9 Things to do in Denver and Colorado this November 19-21, 2021


Castle Rock, Boulder, Loveland, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction ‘flip the swap’ for the vacations and Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to Denver.

COLORADO, USA — Castle Rock, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Loveland and Grand Junction are among the many Colorado cities turning on their lights for the vacation season this weekend.

It’s starting to really feel so much like Christmas throughout the Denver metro space with the opening of A Christmas Carol, Elf The Musical, Camp Christmas, Christmas in Color, Hip Hop Nutcracker, Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Mission: Save Christmas and Denver’s Christkindl Market.

Christmas-rock icons Tran-Siberian Orchestra are in the Centennial State this weekend and vacation gala’s and festivals are in full swing, plus Santa Claus makes his arrival at a number of native malls.

From the mountains to the plains, listed here are some enjoyable occasions you will solely discover in Colorado this November weekend. Don’t neglect to share your weekend images with the “Near Me” characteristic on the 9NEWS app.

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A Christmas Carol

DENVER — Colorado’s largest manufacturing of “A Christmas Carol” is reopening this vacation season on the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Based on Charles Dickens’ basic novel, the Denver musical adaptation traces curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant in a single day journey to redemption.

“A Christmas Carol” was final carried out by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) Theatre Company in 2018. The manufacturing was paused in 2019 for theater renovations and was canceled due to the pandemic in 2020.

“A Christmas Carol” will play the newly-renovated Wolf Theatre on the Denver Performing Arts Complex from Friday, Nov. 19 by way of Saturday, Dec. 26. Tickets are on sale now at DenverCenter.org beginning at $30.

Mission: Save Christmas

AURORA — A brand-new Christmas expertise opens at Gaylord Rockies this weekend. “Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf” will probably be open on the Aurora lodge resort and conference middle from Friday, Nov. 19 by way of Sunday, Jan. 2.

The new, all-ages multisensory marquee expertise will let friends be a part of Buddy the Elf in answering the decision from Santa to assist muster sufficient Christmas cheer to assist Santa’s sleigh fly. Gaylord Rockies stated friends will journey into Buddy’s world to assist save Christmas with enjoyable, interactive challenges.

Overnight packages and occasion tickets could be bought at ChristmasatGaylordRockies.com. Advance on-line reservations are required for all ticketed occasions.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Trans-Siberian Orchestra will play two concert events at Denver’s Ball Arena on Saturday, Nov. 20 and two at Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs on Sunday, Nov. 21. COVID vaccinations or damaging assessments are required at Ball Arena. 

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

AURORA — Gaylord Rockies’ Cirque Dreams Holidaze” makes its return this weekend. The household vacation present — which final performed on the Bubly theater at Gaylord Rockies in 2019 — will return for 62 performances from Friday, Nov. 19 by way of Sunday, Jan. 2.

A cirque journey and Broadway-style musical wrapped into one family-friendly vacation present, “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” is a celebration of toy troopers, snowmen, reindeer, gingerbread, penguins, vacation characters and Santa. The present options greater than 300 dazzling costumes and world-class aerialists, singers and dancers.

Camp Christmas

LAKEWOOD — Beginning this weekend, friends can journey by way of Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ largest vacation expertise ever at Camp Christmas. New this year, the expertise will probably be an outside/indoor extravaganza at Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park, that includes artist Lonnie Hanzon’s fantastical wonderland of lights, dazzling decorations, music and memorabilia in numerous yuletide scenes throughout a six-acre panorama. Camp Christmas opens Friday and runs by way of Sunday, Jan. 2. Get your tickets at DenverCenter.org.

Castle Rock Starlighting

CASTLE ROCK — The Lighting of the Star has been a Castle Rock custom since 1936. The annual occasion is this Saturday in downtown Castle Rock. This year’s Starlighting presents scorching chocolate, non-profit cubicles, strolling entertainers, caroling, reside leisure and a go to from Santa Claus. The celebration takes place from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., with the Castle Rock Starlighting ceremony starting at 5 p.m. at Historic Wilcox Square. An emblem of Castle Rock for over 80 years, the Castle Rock Star will stay lit till the top of the National Western Stock Show in January.

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Switch on the Holidays

BOULDER — The vacation season in downtown Boulder’s begins with Santa flipping the swap that illuminates lights alongside the Pearl Street Mall and across the Boulder County Courthouse. Boulder will “Switch on the Holidays” this Sunday at 5 p.m. with the Boulder Ballet, Santa, Mrs. Claus and Freezie the Snowman.

Downtown Tree Lighting

GRAND JUNCTION — Downtown Grand Junction will rework for the vacation season with a tree lighting celebration on Saturday. Local companies can have offers and scorching cocoa from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The 4th and Main Plaza will host a reside efficiency from Mesa OutLoud. With a wave of his hand and a sprinkling of magic mud, Santa Claus will mild the lights of Main Street. Mr. Claus will go to with youngsters afterwards earlier than returning to the North Pole.

