Arts and Entertainment:
Nov. 23: “A Hudson Christmas” opens at Hudson Gardens and Event Center, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. Open on selected evenings through Jan. 1. Lighted, decorated trees on 30 acres, horse-drawn wagons, fountains and more. Hudsongardens.org.
Nov. 23: “A Christmas Carol” plays at the Aurora Fox Theater, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, Nov. 23 to Dec. 16 (303-739-1970, aurorafox.org). The production will move to the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker, on Dec. 20-23. 303-805-6800, PACEcenteronline.org.
Nov. 23: “It's a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play” is presented by Goodness! Gracious! Productions of Douglas County, at the Sherman Events Center, 1770 Sherman St., Denver, on weekends.
Nov. 24: “The Nutcracker” presented by Colorado Ballet at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Performing Arts Center, with many performances through Dec. 24. Tickets: $28 to $154, coloradoballet.org or 303-837-8888 ext 2.
Nov. 27: “Miracle on 34th Street, the Musical” at Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Plays through Dec. 23. Arvadacenter.org, 720-898-7200.
Nov. 30: “A Christmas Carol,” presented by Front Range Theatre Company of Castle Rock at Generations Church, corner of Third and Perry, Castle Rock, weekends (7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 5 p.m. Sundays). Directed by Sara Crandell. Tickets: frontrangetheatrecompany.org, 866-879-7373.
Nov. 30: “Trail of Lights — Lighting Up the Country” at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield , nightly 5:30-9:30 p.m. through Jan. 1. Lights, skating rink, music, treats, decorated historic homestead. Located at 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton, just south of C-470 off Wadsworth. Denverbotanicgardens.org.
Nov. 30: “Blossoms of Light” at Denver Botanic Gardens on York Street, Denver, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. daily. More than a million lights, some synchronized to music. Information and tickets: botanicgardens.org.
Dec. 1-2: “The Nutcracker” presented by Littleton Youth Ballet and Littleton Dance Academy at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at Colorado Heights University Theater, 3001 S. Federal Blvd., Denver (formerly Loretto Heights). Tickets $14 to $21, 303-794-6694, littletondanceacademy.org.
Dec. 6: “Holiday Brass” with the Denver Municipal Band, 7:30 p.m., PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. 303-805-6800, PACECenteronline.org.
Dec. 7: “Christmas Around the World” with the Littleton Symphony at 7:30 p.m., Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. Tickets: $15/$12, free under 21. 303-933-6824, littletonsymphony.org.
Dec. 7-8: Parker Symphony Orchestra and Parker Chorale Concert, 7:30 p.m. both nights. Pace Center 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. 303-805-6800, PACECenteronline.org.
Dec. 7: “Joy to the World, a Christmas Celebration” by the Lakewood Symphony, Rocky Mountain Ringers and Lakewood Stake Choir at 7:30 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 6465 W. Jewell Ave., Lakewood. Donations of unwrapped gifts for children ages 1-12.
Dec. 9: Holiday Evening at the Farm, Littleton Museum farms, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Farolitos and bonfires light the grounds, music, treats. Tickets $7-$10, at Bemis Library/Litleton Museum. 303-795-3950.
Dec. 11-16: John Denver Holiday Concerts at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. 720-509-1000, lonetreeartscenter.org
Dec. 13-16: “Nutcracker of Parker” at PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. Performances at 7 p.m. Dec. 13-16; 2 p.m. Dec. 15. 303-805-6800, PACECenteronline.org.
Dec. 15-23: “The Nutcracker” by David Taylor, presented by Dawson|Wallace Dance Project at Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood. Tickets, 303-987-7845, Lakewood.org/CulturalCenter.
Dec. 18-23: “Home for the Holidays” is a new production at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. Information and tickets: 720-509-1000, lonetreeartscenter.org.
Nov. 28: Holiday lighting in Centennial — Kick off the holiday season with Centennial's first holiday lighting celebration at Centennial Center Park from 6-7 p.m. Enjoy holiday performances from local choral groups and holiday treats from local businesses. Bundle up and bring family and friends destined to become a new holiday tradition. The park is located at 13050 E. Peakview Ave., Centennial. For more information call 303-325-8087.
