Fun Things To Do

It’s all happening in Northern Colorado! Here are fun things to do in December…
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Holiday Tree Lighting Event ~ Loveland

Fun ThingsNovember 8, 2014
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: Civic Center (500 East 3rd Street)
Website: cityofloveland.org

Kick of the Holiday season with the downtown tree lighting! Bundle up and join us for music by the Original Dickens’ Carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides by Wolf Thunder Run Draft Horses, photos with Santa, face painting, and food and treat vendors! The event is highlighted with the lighting of the tree and holiday wishes by City Manager Bill Cahill and Mayor Cecil Gutierrez. This year will also feature the inaugural City of Loveland Department Holiday Tree Decorating Contest. This event is free, except for food and treats. For more information, please call (970) 962-2410.

‘Tis the Season Community Sing-Along ~ Loveland

December 7, 2014
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Rialto
Website: www.cityofloveland.org
The Rialto Theater Center is pleased to welcome the Loveland Community to its FREE annual holiday sing-along. Join Loveland’s own singing sensation, Sharon Sheets, in a fun-filled audience participation event featuring classic and contemporary holiday tunes. Enjoy hot drinks, sweet treats, and a break from the hectic pace of the holidays.

New Year’s Eve @ the Ice Rink ~ Loveland

December 31, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM & 10:00 PM
Location: The Ice Rink @ The Promenade Shops at Centerra
Website: www.thepromenadeshopsatcenterra.com/events
Fireworks at 8pm. Enjoy FREE face painting and other fun winter activities.

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Carolfest ~ Fort Collins

Fun ThingsDecember 5, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Opera Galleria
Website: downtownfortcollins.com
On Friday, Dec. 5th, the streets of Old Town will host a chorus of holiday caroling! The 23rd Annual Carolfest is a community sing-along celebration that brings together people of all ages and singing abilities in historic Downtown Fort Collins. Professional vocalists will lead the carols on this parade that begins at 6:00pm at the Opera Galleria and ends in Oak Street Plaza. Carolfest is free and open to the public and lyric sheets will be provided.

Downtown will also be hosting the First Friday featuring Gallery Walk. This event showcases local galleries, artists and art shows. The Fort Collins Gallery Walk is located throughout Downtown Fort Collins including over 20 fine art galleries and attracts hundreds of people from around the Northern Colorado region.

Girls’ Night Out – Shopping Event ~ Fort Collins

December 12, 2014
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Downtown Fort Collins
Website: downtownfortcollins.com
This is a shopping event tailor-made for the ladies! Come enjoy drink specials, appetizers, and services that cater to women at all participating member businesses. There will be massages, delicious food, and more! Let yourself be pampered on this special night with your friends.

All businesses with festive balloons are participating in Girls’ night.

First Night Fort Collins ~ Fort Collins

December 31, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Location: Downtown
Website: downtownfortcollins.com

New Year’s Eve- December 31st, 2014- The 19th annual First Night Fort Collins theme will “Follow the Magic” to Downtown this New Year’s Eve, as the magic of art, laughter, music and dance performances envelop historic Old Town. This non-alcoholic, family-friendly event boasts 75+ performances on one night, including trick pigs from Top Hog at The Lincoln Center, interactive exhibits at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, and fireworks in Old Town Square to end the night. $12/person admission covers all 15 venues and children 5-and-under are free! Tickets will be available online, and in-person at King Soopers stores and other select outlets, beginning December 1st.

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Festival of Trees ~ Greeley

Fun ThingsNovember 28 – December 6, 2014
Location: Union Colony Civic Center
Website: greeleygov.com

Even with Mrs. Claus and all those elves, the chubby guy himself couldn’t create a better winter wonderland than Greeley’s Festival of Trees. This annual week-long extravaganza began twenty-seven years ago as a labor of love by the City of Greeley and the Greeley Philharmonic Guild. It is the main fundraiser for the Union Colony Civic Center and the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra.

