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Happenings
Pg 13 - The Sunshine Express
2012 December/January
best athletes in skiing, snowboarding, and snow-
-Dec 14-16, Nutcracker, Fort Lewis College Com-
and The Shins, to our 50th birthday bash and
mobile throw down over four action-packed days
munity Concert Hall. The magical holiday ballet,
exclusive movie premiere, Snow Daze is a week in
of competition.
"Nutcracker," performed by the highly-acclaimed
Vail you do not want to miss. Concert tickets are
-Colorado Freeride Championships, Jan 28-30,
State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara. The troupe
available online or in person at the Vail Information
Some of the biggest names come out to play.
ushers in the holidays with two matinee and two
Center in Vail Village, 970.476.4790
Grand Junction/Gateway/Parachute:
evening performances.
-Vails 50th Birthday Celebration, Dec 15, Vail Moun-
-Christmas Craft Fair, Dec 1, 159 Main St, Gr Junc-
-Dec 15, Holiday Farmers Market, LaPlata County
tain officially turns 50 and the resort is celebrating
tion, 9a-4p, Hosted by the Lavender Association
Fairgrounds.
with a free, public, outdoor party to commemorate,
of Western Colorado and CSU Extension Tri-River
-Dec 15, Morning with Santa, Henry Strater Theatre.
5:30p, Mountain Plaza Vail Village, topped off with
Area. Free admission. Fine quality handcrafted
-Dec 17, Santa Sleigh Ride, 5p, outdoor Rapp Coral.
a culinary birthday treat and big fireworks display.
lavender-related items plus unique arts & crafts.
-Dec 18, Barber Shop Singers & Childrens Chorale
-Vail Family Holidaze, Dec 16-31, The perfect place
Silent Auction! 970.255.5700
Christmas Show, 7p, Main Mall, downtown.
for family celebration of the season. From holiday
-Parade of Lights & Winterfest, Dec 1,
-Dec 20, Bar D Wranglers Christmas Jubilee, A
concerts, world-class ice skating shows with world
970.245.9697, Main St, Gr Junction, This is the
warm-hearted and fun-filled show that inspires the
champion and Olympic skaters like Patrick Chan,
centerpiece of the holidays in Downtown Grand
entire family to remember the true meaning of the
Kids Zone activities and more.
Junction. Parade starts at approximately 5p.
holidays. 7p, Fort Lewis Community Concert Hall.
-Vail New Years Eve, Dec 31, Ring in the New Year
-FREE Carriage Rides, Dec 1-2, Main St., Gr Junc-
-Dec 21, Solstice Celebration, Bringing Back the
with a live concert at the Dobson Ice Arena. Guests
tion, Music, Santa and Horse-drawn Carriage
Light, 5p-8p, Durango Arts Center.
can expect a New Year's Eve celebration unlike any
Rides! Sat and Sun from 12noon-2p, Carriage
-Dec 28 & Jan 25, Moon Rise/Sunset Cross Country
other in Vail.
rides provided by Absolute Prestige Limousine.
Ski Social, Pagosa Nordic Club, Show up anytime
Glenwood/Aspen/Carbondale/New Castle/Rifle:
-Colorado Mesa Dance Program Presents Fall
after 4p to ski at your leisure and free soup & chili
-Summit for Life Uphill Race, Dec 7-8, Local enthu-
Dance Concert, Dec 7 at 7:30p and Dec 8 at 2p and
and socialize next to a warm campfire with hot
siasts and regional sports junkies charge up over
7:30p, 1231 N 12 St, Gr Junction, Moss Perform-
cocoa and smores.
3,000 vertical feet to the top of Aspen Mountain
ing Arts Center, Robinson Theatre, $12 adults, $8
-Dec 31, New Years Eve Torchlight Parade & Fire-
using their preferred choice of lighting and non-mo-
seniors, $6 students, 970.248.1604.
works Celebration, Durango Mountain Resort. Also
torized equipment, i.e. snowshoes, skins and other
-Olde Fashioned Christmas at Palisade, Dec 7-9,
enjoy Purdy's New Years Eve Bash with live music.
creative means, in the dead of night.
970.464.7458, Palisade's Olde Fashioned Christ-
-Jan 1, New Years Brunch Train, 10a-3p, Ride the
-Power of Four Mountain Battlee, Dec 15-16, Aspen/
mas, gingerbread & chili cooking contest, parade.
historic steam train, enjoy a New Years Day Brunch.
Snowmass. An event that challenges skiers and
-LTR Sports Cyclocross Series #4 FINALS, Dec 8,
-Free Canine Skijoring Demo Day, Clinic & Fun
snowboarders alike to cover as much ground as
Gr Junction, Canyon View Park 970.257.7678
Race, Saturday, January 5-6, Wolf Creek Ski Area
possible over a single weekend.
-Bookcliff Harmony Chorus Christmas Concert,
-Jan 19-20, Winterfest Celebration at Durango
-Santa's Village and Christmas Music, Dec 21-24,
Gr Junction, Sun, Dec 9, 6p, Northeast Christian
Mountain Resort. 970.247.9000.
2-4p. The North Pole comes to the Snowmass mall.
Church, 2001 Patterson 970.255.9992, harmony@
-Jan 22, Diavolo Dance Theater, 7p, Fort Lewis
-Torchlight Parade with Fireworks, Dec 27, 5p, Fire-
bookcliffchorus.net
Community Concert Hall.
works approx 6:30p, Snowmass.
-Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker, Dec
-Jan 30-Feb 3, Snowdown 2013, Takes place
-Winter Skol, Jan 10-13, Aspen/Snowmass, Win-
10, 866.464.2626, 645 Main St, Gr Junction.
throughout Durango. For more information, visit
tersköl features more than 40 events in downtown
-The Nutcracker, Dec 14-15, 970.243.6787, Grand
Snowdown.org
Aspen and at all four ski areas: Snowmass, Aspen
Junction Symphony Orchestra, Melonie Buchan-
Eagle/Gypsum/Vail:
Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk.
an-Murray, Artistic Director. Colorado Mesa
-Vail Snow Daze, Dec 10-16, From awesome live
-Winter X Games, Jan 24-27, Aspen/Snowmass at
University Dance Department.
concerts with Wilco, Michael Franti & Spearhead
Base of Buttermilk Mountain, 200 of the world's