This town is lit! The Mile High Tree and City and County Building are already glowing in Civic Center Park, and Chatfield Farms and Elitch Gardens are in the holiday spirit, too. Seasonal shows are also starting to grace stages across town.
See our list of free activities this weekend here
and of Small Business Saturday markets here
; you can also start planning the rest of the season with this roster of dozens of more events
through the end of the year.
Now keep reading for seven events worth the price of admission today.
Wings Over the Rockies
Sunday, November 27, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
7711 East Academy Boulevard
November 27 is Museum Store Sunday, and Wings Over the Rockies will offer 10 percent off purchases. The museum will also be holding its Seek & Find - Gnome in the Hangar activity; anyone who finds a gnome will receive a Museum Store Sunday button pin and candy cane. But that's not the real deal: From 6 to 9 p.m., during the Holiday S'Wing-a-Long, Big Band Bianca and the Flyboys will offer vintage and holiday swing tunes. Find out more here
Colorado Ballet, The Nutcracker
Sunday, November 27, 1 p.m.
Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Performing Arts Complex
If you see just one Nutcracker
this holiday season, this is it. A reprise of the Colorado Ballet’s revitalized version from last year, with new sets and costumes, it raises the familiar holiday spectacle to a level befitting Tchaikovsky’s score, played by a live orchestra. Seats are already disappearing quickly, so act fast: Tickets start at $40 here
Sisters in Law
Sunday, November 27, 2 and 6:30 p.m.
Newman Center Elizabeth Eriksen Byron Theatre, University of Denver
The four-time Henry Award-nominated production of Sisters in Law
, produced in association with Elizabeth Weber and Dan Franzen and starring Sally Knudsen as Sandra Day O’Connor and A. Lee Massaro as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, returns for a limited engagement. The run continues through December 11, and tickets range from $14 to $49.50. Get them here
The Jedi Handbook
Director Geoffrey Kent oversees a lightsaber fight between Mykail Cooley (left) and Rashad Holland (right).
Sunday, November 27, 2 p.m.
Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora
While many theater companies turn to holiday fare this time of year, the Aurora Fox is celebrating nostalgia for a galaxy far, far away by staging Stephen Massicotte’s The Jedi Handbook
. It’s a rite-of-passage tale about best friends who first came together as boys under the power of the Force, but now find themselves challenged with the inevitability of growing up. Like Peter Pan’s Wendy, they can’t help leaving their shared fantasy world behind. See it through December 18, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Find details and tickets, $20 to $40, here
The Upstart Crow, Bury the Dead
Sunday, November 27, 2 p.m.
Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder
Boulder’s Upstart Crow company mines Irwin Shaw’s 1936 drama Bury the Dead
, an anti-war tract that’s still relevant in a world where war crimes are committed daily. Shaw raises buried soldiers from the dead to fight back against the futility of killing, ignoring generals, priests and rabbis who try to convince them to lie back down in endless slumber rather than get on with their wasted lives. What would you choose? Through December 4: Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, 2 p.m.; Name-Your-Price Night: Thursday, December 1, 7:30 p.m.Tickets are $21 to $25; learn more and reserve your seats here
Trail of Lights
Follow the Trail of Lights through rustic Chatfield Farms.
Courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens
Sunday, November 27, 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, November 27, 5 to 10 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. Tickets start at $29.99; get them here
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