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Holiday Markets, Concerts and Light Shows!

POSTED November 30, 2023

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and holiday happenings all around Castle Rock and nearby locales! Just minutes from the new home community of Crystal Valley you’ll find light shows, music, comedy, theatrical performances, celebrity appearances and more!

TODAY/TONIGHT: Thursday, November 30

For over a decade, Lindsey Stirling has enchanted audiences across the globe by performing a certain spellbinding magic with her electronic violin, dreaming up an exquisitely composed yet boldly inventive sound entirely her own. On her new album Snow Waltz, the classically trained musician/songwriter/dancer/author finds herself fully in her element, sharing a selection of holiday classics and original songs that evoke intense emotion through her immersive arrangements and mesmerizing melodies. The follow-up to her debut holiday album Warmer in the Winter—a 2017 release whose hit single “Carol of the Bells” made history as the only instrumental song ever to reach the Top 10 at AC Radio—Snow Waltz emerges as a singular new entry in the holiday-music canon, once again proving Stirling’s extraordinary gift as an instrumental storyteller.

 Stirling is eager to bring the songs of Snow Waltz to life onstage. Known for her highly visual live performance, she even began conceptualizing many facets of her upcoming shows while in the thick of the writing process. “When we were working on ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,’ I got the idea to incorporate trapeze work in the live show—the arrangement feels so quirky and avant-garde, it calls for some kind of circus-like element,” says Stirling, who also takes a hands-on role in designing her elaborate stage costumes. And by channeling so much of her personality and spirit into every aspect of Snow Waltz, Stirling has fulfilled her mission of creating a one-of-a-kind holiday show sure to leave an indelible impact on audiences.

Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., Colorado Springs
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $49

Thursday-Saturday, November 30-December 2

Between Comedy Central, HBO and Showtime, Dana Gould has six solo stand-up comedy specials to his credit. He has appeared on Late Show with David LettermanJimmy Kimmel LiveConan, and Real Time with Bill Maher. As an actor, Dana has had memorable turns on SeinfeldParks and Recreation and was one of the few actors to play his live-action self on Family Guy.

Dana was a writer and performer on the original The Ben Stiller Show and maintains an equally active career as a writer. He joined the staff of The Simpsons, where he was a co-executive producer and performed several voices for the show. He is the creator and executive producer of the IFC horror-comedy Stan Against Evil, which ran for three seasons. Dana recently adapted Rod Serling’s early, original, draft of the screenplay for Planet Of The Apes as a graphic novel for Boom! Comics. 

Stand-up remains a focal point of Dana’s career, and he continues to perform regularly across the country. His monthly podcast, The Dana Gould Hour, frequently resides in iTunes’ top 10 comedy downloads. 

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village
Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri. 7:15 p.m.; Sat. 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$26
Phone: 720-274-6800

Thursday-Sunday, November 30-December 3

Wrap yourself in the warm and festive tones of the Hudson Holidays show with an uplifting and beautiful sense of winter drama. Purchase a delicious cup of hot cocoa or adult beverage before stopping by for a perfect free family photo opportunity with Santa.

You may purchase dated tickets or flex pass tickets if you’re not ready to “set the date.”

Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton
Doors Open: 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: From $15-$20
Questions: 720-802-0006

“A beautifully inventive fiddler …Her playing a tradition-rich yet adventurous, spiced with world, jazz and pop.” —The Boston Globe

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and for years Eileen and the band have been celebrating the glorious story of Christmas — thoughtfully, uniquely, and with pure unbridled joy! Eileen’s Irish and American roots shine throughout the evening’s beautiful mix of traditional, story-filled, age-old Wren Day songs, poems, and of course, foot-stomping and hollerin’ roots music. Eileen and the ensemble’s plethora of instruments and voices weave throughout the evening, coupled with Ivers’ signature warmth, inviting listeners in for a tuneful, soulful celebration capturing the true spirit and joy of the season.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$55
Phone: 720-509-1000

Friday, December 1

In December the visiting sommeliers will help facilitate the tasting of six of the most popular wines from events throughout the year. These favorites will be a great way to remember popular tastings and get some early Christmas gifts! Wine is always appropriate for giving!

