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Santa’s Coming to Castle Rock!

POSTED December 13, 2018

There are plenty of opportunities to catch Santa and Mrs. Claus all over the Castle Rock area this weekend! From Reindeer Games to Breakfast with Santa to an afternoon tea with Mrs. Claus to a Royal Visit in a castle, you’ll find the Jolly Old Elf and his wife popping up everywhere—even at a special Philharmonic concert!

TODAY/TONIGHT, December 13

Everyone knows the story of Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future—but have you ever heard it read by Charles Dickens himself? 

Travel back through time to 1844, where you will be the guest of the famed British author. Cherokee Castle will take on an old-time atmosphere with candlelight and Victorian Christmas decorations, as this unique interactive theatre event gives you the chance to hear all about the inspiration for the creation of the classic work, as well as excerpts from the story. 

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35
Phone: 720-314-0836

You will be filled with Christmas spirit when you hear the stunning sounds of Denver’s top a cappella choir performing their program of holiday classics, including a mesmerizing rendition of Silent Night. The talented group Kantorei was formed 22 years ago, when six friends decided to create a choir capable of singing a broad range of a cappella music, and has grown into a group of more than 50 talented singers. See why they have been enthralling audiences in Colorado for more than two decades!

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$42
Phone: 720-509-1000

Thursday-Sunday, December 13-16

Santa is at the Outlets all weekend long, ready to hear what your kids are wishing for. And for one night only, he will also be listening to pets! Sunday is Pet Night, starting at 8:00 p.m., so not only the kids but your pets, can tell Santa what they want for Christmas! 

Outlets at Castle Rock, 5050 Factory Shops Blvd., Castle Rock
Thurs./Fri., 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sat., 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Phone: 303-688-4495

Friday, December 14

The classic Irving Berlin tune is the centerpiece of this 1950s movie with the same name—and you won’t want to miss your chance to see it on the big screen with a roomful of other classic movie lovers! 

Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye are a song-and-dance team who get snowed in at a Vermont inn where a sister act (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) are also performing. Romance, comedy, and lots of dancing ensue, along with the best holiday score ever! Enjoy popcorn, vintage candies, and a signature cocktail with the screening. This event is for adults 21 and over.

Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Rd., Highlands Ranch
2:00-5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5-$7
Phone: 303-888-0423

Fun for the entire family—a winter wonderland including live reindeer, a visit from Santa, treats, and sleigh rides! Kid-friendly events include outdoor games and an obstacle course. Kids will receive an elf buddy at the end of the obstacle course while supplies last. Then everyone can enjoy a ride on the Winter Express train, winding along paved trails in the park. Dress warmly and bring your holiday spirit!

The Millhouse at Philip S. Miller Park, 1381 W. Plum Creek Pkwy., Castle Rock
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Phone: 720-724-2083

Friday-Sunday, December 14-16

Parker’s own dance school presents their version of the family holiday classic, performed to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. Join Clara on her magical journey with the Nutcracker Prince to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and a bunch of dancing toys.

With costumes and set design as enchanting as the holidays themselves, The Nutcracker is sure to delight the entire family!

PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
Fri./Sat., 7:00 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $26-$32
Phone: 303-805-6800

Saturday, December 15

Better than milk and cookies—this is an all-you-can-eat breakfast with Santa! The entire family will want to be there when Santa sits down at the table, perched in his royal chair and accompanied by his merry elves! Enjoy pancakes, sausage, juice, and coffee with the Jolly Old Elf himself. Santa will listen to every child’s wish list, and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to help make holiday crafts.

Eastridge Rec Center, 9568 University Blvd., Highlands Ranch
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Tickets: $11-$15
Phone: 720-240-4922


Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow will find it hard to contain their excitement at this special family-friendly Philharmonic holiday concert. There will even be a visit from Santa himself! Featuring classic holiday tunes, including On Christmas Day, Bassoon It Will Be Christmas, The Twelve Gifts of Christmas, Concert Suite from Polar Express, The Night Before Christmas and Sleigh Ride, there’s even a Merry Christmas Sing-Along everyone can participate in.

This Free for Kids concert is even free for older kids (with adult ticket purchase).

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs              
10:00 and 11:30 a.m.
Tickets: $26-$75; FREE for kids up to age 17
Phone: 719-520-SHOW 

For a cozy holiday afternoon, bring the kids to the Hilltop Schoolhouse in Parker for a visit with Mrs. Claus! She will be serving delicious Christmas cookies and hot chocolate. Afterwards, kids will make their own ornaments with Mrs. Claus’ expert help! Kids can explore the selection of books from the 1900s and see an HO Colorado and Southern train on display, similar to the one that stopped in Hilltop over 100 years ago! 

Hilltop Schoolhouse, 5748 Flintwood Rd., Parker
12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $5 donation or a new gift for a child
Phone: 303-660-1616

Why not combine your holiday shopping with a fun and festive experience? Find the perfect gift from a selection of local businesses, including Twisted Wardrobe, Buff City Soap, and Mountain Man Nut and Fruit, and grab a tasty bite while you’re at it!  

A delicious selection of German-inspired foods will be available, including smoked pork and elk jalapeno cheddar brats, as well as great beers on tap and Gluhwein (mulled wine) that will come with a stein for you to keep! Later in the evening, live music will put everyone in a party mood, as Winchester Gray takes the stage to play everything from contemporary top hits to the classics. 

Colorado Cork and Keg, 971 Park St., Castle Rock
4:00 – 11:59 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Phone: 928-856-1510

Sunday, December 16

See Santa in style when he comes to Cherokee Castle! The afternoon begins with a first-come, first-serve sign-in to see Santa when he arrives at 3:00, but until then, there’s plenty to keep the entire family busy! Horse carriage rides, tasty treats, warm drinks (hot chocolate for kids and spiced wine for adults), as well as a real Santa Gertrudis—a red calf all dressed up for the holidays! 

There will be castle tours, and you won’t want to miss seeing how these halls are decked for the holidays! When Santa arrives, he’ll be accompanied by Mrs. Claus, and there will be ample photo opportunities in front of the fully decorated castle! 

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20
Phone: 720-314-0836


For a feel-good holiday concert with all the Christmas classics and seasonal favorites, the entire family will enjoy this special Philharmonic concert. Make this a new holiday tradition to share with family and friends. There’s even a festive holiday sing-along to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs              
2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $43-$68
Phone: 719-520-7469

Monday, December 17

No one captures the essence of Christmas cheer like the Rat Pack! Featuring talented tribute entertainers who bring Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, and Ava Gardner back to life, A Rat Pack Christmas will transport you back to a time when the holidays were glamorous and everyone was all lit-up like a Christmas tree! 

This hugely entertaining show features Frank, Dean and Sammy’s greatest hits, including That’s Life, Volare and The Candy Man, plus all your favorite holiday hits. Get in the holiday spirit—Rat Pack-style! This show features the adult themes and humor the Rat Pack was notorious for and is recommended for mature audiences only.

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs              
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $33-$84
Phone: 719-520-7469

Santa and the Mrs. – Welcome to Crystal Valley! 

We’re ready for the holidays and the Jolly Ol’ Elf who comes with them, in the master-planned community of Crystal Valley in Castle Rock! Drive through this amazing neighborhood community and explore the nine models from D.R. Horton,  Kauffman Homes and Richmond American Homes. The community — among the top five fastest-growing in the state — offers new homes priced from the $300s, available in ranch and two-story models.


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