Happenings

Dec 1-21: Free Community Christmas Wrapping, Mon-Fri 9 to 5 at DayBreak, 404 N. Hwy 67 in Woodland Park. Donations will benefit their adult day program.

Thru Dec 24: “A Christmas Carol”. A Murray Ross 2016 adaptation, based on Dickens’ classic, will be performed at the Ent Center, 5225 N. Nevada Ave. For tickets ($38.50+) call 255-3232.

Thru Dec 24: “Mountain Holiday”. A Christmas Melodrama and Olio brings a heartwarming story of love, redemption and reunion to the historic Butte Theater, 139 E Bennet Ave. in Cripple Creek.  For show times or tickets call (719) 689-6402 or go to: buttetheater.com

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On any day in December, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. you can visit Magic Town, a miniaturized neighborhood of handcrafted buildings, sidewalk scenes created by Michael Garman. Meet his beloved characters, peer down alleys and peak into windows! Enjoy it all at Michael Garman Museum, 2418 W. Colorado Ave. in Old Colorado City. Tickets for seniors are $4.

Dec 4: “Holly & Ivy, A Holiday Serenade” by the US Air Force Academy Concert Band. Get your free tickets for the 7 p.m. concert at Pikes Peak Center or the World Arena. The concert takes place at Pikes Peak Center, 190 S Cascade Ave.

Dec 4: Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration. Widefield’s 13th Annual holiday event will include hayrides, crafts and foods for sale, and Santa. Admission is free at Widefield Parks & Rec, 705 Aspen Dr., 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Dec 5: Ode to Muir: A Teton Gravity Research Film. 6 p.m. at Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Rd. Venture into John Muir Wilderness for a wintry adventure. Tickets ($10+) include snacks and a beer! 520-6387.

Dec 5: “Swing Into The Season” The live jazz concert at the Black Forest Community Center is free! You can enjoy the music of Jazz Express starting 7 p.m., 12530 Black Forest Rd.

Dec 5: “Always Forward: 45th Infantry’s 511 Day Journey” from Sicily to Dachau during WWII, a presentation based on Kershaw’s The Liberator.  It’s at 2 p.m. at the Woodland Park Library, 218 E. Midland Ave.

Dec 6: Hazel Miller’s Holiday Dance Party. She will perform Christmas songs that you love in the style of blues, jazz and soul, at Stargazers Theatre, 8 p.m., 10 S. Parkside Dr. For tickets ($20+) call 476-2200.

Dec 6: Colorado College Bluegrass Ensembles. Keith Reed directs 3 ensembles of bluegrass and roots music at a free7:30 p.m. CC concert in Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre. No tickets necessary.

Dec 6: Hope for the Holidays will give inspiration, information and support to survive the holidays while mourning the loss of a loved one, 6-8 p.m. at Ute Pass Cultural Center, Woodland Park. RSVP: 678-0549.

Dec 6: Electric Moonlight 2018 turns the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mtn Zoo Rd, into a winter wonderland with samplings of food, spirits, music by local musicians, and warming fire pits starting 5:30 p.m. For tickets ($40.75) call 633-9925.

 Dec 6: Opera Scenes Performances by PPCC music students, 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Campus Theater, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. Free admission; please bring 1-2 non-perishable food items for student pantry.

Dec 6-8: Christmas in the Gold Camps is a free event, held snow or shine, in Victor and Cripple Creek. This year’s theme is “O Christmas Tree.” There’s a festival of trees, soup for the soul, a craft fair, choral concert, Christmas Parade, hot chocolate, cider, s’mores and more from 9 to 4 each day.

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The Flying W Wranglers have been performing classic country, western swing and gospel music for over 63 years and lucky for us they’ll be putting on a Holiday Show at Stargazers Theater, 10 S. Parkside, 7 p.m. on Dec. 8th. Tickets ($20+) will go fast, so call 476-2200 soon!

Dec 6-22: 2018 Holiday Play Festival is a series of short plays by local playwrights that capture the excitement, heartache and joy of the season. The plays include “Getting the Claus Out,” “Gerry Christmas” and “Ralph the Red-Nosed Rain Dog.” Thurs-Sat 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4, Springs Ensemble Theatre, 1903 E. Cache La Poudre. Suggested donation is $20. 357-3080.

