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Happenings
2016 December/January
Pg 13 - The Sunshine Express
tours, wine & cheese evening events, yoga and
so much more, register today at: vail.com/skadi
-Dec 16-18, Dec 31, Vail Holidaze, the town &
mountain come alive with lights, sounds, events
and cheer during the month, annual tree light-
ing ceremony & lantern walk, New Year¡¯s Eve
torchlight ski down & fireworks, free and open
to the public
Glenwood/Aspen/Carbondale/Rifle:
--Dec 10, Aspen Highlands Opening Day
-Dec 10, Buttermilk Opening Day
-Embrace the holiday spirit and enjoy the magic
of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet¡¯s The Nutcracker, Dec
10-11, with ballet, flamenco, a Chinese sword
dance and even an aerialist, allow the cast of
60 dancers, actors and circus artists to create
lifelong memories for you and your loved ones,
Aspen District Theatre, $25-$94, 970.920.5770,
www.aspensantafeballet.com
-Dec 10, After a day on the slopes ski into Chair
9, base of Ajax Mountain for the official opening
party, 4:30-7:30p, Get a complimentary Chair 9
koozie or sticker which gains access to $3 beer
all season and food & drink specials, Dance to
the beats of DJ Mayfly as ski movies play on the
plasma screens, Vie for prizes in our Vintage
Costume Contest, Chair 9 will be open through
the season daily from 3-9p w/live music & DJs
from 4:30-7:30p, Tue-Sun and football on Mon-
days, 970.920.4600, www.thelittlenell.com
-Annual Tree Lighting Celebration at The Little
Nell, Dec 11, 5-6p, complimentary refresh-
ments, carolers and quality time w/Santa Claus,
full cookie buffet from the pastry kitchen of-
fered along with The Nell¡¯s famous hot cocoa
(which can be ¡®supercharged¡¯ with your choice
of liqueurs from our cash bar), Little Nell Hotel
Courtyard, 970.920.6330
-2016 World Snow Polo Championships, Dec
16, 11:30a-3p, The Aspen Valley Polo Club; Dec
17, 12-3p, Rio Grande Park; Dec 18, 12-4p,
Rio Grande Park, one of the most prestigious
snow polo events in the world, top players,
970.710.1663, www.aspenvalleypoloclub.com
Events, Fairs, Festivals, Fun
dance brings Peter
Pan to the VPAC with
three performances:
Friday 7p, Saturday
2p & 7p
-Vail Snow Daze, the
largest early-season
mountain bash in
North America, re-
turns Dec 9-11, Enjoy
fresh tracks on the
mountain & sponsor
expo village by day
and apr¨¨s parties &
free live concerts by
night
-Skadi Vail Women¡¯s
Ski Fest, Dec 14-16,
norse goddesses of
winter come together
for the largest wom-
en¡¯s-specific ski demo
in the country, film
showing of ¡®Between¡¯,
guided mountain
-Aspen Ice Spectacular, Dec 17, 5p, Revolutions
Skating Club¡¯s annual Olympic star-studded ice
show, Lewis Ice Arena at ARC, $20-35 Off Ice
Seating, $75 On Ice Seating, 970.920.5770,
www.aspenshowtix.com
-12 Days of Aspen, Dec 20-31, downtown Aspen
comes alive with everything from free ice skat-
ing, holiday treats and carolers, top it all off New
Year¡¯s Eve w/fireworks over Aspen Mountain,
FREE, 970.925.1940, www.aspenchamber.org//
events/acra-annual-events/12-days-aspen
-Audi Ajax Cup, Dec 30, 9a-3p, Aspen¡¯s signa-
ture winter event, free to spectators, team race
entries benefit the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard
Club, Little Nell Run, Aspen Mountain (racers fin-
ish at Gondola Plaza), contact Susan Muenchen
970.205.5107, smuechen@teamavsc.org, www.
