. To start the day, you can take on a trail running relay with your best buds, take a mountain bike on the local single track, or laugh with the kids in a huge KidZone. As 60+ breweries start pouring their beers, festivalgoers can check out dog jumping, a slackline competition, or BMX dirt jumping while enjoying over 200 canned craft beers. The mission of Burning Can at Lyons Outdoor Games is to raise funds and awareness for the Can’d Aid Foundation and the Town of Lyons Park, Recreation and Cultural Department and to keep Lyons growing as a vibrant, unique and outdoor-oriented Colorado community.

Kinetics

things to do in boulder in 2018

Photo Courtesy Kineticists

When: June 2018

Where: Union Reservoir, 461 Co Rd 26, Longmont, CO 80504

Time: TBA

Cost: Spectators: $10/carload, $2 to walk/bike in. Racers: $40 per Team plus $10 for each Team Member.

The Kinetics Sculpture Race features teams dressed in zany costumes on human-powered sculptures racing across land and water! This all-day family-friendly festival at the Beach of Union Reservoir with music, entertainment, food & beer garden, kid’s recycled raft race, solstice swim, dragon boats, and burn sculpture at dusk on the lake! Produced by Kineticists.Org and The City of Longmont.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

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Photo Courtesy Colorado Shakespeare Festival

When: June – August 2018

Where: Mary Rippon Outdoor TheatreUniversity Theatre

Time: Times vary, check schedule here.

Cost: Starts at $20

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival was founded in 1958 and is still going strong. Held every summer at the picturesque Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and the indoor University Theatre on the University of Colorado Boulder campus, this festival is consistently among the most critically acclaimed of its kind in the nation. CSF’s award-winning education program also presents classes, workshops and camps for all ages throughout the year. This summer’s performances include Love’s Labour’s Lost, Richard III, Edward III and more.

Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast

When: July 4, 2018

Where: CU’s Folsom Field, 2400 Colorado Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: Gates open at 8PM

Cost: FREE

Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast has been a Boulder tradition since 1941. Crowds of thousands gather each year at CU’s Folsom Field to enjoy Boulder’s largest fireworks display and local entertainment such as Open Space and Mountain Parks Rangers, the Mad Hops skip rope team, the Monarch High School Marching Band, School of Rock, and of course, Ralphie. This event is hosted by the associates of WK Real Estate, the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) and the City of Boulder. Media Sponsors include the Daily Camera, KBCO and Boulder Channel 8.

46th RockyGrass

things to do in boulder in 2018

Photo Courtesy Planet Bluegrass

When: July 27 – 29, 2018

Where: Planet Bluegrass, 500 W Main St, Lyons, Colorado 80540

Time: 9AM – 11PM

Cost: $70+, Tickets are already on sale here.

Every year in late July, Lyons becomes the center of the bluegrass universe as generations of legends and future-legends and Festivarians converge under the red rock cliffs of the St. Vrain River at Planet Bluegrass for RockyGrass. This year’s lineup includes Hot Rize, Sam Bush Bluegrass Band, Steep Canyon Rangers and many more. Bluegrass lovers who have kids can rejoice — kids 12 and under enter for FREE!  Rockygrass is super family-friendly, offering a kids area to include a variety of fun, planet-minded activities throughout the day, including crafts, slacklining, a musical instrument petting zoo, kids music performances, knot tying, and much more.

Boulder County Fair

When: August 3 – 12, 2018

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

Time: 10AM – 10PM (For carnival hours, click here.)

Cost: FREE (Parking is also FREE.)

Celebrating its 149th year, the Boulder County Fair, located at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont, is the longest running county fair in Colorado. The Boulder County Fair offers an entertaining and educational experience for the whole family with fun-filled events and activities like carnival rides and games, yummy food, music, demo derby and rodeos. For more information and complete schedule, click here.

