As soon as we turn our calendars to November, we know it’s time to kick it up a notch. Special events are being planned and promoted and now is the time to figure out what we will fill our calendars with. Most of us probably stick to the same routine year after year. Instead, this year let me challenge the same-ole, same-ole and suggest several holiday activities to expand your horizons!
We’ve selected a few kid-friendly options that will excite and get everyone in the mood for Christmas! Also, with kids out of school, what better way to make the days ease by quicker than by filling their vacation with special events. Whether it is ice-skating, watching a Christmas parade, or a special Daddy-daughter dance, mark up your calendar with special holiday activities sure to bring a smile to all.
ACACIA PARK TREE LIGHTING AND ICE-SKATING (Sat., November 18): Located at the park in downtown Colorado Springs. Watch the lighting of the city Christmas tree, ice skate, watch short holiday movies, visit Santa, and create crafts. Activities start at 4:30 p.m.
FALL FAMILY FUN DAYS, PIONEER MUSEUM (Nov. 21, 22, & 25): The Pioneers Museum is opening a new children’s interactive exhibit. During the Fall Break, bring your kids to this family celebration for crafts, movies, popcorn, and a tour.
ROYAL GORGE SANTA EXPRESS TRAIN (Nov 16 – Dec. 24): Do you or your kids love the movie, Polar Express? Then you’ll be giddy over this experience on a real train. Wear your PJs and get ready to drink your fill of hot chocolate. It’s a popular attraction so book early!
CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO ELECTRIC SAFARI (Starts Dec. 8. Multiple nights): You can not celebrate this season without a visit to the Electric Safari! Beautiful lights, hot cocoa, fire pits throughout the zoo – a fun night that is a special tradition for our city. Bundle the whole family up and enjoy a memorable evening!
ENCHANTED PRINCESS BALL (Dec. 17, Glen Eryie): If you are a daddy to a little girl, stop now and get your tickets to this ball! You will forever capture the heart of your daughter! (Ages 10 and under)
So now that the kids are taken care of, don’t think that the fun stops there. It’s only beginning! There are loads of options for a special date night to celebrate sans little ones.
CRAFT CIDER AND COCKTAIL NIGHT AT THE GOLDEN BEE (Mon., Nov. 20, 5:30 – 8:30 pm): A local favorite gathering spot, they are hosting Colorado Common Hard Cider and Lee Spirits Co. for an evening of pairings and good conversations. Make sure to put in a reservation and enjoy the night!
ADULTS-ONLY ELECTRIC MOONLIGHT (Dec. 7, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo): This time leave the kids at home and have an adult-only night!
GREAT GATSBY WHITE ROSE GALA (Ellie Caulkins Opera House, New Years Eve). So I’m sending you to Denver, but honestly, this looks like a blast! Who wouldn’t want to don a flapper dress, gloves, red lipstick (or a pinstriped tux and fedora) and dance the night away? Call a sitter and stay the night in Denver!
DESSERT WITH DICKENS (Dec. 15, 8 PM, Cherokee Ranch, Sedalia): Love the idea of a fireside storyteller? Dial it down to a more intimate setting. Here’s your chance for a bit of nostalgia. Dessert, the Christmas Carol, and a cozy evening with a loved one. Even better….it’s in a castle!
UGLY SWEATER FEST (Dec. 2, Norris-Penrose Event Center): Did you make the Halloween Brew Fest? Same folks, different costumes! Come out and have a blast in your ugliest sweater.
MUSIC AND PERFORMANCES
Do you have a favorite tradition for the holidays? I love to attend a Nutcracker performance. Something I have done since a teenager. No matter what your tradition, here are several classic performances sure to have you dreaming of a white (and warm & snuggly) Christmas!
THE NUTCRACKER, (Thanksgiving Weekend, Pikes Peak Center): What is the Christmas season without watching the story of Claire and her nutcracker doll coming to life? A “sweet treat” no matter your age!
HEART OF CHRISTMAS (Dec 8 – 10, Charis Bible College, Woodland Park): Now in its 8th year, a phenomenal musical performed both in Norway and in our backyard, Woodland Park. The story of a young girl in the 40s who escapes the war in Europe and comes to America. She discovers the true meaning of Christmas.
CHRISTMAS SYMPHONY, (Dec. 17, 2:30 pm, Pikes Peak Center)
IRISH CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA, (Nov. 24, Stargazers Theatre): Looking for something a little different? “The hugely popular show, now in its 13th season, features top Irish music, song, and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humor and boundless energy.”
REPEAT THE SOUNDING JOY, (Dec 2-3, 6 p.m. Village Seven Presbyterian Church): Looking for a goosebump experience? This is not your grandma’s little village choir. Village Seven produces the most amazing performances. Extremely talented and well put-together, I have never been disappointed. Nothing short of an amazing experience.
ALL ABOUT THAT FOOD
Admit it. You LOVE the food during the holidays! Who doesn’t? I found a few holiday activities that are all about yummy-to-your-tummy treats and tantalizing and rich meals.
SALT OF THE EARTH DINNER, (Nov. 30, 6:30 PM, The Till): 4-course, fall-inspired meal. A great evening with a table full of friends!
MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE, (Dec. 30, Briarhurst Manor): 5-course meal and hours of intrigue! Hurry…the tickets sell out fast!
GLEN EYRIE MADRIGAL BANQUET (Several December dates to choose from): Experience a traditional medieval Christmas banquet, hosted in the Grand Hall of the castle. Wassail, singing, and a traditional meal. Get your tickets early!
FRIENDSGIVING AT THE MELTING POT, (Nov. 21 & 22): Featuring a Pumpkin Spice Martini & White Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Fondue. Enough said. Sounds like a GNO to me!
I wish I could have included all the wonderful activities available this year! There are so many to choose from. Whatever you decide, may it be a magical year for you and your family.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!