Every year the Festival of Trees presents a forest of beautifully decorated trees, whimsical to elaborate, each with its own unique theme. At the end of the Festival, the coveted People’s Choice, St. Nick’s Pick, and Mrs. C’s Favorite Tree awards are presented to the businesses, individuals, or organizations whose trees are voted overall favorites.

There’s also Candy Cane Lane, a showcase of evergreens adorned with ornaments created by “mini-crafters” who compete for the Kids’ Choice ribbon! This celebration is one of the most anticipated yuletide events, not only for our community, but for all of Northern Colorado.

See the website for detailed ticket information, public hours and special activities and performances.

Holiday Ice Show ~ Greeley

December 6, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: Ice Haus
Website: greeleygov.com/Recreation/SpecialEvents.aspx

Enjoy some fabulous holiday entertainment by the Skate School skaters and Mountain View Skating Club. It’ll be fun for the whole family as they dazzle you with their new routines! Admission $7, children 2 & under are free. Tickets go on sale Nov. 1 at the Ice Haus.

Junie B. Jones in ‘Jingle Bells, Batman Smells’ ~ Greeley

December 20, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Union Colony Civic Center
Website: ucstars.com/show_details.php?show_id=381
Ho, ho…uh-oh! With over 50 million books in print, Barbara Park’s New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing—and reading—for over 20 years! In the 25th Junie B. Jones book, it’s holiday time, and Room One is doing lots of fun things to celebrate. Like making elf costumes! And singing joyful songs! Only, how can Junie B. enjoy the festivities when Tattletale May keeps ruining her holiday glee? And here is the worst part of all! When everyone picks names for Secret Santa, Junie B. gets stuck with Tattletale you-know-who! It’s enough to fizzle your holiday spirit! Hmm . . . or is it? Maybe, just maybe, a Secret Santa gift is the perfect opportunity to give May exactly what she deserves.

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Windsor Wonderland ~ Windsor

Fun ThingsDecember 6, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 5th St. / Main St.
Website: www.windsorgov.com
Celebrate the arrival of Santa! Fun for the whole family! Take your photo with Santa and enjoy other fun winter activities including horse drawn wagon rides and holiday carolers. Take a stroll down Main Street and visit downtown businesses. A tree lighting will be included in the festivities.

Miracle on 34th Street ~ Windsor

December 4-14, 2014
Showing: Evening shows on Dec 4, 5, 6, 12, 13; Matinees Dec 14
Location: Windsor Community Playhouse
Website: www.windsorplayhouse.org
Join us for this Christmas classic at the Windsor Community Playhouse!

Dickens Carolers ~ Windsor

December 19, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Windsor-Severance Library
Website: clearviewlibrary.org
Join us for a wonderful evening of Dickens carols at the Library. Members of the Larimer Chorale symphonic chorus will put you in the holiday spirit.

Registration is not required. Event takes place around the fireplace and seats full up fast.

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Miracle on 34th Street ~ Johnstown

Fun ThingsNovember 13 – December 31, 2014
Location: Candlelight Dinner Theatre
Website: www.coloradocandlelight.com

Kris Kringle takes on the cynics among us in this musical adaptation of the popular holiday favorite. In his inimitable style, Meredith Willson (THE MUSIC MAN, THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN), tells us the classic story of the year. A white-bearded gentleman claiming to be the real Santa Claus brings about a genuine MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, spreading a wave of love throughout New York City, fostering camaraderie between Macy’s and Gimbel’s Department Stores, and convincing a divorced, cynical single mother, her somber daughter and the entire state of New York that Santa Claus is no myth.

Holiday Home Tour ~ Johnstown

December 6, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Parish House/Museum + 5 Additional Homes
Website: http://www.johnstownhistoricalsociety.org/events.html
Tickets are $10 and will be available the day of the tour at the Parish House.

Noon Year’s Eve Party ~ Johnstown

December 31, 2014
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Glen A Jones MD Memorial Library
A New Year’s Eve Party for those with an early bedtime! Join us for crafts, games, and refreshments! The “ball” drops at noon!

