Sunday, December 7
No Christmas would be complete without the appearance of "Santa Cody" on horseback, with all of his little cowboy elves and gifts for the kids. The Buffalo Bill Memorial Museum, 987 1/2 Lookout Mountain Road in Golden, promises a passel of fun at A Cowboy Christmas With Cody, a free family day featuring live music by Southwind, ornament- and card-making crafts for youngsters, and the museum's well-worn cowboy-boot exhibition. The fest runs from noon to 3 p.m.; call 303-526-0744 or log on to www.buffalobill.org.
Monday, December 8
Folks at the Boulder County AIDS Project say this year's BCAP Holiday Cabaret and Silent Auction will be their last -- all the more reason to go. (As if contributing to a worthy cause -- services for people with HIV and AIDS -- weren't reason enough.) The bidding begins at 6 p.m. tonight; local entertainers and community groups start performing at 7:30. It all takes place at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street; admission is $18 to $22, and donations of canned food or personal items will also be accepted. For tickets, call 303-789-7030 or 303-444-6121; for information, log on to www.bcap.org.
Tuesday, December 9
Clarence Fountain and his Blind Boys of Alabama will help everyone get in the proper spirit when they bring in their old-time, gospel-flavored Go Tell It on the Mountain Tour. The program features music from a new holiday CD of the same name that includes a guest roster nearly as long as Santa's gift list: Solomon Burke, George Clinton, Michael Franti, Chrissie Hynde, Shelby Lynne, Les McCann, Me'Shell NdegéOcello, Aaron Neville, Mavis Staples and Tom Waits. Tonight's show starts at 8 p.m. at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street; R&B and gospel great Staples and keyboardist/ bandleader John Medeski will join the boys live on stage. For tickets, $26.50 to $34, call 303-786-7030 or log on to www. bouldertheater.com.
Wednesday, December 10
Talk about your outreach programs! If you haven't snagged tickets for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra's annual Christmas concert, here's a chance to sneak a peek in the privacy of your own home. A Colorado Christmas, complete with over 300 performers interpreting a slew of sing-along favorites, not to mention an appearance by Santa himself, will be aired live from Boettcher Concert Hall tonight on KCNC-TV/Channel 4. Order a pizza and tune in from 6 to 8 p.m.; for more information, log on to www.news4colorado.com.