2020 has really put the damper on events, but folks around Boulder have found creative ways to connect safely. Below are a handful of events that will not only enhance your December, but can also lend support to local artists and practitioners. Enjoy, and happy holidays!
Master the M.A.P. Virtual Workshop
When: Monday, November 30 – Friday, December 4, 2020, Daily from 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Master the M.A.P. (Meridian Activation Protocol), 5 Day FREE Workshop on Unlocking Keys to Infinite Health. What is Meridian Activation Protocol? A proven, precise, functional medical system, rooted in ancient sciences, designed to transform you into becoming a living needle, a master receptor at listening, observing, & understanding what your body’s delicate ecosystem is communicating. This customized protocol gives you the tools on how to transform yourself into a thriving regenerative ecosystem. Please contact Soha at email@example.com with any questions. Register here.
EFAA Holiday Toy Drive
When: November 30 – December 11, 2020 daily from 10 AM – 3 PM
Each year, EFAA hosts a Holiday Gift Room to allow our participants to “shop” for gifts for their children. You can support EFAA’s gift room by donating new, unwrapped toys for children and teens aged zero to 18. Shop & drop-off items in-person: Donations will be accepted Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 1575 Yarmouth Ave. A donation reception table will be set up on 16th St. Please do NOT bring gifts to the food bank. Shop online: EFAA has wishlists set up on Amazon, Walmart, Target and Grand Rabbits websites. You can shop our most needed items and have them shipped directly to EFAA. For donation needs and wishlists, visit https://www.efaa.org/donate/holidays/.
2020 Virtual CU Holiday Festival
When: Friday, December 4 – Sunday December 6 – full schedule here.
Delight in the twinkling lights, seasonal greenery and beautiful music at CU Boulder’s Holiday Festival, an annual tradition that’s enchanting for all ages. The decades-old celebration brings together student choirs, bands and orchestras—along with world-class faculty performers—for a concert of holiday favorites and new surprises. This year, CU will be broadcasting the event virtually. Details here.
Polar Express Drive-In Movie
When: Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 4:30 PM
Relax and watch the holiday classic “Polar Express ” from the comfort and safety of your own car! Gates open at 4:30pm, movie starts at 5pm. The cost is $10 per car. Purchase tickets here. This event will be held in the Regal Cinemas parking lot at Village at the Peaks.
Face Vocal Band: Christmas from a Distance Livestream Concert
When: Saturday nights in December, details here.
Prepare for one of the musical highlights of your holiday season. Performing your favorite holiday tunes, both new and classic, Face Vocal Band brings a fun original interpretation to the songs of the season – all with no instruments! These 5 guys will entrance you with their breathtaking harmonies, amaze you with their beat-boxing rhythms and make you laugh and smile as they engage and entertain their audience as only Face Vocal Band does. You will be rockin’, feeling uplifted, and instilled with the infectious joy and festivity of the season. Watch live on Facebook & YouTube.
ZOTTO: Denver’s Supernatural Immersive Adventure by JA-NE
When: Through December 6, 2020 more info here.
The Japanese Arts Network (JA-NE) presents ZOTTO [ぞっと] – A SUPERNATURAL IMMERSIVE ADVENTURE in partnership with BIPOC story-sharing arts initiative Stories of Solidarity, Western Sound Alliance, Filmmaker Bruce Tetsuya, and local beloved Denver creative producers, organizers, musicians, dancers, and visual artists (including CRUSH Walls street artist Casey Kawaguchi) starting November 6th, 2020. Spirits and unexpected encounters help the audience to navigate this spooky story throughout Downtown Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhood and Capitol Hill. Participants may choose to travel from chapter to chapter by vehicle if they are in the Denver area or as a digital experience, available virtually. Tickets include a download for audio story and videos + a mailed package of interactive elements and a special treat for your journey from Pacific Mercantile grocery store. The last day to purchase tickets is December 6th, 2020. Tickets $25, here.