The castle will be beautifully decorated for the holidays and will truly get you in the holiday spirit. Cherokee Ranch & Castle is a great place to relax and enjoy the holiday cheer, as sommeliers Melissa and Natalie will lead you through a tasting of these delicious wines. It’s  a beautiful castle setting for what promises to be an entertaining and educational event. Charcuterie appetizers will accompany your tasting. When the tasting is completed, please enjoy a complimentary glass of your favorite wine and admire our centuries old art and antiques. A cash bar will be available to purchase additional glasses of wine. You may also purchase your favorite bottles to take home.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
6:30 p.m. Doors/Tours/Cash Bar
7:15 p.m. Tasting with Charcuterie
8:15 p.m. Complimentary glass of wine and cash bar
Cost: $63.20 including fee (Reservations Required)
CALL: 303-688-5555 TO WAITLIST

Rodney Atkins, one of Country Music’s biggest stars, has reached such heights as being named the Top New Male Vocalist at the ACM Awards, and seeing his single “Watching You” become the Number One Song of the Decade, according to Country Aircheck, and earn the songwriter a BMI “Million-Air” award.

The RIAA Platinum-selling artist’s current solo studio album, Caught Up in the Country, reveals an artist who is confident enough to know that making your best music can require patience and experimentation. The results are his most daring collection so far, touching on emotions and sounds which continue to expand his range – from the twangy celebration of the album’s title track (featuring the roof-raising vocals of The Fisk Jubilee Singers) to the slow-burn cover of Jason Isbell’s “Cover Me Up.”

With six Number One singles, eight Top 5 singles, and over 3.8 billion career on-demand streams under his belt, Atkins continues to be recognized as one of the most powerful voices in Country Music. Atkins was the second-most played male artist of the decade overall. He also sold over 14 million units and earned ten career Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum RIAA certifications to date, including his latest Gold-certified single, “Caught Up In The Country (feature. The Fisk Jubilee Singers),” which also set the record for longest-running single (at the time) in Billboard Country Airplay history at 57 weeks. Atkins has performed on NBC’s TODAY Show, GMA’s Strahan & Sara, and FOX & Friends.

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $99
Phone: 303-805-6800

An improvised stand-up comedy show hosted by Georgia Comstock (Denver’s #1 B****). Comedians use YOUR suggestions to create a stand-up set on the spot! From Denver locals to nationally touring comedians, you never know who you might catch at Catfish Comedy! Always new suggestions! Always hot riffs! Always fun giveaways! Always a good time!!

Throw your suggestions into the net before the show starts. They can be words, phrases, questions, act outs, etc. You throw the bait and the comics will reel it in!!

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village
9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Phone: 720-274-6800

Friday-Saturday, December 1-2

Kick off your holiday shopping with Castle Rock’s premier craft and food market. Shop from more than 40 vendors including unique crafts, art, specialty items, roasted chestnuts, salsa, tamales, and more. Get that impossible-to-shop-for person a gift while enjoying the 40-foot Christmas tree, hot cocoa, food trucks and holiday music.

Festival Park, 300 Second St., Castle Rock 
Fri., 3:00-8:00 p.m.; Sat., 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Friday-Sunday, December 1-3

As the fate of one magical night hangs in the balance, Clara’s nutcracker comes to life for a battle royale. Festive fan-favorite The Nutcracker returns to Denver this holiday season with 28 performances, including a matinee with sensory-friendly adaptations on Sunday, November 26. Featuring the company’s custom-made sets and costumes, which debuted in 2021, this dazzling and dreamy production sees sold-out performances year after year.

Elle Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St., Denver
Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 1:00 p.m.; Sun., 1:00 & 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $50-$195

This heartwarming tale, adapted from Charles Dickens’ beloved novel, follows the journey of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. Watch as he encounters three spirits who guide him on a transformative path, illuminating the significance of empathy and benevolence. With enchanting melodies, breathtaking stage designs, and a timeless message, “A Christmas Carol (The Musical)” promises to be an unmissable holiday production by American Academy Performing Arts.

Let the magic of this performance fill your heart with the true spirit of the season.

Parker Arts Schoolhouse, 19650 Mainstreet, Parker
Fri. 7:00 p.m.; Sat., 2:00 p.m.; Sun., 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$15
Phone: 303-805-6800

Saturday, December 2

Ho, Ho, Ho! Santa Claus is coming to town, and he’s stopping by The Outlets at Castle Rock for a magical breakfast with all the good boys and girls. Bring your little ones for a festive morning filled with pancakes, holiday cheer and special moments with the man in the red suit.

