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Nutcrackers, Light Displays and Candlelight Christmas Eve!

POSTED December 14, 2023

Christmas in Castle Rock is fast approaching and there are lots of holiday happenings downtown and in nearby locales! Just minutes from the new home community of Crystal Valley you’ll find seasonal plays and musical performances music, plus theater, comedy and more!

TODAY/TONIGHT: Thursday, December 14

The Emmy award-winning Fab Four is elevated far above every other Beatles Tribute due to their precise attention to detail. With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ classics such as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Yesterday,” “A Day In The Life,” “Twist And Shout,” “Here Comes The Sun,” and “Hey Jude”, the Fab Four will make you think you are watching the real thing.

Their incredible stage performances include three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles ever-changing career, and this loving tribute to the Beatles has amazed audiences in countries around the world, including Japan, Australia, France, Hong Kong, The United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico and Brazil.

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $59-$130
Phone: 719-575-9632

Thursday-Saturday, December 14-16

Pat McGann is quickly rising as one of the sharpest stand-ups in the comedy world. A relative latecomer to the scene, Pat began stand up at the age of 31 after realizing he was not very good at selling packaging. He hustled his way to become the house emcee at Zanies Chicago, where he distinguished himself as especially adept at working the crowd.

A husband and father of 3 young children, Pat’s appeal stems from his quick wit & relatable take on family life & marriage. In 2017, McGann began touring as the opening act for Sebastian Maniscalco, moving with him from clubs, to theater, and to arenas, including 4 sold out shows at Madison Square Garden. McGann’s relatively short, but impressive resume, includes performances on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Montreal’s famed Just For Laughs Festival, Gilda’s LaughFest, The Great American Comedy Festival and the Nashville Comedy Fest. McGann still calls Chicago home.

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village
Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri. 7:15 p.m.; Fri./Sat. 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $28
Phone: 720-274-6800

Thursday-Sunday, December 14-17

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 so that when you’re ready, you can “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

This holiday season, gather friends and family to celebrate The Nutcracker closer yet – in Parker — an enchanting ballet with a feel-good story about the wonder of childhood.
​Set at a Christmas Eve party, The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara, a young girl given a magical nutcracker doll. The Nutcracker comes to life in her dreams, battles the evil Rat King, and takes Clara on a magical adventure to the Land of the Sweets, a kingdom filled with colorful characters and pure holiday magic.

With brilliant choreography and a beloved score by Tchaikovsky, Parker Arts’ and Denver Ballet Theatre’s production is a festive treat for the entire family! Choose from eight performances between December 14 and December 19, and share the warmth of the holiday season.

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
Thurs.-Sat., 7:00 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $29
Phone: 303-805-6800

“Home for the Holidays” is the kind of old-school variety show no one puts on anymore.” —Denver Post

There’s something for everyone in this holiday spectacular: dancers, singers, holiday songs, and, of course, celebrity appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus. With an updated storyline for 2023 and a few spectacular surprises, Home for the Holidays is sure to delight and put you in the holiday spirit. After 10 years, Home for the Holidays will be going on a break—don’t miss your last chance to see this beloved holiday tradition. Performances through December 23.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 8:00 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $38-$65
Phone: 720-509-1000

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear. Performances through December 31.

CC FINE ARTS CENTER< 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs
Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.; Sat. 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $26-$30

Saturday, December 16

Liz Brooks, Daevon Robinson and Amy Condon star in this talent-filled evening featuring the best of Broadway along with Holiday classics in an engaging setting. These powerhouse vocalists will be accompanied by Andrew Fischer on Keys and Sean Case on Drums for a delightful musical cabaret in the cozy warmth of Cherokee Castle, fully decorated for the holidays! 

Castle patrons will remember Liz and Amy from previous fantastic appearances at the Castle. The evening with these extraordinary performers includes time to explore the Castle, complimentary dessert buffet at intermission, and a cash bar – a perfect holiday outing!!

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
7:00 p.m. Doors/Tours/Cash Bar
8:00 p.m. Performance 
Intermission + Dessert Buffet
Cost: $68.60 (Reservations Required)
CALL: 303-688-5555

The Colorado Wind Ensemble is proud to present Home for the Holidays this Saturday. Experience familiar classics from both the full group and smaller ensembles. Fill your heart this holiday season with a big band in a cozy space.

Parker Arts Schoolhouse, 19650 Mainstreet, Parker
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25
Phone: 303-805-6800

Saturday-Sunday, December 16-17

Let the air be filled with holiday cheer as the beloved annual Christmas tradition performed by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic returns to delight and inspire crowds of celebratory families. Gather with the Philharmonic and the Colorado Springs Chorale for a magical performance you won’t soon forget. Perfect for the season.

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $40-$67
Phone: 719-575-9632

NEXT WEEK: Tuesday, December 19

This is the 34th year of Lorie Line bringing her Christmas show to the stage! Simple and elegant, Ms. Line will present an all-new solo piano show that features both the classics and some of the newer songs that make the season special. She will be featuring an all-new vocalist this year, and the bells are back! Yes, this year Dept 56 will introduce Dasher the Deer who will ring in the season with Lorie Line fans. (Bells will be available for purchase at the show!)

So, make plans now to spend an intimate evening around the piano with Lorie as she shares her heartwarming stories and creates memorable music that celebrates the true meaning of Christmas.

Parker Arts Schoolhouse, 19650 Mainstreet, Parker
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $65
Phone: 303-805-6800

Tuesday-Thursday, December 19-21

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. 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.

Check for tickets — they’re selling out fast!

Elle Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St., Denver
6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $50-$195

Sunday, December 24

Start your Christmas celebration by joining Cross Family Church and others in our community as we gather in O’Brien Park to sing carols, listen to the Christmas story, and light candles together as we remember the hope Jesus gives to the world.

O’Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Dr., Parker
5:00-6:00 p.m.

Holiday Things to Do Near Crystal Valley!

Enjoy all the seasons – and seasons of life — in the master-planned community of Crystal Valley – where nature is around every corner of the neighborhood and Castle Rock attractions are minutes away! Check out the beautiful model homes from Kauffman Homes, Taylor Morrison, D.R. Horton, and Richmond American Homes. Picture yourself away from it all but close to everything in a home priced from the $600s.


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