Here's an abundance of holiday doings for young and old, including a Hanukkah performance by the Yelidim Choir today at 1 p.m. at the Children's Museum of Denver, I-25 and 23rd Ave. Admission is free, but space is limited; call 303-433-7444. Also today, at the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys, 1880 Gaylord St., kids are invited to an Afternoon With St. Nick from 1:30 to 3:30. There'll be a holiday ornament workshop and special decorations and displays, including a Holiday Teddy Bear Exhibit boasting fanciful bruins of all shapes and sizes. Workshop admission is $6 ($15 for a family of four) and includes museum admission. Call 303-322-1053 for reservations. And talk about your time-honored traditions: Larimer Square brightens up this afternoon for the annual Tuba Christmas Concert, a whopper of a show featuring an all-ages crew of as many as 300 tuba players of varying abilities. The tubas perform from noon to 1 in Larimer Square; admission is free. Call 303-607-1276 or log on to www.larimersquare.com.
No matter how rousing those other Christmas Handel offerings may be (see Friday), there's always a do-it-yourself crowd lurking in December, waiting for the big chance to yodel out its own hallelujahs in its own inimitable way. Enter Sing Messiah, a yearly event at First Plymouth Congregational Church, 3501 S. Colorado Blvd., which offers all willing participants an opportunity to sing along with the church chancel choir during the entire Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah. Bring along a score or purchase one at the door, then prepare to let loose; admission is free. Call 303-762-0616.
It's about poetry and the criminal-justice system, an unlikely pairing, but Slam, the work of independent filmmaker Marc Levin, brings it all together in believable fashion with help from a dynamic and unusual cast that includes performance poets Saul Williams and Sonja Sohn and graffiti artist Bonz Malone. A hit this year at the Cannes and Sundance film festivals, Slam makes its Boulder debut tonight at 7 and 9:30 as part of the Boulder Theater's Specialty Film Series. Happy hour kicks off the evening from 6 to 7, and film admission is $3; the theater is at 2030 14th St. in Boulder. Call 303-786-7030.
Hey, weary downtown holiday shoppers--take a load off yer achin' dogs for a few minutes. Stop in today at the 1801 California Building between 11:30 and 1 and you'll be treated to A Holiday Musical Feast, featuring a soothing concert by classical-guitar-and-violin duo Komodore and Young. The last in this season's Yuletide lunchtime music series at 1801, it's certain to put a smile back on your stressed-out face. For information call 303-595-8747.