KUSA - Holiday cheer and giving are in the air and there are ample ways for you to jump into the holidays this weekend.
Join in Toys for Tots run, lighting events or shop for those last few Christmas decorations. Whatever you decide, we hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Denver’s Holiday Food and Gift Festival: November 17 -18 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A celebration of arts, crafts, gourmet foods and Christmas décor is headed to the National Western Complex in Denver.
Up to 400 vendors take part in this holiday-themed shopping event so the feel of Christmas will surround you as you shop until you drop.
With a gourmet food section that has samples that range from jam and jellies to chili and salsa, your taste buds won’t be forgotten.
Santa will even make a surprise visit.
Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for 13-17 years old, and free for children under 12.
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Free Viewing of Brown Palace Champagne Cascade: November 19 from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Brown Palace’s 30th annual Champagne Cascade on Sunday, November 19 is one of Denver’s iconic annual events. At noon, with a stroke of an antique Napoleonic saber, a master swordsman severs the bottlenecks of Moet & Chandon champagne bottles. Once opened, the champagne is poured into the uppermost glass of the 6,000-glass pyramid rising nearly two stories in the hotel’s atrium lobby, and champagne flows and flows.
Santa turns on the lights in the splendid lobby, including a 25-foot grand chandelier, more than 100,000 LED lights, and 4,800 colorful ornaments. This celebratory tradition, with festivities beginning at 11 a.m. and the sabering scheduled for noon, launches downtown Denver’s holiday festivities. The balconies of Floors 4 to 7 are open to the public for FREE viewing. A $10 per person donation to Season to Share is requested but not required. 321 17th St., Denver.
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Tis the season of giving and Toys for Tots is a great way to give back to those in need.
Grand Prix Motorsports is hosting the 3rd Annual Big Iron Sports Toys for Tots drive and ride.
That’s not all, the event also has a chance to show off your best chili recipe where prizes will be awarded for the best chili!
Applewood Art Festival: November 18 from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
This event has celebrated artisan products for the last 40 years. 130 vendors will be displaying their best art, photography, crafts, and repurposed finds for you to decorate your home.
While you mull over your next purchase you will also enjoy live music, lunch, and treats.
Parking is free but admission is $6.
It is recommended strollers come after 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Winter Lights at Seven Falls: November 18 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For many, Christmas is all about tradition and if that is what you are looking for, you won’t be disappointed by this event.
Since 1947 Seven Falls in Colorado Springs has been promoting the canyon at night by alternating colored and white lights that are illuminated by the water.
More than 100,000 lights will brighten the path that goes up to Seven Falls, and the cliffs that surround it.
This celebration has grown into an all-day event at the Broadmoor that includes an Elf Scavenger Hunt with candy and prizes, a photo session with Santa and Mrs. Clause, Letters to Santa at the food court, a food trailer and other fun highlights.
The event is $14 for adults and $8 for children.
Switch on the Holidays: November 19 at 5:00 p.m.
Boulder will transform into a holiday wonderland at the flick of a switch on Sunday.
Boulder County Courthouse and the Pearl Street Mall will light up with a grand illumination.
Leading up to the main event, the Boulder Children’s Chorale and the Boulder Chorale will entertain people of all ages with a holiday sing-along performance. Festivities will kick off at 5:00 p.m. on the 1300 block of Pearl Street.
Don’t forget to stick around after the grand illumination. Kids will be able to meet with Santa for free until 7:00 p.m.
Holiday Hometown Parade: November 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The streets of Aurora will be filled with holiday cheer as the Holiday Hometown Parade and Tree Lighting takes over Main Street.
Prepare to be entertained with a variety of attractions such as live band and Santa himself.
The Parade kicks off after the annual tree lighting in Town Square.
Just a heads up before you get there – parking on Main Street will be closed all day and Main Street from E. State Ave. North to Town Square will be closed in the afternoon.
Mutts at the Museum: November 18 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Puppy lovers, you’re in for a treat. This Saturday, you’ll be able to cuddle up with pooches from Lifeline Puppy Rescue at the Denver Firefighters Museum.
You can also pick up a copy of the 2018 Fire Rescue Dogs Calendar, signed by firefighters themselves.
On top of that, you can tour the museum and learn the history of Denver’s Fire Station 1. Food trucks will be there if you work up an appetite and there will be activities to keep the kids entertained.
Regular museum admission rates still apply for this event. Proceeds will go to Lifeline Puppy Rescue, which helps save hundreds of puppies each year.
Holiday Sugar Plum Bazaar: November 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and November 19 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Dozens of vendors will be coming in from multiple states to sell their products at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum for the Sugar Plum Bazaar.
Many of the vendors are small and independent businesses and a large majority of the items are handmade.
So if you’re looking for something with a personal touch for someone over the holidays, you might be able to find that special gift here.
If you act quickly enough, you can download a free ticket to the event online before the event. If you show up the day of, there will be a minimum $1 donation at the door. All proceeds go to the Rocky Mountain Foundation of Hope.
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