Dec. 1: Grandview Craft Fair — Holiday shopping is made easy with handmade treats, crafts and gifts from local artisans. Fair runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Grandview High School, 20500 E. Arapahoe Road, Aurora. Craft fair is located in the lower commons level of the school. Park in the lower level parking lot, located on the northeast side of the school.
Dec. 7: A 1940s White Christmas Ball — Fabulous '40s and '50s holiday party. Enjoy dancing among movie set props and light, re-enactors, sleighs, Christmas trees, a canopy of lights and music by The Hot Tomatoes, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver. For more information, call 720-924-1945. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door.
Through Feb. 3: Ice skating — The Cube Ice Rink located in Commons Park provides a truly unique amenity to The Streets at SouthGlenn. The rink is surrounded by eclectic cafes, restaurants and shopping. Shoppers and visitors may enjoy outdoor ice skating and Colorado winter cheer. For more details, including hours of operation and rates, call guest services at 303-539-7141. The Cube is located at The Streets at SouthGlenn, 6851 South Gaylord St. in Centennial.
Dec. 14: Hanukkah celebration — Enjoy a traditional Hanukkah celebration at Temple Sinai, 3509 S. Glencoe St. in Denver. Shabbat Service begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. There will be entertainment for the kids. For additional information, contact Lisa Thorner at email@example.com or call 303-759-1827.
Dec. 22-23: Skate With Santa — Take to the ice with the season's most popular celebrity for two exclusive dates at the Family Sports Center, 6901 S. Peoria in Centennial. Join Santa on Dec. 22 from 1-1:45 p.m. and on Dec. 23 from 3:15-4 p.m. For more information call 303-708-9500. Public skating fees apply.
Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Extravaganza — Celebrate the start of 2013 with South Suburban's Family Sports Center, 6901 S. Peoria in Centennial. Enjoy laser tag, eXerGames, inflatables, bumper cars, ice skating, and an age-appropriate movie. Toast the new year with sparking cider while watching the ball-drop at midnight. Popcorn and dinner included. Activities begin at 7 p.m. Contact Michelle Collette at 303-708-9500, ext. 217, or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Fees are $25 for online registration or $30 at the door. Suitable for ages 8 to 14 years.
Nov. 26: Tree lighting - Mayor Randy Penn will throw the switch at 5:30 p.m., lighting the Christmas tree at the Englewood Civic Center as a way to kick off the holiday season.
Dec. 1: Holiday parade - The annual holiday parade will step off at 10 a.m. and will travel along Englewood Parkway make to the Englewood Civic Center. After the parade, a number of school choirs and musical groups will perform on the stage of the amphitheater. There is no charge or admission.
Dec. 7: "Nutcracker in a Nutshell": - The Dawson/Wallace Dance Project will do two performances of the Nutcracker in a Nutshell at Hampden Hall, which is on the second floor of the Englewood Civic Center. One performance is at 6 p.m. and the second performance is at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Dec. 8: Breakfast with Santa - Englewood's annual Breakfast with Santa will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the Malley Senior Recreation Center, 3380 S. Lincoln St. Tickets are $4.50 for 2- to 10-year-olds and $5.50 for 11-year-old and older, including adults. The ticket includes an all-you-can-eat breakfast plus children will receive a free gift and have their photo taken with Santa.
Nov. 23: 29th Annual Candlelight Walk and Tree Lighting Ceremony – All along Main Street in Historic Downtown Littleton. The 29th edition of this Littleton tradition begins at 5 p.m. and will be a festive evening of holiday lights and music for the whole family. Santa Claus and his sleigh will make their way down Main Street magically illuminating each block with more than one million lights on the trees and buildings. He’ll be joined by holiday revelers holding candles and flashlights.
Nov. 24: Make dream catchers — Visit Bemis Library to learn how easy and fun it is to make a traditional American Indian dream catcher. Jessica Bordeaux, a Lakota Indian, will host two workshops from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. Classes are open to adults and children 10 and older accompanied by an adult. Cost is $5 for materials. Call 303-795-3961 to register.
Dec. 1: Old Time Fiddling — From 2-3 p.m., visit Sophie's Place at Bemis Library to hear holiday and fiddling melodies by members of the Colorado Old Time Fiddlers Association, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the uniquely American style of music known as Old Time Fiddling throughout the Rocky Mountain area (www.coloradofiddlers.org). For more information, call 303-795-3961.
