9 things to do in Colorado this weekend: December 8-10

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We're almost two weeks from Christmas and The Last Jedi is still a week away... but there are still fun and festive events happening in Colorado.

So get out of the house, smell the fresh-cut pine and enjoy some roasted chestnuts and hot cocoa at any number of holiday-inspired events.

Holiday Chocolate Festival
Colorado Springs
Sat. Dec. 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Chocolate lovers, rejoice!

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The 9th annual Holiday Chocolate Festival features over 100,000 chocolate samples for the chocolate lover in all of us. The festival has entertainment all day on the main stage as well as plenty of great holiday shopping opportunities. Santa will be taking photos with the kids too!

The festival has a new home this year: The Altered Reality Event Center (formerly the Colorado Springs Event Center) at Palmer Park and N. Academy. Admission tickets are $5 and kids under 4 are free! Taste tickets for samples are $10 for 12 tickets. Parking is free!

 

A Grand Holiday
Glenwood Springs
Sun. Dec. 10 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Come see the arrival of Father Christmas and his live reindeer at 4:30 p.m. There will be free hot chocolate, cookies and marshmallows available for roasting with John Patakay of Alpine Echo providing music. The Grand Holiday will be held at the Garfield County Courthouse at 109 8th St. in Glenwood Springs.

 

Spirit of Christmas
Grand Junction
Fri. Dec. 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This 22nd annual event is a festive holiday celebration in the heart of Grand Junction. Downtown shops will be open as performers provide entertainment. Refreshments will be served as you stroll through beautifully decorated trees. Enjoy a free carriage ride before the town greets Mr. and Mrs. Claus. 

A chocolate walk will be happening at the same time as the holiday festival. Meet at Enstrom Candies for a "Art on the Corner Tour" or "History Tour." Tickets are $12.

 

Winter Fest on Fillmore
Denver
Sat. Dec. 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Experience the joy of the holiday season in Cherry Creek North with Winter Fest on Fillmore. This free family-friendly celebration transforms the plaza (between 1st & 2nd Avenues on Fillmore St.) into a winter wonderland with live ice carving, a live DJ, fire pits, the Denver Police Mounted Patrol Unit, free treats and hot beverages, giveaways and more. In addition, the art galleries, boutiques and restaurants in Cherry Creek North will also be hosting activities, such as ornament decorating, games, refreshments, entertainment and more.

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Thornton WinterFest
Thornton
Fri. Dec. 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.,
Sun. Dec. 10 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Thornton’s Carpenter Park Fields (108th Ave. & Colorado Blvd.) turn into Santa’s Village, home to Thornton WinterFest on Friday to Sunday. Santa and his elves arrive on Friday at 6:30 p.m. to assist the Mayor and City Council member with flipping on the Village’s holiday lights. Festivities including ice skating (for a nominal fee), entertainment, ice-carving demo, and more, continue that evening until 9 p.m.

On Saturday, visit Santa, enjoy local choirs, Wonderland Woods tree displays, a Children’s Craft Shoppe, North Pole Puppet Theatre and ice skating on the village pond. The Village’s Event Tent transforms into the Village Holiday Bazaar with a variety of vendors selling holiday gifts. You can also grab a bite (hot chocolate, pizza, kettle corn, sandwiches and more) at North Pole Nibbles.

The Thornton Community Band performs at 7 p.m. Reserved seats are $2, general admission is free. Holiday fireworks launch at 8:30 p.m.

Things wrap up with similar activities on Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Thornton Community Chorus performs at 6:30 p.m. Here’s a complete schedule of events

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Longmont Lights Parade
Longmont
Sat. Dec. 9 at 5:00 p.m.

Longmont’s Main Street will be illuminated with more than 60 floats twinkling with lights. Come watch this magical Longmont Lights Parade filled with marching toy soldiers, high school marching bands, ice castles, 12-ft. balloons, costumed characters and much more. This year’s theme is March of the Toys. The parade lines up along Longs Peak Ave. and Bross St. Then, marches marches on Main St. between 3rd and 8th Avenues.

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Aurora Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert
Aurora
Sun. Dec. 10 at 3:00 p.m.

Come see the Aurora Symphony Orchestra perform live to the film The Snowman - an Academy Award-nominated short film. The film is based on Raymond Briggs' classic children's book where a young boy and magical snowman go together on an enchanted journey.

The symphony will also be performing your favorite holiday songs and you'll definitely want to sing along. The performance is at Heritage Event Center at Exposition and Sable near the Town Center at Aurora. Tickets are $15 for adults, age 18 and under are free!

 

Buttermilk Opening Day
Aspen
Sat. Dec. 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Head to the mountains of Colorado for opening day at Buttermilk. As the home of the Winter X Games and Red Bull Double Pipe event, the mountain is an icon for freestyle riders and skiers. But the mountain is also a great place for beginners and families. Besides being opening day on Saturday, Buttermilk will also host the 4th annual Chocolate Appreciation Day. 

Other events this weekend at Aspen Snowmass include the 12th Annual Summit for Life Uphill Race to the top of Aspen Mountain as well as the annual tree lighting at The Little Nell at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

 

Jurassic Quest
Denver
Fri. Dec. 8 from 3:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Jurassic Quest is truly a dinosaur adventure for the whole family. The event features over 80 ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs. Guests can interact with and learn about the dinos and ride a few as well in realistic scenes. There are plenty of fun activities for kids including fossil digs, inflatable mazes, face painting and dino crafts. 

The National Western Complex at I-25 and Brighton Blvd. is the home to this 3-day event this weekend. Adult and kids tickets are $20 and seniors are $18.

 

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