Festival of Lights

LOVELAND — Downtown Loveland welcomes the vacation season with its annual hometown pageant and conventional tree lighting ceremony this Friday. Festival of Lights will happen downtown alongside 4th Street that includes the debut of vacation lighting all through a number of blocks. Friday’s pageant will kick off at 5 p.m. with music, leisure, meals, procuring and the grand entrance of Santa.

Tree Lighting Ceremony 

COLORADO SPRINGS — The City of Colorado Springs’ annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Acacia Park will get underway at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The celebration presents ice skating, video games, reside music, a go to from Santa Claus and the lighting of the tree. The ceremony is free to attend, however there’s a price for ice skating.

Christmas in Color

MORRISON & FEDERAL HEIGHTS — Denver’s largest drive-through Christmas mild shows are returning for an additional vacation season. Christmas in Color opens its drive-through mild shows at Water World and Bandimere Speedway this weekend.

The shows every characteristic multiple million LED lights organized into tunnels, bushes, large sweet canes, snowflakes and extra, all synchronized to festive vacation music on the FM radio dial. Both places, Water World and Bandimere Speedway, open for the Christmas season on Friday. Tickets are on sale now at ChristmasinColor.net.

GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World

DENVER — “GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World” will ring a bell on the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) starting this weekend. The latest exhibition explores the science, sound, historical past and popular culture behind the world’s hottest instrument and STEAM ideas like sound waves, frequency, mathematical scales, engineering and extra by way of a variety of hands-on experiences.

The exhibition options greater than 60 devices and explores the cultural and bodily historical past of the guitar — from lutes and ouds to fashionable, high-tech and experimental devices. “GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World” is free with DMNS admission and no additional timed tickets are required.

Hip Hop Nutcracker

DENVER — Now celebrating its seventh anniversary, “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” is a vacation mash-up for the entire household. The modern dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music is a singular and joyful household occasion. With a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, DJ, violinist, and hip hop founding father MC Kurtis Blow, “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” performs Denver’s Buell Theatre on Friday and Saturday. For tickets and showtimes, go to DenverCenter.org.

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Gabriel Iglesias

DENVER & COLORADO SPRINGS — Comedian Gabriel Iglesias will carry his “Beyond the Fluffy” world tour to Colorado Springs and Denver this weekend. Known for his Netflix standup specials and TV and film appearances, Iglesias is certainly one of a handful of comedians to headline and promote out the Staples Center, Madison Square Garden and the Sydney Opera House.

Iglesias will seem at Colorado Springs’ Broadmoor World Arena at 8 p.m. Saturday and Denver’s Ball Arena at 7 p.m. Sunday. COVID vaccinations or damaging assessments are required at Ball Arena.

Kicker Monster Truck Show

DENVER — The Kicker Monster Truck Show will carry a number of the baddest monster vans in the business to Denver together with Jurassic Attack, Kamikaze and Vendetta. The kid-friendly, adrenaline-charged leisure present takes place Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on the National Western Events Center. Pre-show pit occasion and driver meet-and-greet tickets can be found as properly. Grab your tickets in the present day at KickerMonsterTruck.com.

Santa Express Train

CAÑON CITY — More than 30,000 friends journey the distinctive Santa Express Train every year. The enjoyable vacation custom options new and previous Christmas music, scrumptious meals, cookies and cocoa as youngsters and their households make their manner to the North Pole the place every youngster receives a particular present from Santa. The Christmas prepare, which travels alongside the historic Royal Gorge Route, begins operating Friday and has departures deliberate by way of Friday, Dec. 24. Reservations could be made at RoyalGorgeRoute.com.

Elf The Musical

ARVADA — “Elf The Musical” is the latest manufacturing on the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Based on the 2003 film, “Elf” follows Buddy the elf on his journey to discover his household and revive their Christmas spirit. “Elf The Musical” opens Friday on the Arvada Center and performs by way of Thursday, Dec. 23. Proof of vaccination or damaging take a look at is required. For tickets, head to ArvadaCenter.org.

Denver Christkindl Market

DENVER — The twenty first annual Denver Christkindl Market will probably be open day by day from this Saturday by way of Thursday, Dec. 23 on the Greek Amphitheater in Civic Center Park. A Grand Opening Celebration and Ceremonial Keg Tapping will probably be held Saturday at 4 p.m.

The Denver Christkindlmarket recreates the enjoyment of strolling a European village sq. through the holidays. Guests to the market can savor the season whereas having fun with genuine Glühwein (mulled spiced wine) and European drinks whereas searching for distinctive artisan presents and vacation treats offered by native Coloradoan, European, and worldwide retailers in picket huts. Daily leisure will even happen on the Greek Amphitheater Stage together with German polka music, German conventional dancers, vacation hymns in a number of languages, accordion and blue grass music, highschool bands and extra.

