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Winterfest Comes to Castle Rock!

POSTED November 29, 2018

Get in the holiday spirit with an all-day winter festival, complete with a 5K Run and free carriage rides in the park! And a wide variety of holiday musical offerings will delight the entire family, including Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, symphony holiday concerts, and an award-winning Children’s Chorale performance. There’s something for everyone in the Castle Rock area this weekend! 

TODAY/TONIGHT, November 29

Back in the Golden Age of American television, composer Gian Carlo Menotti was commissioned to write a one-act Christmas opera which aired on NBC in 1950. The poetic and beautiful Amahl and the Night Visitors tells the story of a poor shepherd boy’s encounter with the Three Wise Men on their journey and how his crippled leg is miraculously healed when he offers his crutch as a gift. 

This enchanting stage version of the inspiring story is performed by the Chamber Orchestra of Colorado Springs and the Colorado Springs Conservatory. The opera is sung in English, so it’s perfect for the entire family! Make Amahl a part of your family’s Christmas traditions!

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs              
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20
Phone: 719-575-9632

Thursday-Sunday, November 29 – December 2

Nothing puts you in the holiday spirit like lacing up those skates and taking a spin on the ice! With fun music to get you in the mood, Rock at the Rink is the perfect family-friendly activity on chilly winter days. New to the sport? Rink at the Rock offers rentals and lessons as well! 

The White Pavilion, 414 Perry St., Castle Rock
Thurs., 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Fri., 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.; Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Sun., 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $6-$8
Phone: 303-814-8142

See the classic tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge come to life before your eyes! Charles Dickens’ classic story of Scrooge’s overnight redemptive journey is made complete with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. This lively production features traditional English carols sung by the cast, live music, and ghostly puppets. It’s holiday treat for the entire family!

Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 North Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$60.50
Phone: 719-255-3232

Friday, November 30

Don’t miss this classic holiday celebration as the Parker Chorale and the Parker Symphony Orchestra treat you to an evening of traditional carols, familiar songs, and a few surprises! 

Your neighbors and friends make up the volunteer chorale and symphony groups that are dedicated to fostering the arts and supporting music education in the community. Join these home town groups as they come together to share an evening of holiday cheer, celebrated through the joy of music.

PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $24-$29
Phone: 303-805-6800

Friday-Sunday, November 30-December 2

More than a workshop—it’s Santa’s entire village, including his animals and gardens! Come out to get your picture taken with Santa, and stay to meet his real live reindeer! Make some crafts with Mrs. Claus, or hop on a hayride and catch a movie at Santa’s cinema! Everyone will enjoy browsing the craft booths displaying unique holiday gifts for sale!

Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton
4:30 – 8:30 p.m. 
Tickets: $15-$20
Phone: 720-865-3500

Saturday, December 1

How would you like to win a beautifully-decorated Christmas tree? At this community fundraising event for Cimarron Middle School, you can not only enter for a chance to win, but also enjoy the morning with friends and neighbors in a winter wonderland!

This fun event is a unique local effort, with businesses and school teams and families competing for the honor of the best themed tree! Come out to grab some holiday spirit and support a good cause as well!

Cimarron Middle School, 12130 Canterberry Pkwy., Parker
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $7-$14
Phone: 303-877-5883

It’s Castle Rock’s celebration of winter in the new Festival Park! This family-friendly event has something for everyone, including live music, food trucks, and local artisans ready to help you wrap up your holiday shopping! 

There’s beer from award-winning local breweries for adults, and a Kids Corner with a visit from Santa for the kids. Carolers will be singing, artists will be offering FREE face painting, and nature educators will be bringing in some animals!

Festival Park, 300 2nd St., Castle Rock
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Phone: 303-663-3103

This is the best kind of 5K Run/Walk—one that starts late enough in the day that you can sleep in! Before you take part in the Winterfest activities in Festival Park, line up to sprint, run, or walk in this professionally-timed race. There will be a FREE Kids’ Race for kids 13 and under. 

