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. 24: Kiowa light festival - Join the town of Kiowa for a night of fun and lights. Start at Kiowa Town Hall, 404 Comanche St. and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus as they officially light the town tree in front of the building. All those who attend are invited to come to Patty Ann's Café, 230 Comanche St. for food and drinks.
Dec. 1: Pet Pictures with Santa — Ginger's Legacy will be holding their annual Pet Pictures with Santa 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event is hosted by Elizabeth Animal Hospital, 330 W. Kiowa Ave. in Elizabeth. A single photo is $10. A disc with all photos is $20. For more information, call 303-646-2891.
Dec. 7: First Friday Night Shopping - Enjoy extended shopping hours for the holiday on Main Street in downtown Elizabeth from 5-8 p.m. Each participating store will have cookie-themed treats and prizes.
Dec. 8: Holiday Concert — High Plains Singers Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. at Elizabeth Middle School, 4427 County Road 13 in Elizabeth. Tickets at the door are $8 for adults; $6 for students, vets, seniors, and children under 12. Tickets may be purchased in advance from High Plains singers or staff members; Bank of Choice, 326 Comanche Ave. in Kiowa; Bank of Choice at 120 Elizabeth St in Elizabeth or Grumpy's Coffee at 796 E. Kiowa Ave. in Elizabeth.
Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service and Soup Dinner — Elbert Presbyterian Church, 24281 Main St. in Elbert. All are welcome. Dinner is free. Meet neighbors, enjoy a holiday service and a home-cooked assortment of soups provided by the members of the church. Services begin at 5:30 p.m.