Denver Zoo sets up night lights for its scaredy-cats every year during Zoo Lights.EXPAND
Denver Zoo sets up night lights for its scaredy-cats every year during Zoo Lights.
Courtesy Denver Zoo

Hundreds of Things to Do in Denver This Holiday Season

The metro area is lit for the season, with holiday markets, holiday productions and holiday light shows all over, and more about to join the lineup. We've packaged up dozens of activities in our chronological listing of events along the Front Range: Time for you to unwrap some fun.

December 6: Candlelight Walk: Stroll through downtown Golden with candles in hand; end at the Visitors' Center to see the city's holiday lights and a fireworks show. 6 p.m.-8 p.m., free, Foothills Art Center, 809 15th Street, Golden, visitgolden.com.
December 6: Christmas Lights of Denver: Don't know where the best lights in town are? Leave it to the pros at History Colorado, who tell historic tales of Denver's naughty and nice on this seasonal bus tour. 4:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., $75, departs History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, 303-866-2394, historycolorado.org.
December 6: Louisville Parade of Lights: Music performances, ice skating, Santa visits and a living nativity and petting zoo start at 5:30 p.m.; the parade steps off at 7 p.m. Free, Main Street between Parkview and South streets, Louisville, louisvilleco.gov.
December 6-7: Lakewood Lights: Fifteen historic buildings will be lit up, with many open for holiday activities like Santa visits, crafts, dreidels and gelt and live music. 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., free, Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 South Yarrow Street, Lakewood, 303-987-7850, lakewood.org.
December 6-7: Parade of Lights: Fill your Thermos with hot chocolate (perhaps something stronger?) and pull on an extra pair of socks: The annual holiday parade hits downtown for its 44th year. Free-$25, downtown Denver, downtowndenver.com.
December 6-8: Holiday Festival: CU student choirs, bands and orchestras and faculty members fill the concert hall with festive holiday sounds. $20-66, Macky Auditorium, Boulder, 303-492-8008, cupresents.org.
December 6-28: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians: Sci-fi meets Santa in this unlikeliest of holiday stories adapted from the 1964 cult classic film. Friday and Saturdays only, 7:30 p.m., $20-$25, Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo Street, 303-477-5977, bugtheatre.info.
December 6-January 1: Electric Safari: See how wild animals celebrate the season at this after-dark light show. Select dates, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., $12.75-$14.75, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, Colorado Springs, 719-633-9925, cmzoo.org.
December 7: 1940s White Christmas Ball: Travel back in time with vintage cars, sets, music and dancing. 4 p.m., $67 and up, Hyatt Regency Downtown, 650 15th Street, 720-924-1945, 1940sball.org.
December 7: Lights of December Parade: Bundle up for Boulder's holiday procession. 6 p.m., free, downtown Boulder, boulderdowntown.com.
Through January 5: Camp Christmas: This 10,000-square-foot immersive art experience explores holiday rituals and imagery from across the globe. $8-$21, Stanley Marketplace, 2501 North Dallas Street, Aurora, 303-893-4100, denvercenter.org.
Through December 15: Fetch Holiday Market: Formerly Denver Flea. Friday through Sundays, $5, Sports Castle, 1000 Broadway, thisisfetch.com.
Through December 21: Carriage Rides and Craft Corner: Take a break from hectic shopping with a carriage ride and creative crafts. Southlands, 6155 South Main Street, Aurora, 303-627-5000, shopsouthlands.com.
