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The Six Best Things to Do In and Around Denver Today

The Six Best Things to Do In and Around Denver Today (4)
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Towns along the Front Range are all lit up for the holidays (see our lights list here), and there's more reason to celebrate: Many of the area's museums have reopened (though timed-entry tickets are still required), and shopping up opportunities are popping up, both in-person and online (see the holiday market list here).

And there are plenty of other things to do, including virtual lectures and concerts, as well as some activities in the great, safe outdoors. Keep reading for the ten best events over the next two days:

Chautauqua WinterFest
Sunday, December 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
900 Baseline Road, Boulder

The General Store has reopened after a modeling project, and will be hosting holiday pop-up shopping. Art in the Park is also ready for the holidays, displaying fifteen bears created by local artists, as well as a cyber scavenger hunt. Don't want to leave the house? "A Mary Galey Holiday" will bring Chautauqua to you, with a virtual program — with musical guests and recipes — focusing on the recent restoration of the Mary H. Galey Cottage, streaming on chautauqua.com. Festivities continue through May; find out more here.

The Music of Black Nativity
Sunday, December 13, 2 p.m.

The Aurora Fox’s traditional staging of Black Nativity, a retelling of the Bible story that's based on the works of Langston Hughes, was originally planned as a live performance — before rising COVID numbers again shut the theater’s doors. In no time, the play was retrofitted as a virtual holiday concert, with a colorful multimedia set conceived and created in days. The musical will stream nightly through December 23, with Sunday matinees; get tickets and more information here.

The Twelve Dates of Christmas
Through January 3

Ginna Hoben’s one-woman, ninety-minute play is fun, flirty, moving but not saccharine, and a refreshing change from most holiday fare. This Miners Alley production stars Denver’s charming and talented Candace Joice and is directed by the equally talented — and charming — Kate Gleason. The protagonist, Mary, is happily engaged and spending the holidays at her parents’ house in Ohio when, purely by accident, she sees her fiancé, who couldn’t come home with her, kissing another woman on television during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Having dumped him and returned to New York, she embarks on a series of painful and difficult dates. Does she find love? Apparently she does, but not necessarily where you’d expect it. Available on demand now; tickets are $18.95 here.

Latkes & Light
Sunday, December 13, 10 to 11 a.m.

In most years, the arrival of Hanukkah brings families together to celebrate in the glow of candlelight, with a crispy platter of latkes waiting on the table. In 2020, those traditions are still safe, just not with twenty friends and relatives crowded together into one room. But children ages two to ten can at least gather virtually with their buddies to share music, dancing and the candle-lighting ceremony to kick off the first half of Latkes & Light, then break up into groups to enjoy Hanukkah-themed activities for the second half. It’s all free; sign up here.

Rocky Ridge Piano Alumni Virtual Concert: Beethoven and Friends
Sunday, December 13, 3 p.m.

This inaugural performance of the Alumni Concert Series, hosted by Young Artist Seminar faculty member Gerardo Teissonnière, will feature three of Rocky Ridge's recent piano alumni: John Phillips, Helen Nebeker and Caleb Owens. Tickets are $10; sign up here.

See/Hear: Illuminated Stories in Song
Sunday, December 13, 4 p.m.

Opera on Tap presents four song cycles with Colorado singers and video artists from across the U.S. performing Richard Strauss's Four Last Songs/Vier Letzte Lieder, Ernesto Cordero’s Four Works for Voice and Guitar, Robert Owens’s Mortal Storm and Nkeiru Okoye’s Brooklyn Cinderella. Find out more here.

Know of a great event around town? Send information to editorial@westword.com; we'll be updating this list through the weekend.

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