Lafayette Peach Festival

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Photo Courtesy Lafayette Chamber of Commerce

When: August 18, 2018

Where: Old Town Lafayette on Public Road

Time: 9AM – 4PM

Cost: FREE

The Lafayette Peach Festival centers around world famous all natural Palisade, Colorado peaches. Enjoy peach pies, peach cobbler and peach smoothies. Food vendors, crafters, antique dealers along with some of the finest artists from the Front Range and Western States will be showcased. Children’s activities, live entertainment and music throughout the day. Over 30,000 pounds of Certified Organic Peaches from Morton’s Orchard’sTate Orchards and Red Fox Run Orchards in Palisade, CO. will be available in 4 locations along Public Rd. Free face painting by Face Fiesta & balloon sculpting all day, 9:00am-4:00pm! Bonfils Bloodmobile will be holding a Blood Drive from 9:30am – 3:30pm. Look for the Bonfils Bus on S. Public road near Kimbark Street.

Boulder Creek Hometown Festival

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Photo Courtesy Boulder Creek Events

When: September 1 – 3, 2018

Where: Boulder along the Boulder Creek corridor, extending from Broadway to 14th Street (west to east), between Canyon Blvd. and Arapahoe Ave. (north and south) Click here for a detailed map.

Time: TBA

Cost: FREE

Just as the Boulder Creek Festival® kicks off the summer in Boulder County, the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival is the perfect bookend to close out the summer event season. This event features arts & crafts exhibitors in Central Park, live performances at the Bandshell, the Hometown Fest 5K, a Classic Car & Motorcycle Show, the Rocky Mountain Pizza & Pints Festival, a food court & beer garden, and much more! Don’t miss out on the festivities of this community event each Labor Day weekend!

Superior Chili Fest

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Photo Courtesy Superior, Colorado Facebook Page

When: September 2018

Where: Community Park, Community Park Dr, Superior, CO 80027, United States

Time: TBA

Cost: Chili Fest entrance is FREE, chili tasting cups are $5.

The 2018 Chili Fest is back for its 18th year, this year’s Chili Fest features great chili samples and food, local vendors, a FREE Kids Zone area and more! Please note that chili samples are generously provided by the cooks and are distributed first come-first served. Chili tasting cups will be available for purchase – BACK AGAIN THIS YEAR for $5 you may purchase a reusable chili tasting cup with attached spoon – eat all the chili you want and take home the commemorative cup!

Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival

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Photo Courtesy Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival

When: September 6-9, 2018

Where: Stanley Park Fairgrounds, 1209 Manford Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517

Time: 9AM – 5PM

Cost: $29/adult, $10/Kids 11-16 years old, $5/Kids 5-10 years old. $85 for 3-day passes. Tickets available here.

Ages: All Ages

Celebrate your Scottish or Irish heritage by participating in the Long’s Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival in Estes Park, Colorado! The festival features athletic games and pipe bands, as well as jousting and dance competitions. In addition, various Celtic rock, folk, and traditional musicians will be performing. 80 participating Scottish and Irish clans will be participating in the games this year. Pageantry and patriotism, spirit and spectacle, talent and teamwork all combine in this awesome display of music and might. Kids will love the games, the parade, the dog show and the amazing food!

Louisville Oktoberfest

Things to do in Boulder in October

When: September 28 – 30, 2018

Where: Old Town Louisville, 916 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027

Time: Friday 2PM – 7PM, Saturday 11AM – 7PM, Sunday 11AM – 4PM

Cost: Early Tickets $5, buy tickets here. Kids 17 & Under FREE.

Louisville’s Oktoberfest is back with its authentic Bavarian experience featuring traditional music & dancing, amazing food including pretzels, schnitzel, potato soup and more! The festival will also host a kids area with lots of fun activities like a jumpy castle, gymnastics, arts & crafts and jump ropes. For more information, click here.

Munchkin Masquerade

Things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy Downtown Boulder

When: October 31, 2018

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

Time: 3PM – 6PM

Cost: FREE

Each year, Downtown Boulder is invaded by thousands of tiny ghosts & goblins, dinosaurs & dragons, fairies & princes, super heroes and animals of every size trick-or-treating along Pearl Street for the Munchkin Masquerade. There will be over 100 places handing out treats along the Pearl Street Mall.