Dec 7: Ornament Auction & Holiday Party at the Cottonwood Center for the Arts, is 4-8 p.m., 427 E. Colorado Ave. Enjoy the music, giveaways, hors d’oeuvres and of course, the auction!

Dec 7-8: “Holiday Roads”, a holiday concert by Out Loud Colorado Springs Men’s Chorus, Fri-Sat 7:30 and matinee Sat 2 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain. Seniors pay $18 at the door.

Dec 7, 8 & 12: Holiday Orchard House Teas & Tours, at Rock Ledge Ranch, 30th St & Gateway Rd., each day at 1 p.m. Reservations required ($30): 578-6777.

Dec 7: Ugly Sweater Holiday Party, 7-10 p.m. at Whistle Pig Brewing, 1840 Dominion Way. Enjoy chicken eggplant parmigiana dinner and compete for best Ugly and Tacky sweater.

Dec 8: Holiday Jewelry Trunk Show. Shop for one-of-a-kind jewelry created by Colorado artists at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, 102 Canon Ave in Manitou Springs, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Apple cider and treats will be served.

Dec 8: Trombone Christmas Colorado Springs, 2 to 3 p.m. at Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd. Trombonists, high school and beyond, are welcome to play Christmas tunes!

Dec 8: Holiday Chocolate Festival – Join in the 10th annual festival with chocolate vendors and entertainers at Colorado Springs Events Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd., 11am-5pm. General admission is $5; or 12 sample tickets are $10.

Dec 8: Michael Galvin, classical guitarist, performs music with its history at Manitou Springs Heritage Center, 11 a.m., 517 Manitou Ave. Refreshments served and donations benefit the Heritage Center.

Dec 9: Tea & Biscuits. It’s a holiday afternoon tea party with live music, holiday boutique, and fundraiser for Harley’s Hope Foundation and Wild Blue Cats, 2-4 p.m. at the Black Forest Community Center, 12530 Black Forest Rd. Tickets: $20.

Dec 9: Messiah Sing-Along. First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., will accompany and lead the choruses from all three parts of Handel’s Messiah, at 7 p.m. There will be a free will offering.

Dec 9&12: “White Christmas” – starring Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, will be on the big screen, 2pm or 7pm at Cinemark Theater (3305 Cinema Pt.) and Tinseltown (1545 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd).

Dec 9: “An American Nutcracker”, 5 dreams inspired by historical doll stories and set to Tchaikovsky’s romantic music, will be performed at Palmer Ridge High School, 19255 Frontage Rd in Monument, at 2 p.m. Senior tickets are $15 at tututix.com or 232-5313.

Dec 12: Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show. Great Christmas songs and Gospel classics will be performed 7 p.m. at Ent Center, 5225 N. Nevada Ave. Tickets ($27.50+) 255-3232.

Dec 12-13: “Cinderella”. Rogers and Hammerstein’s Tony-Award winning Broadway musical may be the highpoint of the season, at Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade. Tickets to either 7:30 p.m. performance are $43+. Call 520-7459 or purchase at the Center box office.

Dec 13-22: “Yule Be Naughty”, as only the Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon, can create dancing, cabaret singing, comedy and holiday magic! For tickets ($18+) to 7:30 shows Thurs-Sun., call 465-6321.

Dec 14-22: “On The Thirteenth Day of Christmas”, an action-packed Christmas farce, will be at Fountain Community Theater, 326 W. Alabama. Tickets to Thurs-Sat shows (2:30 or 6:30) are $8-9 for seniors.

Dec 14: The Love of Christmas Concert will benefit Tri-Lakes Cares and be held at St. Peter Catholic Church, 55 Jefferson St in Monument at 7 p.m. Donations accepted gladly. There will be carols for the audience to sing and a reception following.

Dec 14: Drag Show Below –last of the year, 8 p.m. at The Gallery Below, in alley behind 718 N. Weber St. Hosted by Momma Kyrah, Heaux Leigh Sheet, Madame LaVeau and Luscious Divine Banks! Cover: $5.