Holiday Food & Gift Festival

DENVER — One of the most important vacation celebrations in the West opens Friday on the National Western Complex. The thirty fifth annual Holiday Food & Gift Festival options lots of of exhibitors, distributors, artisans and crafters with one-of-a-kind jewellery, clothes, woodcraft, music, pictures, artwork, crafts, meals, toys and Christmas décor that may’t be discovered wherever else. Rumor is Santa Claus will even make an look on the pageant to assist create good household images. The Holiday Food & Gift Festival runs Friday to Sunday with tickets (and low cost coupon) accessible at HFGF.com.

Sugar Plum Bazaar

AURORA — The eleventh annual Sugar Plum Bazaar is a makers’ market with greater than 60 distributors from a number of states showcasing their distinctive handmade and native goodies. The vacation present will probably be open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Stanley Marketplace.

Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show

COLORADO SPRINGS — The annual Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show runs Friday to Sunday on the Colorado Springs Event Center. The present is a vacation procuring extravaganza with 250 shows of authentic artwork, crafts, sculptures, ceramics, specialty meals, dwelling décor, clothes, furnishings, floral designs, jewellery, antiques, candles, toys and extra. If you are in want of a pleasant Christmas card picture, Santa Claus will probably be there as properly. Avoid the traces and get your Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show tickets online.

Carbondale Christmas Boutique

CARBONDALE — The forty fifth annual Carbondale Christmas Boutique will happen Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District. Featuring native artisans with handmade presents, stained glass, vacation décor, jams, cookies, breads, wreaths, pure fiber artwork, cleaning soap, jewellery, leather-based, ornaments, crochet and knitted items, candles, succulents and extra, a portion of Saturday’s proceeds profit the Carbondale Fire Department.

Mollie McGee’s Holiday Market

LONGMONT — The forty first annual Mollie McGee’s Holiday Market takes place on the Boulder County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building on Saturday and Sunday. The market presents 150 cubicles with distributors promoting crafts, jewellery, clothes, pottery, pictures, glass, steel, fiber, artwork, hand-turned wooden, specialty meals and extra. Market admission is $5.

Cherry Creek Holiday Market

DENVER — The 2nd annual Cherry Creek Holiday Market takes place day by day in Cherry Creek North on Fillmore Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue starting this Thursday by way of Friday, Dec. 24. With 30 native makers, designers and creators, the market offers buyers with distinctive presents all nestled inside the coronary heart of the Cherry Creek North. This free out of doors occasion additionally contains a schedule of standard reside music by native acts.

Christmas in Windsor Craft Show

WINDSOR — The Windsor Community Center will probably be dwelling to this weekend’s Christmas in Windsor Craft Show. The occasion presents greater than 100 distributors promoting handmade arts, crafts and vacation gadgets.

Rangeview Art and Craft Fair

AURORA — Homemade vacation crafters and distributors will converge on Aurora’s Rangeview High School for the thirty third annual Holiday Craft and Gift Fair this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Vintage Market Days

COLORADO SPRINGS — With authentic artwork, antiques, jewellery, clothes, handmade items, dwelling décor, out of doors furnishings, meals, crops and extra, Vintage Market Days is a singular indoor/out of doors market. The market will open in Colorado Springs Friday and run by way of Sunday. Tickets will probably be accessible on the gate of the Norris Penrose Event Center and at VintageMarketDays.com.

Applewood Arts Festival

LOVELAND — More than 130 artisans will probably be readily available for this weekend’s forty fourth annual Applewood Arts Festival in Loveland. The pageant, held Friday and Saturday at The Ranch Events Complex, can have new artisans, handmades, re-purposed finds, craft meals creations and extra.

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Santa’s Arrival at Town Center at Aurora

AURORA — Santa makes his huge arrival at Town Center at Aurora this weekend with a parade in the mall at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Santa will parade all through Town Center at Aurora with reindeer and carolers. The occasion will even characteristic Shelby’s Sugar Shop, vacation craft and loads of vacation cheer to go round.

Santa’s Arrival at Cherry Creek

DENVER — Santa’s Flight Academy lands at Cherry Creek Shopping Center on Saturday. Guests can be a part of Santa’s flight crew and step inside Santa’s 22-foot tall sleigh and expertise magical snowfall.

Cherry Creek Shopping Center will maintain a tree lighting and after occasion on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with scorching chocolate, candy treats, leisure and former Denver Broncos security Nick Ferguson and the lighting of a 60-foot Christmas tree.