Boulder Mountain Handmade Market

things to do in Boulder in November

Photo Courtesy Boulder Mountain Handmade

When: November 2018

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

Time: 10AM – 4PM

Cost: FREE

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, live music and fire truck tours. Free admission, plenty of parking.

Left Hand Brewing’s Nitro Fest

things to do in Boulder in November

Photo Courtesy Left Hand Brewing Company

When: TBD November, 2018

Where: Johnson Storage & Moving Co, 900 S Sunset St, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: TBD

Cost: TBD

Left Hand Brewing is hosting the 5th annual Nitro Fest. America’s swankiest nitro-exclusive beer festival returns with 40+ craft breweries from across the world pouring super smooth nitro beers alongside wild circus performers and amazing live music. Costumes strongly suggested. 40+ breweries from across the US, Ireland, the UK, China and Korea pouring super smooth nitro beers, inside a heated tent, circus acts, fire, wicked music and wild costumes make for “the most bizarre beer festival in the circuit”. Event proceeds will benefit the Left Hand Brewing Foundation.

Longmont Turkey Trot

things to do in Boulder in November

Photo Courtesy Longmont Recreation Services

When: November 2018

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

Time: TBD

Cost: TBD

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! For full information, click here.

St. Nick on the Bricks

things to do in Boulder in November

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 in December, 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.

CU Holiday Festival

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Photo Courtesy CU Presents

When: December 2018

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

Time: TBD

Cost: TBD

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, 2018

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

Time: TBD

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 holiday parade down Main Street.

Boulder Events

25 Things to Do in Boulder in January

December 31, 2017
January in Boulder

Winter is upon us, but there is still plenty to look forward to in January! Get yourself moving this month with an icy plunge in the Boulder Res, take an aerial dancing class, go ice skating, enjoy a show at the dinner theater, run a half marathon and so much more. Happening this month in and around Boulder.

Boulder Polar Plunge

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy Boulder Polar Plunge

When: Monday, January 1, 2018

Where: Boulder Reservoir, 5565 N 51st St., Boulder, CO 80301

Time: 12PM – 1PM

Cost: $35/adult, $15/children, Register here.

Take the Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day at the Boulder Reservoir to support the mission of the American Cancer Society. Donations support life-saving cancer research and free services for patients such as lodging and transportation. The 2018 event is sponsored by Boulder Community Health. New this year: towels for the first 500 registered participants , hot coffee, cocoa and tea for all and one free beer post-plunge for all registered participants ages 21+, thanks to Avery Brewing.

WinterSkate Boulder

what to do with kids this weekend in boulder

Photo Courtesy Boulder Creek Events

When: Throughout January

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.

WinterSkate Louisville

things to do in Boulder in November

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.

Annie at the Boulder Dinner Theater

things to do in Boulder in November

Photo Courtesy BDT Stage

When: Through February 24, 2018

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.

Legally Blonde: The Musical

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy Jesters Dinner Theatre

When: Throughout January, 2018

Where: Jesters Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501

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

Cost: $20 – $42, Purchase tickets here.

A fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie at Jesters Dinner Theatre in Longmont! Legally Blonde The Musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming warming, this musical is so much fun it should be illegal!

Free Aerial Dance Open House

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Photo Courtesy Frequent Flyers

When: Saturday, January 6, 2018

Where: Frequent Flyers Productions, Inc, 3022 Sterling Cir, Boulder, CO 80301

Time: 12PM – 3PM

Cost: FREE

Have you ever wanted to learn to fly? Now is your chance. Join Frequent Flyers for the Aerial Dance Open House! Plan to stay for at least half an hour to take a free mini class (classes available for ages 5-adult) and watch an aerial performance.

Subaru Winter Fest

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy Subaru of America

When: January 6 – 7, 2018

Where: Eldora Mountain Resort, 2861 Eldora Ski Rd, Nederland, CO 80466

Time: 9AM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Subaru WinterFest is a one-of-a-kind mountain destination and lifestyle tour where skiers and snowboarders can come together and share their passion for all things winter. Come enjoy live music by emerging artists brought to you by Harman Kardon®. Relax with your friends and family while enjoying s’mores and craft coffee or jam out to SiriusXM®. Participate in daily giveaways and test the latest gear from our friends at Nordica, Lib Tech, Thule, Klean Kanteen and more. The event is free. For skiing and snowboarding, you will need to purchase a lift ticket at Eldora.