Dec. 15: Andrews Sisters tribute — From 2-3 p.m., celebrate the season at Bemis Library with a hilarious romp through the 1940s radio airwaves with one of Denver's best Andrews Sisters tribute acts. Reveille 3 returns to present a radio show that featuring songs from the '40s, homemaking and fashion tips for women supporting the troops, and humorous stories. For more information, call 303-795-3961.
Dec. 19: A Scandinavian Christmas — From 2-3 p.m., visit Bemis Library to hear Norwegian Eldon Halingstad relate stories about traditional Scandinavian Christmas customs. He will talk about holiday foods, Christmas-tree customs and family holiday activities. Halingstad has been a professional speaker and storyteller for more than 30 years and is internationally known for his educational programs (www.halingstad.com). For more information, call 303-795-3961.
Dec. 9: Holiday evening at library and museum — The Friends of the Littleton Library and Museum and the Littleton Historical Museums popular Holiday's Evening will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. The gentle glow of luminarias and the crackle of bonfires light the way to wagon rides and carolers, and gingerbread cookies, corn bread and hot cider warm you. The 1860s and 1890s farms will be authentically decorated for the holidays, and interpreters will portray life during Littleton's early history. The mules will have their bells on and be ready for wagon rides, and Santa is looking forward to visiting with the children. Call 303-795-3950 for hours and ticket prices.
Through New Year's: A Hudson Christmas — New surprises await as Hudson Gardens & Event Center unveils “A Hudson Christmas,” a new walk-through holiday-light display heralding the wonder of the Christmas season. As the sun goes down, the gardens bloom in a festive holiday display, illuminating a 30-acre blanket of light. Horse-drawn wagons journey amid the twinkling backdrop, highlighting the beauty of the gardens in winter. Event runs on select evenings through New Year's Day. Visit www.hudsongardens.org for more information.
Dec. 5, 11, 12, 13: School concerts — Littleton Public Schools welcomes the public to holiday concerts at its three high schools: Dec. 5 at Heritage, Dec. 11 and 13 at Littleton, Dec. 12 and 13 at Arapahoe, all at 7 p.m. For more information, call 303-347-3300 or visit www.littletonpublicschools.net.
Through Dec. 31: Fitness discounts — South Suburban offers 10 percent off recreation center passes and punch cards, personal-training sessions, facials and massages for the holiday season. Offer is good through Dec. 31 at Douglas H. Buck Community Recreation Center at 2004 W. Powers Ave. in Littleton, Goodson Recreation Center at 6315 S. University Blvd. in Centennial, and Lone Tree Center at 10249 Ridgegate Circle in Lone Tree. For more information, call 303-347-5999.
Dec. 1: Breakfast with Santa — Children 10 and younger can join Santa at Buck Recreation Center at 8:30 or 9:30 a.m. for a pancake breakfast and photos with Santa. Tickets are $5, or $4 for residents. For more information, call 303-797-8787.
Dec. 1: Holiday Arts and Crafts Show — Play Santa and get your holiday shopping done at the popular 26th annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show at Goodson Recreation Center from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. There's always a wide array of interesting items for sale: jewelry, art, accessories, pottery, soaps, candles and more. Admission, parking and gift wrapping are all free.
Dec. 1: Main Street Deals — The Historic Downtown Littleton Merchants' Annual Holiday Shopping Evening is 5-9 p.m. Downtown merchants will have special offers and attractions. Contact Helen Rice at 303-730-8521 for more information.
Dec. 21-22: Free holiday ice shows — There are two chances to see South Suburban Ice Arena's free annual holiday ice show featuring local skaters: Dec. 21 at 6 p.m., and Dec. 22 at 3:15 p.m. No reservations are needed and admission is free with the donation of canned or packaged food to benefit Inter-Faith Community Services. For more information, 303-798-7881 or www.sspr.org.
Weekends: Santa visits Littleton — Santa visits Littleton every Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m., starting Nov. 24. Santa's Village is on the west side of Reinke Brothers, near the intersection of Prince and Main streets. There is no charge to visit Santa, but plenty of photo ops. For more information, call 303-795-5006 .