Through December 21: Saturdays With Santa on the Square: The most famous couple in the world is posing for free photos, but make sure you bring your own camera! Saturdays only, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 1415 Larimer Street, larimersquare.com.
Through December 29: The Nutcracker, Colorado Ballet's production of the Christmas classic, sells out every year, so don't delay buying your ticket. $30 and up, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 303-837-8888, coloradoballet.org.
Through December 22: Santa at Union Station: Bring the family — human or canine — for photos with St. Nicholas. Sundays only, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., free, Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street, 303-592-6712, unionstationindenver.com.
Through December 8: A Broadway Christmas Carol: Sourpuss Scrooge sings and dances his way across the stage in this comic adaptation. $24, University Theatre Building, Boulder, 303-492-8008, cupresents.org.
Through January 26: Belmar on Ice: The Rink at Belmar is open Sundays through Thursdays 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m.-10 p.m. through January 5. Rink is open Thursdays through Sundays January 9-26. Admission, free-$9.50, good for one hour of skating and skate rental ($5 without rental). Belmar, 7337 West Alaska Drive, Lakewood, belmarcolorado.com.
Through February 2: The Pond at Southlands: The outside skating rink hosts events throughout winter, including the Skate & Donate Food Drive (November 21), a Frozen 2 celebration (November 22) and Skating with Santa (December 7). $8.50 and up, Southlands, 6155 South Main Street, Aurora, 303-627-5000, shopsouthlands.com.
Through December 29: Brewery Lights: Holiday lights alone can't keep you cozy? Warm up with some beer at the brewery. Fridays through Sundays, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., free admission, tour packages $15 and up, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, 2351 Busch Drive, Fort Collins, budweisertours.com.
Through December 30: Commonwheel Gallery Holiday Market: The annual show includes works from over forty local artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free, Commonwheel Gallery, 102 Canon Avenue, Manitou Springs, 719-685-1008, commonwheel.com.
Through January 1: Winter Wonderlights: See illuminated sculptures and a light and music show with the donation of canned goods or an unwrapped gift. 5 p.m.-9 p.m., free, Chapungu Sculpture Park, east of Promenade shops at Centerra, 5971 Sky Pond Drive, Loveland,  visitlovelandco.org.
Through January: Santa's North Pole Adventure and Victorian Holiday Celebration: Santa holds court on the Georgetown Loop Railroad through Christmas Eve; after his work is done for the year, enjoy sedate coaches decorated as in Victorian times. Select dates, $29.50 and up, Devil's Loop Depot, 646 Loop Drive, Georgetown, 888-456-6777, georgetownlooprr.com.
Through December 29: Holiday Art Market: Foothills Art Center, 809 15th Street, Golden, 303-279-3922, foothillsartcenter.org.
Through January 30: DIA Ice Skating Rink: Got a few hours to kill before your flight? Of course you do. Strap on a pair of (free!) loaner skates and take to the ice. Denver International Airport Plaza, free, 8500 Peña Boulevard, flydenver.com.
Through December 22: A Christmas Carol: The Musical: Can Scrooge scowl while singing? Find out at this tuneful adaptation of Dickens' tale. $53 and up, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada, 720-898-7200, arvadacenter.org.

