Castle Rock Lights Up This Weekend!
Even with social distancing measures in place, you can still be cheered by the festive displays of holiday lights in the area! Schweiger Ranch and Chatfield Farms both offer outdoor settings where you can stroll past the lighting displays without encountering crowds. There are fun activities for kids this weekend, including Nutcracker highlights online, decorating ornaments, and an outdoor holiday market with Santa and Elsa from Frozen!
Thursday-Sunday, November 26-29
HOLIDAY LIGHTS FROM A DISTANCE
Every year Schweiger Ranch puts on one of the best FREE holiday lights display, and this year is no different. However, since the Ranch property is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, you can view the display from the parking lot and along the trail.
Schweiger Ranch, 10822 Havana St., Lone Tree
5:00 – 8:00 p.m
DENVER’S BEST HOLIDAY MARKET ONLINE
The Junior League of Denver is known for their popular Holiday Mart with the best quality merchandise. While the Holiday Mart is virtual this year, they have curated an amazing line of products that will make your online shopping experience just as special.
This event benefits the JLD’s efforts to empower women to become civic leaders, as well as community efforts around early childhood literacy. Local businesses are featured in this market!
Friday, November 27
MUCK BUCKET FRISBEE GOLF
Enjoy some post-Thanksgiving outdoor fun with the whole family! Sign up for a round of frisbee golf and take home a Robin’s Nest Frisbee. You can also have fun hanging out with the resident sheep, chickens, and horses! All proceeds benefit Robin’s Nest Foundation, a non-profit helping the teens in our community connect with horses and the outdoors.
Sky View Farm, 1705 Outter Marker Rd., Castle Rock
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10 per person
Friday-Sunday, November 27-29
SANTA AT PARK MEADOWS
Get your Christmas photos with Santa while you can! Make a reservation to get your own professional photo packet of your child with Santa.
Due to COVID-19, your child may need to be social distanced from Santa and/or wear a mask based on current state regulations.
Park Meadows Shopping Center, 8401 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree
Fri./Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Register: Packages starting at $39.99
TRAIL OF LIGHTS
It’s that time of year again—when you get to be dazzled by exquisite holiday light displays! This year, Chatfield Farm’s popular Trail of Lights offers a choice of paths: a shorter route that takes you directly through the children’s play area and an extended path allows you to explore the outside area of the Green Farm Barn and silo before continuing through the children’s area and 1880’s homestead.
Fun features this year include synchronized music in children’s play area, a three-sided light tunnel, and illuminated antique and model tractors on display. Hot beverages, nuts, and kettle corn will be available for purchase.
Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton
5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $9 – $13.50
SEE THE NUTCRACKER ONLINE
If your family is one of the many who count the annual performance of The Nutcracker among their most beloved holiday traditions, you don’t have to give it up this year. The Highlands Ranch Cultural Affairs Association is partnering with the International Youth Ballet to bring the classic ballet into your home this holiday season!
This wonderful one-hour family-friendly performance of The Nutcracker Highlights will be presented for FREE virtually this year. The stream will be available throughout the holiday season to enjoy as you decorate cookies and wrap your presents.
Saturday, November 28
HOLIDAY TEA AT THE CASTLE
Get in a festive mood with a Holiday Tea in a real castle! You can bet they will deck their halls before you arrive, and you’ll have a chance to dress up and enjoy the fancy finger foods, including scones with clotted cream and jam. This event is appropriate for children ages 10 and over with the adults in their family!
Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia
PRE-SCHOOLER PRINCESS DANCE CLASS
Just for the youngest dancers in your family, this magical class will allow young dancers to meet their favorite princesses while learning and mastering different dance moves. This class is designed for ages 3-5 and will also incorporate story time with live characters, obstacle courses, and getting autographs.
Castle Rock Recreation Center, 2301 N. Woodlands Blvd., Castle Rock
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
OUTDOOR HOMETOWN MARKET
Plenty of fresh air and room for social distancing in this FREE family-friendly event that combines shopping at local small businesses with free family entertainment! Stroll by booths featuring handmade and vintage items from over 40 vendors! There will be free hot chocolate and cider as well as free swag bags while they last!
Kids will find loads of fun activities, including crafts and a letter-writing station to perfect their letter to Santa. And the Jolly Old Elf himself will be there to pose for pictures with kids, as well as Elsa the Frozen Snow Queen! COVID protocols will be in place.
South Holly Church, 7101 South Holly St., Centennial
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Let’s Roam Virtual Game Night
Let’s Roam makes it easy for you to have an epic game night — any night. A leader in global adventures, Let’s Roam has taken its mission virtual, helping people explore, discover, and connect through a one-of-a-kind video platform. They’ve combined crazy-fun games with embedded video chat software for a game night experience that will level up the fun-and-games.
- Trivia: 8,000+ questions, 60+ categories including Rom-Coms, History, 90’s Music, Disney, and more. Get down to quiz-ness and go brain-to-brain with your friends.
- Charades: Can your team guess what you’re acting out? This classic party game has gone virtual. Dozens of themed categories to choose from.
- Let’s Draw: This is Pictionary with a virtual twist. Guess what your friends are drawing before time runs out.
- Trivia About You: Find out how well people know you! Fill out a short questionnaire, and Let’s Roam’s platform will auto-generate personalized questions.
Sunday, November 29
KIDS HOLIDAY DECORATING
Let the kids pick out their own ornament or decoration to paint themselves, then have it fired in the kiln for a one-of-a-kind holiday memory to hang on the tree year after year! There will also be regular playtime, so you can run an errand or two if you like! Or if you’d like to paint an ornament, you can do that, too.
Play Street Museum, 9370 S. Colorado Blvd. Suite A-2, Highlands Ranch
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Holiday Happenings Begin Near Crystal Valley!
Away from it all, but close to everything, the master-planned community of Crystal Valley offers access to plenty of things to do every weekend – and online options are plentiful, too, from your couch! If you’re in the area, stop by the amazing model homes from Century Communities, D.R. Horton, Kauffman Homes, and Richmond American Homes, and find out why our community is among the top five fastest-growing in the state with new homes priced from the $300s.