Holiday Happenings |

Holiday Happenings

The community is invited to the lighting of the large community Christmas tree in front of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association building, 1102 Grand Avenue, at 6:30 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 1.

The holiday celebration includes Christmas caroling, a lesson in the history of the largest tree in town and a visit from Santa Claus, who traditionally lights the tree. Complimentary hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies will be served inside the chamber building as Santa visits with the kids following the lighting ceremony and gives each a candy cane.

The Mountain Madrigal Singers of Glenwood Springs present their 26th annual Christmas concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, Sunday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 16, at First United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Ave., Glenwood Springs. Admission is free, and daycare is provided. Donations are welcome. For more information, call Michael Lowe at 384-0216 or Charlie Wirth at 625-4444.

Thunder River Theatre Company’s December Literary Night will be presented for one night only at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at 67 Promenade in downtown Carbondale. The evening celebrates many cultures and ethnicities through poetry, stories and funny holiday anecdotes ” some familiar and some new ” for the entire family.

For further information visit or call 970-963-8200.

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Chamber Checks are the easy way to ensure the Christmas gift you give is spent here in Glenwood Springs. Chamber checks are also perfect for employers to give as incentive rewards or Christmas bonuses. Just like regular checks, Chamber Checks can be cashed in at any store or bank ” but only in Glenwood Springs.

There is no charge for Chamber Checks. They can be written dollar for dollar in any amount, and they are perfect for Christmas gifts.

To purchase your checks, stop by the Chamber, or call 945-6589 for more information. They may also be purchased online, at the store at

The annual Stocking Stuffer Sale in the Valley View Hospital Gift Shop will offer 30 percent off the price of everything marked with a colored sticker from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. The gift shop is located in the new, upper lobby of Valley View Hospital and free valet parking is available to everyone.

Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church, 546 Hyland Park Drive, will host “An Advent Service of Lessons and Music” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. The service is one of the great traditions in the Episcopal Church. A diverse musical program is planned. Child care will be provided. A reception with light refreshments will follow.

Crystal River Ballet School, under the direction of Jeni Ptacek, will be performing its annual production of “The Nutcracker” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, and Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Church at Carbondale, 110 Snowmass Drive in Carbondale.

Tickets will be sold at the door only and are general admission.

Nearly 100 dancers are involved, ranging in ages from 3 and up. The ballet school is located at 826 Highway 133, Unit A, in Carbondale next to the Family Dollar and Crystal Cleaners.

For more information, please contact the studio at 970-704-0114 or online at

Holy Cross Lutheran Church hosts free community suppers from 6-7 p.m. every Wednesday night through Dec. 20; Advent services follow at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m. All are invited.

Holy Cross Preschool has openings for Mondays through Fridays, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m, for ages 21⁄2 to 6; after school care to ages 8. Call Director Trixy Falke at 945-5304, or read our full handbook online at; under preschool.

The Carbondale Community United Methodist Church will host a chili luncheon, bake sale and bazaar from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. Homemade chili, corn bread and dessert will be featured on the menu. Handcrafted gift items and homemade pies, cakes, cookies and candies will also be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the church, located at 385 S. Second Street, Carbondale.

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