Good girls and boys will meet St. Nicholas; bad ones may run into Krampus at the Christkindl Market.EXPAND
Good girls and boys will meet St. Nicholas; bad ones may run into Krampus at the Christkindl Market.
Courtesy Denver Christkindl Market

Through December 23: Christkindl Market: Don't skimp on the glühwein at Denver's open-air German-style marketplace. Free, Skyline Park, 1515 Arapahoe Street, christkindlmarketdenver.com.
Through December 31: Next Gallery Holiday Show: Free, Next Gallery, 6851 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood, 303-433-4933, nextartgallerydenver.com.
Through January 2: Cirque Dreams Holidaze: Aerialists, singers and dancers perform in the round as they celebrate all the season's holidays. $29 and up, Gaylord Rockies, 6700 North Rockies Boulevard, Aurora, 720-452-6900, marriott.com.
Through January 5: ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Scenes from Rudolph's big night are brought to life in multicolored ice sculptures. $13.99-$24.99, Gaylord Rockies, 6700 North Rockies Boulevard, Aurora, 720-452-6900, marriott.com.
Through February 17: Winterskate: It's not just ice skating at this 6,500-square-foot rink; there are also free carriage rides, Christmas music and plenty of tasty holiday treats. $10, Steinbaugh Pavilion, 824 Front Street, Louisville, 303-604-1010, bceproductions.com.
Through December 24: Santa Photo Experience: Get free photos with St. Nick through November 29; afterwards, you can purchase pics and enjoy Paws & Claus nights every Wednesday in December, a sensory-friendly photo session on December 7 and painting with Santa on December 14. Donations also accepted via the Cold Hands, Warm Heart clothing drive. Southlands, 6155 South Main Street, Aurora, 303-627-5000, shopsouthlands.com
Through February 3: Downtown Denver Ice Skating Rink: Bring your own skates and practice your triple axel for free at this outdoor rink now entering its tenth year. Free admission, skate rental $7-$9, Skyline Park, 15th and Arapahoe streets, 303-825-6787, downtowndenver.com.
Through December 25: Miracle on Larimer Street: The wildly hip pop-up bar goes overboard with holiday-themed decor and drinks every year. 1414 Larimer Street, larimersquare.com.
Through December 8: The Nutcracker: Call the exterminator — we can't get rid of these mice! This run includes an abridged performance of the ballet, The Gentle Nutcracker, on December 7 for folks with special needs. $15 and up, various Boulder and Longmont locations, 303-443-0028, boulderballet.org.
Through December 20: Toys 4 Tats: Bring in donations of pet food, non-perishable food or children's toys for donation to local charities and get free swag. Event party is on December 14. Endless Ink Tattoo, 7507 East 36th Avenue, 303-371-2744, endlessinktattoo.com.
Through December 21: St. Nick on the Bricks: Are you on the nice or naughty list? Plead your case to Kris Kringle starting Friday, November 29 and every Saturday through December 21. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., free, Pearl and 13th streets, Boulder, boulderdowntown.com.
Through December 22: Santa's Village at Chatfield Farms: Kids meet the whole Claus family — Santa, the missus, the elves, even the reindeer — at this Christmas wonderland. 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., $20, Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield, 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
Through December 22: Twist Your Dickens: Second City blends sketch comedy, scripted dialogue and improv in a sassy spin on classic holiday stories and characters. Times vary, $12-$37, Aurora Fox Arts Center, 990 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, 303-739-1970, aurorafoxartscenter.org.
Through December 23: A Christmas Carol: It's all "God bless us, every one!" in Golden this Christmas. $17 and up, Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Avenue, Golden, 303-935-3044, minersalley.com.
Through December 31: A Hudson Christmas: On select nights in December, the Gardens glow with extravagantly decorated trees. 5 p.m.-9 p.m.,$10.50, Hudson Gardens & Event Center, 6115 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, 303-797-8565, hudsongardens.org.
Through December 31: Zoo Lights: Who says the zoo animals go to bed after dark? See lit-up leopards, lions and more at this winter tradition. $15-$20, Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele Street, 720-337-1400, denverzoo.org.
Through January 3: Blossoms of Light: No matter how hard your neighbors try, their holiday lights will never beat the Gardens' annual display. 5 p.m.-9 p.m., $16-$21, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn is a nostalgic take on Christmas.EXPAND
Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn is a nostalgic take on Christmas.
Courtesy Candlelight Dinner Playhouse

Through January 19: Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn: Enjoy a retro holiday with this adaptation of the 1942 film at the northern Colorado dinner theater. $35.95 and up, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, 4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, 970-744-3747, coloradocandlelight.com.
Through December 8: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical: Are you the Grinch, Cindy Lou Who or Max the Dog? $35 and up, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 13th and Arapahoe streets, 303-893-4100, denvercenter.org.
December 5-8 and 12-15: Governor's Residence Holiday Tours: See the Governor's Residence decked out in holiday glitz and glam. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free, 400 East Eighth Avenue, 303-837-8350, coloradoshome.org.
Through December 22: Fine Art Market Show and Sale: Free, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada, 720-898-7200, arvadacenter.org.
Through December 28: A Christmas Carol: It's all "Bah, humbug!" in Boulder this Christmas. $22.50 and up, Dairy Arts Center, 2592 Walnut Street, Boulder, 303-444-7328, betc.org.