Lafayette Cars and Coffee

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy Adam’s Polishes

When: Saturday, January 6, 2018

Where: Flatirons Church, 355 W South Boulder Rd, Lafayette, Colorado 80026

Time: 7:30AM – 10:30AM

Cost: FREE

If you haven’t been to this event, you’re missing out! Join Adam’s Polishes for the ever-growing Lafayette Cars & Coffee. No Entrance Fee! Coffee & food trucks will be at the ready with breakfast treats before you wander the lot. Stop by the Adam’s Tent to grab samples and promotions. This event happens every first Saturday of every month.

Little Adventures Kids Yoga Class

what to do with kids this weekend in boulder

When: Saturday, January 6, 2018

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

Time: 2PM – 3PM

Cost: $20 for Parent/Child Members, $25 Parent/Child Non-Members, $5 Additional Child

Embark on a Jungle adventure together at Little Adventures Kids Yoga Class at 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 3-8. Space is limited.

Jeff and Paige at Rayback Collective

what to do with kids this weekend in boulder

Photo Courtesy Jeff and Paige

When: Sunday, January 7, 2018

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.

Wild Bear Safari at Wild Bear Nature Center

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy Wild Bear Nature Center

When: Monday, January 8, 2018

Where: Wild Bear Nature Center, 20 Lakeview Dr, Nederland, Colorado 80466

Time: 8AM – 4PM

Cost: $65, Tickets available here.

On the last day of Winter Break kids ages 5-11 can experience Wild Bear Safari – meet the turtles, snakes, arthropods, salamanders and hedgehog at Wild Bear Nature Center. Get a chance to hold the Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, help us feed and water our friends, the turtles, salamanders, belle the hedgehog and all the arthropods. Work together to create dioramas, drawings, clay models and more to take home.

Erie Community Library’s 10 Year Birthday Extravaganza

When: Friday, January 12, 2018

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

Time: 10AM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Celebrate the Erie Community Library’s 10th Birthday. Bring the whole family for fun activities throughout the day, including a special storytime at 10:15 am, cake, crafts, entertainment and much more!

Cider and Ceramics with Color Me Mine

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Photo Courtesy Color Me Mine

When: Friday, January 12, 2018

Where: St. Vrain Cidery, 350 Terry St, Ste 130, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 6PM – 8:30PM

Cost: $25 or $40 depending on the item you select to paint.

Join Color Me Mine at St. Vrain Cidery for Cider and Ceramics for some painting fun! Ready to paint items include: steins, growlers, seasonal items, kid items, dishware, etc. First pour included! Kids are welcome! Pieces will be brought back to their Boulder store to be fired and set. You can then either pick up the pieces at their Boulder store OR at the taproom!

Lafayette Oatmeal Festival

January in Boulder

When: Saturday, January 13, 2018

Where: Downtown Lafayette, N Public Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026

Time: 7:30AM – 12PM

Cost: Oatmeal Breakfast $8 adults, $6 Youth 3 – 12, $6 Seniors 60+, Kids 2 & Under FREE. 5K Race $20 Adults (13 – 59), $15 Youth (3-12) & Seniors (60+). Register for 5K here.

22nd Annual Lafayette Oatmeal Festival is a popular family event focusing on healthy lifestyle. A unique festival including an Oatmeal Breakfast, 5K Walk/Run and a Ninja Warrior Course. Oatmeal Breakfast will be held at Pioneer Elementary School. 5K Walk / Run starts promptly at 9:30 am at Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts. Dogs on leashes only. Check out the Ninja Warrior Course at Bob L. Burger Rec. Center. 2 Ninja Warrior Courses for all ages. For more information, click here.