Kick off the day enjoying Pancakes with Santa at 9:00 a.m. Then bring in a gift for the Outlets’ Toy Drive in exchange* for pancakes or purchase a toy through a QR code on site. Stick around afterward for crafts, pictures at the holiday photo op display, and listen to live music. Photos with Santa will take place at Santa’s Cottage on 3rd St. in front of Under Armour. Drop ins are welcome or you can reserve a slot with Santa Claus below.

Now Through December 7:
Mon.-Thurs., 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Fri./Sat., 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Sun., 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

You can bring your own camera or purchase a photo package.

Outlets at Castle Rock, 5050 Factory Shops Blvd., Castle Rock
9:00 a.m. and various Santa Spots
Reserve a Spot With Santa

Schweiger Ranch is presenting its annual Austrian Christmas and Christkindl Markt. Visit Santa Claus and his real reindeer, take a horse drawn carriage ride, and enjoy authentic Austrian food and music.  Stop by the Christkindl Markt for presents that will add a local handcrafted touch to your gift giving. The event culminates with the awe and wonder of the annual holiday tree lighting.

11:00 a.m.  |  Gates Open
11:00 a.m.   – 4:30 pm | Visit Santa Claus (Please note Santa will take periodic breaks throughout the day)
11:00 a.m.   – 4:00 pm | Carriage Rides (see details below)
11:00 a.m.   – 4:30 pm | Face Painting
11:00 a.m.   – 4:45 pm | Kids Crafts with South Suburban Parks & Rec
11:00 a.m.   – 5:00 pm | Visit Santa’s Reindeer
11:00 a.m.   – 5:00 pm | Christkindl Markt
4:55 p.m. | Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
5:00 p.m. | Event Concludes

SCHWEIGER RANCH, 10822 S. Havana St., Lone Tree
11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

It’s holiday fun for the whole family! Enjoy kid-friendly activities in a winter-themed wonderland including live reindeer, Santa (parents bring your cameras!), s’mores, hot chocolate, sleigh rides, train rides, outdoor games and an obstacle course. Kids will receive a prize at the end of the obstacle course while supplies last.

Both the Amphitheater and Millhouse are utilized for this event.  However, the event is primarily outdoors, so dress warmly.

Philip S. Miller Park, 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy , Castle Rock 
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Ring in the season with holiday hits from the stage and screen, performed by the CJRO Big Band and vocalists Marion Powers and Robert Johnson. Hear favorites like “Christmas Time is Here” from A Charlie Brown Christmas, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” from Meet Me in St. Louis, and more! This performance promises to be a perfect holiday celebration for your entire family and is sure get everyone in the spirit of the season.

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $29
Phone: 303-805-6800

Saturday-Sunday, December 2-3

For 33 years, Zoo Lights has been the heart of your holidays. Now, with 80 acres boasting over three million lights, we’re still the one making spirits bright. We’re still your fave for family fun. The Zoo is still the place where tradition stands tall, where romance runs wild—and where its sparkling features spark your brilliant smiles!  

This year, there’s more magic than ever—including new animated light sculptures, returning favorites, nightly ice-carving exhibitions and festive seasonal treats. And of course, it’s all happening at Denver Zoo! So, there’s a good chance you’ll get to encounter an elephant, enjoy a tall boy with a giraffe or say hello to a hippo. 

  • Over three million lights, including NEW displays
  • Seasonal craft cocktails and holiday treats
  • Special add-on packages w/Holospex + more Ice-carving sponsored by Primrose Schools

Denver Zoo, 2300 Steel St., Denver
First Entry Ticket 5:00 p.m.
Prices Vary
Info: 720-337-1400 

Join the Lone Tree Symphony for a traditional holiday celebration, with all the warmth and comfort of home. Fun for the entire family, this concert will feature many of your holiday favorites. Of course, the appearance of a special Christmas visitor is expected!

The Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra (LTSO) was founded in September 2000 with the mission of being a first-class community orchestra, enabling musicians to perform orchestral music in the city of Lone Tree and South Metro Denver at a high standard, thus enriching the lives of the community and members through music.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$30
Phone: 720-509-1000

Sunday, December 3

Santa is coming to the castle during the season children of every age love to see him IRL! Treat your family to a beloved holiday tradition at Cherokee Ranch & Castle, which will be all dressed up for the holidays. Join the festivities for a scrumptious breakfast buffet, a special appearance by the jolly man himself, then grab your camera and little ones for a special photo opportunity with Santa.

Brunch service features a cash bar with mimosas and bloody Mary cocktails available for purchase. 

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
10:00 a.m. Doors/Cash Bar
10:15 a.m. Brunch
11:15-12:00 p.m. Photos with Santa
Admission: $47-$62
CALL TO WAITLIST: 303-688-5555

Kick off your holidays with the annual enchanting holiday concert that’s sure to warm your heart and fill you with the spirit of the holidays. ‘Tis the Season – A Choral Christmas is a grand celebration featuring the Pikes Peak Philharmonic, Soli Deo Gloria Choir, First Congregational Church Choir, Calvary United Methodist Choir, and members of community choirs from throughout the region, including Abendmusik, Colorado Springs Chorale, and college choirs.

Plus, this year’s concert includes a special Messiah Sing-Along. Join your own voice with the choirs and make Handel’s masterpiece come alive. Share this exciting event with your friends and family, and let’s come together to kickstart the holiday season in song.

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
3:00 p.m.
Tickets: $39
Phone: 719-575-9632

NEXT WEEK: Monday, December 4

The Forgotten Carols Musical features breathtaking performances of heartwarming melodies and laugh-out-loud entertainment within a timeless Christmas story. Hear your favorite songs, like “Homeless,” from Michael McLean’s original hit album, sung by incredible musical theater performers. Immerse yourself in the magic of the holiday season as you witness the story of the Forgotten Carols coming to life on stage. Don’t miss out on this incredible in-person event that will leave you feeling uplifted and filled with joy. 

The Forgotten Carols musical theater stage performance tells the story of Connie Lou, a nurse whose empty life is changed when Uncle John, a new patient she is attending, recounts the story of Christ’s birth as told by little-known characters in the nativity story. The accounts from the Innkeeper, the Shepherd, and others help the nurse discover what the world has forgotten about Christmas, ultimately encouraging her to open her heart to the joy of this special season.

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $33-$49
Phone: 719-575-9632

Wednesday, December 6

Rather than lean on destiny for direction, Blue October invents and inhabits a future all their own. The platinum-certified alternative quartet from Houston, TX – Justin Furstenfeld [vocals, guitar, songwriter], Jeremy Furstenfeld [drums], Ryan Delahoussaye [violin, mandolin, piano], and Matt Noveskey [bass] -consistently evolves with an outlier perspective.

For their 11th and 12th studio albums and first double-LP, Spinning The Truth Around: Part I & II, Blue October unlocks another creative renaissance.

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $39
Phone: 719-575-9632

Thursday, December 7

All-vocal Country entertainers Home Free have made their mark on the music scene, racking up nearly 600,000 album equivalents globally; embarking on major international tours; amassing 630+ MILLION views and over 1.6-MILLION Subscribers on YouTube; and being declared “Country music fans’ favorite a cappella group” (Taste of Country). 

In 2023, they continue a global tour in support of their most recent studio album, So Long Dixie and are now on their Home Free for the Holidays tour for the winter. The 2023 holiday tour will showcase songs off previous albums, including WARMEST WINTER (2020, Home Free Records), which features 12 festive staples, memorable collaborations and Home Free originals – all guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit.

With praise rolling in from the likes of BillboardRolling StoneFOX & Friends and American Songwriter the extraordinary showmen have continued to build a loyal fanbase with their harmony-laden versions of hits by John Mayer, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Maren Morris, the Oak Ridge Boys, and more.

Enjoy a perfect evening mixed with upbeat, Nashville-dipped pop hits, country and western standards, incredible harmony, and quick witted humor.