Dec 15: National Wreaths Across America Day -VFW Post 7829 Auxiliary will place sponsored wreaths on the graves of Veterans in the Monument Cemetery, 800 Beacon Lite Rd. To sponsor a wreath ($15) send check to VFW Post 7829, P.O. Box 1512, Monument CO 80132.

Dec 15: Crossfire Women’s Christmas Tea. Call to reserve seating (650-4336) and bring toiletry items for the needy and your own tea cup. The 2 p.m. tea will be at 2120 E. LaSalle St and costs $6.00

Dec 15: ‘Star Wars’ Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Space Foundation Discovery Center, 4425 Arrowsweet Dr., will include: costumed Star Wars Characters, galactic games, tie fighter cookies and Jedi training. Come dressed as your favorite character. Seniors pay $7.50.

Dec 15: Old North End Holiday Home Tour is self-guided 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details and advance tickets ($25) can be bought at Kirkpatrick Bank, 102 N. Cascade Ave. 471-6916.

Dec 15: Blue Frog with Dave A’Bear, a Manitou Springs native, will put on a ‘Grateful’ jam out at Front Range BBQ, 2330 W. Colorado Ave., at 7:30 p.m. No cover charge but don’t miss the brews, mules and the best Cajun food in town!

Dec 15: Colorado’s Tribute to the Eagles. The Long Run’s 5 musicians will play Eagles songs starting 8 p.m. at Stargazers Theatre, 10 S. Parkside. For tickets ($17+) call 476-2200

Dec 15: Manitou Holiday Fine Spirits & Music Festival. Live music from 2 p.m. til 1 a.m. at six venues in Manitou that will offer free tasters of fine spirits. No cover or tickets, just make a $5 donation to Manitou Music Foundations to get your shot glass.

Dec 15&31: Branding Iron Trailer Bull Riding, if you want something different during the holidays or on New Year’s Eve! It’s happening at the indoor Owens Livestock Arena of El Paso County Fairgrounds, 366-10th St. in Calhan. Tickets are $10-12. 520-7880.

Dec 15: Canyon Winds Band Concert presents its “Holiday Festival” at Coronado High School, 1590 W. Fillmore, 2:30 p.m. Admission is free; contributions are appreciated.

Dec 16: “Christmas Symphony” with great classics, seasonal favorites and a merry sing-along will be lead by Colorado Springs Philharmonic and Chorale, 2:30 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S Cascade Ave.

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Dec 16: A Snazzy Jazzy Christmas Concert with the Swing Factory Big Band will play big band arrangements of Christmas music, 6-8 p.m. at Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave in Woodland Park. Free and donations welcome.

Dec 17: Rat Pack Christmas features Frank, Dean and Sammy’s greatest hits, one night only 7:30 p.m. at Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade. For tickets ($43+) call 520-7469.

Dec 18: Create Chocolate Truffles. Learn to make white chocolate truffles, classic fudge truffles and rum truffles 6-8 p.m. at Gather Food Studio, 2015 W. Colorado. You’ll use chocolate, cream and no cheating! RSVP ($45): 308-2992.

Dec 18: “The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946) starring Myrna Loy will be shown at Senior Classic Movies, 10 a.m. at Gold Hills Theatre, 615 W. Midland Ave, Woodland Park. $5.75 includes show &popcorn.

Dec 19: “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce” will be presented by Theater Latte Da, 7 p.m. at Ent Center, 5225 N. Nevada Ave. It relives a time when Allied and German soldiers celebrated Christmas together during WWI. For tickets ($27.50): 255-3232.

Dec 22: “It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946) starring Jimmy Stewart, will be shown for free at Rockrimmon Library, 832 Village Center Dr., at 1 p.m. Free snacks and drinks, too.

Dec 23: 107th Traditional Mystery Pageant, a mystery drama that combines Bible accounts and church legends, 4 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 20 E. St Vrain. Free and open to the public.

Dec 28: The Verdict, is a classic rock band playing the best from the 70’s and 80’s at a free concert 8 p.m. at Stargazer’s Theatre, 10 S. Parkside. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Dec 31: New Year’s Eve at the Pikes Peak Center is a Colorado Springs tradition. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic will play big band music of Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman, starting 7:30 p.m. For tickets call 575-9632.