A Crystal Valley Kind of Christmas
With Christmas falling on Saturday this year, most of the area theaters and venues will be dark this weekend. Leading up to Christmas, however, you can catch a holiday-themed comedy show or variety show. And there are still a few activities happening on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day if you want to get out of the house!
TODAY/TONIGHT, December 23
IMPROV FOR A CLAUS
Hometown favorites, The Parker Players, present an original holiday-themed sketch comedy show, filled with Colorado references. If you’re a fan of the Second City Revue, you’ll love Improv for a Claus! This evening of comedy is appropriate for ages 10+.
The show is also a charity fundraiser, and 100% of all ticket sales will be donated to Feed My Starving Children, which provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children.
The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., Denver
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
It’s your final chance to treat the family to an old-time holiday variety show, complete with a large cast of dancers, singers, musicians, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus! All your favorite carols will be sung and the festive dancing will put a smile on your face.
Guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit!
Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
Tickets: $36 – $63
COMEDIAN LOUIS JOHNSON
One of the funniest comedians to appear on the stand-up stage, Louis Johnson has “the ability to draw the long hearty laughs from start to finish” (CBS Denver). You might have seen him on Showtime, Comedy Central, A&E, B.E.T., or his own Showtime Comic of the Month Special. Johnson was a founding member of the critically acclaimed The S.E.L.L.O.U.T. Comedy Tour and has performed more than twenty U.S.O. World Comedy Break Tours for troops.
Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village
Thursday-Friday, December 23-24
LAST CHANCE TO VISIT SANTA
If you didn’t quite fit in that visit to Santa or get the timeless photos of your little ones on Santa’s lap, you can still do it! Outlets at Castle Rock are hosting FREE visits with Santa, and you’ll have the option to buy a photo package if you like. Most importantly, the kids will get to tell Santa himself exactly what they hope to find under the tree on Christmas morning!
Outlets at Castle Rock, 5050 Factory Shops Blvd., Castle Rock
1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Information: FREE to visit; Photo packages start at $39.99
Thursday-Sunday, December 16-19
ICE SKATE ON CHRISTMAS!
When you’ve opened all the presents and finished Christmas dinner, then what? For a great family activity that will give you a chance to burn off some of those holiday calories, Rink at the Rock is open for ice skating on Christmas Day evening! You can also enjoy a spin around the ice on Christmas Eve and during regular open skate hours on the other days!
Rink at the Rock, 414 Perry St, Castle Rock
Thurs., 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Fri., 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Sat., 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
KITSCHY HOLIDAY TRADITION
If you find yourself needing to reinvent holiday traditions, maybe you’ll opt for something on the fun side! Miracle Bar is a Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar with over-the-top kitschy holiday decor and scrumptious hand-crafted cocktails. Be sure to make your reservation online in advance. And yes, they’re open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Miracle Bar at Pindustry, 7939 E. Arapahoe Rd., Centennial
Thurs., 4:00 – 11:00 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.; Sun., 3:00 – 10:00 p.m.
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Beautiful weather is forecast for the holiday weekend, so get out of the house and take a family drive to Franktown, where the largest private and free home light display in Colorado lives! It’s a drive-through experience featuring over 200,000 Christmas lights on 2.5 acres!
You’ll see a 20-foot ornament covered in lights, as well as state-of-the-art pixel tunnels. There’s a place to get out of your car to view a 15-foot ferris wheel featuring your favorite Disney characters, Frosty’s Forest Trail, a 10-foot airplane suspended in the air, and a 65-foot Christmas tree topped with a 5-foot angel. While the display is completely FREE to visit, donations of non-perishable food items are welcome and will be delivered to local food banks.
Franktown Festival of Lights, 575 N. White Tail Dr., Franktown
5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Friday, December 24
CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE
Join friends and neighbors in a beautiful candlelight service in O’Brien Park in Parker.
Sing carols, listen to the Christmas story, and light candles together to remember the sense of hope that this holiday brings.
O’Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Dr., Parker
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Happy Holidays in Crystal Valley!
Every day will be merry and bright in the master-planned community of Crystal Valley! You can get back to nature and still have easy access to all your favorite activities in the Castle Rock area. With beautiful model homes from D.R. Horton, Kauffman Homes, Richmond American Homes, and Century Communities, it’s easy to picture yourself in your own new home, priced from the low $400s.