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Happenings
2018 December/January
Pg 13 - The Sunshine Express
-Holiday Lantern Walk, Vail Village, Free, Dec 23,
4:30p, Slifer Square by the Covered Bridge, Mu-
sic by ¡®Grown Men in Lederhosen¡¯, Santa & Ralph
the World¡¯s Tallest Elf, 5:30-5:45p Lantern Walk,
Complimentary LED lights & other festive treats, hot
chocolate, culminates at opening of Vail Winterfest
Ice Theater
-Ski Down Torchlight Parade & Fireworks, Free, Dec
31, 6p, Golden Peak, Vail, ski instructors & locals
form a glowing train as they ski down Golden Peak
w/glowing sticks followed by fireworks display, www.
vailholidays.com
-Winter Wednesday Art Walks, Jan 2, 1st & 3rd Wed
Monthly, 3:30-4:30p, meet at Vail Village Welcome
Ctr, free 1 hr public art tour through the Village,
discuss history of Vail Valley, the founding of Vail
mountain, the master planning of the Village, the
importance of site-specific art, Vail¡¯s public art
collection of over 55 works of art, tours subject to
cancellation, Molly Eppard, AIPP Coordinator:
meppard@vailgov.com or 970.479.2344
Glenwood/Aspen/Carbondale/Rifle:
--Vaudeville Holiday Show, Dec 6-Jan 5, 6p, Glen-
wood Vaudeville Theater, 915 Grand Ave, Glenwood
Springs, Reservations please, $24 Adults, $22 Se-
niors, $16 Kids 2-12 show only, Dinner and Full Bar
available, group reservations available
-Aspen Santa Fe Ballet¡¯s ¡®The Nutcracker¡¯, Dec 8,
2-3:30p, Aspen District Theatre , 235 High School
Rd, Aspen, a seasonal Aspen tradition with its whim-
sical twist on the classic story and a cast of over 60
performers
-Dec 8, Buttermilk Mountain opening day, 38700
CO-82, Aspen, 970.923.1277, contactus@aspens-
nowmass.com
-Dec 9, Tree Lighting at The Little Nell, 5¨C6p, com-
plimentary cookies & hot cocoa, carolers, photo ops
w/Santa, Aspen Animal Shelter on site w/¡¯reindeer¡¯
pups, 675 E Durant Ave, Aspen, 970.920.6330
-Grand Holiday, Dec 10, 4:30-7p, Garfield County
Courthouse lawn, 109 8th St, Glenwood Springs,
join Father Christmas & his real LIVE reindeer, free
marshmallow roasting, hot chocolate, cookies, a
chance to visit w/Santa, 970.618.3650
-Dec 15, Tree lighting at St. Regis Aspen, 315 E
Dean St, featuring Aspen High School band & sing-
ers, photo booth w/Santa Claus, holiday cookies,
festive beverages, a dual champagne sabering,
watch our Fountain Courtyard transform into a winter
wonderland, No RSVP required, free, 970.920.3300,
www.stregisaspen.com/festive
-Integra Motorsports Christmas Party, Dec 15, 10a-
3p, 2302 Devereux Rd, Glenwood Springs, off I-70 &
Midland Ave, celebrating Christmas in a HUGE way,
bring new unwrapped toy for toy drive or fill an An-
gel Tree gift wish & be automatically entered to win
a CFMOTO USA CForce 500 4-wheeler w/Plow, Santa
Clause hands out presents to lucky guests all day,
hot cocoa & cookies, arts & crafts for kids
-Audubon Christmas Bird Count, Dec 16, across
the Western Hemisphere over 50,000 people count
birds during local count events, meet at Hallam Lake
before heading out to count in the Aspen area, other
ways to participate are feeder watching, owling and
count-week observations, 970.925.5756, aces@
aspennature.org
-St. Regis World Snow Polo Championship, Dec 17-
22, inaugural Snow Polo Gala, only snow polo event
in North America, worldwide ChukkerTV audience,
final stop on World Polo Tour, Aspen Valley Polo Club
& Rio Grande Park, Thur VIP tent party, nightly din-
ner for players & sponsors, 970.710.1663
-12 Days of Aspen, Dec 20-31, downtown Aspen,
free ice skating, holiday treats, carolers, Santa, New
Year¡¯s Eve fireworks over Aspen Mountain, FREE,
970.925.1940
-Teen Night, Dec 27, Jan 24, 7-9p, 4th Thur
monthly, Stone House, all teens invited to create
on their own or w/instructor, supplies included,
1100 East 16th St, Rifle, $5, www.bookcliff-
sartscenter.org
-Acrobats of Cirquetacular, Dec 29, 4:30 & 7:30p,
heart-stopping mind-boggling display of artistry
& athleticism, aerialists, acrobats, contortion-
ists, fire artists, illusionists, singers, dancers,
indescribable feats, Wheeler Opera House,
320 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, $28 child/$45 adult,
866.449.0464
-New Years Eve Party, Dec 31, 8p-12:15a, dress
to impress, ring in the New Year w/Entertain-
ment, Dancing, Cash Bar, music & more, Grand
Valley Recreation Ctr, Parachute, age 21+, Con-
tact Parachute Town Hall 970.285.7630, advanced
tickets $20 & can be purchased at visitparachute.