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $129
Phone: 719-575-9632

Friday, December 8

“Nothing proclaims celebration and festivity like the sound of brass instruments. And if those instruments are played by Canadian Brass, there is even greater cause for celebration.” -Toronto Star

The Canadian Brass are ready to make the holiday season merry and bright with Making Spirits Bright. This quintet never fails to delight with their winning combination of fabulous sound, engaging wit, popular programming, and top-notch showmanship. Making Spirits Bright includes original arrangements and signature takes on beloved holiday classics such as “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Silver Bells, “Songs of Hanukkah,” and “Jingle Bell Rock.” The spirit and sparkle of Canadian Brass has earned them a loyal legion of fans worldwide. Led by visionary founder and tuba legend Chuck Daellenbach, the ensemble comprises Joe Burgstaller and Ashley Hall-Tighe (trumpets), Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone), and Jeff Nelsen (horn).

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $65
Phone: 720-509-1000

Put on your festive Christmas attire and come celebrate the Holidays with us at Cherokee Ranch and Castle! Your Reservation includes a performance by the Original Dickens Carolers, tour of the magnificent castle, delicious charcuterie appetizers and holiday desserts. The Original Dickens Carolers group was started in 1986 by energetic musical theatre performers at Larimer Square. Inspired by their love of entertaining, they focused on interaction, music, and humor to create a professional performance that continues to charm Colorado and national audiences. 

Fully memorized and recognizable by their highly animated and energetic performance style, this elite, unique group is comprised entirely of professional actors and singers. Individually, they perform regularly at all Denver area theaters including the Denver Center, The Arvada Center and The Parker Arts Center, as well as choirs and other professional singing groups.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
6:00 p.m. Castle Tour/Cash Bar
6:30 p.m. Appetizers
7:00 p.m. Performance
Cost: $72.70 Reservations Are Required
CALL: 303-688-5555

Friday-Saturday, December 8-9

Donnell Rawlings first become recognized for his hilarious sketches as Ashy Larry on Chappelle Show and soon became a force both on and off the stage as a Comedian, Actor and Podcaster.

Donnell is co-starring in Adam McKay’s HBO series Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty and will film his new special for Netflix this spring produced by Dave Chappelle. In addition, his podcast, The Donnell Rawlings Show, airs on the top five platforms and reaching over four million views. He also co-stars on STARZ’s BMF/Black Mafia Family with Snoop Dog and Eminem. Donnell is selling out shows across the country and just performed alongside Dave Chappelle at the Hollywood Bowl and will join Snoop Dogg for his comedy special with Katt Williams, Mike Epps, Sommore, all as part of the Netflix Comedy Festival.

Donnell has won critical acclaim for his role on HBO’s The Wire and as Dez in Pixar’s hit film Soul. In turn, he was honored by The African-American Humor Awards in 2021 with the Redd Foxx Award. But the most significant part of Donnell’s life is being a father to his 7-year-old son, Austen.

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village
Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:15 & 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$25
Phone: 720-274-6800

Saturday, December 9

Santa and some of his friends are stopping by Festival Park to read holiday favorites from the giant Storytellers Chair for children of every age next weekend. Enjoy roasting marshmallows, making s’mores, hot chocolate and other family-friendly fun at this free community event.

Festival Park, 300 Second St., Castle Rock 
Fri., 3:00-8:00 p.m.; Sat., 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday, December 9-10

Get into the holiday spirit as the Parker Chorale and Parker Symphony Orchestra treat you to an evening of traditional carols, familiar songs and a few surprises in this cherished annual celebration. The Parker Symphony Orchestra is a volunteer community orchestra that performs at the PACE Center from October to May. Founded in 1994, the PSO’s 2023-24 season will be their 30th year. 

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

Wednesday, December 13

“Wonderland” is an all-new musical journey that will transport audiences to a magical land far away for a fun-filled, unforgettable holiday-themed show experience.

Featuring the talented cast of Cirque Musica, spectators will be dazzled by the acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer. The show blends the spellbinding grace and daredevil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with a musical mix of timeless seasonal favorites.

Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland is an unforgettable experience for the entire family to enjoy a world-class circus experience infused with the holiday classics we all love. Treat your family and create memories you will cherish forever at Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland!

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $39-$125
Phone: 719-575-9632

Holiday Happenings Near Crystal Valley!

Enjoy the holidays in the master-planned community of Crystal Valley, so close to the town of Castle Rock in neighborhoods where nature is around every corner! Looking for a new home you can add your signature style to? Check out the beautiful model homes from Kauffman Homes, Taylor Morrison, D.R. Horton, and Richmond American Homes. Picture yourself in your very own dream house – ranch-style or two-story models priced from the $600s.


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