Santa’s Arrival at Streets at SouthGlenn

CENTENNIAL — The Steets at SouthGlenn holds its 1st annual Grand Holiday Parade to welcome Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves to SouthGlenn. The free parade and tree lighting with Santa’s arrival begins at 6 p.m. Friday. There will even be cookies, cocoa, reside reindeer, carriage rides, vacation picture sales space, ice sculptures, face portray, balloon twisting, vacation characters and extra.

Brown Palace Hotel’s Champagne Cascade

DENVER — The Brown Palace Hotel’s 33rd annual Champagne Cascade is an iconic Colorado vacation custom. Master swordsmen use Napoleonic sabers to sever the bottlenecks of champagne which is then poured into the uppermost glass of a two-story excessive, 5,000+ glass pyramid. As the champagne is poured, it cascades into the glasses beneath, creating a surprising show of bubbly liquid as it’s cheered on by reside vacation tunes and the group lining all ranges of the holiday-decorated atrium. All tickets offered to Sunday morning’s occasion profit Make-A-Wish Colorado.

Pumpkin Pie 5K/10K

DENVER — The race that ends with an enormous slice of pie is again this weekend. The Pumpkin Pie 5K and 10K kicks off the vacation season with a family-friendly run/stroll at Denver’s City Park. All finishers get a slice of pumpkin pie, in addition to a race shirt, finisher’s medal and end line expo entry with distributors and meals. The runs happen Saturday, with the 5K waves beginning at 8 a.m. and 10K at 9 a.m. Race registration could be accomplished online.

Fort Carson Timeless Turkey Trot

FORT CARSON — Fort Carson Timeless Turkey Trot kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday at Iron Horse Park. The registration price for this occasion is $20 per particular person and is open to all DOD ID card holders. Food and drinks will probably be accessible on the market from 9 a.m. to midday. Registration is offered online.

Turkey Trot 5K

BRIGHTON — Brighton’s thirty seventh annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk is Saturday on the Brighton Recreation Center. The occasion is a Bolder Boulder qualifying race. Registered individuals obtain a shirt and breakfast and are eligible for prize giveaways. Start time is 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Turkey Trot registration could be accomplished at BrightonCO.gov.

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Washington Huskies vs. Colorado Buffaloes

BOULDER — The Colorado Buffaloes soccer crew holds their remaining dwelling sport of the season this weekend at Folsom Field. The CU Buffs (3-7) and Washington Huskies (4-6) kick off at 1 p.m. Saturday. Help fill Folsom and get your tickets at CUBuffs.com.

Chicago Bulls vs. Denver Nuggets

DENVER — The Denver Nuggets, who’ve gained 5 video games in a row at Ball Arena, look to preserve Mile High Basketball going this Thursday and Friday nights. The Nuggets host the Philadelphia 76ers at 7 p.m. Thursday and then the Chicago Bulls at 7 p.m. Friday. A reminder, Ball Arena now requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination or damaging coronavirus assessments.

DU males’s hockey vs. Miami

DENVER — The DU males’s hockey crew is again in motion this weekend in Denver. The Pioneers face No. 9 Western Michigan at 7 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday at Magness Arena. Avoid the ticket traces and reserve your seats at DenverPioneers.com.

Winter Starts Now

DENVER — Warren Miller Entertainment’s “Winter Starts Now” will play in Denver this Thursday by way of Saturday at Paramount Theatre. The 72nd annual ski and snowboard movie from Warren Miller Entertainment will chase winter from coast to coast. The new movie is a “love letter” to that particular place on the calendar – the winter season. Athletes from the movie in attendance on the Denver reveals embody Madison Rose, Jim Ryan and Noah Elliott. Get your tickets now and head to WarrenMiller.com to study extra.

The Springs Home Show

COLORADO SPRINGS — The Springs Home Show runs Saturday and Sunday on the Hotel Elegante in Colorado Springs. The present can have native and nationwide distributors in dwelling, out of doors residing, décor and DIY and goals to encourage with new concepts in dwelling renovation and dwelling enchancment, from solar energy, dwelling automation, safety, reworking, design and extra. Parking and admission are free.

Movies this weekend

The latest journey in the Marvel Cinematic Universe took the weekend field office title for a second-straight weekend. “Eternals,” directed by Academy Award winner Chloé Zhao, took in $27 million final weekend to beat out newcomer “Clifford the Big Red Dog.” 

The highly-anticipated “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” starring Paul Rudd, is probably going to win this weekend’s battle on the field office. Will Smith stars as Serena and Venus Williams’ father in “King Richard.”

Opening this weekend

  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife
  • King Richard

Last weekend’s field office

  1. Eternals — $71.1 million
  2. Dune — $7.8 million
  3. No Time To Die — $6.0 mullion
  4. Venom: Let There Be Carnage — $4.5 million
  5. Ron’s Gone Wrong — $3.6 million

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