Louisville's Parade of Lights has a small town feel.EXPAND
Louisville's Parade of Lights has a small town feel.
Joe Falace

December 7: Paws & Claus: Your furry family members can sit on Santa's lap, with donations going to the Denver Animal Shelter. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free, Larimer Square, 14th and Larimer streets, larimersquare.com.
December 7-8: Charley Co. Holiday Market: Market showcasing twenty artisans and creatives. 11 a.m., free, but donations encouraged, with all proceeds going to Girls Inc.; Source Hotel, 3330 Brighton Boulevard, 720-409-1200, charleycowork.com.
December 7-8 and 15-16: Georgetown Christmas Market: This venerable market is entering its 60th year. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., free, 606 6th Street, Georgetown, georgetown-colorado.org.
December 7-8, 14-15 and 21-24: Breakfast With Santa: Does Santa deliver presents to Nemo? Find out when you meet him at the Aquarium's annual holiday breakfast; no word whether bagels and lox are on the menu. $16.99 and up, Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water Street, 303-561-4450, aquariumrestaurants.com.
December 7, 14 and 21: The Browns' Happiest Christmas: Celebrate Christmas like Molly Brown and her family, with Victorian-era crafts, games and treats. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $22, Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania Street, 303-832-4092, mollybrown.org.
December 7, 14 and 21: Olde Golden Holiday Parades: Is your December already booked? Don't despair: You've got three chances to catch downtown Golden's holiday parade. 11 a.m., free, Washington Avenue between 11th and 13th streets, Golden, visitgolden.com.
December 7, 14 and 21: Santa's Dairy Block Workshop: Meet Santa's reindeer and the jelly-bellied man himself for free family photos. Noon-4 p.m., Dairy Block, 1800 Wazee Street, dairyblock.com.
December 7-22: Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum: Denver's perennial holiday classic returns with kinetic explorations of holiday traditions around the world. $45, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, 119 Park Avenue West, 303-295-1759, cleoparkerdance.org.
December 7-8: Snowcats Cat Convention: There will be music. There will be art. There will be....cats? 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $10-$15, The Cable Center, 2000 South Buchtel Avenue, snowcatscon.com.
December 8: Boulder Holiday Gift Festival: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., free, YMCA of Boulder County, 2850 Mapleton Avenue, Boulder, coloradoevents.org.

The Dolls' Tea Party comes with tea and toe shoes.EXPAND
The Dolls' Tea Party comes with tea and toe shoes.
Courtesy the Oxford Hotel

December 8: The Dolls' Tea Party: For over half a century, this tradition has treated parents, children and beloved dolls to tea and a ballet performance. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., $45-$65, The Oxford Hotel, 1600 17th Street, 303-628-5400, theoxfordhotel.com.
December 8: Hanukkah Gift Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., free admission, Hebrew Educational Alliance, 3600 South Ivanhoe Street, facebook.com.
December 8, 15 and 22: RiNo Bazaar: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free, Shop & Sip packages $25, Exdo Events Center, 1399 35th Street, denverbazaar.com.
December 11: Christmas With the Browns: Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the elaborately decorated Molly Brown House and learn about the family's Christmas traditions. 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., $13, Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania Street, 303-832-4092, mollybrown.org.
December 11: Electric Moonlight: Eat and drink at a holiday party with some real animals. No, not your co-workers — zoo residents. 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., $65.75-$70.75, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, Colorado Springs, 719-633-9925, cmzoo.org.
December 11-15: Larimer Square Holiday Market: Free, Larimer Square, 14th and Larimer streets, larimersquare.com.
December 12-13: A Christmas Carol: In a historic first, forty women incarcerated in the Colorado Department of Corrections, in partnership with the University of Denver Prison Arts Initiative, designed, produced and will perform in a production of the Dickens classic. 7:30 p.m., $10 and up, Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 East Iliff Avenue, 303-871-7720, newmancenterpresents.com.
December 12-21: The Nutcracker of Parker: Clara battles the Mouse King in the ubiquitous holiday classic. $26-$32, PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker, 303-805-6800, parkerarts.org.
December 13-14: Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker: A true Christmas extravaganza, with world-class artists and stunning sets and costumes. $29 and up, Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, 303-623-0106, paramountdenver.com.
December 13-15: Colorado Chautauqua WinterFest 2019: A weekend of holiday festivities, including WinterFest Skate, Breakfast with Santa, Children’s Holiday Concert and more. Ticketed and free events, weekend passes $15-$28, Colorado Chautauqua, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-442-3282, chautauqua.com.
December 14: Denver Beer Festivus: Beer makes the Airing of Grievances so much more poignant. 3 p.m.-6 p.m., $45-$60, Major Studios, 3881 Steele Street, denverbeerfestivus.com.
December 14: Festival of Lights Parade and Winter Festival: Start the day with a free family film and end it with a parade and tree lighting; in the middle there's a petting zoo, hay rides, the Paws & Pals fun run and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., various Brighton locations, most events free, brightonco.gov.
December 14: Freezie Fest: Little ones can enjoy the chill in the air with Snowflake Express train rides, holiday crafts, games and a visit with Santa. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., free, downtown Boulder, boulderdowntown.com.

