Holiday Happenings

Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

New Castle Recreation is hosting Breakfast with Santa from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Dec. 15 at the New Castle Community Center. Register online at or stop by the community center. Deadline for Registration is Dec. 12.

For more information, please call 984-3352.

Ancient Excursions is offering a special holiday excursion, providing area residents the opportunity to travel to Denver at the holidays without driving over the passes. A luxury bus will pick up at the Glenwood Springs Community Center at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, returning clients to the same location the evening of Sunday, Dec. 16. Ancient Excursions will provide everything from a gourmet breakfast and movie en route to a matinee performance of “White Christmas” at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, a plated dinner and accommodations at the Curtis Hotel, a tour of the holiday lights at the Denver Botanic Gardens, and the choice on Sunday to get your holiday shopping done at the Cherry Creek Mall or to visit the Titanic Exhibition.

Call now for tickets; there are only a few seats left, and Ancient Excursions has recently reduced the cost of the trip.

Fine art by Laurel Astor and Betsy Blackard. Also pottery, jewelry, knitted hats and scarves, handmade Santas, hand-painted ornaments, handmade soaps, potpourri, specialty baked goods and much more. Tuesdays through Fridays 4-8 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Red Canyon Plaza, 3768 Highway 82, Suite 205, across from Holy Cross Energy.

For more information, call 945-0905.

Saturday, Dec. 22, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Bring the kids and the camera for visit with St. Nick.

New year’s Eve, Monday, Dec. 31. Great food, live music and a champagne toast at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

The Frontier Historical Society Museum will host a free holiday open house from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the museum located at 1001 Colorado Ave. Appetizers, hot cider, desserts and wine will be served. The museum has been decked out in Victorian-style finery and decorated with several unique Christmas trees. Tour the museum, enjoy holiday music, sample delicious food and drink and shop for holiday gifts in the gift shop.

For more information, call 945-4448.

The Mountain Madrigal Singers will present “A Perfect Christmas,” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9; and Saturday, Dec. 15, at First United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Ave. in Glenwood Springs. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Free child care will be provided.

For the 27th holiday season, the Mountain Madrigal Singers will present its concert of vocal music celebrating the sounds and spirit of the holidays.

The program will be a blend of traditional and contemporary songs, some classical and some light. Many in the community consider the Madrigal concerts to be the start of their Christmas season.

The Aspen Choral Society presents the 30th annual “Messiah” performance by the Aspen Community Chorus, Glenwood Springs Community Chorus and the Aspen Choral Society Orchestra, directed by Ray Vincent Adams at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12 at the United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs.

Additional performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” by NCC Productions, will be presented at 6 p.m. Dec. 18-22 in the Devereux Room of the Hotel Colorado, with a noon matinee performance Dec. 22. Seating for each show will begin 15 minutes before the start time.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the ticket hotline: 984-0233.

The Glenwood Springs Art Guild will be hosting its annual Christmas Party at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11. A buffet dinner will be served.

The annual gift exchange will take place for the gifted artists; and then for the nonartists, so bring a gift to share. This is always a terrific evening of fun and frivolity after a year of hard work, so come and join the fun.

For information, please call Alice at 319-9773 or Pat at 945-7345.

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is having extended gallery and gift shop hours this holiday weekend. If you’ve been looking for a gift for that special someone, swing by and check out the selection of local arts and crafts. The Center for the Arts offers amazing jewelry, pottery, artwork, and crafts that are sure to please. The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Diane Kenney’s holiday open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 15 and 22, at her studio six miles from the Carbondale 7-Eleven, 0172 N. Bill Creek Road. Items for sale will be pottery, new wood-fired pieces and terra cotta pieces.

For more information, call 963-2395 or 948-2411.

Jingle Jam, an interactive family production for parents and kids to enjoy together, will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Christ Community Church, 20351 Highway 82, Basalt (near El Jebel). Free music, games, drama and video.

Call 927-3889 for more information.

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