A sleigh full of fun abounds in the valley for Christmas
The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities presents the Fine Arts & Crafts Holiday Galleria until Dec. 23 at the CCAH Arts Annex at La Fontana Plaza, 0584 Highway 133, Carbondale. Buy locally made gifts of iron, glass, leather, ceramics, jewelry, paintings, prints, children’s books, and more. Hours are 4-7 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 7 p.m. on Saturdays. Santa will make his way through Basalt and El Jebel neighborhoods aboard a ladder truck Dec. 19-21, courtesy of the Basalt Fire Department. Friday: Sopris Village and El Jebel Mobile Home Park; Saturday, Blue Lake; Sunday: Elk Run, Southside and Old Town Basalt. Holiday music will announce Santas arrival in each neighborhood; hell leave the El Jebel Fire Station at 6 p.m. Information: 704-0675. First Baptist Church of Aspen will be filling the Wheeler Opera House to the rafters with its fourth annual Christmas Concert of Praise, with two performances at 5 and 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19. The show will include a 12-piece band and a 50-member choir; the first three years performances all sold out. Tickets are $5 per person and are available at the Wheeler box office. Sunlight Mountain will host the Bighorn Toyota Holiday Festival starting at 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20. The event features food and drink specials, a visit by Santa Claus, a torchlight parade and equipment demos. If you come to the mountain that day dressed like Santa or an elf, you only pay $15 for your lift ticket. Equipment demos are available at 9 a.m.; torchlight parade begins at dusk. Information: 945-7491, http://www.sunlightmtn.com. Santa and the Elves cant supply all of the gifts. Help give them a hand and make some holiday gifts for everyone in the family. Kids ages 3-9 can join in on the gift-making workshop from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Rifle Fire Station; $8 fee. Information: 625-2151. Santa will be at Gyminikids for photos 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 20. Also on Saturday, open play is from 10 a.m. to noon; $6 per child. Gyminikids is at 180 Fiou Lane #105 in Basalt, and offers play, art and music classes, as well as infant massage, personal training and camps. Winter session runs Jan. 5 to Feb. 27. Information: 927-1000. Visit Santas Workshop at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20. Kids can write letters to Santa and visit with him while there. You can also have lunch with Santa at the park from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21; have a photo taken or decorate gingerbread cookies. Mid Valley Church is putting on a Christmas play titled Live From the Streets of Bethlehem. Directed by Betsy Banks, the play will be performed at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21, at the church, 16472 Highway 82 in Carbondale. The piano students of Annig Agemian Raley will perform their annual Christmas recital in the lobby of the Hotel Colorado from 3-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. Performances will feature younger students, recital pieces, duets and Christmas selections. Information: 945-2920. Grand River Singers invites the public to celebrate Christmas at the cantata performance of All Through The Night, combined with a Childrens Traditional Christmas, at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21. Grand River Baptist Church in historic New Castle, 126 N. 4th St. Information: 625-4494.
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