Slide With Santa

Cherry Creek shows its ice

SAT, 12/25

After his all-night gift-bearing bender, Santa will cool his heels today at the Cherry Creek North ice rink -- still in the spirit of giving.

Proceeds from the day will be donated to Project Angel Heart, a metro-area community-supported charity that delivers fresh meals to people with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Skaters of all ages and abilities are invited to chill with St. Nick as he trades in his sled for a pair of skates and glides across the rink. "We participated in Project Angel Heart's Shopping for Life earlier this month," says marketing director Christina Brickley, "and this is a nice extension of that relationship."

You can twirl under flickering lights while the rink is wrapped in its shimmery best and carolers sing all day long. "It's also a nice excuse to get out of the house -- or at least that's why my family comes," adds Brickley. Whether you're skating or spectating, it will be a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the holiday, and there's the added benefit of planting that all-important glint in Santa's eye.

The Cherry Creek North ice rink is in Fillmore Plaza at Second Avenue and Fillmore Street. The rink will be open today at noon with slick St. Nick making the rounds until 4 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children twelve and under; skate rental is $2. For information, call 720-275-9314 or visit www.cherrycreeknorth.com. -- Kity Ironton

Fire on the Mountain
Winter Park makes Christmas glow
FRI, 12/24

Carolers will gather around a bonfire, torchbearers will take to the slopes, and fireworks will boom overhead beginning at 5:30 tonight.

Christmas at Winter Park is steep, as well as steeped in more than thirty years of yuletide memories. And once again, the gathering will kindle patrons' spirits on Christmas Eve. "It's very warm, very inviting," says Darcy Morse, Winter Park's communications coordinator, adding that the night-skiing display has become "one of those traditions that so many people look forward to."

The festivities usually draw large crowds; parka-clad participants will circle the bonfire at the mountain's base to sing Christmas carols before Santa and his helpers start their cruise bearing custom-made torches. Some seventy Winter Park employees will parade down the hill with the long-handled flares, spreading the seasonal glow.

Following the parade, an interdenominational service will take place on the lower level of the Balcony House, while a Catholic mass will be said at the West Portal, level four. For more information, call 1-970-726-1564. -- Luke Turf

 
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