December is almost here, and it’s the perfect time of year to make some family memories! Thankfully, Colorado is overflowing with opportunities for fun (and educational) Christmas events the whole family can enjoy. Here are some ideas to get you started …
Parade of Lights
Experience Christmas with Denver’s Parade of Lights at the 16th Street Mall in Denver held on Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2. Free. Learn more here.
“Sing with Joy this Christmas” Concert
This free Christmas concert sponsored by Village Seven Presbyterian in Colorado Springs presents a 120-voice choir and full orchestra. Event is coming up this weekend, Saturday-Sunday, December 2-3. Free. Learn more here.
Christmas with the Colorado Children’s Chorale
Christmas with the Colorado Children’s Chorale is the children’s chorale’s annual Christmas concert held this year at the Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver on Saturday, December 2, and Sunday, December 3. Tickets Required. Learn more here.
Denver Zoo Lights
The Denver Zoo Lights span the 70 acres of the Denver Zoo and run from December 1-31. Tickets Required. Find out more here.
“The First Noel” Christmas Concert
The First Noel Christmas concert showcases 80+ voice choir directed by the Vocal Arts Chair at the University of Denver and a professional orchestra sponsored by Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church. Concerts are held on Friday, December 8; Saturday, December 9; and Sunday, December 10. Free. Learn morehere.
Holiday’s Evening at the Littleton Historical Museum
Join the reenactors of the Littleton Historical Museum for Holiday’s Evening, an event featuring bonfires, Christmas lights, and old-style music on Sunday evening, December 10. Tickets Required. Learn more here.
Christmas Joy Concert
The Christmas Joy Concert is held at the Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs on December 10, featuring a choir, full orchestra, Celtic music, and more. The concert is sponsored by First Presbyterian of Colorado Springs. Tickets Required. Learn more here.
Holiday Evening at Rock Ledge Ranch
Enjoy a Holiday Evening at Rock Ledge Ranch with lantern light tours in the 1860s homestead cabin, Victorian celebrations in the 1880s Rock Ledge House, jingle-bell rides, and more on Saturday, December 16. Entrance Fee. Learn more here.
“And on Earth Peace” Christmas Concert
This free Christmas concert, hosted by Augustana Lutheran Church in Denver and featuring the accomplished Stratus Chamber Orchestra is an excellent family opportunity to enjoy some exceptional classical music like “In Terra Pax” as well as more traditional carols. The event is held on Sunday, December 17th. Free. Learn morehere.
Handel’s Messiah by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Handel’s Messiah, one of the most renowned oratorios of all time, covers the entire redemptive story in music. This year, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra is performing Handel’s work in the Boetcher Concert Hall on Friday, December 16th. For your musically-oriented students, try finding a copy of Handel’s score and allowing them to follow along. Tickets required. Find out more here.
The Nutcracker Ballet (Denver)
With weekly showings until December 24th, the Colorado Ballet’s Nutcracker was named best Nutcracker performance in the U.S. last year. Tickets required. Learn more here.
The Nutcracker Ballet (Colorado Springs)
The Nutcracker Ballet is presented by the Colorado Youth Ballet and the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and will be held at the Pikes Peak Center December 20-21. Tickets Required. Learn more here.
Click on the link below for a list of Colorado’s ice skating rinks and natural ponds that offer skating. Some rinks offer groupons, which can make ice skating costs for a family very reasonable. Ice Skating Rinks in Colorado.
Merry Christmas from the CHEC team!
“For unto a us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government shall be upon his shoulder.
And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6, NKJV).