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Rink at the Rock Opens This Weekend!

POSTED November 21, 2019

Amongst a whirlwind of holiday happenings, the opening you’ve been waiting for all year long is here! Dig out those ice skates and head over to the Rink at the Rock to enjoy some quality time with your family, friends and neighbors! While you’re in Castle Rock, stay for the Star Lighting ceremony and celebration! 

TODAY/TONIGHT, November 21

This special holiday decorating workshop is FREE and open to those affected by Alzheimer’s—whether experiencing mild memory loss, early stage Alzheimer’s, or a related dementia—as well as their family, friends, and guests.

Be inspired by Master Gardener Luan Akin, who has been named Tagawa’s Garden Ambassador due to her down-to-earth style and unfailing sense of humor! You’ll gather many fresh ideas about holiday decorating with natural materials.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
1:30 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 720-509-1000

What happens when you cross the kind of theatrical puppets that might appear in a Broadway production with a supercharged light show? An electrifying holiday performance that is great fun for the entire family! 

You may have caught this act’s premiere performances when they rose to semi-finalist status on America’s Got Talent. Since then, they have further refined their dancing and theatrical genius to emerge with dazzling visuals and a unique menagerie of characters in the form of glow-in-the-dark puppets. Combining the arts of puppetry, theater and dance with the music of timeless holiday hits, this magical and captivating tale will enchant every member of your family!

PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
12:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Phone: 303-841-4500

Thursday – Friday, November 21-22

Warren Miller ski film fans know that his special brand of adventure flicks have been rolling out every year since 1949! Plenty of things have changed in the world since then, but the spirit of those who love to ride the snow has persevered. This year’s film, Timeless, pays homage to that passion and gives a deserving nod to the past 70 years of ski cinematography. 

From the mountains of British Columbia, to the heights of the Colorado Rockies, to the peaks of the European Alps, Timeless will get you stoked to get out there and grab some powder. The film features more new athletes than ever before, including female phenom Caite Zeliff; Olympic mogul skier Jaelin Kauf, Baker Boyd, Connery Lundin, Austin Ross, and Canadian World Cup ski racer Erin Mielzynski.

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $23
Phone: 719-960-4725

Friday-Saturday, November 22-23

What could be more delightful than a cast of kids performing the Wizard of Oz? Bring the whole family to see the enchanting tale of Dorothy and friends come to life on stage!

When Dorothy accidentally flattens the Wicked Witch of the East with her airborne house, she and her dog Toto set out on the Yellow Brick Road for the adventure of their lives. On the way, she meets Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, and Tin Woodsman, who help her make her way to the great Oz,

The Schoolhouse Theater, 19650 Mainstreet, Parker
Fri., 6:00 p.m.; Sat., 2:00 and 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12
Phone: 303-841-4500

When you need a good laugh, nothing does the trick like Nunsense, the heartwarming musical about a bunch of show-biz-wannabe nuns. Everyone loves a good variety show, and in the Broadway musical world, it’s always the way to raise enough money to save the day. So when The Little Sisters of Hoboken are in dire need of funds, they start practicing their acts.

It turns out Reverend Mother Regina was a former circus performer, and Sister Mary Leo is an aspiring ballerina. The wacky Sister Mary Amnesia doesn’t have much talent, but she is hilarious since she lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. The show is filled with star moments, tap and ballet dancing, and comic surprises! 

Studio @ Mainstreet, 19604 E. Mainstreet, Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 – $25
Phone: 720-545-5155

Saturday, November 23

Children are invited to join Santa for a delicious pancake breakfast and spend the morning getting in the Christmas spirit! There will be craft activities, sleigh rides, and even real reindeer to meet! The event culminates with the annual Run Run Rudolph Scavenger Hunt in the Outlet Stores!

The breakfast is also a fundraising event for Denver Rescue Mission, so bring the whole family. At just $5 per person, it’s a great deal, and you’ll be helping a family in need at the same time.

Outlets at Castle Rock, 5050 Factory Shops Blvd., Castle Rock
8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Cost: $5
Phone: 303-688-4495

The day you’ve been waiting for his here, when you can finally take a spin on the ice at the family-favorite Rink at the Rock! On this Saturday before Thanksgiving, downtown Castle Rock will be buzzing with the Star Lighting tradition, so come early and get in some fun exercise on the ice before heading over to the festival.

The rink is open to all ages, so this is a great opportunity to get in some valuable quality time with the kids! 

The White Pavilion, 414 Perry St., Castle Rock
11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $6-$8
Phone: 303-814-8142

Usher in the holiday season with the annual “Lighting of the Star” in downtown Castle Rock! This is a community event dating back to 1936, carrying on the same spirit of volunteerism, generosity and love of tradition that has thrived in the community through the years.  

This year’s celebration will again include: hot chocolate, booths, strolling entertainers, and a full-day’s lineup of performers. The Star Lighting ceremony will begin promptly at 5:00 pm and the lighting of the Star will be at approximately 5:30 pm. The highlight of the day is the arrival of Santa, who will be available for photos and visits.

Wilcox Square, 420 Jerry St., Castle Rock
2:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 303-688-4597

Kick off the holidays with one of the most renowned local bands in Denver. The Denver Concert Band has been entertaining the community for 59 years, and today’s concert is full of holiday favorites! 

In addition to seasonal tunes, the concert will feature selections by Valclav Neyhybel, a master of the concert band repertoire. Trittico is one of his most famous works for concert band—both intriguing and challenging for player and listener alike!

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5-$23
Phone: 720-509-1000

A great way to introduce the kids to the magic of The Nutcracker is with this shorter program that brings the favorite story to life! The International Youth Ballet performs this one-hour highlight show, featuring all the color and magic of the full-length version! Don’t forget to bring your wallet—a bake sale with delicious goodies will be set up to support the program!

Southridge Rec Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Rd., Highlands Ranch
3:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10 – $15
Phone: 303-791-2500

Masters of the three-part harmony, the Gentlemen Trio known as Gentri are back with an all-new show that has plenty of holiday tunes in the line-up! This popular group of vocalists has perfected their “cinematic pop” sound and will delight you with a program that features everything from Beatles to Broadway, original songs, and of course, plenty of Christmas carols. 

PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $39-$44
Phone: 303-841-4500

Sunday, November 24

Start Thanksgiving week with a special treat in Cherokee Castle—a seasonal holiday tea, full of festive food and sweet treats! Get in the holiday spirit with the beautiful decorations in the castle, a castle tour, and of course, the elegant holiday tea. This is a semi-formal event, most appropriate for older children and adults. Dress attire is encouraged.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $50-$60
Phone: 303-688-5555

Oh What Fun it is to…live in Crystal Valley!

There’s no shortage of things to do near Crystal Valley! The town of Castle Rock is always hosting events and activities and you can get back to nature in this desirable  master-planned community and still have easy access to Colorado Springs and the Tech Center — not to mention downtown Denver! With beautiful model homes from D.R. Horton, Kauffman Homes, Richmond American Homes, and Century Communities, it’s easy to picture yourself in your own new home, priced from the $300s.


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