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Holiday Shopping Starts This Weekend!

POSTED November 12, 2020

You’ve got plenty of great opportunities if you want to start your holiday shopping this weekend in the Castle Rock area! The small artisan boutiques that everyone loves are popping up everywhere—both in-person and online! And the Outlets at Castle Rock have invited Santa to light their enormous Christmas tree this weekend! 

Thursday, November 12

When kids start to explore the mysteries of outer space, there are no limitations to the excitement they’ll experience! This hands-on crafty discovery, #Mindblown Space Exploration, is a favorite for all age groups (though younger kids may need some adult assistance).

During this fun FREE online workshop, kids will make craters and study them, then guess what’s inside a mystery box by mapping out what’s inside. The list of supplies are items you probably have on hand. Just register to get the link!

Michael’s Online
3:00 p.m.
Register: FREE

Friday, November 13

Savvy parents know when there’s a Kids Night Out there can be a Parents Night Out, too! Your kids will have a blast learning how to make all the best carnival food—then eating it, of course. This special cooking school for kids helps them develop an interest in culinary arts while having fun at the same time. The menu they’ll help create includes Coney dogs with homemade chili, jumbo pretzels made from scratch, and shaved ice for dessert! Ages 5-12.

Flour Power Cooking School, 2030 E. County Line Rd., Highlands Ranch
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Register: $39
Phone: 720-656-9405

Friday-Saturday, November 13-14

Begin your holiday shopping early and you’ll be finished early! This popular boutique features a wide selection of hand-crafted items, artwork, and home-based businesses displaying their wares in one convenient location. You’ll be able to find those unique and handmade gifts that are always on your shopping list: from jewelry to accessories, home decor to seasonal items, and even vintage and repurposed items!

The Grange, 3692 Meadows Blvd., Castle Rock
Fri., 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Information: FREE

Combine a night out with the gals and fun holiday boutique shopping with this special Ladies’ Night promotion! For adults 21 and over, you’ll be receiving complementary snacks and beverages while you peruse the high-quality selection of gift items. You’ll also receive a 35% off coupon to use on ONE full-priced item! Choose a time slot and sign up early—space is limited!

Festive Cup Coffee & Boutique, 50 Springer Dr., Highlands Ranch
Fri./Sat., 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Register: FREE
Phone: 720-627-5075

Friday-Sunday, November 13-15

Nothing puts in you in the holiday mood like visiting a castle with decked-out halls and lots of good cheer! This is a special treat for older children (ages 10 and up) as well as parents. You’ll gather in the grand hall for Holiday Tea—finger sandwiches and scones with clotted cream and jam. After tea, you’ll even get a tour of the decorated castle!

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia
Fri., 1:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m. 
Tickets: $58
Phone: 303-688-5555

One of Denver’s favorite holiday markets that also benefit a great cause, the Junior League of Denver’s tradition is online this year. You’ll still be able to shop the high-quality products they’ve curated, but this year you’ll do it from the safety of your home.

Check out the unique gifts and goods they’ve compiled!

JLD Online

Saturday, November 14

If your family’s favorite TV show is Naked and Afraid, you’ll be eager to try your hand at the kind of survival skills necessary to make it in the Backcountry—but no one has to get naked. Test out your skills and maybe learn some new ones, all while working together as a team! You’ll try orienteering, building survival shelters, starting a fire with flint and steel, wild foraging, and water collection. This workshop is for ages 7 and older, and kids need to participate together with their adults.

Backcountry Wilderness Area, 6005 Ron King Trail, Highlands Ranch
12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Register: $9-$11

The woods in winter are a magical place—bring the entire family out for a hike that culminates in a campfire, roasted marshmallows, and s’mores! Activities will depend on the weather conditions, but in addition to the hike, kids might have a chance to build snowmen or meet the resident horses and chickens. 

Backcountry Wilderness Area, 6005 Ron King Trail, Highlands Ranch
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Register: $7-$10

The first big tree-lighting event of the season is at the Outlets at Castle Rock! They’ve brought in a tree that’s taller than the Big Blue Bear at the Denver Convention Center, a whopping 55 feet tall!  There will be lots of sparkling lights, ornaments, and bows to show off this magnificent tree. You’re welcome to set up your own camping chairs in designated spaces, and there will be hot chocolate for sale. The guest star of the evening is Santa, who will do the honors of lighting the tree!

Outlets at Castle Rock, 5050 Factory Shops Blvd., Ste. 437, Castle Rock
5:15 p.m.
Information: FREE


For Warren Miller fans, the start of the winter season is always marked by a screening of his latest film. This year’s exciting premiere will be online, but you can still be a part of the event that’s packed full of all the elements you’ve come to know and love from Warren Miller shows. There’s even a pre-show with host and narrator, Jonny Moseley, for athlete interviews and sponsor highlights. When you purchase your ticket, you’ll also get access to sweepstakes and door prizes like ski gear, trips, and swag plus access to coupons and promotional offers. And of course, you’ll get to see the full-length feature film, Future Retro, from the comfort of your own living room!

PACE Online
6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30

Sunday, November 15

Get dressed up and head to a castle for a festive Holiday Brunch! They have decked the halls with all kinds of festive decorations, so you may want to capture your family photo for your holiday cards while you’re at it! The brunch menu features a variety of warm savory dishes, bakery selections, and meats. Brunch service features a cash bar with mimosas and Bloody Marys available for purchase. A castle tour is included in the ticket price.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia
10:00 a.m.
Tickets: $60
Phone: 303-688-5555

Lots to Do in and Around 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! 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.


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