Celebrate in style in Cherry Creek North.EXPAND
Celebrate in style in Cherry Creek North.
Joyce Keum

December 14: Winter Fest: Fillmore Plaza is the site of live ice carving, fire pits, carolers and face painting. Free, East First Avenue and Fillmore Street, cherrycreeknorth.com.
December 14-15: Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair: Bringing over 100 curated booths to Stanley Marketplace in a family-friendly event just in time for holiday shopping. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., free, 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora, 323-989-2278, jackalopeartfair.com/denver.
December 14-23: The Nutcracker: There are nuts. They get cracked. $38, Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 South Allison Parkway, Lakewood, 303-987-7845, balletariel.org.
December 16: Mistletoe Marketplace: Over twenty neighborhood retailers gather under one roof at this market; you'll also get one free drink to sip while you shop. 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Halcyon Hotel, 245 Columbine Street, cherrycreeknorth.com.
December 17: All I Want for Christmas Is Attention: Queens BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon team up in this raucous, decidedly family-unfriendly holiday show. 8 p.m, $35 and up, Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, 303-623-0106, paramountdenver.com.
December 17: A Celtic Family Christmas: It's a family affair at husband and wife Donnell Leahy and Natalie MacMaster's holiday fiddle performance. 7:30 p.m., $22-$87, Macky Auditorium, Boulder, 303-492-8008, cupresents.org.
December 18: An Irish Christmas: Take a trip to the Emerald Isle with traditional Irish music, dancing and singing. 7 p.m., $39.50-$69.50, Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, 303-623-0106, paramountdenver.com.
December 18-22: Home for the Holidays: This old-school variety show includes singing, dancing, carols and Claus. $36 and up, Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree, 720-509-1000, lonetreeartscenter.org.
December 18-24: Santa's Big Red Sack: Don't bring the kids to see Santa; he's NSFW in this sketch comedy show. $29.50, The People's Building, 9995 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, 303-218-7315, santasbigredsack.com.
December 19: Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas: Some of the most iconic Christmas songs were written by Jewish songwriters; see their stories in this quirky music documentary. 7 p.m., Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue, 303-316-6360, maccjcc.org.
December 20-21: Santa's Naughty List: Even bad girls and boys deserve some holiday cheer — and they'll get it at this burlesque show set at the North Pole. 7:30 p.m., $34, The Schoolhouse Theater, 19650 East Mainstreet, Parker, 303-805-6800, parkerarts.org.
December 20-22: Nutcracker Circus: Bored of ballet? Enjoy the Christmas classic as a circus; acrobats, jugglers and aerial performers take on the Mouse King. $34.65 and up, Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 East Iliff Avenue, 303-871-7720, newmancenterpresents.com.
December 20-22: Seasons Readings:  Enjoy a selection of readings and songs for all ages. $25, Center Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen, 303-674-4002, evergreenplayers.org.
December 20-January 2: Holiday Carousel: Get a free spin on the Christmas carousel with a voucher from Denver Pavilions' merchants, or pony up $3, part of which will be donated to Food Bank of the Rockies. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., $3, 16th Street and Glenarm Place, denverpavilions.com.
