15 Things to Do to Celebrate the Final Days of Christmas

by Rachel Daly
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The final days of Christmas are here! Take your last chance to revel in the holiday magic by checking out one of these 15 events happening between now and Christmas Day. Happy holidays!

#1 The Nutcracker

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When: December 21 – 23, 2018, Schedule here.

Centennial State Ballet is proud to present the 18th annual performances of The Nutcracker. The classic holiday tale of Clara and her prince as they travel to the land of sweets comes to life on stage, in this grand-scale production. Longmont’s youth ballet company performs under the direction of Executive Artistic Director Kristin Kingsley. Accompaniment by the Centennial State Ballet Chamber Orchestra. The performances also feature guest artists Matthew Helms.

This performance will be held at Niwot High School, 8989 Niwot Rd, Niwot, Colorado 80503. Tickets $22 – $25, available here.

#2 Christmas Revels: An Irish Celebration of the Winter Solstice

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When: December 21 – December 26, 2018, Times vary, see schedule 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!

Dairy Arts Center is located at  2590 Walnut St, Boulder, Colorado 80302. Cost: $28, tickets here.

#3 Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly

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When: Through December 24, 2018, full schedule here.

Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon bring their charming sequel to Pride and Prejudice to Boulder for the holidays in 2018 in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly, presented by the Boulder Ensemble Theater Company. Constantly overshadowed by her four sisters, Mary Bennet, the bookish middle child of the clan, longs for a “large life.” As she searches for her own identity, she unexpectedly discovers something else… the possibility of true love. If only she can survive the holidays with her sisters! Winner of Chicago’s 2017 Jefferson Award for Best New Play.

See this performance at the Dairy Arts Center,  2590 Walnut St, Boulder, Colorado 80302. Tickets $20 – $37, available here.

#4 Louisville WinterSkate

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When: Now ’til the end of February

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.

Louisville WinterSkate is held at the Steinbaugh Pavilion, 824 Front Street in Historic Downtown Louisville. Cost (includes skate rental): Adults: $1, Kids (ages 4-12): $9, Children (ages 3 & under): $4, College Students and Military (with valid ID): $8, Senior Citizens (65+): $8. Bring your own skates, receive $5 off admission!

#5 St. Nick on the Bricks

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When: Saturdays, November 24 – December 22, 2018, from 11 AM – 2 PM

Head to Pearl Street where 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.

Find Santa at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center, 1301 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302. Cost: FREE.

#6 Creekside Caroling & Holiday Walk With a Doc

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When: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

City of Boulder Parks & Rec presents Holiday Thriving Tips with Dr. Nelson Trujillo. Enjoy winter fairies, community caroling, half-mile walk with Dr. Nelson Trujillo, healthy treats and warm drinks – surrounded by 275,000+ LED holiday lights. First 60 people receive a Chocolove bar and the opportunity to win a swag bag filled with fun prizes! NEW! Ask for a Runners Roost Boulder gift card, and you will receive one (first 75 people. Expires 12/31) Clif Bar will be handing out free warm bars.

Find Santa at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center, 1301 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302. Cost: FREE.

#7 Jingle Bell Fridays

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When: Friday, December 21, 2018 from 5 PM – 8 PM

Get into the holiday spirit this December with lots of free, fun and festive activities for the whole family at Village at the Peaks’ Jingle Bell Fridays. Horse drawn carriage rides, cocoa with Santa’s Elves, carolers and more!

Village at the Peak is located at 1250 S Hover St, Longmont, Colorado 80501. This event is FREE.

#8 Scrooge, A Musical

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When: Through December 30, 2018. Times vary, schedule 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.

Jester’s Dinner Theatre is located at 224 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501. $17 and up. Tickets here.

#9 Charlie Brown goes to the Nutcracker

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When: Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 6:30 PM

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.

See the performance at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa Great Room, 900 Walnut St, Boulder, Colorado 80302. Open to the public.

#10 Season of Light at Fiske Planetarium

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When: Throughout December

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.

Fiske Planetarium is located at 2414 Regent Dr, Boulder, CO 80309. Tickets and showtimes here.

#11  Louisville Winter Market

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When: Saturday December 23, 2018 from 10 AM  – 3 PM

Shop and enjoy handmade, homemade and local products at the Louisville Winter Market and enjoy fun activities like photos with Santa and kids crafts. The market will also feature food, gifts, and Christmas trees!
This free event will be held at Bittersweet Cafe & Confections, 836 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027.

#12 A Christmas Story: The Musical at Boulder Dinner Theater

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When: Now Playing through January 5, 2019

Ralphie Parker wants only one thing for Christmas: An Official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. A Christmas Story, The Musical is the hilarious account of Ralphie’s desperate quest to ensure that this most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas. Directed on Broadway by Tony Award®-winner John Rando and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, this musical based on the classic 1983 movie, which itself was based on stories by legendary radio humorist Jean Shepherd, features funny and heartfelt songs by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul and a faithful yet inventive book by Joseph Robinette.  A Christmas Story, The Musical captures holiday wonder with such deliciously wicked wit that it is sure to delight children and grown-ups alike!

Boulder Dinner Theater is located at  5501 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303. $40 – $, Tickets here.

#13 Santa’s House at Village at the Peaks

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When: December 15 – December 22, 2018 from 12 PM – 4 PM

Visit Santa’s House at Village at the Peaks this season! Bring your own camera or cell phone to capture the magic. Visits with Santa are first come, first served. No reservations or appointments are available.

Village at the Peaks is located at 1250 S Hover St, Longmont, Colorado 80501. This event is FREE.

#14 Santa Visits McGuckin Hardware

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When: Saturday, December 22 & Sunday, December 23, 2018, from 11 AM – 2 PM

Santa Claus is coming to…..McGuckin’s! Santa will be visiting and spreading holiday cheer. Make sure to stop by and take your picture with him!

McGuckin Hardware is located at 2525 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

#15 Monty Python and The Holy Grail – Christmas Night Showing

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When: Tuesday, December 25, 2018, from 7 PM – 10 PM

“On second thought, let us not go to Camelot. It is a silly place.” Instead, make your way to the The Dairy Center on Christmas Day to celebrate the Christmas tradition for the fourth annual 40th anniversary screening of this heartwarming action-thriller rom-com about an obsession with vintage drinkware: Monty Python and The Holy Grail. Come in costume, get a selfie with Sir Robin’s minstrels, and newbies get coconuts.

Dairy Arts Center is located at  2590 Walnut St, Boulder, Colorado 80302. Cost: $12, tickets here.

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