Next week is a short one for most of us because of Christmas, and if you're lucky enough to have the whole thing off, we've got plenty of ways to get the party started. Over the next couple of days, you can don your ugliest sweaters, say farewell to friends and party in a castle. Of course we can't fit everything on this list so check out the Westword calendar for more happenings, and let us know about anything we missed in the comments below.
Ugly Sweater Mixer at EXDO Event Center (Friday, free-$5) Once a month it's time to roll, and once a year it's time to put on that sweater. Tonight, the two come together for a crazy night of skating, karaoke, ping pong and sweater sweat. Roll in early for free entry or buy your tickets here.
East Coast Swing Workshop at Booth's Dance Denver (Friday, free) New Year's Eve will be here in only a couple weeks, and if you want to wow everyone at that party with some swing dancing moves, come out tonight to learn a few steps and stick around for the dance party afterward. Who knows, you could be the next Frankie Manning.
BeatleFest Celebration at Skylite Station (Friday, $5) The Beatles showed up in America in 1964 and their popularity hasn't left since. Tonight, celebrate, drink, dance and sing everything your little Beatlemania heart can take at this 50th anniversary party.
My Teenage Angst at The Deer Pile (Friday, free) Instead of paying a shrink to get to the bottom of the problems that stem from your teenage years, dig up those old journals and tell a group of strangers. Sign up here to read aloud all of your angst and anger of old. But if you just want to sit and listen, that's okay too.
Closing Party at Crash 45 (Friday-Saturday, free) It is with heavy hearts we report that this amazing little dive bar Globeville is closing its doors, so head up there to make it a memorable weekend. Join them for a white elephant gift exchange on Friday and some deep house music on Saturday.
The Nervous' 9th Annual Holiday Spectacular at Mutiny Information Cafe (Saturday, free) Something fun and different is always happening at the Mutiny Information Cafe, so make sure to stop by tonight for some crazy punk Christmas antics. The Nervous headlines the evening featuring many special guests, including karaoke punk rock band Fig Nixon.
The Doom Room at 3 Kings Tavern (Saturday, free) Picture for a moment how scary public speaking is. On top of that, imagine getting on a stage completely unprepared, without any clue what you're going to talk about -- and then attempt make it funny while you're at it. Tonight comedians Ben Kronberg, Brent Gill, James Draper, Byron Graham and more will try just that. They'll come onstage, an image will pop up on the "Screen of Doom" and they will have to make up jokes about it on the spot. Sounds like it will be frightening and hilarious all at the same time. RSVP here.
The Night Fair Before Christmas at The Watering Bowl (Saturday, $10) There's not a lot to do after the bar closes besides head to Taco Rapidos or to some type of speakeasy if you're in the know. For a change of pace, why not hit up a holiday market after the club tonight. Live music, booze, partying and holiday shopping from local artisans going until 3 a.m., hosted by Denver Urban Cipher. Of course there is a family-friendly version of the market going on during the day as well.
TUBACHRISTMAS at Skyline Park (Sunday, free) Do you know what it sounds like when 300 tubas all play Silent Night at the same time? If not, then you should check this out. Just to see a sea of tuba players sounds impressive, let alone when they're filled with holiday cheer.
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Holiday Solstice & Open Castle at Cherokee Ranch and Castle (Sunday, free) To finish off your weekend, add a new holiday tradition to your family with a day spent at a castle. The giant abode will feature Mr. and Mrs. Claus, warm drinks and fresh glazed donuts. Build some crafts in Santa's workshop and do a good deed by dropping off an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.