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From Hipster Santa to High Tea, Eight Tastiest Events in Denver This Weekend

Christmas is still a week away, but old Kris Kringle will make a couple of stops at culinary events in Denver this weekend. And there are plenty of other things to do for those trying to make like Scrooge and avoid the holidays altogether. Keep reading for all the tasty details.

Friday, December 18 

House for All Sinners and Saints will host its annual Beer and Carols, a pub sing-along of your favorite Christmas carols, at the Blake Street Tavern from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today.  Enjoy caroling in the warmth of a bar, with a beer in hand, and give a little back to the community by donating to the HFASS collection. The fun is free; for more information, check out the event's Facebook page.  

Saturday, December 19 

You knew that raw food is good for you, but did you know it rocked? The new Natural Grocers at 3825 Tennyson Street will host Grammy Award nominee DJ Cavem and raw foods chef Alkemia Earth at Raw Foods Rock, a culinary concert with a message about environmental awareness, culinary wellness and organic gardening. The event, which runs from 2 to 2:45 p.m., includes a live music performance and a cooking demonstration.  For more information, visit

If he's hanging out in RiNo, you know Santa is probably a hipster. Come see for yourself at The Source, where from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, Jennifer Olson Photography will be snapping photos with the RiNo Hipster Santa. Old—or Yung, as the kids call him—St. Nick will be spreading holiday cheer and pretentious advice on music, food and coffee. The big man will also be teaming up with the Source for a charitable cause; when you take a selfie with hipster Santa and post it to social media with the hashtag #RiNoHipsterSanta, the Source will donate $1 to Slow Food Denver. For more information, visit

The Byers-Evans House Museum will be holding a Children's High Tea today from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Kids and adults alike can tour this historic home and enjoy high tea, sandwiches, scones, fresh fruit,and desserts. The cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members, and $18 for the kids. Reservations are required; call 303-620-4933.  

Non-hipster Santa is making the rounds in Denver today, too. Grab the kids and head to The Inverness between 9 and 11 a.m. for a chance to get lunch with Kris Kringle himself. Brunch is $15.95 for adults, $10.95 for children under ten; for reservations, call 303-397-6411.  

Do you like beer? Do you give a shit? If you answered yes to even one of these questions, you should head to TRVE Brewing today for the brewery's second annual TRVE Gives a Shit benefit. Several Broadway area businesses, including Sweet Action, Illegal Pete's and TRVE, of course, will be donating super-rare, limited-edition holiday sweaters to be auctioned off for charity. All proceeds from the auction will go to help Urban Peak and its efforts to help youth experiencing homelessness in the metro area. The event starts at 7 p.m.; find details at  

Sunday, December 20

Up in Aspen, Element 47 is launching a new Truffle Dinner Menu for the holidays. The four-course menu features shades of truffles – white and burgundy – served with fine wines, and will be available through January 3, excluding New Year's Eve. The special menu is priced at $495 per person; for reservations and more information, call the restaurant at 970-920-6330. 

Today and every Sunday Spangalang Brewery is hosting Vinyl Sundays with the Denver Kush Club. The Kush Club will be handing out free joint cards and other swag, and you can bring your own records to play. The brewery will even take $1 off all beers for the day. For more information, check out

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