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Holiday Cheer Around Castle Rock!

POSTED December 6, 2018

From Parker’s equestrian Christmas event, the Carriage Parade, to a variety of festive concerts and shows, there’s no shortage of holiday cheer in the area! Grammy-award winning jazz artist Diane Reeves presents her preeminent Christmas concert with her unique take on classic holiday hits, and the Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra presents a sing-along family-friendly concert. 


This classic Christmas special with Grammy-nominated songwriter and pianist Jim Brickman delivers the nostalgia of traditional holidays past while infusing the present with new life.Brickman’s 22nd annual holiday tour brings original songs, along with the traditional sounds and stories of the season. He’ll perform his favorites as well as exciting new sounds in a concert experience like a Christmas card come to life. With featured musical guests, Brickman performs his most beloved hits including The Gift, Angel Eyes, and Sending You a Little Christmas. 

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs              
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $38-$68
Phone: 719-575-9632

Thursday-Sunday, December 6-9

Here’s a fun activity for the kids to do while you are crossing items off your Christmas list! The Run, Run Rudolph scavenger hunt is a self-guided tour around the Outlets at Castle Rock to find all of Santa’s reindeer—including Rudolph—that will be on display throughout the holiday season. Just go to Customer Service to get a map and reindeer stickers and then, after going on the hunt, return with the stickers placed over each correct location to receive a special treat from Cinnabon!

Outlets at Castle Rock, 5050 Factory Shops Blvd., Castle Rock
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Phone: 303-688-4495

If you already love Elf, Will Ferrell’s hilarious Christmas movie, you will love it even more when it comes to the stage as Elf Jr.! With a cast of elementary-school-age performers, this is as cute as it gets! 

When Buddy the Elf discovers he isn’t a real elf, but a human raised by elves, he sets out on a journey to New York City to discover his birth family. With the blessings of Santa and his adopted elf family, Buddy seeks to discover why he was always such a big misfit in the elf world. In the process of finding himself, he also teaches the faithless humans about the true meaning of Christmas.

Schoolhouse Theater, 19650 Mainstreet, Parker
Thurs./Fri., 7:00 p.m.; Sat., 5:00 and 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 and 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12.50
Phone: 303-805-6800

Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future all make an appearance in Dickens’ holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. No matter how many times you’ve seen this heartwarming story, it’s worth seeing again! This lively production features traditional English carols sung by the cast, live music, and ghostly puppets. It’s holiday treat for the entire family!

Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 North Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs
Thurs./Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$60.50
Phone: 719-255-3232

Friday, December 7

In search of a good old-fashioned holiday celebration? Highlands Ranch invites you to Hometown Holiday, where friends and neighbors share the spirit of the season! The festive evening includes the annual Tree Lighting ceremony, this year on the first permanent Christmas tree in Town Center! 

Admission is FREE to this hometown celebration, which offers a winter wonderland of fun-filled festivities including caroling, entertainment, food, and even a visit by Santa himself! The Winter Market provides you with a chance to shop for unique food or gift items while enjoying the holiday festivities.

Town Center South, 9325 Dorchester Street, Highlands Ranch
4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Phone: 303-805-6800

The legendary jazz vocalist brings her talents to a festive and nostalgic Christmas concert! Five-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves will focus on selections from her only holiday recording, the widely-acclaimed Christmas Time is Here. These masterful renditions of timeless classics include The Little Drummer Boy, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, The Christmas Song (Chestnuts), Let It Snow, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and more!

Ent Center for the Arts at UCCS, Shockley-Zalabak Theater, 5225 N Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$68.50
Phone: 719-255-3232

Take a break from all the holiday-themed entertainment, and share a laugh with a wholesome comedian from Idaho! Ryan Hamilton is an All-American stand-up comedian who uses observational, sarcastic, and self-deprecating humor. He is known as a clean comedian and his material focuses on his own experiences, including his single life, skydiving, hot air balloons, and his huge smile. 