December 21: Hanukkah Storytime in Parker: Kids and parents gather for holiday Hanukkah tales, snacks and crafts. 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., free with RSVP, Parker Library, 20105 Mainstreet, Parker, mazeltogether.org.
December 21-22: Last Chance Gift Fest: 5 p.m.-9 p.m. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free, Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, coloradoevents.org.
December 22: A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage: Good grief! Whether you're a näive Charlie Brown, entrepreneurial Lucy or lesbian icon Peppermint Patty, you'll love this sweetly retro holiday show. 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., $29.95-$49.95, Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, 303-623-0106, paramountdenver.com.
December 22: Menorah Lighting: Kick off Hanukkah with dreidels, doughnuts, latkes and songs. 5:30 p.m., free, Milwaukee Plaza, 299 Milwaukee Street, cherrycreeknorth.com.
December 23: Dedi Morozi Do Exist: This holiday show is based on the Russian children's TV show The Fixies as well as Dedi Morozi, the country's version of St. Nick; it's performed entirely in Russian. 6:30 p.m., $43-$68, PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker, 303-805-6800, parkerarts.org.
December 24: Christmas Eve Paella Party: Forget milk and cookies; it's horchata and cookies (and paella) at this Christmas Eve feast. 3 p.m.-8 p.m., Lola Coastal Mexican, 1575 Boulder Street, 720-570-8686, loladenver.com.
December 24: Feast of the Seven Fishes: Bask in the glow of completed Christmas shopping and the fact you don't have to cook this Italian-American tradition. Jax Fish House, 650 South Colorado Boulevard, Glendale, 303-756-6449, jaxfishhouse.com.
December 24: Jewbilee Bash: Don't celebrate Christmas at this party. Location and price TBA, bnaibrithcolorado.org.
December 24: Las Posadas: Keep warm with hot chocolate and cider while commemorating Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem. 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m., free, the Fort, 19192 Highway 8, Morrison, 303-839-1671, tesoroculturalcenter.org.
December 24: ’Twas the Night Before Christmas: What happens when Santa's naughty-and-nice list goes missing? Enter an undercover elf, precocious little girl and rapping mice. 2 p.m., $29.50-$59.50, Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, 303-623-0106, paramountdenver.com.
December 24-25: Christmas Mitzvah Project: Help out hospitals, assisted living facilities, shelters and other local organizations as part of this community volunteer project that's been ongoing for nearly 25 years. Free, various Denver locations, jewishcolorado.org.
December 26-31: Celebrate Kwanzaa: Celebrate umoja (unity), kujichagulia (self-determination), ujima (collective work and responsibility), nia (purpose) and kuumba (creativity) at workshops that include storytelling, music, dancing and art. Free, various Denver Public Library branches, denverlibrary.org.
December 26-28: Colorado Springs Citywide Kwanzaa Celebration: Observe three of the seven pillars of Kwanzaa — umoja, kujichagulia and ujima — over three days. Free, various Colorado Springs locations, cospringskwanzaa.org.
December 29: Holiday Magic: If you're lucky, illusionist Adam Trent will make your holiday credit-card debt disappear. 7:30 p.m., $39.50 and up, Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, 303-623-0106, paramountdenver.com.

These listings were first published in our Winter Guide, inserted in the November 14 issue of Westword. Although the deadline for being included here is passed, we'll be chronicling other events for the season in more lists every week; we'll also be compiling a roster of New Year's Eve activities. Send information to editorial@westword.com.

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