No matter your taste, holiday offers many ways to celebrate
Friday is Christmas Eve, and no matter what your view on Christmas, it is a day you can celebrate.Those who have shopped and shopped can give thanks that the shopping season is nearly done. Those who have shopped and shopped but celebrate more than gifts and gadgets on Christmas can give thanks that the real “reason for the season” is just a day away. Either way, hopefully, plenty of family and friends are coming your way this holiday season.To help you celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve, plenty of groups around town have opened their doors and welcomed anyone who’d like to join them. Here is a selection: ChristmasCrazy Carols, standard Christmas melodies with words by Larry Good, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Steve’s Guitars, Carbondale.Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and Exclamation Point Restaurant will be open for business as usual Christmas Eve. Enjoy the holiday lights and a cozy dinner by the fireplace. Information: 945-4228.The Masonic Hall will host Dances of Universal Peace at 7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve. The Dances of Universal Peace are circle dances that use simple folk dance movements. Each dance uses a sacred phrase or mantra from one of the worlds’ spiritual traditions. The words, melody and movements are taught before each dance. No partners are necessary, and there will be live music. These dances encourage “presence” and connection. Information: Laurie, Rhythms of the Heart, email@example.comThe Tri-Community Parishes of St. Brendan in Parachute, St. Mary in Rifle and Sacred Heart in Silt welcome everyone to join in the following celebrations of the Christmas season: Father Robert Hehn will preside at the Christmas Eve Masses at 4:30 p.m. at St. Brendan, and at 7 p.m. at St. Mary. Lorie Beattie Courier and Linda Jenks Colby will conduct the adult choir in a pre-Mass program of traditional Christmas music at 6:45 p.m. Christmas morning Mass is at 8:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Silt and at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Church in Rifle. Father Jason Thuerauf will preside at the Misa en Espanol at noon at St. Mary. On New Year’s Day, Father Hehn will celebrate Mass at 4:30 p.m. at St. Brendan and at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart.The Congregational Church of the Valley will hold a community Christmas Eve service at 7:30 p.m. The service will be a celebration for the spirit of the child and a traditional candlelight service. Holy Cross Lutheran invites everyone to a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. Mountain View Church will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6:30 p.m. with music and a devotional by Pastor Dave Pearson.The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Glenwood Springs will host its third annual Community Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. The entire free-will offering will benefit the Feed My Sheep homeless shelter. The Glenwood Church of Christ will hold a Christmas Eve Service from 6:30-7:30 p.m. All are invited and encouraged to attend. The service includes traditional carols and hymns and a lesson on “the reason for the season.”First Presbyterian Church, 1016 Cooper Ave. in Glenwood Springs, will hold traditional Christmas Eve candlelight services at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24.Church at Carbondale will hold a candlelight Christmas eve service at 6 p.m. at Church at Carbondale, and 7 p.m. at Perry’s barn. To get to Perry’s barn take Highway 133 south out of Carbondale, turn right at the fish hatchery, then follow the star. The church will also hold a Christmas contemplative communion service at 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 26. Grace Church’s annual Christmas Eve service, “A Festival of Lessons & Carols,” takes place at 5 p.m. Dec. 24 at the Eagle County Community Center. The service is based on a traditional service in England in which scripture readings are combined with songs to tell the story of Christ’s birth. St. John’s will hold a Christmas Eve Eucharist at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 24, with Father Norm Desrosiers presiding. Morning prayer will be on its regular Sunday schedule. New Year’s Eve The Snowmass Chapel and Anderson Ranch Arts Center are hosting a New Year’s Eve Labyrinth Walk at 5 p.m. New Year’s Eve at Anderson Ranch’s Schermer Hall. The Labyrinth will be open for self-guided walks from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 24-31. information: Linda 923-3706. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and Exclamation Point Restaurant will host the second annual “Toast at the Top” celebration at Exclamation Point Restaurant & Bar – featuring a prime rib buffet, fresh seafood, imported cheeses, antipasto and a midnight champagne toast. Danding and music by the Dags. Tickets: $75 per person, $65 for annual pass members. Information: 945-4228, ext. 17Valley favorite Halden Wofford & the Hi-Beams will play at 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve at the Sunlight Mountain Inn. Information: 970-947-1900.Jimmy Ibbotson, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, Steve’s Guitars, Carbondale.
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