Hamilton’s first stand-up special, Happy Face, recently appeared on Netflix, following many television appearances, including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Conan. Armed with the unique perspective of growing up in rural Idaho to become a favorite in the New York stand-up comedy scene, he’s a one-of-a-kind comedian.

PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $29-$35
Phone: 303-805-6800

Friday-Saturday, December 7-8


For a Christmas concert that invites you to sing along, join the Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra for their Merry and Bright concert! This first-class community orchestra is comprised of your talented neighbors whose mission is to perform classical music at a high standard. 

Get in the holiday spirit with such classic favorites as the Miracle on 34th St. Overture and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Don’t miss the sing-a-long with a surprise guest vocalist and Santa’s annual visit!

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $14-$26
Phone: 720-509-1000

Friday-Sunday, December 7-9

Treat the kids to a visit to Santa’s village, complete with his workshop and reindeer! They can have their pictures taken with Santa, meet a real live reindeer, and even make some Christmas crafts with Mrs. Claus! There’s also a hayride among the festive gardens, and movies at Santa’s very own cinema. It’s a family-friendly day at Chatfield Farms! 

Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton
4:30 – 8:30 p.m. 
Tickets: $15-$20
Phone: 720-865-3500

The creator of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory also brought a wonderful young heroine to life: Matilda! This marvelous stage adaption of Roald Dahl’s Matilda is a Tony-award winning masterpiece about an extraordinary girl who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. 

Matilda The Musical is inspired by the little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence, and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the compassionate Miss Honey. Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality.

Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$50
Phone: 719-634-5581

Saturday, December 8

For a special old-fashioned Christmas, you can’t beat a horse-drawn carriage parade! The town of Parker invites you to experience the Christmas Carriage Parade, an annual downtown Parker tradition. That holiday feeling is in the air with this all-equestrian parade, made up of dozens of horse-drawn carriages, wagons, surreys and stagecoaches from across Colorado, all dressed up for the occasion.

You can also enjoy a holiday farmer’s market, a petting zoo, pony rides, ice sculpting, and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Downtown Parker
Ice-Sculpting and Pony Rides: 10:30 a.m.; Parade: 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Phone: 303-805-3253

Keep the spirit of the Christmas Carriage Parade going with this festive party at the Parker Library! Enjoy carolers, hot chocolate treats, and a variety of holiday crafts, activities, and games with your friends and neighbors. All ages are welcome. Register now to reserve a spot at this FREE community party!

Parker Library, 20105 E. Main St., Parker
12:30-3:30 p.m.
Registration: FREE
Phone: 303-791-7323 

For some family-friendly fun, come out to Festival Park in Castle Rock for an evening of festive storytelling, hot chocolate and s’mores! Bring lawn chairs or blankets and dress for the weather as Buddy the Elf, characters from the Disney movie Frozen, and members of the fire and police departments share their stories. Santa himself will wrap up the event with a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas!

Festival Park, 300 2nd St., Castle Rock
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Phone: 720-724-2010

Saturday-Sunday, December 8-9

A cross between a home improvement show and a holiday gift bazar, the Castle Rock Holiday & Gift Show features products like energy-savings windows, virtual-reality glasses, hoverboards, heat depots, custom fountains, and much more. Featuring the latest in design trends, remodeling, lifestyle and full-home automation, you can check out innovative home-based electronics at this cutting-edge show.

You’ll also be able to pick up gifts for those special people in your life. Enjoy live demonstrations, food samples, and more. There will be over 200 vendors displaying items for the home and garden at this event!

Douglas County Fair & Rodeo, 500 Fairgrounds Dr., Castle Rock
Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Sunday, December 9

Come hear 150 voices singing the joys of Christmas! The First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs presents a wide variety of Christmas music for every age and taste. Musicians include the First Presbyterian choir, guest artist Alvy Powell, a full orchestra, a 17-piece Big Band, The Pikes Peak Ringers, The Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale, Celtic Mountain Band, Celtic Steps Dancers and more!

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs              
2:00 and 4:30 p.m.
Tickets: $16-$26
Phone: 719-575-9632

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