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Breakfast with Santa & Holiday Movie Marathon ~ Estes Park

Fun ThingsDecember 6, 2014
Location: Estes Park Events Complex
Website: http://www.visitestespark.com
Start off the weekend with the Breakfast with Santa Family Fun Festival, Saturday Dec. 6th, From 8am – 11am, enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast (prices $6 adults, $5 ages 12 and under, ages 3 and under free, $20 Family of four) Not having breakfast? No worries, other free activities including free pictures with Santa, kids holiday arts & crafts, participate in one of the holiday games, watch the puppet show and sing Christmas carols.

After breakfast, settle in to catch a movie or two at the Christmas Movie Marathon, in the festive theater at the Estes Park Events Complex, running from 11:30 am – 5pm.

Movie Schedule:

11:30am-12:40pm (Child Friendly Short-Movies)
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
1pm-2:40pm
Elf
3:00pm-5:00pm
It’s A Wonderful Life
Breakfast with Santa Festivities and the Holiday Movie Marathon are both located at the Estes Park Events Complex. Round up the family and head to Estes Park for a winter holiday wonderland! Enjoy visits with Santa at the Old Church Shops on both Saturday and Sunday.

Tinsel Tavern Tour ~ Estes Park

December 13, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: Throughout the Village of Estes Park
Website: http://www.visitestespark.com

Don we now Christmas apparel for the Tinsel Tavern Tour! Starting at the kick-off party, enjoy live entertainment, appetizers and merriment before stepping onto the Elkhorn Express Trolley and head to a line-up of favorite Estes Park Taverns.
Tickets include…
– Attendance to the official kick-off party including hoer d’oeuvres, music, door prizes and costume contest at the Estes Park Resort, starting at 6 pm.
– Drink tickets, one at each of the pub stops, pubs include the Estes Park Resort, Mary’s Lake Lodge, The Wheel Bar, The Grubsteak and one more pub to be announced soon!
– A signature Tinsel Tavern Tour souvenir.
– Free shuttle rides from tavern-to-tavern and to participating lodging properties.
– Elves on Tavern Shelves photo scavenger hunt with more prizes!
Single Ticket: $30
Pair of Tickets: $50
Non-alcoholic (DD) Ticket: $15 (Includes kick-off party, sodas, souvenir, shuttle rides and scavenger hunt.) Max capacity 200.
Tickets can be purchased online or day-of at the Kick Off Party, 6pm.
Ticket buyers and attendees must be 21 or older and present valid ID at entrance. By purchasing tickets, buyer certifies that he/she is 21 or older. Refunds will not be granted if attendee cannot present valid state-issued ID at event entrance.
Tinsel Tavern Tour Lodging Stops: Stay at an official Tinsel Tavern Tour trolley stop and be picked up at 6:45pm for the kick-off party and dropped off at your lodging property at the end of the tour, 11pm.
The Estes Park Resort
Best Western Plus Silver Saddle
Boulder Brook on Fall River
Streamside on Fall River
Mountain Shadows Resort
Come in on Friday evening to participate in the next morning’s Dasher 5K Run through downtown Estes Park on Saturday, December 13th! After the race, grab a bite to eat and do some shopping before getting ready for the Tinsel Tavern Tour that evening!

Last Minute Holiday Shop-a-thon Festivities ~ Estes Park

December 19-20, 2014

Location: Downtown Estes Park
Website: http://www.visitestespark.com

Finish last minute holiday shopping in Estes Park while fun holiday festivities fill the shops & downtown Estes Park. This special weekend, downtown shops will stay open late to welcome you into warm boutiques and shops to find signature Estes Park sweets, one-of-a-kind gifts and more. Friday, December 19th and Saturday December 20th will be a shopper’s paradise under the twinkling white lights adorning the trees lining the downtown main street of Elkhorn Ave.

Estes Park lodging, restaurants and spas will be offering you and your sweetheart couples specials, girlfriend shopping getaway packages and more!


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