Winter Trails Day Snowshoe Festival

January in Boulder

When: Saturday, January 13, 2018

Where: Park and Ride Lot across from Glacier Basin off Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park

Time: 10AM – 3PM

Cost: FREE event. Rocky Mountain National Park entrance fee applies.

Winter Trails Day is a free snowshoe festival with hundreds of demo snowshoes for adults and children; advice from snowshoe experts, demos snowshoes to try out and outdoor gear displays. Watch live igloo making demonstrations by Grand Shelters, from 10am – 2pm. Grand Shelters is rewriting the book on winter camping, providing resources and equipment to support your overnight winter adventure! Bring food and water.

Boulder County Bombers Harry Potter Tournament

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Photo Courtesy Boulder County Bombers

When: Saturday, January 13, 2018

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

Time: 5PM

Cost: Tickets are $15 at the door, or $13 if you buy ahead of time from your favorite BCB skater.

Join the Boulder County Bombers for a magical mix up roller derby tournament, Harry Potter New Year Roll Out Mix Up Tournament. Watch teams compete in the name of all four houses of Hogwarts. Doors open at 5 pm, first whistle at 6 pm. Each bout will be 2 20-minute periods. Colorado Craft Cocktails bar will be on site, where there will be beer & food for sale as well. This is a family friendly event.

An Evening of Irish Music

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy Adam Agee & Jon Sousa

When: Saturday, January 13, 2018

Where: The Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Avenue, Boulder, CO 80304

Time: 7PM – 10PM

Cost:$15 – $26, Buy tickets here.

Join Adam Agee & Jon Sousa for an enchanted evening of Irish music, to celebrate the release of their second full length album at the Nomad Playhouse. This music is dedicated to the spirit and land of Ireland and the Celtic lineage. Their connection to their instruments and the transcendent energy in their music is guaranteed to uplift audiences of all ages.

Estes Park Winter Festival

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy Estes Park, CO Facebook Page

When: January 13 – 14, 2018

Where: Estes Park Events Complex, 1209 Manford Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517

Time: 10AM – 5PM

Cost: 21+ with Tasting $30, Ages 10+ $15, Ages 4-9 $5, 3 & Under FREE

Celebrate the winter season in Estes Park at the Estes Park Winter Festival weekend! Sip a variety of beers, browse retail vendors, enjoy live entertainment and more at the Estes Park Winter Festival, Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend 2018 at the new Estes Park Events Complex!

Arctic Prairie Dog Half Marathon

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy Prairie Dog 5K

When: Sunday, January 14, 2018

Where: Coal Creek Golf Course, 585 Dillon Rd Louisville, CO 80027

Time: 7AM – 12PM

Cost: $40 – $90, Register here.

Check out the Arctic Prairie Dog Half Marathon in Louisville this January! Each half marathon finisher will receive a custom Peedy the Prairie Dog finisher’s medal. For 2018, all participants will receive a Seasonal Peedy finisher’s souvenir Pint Glass! All participants will also receive a Tech T-Shirt (long sleeved.)  This event features a two colored short sleeved shirt. For more information, click here.

The Wailers at The Fox Theatre

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy The Wailers

When: Thursday, January 18, 2018

Where: The Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 8:30PM

Cost: $25 – $28, Tickets available here.

KGNU Community RadioBoulder Weekly & Karing Kind (Karing Kind Boulder Fanclub) present The Wailers at the Fox Theatre. The legendary Wailers band returns to bring its revolutionary sound to fans around the world.

5th Annual Chili Cookoff at Sanitas Brewing Co.

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Photo Courtesy Sanitas Brewing

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018

Where: Sanitas Brewing, 3550 Frontier Ave Unit A, Boulder, Colorado 80301

Time: 4PM – 10PM

Cost: $15

Join Boulder’s food, craft beer, and music enthusiasts for the 5th Annual Chili Cookoff at Sanitas Brewing Company. Expect an afternoon/evening of award-winning chili from the local area, local beer, and bluegrass from The Hop Pickers. The event kicks off at 4pm and is family-friendly. $15 gets you access to a variety of massive chili samples, a Sanitas beer, and some killer bluegrass.

Bow Wow Film Fest

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018

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

Time: 6PM – 9PM

Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. $10 for Kids under 12.

