Nearly every venue in the city is booked with the usual Christmas concerts. If you'd rather not sing along to "Deck the Halls" or the "Hallelujah Chorus" this year, don't miss these world holiday concerts, which are sure to spice up the season for all celebrations.
Wednesday, December 14
XMAS Salsa Holiday Party
Salsa Central Denver, 1570 Clarkson Street
An entertaining way to keep warm this season is salsa dancing at Salsa Central’s Holiday Party. There will be snacks, performances and dance lessons beginning at 7 p.m. Admission to the all-ages event is $5 for members, $10 for non-members.
Thursday, December 15
Chalet Dancers at Denver Christkindl Market
Arapahoe Street and 16th Street Mall
By now, most downtown regulars have noticed the Christmas market in the middle of the 16th Street Mall, with all its handmade ornaments and European baked goods. The Chalet Dancers will be performing traditional European dancing during happy hour on Thursday at the market. The free show starts at 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 18
Flamenco Christmas Show
Dickens Opera House, 300 Main Street, Longmont
Interested in a Spanish Christmas celebration? Flamenco Underground presents Navidad Flamenca with Natalia Perez del Villar at Longmont’s Dickens Opera House. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. All ages welcome.
Tuesday, December 20
Nollaig Seo Celtic Christmas Celebration
Gates Concert Hall, Newman Center, 2344 East Iliff Avenue
Come celebrate the Christmas season with Celtic music, song and dance at this event, presented by the Irish Dance Performance Academy. Alumni dancers from Riverdance, Lisa Kelly from Celtic Woman, and violinist Máire Egan from Lord of the Dance will take the stage at the University of Denver’s Gates Concert Hall.
Sunday, December 25
The Maccabeats Chanukah Concert
655 South Monaco Parkway
The Jewish Experience is putting on a Chanukah concert with a cappella phenomena the Maccabeats. The show begins at 3 p.m. at George Washington High School. Advance tickets are $25, $50 for VIP.
Monday, December 26
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Kwanzaa Music Fest
3704 North Downing Street
DJs and underground local artists will celebrate unity — and the first day of Kwanzaa — at the First Annual Kwanzaa Music Fest. The show is 16+, and ticket are $8 (cash only) at doors.
Saturday, December 31
Gora Gora Orkestar
2199 California Street
European-flavored brass band Gora Gora Orkestar will celebrate the New Year at the downtown artsy restaurant and venue Mercury Cafe. Show openers the Beloved Invaders start at 10 p.m., and local, organic food will be available. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.