teamavsc.org
-First Friday Downtown Rifle, Midland Arts Com-
pany, Jan 6, 5-7p, Come in to see what¡¯s new
at our beautiful new location at the southeast
corner of 3rd & Railroad, light snacks & good
company
-Winterskl, Dec 12-15, All Day, features on-
mountain activities, Fat Cycle Challenge, Soup-
skl, a canine fashion show, WinterFest, fire-
works and much more, Downtown Aspen, Free,
970.925.1940, www.aspenchamber.org/winter-
skol
-Jan 26-29, X Games returns to Aspen, Colo-
rado¡¯s Buttermilk Mountain for the world¡¯s best
action sports, music and festival experience on
snow, all sport competitions are free & open to
the public, Base of Buttermilk Mountain, Events
Free, Concert Tickets and Platinum Passes for
Purchase, xgames.espn.com/xgames/aspen
Grand Junction/Gateway/Parachute:
--Moscow Ballet¡¯s Great Russian Nutcracker,
Dec 8, 645 Main St, Gr Jct, Avalon Theatre,
7p, Tickets $30 & up, see website for details,
970.263.5700
-Holiday Light Tour, 12th & Gunnison,Gr Jct, Lin-
coln Park Barn, Dec 8, 6-8p, $5, Age: 50+, regis-
ter early as this trip always fills, 970.254.3866
Cortez/Dolores/Dove Creek/Mancos:
--Raising Readers Storytime, every Thu, 10:30a,
Cortez Public Library, 202 N Park St, Cortez,
songs, stories, crafts & silliness, 970.565.8117
-Dolores River Brewery Holiday Arts & Crafts
Show, Dolores River Brewery, Dolores, 10a-2p,
Dec 10, Free
-Winter Farmers Market, Four Seasons Green-
house & Nursery, Dolores, 10a-1p, Repeats weekly
through March 18, 2017, Free
-Stories & Cookies with Santa, Dolores Public Li-
brary, Dolores, 6-7p, Dec 13
-FREE Holiday Craftapalooza, Cortez Public Library,
Cortez, 1-3p, Dec 16, Free
-Holiday Craft Day, Mancos Public Library , Man-
cos, 10a-3p, Dec 17, Free
-For Pets¡¯ Sake Humane Society Holiday Bake
Sale, City Market, Cortez, 10a-1p, Dec 17, Free
Durango/Silverton/Hesperus/Pagosa
Springs:
--Dec 1-31, Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave,
Durango, The Strater Hotel calendar is always full
& bustling with activity from live music to special
dinners to good Old West gunfights with cowboys
and many other special events, check back often
so that you do not miss out on any of the fun,
970.375.7160, strater.com/events
-Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival, Dec 2-4, La Plata
County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave, Durango, Fri-
day 2-5p, Saturday 9a-5p, Sunday 10a-2p, A $.50
volunteer donation will benefit local students trav-
eling to Costa Rica for an educational adventure
-Elf Jr. The Musical, Dec 9-10, Dec 16-17, 7-9p,
Durango Arts Center, Join the children of the DAC
Applause! program as they remind us what Christ-
mas is really about in this warm and comedic tale,
www.DurangoArts.org/theatre
-Dec 9-11, Dec 16-18, A Christmas Carol, Fort
Lewis College Main Stage Theatre, Durango, 7-9p,
Repeats weekly, Dec 2-Dec 18
Eagle/Gypsum/Edwards/Avon/Vail:
--Peter Pan, Vilar Performing Arts Ctr, 68 Avondale
Lane, Beaver Creek, Dec 9-10, Vail Friends of
January 21
An Evening with Brett Dennen, Belly Up,
Aspen, 970.544.9800
January 23
Dorothy, Belly Up, Aspen, 970.544.9800
January 25
Cash¡¯d Out, Mesa Theater, GJ, 970.773.1775
January 26
Kygo(sold out), Belly Up, Aspen, 970.544.9800
January 27
The Chainsmokers, Belly Up, Aspen,
970.544.9800
January 28
Kygo(sold out), Belly Up, Aspen, 970.544.9800
January 29
Rodney Carrington, Avalon Theatre, GJ,
970.263.5700
Agent Orange, Mesa Theater, GJ, 970.773.1775
Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals, Belly
Up, Aspen, 970.544.9800
G-Eazy, Belly Up, Aspen, 970.544.9800
January 30
Faculty Jazz, Moss Ctr Love Recital Hall, GJ,
970.248.1604