This year’s Bow Wow Film Fest will feature movies about working dogs, both old school and new school, we have the return of the delightful Ask Frank and his advice column and we go international with movies filmed abroad! Come laugh and cheer and maybe even tear up a bit as we marvel in all the ways these beloved furry creatures touch our lives! All ticket proceeds will benefit the marvelous work of The Humane Society of Boulder Valley.

2018 Frost Giant Race

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy Estes Valley Recreation and Park District

When: Saturday, January 27, 2018

Where: Estes Park Municipal Building, 170 MacGregor Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517

Time: 10AM – 1PM

Cost: $25 Pre-Registration for Adults and Children 10+, $35 on Race Day. Register here.

The Annual Frost Giant will be held on Sunday, January 27th, 2018 in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. Lace up your running shoes and grab a warm hat to partake in this fun and adventurous 5K race. The 5K will start at the Estes Park Municipal Building entrance on MacGregor Ave. The race begins on pavement and then becomes cross country. Register here.

$5 Day at Butterfly Pavilion

things to do in Boulder in November

When: Sunday, January 28, 2018

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 Sunday, January 28. 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.

Family Day Painting at PoshSplat – Chautauqua Lookout

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy PoshSplat

When: Sunday, January 28, 2018

Where: PoshSplat, 2035 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 2PM

Cost: $25/person

Family Day at PoshSplat is a great way to spend time and do something creative with your whole family! Step by step instruction is provided by a local artist and everyone paints a picture that is uniquely theirs. On Sunday, January 28, the painting will be Chautauqua Lookout. No experience, set up, or clean up necessary! Just come and enjoy an afternoon of fun, and create beautiful works of art for your home!

Boulder Events Kids

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

things to do in Boulder in November

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

boulder holiday events

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

boulder holiday events

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.

Boulder Events

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

things to do in Boulder in November

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

where to visit santa in Boulder

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

boulder holiday events

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

where to visit santa boulder

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

boulder holiday events

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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When: December 8 – December 9, 2017

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

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

Cost: FREE

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

The Happy Elf

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Photo Courtesy The Longmont Theatre Company

When: December 8 – December 17, 2017

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

Time: Times vary, see schedule here.

Cost: $10. Tickets available here.

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

The Gleaming Lights of Winter Nights

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Photo Courtesy of Frequent Flyers Productions Facebook Page

When: Saturday, December 9, 2017

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

Time: 8PM

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

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

Navidad Flamenca: A Flamenco Christmas Night

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Photo Courtesy Flamenco Underground

When: Saturday, December 9, 2017

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

Time: 7:30 PM

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

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

The 3rd Annual Erie Holiday Shoppe

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When: Saturday, December 9, 2017

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

Time: 10AM – 2PM

Cost: FREE

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

Storytime with Santa & Friends

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When: Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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

Time: 10:30 – 11:30AM

Cost: FREE

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

Menorah Lighting on Pearl Street

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When: Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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

Time: 5:30PM

Cost: FREE

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

Ignite Chanukah 2017

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When: Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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

Time: 5:30PM – 9PM

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

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

KYGO’s Christmas Jam

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When: Thursday, December 14, 2017

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

Time: 7PM – 11PM

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

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

Historic Hoverhome’s Annual Holiday Tours

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Photo Courtesy St. Vrain Historical Society

When: December 9 – December 17, 2017

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

Time: See schedule here.

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

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

Chanukah on Ice

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When: December 14, 2017

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

Time: 4PM – 6PM

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

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

Longmont Symphony Candlelight Concert

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When: December 15, 2017

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

Time: 7:30PM

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

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

Firefly Handmade Holiday Market

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When: Saturday, December 16, 2017

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

Time: 10AM – 5PM

Cost: FREE admission

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

Santa at Lost Marbles Toy Store

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When: December 16, 2017

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

Time: 1:30 – 4:30PM

Cost: FREE

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

Santa Station: Mead

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When: December 16, 2017

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

Time: 10AM – 12PM

Cost: FREE

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

Santa Station: Erie (Grandview)

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When: December 16, 2017

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

Time: 2PM – 4PM

Cost: FREE

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

Holiday Festival at Longmont Museum

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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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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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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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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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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!