Live Stream: Mad Dog Blues Extravaganza
When: Monday, December 7, 2020 at 8 PM
Mad Dog Friedman, harmonica player, musical innovator and founder of many popular Colorado blues acts over the years including King Comfort, Harmonica Loowinski, Papa Juke, the Mojo Medicine Show & Blue Lightning, has put together an acoustic blues jam band with a unique blues style indigenous to Colorado in the 21st Century while still honoring the blues roots. The result is Mad Dog Blues, a coalition of top-notch, veteran musicians dedicated to exploring this new sound in both their song writing and performances. Check out the live stream here: Mad Dog Blues Extravaganza.
Louisville WinterSkate by Boulder Creek Events
When: Monday, November 30, 2020 ’til the end of February, hours here.
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. This year, to keep everyone safe and healthy, Boulder Creek Events will be adhering to strict COVID-19 protocols. Please visit their information page here to learn more.
Louisville WinterSkate is held at the Steinbaugh Pavilion, 824 Front Street in Historic Downtown Louisville. Cost (includes skate rental): Adults & Kids $10, Children ages 3 & under: Free.
Virtual Live Jeff and Paige Chanukah Concert
When: Sunday, December 13, 2020 from 4 PM – 5 PM
Join the Boulder JCC for an interactive virtual musical celebration for the 4th night of Chanukah with Jeff and Paige. Costumes, songs and storytelling will be incorporated to explore Chanukah and celebrate its many traditions. Jeff and Paige will be performing LIVE. Enjoy this virtual concert from the comfort of your home. This is a family-friendly event, all ages are welcome. Tickets $18/household, available here.
Street Wise 2020 Self-Guided Tour
Street Wise Boulder is an annual ARTivism mural festival in the streets of Boulder, Colorado. Their mission is to amplify artist voices and use the power of public art as a means to connect, spark change, and build empathy within the community. Street Wise artists are driven by social activism, and use their murals as a tool for connection. Take your own self-guided mural tour – map provided here. To make a donation, click here.
Boulder Ballet presents the Nutcracker Suite – a Virtual Twist on the Holiday Classic
When: December 13 – 27, 2020, details here.
Boulder Ballet is pleased to present the Nutcracker Suite – a virtual twist on the holiday classic. Featuring students of the Boulder Ballet school with guest performances by the company, Peter Davison, George Thomas and Mark Ragan. The nutcracker is a 30 year tradition for Boulder Ballet, we are grateful we have the technology to still share this iconic holiday performance with you and your loved ones, from the comfort of your home. Boulder Ballet is partnering with GB Culinary to offer treat boxes to enjoy while viewing the show online. For more info on the virtual performance as well as treat boxes, click here.
Happy Holidays from the Boulder Phil
When: Sunday, December 13, 2020 from 3 PM – 4 PM
Ring in the holidays with the spirited sounds of the brass and percussion sections of the Boulder Phil! From “Deck the Halls” to music for Hanukkah, Gabrieli to “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” this colorful and wide-ranging program is sure to leave you in the holiday spirit. This is a digital event offered to the community – please give what you can to support our mission and musicians! More info here.
Community Cooks: Paella with Dakota Soifer
When: Monday, December 14, 2020 from 6 PM – 6:45 PM
Join the Boulder Public Library for the first of a new monthly series called “Community Cooks“. Gather online with for a virtual dinner party and cooking demo. A new cook every month will be sharing recipes close to their heart and culture. Ingredients lists will be released a week prior so you can cook along. December’s Community Cook: Dakota Soifer. Dakota is the Chef and Owner of Cafe Aion (located near the University) and has been cooking Spanish inspired dishes for the past 10 years. He has won Cutthroat Kitchen and received local and national recognition from Food and Wine, Esquire and 5280 Magazine. Paella has become a signature dish at Cafe Aion, representing an iconic and traditional dish as well as the wonderful shared way of eating. Paella is a traditional Spanish rice dish, flavored deeply with saffron, tomatoes and a variety of additional meat, seafood and vegetables. December’s Community Cooks will be live on the Library’s Instagram page.
Online Visits with Santa
When: Schedule your call with Santa here.
A local favorite, Santa Claus at the North Pole is offering free 5 minute online visits this holiday season via zoom. Details here.