Olde Golden Christmas merriment is apparent on Saturday mornings, December 3, 10, & 17, at 10:30 a.m. with the Olde Golden Christmas parade features tractors, antique fire trucks, dog carts, dance groups, elves on motorcycles and more, and downtown shopkeepers offer treats, music, cider, hot chocolate, visits with Santa and bargains. There are FREE Newfoundland dog-pulled cart rides for children, and live theatre and choir performances take place in the evenings. Click here for a full calendar of Olde Golden holiday events.
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Woof! Even Santa Claus knows, if our furry family members are being naughty or nice! (Cats and dogs can be mischievous, but you can’t help but love them unconditionally, right?) And, because they’re family, you have to include them in all of the holiday traditions and that includes sitting on Santa’s lap. Pet parents can bring their four-legged “kids” to PetSmart for a FREE photo with the big jolly guy on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11 from noon to 4 p.m. at participating locations — they can even share their wish list full of treats and toys! For locations, click here. Meow!
Downtown Denver receives a holiday treat in the form of a carousel at the Denver Pavilions open from Friday, December 9 through Friday, December 23. Rides are $3 each, but you can get a FREE ride. Shop, dine or play at any of the 40 Denver Pavilions businesses and receive a FREE ride voucher with purchase. The carousel is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 500 16th St. (at Glenarm), Denver.
Oh yes it’s ladies’ night and the feeling’s right (well actually this year it’s during the day, but we didn’t want to change our snappy intro)… at all Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply locations on Friday, December 9 all day. During the Ladies’ Day Sale get 20% off clothing and footwear (get an additional 20% off clearance clothing and footwear) and 10% off most everything else. The first shoppers at each store who spend $25 or more receive a heavy duty 20 oz. stainless steel tumbler with Murdoch’s logo. Evening festivities include food, beverages, and a chance to win gift baskets every half hour.
When a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy he retreats from life in Collateral Beauty. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. But it’s not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty. The film stars Will Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Michael Peña, Naomie Harris, Jacob Latimore, Kate Winslet and Helen Mirren.
MHOTC readers can attend a FREE sneak preview of the film on Tuesday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Landmark Greenwood Village. Click here to download and print an admit-two pass. If you do nab a pass, spread the holiday spirit and bring a non-perishable food item for Food Bank of the Rockies be entered to win a movie prize pack and other prizes. Passes are limited in number, so please don’t abuse the system and get yours now – if this movie interests you. Once our limit has been reached, the system won’t issue any more. Remember, even with a pass seating is not guaranteed, so get there early.
Experience the joy of the holiday season in Cherry Creek North on Saturday, December 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the first Winter Fest on Fillmore. This FREE family-friendly celebration transforms the plaza (between 1st & 2nd Avenues on Fillmore St.) into a winter wonderland with live ice sculpting, carolers, elves, fire pits, FREE treats and hot beverages, giveaways and more. In addition, the art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, spas and salons in Cherry Creek North will offer discounts and promotions for the special day.
We’re into the final stretch, with just two weeks remaining for arts & crafts markets. You’ll find more than a half-dozen across the area this week. We have an entire page devoted to upcoming holiday craft shows, markets and fairs in the Denver/Boulder area. It includes an interactive map to help you find the ones closest to your shopping flight path. As always, we call out some of our favorite picks: Jackalope Art Fair on Saturday & Sunday boasts more than 150 local crafters of handmade goods. And, the Firefly Handmade Market in Boulder showcases 100+ artisans over the weekend, as well. Also on Saturday, check out the Young Entrepreneurs Marketplace, at Belmar, with all products by kids ages 6 to 21. Check out our Holiday Craft Shows page for more details (dates, times, entry fees, etc.) on these and other sales. And if you know of any upcoming shows, please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Groupon always saves you money, usually at least half off, which makes any offer, service or product you get from them offers much more affordable. Now, for two days only, through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, December 8, get an extra 25% off any Groupon Local Deals when you use the promo code WINTER. What makes this deal “special” is that it is good on up to three local deals instead of the usual one only. Use it on concerts, restaurants, spa treatments, things to do, rodeo tickets, subscriptions to local and newspapers and more. Your maximum discount is $50 per deal. The only exclusions are some “third-party” transactions. (We don’t know what those are either, but the site will tell you if the code isn’t valid.) To get the deal, use this link to take you to all the Groupons in the Denver-Boulder area.
Bundle up and take a ride on the Polar Express. Boulder Parks and Recreation screens the family-favorite film, Polar Express in Central Park (so it’s outdoors folks – dress warm) on Saturday, December 10. The evening will kick-off at 5 p.m. with a holiday sing-a-long hosted by Jeff and Paige, and include FREE hot chocolate and train rides. The park will also be illuminated with more than 250,000 LED lights. 1300 Canyon Blvd., Boulder.
Driving or strolling through a fairyland of outdoor light displays is a holiday treat that costs no more than gasoline or shoe leather. And there’s no place prettier than Denver/Boulder, especially when the snowy backdrop is the real deal. Here are a few FREE favorites, most now using energy efficient LED bulbs: [Read More…]
Pull out your wands and golden snitches. The first-ever Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball is being staged at all Barnes & Noble stores on Friday, December 9 starting at 7 p.m. The FREE event will feature dancing, music, Harry Potter-themed activities and giveaways. Customers are encouraged to don their most festive Potter costumes and holiday attire as they dance the night away and celebrate all things Harry Potter. [Read More…]
Thornton’s Carpenter Park Fields turn into Santa’s Village, home to Thornton WinterFest on Friday to Sunday, December 9 to 11. Santa and his elves arrive on Friday at 6:30 p.m. to assist the Mayor and City Council member with flipping on the Village’s holiday light. Festivities including ice skating (for a nominal fee), entertainment, ice-carving demo, and more, continue that evening until 9 p.m. [Read More…]