A COLORADO SPRINGS CHRISTMAS
Looking to experience a Colorado Springs Christmas this year? December may be the busiest month for nearly every person, but it is definitely the most fun! With parties to attend, shopping to do, and decorations to put up, sometimes it is good to get away with the family and simply enjoy each other. Activities abound that are suitable for a lovely date night out or fun with the family.
I took on the task of wading through endless activities for the month of December to highlight what I suggest are the Top Ten Picks for the Colorado Springs area. Enjoy one, or enjoy them all! I’d love to hear from you if your family gives any of these events a go. Let me know what you think.
Here is my list for 2018. Keep in mind that several events listed are ongoing throughout the holidays:
#1 SKATE IN THE PARK, Downtown Colorado Springs, November 9 – January 21
Some of the best shopping around is in Downtown Colorado Springs. Plan a day out with your family to shop, eat at one of the many local restaurants, grab hot cocoa at the Storybook Coffee Co., and ice skate among the Christmas lights. A perfect way to make lasting memories with those you love. You’ll find the ice-skating rink in Acacia Park off of Tejon Street and Platte Ave. Special activities available throughout December. Details here.
Have you seen a marionette show? Perhaps you have ideas of silly puppets hanging from strings, or your only experience is from seeing them on a movie like Sound of Music. However, the Simpich family takes the look and talent of a marionette show to a whole new level. The puppets are amazing in and of themselves, but then you add the performance of the very skilled David Simpich and you enter into a world that dazzles young and old. Performances such as these are rarely available anywhere else. The theater is running 2 different Christmas shows this year It is a must for your holiday schedule! *Recommended for ages 6+.
- A Christmas Carol November 6-December 5
- The Puppet Maker: A Story of Christmas December 14-January 1
- Location, times, and tickets here.
#3 THE NUTCRACKER, Pikes Peak Center, Thanksgiving Weekend
The Christmas season is not complete without Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker! Delight your children, or your inner child, with this traditional Christmas ballet. Every year the Oklahoma City Ballet visits to delight us with this Thanksgiving tradition. You can dress up or go casual. Allow the Sugarplum fairy and her Kingdom of Sweets to usher in the magic of Christmas. Dates, Times & Tickets.
#4 LANTERN FESTIVAL, Palmer Lake, November 24
This event includes a chili supper at the Palmer Lake Fire Department, the annual lighting of the Palmer Lake star, and the releasing of paper lanterns onto the lake. Tickets include a lantern, marker for writing on the lantern, and a mini flashlight. More info here.
#5 CHRISTMAS AT GLEN EYRIE, November 30 – December 31
Celebrate the Christmas of your dreams at one of the several events hosted at the magnificent Glen Eyrie Castle. If Old English is your cup of tea, you will be delighted to participate in any one of these events:
- Madrigal Banquet: Set in the grandeur of The Great Hall of The Castle, the 16th century-style banquet is sure to fill you with awe this Christmas season. Make it a romantic getaway with an overnight stay in the castle! Click here for reservations and information.
- Eidolon Concert: Perfect to share with friends, family, or out-of-town guests, this is more than just a concert! Be inspired and captivated as you experience the gifted style of Acoustic Eidolon. Infused with Celtic, Folk, World, and Latin music, the evening’s performance is sure to engage your heart as you enjoy the warmth of The Great Hall of The Glen Eyrie Castle with your loved ones. Purchase tickets >> here <<.
- Enchanted Princess Ball: Glen Eyrie’s Father/Daughter ball with a banquet style dinner, dancing and story time. Purchase tickets here.
#6 BEAR CREEK WALK BY CANDLELIGHT Dec. 7
The twinkle of lights on the snow and the flicker of candles are a delight to many over the holidays. Bundle up with your favorite mittens and scarves and come on out for a candlelight walk at Bear Creek Nature Center. No registration necessary. Click here for more information.
Christmas isn’t Christmas in Colorado Springs without a trip to the Broadmoor Hotel! They have several events and packages to tantalize your family over the holidays. Choose from several dates for a taste of wassail and holiday music. Afterwards, take a romantic walk around the luxuriously decorated hotel, sit and be mesmerized by the thousands of holiday lights, and explore their famous gingerbread houses. The holiday show includes live music entertainment and dinner. Visit their website here.
#8 HALLELUJAH CONCERT, Village 7 Presbyterian Church, December 1 & 2
This special concert will feature holiday classics for the first half and Messiah choruses for the second half. The Village 7 choir and creative team never disappoint-this is one of the top performances in the area. More information here.
#9 RAT PACK CHRISTMAS, Pikes Peak Center, December 17
This holiday themed theatrical tradition will be a nice throwback for your entertainment this year. It “includes a mix of holiday classics, original Christmas songs and timeless standards.”Check out the dates and times here.
#10 ROCK LEDGE RANCH HOLIDAY EVENING, Garden Of The Gods, December 15
Bundle up and enjoy wagon rides, lantern tours, musical entertainment and other Victorian and Edwardian holiday fun! Meet St. Nicholas and nibble on refreshments. Adults $8, Children $5 (ages 5 and under are free). More info here…
What a fun holiday season this will be! There are so many exciting options, and since I’ve only listed ten, it will be hard to just pick one…so don’t! Fill up your calendar with memories and laughter. Satisfy the child inside as well as indulge your tastes with the finer things. Whether you live locally or are visiting for the holidays, let me be the first to wish you, your friends, and family the Happiest of Holidays and the Merriest of Christmas’!
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