com, Parachute Town Hall or Grand Valley Rec Ctr
-Purely Paleo, Jan 9, 6-7p, Rifle Public Library,
207 East Ave, Rifle, no matter where you are on
the spectrum of health & wellness the Paleo Diet
can give you ancestral ¡®tools¡¯ to help reach goals,
explore the pure science behind Paleo Diet, dis-
cover why what¡¯s old is new again & happens to
empower health along the way
-Jan 10-13, Winterskl, Aspen¡¯s annual toast
to winter, features Wintersculpt, WinterFest, a
canine fashion show, fireworks, much more,
Downtown Aspen, Free, 970.925.1940
-Winter X Games, Jan 24-27, more than 200 of
the world¡¯s best athletes in ski, snowboard &
snowmobile throw-down for the most coveted
medals in action sports, Buttermilk, musical art-
ists Lil¡¯ Wayne, Louis The Child, The Chainsmok-
ers and Kygo perform live on the X Games con-
cert stage, interactive festival village elements,
events Free, Concert Tickets & Platinum Passes
for Purchase: xgamesaspen.frontgatetickets.com
Grand Junction Area/Fruita/Mesa/
Parachute:
--Sheep and Cattle Wars screening, Dec 5, Mu-
seum of the West, 462 Ute Ave, Gr Jct, Rocky
Mountain PBS Colorado Experience screening,
6-8p, in the Whitman Building, 970.245.1818
-Spirit of Christmas Celebration, Dec 7, Main St,
Downtown Gr Jct, a festive holiday evening
Cortez/Dolores/Dove Creek/Mancos:
--Raising Readers Storytime, every Thur 10:30a, Cortez
Public Library, 202 N Park St, older children welcome for a
craft 11:15a, songs, stories, crafts & silliness, for more info:
970.565.8117
-Montelores Early Childhood Council, luncheon meeting, 1st
Monday monthly, 11:45a, downstairs meeting room 110,
Johnson Building, 925 S Broadway, Cortez, public invited,
BYO beverage, lunch provided, RSVP to Vangi McCoy:
970.749.7017
-The Friends of the Dolores Library holiday gift sale, Dec 7-9,
1002 Railroad Ave, Dolores, proceeds support the library¡¯s
local history DVD collection, affordable, gently-used books,
stuffed toys, frame-able prints, unique holiday cards, to join
the Friends email friendsofdoloreslibrary@gmail.com
-Montezuma Community Barn & Contra Dance, 3p, Dec 9,
Jan 13, folk dancing in an alcohol/smoke free environment,
live band, text 970.739.4383 for details, Students $5, Adults
$10, Family Pricing Available
-Dec 12, Mancos Valley Chamber Community Christmas
Party, 4:30-7:30p, Mancos Community Ctr, 130 W Grand Ave,
Mancos
Durango/Silverton/Hesperus/Pagosa Springs:
--The Polar Express Train Ride, Through Jan 3, The train
depot, 479 Main Ave, Durango, 5:15-7:15p, all ages, experi-
ence the warmth & fun of the Christmas season on a special
trip to the North Pole, www.durangotrain.com
-Dec 8, Morning Yoga w/YogaDurango, offering FREE yoga
to everyone this season, classes held at Durango Mountain
Institute just a few steps from Lift 1 in the base area, 8:30-
9:30a on Sat & Sun mornings
-Alpenglow Evening Snowshoe Tours, Dec 22, 3:30-7:30p,
Meet at Guest Services, #1 Skier Place, Durango, guides
enhance tour w/knowledge of wildlife, geology, flora & fauna,
watch the sunset & awe-inspiring Alpenglow on the Needles
Mountain Range, tours include snowshoes, chairlift ride,
guides and apr¨¨s party at Powderhouse w/hot cocoa, wine,
beer, fruit & cheese, 970.385.2147
-Holiday Wreath Making Class, Dec 23, 10a-3p, Durango
Mountain Institute, #1 Skier Place, Durango, free to all our
guests, all the supplies you need to make a beautiful holiday
wreath
- Dec 26-29, The Plaza, #1 Skier Pl, Durango, world-re-
nowned artist Keith Martin creates another masterpiece out
of snow before your eyes in the plaza
-Fireworks & Torchlight Parade, Dec 31, 6-6:30p, The ski
beach, #1 Skier Place, Durango, fireworks show
-New Year¡¯s Eve Night Rail Jam, Dec 31, 6:30-8p, DC Terrain
Park, Registration in Burton Store, Entry fee $10, All partici-
pants MUST have a helmet, Lots of prizes, #1 Skier Pl, Du-
rango, watch the best talent in the area show off their skills
Eagle/Gypsum/Edwards/Avon/Vail:
--Vail celebrates our Military & launch of new Military Epic
Pass, Dec 7-9
-Home for the Holidays, Dec 8, 5-7p, Gypsum Library Lawn,
celebrate the holidays, community tree lighting, visit w/Santa
Claus & his reindeer, warm up w/cocoa, cookies & crafts,
live music w/Eagle Valley High Band, Gypsum Chili Cook-off,
Sample different kinds of chili made by the best chili chefs in
Gypsum, If you think your chili is the best we encourage you
to bring a crock for folks to try, 1st place $200 cash & hand
carved commemorative wooden spoon, 2nd place $100 cash,
3rd place $50 cash
-Vail snow days, Dec 13-16, 4-day festival, live concerts at
Ford Park, in-town and on-mountain, early season specials,
apr¨¨s & after dark parties, lively expo village, Vail Village,
Lionshead Village, Vail Mountain, Golden Peak, Free
Events, Fairs, Festivals, Fun
January 27
Louis The Child, Belly Up, Aspen, 970.544.9800
January 30
Papadosio w/Cycles, Belly Up, Aspen, 970.544.9800
Growling Old Men, Sherbino Theater, Ridgway,
970.201.8570