Boulder Events Kids

Where to Visit with Santa Near Boulder

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

St. Nick on the Bricks

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When: Saturdays, November 25 – December 23, 2017

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

Time: 11AM – 2PM

Cost: FREE

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

Santa HQ at Flatiron Crossing

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When: Daily through December 24, 2017

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

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

Cost: Photo packages start at $34.99

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

Winterfest Wednesday

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When: Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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

Time: 5PM – 8PM

Cost: FREE

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

Jingle Bell Bash at Twenty Ninth Street

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When: Friday, November 24, 2017

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

Time: 3PM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

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

Longmont Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

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When: Friday, November 24, 2017

Where: 6th Ave & Main Street, Longmont

Time: 6:30PM

Cost: FREE

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

Niwot’s Enchanted Evening

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When: Friday, November 24, 2017

Where: Cottonwood Square, Downtown Niwot

Time: 6PM – 9PM

Cost: FREE

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

Holiday Open House at The Flower Bin

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When: November 24 – 26, 2017

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

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

Cost: FREE

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

Christmas Extravaganza

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When: November 25 – December 24, 2017

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

Time: Daily 9AM – 9PM

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

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

Niwot Holiday Parade

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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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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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When: Saturdays throughout December

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

Time: 8AM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

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

Superior Count the Lights Celebration

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Photo Courtesy Superior Chamber of Commerce

When: Saturday, December 2, 2017

Where & When:

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

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

Cost: FREE

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

Breakfast with Santa

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When: Saturday, December 2, 2017

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

Time: 8AM – 10:30AM

Cost: FREE

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

Santa at Lyons Christmas Bazaar

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Photo by Edward Bruder, Courtesy Lyons Holiday Craft Bazaar

When: Saturday, December 2, 2017

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

Time: 3PM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

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

Santa Station: Erie (Vista Ridge)

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When: Saturday, December 2, 2017

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

Time: 10AM – 12PM

Cost: FREE

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

Holiday Fayre with a British Flair

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When: Saturday, December 2, 2017

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

Time: 1PM – 3PM

Cost: FREE

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

Home for the Holidays

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When: Saturday, December 2, 2017

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

Time: 12:30PM  – 4:30PM

Cost: FREE

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

Pictures with Santa at Flatirons Family Pharmacy

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When: Saturday, December 2, 2017

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

Time: 10AM – 1PM

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

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

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

Holiday Mountain Market in Nederland

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When: December 2 & 3, 2017

Where: Nederland Community Center, 

Time: Photos with Santa 12PM – 3PM

Cost: FREE

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

Gingerbread House Decorating Party

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When: December 4 – December 18, 2017

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

Time: Times vary, see schedule here.

Cost: $20

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

Santa & Elf Hot Wheels at Lights of Love

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Photo Courtesy Longmont United Hospital

When: December 5, 2017

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

Time: 5:30 – 7:30PM

Cost: FREE public event

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

Longmont Lights Holiday Festival

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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.

Boulder Events

Complete Boulder Holiday Events Guide

November 18, 2017
things to do in Boulder in November

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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When: December 8 – 10, 2017

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

Time: Times vary, see schedule here.

Cost: Starting at $20, Tickets available here.

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

Longmont Lights Holiday Festival & Parade

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When: December 8 – December 9, 2017

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

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

Cost: FREE

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

The Happy Elf

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Photo Courtesy The Longmont Theatre Company

When: December 8 – December 17, 2017

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

Time: Times vary, see schedule here.

Cost: $10. Tickets available here.

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

The Gleaming Lights of Winter Nights

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Photo Courtesy of Frequent Flyers Productions Facebook Page

When: Saturday, December 9, 2017

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

Time: 8PM

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

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

Navidad Flamenca: A Flamenco Christmas Night

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Photo Courtesy Flamenco Underground

When: Saturday, December 9, 2017

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

Time: 7:30 PM

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

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

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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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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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!