The holidays are definitely upon us. The art scene has presented us with a generous helping of new shows that opened on First Friday
, while more seasonal markets
continue to pop up around town.
If you're already short of cash, check our list of free things to do
. And if your credit card isn't maxed, here are seven events worth the price of admission:
Soul Stories: The Quest!
Sunday, December 4, 2 to 4 p.m.
Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street
Ah, the games people play. Just look at Soul Stories, the dialogue-building, personal storytelling event founded by executive director Danny Mazur. The latest twist at Soul Stories sessions is the Quest, a model that blends the group-participation structure of role-playing games with Mazur’s tried-and-true storytelling prototype. Turns out it’s a blast, in addition to proving quite effective in bringing people together. The next chapter unfolds Sunday night at the Mercury Cafe; a suggested donation is $10 at the door, but no one will be turned away. Details here
The Westside Oratorio
Sunday, December 4, 2 p.m.
Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive
The Westside Oratorio
, which gives voice to the people who once populated the Auraria neighborhood before it was leveled to make way for the Auraria campus, stands as one of Su Teatro’s great classics of Chicano theater. Its story, propelled by memories as it follows seven generations of Denver’s Westside Mexican-American families, uses a script that often breaks into song. Written by Su Teatro artistic director Tony Garcia, with music by composer Daniel Valdez, the heartwarming play brings an intergenerational crowd together as one. The revival of The Westside Oratorio
runs on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through December 18. Get tickets, $17 to $20, here
Fractal Society, The Imaginarium
Sunday, December 4, 2 p.m.
Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder
Looking for something entertaining to see for the holidays, with a little sparkle and nothing resembling an elf or a nutcracker? The Fractal Society’s The Imaginarium
, inspired by the movie The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus,
might be just the thing, buoyed by a backstage circus atmosphere and flying high with acrobatic feats of derring-do. Purchase tickets, $15 to $25, at the Dairy Arts Center’s online box office
Trail of Lights
Sunday, December 4, 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Chatfield Farms, 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton
Chatfield Farms, the country cousin of the Denver Botanic Gardens, offers a more rustic and historical holiday lighting show than Blossoms of Light, but with technological upgrades, including synchronized light patterns, light tunnels and singing trees. While Chatfield is slowly moving into the 21st century, cool old tractors covered with lights remain intact, and the 1880s Hildebrand Ranch homestead still stands. Bring the family! Open weekends through December 11, and nightly December 16 through January 1, 5 to 8:30 p.m. (closed Christmas Day). Learn more and purchase timed tickets, $10 to $16 (free for children two and under), plus an optional $5 to add on a visit with Santa, online only, here
Sunday, December 4, 5 to 9 p.m.
Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Circle
Luminova Holidays has returned with more lights, more rides, immersive installations, Santa...and light-up hopscotch! Reservations are required and available every hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Shows continue through January 1, and tickets start at $29.99; get them here
Let there be lights!
Sunday, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele Street
After evenings reserved for members, Zoo Lights at the Denver Zoo will be open to the public through January 15, and it's certainly a bright spot on the holiday schedule. Over one million lights are spread across 83 acres, decorating exhibits and forming the shapes of animated animals. Wildlife is a common theme for the ice sculptures on display, and if you’re lucky, you’ll spot a few actual elephants and tigers, too. Admission is $25 per adult, and several add-on packages are available; get hours and all the details here
Rainbow Dome Merchandise Flash Sale
Through Monday, December 5
Online at rainbowdome.com/shop
Listen up, roller ravers: Rainbow Dome, the home of monthly, zodiac-themed Oh My Stars! skate nights, has decided to discount prices on some of its home-designed merchandise, including Halloween totes, bandannas with sliders, pins, stickers and T-shirts, just in time for you to gift your skate fam with cool stocking stuffers. Through Monday, go to Rainbow Dome’s shopping page
and find some deals. While you're there, check out the new merch, too, and then you’ll be ready to show off at December’s Sagittarius skate date
on Friday, December 9.
Do you know of a great event in Denver? We'll be updating this list through the weekend; send information to [email protected]