Festival Park, 300 2nd St., Castle Rock
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Registration: $35-$40; Kids FREE
Phone: 303-588-1452

This charming holiday tea party is sure to get you in the spirit of the season! Older children and adults are invited to dress up and come celebrate in the great hall of a mountaintop castle! 

It will be an enchanted afternoon with a seasonal menu of tea choices, finger sandwiches and treats, and of course, scones with clotted cream and jam. After tea, you will embark on a journey through the past on a tour through the castle. This event is for ages 10 and up.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $50-$60
Phone: 720-314-0836

Join your friends and neighbors from the all-volunteer Parker Symphony Orchestra as they perform a family-friendly version of their holiday program! This is a great way to introduce kids to the joy of music as they participate in a singalong to favorite seasonal songs! The 75 members of the orchestra enjoy educating, entertaining and inspiring the community—so come out and celebrate the season with them!

PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Phone: 303-805-6800

Who knows if it will be a White Christmas—but there’s sure to be a Winter Wonderland at the Douglas County Fairgrounds! Bring the family out to this free local event put on by neighbors for neighbors, and cultivate some community spirit!  There will be FREE photos with Santa, shopping from local vendors, hot cider, raffles, and plenty of family fun. All proceeds from the event will go to Heroes & Helpers, an organization that pairs police and fire officials with youth in the community for a holiday shopping spree.

Douglas County Fair & Rodeo, 500 Fairgrounds Dr., Castle Rock
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Jingle all the way! You can experience the exhilaration of an open sleigh with a FREE carriage ride in Castle Rock—no snow required! This is a surefire way to put you in the holiday spirit! Bring the entire family and enjoy carolers and other holiday activities in the area. Pick up for the carriage rides is in Festival Park.

Festival Park, 300 2nd St., Castle Rock
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Phone: 720-724-2010

There’s nothing like a group of talented young musicians to inspire holiday spirit! Join the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony as they perform their annual Holiday Spectacular concert. Featuring the Amadeus String, Allegro Strings, Vivace Strings, Bravo Winds, Pikes Peak Winds, and Ovation Youth Orchestra, this concert sets the mood for the holiday season!

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs              
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20
Phone: 719-575-9632

Saturday-Sunday, December 1-2

Isn’t it nice to know in the midst of smart holiday shopping at the Outlets, the kids can visit Santa and whisper their wish lists in his ear? Come on out for one-stop holiday festivities! You find the best deals on everyone’s list, and the kids can get face-time and pose for pictures with Old St. Nick!

Outlets at Castle Rock, 5050 Factory Shops Blvd., Castle Rock
Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Phone: 303-688-4495

Sunday, December 2

The youngest voices in the award-winning Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale will narrate ’Tis the Season—the Stories through song, bringing a special dose of Christmas cheer to all! 

These talented young musicians will weave the stories of the holidays into everyone’s hearts with selections from Frozen, A Christmas Story, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Polar Express, and more. Don’t miss this delightful and uplifting holiday concert!

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs              
3:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12-$25
Phone: 719-575-9632

This is not your grandma’s doo-wop group! These five charismatic singers know how to heat up a room! Together with their slammin’ five-piece band, The Doo Wop Project performs classic doo-wop songs from the 1950s and 60s, making them sound fresh and contemporary. 

These talented performers also put their doo-wop spin on contemporary pop hits by stars like Jason Mraz, Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Maroon 5, and they also sprinkle in some doo-wop versions of Christmas classics. A perfect way to ring in the holidays!

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $38-$62
Phone: 720-509-1000

Welcoming December in Crystal Valley!

Crystal Valley is beautiful year-round, nestled in nature and looking forward to winter holidays as much as ever other! Join the happy homeowners who love where they live; explore all nine models from D.R. Horton,  Kauffman Homes and Richmond American Homes. And find out why this master-planned community is among the top five fastest-growing communities in the state, with new homes priced from the $300s.


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