The holidays are officially here. While there’s likely to be feasting in your forecast, there’s so much more to do than stuffing yourself with stuffing. Here are holiday highlights to kick off your celebrating, shopping, entertaining or general merriment.
Skate in the Park
Nov. 9 – Jan. 21
Glide around the ice under the twinkling lights of Acacia Park. Bring the whole family or that special someone. Check for special events with discounts, including Broncos Skate, Skate with Matilda, Skate with Team USA and Skate with the CC Tigers. There’s even a free Learn to Skate with U.S. Figure Skating.
A Christmas Carol
Through Dec. 5
The beloved Simpich version of Dickens’ holiday classic returns through the puppetry of David Simpich in a limited engagement.
Sixth Annual Holiday Show At G44
Explore the G44 Gallery for a one-of-a-kind gift of photography, jewelry, pottery, sculpture and painting.
Holiday Market at Commonwheel Co-Op
Nov. 16 – Dec. 30
Find original pottery, sculpture, jewelry, painting or unique gifts handmade by local Colorado artists.
Guided Tour of Archaeological Dig in Garden of the Gods
Gain insights into the life of General William Palmer and early Colorado Springs as you tour an archaeological dig through a recently discovered stash of trash from the home of city founder General William Palmer. Time vary for each day.
Fall Family Fun Days
Enjoy regional history exhibits, complete a family-friendly scavenger hunt, and check-out the children’s “Trade at Bent’s Fort” interactive gallery. Plus guided tours especially for children.
Kaiser Permanente presents your chance to glide off some calories before your annual feast with ice skating at The Broadmoor World Arena.
The Hungry Farmer Band’s Annual Thanksgiving Reunion
The Hungry Farmer restaurant doesn’t exist anymore, but for 39 years, the concert has been gathering its old regular bands to jam on classic rock and progressive country at Stargazers Theatre.
Pre-Thanksgiving Party With Chauncy Crandall
Shake things up with a free concert by the soulful, country bluesman at Front Range BBQ.
YMCA Turkey Trot 5K
Get moving before you get cooking at this annual Thanksgiving morning fun run. Bring the kids for the tiny trot, or the whole family for the 5K.
Air Force vs. CSU Football
It’s Falcons vs. Rams in an in-state Mountain West showdown. Come early to tailgate, and watch the march-on before the game.
Nov. 22 – Dec.24
The Christmas melodrama and olio is a heartwarming and charming story of love, redemption and reunion for the holidays in spite of all obstacles. Expect favorite holiday tunes and hilarious, toe-tapping choreography at The Butte Theater in Cripple Creek.
Fresh Air Friday at Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Looking to opt outside and avoid Black Friday madness? Enjoy free entry to the park. Hit the trails on foot, bike or horseback, or explore the Visitor Center. There’s even a family-friendly Mystery Hike at noon,
Garden of the Gods Full Moon Hike
Follow a marked course through the park. And sip hot drinks and view the moon through telescopes set up by the Colorado Astonomical Society.
Add a dash of magic to the holidays. with a beautiful tale in a world of delights. The Oklahoma City Ballet performs Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic, accompanied by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.
Church & State
It’s three days before Charles Whitmore’s Senate re-election, and he’s decided to finally tell the public exactly what’s on his mind, no filter. What could possibly go wrong? Find out at this play at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.
See how far you can launch a squash or catapult a gourd or potato at Fountain Creek Nature Center from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Holiday Art and Gift Market
Meet some of the artists in studio, and find unique, original gifts created by local working artists. Food trucks and snacks will be on-site.
Small Business Saturday
Shop local, support Colorado Springs businesses, and knock off your entire gift list between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Watch for special deals, free parking, carolers, Santa and more. Stop by the booth in Acacia Park between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a bag full of downtown deals and a free copy of Springs magazine.
Christmas Stroll in Old Colorado City
Walk the holiday streets of days gone by with the Victorian Christmas Celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. You’ll find Dickens carolers, a Victorian Santa Claus and more entertainment while you shop on Small Business Saturday.
Lighting of the Palmer Lake Star
Join the annual Palmer Lake Volunteer Fire Department’s Chili Supper and celebrate the hillside star, a tradition since 1935.